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Cleopatra Loves Books is Four Today

Yes it is four years ago today that I took the plunge and started this little blog, at that time not having any idea how big the book blogging community was, and it’s grown since then!

My blog was, and still is, a place for me to record reviews for all the books I finish and since I’ve been blogging and interacting with all of you lovely people my TBR has grown from a modest pile of books by my bed and a few unread ones on my kindle to an enormous mountain, but one that is full of books that I’ve purchased because of YOU. This means when the book apocalypse comes, I will be ready, all prepared with enough books to keep me going for the foreseeable, and if I should run out I have my lovely bookshelves full of the books I’ve kept (and there are a fair few) because I might want to read them again.

I really can’t believe I’ve been writing my reviews and posting memes for four whole years and again, although I didn’t expect to find so many lovely people to read them, YOU have certainly made this something that I do – everyone knows that I blog about books (yes, those people I know in ‘real’ life) and it is a pleasure, so much so I can’t remember what I possibly did with all the time I now spend tapping away on my laptop – my keyboard no longer has all of its letters I am minus S, M, N & V, but luckily I touch type so that hasn’t foiled me!

Thank you for interacting with me, sending me recommendations and books and being all round lovely people!

My birthday post traditionally looks at the reviews I’ve written that have proved most popular – any excuse for a few stats so without further ado…

So now to the facts and figures:

This is my 1,318th post over the four year period, although it should be said that the posts that go back to the beginning of 2013 were those I’d previously posted on Amazon for that year having been reviewing on there since 2010.

The top five reviews on my blog over its entire life are… dum dum dum… in reverse order:

Disclaimer by Renee Knight from April 2015
The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott from January 2017
He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly from February 2017
Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott from March 2014
The Book of You Claire Kendal from February 2014

The eagle-eyed amongst you will spot not just one but two of Rachel Abbott’s books here which I’m delighted about as she is a fellow Channel Islander residing on the island of Alderney.

The top five reviews on my blog over the last year, again in reverse order are:

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer from February 2017
Painkiller by NJ Fountain from January 2017
Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham from March 2017
The Sixth Window by Rachel Abbott from January 2017
He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly from February 2017


Of course I don’t just write reviews I participate in memes, tags and the yearly Reading Bingo in December where I look back over my books that have made an impact (or merely just fill one of the squares) which fear not, will be back again later this year.

This year I’ve joined in Jo’s The Six in Six where you can see some of my favourite reads from the first half of this year and Put a Book on the Map will be back in the autumn so if you have read a book that you’d like to see featured, please let me know.

Thanks for a wonderful four years and I hope to continue to entertain you with my dark reading habits even more for a little while to come yet.





A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

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