When The World Becomes Braille by Mustafa Ozalcin


Helllllo readers, it’s a Monday morning but that’s no reason to despair #mondayfunday and all that. I have a fantastic guest post today from a fantastic author Mustafa Ozalcin, so let’s not waste any time. Onto the Q +A!

If you were to describe your book “When The World Becomes Braille” in only three sentences what would you say? (They don’t have to be short sentences?)

Firstly I just want say thank you for having me on My Little Book Blog….

So three sentences? Well… The book is the first part of a trilogy, where the story revolves around the at times debaucherous adventures and relationships of the central character Chris and his lifelong friends, which he recounts first hand through what he describes as a diary, even though mustafa_ozalcin_auhtor_photo_mlbbthere are no real dates mentioned. It’s a modern life drama slash comedy with spiritual and some may say paranormal undertones, but I don’t really like the term paranormal because it makes it sound “science fictiony”, which “When The World Becomes Braille” definitely isn’t, it’s very much real life. Lastly there’s a lot of sharp dialogue where the conversations are funny and touching and from the feedback I’ve received, have really resonated with people who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s.

Where did the inspiration for the book come from? Is there a story behind the book?

Like many people, I love reading. And watching movies. When we read books, we picture the scenes. When I watch a movie, if it’s good, like Goodfellas or Stand By Me or The Breakfast Club, I’ll watch it over and over again and dissect what it is that makes it great. For me, most of the time it’s the dialogue and the tone. And that’s obviously initially created in the writing, whether it’s from a script or a novel. I hate clichés but I literally (pun intended) always wanted to write “something”, even if it was just personal. And that’s how “When The World Becomes Braille” originally started out; as a personal bit of story writing. Then a friend found it and I let him read it. And he absolutely loved it. For years he would ask if I’d written the next chapters, which I hadn’t. I wrote the original draft in 1999!

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Could you give an insight into your writing process?

When the mood grabs me I just write and let it flow. There are times when I don’t feel in the mood to write, like when Liverpool lose! But generally I try to remain disciplined and put something down even if I’m not feeling creative. If after a while nothing great comes to mind, I’ll stop and do something else. But more often than not it’s best to just persevere and eventually the ideas pour out. I normally write the outline plot and dialogue first and colour in the detail during the numerous edits.

Which character did you enjoy writing and evolving the most? Who’s your favorite!

I really enjoyed developing Chris. He’s a bit of a diamond in the rough and beginning to realise there’s more to life than partying, drugs and women. Without wishing to give too much away from future instalments, it’s been interesting trying to transition him from boy-man to man-man. He’s like a cross between Hugh Jackman and Hugh Grant! But my favourite has to be Omar. He’s based on someone I know, so very easy to write about. And a special mention for Rachel who is a very strong character and I can say she’s more prominent in Part 2.

Can you tell us a little about the trilogy, where it’s going?

So Part 1 (“One Night in the 90’s”) is essentially an introduction to the main characters and wider plot. Chris is trying to ignore, or maybe reject is a better word, his conscience; and that he’s receiving signs that he may not be doing the right thing or taking the right courses of action where his life, and maybe those that his actions will affect are concerned. Again, without wishing to give too much away, we live in an age where people are more and more socially aware becoming more socially responsible. Some may think I’m being naive with that comment. But regardless, I believe people generally have good souls, even though there is a lot of corporate greed. But I’m going off track. In essence the story will continue to evolve around scenes that everyday people experience in real life, that maybe they’re not fully aware of or uncomfortable accepting… and “what if?” scenarios, all on a grander scale. Peppered with the same doses of humor readers will be familiar with from Part 1.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

I’m very active on Facebook, so my Facebook page would be a good place. I also really enjoy working on my website, ozalcin.com, which I do all of the work on myself. From time to time I like to blog about other stuff while I let ideas stew and that’s all on the website as well.

So there you have it, a fantastic book from Mustafa Ozalcin. All the links to discover more about this fantastic book are below and have a fantastic Monday readers!


Author Website 

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Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently that shouldn’t have been my cup of tea.


Helllllo readers, interesting Top Ten Tuesday post today that I’m really excited to get stuck into. The idea of today’s post is to highlight books you read in the last year or so that weren’t really your cup of tea but that you surprisingly enjoyed. Seeing as I read SO MANY different books from SO MANY different genres I know I’ve got lots to choose from but I’m going to try to pick just a few of my favourites.

