Hello and welcome to Books, Biscuits, and Tea! My name is Vicky, I’m a twenty-something book blogger and – here’s a shocking fact – I love books. I’ve loved reading from quite an early age but life (and then secondary school) always seemed to get in the way and it wasn’t until my first or second year at university that I managed to devote more time to this hobby.
I usually read quite a great variety of books – including women’s fiction, literary fiction, contemporary fiction, dystopia, and anything with a bit of humour – but crime fiction will always hold a special place in my heart. You know those books which, no matter how tired you might be, still manage to hold your attention and keep you reading until 2 in the morning? That’s how I feel about crime. I just love nail-shredding, adrenaline-drenched books that keep me on the edge of my seat until the very last page and make me keep on reading way past my bedtime. It’s probably the only genre I can turn to even if I don’t feel like reading anything else – it has always been my favourite and probably always will be. As far as the books’ target audience goes, most of the books I review are adult-oriented but I do read young adult and middle-grade fiction as well.
Starting Books, Biscuits, and Tea was kind of a long process and I’d been thinking about joining the blogging world long before I finally signed up. The two main reasons why I decided to start blogging back in September 2011 was that I think it’s a great way to keep track of the books I read each year and put my thoughts into words, so to speak, and to be part of this wonderful community that I had been observing for a while and which had always fascinated me. Since none of my friends like reading as much as I do (and even if they do read, they prefer completely different genres and authors), I needed a place where I could talk about them without being labelled a nerd.
It is a lot of work and it often finds me up late at night trying to come up with new ideas and writing reviews but it has become an integral part of my life and I’ve enjoyed every second of it. On top of making some lifelong friends and discovering some amazing blogs I now read on a daily basis, being part of the blogging world has opened my eyes to so many things and so many different genres that I’ve never tried or never even heard of before and I just can’t imagine my life without it.
Some of my favourite books of all time:
aka books that will stay with me for a very long time and ones that I wouldn’t mind reading again. And again.
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- Billy Elliot by Melvin Burgess
- Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
- Come to the Edge by Joanna Kavenna
- In The Woods by Tana French
- Lifesaving for Beginners by Ciara Geraghty
- Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie
- Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
- The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- The Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman by Sue Townsend
- The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
- Union Street by Pat Barker
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett