Things that interest me

 

This page has been created to advise you of the sorts of things I am interested in reviewing.

 

The short, sharp and shiny bullet for is:

  • Books –

    • Urban Fantasy
    • Crime fiction
    • Supernatural
    • Cook books
    • Adult fiction
    • YA/NA fiction
    • Health, Mind and Body
    • Crafts and Hobbies
    • Sci-fi/ Fantasy
    • Home and Garden

 

  • Spoken Books –

    • See above

 

  • Cooking –

    • Preservative free
    • Wheat free
    • Dairy free
    • Refined sugar free
    • Homemade from scratch
    • Local foods
    • Organic foods

 

  • Child rearing (including children with ASD)

 

  • Gardening –

    • Water wise
    • Native
    • Herbalism
    • Home-grown fruit and veggies
    • Organic
    • Sustainable practices
  • Home and living –

    • Zero waste
    • Re-use and mend
    • Clutter free
    • Waste free
    • Plastic free
    • “nasty” chemical free
    • Sustainability

 

  • Buy local, eat local, support local –

    • Includes Australian owned, grown and made

 

  • Hand crafts –

    • Counted cross stitch
    • Vintage knitting stitches
    • Rag knitting (using rags as yarn)
    • Alternative yarn knitting (using non standard yarns/fibres to knit with)
    • Lace knitting
    • Crochet (one day I might figure it out)
    • Hand Spinning (one day I’ll make it work for me)
    • Yarn, alernative yarns, rag yarn, natural fibre yarn, YARN! 🙂
    • Macrame
    • Jewellery making
    • Beads
    • Craft ideas for children

 

And now for the more wordy explanation…

 

Firstly, I’m a huge book worm and so do love a good book. My preferred genres are Urban Fantasy, Crime fiction (mostly historical or cosy/mystery), house and garden, cooking and books on autism and child rearing. I’m a mum and one of my kids is HFASD so there is a bit of a theme running there. 😉

But saying that, I’m happy to take a look at most genres. As my blog title says – I’m eclectic and if something looks interesting to me, I will give it a go. Just be prepared for an open and honest review… whether I love it or hate it. Books in electronic format currently preferred over paper books as I’m running out of space for paper books… though I won’t say no to all paper books – especially craft and cooking –  so offer away!

I was recently declined reading a new Doctor Who book and was mortally offended… for about three minutes… as I realised nowhere in my details did it really mention how much of a dyed in the wool ‘Old Who’ fan I actually am. I mean, people who have read my Author blog would know… but not many others would. So I’m putting it here: I was raised on science fiction and fantasy and if it was a British sci-fi TV show I was most probably a fan! I was mad about Star Wars for a while, but the “first three” movies put me off that. Still a bit of a Trekkie and I will put up with ‘New Who’ as it’s had some bloody good moments… don’t blink… but I am so ‘Old Who’ I could almost win a quiz show on the amount of stuff I know on it. There, I’ve said it!

Okay, now that I have that off my chest, back to the other things I like.

Oh, I don’t like cook books with a TV show theme. So no Doctor Who cook books please. 😉

Other interests I have are herbalism, gardening in general, making things from scratch, zero waste, sustainability, “re-use and mend” and similar “old school” styles of thinking.

I’m a Pagan, openly and freely admit to that. So if reading books on mind, body and spirit I freely admit to having issues with the ones that refer to God. He’s not my deity so puts me off reading about him. I have nothing against those who worship him as I respect all beliefs that intentionally harm none… And I do expect that respect in return.

I love all sorts of music, but would probably be best known for alternative stuff and not main stream. Huge fan of the various types of Celtic music, Jonsi and Alex, Deep Forest, Secret Garden, Miriam Stockley and Enya… so, yeah, not main stream! Except Coldplay… My kids have gotten me into Coldplay. How embarrassing.

I love to cook and bake and make about 80% of the things my family eat. I’m very much into whole foods, organic foods and local foods and am always interested in buying, eating and supporting local. And, if not local to my area, at least Australian. I have a food blog that deals with all my cooking and baking fun so you can check it out here if you want more information on what I get up to.

As I am a mum, carer of an ASD child, student (currently doing a BA in Internet Communitcation) and Haus Frau, I don’t always have time to sit and read. So if anyone wants to send me spoken books to review while I’m doing the ironing or baking, please feel free to contact me. My spoken book genres are the same as my reading ones. I also enjoy a good YouTube channel and am often found watching knitters on there while I do the folding and ironing. I love my knitting. You want me to review you on youtube? Sure!

Oh, and speaking of Haus Frauing, yes this is my current chosen career (along with writing and reviewing) as it fits into the current needs of my family. I have, however, spent almost twenty years in ICT Support in various roles, know my way around a computer, most applications and ICT security issues. I might like to write like I’m one dumb bunny, but I’m not. I just find being a smart female can still intimidate some so I ease you into it slowly… let it sneak up on you. So if you want me to show my intelligence, throw some text books my way. I’m relly into stuff on social media as it’s part of my degree.

And as a Haus Frau, I’m into as “nasty” chemical and plastic free lifestyle as possible. One that focusses on leaving as small an imprint on the planet as possible. We’re also working towards becoming a zero waste household. I’m getting so into it I am considering doing a Masters in Sustainability and Climate chnge when I’m done with my BA. It means that much to me. So please think of that when asking me to review some products as I’ve already declined reviewing things that go against my principles when it comes to creating a happy, healthy and clean home. Call me a Greenie, call me a neo hippy – they’re your labels, not mine. 🙂

Finally, if you don’t know me from my other blogs or are yet to realise it: I try not to take life too seriously and do write in a sarcastic manner. Sometimes it’s just an undertone, but other times it likes to kick up its heels and become the centre of attention. It’s part of my ‘say it how it is’ attitude in life. And, as I always try and seek the positive in every situation, the same can be said when I review something. Even if I don’t like it… I will try and find at least one positive.

Okay, so that’s a run down on some of my interests. If it makes me sound interesting enough to review for you… contact me!

Kind regards,

Janis.

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