Book Review: The Cosy Teashop In The Castle **ONE SPOILER(ish)**

The Cosy Teashop in the Castle

The Cosy Teashop In The Castle by Caroline Roberts
Published:
February 2016
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Format: Paperback
Pages:
400
ISBN: 0008125414 (ISBN13: 9780008125417) 

Synopsis:
When Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s brilliant baking legacy.
When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake by cupcake she wins the locals over, including teashop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie’s show-stopping bakes look set to go down in castle history!
Now all that’s missing in Ellie’s life is a slice of romance – can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to put the cherry on the top of Ellie’s dream?

My Thoughts:
I really didn’t know what to think about this.  I enjoyed it, but I hated parts of it so much so I skipped them.  It was a little… Bare.  There wasn’t enough depth to it, but then in one certain part that unfortunately stands out, it had waaaaaay too much detail!! The sex scenes were extremely detailed for the book.  It just didn’t fit in with the stings and flow of the book. I found that it was a tad repetitive a few times, conversations completely repeated and details mention 5 or 6 times.

However, I loved the castle setting, the setting of the teashop, and the characters.  As I knew a few of the places mentioned within the book, it was nice to be able to picture them and know exactly where they were.  Ellie came across as naïve but it was a likeable naïve.  Joe was a charming gent, if not a little bit of a douche to begin with. It’s a shame there wasn’t more scenes Doris and Nicola but we can’t have everything can we!?

It flowed well, and was an easy read but like I mentioned before, the sex scenes completely ruined the whole thing for me.  It just wasn’t really needed.  Maybe a little paragraph or something, but not 3/4 pages!! Anyway, I recommend it to people who want an easy read and the whole “cosy teashop” theme which seems to be extremely popular recently.

My Rating: 3/5

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Library Return Trip

So, after finishing all (apart from 1) the books from My Most Excellent Idea last week, I took all the books back today and got some more out.  Another 6.  I must admit though, this is saving me a fortune!  They’ve actually been getting newer and newer books in so I’ve been able to get some that have found their way on to my  Amazon wishlists. Yes, I have more than one wishlist.  I’m going to have to take my time with some of these as I’ve still got 2 for reviewing from Bookbridgr.

So, my 6 books for this week are:

The Cosy Tea Shop in The Castle by Caroline Roberts
The Cosy Teashop in the CastleWhen Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s brilliant baking legacy.When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake by cupcake she wins the locals over, including teashop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie’s showstopping bakes look set to go down in castle history!
Now all that’s missing in Ellie’s life is a slice of romance – can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to put the cherry on the top of Ellie’s dream?

The Time of the Clockmaker by Anna Caltabiano
The Time of the Clockmaker
Her mentor shockingly killed in front of her, Rebecca Hatfield must flee the place and time she knows. She has lost her family, her dearest love and her ability to live a normal life. All she has left is the gift – or curse – of her immortality, and the bizarre clock that allows her to travel in time.
But when she too is attacked by the mysterious black-clad figure, Rebecca finds herself stranded in Tudor England. The clock has been stolen and without it, she can never leave the past. Alone, without friends or resources, she must risk the danger of Henry VIII’s court and hunt down her attacker.
But someone else is waiting for her…

Three Amazing Things About You by Jill Mansell
Three Amazing Things About You
Hallie has a secret. She’s in love. He’s perfect for her in every way, but he’s seriously out of bounds. And her friends aren’t going to help her because what they do know is that Hallie doesn’t have long to live. Time is running out…
Flo has a dilemma. She really likes Zander. But his scary sister won’t be even faintly amused if she thinks Zander and Flo are becoming friends – let alone anything more.
Tasha has a problem. Her new boyfriend is the adventurous type. And she’s afraid one of his adventures will go badly wrong.
THREE AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU begins as Hallie goes on a journey. A donor has been found and she’s about to be given new lungs. But whose?

Reawakened by Colleen Houck
Reawakened (Reawakened, #1)
When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.
And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.
But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world.

