Laura’s Library Reviewers

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Meet the Reviewers

There are three different reviewers for Laura’s Library. You can meet us and find out the type of books we like to read below.

Laura (me)

I have been a bookworm as long as I can remember. My first loves were Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl andthe adventures of Mildred Hubble often enjoyed with a torch hidden under my covers. My appetite for a good novel has not diminished and I went on to do a degree in English Literature. I still love to read, even if my time has and I can often be found trying to hide away from the world with my Kindle. I love urban fantasy, a serious kick-arse heroine and nothing beats a good love story. Since having children I have found I want to pass my passion onto them and have since decided books are essentials and not treats, to justify their ever growing bookshelves.

You can also find me on Bookchickcity.com where I have been a reviewer for over 5 years.

Genres reviewed: Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, and Children’s Books

Favourite authors: Patricia Briggs, Kristen Ashley, Audrey Niffenegger, Jeaniene Frost, Karen Marie Moning, Rachel Vincent, Kelley Armstrong, T Gephart, Ilona Andrews, Kylie Scott, Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward… honestly I really could go on.

Children’s ages (for children’s reviews): 4 and 1

Ben

I love books, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t read though in practical terms such a time must have existed. As with a lot of people the first author I remember really devouring was Roald Dahl but soon I moved on to horror writers, Stephen King in particular but I moved past that by my teens. After a phase of hoovering up classics of any type I finally settled into my one true love, science fiction. I adore science fiction of all kinds, from the early wonders of HG Wells and Jules Verne, through the titanic works of the 60s and 70s by such masters as Asimov and Pohl right through to the modern day. Science fiction sometimes shows me a better world, sometimes worse, sometimes downright frightening but it always offers a glimpse of what ‘could be’, whether or not we want that is up to us.

Another big passion for me is cooking and so I love to browse through cooking books in the evening, it’s best to do this after dinner or else I just become too hungry!  Fitness is another of my main interests and so, from time to time, I read books on that topic too!

Genres reviewed: Science fiction, cookery and fitness books

Favourite Authors: Alastair Reynolds, Neal Asher, Peter F Hamilton, Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Val Warner

(You can also find Ben on the blog every Sunday writing Ben’s Zone)

Hilary

From when I was around eight I was allowed to visit the library at the bottom of our road by myself, and I loved the long summer holidays when I could go every day or two and borrow three (all you were allowed) new books. I loved all the ballet stories by Lorna Hill and the horse and pony tales of the Pullein Thompson sisters. I loved read to my (now grown up) sons and love to read to my grandchildren even more – requests for ‘another one please’ rarely get refused. My favourite reads are mysteries and historical novels and I do enjoy ‘timeslip’ novels, but I also enjoy reading anything to do art, craft and baking, and I also like some modern fiction.

Genres reviewed: Mysteries, historical, modern fiction, art, craft and baking books

Favourite authors: …there are so many! but, C J Sansom, Phil Rickman, Barbara Erskine, Laura Childs