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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

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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
What a brilliant book! #lessonsinchemistry takes us into the world of the 1960s when women had little power, at home or work, and introduces us to brilliant scientist Elizabeth Zott who may have to adjust her life to circumstances but never ever compromises her principles. Witty, wry, warm, thought-provoking and sometimes heartbreaking, this is definitely one of my top reads. Read my full review through the link on my bio. @bonnie_garmus_author @doubledayukbooks @penguinrandomhouse #1960sfeminism #feminism #feministfiction #lovestory #brilliantread #readingrecommendations #bookstagram #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #lovereading #lovebooks
My turn on the #blogtour for #WeddingBellsForTheVictoryGirls, the lovely new saga from #JoannaToye. WWII is over and it’s time for life to get back to normal but of course life doesn’t always go smoothly for the friends, family and workers at Marlows  department store. This hopeful story is the last in #theshopgirls series but can be read stand alone. Full review through the link on my bio. @harperfiction @randomthingstours #wwiisaga #wwiifiction #wwiinovel #friendship #community #family #bookstagram #bookblogger #readersofinstagram #readingrecommendations #lovereading #lovebooks
Join me on the blogtour for Space Hopper. This thought provoking story explores the mother and daughter relationship in a quirky way as mother-of-two Faye travels back in time to meet her own long-dead mother. But will her presence in the past cause more troubles in the future? Thoughtful, warm and very engrossing - read my full review through the link on my bio. #spacehopper #helenfisher #timetravel #motheranddaughter #bookstagram #bookstagramuk #bookblogger #bookrecommendations @randomthingstours @simonschusteruk
Some great new books coming out this week, including this lovely family story from @the_ericajames. Widow Naomi is embarking on a new romance, but her daughter Martha isn’t happy about it. Meanwhile, Naomi’s younger daughter Willow is having relationship problems of her own. A charming story that explores family dynamics in a thoughtful way, with an intriguing plot that peels back hidden secrets in all the women’s lives … full review through the link on my bio. @hqstories @harpercollins360 @joe_thomas2504 #mothersanddaughters #familyrelationships #familydrama #familystory #bookstagram #bookblogger #bookrecommendations #lovebooks #lovereading
A maverick therapist takes on a couple who on the surface have it all. Rich, good-looking, successful, with a gorgeous little boy, what problem has brought them to Avery’s door? While Avery puts them through her 10-point recovery plan, her own life starts to unravel. Is there a connection? Are the golden couple all glister and no gold? It’s all very intriguing, beautifully plotted and truly engrossing! Join me on the #blogtour for #TheGoldenCouple - full review through the link on my bio. @panmacmillan @randomthingstours @sarahpekkanen @greerhendricks #domesticthrillernoir #thrillerbooks #bookrecommendations #bookstagram #bookblogger #bookbloggersofinstagram #booklovers #bookloversofinstagram