The City’s Son by Tom Pollock
The City's Son (The Skyscraper Throne, #1)
Expelled from school, betrayed by her best friend and virtually ignored by her dad, who’s never recovered from the death of her mum, Beth Bradley retreats to the sanctuary of the streets, looking for a new home. What she finds is Filius Viae, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London, who opens her eyes to the place she’s never truly seen.
But the hidden London is on the brink of destruction. Reach, the King of the Cranes, is a malign god of demolition, and he wants Filius dead. In the absence of the Lady of the Streets, Filius’ goddess mother, Beth rouses Filius to raise an alleyway army, to reclaim London’s skyscraper throne for the mother he’s never known. Beth has almost forgotten her old life – until her best friend and her father come searching for her, and she must choose between the streets and the life she left behind.

Match Me If You Can by Michele Gorman
Match Me If you Can
Meet best friends Catherine, Rachel and Sarah. Yet to find Mr Right, they’ve been settling for Mr Right Now. But when Catherine, London’s finest matchmaker, gets the girls to join her dating site where they can recycle their ex-boyfriends, they soon realise that anything could happen.
Rachel’s office romance James was a big fat mistake and she’s more than happy to upcycle him… Or is she? Homebody Sarah hasn’t had a date in years but when her transformation finds men falling at her newly-pedicured feet, will her popularity be worth the sacrifices she’s making? And Catherine falls asleep more often on her desk than on a man, so when she builds the perfect partner who ticks all her boxes, surely it’s a recipe for love . . . not disaster?
There’s someone for everyone, right? These best friends are about to find out for themselves . .

There’s the 6 for my next bulk read.  I’ve only just realised that one of them is the second in a series but I’m hoping it can be read as a stand-alone book as well, if not I’m going to be having to hunt it down to read the first one!!
I did end up buying books yesterday, the Man-Child is going to go mental when he realises!!!
The recent, sneaky purchases:
The Shadow Queen by C.J Redwine
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

The Food of Love Cookery School by Nicky Pellegrino
The Food Of Love Cookery School
The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris
The First Last Kiss
The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews
The Cake Shop In The Garden
The Three by Sarah Lotz
The Three

I must be going through a bit of chic-lit/romance/girly thing at the moment. I’m a sucker for the whole selection of genres.  I’m trying to mix things up a bit with some fantasy/crime/thriller/suspense but I keep going back to the grand old story of Love! Must be something in the air at the moment.

What’s everyone reading at the moment?  Have you read anything that you want to shout about from the  rooftops? Any great recommendations that you can’t shut up about? I look to hearing from you!!

My Most Excellent Idea!

So I’ve had a whoops moment today. I went to the library to return the 12 books the child got from the library this morning and while I was in there I had the most excellent idea I’ve had so far this week.

What is this excellent idea? I hear you ask! Well, that was to look at what they had…..
I normally only grab 2, maybe 3 books at a time… Not today though… 6 books.  6 quite big, bulky, hardback books! What a wonderful idea that was!!!

My list of books:
The Invasion of The Tearing by Erika Johansen. The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.  But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.  

I’ve been looking for this book everywhere after reading the first one.  I’m so glad i saw it! Plus it’s saved me a few pennies, and bookcase space!! I’m already planning on curling up with this one this afternoon during child-free and man-child free time!!

The Lola QuartetThe Lola Quartet by Emily St John Mandell.  Jack, Daniel, Sasha and Gavin, four talented musicians at the end of their high school careers. On the dream-like night of their last concert, Gavin’s girlfriend Anna disappears. Ten years later Gavin sees a photograph of a little girl who looks uncannily like him and who shares Anna’s surname, and suddenly he finds himself catapulted back to a secretive past he didn’t realise he’d left behind.  But that photo has set off a cascade of dangerous consequences and, as one by one the members of the Lola Quartet are reunited, a terrifying story emerges: of innocent mistakes, of secrecy and of a life lived on the run.

While I struggled with Station Eleven by the same author, I did enjoy it so I’m hoping to enjoy this as well.  I’m loving the cover as well, it’s simple, elegant, and quite catching in it’s minimalistic way.

