Reading List – February

This month I managed to finish 3 books and start another two but was side tracked by work. Not a good excuse I know. I also have a habit of getting something off to a good start and then letting fall by the wayside. But I still read so that’s something.

Online Marketing for your Craft Business by Hilary Pullen
I got given this book for Christmas, admittedly it had been sitting on my wish list. I’ll be honest most of this information can be found on the net, it you have an online business like me, you’ll know social media is crucial to the running of your business. There are a million experts out there telling you the right and wrong way to do social media and run your business at the end of the day you need to pick what is right for you and what you feel comfortable doing. Not everything works the same way for everyone. This book is based on Pullen’s own experience of building an online business, her advice is good in that it doesn’t tell you what to do but these are the tried and tested ways that work. There is a lot of talk about keywords and SEO, something I still need to get to grips with but her advice on how not to become a spamming is very helpful. There are a lot of social media outlets that you can promote your business through, she gives an insight how to navigate and use each one to it’s full potential, which one you choose to promote your business is down to you trying out for yourself. Personally I’m never gonna be a vlogger because I’m useless in front the camera so You Tube is not going to be first port of call for promoting my business but the book is full of useful advice and it does have a nice easy to follow format broken down into bite sized chunks.
Rating: ★★★
Joyland by Stephen King
I had read good things about this book and is didn’t disappoint. A murder mystery set in a theme park in the 70s. Devin Jones goes to work at Joyland during a summer break whilst at college, endures heartbreak and ends up solving a murder mystery. It’s a bit of slow burner but still an enjoyable read and I found myself racing through the end of this book to see how it ended. It’s not a big surprise but King is an experienced and talented writer who knows how to tell a good tale. 
Rating: ★★★★

Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S. Choi
Fi is struggling against traditional cultural norms being enforced int eh wrong cultural environment. Raised in America but expected to marry some nice Chinese boy and become his mother whilst he plays video games or goes crabbing, this career girl who tries to take her own virginity with a dildo is having none of it! Enter Sean, the only person she really connects with, queue murder and mayhem! It’s dark and and funny and I really liked this book, I’m not sure what that says about me but I was totally rooting for Fi and Pepito the whole way through this book. 
Rating: ★★★★★