Book Bloggers Abroad (15) – UK

Book Bloggers AbroadWelcome to the weekly guest post in the Book Bloggers Abroad series. Every week a book blogger from a different country will be featured who will talk about what it’s like to be a book blogger where he or she lives.

United Kingdom

Our guest blogger for today is Carly from England. Her book blog is called Writing From The Tub. What a great name for a blog! It might look odd until you know she used to study in Bath. She reads and reviews mostly young adult and teen fiction, but she likes a range of different genres.  Go and have a look at her blog!

Marina near my house

Marina near my house

I live in a teeny tiny village in Wiltshire called Staverton, although I actually live in Staverton Marina. It’s a gorgeous little place – we have a pub, a convenience store and a Chinese takeaway, that’s it! On one side we have fields everywhere and lots of pretty racehorses running around and on the other side the marina and the Kennet and Avon canal so lots of bridges and canal boats!

The world’s first drive through safari park opened at Longleat House (Wiltshire) in 1966 – shout out for Longleat! This place is about ten minutes away from my house and it’s awesome. If anyone’s ever in the area make sure you check it out.

My house is a three story townhouse next to the canal where I live with my boyfriend and two puppies – I’ve only been living here for six months, before that I was a student living in Bath (another gorgeous town) in a house that wasn’t quite as luxurious!

Me and my house

Me and my house

When I first started blogging I used to buy all of the books I reviewed myself, which was a massive drain on my finances. Now I probably get half my books from publishers and the rest I buy myself, though at the moment I’m working through a huge pile of books that I bought months ago and am only just getting around to reading. Naughty naughty.

Also – I’ve just discovered that we have a pretty good library in our closest town so I’m getting books from there now to save myself some money. Thrifty J.

When we first moved into the area our Internet connection was absolutely terrible. Two people couldn’t be online at the same time and it would take five or so minutes to load a page – seriously, seriously bad. It really affected my blogging and I blame this for why I was so inconsistent at the beginning of the year!

Luckily we’ve just had our own broadband line installed at the house so now we get shiny fast Internet at last, hurrah!

Until a few months ago I was working full time in Bath in an office full of boys and noise so by the time I got home at night I was shattered, so blogging was becoming a real effort to try and fit in with everything else I had going on.

However, thanks to my amazing, fantastic boyfriend I’ve now given up work for the next few months to get over a skanky head injury from a few years ago that’s causing me some hassle and to write full time.

At the moment I’m splitting my day between blogging/reviewing, writing articles for magazines and working on my novel. As well as cooking, cleaning and looking after the dogs, of course. What can I say? It’s an absolute dream come true and I’m so, so grateful that I’m able to do it. I just hope I make some good progress so I don’t let anyone down!

One of my dogs

One of my dogs

When it’s warm I read in my garden on the grass with my puppy in my lap, if he’s behaving. If he’s not I’m normally running around the garden flailing my book in the air as I try to catch him.

When it’s cold (or raining, as it so frequently is on our glorious isle) I read in one of my squishy green leather chairs in my living room, next to an antique reading lamp and an electric piano. However, I suppose I read everywhere, really.

I read in English 99% of the time but I try to give French and Spanish a bash sometimes, though I must admit I lost a lot of my French after my A-levels, which is a shame and my Spanish skills leave a lot to be desired!

My favorite UK writers? Ooh I’d say Louise Rennison and Sarra Manning. Louise Rennison of course for the brilliant Georgia Nicholson series that I loved in my teen years and Sarra Manning for the HUNDREDS of excellent books she’s written. My favourites of Manning’s are the Diary of a Crush series that were given away with J17 magazine years ago – I loved them so much! Both brilliant writers that are definitely worth checking out.



Click on the world for a Google Maps picture!

Thanks Carly, for letting us have a look at your life as a reader and blogger. Your bookcases are so neat and tidy! And I love that sweet dog!

Don’t forget to take a look at Carly’s blog. If you have any questions or comments for Carly, just leave them in the comments section.

Next week Misha from India will be visiting us for the sixteenth Book Bloggers Abroad guest post. Don’t miss it!

About Leeswammes
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10 Responses to Book Bloggers Abroad (15) – UK

  1. Great interview. I will pop over and check out Carly’s blog now. And how CUTE is that puppy! We are going to be getting a puppy (probably a border collie too) when we move house and I am so broody for my new dog now seeing that photo 🙂

  2. Carly says:

    Aww I’m glad you like him – he’s a cutie isn’t he? He’s a lot bigger now than he was in that photo actually, I didn’t notice how much he’d grown!
    Doooo get a collie if you can, they’re absolutely gorgeous :).
    Thanks for the post Judith, you made it look fab!x

  3. LindyLouMac says:

    Always great to read about other Book Bloggers, I will go visit her blog now 🙂 She certainly lives in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.

    • leeswammes says:

      I lived in England for a long time, but I never went to the Bath area, Lindy. Isn’t that strange? I really missed out on that part of the country, obviously.

  4. rikkiscraps says:

    Great post. I LOVE the marina.

  5. Kris says:

    Love the title of your blog Carly! I’m not witty enough to come up with something that great. Oh..the dog..too cute!!

    Sounds like you have a wonderful boyfriend and enjoy your time off and hope you get over the head injury soon!

  6. Iris says:

    I have to second Kris and say that I love the title of your blog!
    And that puppy looks incredibily cute 🙂

  7. Dorte H says:

    What a great feature, this one.

    And I also love the title of Carly´s blog!

  8. Awesome picture of you!
    I love that marina.
    I have an obsession with marinas really.
    Adorable pup!

  9. Esme says:

    What a beautiful marina. Thank you for the interview.

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