Meet Me In ManhattanMeet Me In Manhattan by Claudia Carroll. In a New York minute, everything can change …
You don’t mess with aspiring journalist Holly Johnson! The man she fell for is not all that he seems – because sometimes dating online doesn’t quite go to plan. She’s decided to fly to the Big Apple to surprise him and to get some answers. And if her plan works she’ll also get the scoop of her career …
But as she steps out of her yellow taxi and the first snowflakes start to fall, it’s Holly who has the surprise of her life.
What should be a dream come true is looking a little like a nightmare. But Holly is determined to get her New York happy
ending!

I’m a complete sucker for story like this. A soppy, romance with a bit of a twist.  I love them!! And I love the cover again!!

The Saffron TrailThe Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley.  Once, there was a girl who loved saffron. She loved its secrets, its mystery, and best of all, she loved its hint of magic.  After the death of her beloved mother, Nell travels from rural Cornwall to the colour and chaos of Marrakech. Her marriage may be on the rocks, but exploring the heady delights of Moroccan cuisine could help her fulfil her dream of opening her own restaurant.  It’s there she meets Amy – a young photographer trying to unravel the story behind her family’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The two women develop a close friendship and discover a surprising connection between their own pasts.
This connection will take Nell and Amy on a journey to find their own ‘saffron trail’ – from the labyrinthine medina and bustle of Moroccan bazaars all the way back home to Cornwall and to the heart of their families’
origins.

This has been on my to-read list a while, again never being able to find it anywhere other than online.  The cover is a stunning mixture of colours and the story is, fingers-crossed- going to be just as stunning!!

Fix YouFix You by Carrie Elks. You’ve found the one, but what if life has other plans?
London, 31st December 1999
At a party to toast the new millennium, Hanna meets Richard. He is a gorgeous, wealthy New Yorker. She is a self-assured, beautiful Londoner with no interest in clean-cut American men. They are from different worlds and have nothing in common… except for their instant – and mutual – attraction to one another.
As the clocks chime midnight it is a new year and the beginning of a wonderful romance.
New York, 12th May 2012
Hanna, the girl who broke Richard’s heart, walks into his Wall Street office – and back into his life – to reveal an explosive secret.  He was sure they were meant to be together forever, but she broke his heart so completely the last time, can he find a way to let her mend the pieces?
Warm, witty and a perfect piece of modern romance, Fix You is a love story to melt your heart.

Again, a sucker for a twisted love-story!! And again, which I never realised when I picked it up, another New York setting!

Prey (A Jefferson Winter Thriller, #3)Prey by James Carol. Six years ago a young married couple were found brutally stabbed to death in their home in Upstate New York. Local police arrested a suspect who later committed suicide. But what if the police got it wrong?  Ex-FBI profiler Jefferson Winter is drawn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious female psychopath as she sets him a challenge: find out what really happened six years ago.
The clock is ticking, and as Winter is about to find out, the endgame is everything…

I loved the first 2 Jefferson Winter books, I hope there’s more to come as well!! As soon as I saw this I grabbed it, I didn’t even read the blurb.  Again, I’m very very excited to be reading this!!!

 

I also received yesterday Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt from Hodder & Stoughton for review.  This version gets published on the 28th April (I think anyway!). I’ve given up on the book I was reading to make room for all these ones as I seem to be on deadlines for the next few weeks!

What’s everyone else reading on this dreary Friday?

Added Books This Week

Oops, no let me change that!! Mega Ooops!! I’ve been adding to my shelves this week. I’ve not been able to stop myself this week!!  I’ve added a total of 13 this past week.  I will admit that 1 was a Kindle book, and a free one, so technically I’ve purchased 12.

The Kindle book I got is A Pocket Called Past by Yvonne Anderson.  The Synopsis on Amazon isAn emotional story of secrets, regrets, lies and love.  These words are not my own. They have been folded deep into my psyche since birth. I choose
those words I speak carefully but the words, which escape onto paper, are wild, untethered and free. They tumble into the world with an abandon I
do not feel.  
Words can change everything.  Rosie’s discovery turns her already troubled world upside down. Jacob has his own burden to carry; yet when he and Rosie meet he finally finds someone who can understand his pain.
Sarah has kept her secret hidden for so long but feels it’s time to let her truth out. Mary, who is nursing her own broken heart, listens to Sarah’s story as it unfolds into something she will ultimately be left holding. Lenora waits for her daughter to come and find her.  A Pocket Called Past shows us what consequences secrets and regret c
an have in our lives and how we go about picking back up the pieces.

