Book Bloggers Abroad (23) – UK


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


Our guest blogger for today is Jackie from the UK. Her book blog is called Farm Lane Books Blog. As it says at the top of her blog: “Book blog reviewing prize winning fiction, new releases and random recommendations”. If you want to keep up to date with the newest quality book, head over to Jackie’s blog!

Hi, I’m Jackie and I live in a small town in Surrey, England. I live here with my husband and two little boys.

My husband and sons

My husband and sons

We live in a quiet road on the edge of the town. It is one of the few unpaved roads in the area and so it can be a bit bumpy to drive here – especially in bad weather. This is also a draw back when it comes to the Internet. Everyone around us has access to high-speed broadband, but the cable doesn’t come down our lane and so ours is quite slow. This means we aren’t able to watch films or video clips properly. Luckily it doesn’t affect my blogging as it is fast enough for general web browsing.


My town

My town

My local town centre is quite small. It doesn’t have a book shop, but does have several charity shops which I enjoy browsing. Books generally cost about £2 in these shops and I often discover ones that are on my wish list.


Car boot sale

Car boot sale

I also love going to car boot sales, especially in the Summer months. Every weekend people take their old or unwanted goods to a field or car park and sell their items from tables behind their cars. Books can cost as little as 20p and so I can sometimes come away with bags of wonderful books for a few pounds.

The weather is not normally warm enough to read outside, but there are a few Summer days when it is possible. I don’t often have the luxury of being able to read during the day though. Most of my time is spent looking after my two little boys. This year my eldest son started school and so I now have my mornings free for blogging.

Me walking my son to school

Me walking my son to school

I have only lived in Surrey for a few years and have lived in lots of different places in England. I spent my teenage years in the Lake District, a beautiful rural area in the north of the country. The Lake District holds a special place in my heart and so I particularly enjoy books written by Sarah Hall. I would especially recommend her book Haweswater which I read this week. A review will be on my blog later.


Click on the world for a Google Maps picture!

Thanks Jackie, for letting us have a look at your life as a reader and blogger. It looks so nice where you live! I didn’t realise that in rural England not everyone has good internet access. I’m glad it doesn’t hinder you too much.

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

Next week Tes from India will be visiting us for the twenty-fourth Book Bloggers Abroad guest post. Don’t miss it!

About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

25 Responses to Book Bloggers Abroad (23) – UK

  1. chasing bawa says:

    Nice to know a little more about one of my favourite bloggers! I’ve met Jackie twice and she’s lovely!

  2. Pingback: I’m featured on Book Bloggers Abroad! – Farm Lane Books Blog

  3. I love Jackie! I met her at a book bloggers meet up last April and she is as lovely as she seems on her blog. I didn’t know she used to live in the Lakes though (one of my favourite places in the world! – off to check out books by Sarah Hall now :))

  4. Iris says:

    I’m so happy I got to know a little more about Jackie 🙂 I always love seeing pictures of where bloggers live. And Jackie is such a nice blogger.

  5. Diane says:

    It was so nice to read about Jackie and her family!

  6. amymckie says:

    I love Jackie’s blog so it’s great to find out more about her and where she lives. And see pictures 🙂 That is unfortunate about no fast internet – sounds like my parents home. They had that issue for years until just about a year ago. Everyone around us had high speed but we couldn’t pick it up because we were in a hollow!

  7. Cass says:

    I love the car boot sales! It would be so much better than the US-style garage sale…easier to clean up, at least. Heh.

  8. winstonsdad says:

    great to find out some more about Jackie I love charity shops and car boots to great for cheap books ,all the best stu

  9. Alex says:

    Always nice to put a face to a name! I though car boot sales only happened in the US. When I lived there I went to dozens of car boot/garden/garage sales. You’re right, great place to buy cheap books!

  10. Thanks for the kind words everyone 🙂

  11. Suzanne says:

    I am always impressed that bloggers are able to do such a wonderful job along with raising a family.
    Car boot sales sound interesting — we have garage sales here in the US but the car boot sales sound more like a one-stop shop.

  12. LindyLouMac says:

    Hi from one Surrey girl to another Jackie , good to learn a little more about you as I only recently started reading your blog.

  13. mee says:

    Only a few summer days warm enough to read outside! That’s sad news for me since I love to read outside. Lucky it’s warm enough here for a few months in Sydney to do so. But what a lovely little town you live there Jackie. Looks like you live so close to nature too. Wonderful.

  14. woordenaar says:

    So much fun to read how people are reading, love the concept of this series.

  15. Beth F says:

    That was one nice thing about the Channel Islands — plenty of days nice enough to sit outside and read. Thanks so much for sharing a little about yourself and your town. I too live on one of the few unpaved lanes in my small town. Your boys are adorable.

  16. VioletCrush says:

    I enjoy Jackie’s blog, thanks for letting us know a little more about her.

  17. Robin Spano says:

    What a cool post. I love this take on Surrey, England. My in-laws live in Surbiton, so I’m there almost every year visiting. Which little Surrey town are you in?

  18. pburt says:

    How fun – it was neat to take a peak into your life.

  19. Thank you for the lovely comments everyone. It was nice to share a few photos with you all. A special thank you to Judith for hosting this wonderful series of guest posts.

    • leeswammes says:

      Thanks for taking part, Jackie. It was nice to learn about you and your little town. I used to live in England for a looooong time, but I was in Sussex, Essex, and York.

  20. Great insight into Farm Lane Books — her blog is one that I love to keep up with!

  21. Alyce says:

    I love seeing new sites from England and enjoyed the photos of Jackie’s town and family.

I love comments! Let me know what you think.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: