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Karen Byrom

I love to write and I love to read, so writing book reviews is the best job in the world for me!

 

What got me into journalism? After studying Latin and history at St Andrews university, I returned to my home town of Dundee, where DCT Media has been a proud presence for over 100 years.

 

I worked there in magazine journalism for over 30 years, honing my skills at My Weekly and The People’s Friend. I’ve now retired from the 9-5, but still write book reviews for My Weekly and for NFOP’s in-house magazine, along with all the reviews you’ll find here.

 

My tastes are eclectic – I love all genres from romance to detective, fantasy to thriller noir, young adult to literary fiction. Hilary Mantel, Neil Gaiman, Lisa Gardner, Milly Johnson – I’ve too many favourite authors to mention … just check out my reviews to discover more!

Bookish Blog

My turn on the blogtour for @jothomasauthor ‘s excellent new story #RetreatToTheSpanishSun. Divorcee Eliza is determined to make a fresh start in life and takes a house-sitting job in Spain for Iberican ham producer Josep. The sunny delights of Spain go to Eliza’s head but when she becomes embroiled in saving Josep’s business from the machinations of the snobby local gastronomic society things take a turn! A fun and feel-good story with strong themes of self-discovery and lashings of romance, and the author’s trademark descriptions of glorious food and wine! Full review through the link on my bio. #blogtour #retreattothespanishsun @randomthingstours @penguinrandomhouse #funinthesun #holidayreading #holidayreads #holidayreadingrecommendations #bookstagram #booksbooksbooks #bookbloggersofinstagram
The elephant pants have reached Cyprus! #startedinvietnam #travellingelephantpants #allaroundtheworld #postpandemictravel
It’s my turn on the #blogtour for @anita_faulkner_writer #acolourcountryescape. This vibrant, fun romance sees heroine Lexie flee a failed romance to take a new job with the paint- factory-owning posh Carrington family at imposing Nutgrass Hall where she receives a mixed welcome. But Lexie is determined to make a success of her job and overcome her blues, with or without the help of her new boss Ben, a man who definitely needs a splash of colour in his life! Full review through the link on my bio. #spherebooks #natashagill @littlebrownbookgroup_uk #romanticfiction #popularfiction #debutfiction #bookstagram #bookrecommendations #bookbloggersofinstagram #lovereading #lovebooks #feelgoodreading #feelgoodbooks
My Croatian holiday is over but I’ve been transported back to Hvaar with this lovely romance from @isabelle_broom #hvaar #croatia🇭🇷 #romanticfiction #bookrecommendations #booklover #lovereading #lovebooks #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookbloggerlife
Lovely bit of book post today. Can’t wait to read about #DorothyParker and her friends in 1920s New York @gill.paul1 @williammorrowbooks #bookstagram #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookbloggerslife #lovebooks #lovereading #historicalfiction
My latest #blogtour has dropped me off in Dartmoor for a deliciously witty, sometimes dark but always prescient look at the adventures of of the folk in one small village over past, present and future, presided over by a sardonic narrator who can only be the landscape itself. Almost a short story collection loosely bound together, this book is certainly novel, offering the reader lots of food for thought during a glorious immersion in a countryside peopled with quirky folk,  portrayed with real warmth and wit by author Tom Cox @21stcenturyyokel @randomthingstours @unbounders #bookrecommendations #bookstagram #bookbloggersofinstagram #booktours #landscapeandliterature Full review through the link on my bio
My turn on the #blogtour for #thememorykeeperofkyiv by @erinlitteken What an inspirational read. Taking us back to 1930s’ Ukraine when Stalin’s brutal communist regime saw famine, death and destruction stalk the land, it tells the story of Katya, who lived through hell and still carries the memories. It’s a timely reminder that even in times of conflict and oppression, the human spirit will survive and endure to live and love again. Heartbreaking but uplifting and ultimately hopeful - I couldn’t put this down. Full review through the link on my bio. @erinlitteken @bookandtonic @rachelsrandomresources #ukraine #holodomor #triumphovertragedy #stalinism #bookstagram #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookrecommendations #lovereading #lovebooks📚
The travelling elephant pants land in the poshest restaurant in Dubrovnik!! #dubrovnikcroatia #dubrovnikoldtown #posat #posatrestaurant #posatdubrovnik #travellingelephantpants #allaroundtheworld #startedinvietnam #welltravelled #bookbloggerslife
There’s magic around every corner #dubrovnik #dubrovnikcroatia #dubrovnikoldtown #dubrovnikgameofthrones #seascape #holidayvibes😎 #bookbloggerslife
View from a balcony! #summersun #dubrovnik #dubrovnikoldtown #dubrovnikcroatia #balcony #balconylife #bookbloggerslife #holidayvibes😎
A bench fit for book lovers #bookbench #hvarlibrary #hvarcroatia #bookbloggerslife #bookstagram #booklovers #bookloversofinstagram
Secret alleyways can lead anywhere … #hvartown #hvarcroatia #alleywaysofinstagram #hiddengems #bookbloggerslife
The elephant pants are back on their travels! #travellingelephantpants #visitinghvar #hvartown #hvarcroatia #holidaywear #allaroundtheworld #startedinvietnam
No better place to read a book than on a balcony in the sun #hvar #croatia #holidayreading #memorykeeperofkyiv #heartbreakandhope @erinlitteken @bookandtonic #bookbloggersofinstagram #bookbloggerlife
Bobbing along #hvar #hvarharbour #fishingboat #boatsofinstagram #sunshineandsea #holidayisland #croatiafullofmagic #croatiatrip
There are worse places to wake up #hvarcroatia #hvar #holiday #sunshineholiday #hereatlast