CJR The Brit: Blog shake up discussion!

I never thought I would be putting so much thought into my blog! I just love it. 

With that in mind, I was thinking about doing a blog shake up. Just a mini one, let’s not get too carried away!

Why wait till the New Year? I’ve started!

Firstly I decided not to change my theme (my brain can’t handle that!)

But I did change my background, changed fonts, changed the sidebar and created some new blog graphics.

Then the planning:

  • Out with monthly wrap ups,
  • Jazzed up weekly wraps ups,
  • Brainstormed some ideas for new blog posts (need to put these in practice),
  • Decided to do more review posts,
  • Created a review page on my blog (that’s going to be work!),
  • Got a blog planner (paper as I am old skool!), 
  • Need to plan blog posts.

I am so excited about all this!

My next step I guess is research and making sure I plan properly.

Which leads me on to….questions!

  • What do you want to see in blog posts?
  • What makes you want to read a post?
  • What puts you off a post?
  • How excited do you get in planning your posts? <—please tell me I’m not alone!


#CJRTheBrit: October Wrap Up (and my news!)

Wow October flew by!

It was my sons birthday month and we had 3 days of celebrations (what it’s like to be young!) and also was a very busy month in work so I didn’t get much reading in as I would have liked to.  Anyway, no negative nelly here so on we go to my books!

Craving Lily by Nicole Jacquelyn

See my review here πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§



Sick Fux by Tillie Cole

See my review here πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§


The Consort by KA Linde

See my review here πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§


Loving Storm by Carian Cole

See my review here πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§


Lawless by Janeen Ippolito

See my review here πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§


Ruthless King by Meghan March

See my review here πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§


Hooking Up by Helena Hunting

See my review here πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§


The Bodyguard by CD Reiss

See my review here πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§and a half!


Roomies by Christina Lauren

See my review here πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§



Sommersgate House by Kristen Ashley – see my review here πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – see my review here πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart – see my review here πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Corrode by Ella Fields – see my review here πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

 (Sorry for my change in format! I am trying something out!)

What I want to read & news!

My news – well I added a discussion post about whether anyone actually reads monthly wrap ups as I have noticed interest dwindling.  For November I will be trialing making more of my weekly posts and not doing a monthly wrap up.

November is here so it’s the start of my read my tbr quarter! Here are the books I want to read in November..wish me luck!

What books did you read in October?

Link up your posts in the comments so I can have a nose!


The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 23-29 October


After my reading fail (which we don’t talk about!) from last week I wanted to up the anti. Lets face it, it couldn’t be worse than 1. And I did it! Well, just!!  Even with school holidays and a chest infection! Go me!

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

See my review here 

I also read an arc of Skylar (The Club Girl Diaries #7) by Addison Jane.  The cover hasn’t been revealed yet so I can’t post and there is no pre-order.  If you are a fan of this series, then you can add to Goodreads here.

You can see my review here


November is upon us in 3 days so my TBR Quarter reading list starts. I’ll update next Sunday with what I read!


How was your reading week?

What books did you read?


October Fairyloot Unboxing **spoilers if you have yet to receive/open**


I have been wanting to get my hands on a Fairyloot box for a while so last month I pulled out the big guns and set my alarm at work to make sure I bagged one of these babies (and I managed to get a subscription!)  You can check Fairyloot out here.

I was so excited when the box arrived!


Now I love a coaster and I got one! The exclusive old-fashioned villain coaster designed by Evie Seo.

Also enclosed was an exclusive death eater pin made by House of Wonderland which now has pride of place on my scarf to ward off those winter winds!

And finally in this picture, the Hidden Darkness Pocket mirror designed by Little Inkling Designs and features a quote from the Young Elites by Marie Lu. This is stowed safely away in my bag waiting for any make up emergencies!


I fell in love with these!

  • Raise Hell Print by Evie Seo,
  • Night of Cake and Puppets art print,
  • The Language of Thorns postcards,
  • A Fairyloot bookbag,
  • A Fairyloot bookmark.


And finally…..

Exclusive Maleficient candle by Meraki Candles (which smells divine!)

An exclusive cover edition of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (which I devoured the day I got the box – see my review here)!

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao which is a re-telling of Snow White set in Eastern Asia. This was book of the month and came with a signed bookplate and letter from the author.


I absolutely loved receiving this box and all its contents and I am so looking forward to the next box! I have never done a unboxing post before so forgive me as I need to polish this a bit!!!

Do you get any subscription boxes?

Tell me all!

