The tale begins many moons ago – way back in 2011 – when my wonderful boss Edwina, director of Amazing PR, suggested I start a book blog. I had tried for the best part of two years to get a job in publishing and after blood, sweat, and many, many tears I found myself working in first fashion, and then beauty PR.
While the world of PR suited me perfectly, my heart was still very much with books and after a short amount of deliberation I took heed of Edwina’s advice and The Unlikely Bookworm was born.
I initially began it with the idea that I would keep a record of the books I was reading from the BBC’s Top 100, but it soon took on a life of its own and I began reading and reviewing new releases – a complete dream for a bookworm like myself.
It soon led me to a job at another PR agency where I looked after romance publishers Mills & Boon, before taking me to what I can only describe as my dream job, working on the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction with one of my favourite authors, the lovely Kate Mosse.
Since beginning my blog, I have been lucky enough to have a review quoted in The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh – one of my favourite contemporary novels, I’ve appeared on a Society of Young Publishers panel alongside Cathy Rentzenbrink discussing how we choose the books we review, and most recently had my blog mentioned in Stylist Magazine, thanks to a wonderful friend and colleague Francesca Brown – by far the highlight of my blogging career so far.
I have read many, many wonderful books on my blogging journey – some not so great – and some that will stay with me for years to come. One thing’s for sure, my blog has been an incredible journey; one that has opened my eyes to a whole world of literature and further whet my appetite for the many unread books that lie therein.