Right, the physical books I’ve gained this week!
Broken Harbour by Tana French. Synopsis:
In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin – half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned – two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad’s star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself. But there are too many inexplicable details and the evidence is pointing in two directions at once. Scorcher’s personal life is tugging for his attention. Seeing the case on the news has sent his sister Dina off the rails again, and she’s resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family, one summer at Broken Harbour, back when they were children. The neat compartments of his life are breaking down, and the sudden tangle of work and family is putting both at risk . . .

Angelfall and World After by Susan Ee. Angelfall Synopsis: It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain. Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When angels fly away with a
helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back… 

World After SynopsisIn this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken. Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans, where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go. Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

Crewel by Gennifer Albin. Synopsis: Enter the world of Crewel: a world of secrets and intrigue. Where a girl with talent will thrive…or be destroyed.  Incapable. Awkward. Artless.  That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret – she wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time and matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, power and beauty, the ability to embroider the very fabric of life. It also means entering a world secrets and lethal  intrigue.  But unlike the others, Adelice isn’t interested in controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have and will do anything to hide her talent from the Guild. But when she slips up during her final test, her gift is identified. Now she has one hour to eat her mum’s overcooked dinner. One hour to listen to her sister’s school gossip and laugh at her dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything is OK. And one hour to escape. Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back…

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan. Synopsis: One last full moon – then it will all be over. Jacob Marlowe has lost the will to live. For two hundred years he has wandered the world, enslaved by his lunatic appetites and tormented by the memory of his first and most monstrous crime. Now, the last of his kind, he
knows he cannot go on. But as Jake counts down to suicide, a violent murder and an extraordinary meeting plunge him straight back into the desperate pursuit of life – and love. 

The Magus of Hay by Phil Rickman. Synopsis: When a man’s body is discovered near the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye, his death appears to be ‘unnatural’ in every sense. Merrily Watkins, priest, single mother and exorcist, is drafted in to investigate. A man’s body is found below a waterfall. It looks like suicide or an accidental drowning – until DI Frannie Bliss enters the dead man’s home. What he finds there has him consulting Merrily Watkins, the Diocese of  Hereford’s official advisor on the paranormal. It’s nearly forty years since the town of Hay-on-Wye was declared an independent state by its self-styled king. A development seen at the time as a joke. But the pastiche had a serious side. And behind it, unknown to most of the townsfolk, lay a darker design, a hidden history of murder and ritual magic, the relics of which are only now becoming visible. It’s a situation that will take Merrily Watkins – on her own for the first time in years and facing public humiliation over a separate case – to the edge of madness.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Synopsis: Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue – in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest in the family – Hannah – who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened. Everything I Never Told You is a gripping page-turner, about secrets, love, longing, lies and race.

City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. City of Bones Synopsis: Love. Blood. Betrayal. Demons. First in the New York Times No. 1 bestselling series that has swept the globe, City of Bones is also a major movie and Shadowhunters, the TV series based on the book, is currently airing on Netflix. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City and the dangers of forbidden love. This edition contains exclusive bonus content
as well as a map and a new foreword by Cassandra Clare.

City of Ashes Synopsis: Discover more secrets about the Shadowhunters as they fight to protect the world from demons in the second book in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Love and power are the deadliest temptations… Haunted by her past, Clary is dragged deeper into New York City’s terrifying underworld of demons and Shadowhunters – but can she control her feelings for a boy who can never be hers?

 

The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johnson. Synopsis: Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret after her mother – a monarch as vain as she was foolish – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding… And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, win the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive…

The Angel Tree by Lucinda Riley. Synopsis: Thirty years have passed since Greta left Marchmont Hall, a grand and beautiful house nestled in the hills of rural Monmouthshire. But when she returns to the Hall for Christmas, at the invitation of her old friend David Marchmont, she has no recollection of her past association with it – the result of a tragic accident that has blanked out more than two decades of her life. Then, during a walk through the wintry landscape, she stumbles across a grave in the woods, and the weathered inscription on the headstone tells her that a little boy is buried here . . . The poignant discovery strikes a chord in Greta’s mind and soon ignites a quest to rediscover her lost memories. With David’s help, she begins to piece together the fragments of not only her own story, but that of her daughter, Cheska, who was the tragic victim of circumstances beyond her control. And, most definitely, not the angel she appeared to be . . .

Little Lies by Liane Moriaty. Synopsis: Jane hasn’t lived anywhere longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic seaside town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane finally feels like she belongs. She has friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste – two women with seemingly perfect lives …and their own secrets behind closed doors.But then a small incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground causing a rift between them and the other parents of the school. Minor at first but escalating fast, until whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful. It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder …

After buying a couple of them, mainly Broken Harbour and The Magus of Hay, and getting home I realised that they are part of bigger series.  They look like they can be read as stand-alone books so I’ll do that.  I’ve not got the patience to read 12 or more books in the series to get to the one I originally wanted to read.

Have you added to your collections this week?

Libraries…

Having used my local library nearly every month since we moved last year, I’ve noticed I seem to be the youngest person in there (apart from the boy anyway..).  Do younger generations not appreciate them? Or do parents not bother with telling their children about them? I work with a girl who is 7 years younger than me and she turned her nose up at the thought of using it.  I know 7 years is nothing compared to say 50 years, but still! 20 years old and too snobby, to use a library? Could she be ashamed to use it, afraid to be seen there? Or too much money for her own good? Constantly buying new books, only for them to be passed onto a charity shop once read. I think would rather loan a book from a library and return it to be lived and loved again and again and again. Wouldn’t you?

I recently read a book from the library, I can’t recall what it was, and I found a handwritten, yes a handwritten, review tucked away at the beginning of the first chapter. They called the book magical, touching, thought provoking and enjoy excellent work of fiction. It was a glorious thing to find, I kept it and tucked it back into the same place and returned the book. You don’t find that in books from a charity shop. That tiny bit of paper would have been shaken out and thrown away.  I’m thinking I might do that, leave a little handwritten note tucked away in a book which I loved from the library.  Write why I loved it without giving anything away.  Have you ever found something in a library, or even a secondhand book??

Going back to what I said about maybe the girl I know is ashamed of using a library… I don’t understand why some people are like that. is it because they think that others will think that they are poor and cant afford brand new things? Or is it a stereotype thing? Only quiet, geeky, or nerdy people use them? I can safely say that I am 100%, no scrap that, I’m 1000% sure that I am not ashamed of using a library.  I get books for free, my child gets books for free, and I’m supporting a local resource, a local and reliable resource at that.  Fair enough, I know that I have a timeframe on reading the books but sometimes I like the fact I have a bit of pressure.  And I always limit myself to the amount of books I take.  I suppose another downside to it is that I can’t keep the books, but then again that’s a good point with how little space I have.  I can also add that I am in no way quiet, geeky, nerdy or any other stereotype which library users may fall into.

Libraries are not what they used to be, I can say that as well.  I encourage people to use them now.  When I was in school, I can remember a little lady, with glasses perched on her nose, or a grumpy man with a knitted cardigan on, shushing people who were making too much noise.  Whenever I go in there now, its little old ladies knitting or chatting away about Harold and his wife down the street!  It’s noisy, busy and lively.  My boy loves going there, he cries when we walk past and realises that we aren’t going there.  The Other Half is a bit cautious about going though.  He says he feels judged, and out of place.  He’s not a reader, and I get the judging part.  Some of the older people have looked at me like I’m some trashy, teenage single mother when in fact I’m the complete opposite. I’m not trashy – well I don’t think I am – I’m definitely not a teenager and I’m far from single.

But, I love it there.  I find it comforting, relaxing and a fantastic little world.  You never know what you’re going to be coming out with.  And you never know what you’re going to find, be that a person, a book, or just a small conversation.  I always get a knowing smile from one of the librarians when I pile my books up ready to scan.  I don’t want you to think this is a marketing thing for your local library, it’s not.  I just wanted to express my feelings and thoughts on it.  Whether you’re ashamed, a secret geek, a young mother who is looking for a toddler group, or just a toddler sing-song group, a library is the place.  A magical place.  Find a book, a seat and relax.  You may come away with a new favourite book.  Or a new friend.