‘So I Say Thank You For The Books…’ Featuring Lyndsey from Heaven, Hell & Purgatory Book Reviews

‘So I say Thank You For The Books…’ is a new weekly feature and where each week someone, blogger or author, tells us who or what inspired their love of reading

This week I’m welcoming Lyndsey from Heaven Hell and Purgatory Book Reviews, A new but fabulous blogger with the best rating system I have ever come across!



As a child, I always had a book in my hands whether it be for school or for pleasure. My whole family are avid readers so my Mum strongly encouraged it from a very early age and my in primary school my teachers were always sending me home with a new book every night. I don’t actually still have any of the books that I had as a child because I passed most of them on to my cousin when she was old enough to read and there are now some very worn and well read books on her shelves. I do wish that I had kept some of them now though as Point Horror books are very hard to come by in good condition.

When I was about 8, my Nanna bought me some Enid Blyton books for Christmas and I was instantly hooked. The Magic Faraway Tree books have always been my favourites and I bought them again last year and I still enjoyed them as much as I did as a child. I guess these were the first kind of fantasy books that I ever read. I loved thinking about what worlds I would like to visit if the tree was real and what magic things I would find there. I do find it strange that names have been changed in the newer versions of these books because they just don’t feel quite the same anymore.

I think it was as soon as I reached secondary school that I stopped reading for pleasure. None of my friends have ever really read anything apart from for school and having such a busy social life stopped me from having the time. Then I began to notice boys and realised that my love of reading didn’t stand a chance compared to spending time with my boyfriend and friends and just generally having a good time.

I moved to Canada for a year when I was 20 and found myself with a good job that didn’t pay very well at all. I was spending all the money I had on going out but after being there half a year, I realised that I just couldn’t go out 7 nights a week anymore. My friend Zoya from work was forever babbling to me about books and telling me how romantic and great they were. I eventually gave in and asked her to lend me a couple as the guy I lived with was going away for a week and I would be in the apartment on my own for hours each day. The first batch of books that she lent me was Perfect and Paradise by Judith McNaught and while I thought I would never read this genre, I loved both of them. Zoya also got me hooked on Historical Romance and Julia Quinn and Gaelen Foley were some of the first authors in this genre that I read. I now have every book they have written that has been released in the UK.

I brought my re-found love of reading back to the UK but only carried on reading romances. My best friend, Ryan who lives in Scotland knows how much I love anything fantasy in films and TV so he thought he would try to move this love over into the book world. As a birthday present he sent me a copy of Knife by R.J. Anderson for two reasons. It was about faeries and the cover was absolutely stunning. He knows me better than anyone else so I decided to trust his judgement and take a chance on this book. I fell in love with the world that was created and the characters and was hooked after only a couple of pages. Immediately after finishing Knife, I went to Amazon to see what else there was in this genre and found so much that looked interesting. That was a couple of years ago now and I have been reading YA fantasy ever since.

I actually have to say thanks to Rhiana as well. She was a huge help when I started blogging and has recommended and sent me some great books to me that I would have never picked on my own. Perfect Chemistry and Della Says: OMG have been two of my favourite books this year and I would have never read them without her!

As you can see, many people have contributed to my love of books. I don’t really know what I would do if I didn’t read now and I couldn’t imagine life without it, so much so that I decided to finally go to university to study English!


Thanks Lyndsey for an interesting post, and *blush* thanks…you’re welcome! Best wishes for Uni…you’ll be great!

Would you like to be featured in So I Say Thank You For The Books…? I’m looking for bloggers and authors who would like to write a guest post for this weekly feature.
Is there one particular person who inspired your love of books? It could be a relative, teacher, librarian, a particular author…anyone. It could even be a ‘thing’…perhaps a movie prompted you to look up the book which inspired it or a specific event occurred and you’ve never looked back? It’s up to you…now’s your chance to tell us all about it! (Obviously, for privacy reasons, we don’t need full names and photo’s of people!)

There’s more details here. You can be as creative as you like and don’t have to follow a specific format. Feel free to email me with any questions!

3 thoughts on “‘So I Say Thank You For The Books…’ Featuring Lyndsey from Heaven, Hell & Purgatory Book Reviews

  1. It is amazing how both situations and people have greatly influenced Lyndsey's reading life. This is a great post and proves to me that I do have the ability to influence others to become addicted to reading.


  2. I have started reading with Enid Blyton's Noddy books 🙂 I can totally relate!!!
    Reading is a habit you can lose for years, I cannot believe that there were times where I would hardly read any book for pleasure, it seems so far away now!
    Great post!!


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