February 25, 2021

It’s Been a While – Featuring: Rankin, Kist, Haig & Knight

My last post on Online Blanket Fort was way back in May… and the blog disappeared altogether for a few months (what do you mean you didn’t notice?!) But we’re back in business now!

Where did I go? I didn’t go anywhere. Life unfortunately happened in a variety of different and quite spectacularly horrible ways and blogging just wasn’t that important to me … neither was reading which, for a Book Blog, is kind of vital!

Beta Reading

I think (hope) my book slump is now over and that I’ll be able to get back into some sort of a routine with posts. I’ve a few smashers of books lined up to read and review – one of which is the new release by Heleen KistStay Mad, Sweetheart. This is a book I was lucky enough to read at beta stage and loved. It’s released on November 19th and there will, of course, be an accompanying Blog Tour.

Rankin and Rebus

Ian Rankin has been helping break me back in gently (steady!) to reading. I started re-reading the John Rebus series from the start and I think it was the best decision I could have made. There’s something so comforting about going back to old favourites especially when they’re based in a city you love and feature a character you feel like you know. I’ve just made a start to ‘Let It Bleed’ which is number 7 in the series and, as it was written to the soundtrack of The Rolling Stones album by the same name I feel it’s only proper to play that while reading.

Be rude not to.

Waterstones Made Me Do It

Another couple of books I read recently were – ‘Notes on a Nervous Planet’ by Matt Haig and ‘You Do You’ by Sarah Knight. ‘Notes’ has been on my must-read list for as long as it’s been out and during a wander round Waterstones it leapt into my hands and demanded to be taken to the till and then home. I had to oblige. But it looked lonely so I grabbed ‘You Do You’ in the passing as well. What can I say – the books, they need saving!

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

The world is messing with our minds. What if there was something we could do about it?

Notes on a Nervous Planet strap-line

It’s not earth shattering and doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know – social media is causing us anxiety, we are now programmed to be constantly available, we never switch off from life, we have to be doing something at all times, we are unable to simply just ‘be’ – but it still hits hard. If you’ve followed this blog (or my Twitter feed) for any length of time you’ll know the love/ hate relationship I have with my phone… anyone under the age of 40 who says they don’t have a problem with phone addiction is, quite frankly, lying. Haig’s style of writing, and the fact he uses his own experiences of having a complete meltdown in a shopping centre really drew me in. I wanted to see what he did, how he coped and what he recommended. As a result, Mr I. Phone has been relegated to the kitchen during the night so there can be no 3am scrolling and Madam Alexa has been promoted to radio alarm clock (I should just BUY a new, proper, alarm CLOCK that I can trust shouldn’t I?… I know). I usually donate books once I’ve read them but this is one that I’ll keep and refer to every now and again, it’s that good. And I’ll be reading Haig’s other books as soon as my TBR pile allows.

You Do You by Sarah Knight

(A No-F**ks Given Guide) How to be who you are and use what you’ve got to get what you want

You Do You strap-line

This was bought on the strength of the title alone (okay, and to keep ’Notes’ company) and I’m so glad I got it. I’ve not read Sarah Knight’s other books ‘The Life-Changing Art of Not Giving A F**k’ and ‘Get Your Sh*t Together’ but I want to! Her sense of humour, sense of fun, genuine sarcasm and dry wit was fantastic. This woman does not give a flying f**k what the Judgy McJudgerson’s of this world think of her, and neither should we. She encourages us to do our own thing – and if it’s not hurting anyone then why the hell not?

I challenge anyone not to raise a smile when reading a book with such inspirational chapter headings as:

  • DO YOUR BEST. (Except when you can’t. Or you don’t want to. Or it’s giving you heartburn)
  • YOU WON’T GET ANYWHERE WITH THAT ATTITUDE (There are plenty of perks to being a pessimist)
  • YOU SHOULD SMILE MORE (How to break free from the Cult of Nice)

… and my personal favourite

  • YOU WILL NEVER LIVE THAT DOWN (Yes you will. Go ahead and let your freak flag fly)

So, on that note I am off to be difficult, hone my resting bitch face, check my ego is fully inflated and fly my freak flag high!



  • A complimentary copy of “Stay Mad, Sweetheart” was sent to me by Red Dog Press as part of their Blog Tour marketing, I have bought all other books referenced in this post myself.
  • There are NO affiliate links in this post. I’ve added links just because I am nice like that. And also because I tried the whole affiliate marketing thing and made £5 in a year… so, yeah.

3 thoughts on “It’s Been a While – Featuring: Rankin, Kist, Haig & Knight

  1. Hey! Glad you got your book mojo back! Looking forward to hearing about what you’re reading. I too was put off my blog mainly because of all the spam comments. I need to find my mojo now too! ❤️

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