Looking for contributors and other waffle-y ramblings

Yesterday I had a cry, as I’m sure many of you have felt compelled to do recently. The sort of cry that sneaks up on you after what already feels like an eternity of this ‘working from home’ lark, coupled with lack of decent sleep and the (entirely internal) pressure to be PRODUCING SOMETHING AMAZING AND CREATIVE, despite the fact that I never really did a whole lot of that in the first place.

<All of this said whilst recognising that I am in a privileged position to be able to safely work from home and not be caring for someone or trying to home school anyone. I am never taking that for granted, I promise you>

Whilst grappling around for one tiny thing that I can control, my aggressive inner-voice kept poking me and saying

You need to be posting on your blog.

You have about a thousand reviews to do.

Why don’t you stop scoffing biscuits while watching The Tiger King and get on with it?


I have since realised, that one of the things that I do not need to put pressure on myself for  at the moment is content for the blog.

People might want recommendations certainly. I’m all for that. But it really doesn’t have to be me. Other people might want to talk to the world about books, without the faff of setting up their own blog. Offbeat Book Club has always been a community and I’d love for the blog to reflect that more.


Offbeat Book Club is looking for contributors. I want to help you to share your thoughts on the offbeat books that you’re reading with the world. No word counts, no restrictions, no hoity-toity referencing or academic-speak (unless that’s your thing!)

If that sounds like something you might be interested in, then drop me dm on Twitter/Instagram, or email –  offbeatbookclub@gmail.com and we can have a chat. Which will be nice.

Big virtual hugs and sloppy digital kisses,



No Review-ish this week as I haven’t finished my current book! So a few updates instead.

At time of writing, I am ploughing my way through a thoroughly enjoyable book but its so deep and thought-provoking that I only get through a couple of pages before I fall asleep. So its taking me longer than the last few books have. But more on that the moment I finish it, I promise! It’ll be a really gushy review as I’m loving it so much.

I’m getting there with setting up a physical version of the Offbeat Book Club in Cardiff, which I’m super-excited about. Progress is being made and I’m hoping to be able to shout about it from the rooftops very soon. It was always my intention to run a book club in Cardiff that is all about getting together with some like-minded readers to diversify our reading, the blog was a bit of a side-project, so I’m pleased that its becoming a reality.

I’ll be posting about the book club regularly here, so you can follow along if you’re not local, or not able to get to the meetings. Please read-along with us and join in the discussion in the comments section.

With that in mind, I really want to reach as many people in Cardiff, and beyond, so I have a few favours to ask… have you read my blog and enjoyed it? Fab. Please can you tell other people about it? That would be nice. Have you got any thoughts on what I have written? Pop me a comment. Or just tell me what you’re reading. I am always interested. Or just tell me about your pets, holidays or good sandwich experiences. Cheers!


PS. I went to Hay-on-Wye for the first time this weekend and obviously found my spiritual home. Managed to only walk away with four books which I think showed amazing restraint.