About Cleopatra Loves Books

Cleopatra Loves Books came to life in August 2013

For as long as I can remember I have loved reading. In the long ago days of the 1970’s my mother could leave me in the library while she shopped safe in the knowledge that I wouldn’t even miss her. I am passionate about children having a broad selection of books to choose from both at home and school.

So why the blog? Well…. I first started capturing all the book titles I’d read using Amazon’s Listmania as an aide-memoire, this progressed to reviewing those books I’d particularly enjoyed (or hated) and then I was invited to join Amazon Vine in 2011 which prompted authors and publishers to contact me for reviews so I decided to spread my wings and put all the information onto this blog.

If you wish to do so you can email me at cleopatralovesbooks70@gmail.com


Cleopatra Loves Books tweets as @cleo_bannister


Cleopatra Loves Books has her own Facebook Page here – one of my resolutions in 2018 is to make sure this is populated with each and everyone of my reviews for the year



You can compare bookshelves with me on Goodreads where I am Cleo Bannister



Amazon Logo Or even view click on the logo to see my amazon reviews dating back 2010.


I love reviewing it is my way of offering my opinion on books I have read. I want others to have that magical feeling when they find a book they will love as I know how much other people’s reviews help me to find great books to enjoy and the book blogging community is fantastic so here are some of my forays onto other blogs…

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 my 3 recommended books for 2017 with the wonderful damppebbles can be read here

Book Bloggers Brunch – Cleo’s Crime fiction – My Interview with The Book Trail Book Blog can be read here

Blogger interview with Blonde Writer More can be read here

Interview Blonde Writer More


To read ‘What Got You Hooked on a Life of Crime, Cleo Bannister’ by the lovely Marina Sofia click on the link here or click on my picture below.



If you really want to know some random things about me click on the awards below:

liebsteraward_3lilapplesShine on Award


Shine on and keep Calm







For convenience I have sorted my pages so that the complete list of reviews are catalogued A-Z by author names as well as by books read in a particular year but of course if you are looking for a particular book you may wish to use the search box on the main blog.

A-L  &  M-Z

2017 Book Reviews

2016 Book Reviews

2015 Book Reviews

2014 Book Reviews

2013 Book Reviews


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I’m not addicted to reading – I can stop after one last chapter!

92 thoughts on “About Cleopatra Loves Books

  1. Very good. I really enjoyed the piece on comedy/crime writing by Caimh McDonnell. And your whole blog is well written and well-presented.

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  2. I am so happy to discover your blog ! I’ve been following “Mrs Bannister” for a few months on Amazon as she seemed to have the same literary tastes as I have. On the other hand, I’ve recently read an interesting review by “Cleopatra Loves Books”, so I decided to check on the Internet what kind of blog it was… and I realise that it’s the same person. Many hours of pleasure ahead following your advice… Thanks a lot for your reviews !

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  3. It’s nice to see a review of “The Sewing Machine,” and the history of the 1911 Singer strike. II didn’t know about it, and I’d like to read about it.
    It rings a bell with me because my grandmother was a “shirtwaist maker” in 1911 in New York City. In fact, she worked at the Triangle factory, scene of the horrible fire on March 25, 1911, in which 146 workers, mainly young immigrant women and girls, died. My grandmother did not go to work on the day of the fire due to illness.
    I wonder if her factory used the Singer sewing machines.
    I’ll look for this book.


  4. Cleo, I’d like to pick your brain. Lately I’ve begun to receive unsolicited books from Simon & Schuster. At first I was over the moon, the first two titles they sent were a complete surprise and both were titles I wanted to read anyway.
    Today, I received two titles from them. They are not at all what I want to read. I cannot even imagine reading them. Has this ever happened to you? I don’t want to have anything to do with these two books, yet S&S is a prestigious publisher which I want to remain on good terms with. Do you have any advice you could share? What would you do in my place?


    1. I also have received unsolicited books, I read and review them if they are my type of reads, if not I feature them only on a weekly round up post as a bit of publicity and as a way of acknowledgement. Personally I’m not sure they take the time to check who reviews these books especially as they send so many out, so I simply don’t worry about it. In my mind I haven’t requested or agreed to read/review them and it simply wouldn’t work if they’re not my type of book anyway.


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