Tag: Blogger Recognition Award

I have beenΒ nominated for another tag! Yay!Β  I was nominated by the lovely Ash & Lo at Window Sill Books BlogΒ  for the Blogger Recognition Award!Β  Check them out, these 2 ladies make me smile every time they post!




  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select 10/15 other bloggers you want to give this award to and let them know you nominated them


How CJR The Brit started:

Well, back in 2012 I decided I needed an outlet for the bookish thoughts in my head so I started my WordPress blog. I really wanted to help promote authors and get on the blogger ladder so I started signing up for tours with various PR companies and publishing houses.

And so it went on…..

A year ago I decided that I didn’t want to keep posting the same content as everyone else onΒ tours etc and I had an idea in my head of how I want to make my blog look. So I renamed and started making my own posts.Β  I still have a long way to go but I am another step closer to how I envisage my blog to be…..its just finding the time to make my ideas fly!

In between all this my friend suggested we started a Facebook page so A Brit and a Yank Book BlogΒ was also born.


Advice for new bloggers:

Be you

You don’t have to be the same as everyone else. Do you and what you want to post. I don’t stress about stats, likes or comments (ok sometimes I have a little wobble!)


The book blogging community on WordPress is like none I have ever met. Lovely and supportive, just the way its supposed to be.

The more you interact, the more you get to know people. The more you get to know people, the more lovelier the book world becomes.


I Nominate:

Phannie @ Phannie the Ginger Bookworm

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Rebecca @ The Fairest of All

Tracy & Rebecca @ Book Loving Pixies

Kristi @ Confessions of a YA Reader

I know I only nominated 5 but its late and I want to sleep!


I hope that you enjoyed hearing about how CJR The Brit began! I have enjoyed every moment of blogging so far!

CJR The Brit: 2017 Goodreads Challenge update

I know a lot of people who have a love/hate relationship with Goodreads. Some authors I know avoid it like the plague due to trolls and nasty comments. 

I use Goodreads religiously as I find it’s a great way to keep track of my books, I just ignore all those vile trolls.

For a few years I have been doing the annual reading challenge so I thought it would be fun to do an update.

I was so surprised when I looked at my progress.


I picked 135 books this year which is a lot for me but I’ve been having some neck issues so was off work for a bit so I had all the reading time.

Did you do the Goodreads challenge this year?

How are you getting on?

The Brits Weekly Book Biz 16-22 October

Well the weekly book biz is just that. Not plural. A book. One solitary book. So to sum up, one book!!!

Work was so crazy that I worked extra hours and I came down with the lurgy.

So one book (can you tell I’m a bit miffed?!)

Sommersgate House by Kristen Ashley
See my review here.

Ooh another piece of news!

I got a Fairyloot box!!!

I’ll post an unboxing post later in the month as I don’t want to spoil the contents for people who haven’t got theirs yet.
School holidays this coming week so not sure how much time I will have to read but there is a hardback that came with my Fairyloot box that I am defo picking up…..keep following to see what one!

How was your reading week?
What books did you read.

#CJRreview Ruthless King (Mount Trilogy #1) by Meghan March



By Meghan March

Mount Trilogy Book 1

Get ready for the darker and dirtier side of New Orleans with a brand new alpha romance fromΒ USA TodayΒ bestselling author Meghan March.

New Orleans belongs to me.

You don’t know my name, but I control everything you seeβ€”and all the things you don’t.

My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met.

I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt.

To have her in my debt.

She doesn’t know she caught my attention.

She should’ve been more careful.

I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her.

It’s time to collect what I’m owed.

Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount.

*Ruthless King is book one of the Mount Trilogy*


Amazon US β‡’ http://bit.ly/ruthlessking

Amazon UK β‡’ http://amzn.to/2fOEmjU

Amazon Paperback β‡’ http://amzn.to/2wjuN2s

iBooks β‡’ http://apple.co/2v56uB5

BN⇒ http://bit.ly/2x7Og3p

Kobo β‡’ http://bit.ly/2iahGLw



‘There’s something I might be willing to take in trade.




Lachlan Mount. Oh you naughty boy!

It’s hot, it’s dark, it gives you the feels in all the right places (!) and it’s a page turner.

I read some of the scenes in this book like a proud best friend! Keira is one down to earth, but extremely sassy, lady. I so felt for her in the meeting with the Voodoo Kings but it did have me laughing out loud!

But all good things need to come to an end. But not in this book…..that clanger by Keira at the end signifies a great book to come!