1q84 by Haruki Murakami

I know I haven’t quite finished this but I am loving reading this. It’s so far away from the type of genre that I usually read and yet it’s beautiful, full of fantasy writing and mystical slightly religious themes. Something I would have never have picked for myself but one I am adoring.

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I bought this for T and he thought it was okay but not the most amazing book ever. I thought it would be right up his street because it’s really quirky but I think he thought it was trying to hard. I however have been really enjoying it. Great book, super clever and geeky it’s a thumbs up from Lizzo.

Once Gone by Blake Pierce

Some of you will know that although I adore thrillers sometimes they are just a little bit too scary and therefore I can’t really deal with them. This however was brilliant and although terrifying I just couldn’t stop reading it. Spot on – 100% worth a read.


Maybe this will come as a surprise – one because I read it recently, two because it’s on this list. Yes I love children’s books but this type of book doesn’t tend to be my cup of tea. I always want more from books like this but I was surprised to find this was perfect. Unlike the rants on Goodreads I really enjoyed this and therefore it’s making the list.



So I was sent this book and reviewed it and loved but I didn’t expect to. I thought it would get really tedious really quickly but it ended up being a lovely selection of stories to dip in and out of. I’ve struggled with short stories in 2016 but this one was lovely.


I just want to point out that with some of these books it wasn’t that I didn’t expect them to be my cup of tea but instead it was that I didn’t expect to like them as much as I did? This book really connected with me as the tale was told in such a special way – slowly giving you more and more information so you felt almost in the same way as the character in the book who was experiencing the events and feelings. It was a beautiful book and one i really enjoyed.


I bought this in my local bookstore which has now closed unfortunately. It was a bit of a quick choice from me, but it’s ended up staying with me for a long time and I’ve recommended it over and over. It’s a stunning set of stories that really spoke to me and I’m definitely going to re-read this, this year.



Another book that really surprised me this year – it’s full of mysteries that you have to solve. This book really made me think and made me use my brain which doesn’t normally happen when I’m reading. I think with this one I just didn’t know what to expect but I thought it was great really.


I had tried to read this book over and over and over again as a younger reader but it was only this year I finally got round to it. As I had really struggled before I didn’t think I would enjoy it but it ended up being brilliant.


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I picked up this book from the library without really looking at it too much and I ended up absolutely loving it and tearing through it. For a book that is your typical chick-lit kind of romance this was great.

So there we go, ten books from really the last six months I didn’t expect to love but really did. What books have you found a surprise recently? Let me know in the comments!



Lush in Translation by Aimee Horton

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Helllllo readers, hope you’re well! I’ve been reading a hell of a lot of fun books recently because I’m worried that reading something toooooo serious will kill off my want to read at all. But fun stories are good for me and this one seemed like the perfect  read for little ole me. I got a hold of this copy after subscribing to a blog which is something I haven’t done before – without further delay onto the review.

Find out just how British Dottie is…

Dottie Harris is as British as they come, which is exactly what endears her to us. But when her pregnant American cousin comes for a visit, Dottie is a frazzled disaster who can’t seem to overcome the language barrier.

Lush in Translation is a funny look at parenting from both sides of the pond, and the surprising number of confusing language differences that entails.

So, plot time – the book follows the routine of busy working woman Dottie Harris who has gone from working woman to full on Mummy. Battling little ones her days are filled whizzing around wiping noses and finding shoes. Although things aren’t exactly what she was expected she’s adjusting to life. One day though, her expecting cousin from across the pond comes to stay and let’s just say there’s a bit of a language barrier and a bit of difference in expectations but the story follows the differences between the two and the little quirks and ideas about parenting.

This is a very short story but it’s a fun story – we see the quirks and confusion in the changes of language between the two. The confusion when the words nappies (diapers) sweets (candy) and dummies (pacifiers) are used. Throughout we see Dottie desperate to impress and as she attempts to bribe her children into behaving she starts to struggle with keeping up appearances.  The story continues to play out between the two women and we get to see the thought process that no matter where we’re from, the ideas we have, the life we decide to lead and the way we parent we are really just the same people underneath. Parenting comes  in all different styles and we each have our own way of doing it.

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In terms of the writing style it’s very very simple;  there’s very little description or character build up and there isn’t a lot into the characters. We don’t really get a description of Dottie other than she’s very British and likes a gin and tonic or too every so often. Her cousin is the same and that’s the real problem of the book it’s just too short. It is sold as a snapshot into her life but it definitely could have been worked into a longer tale. All of these comments will revolve around it being too short but there was just very little space in the scenes, almost each was told in a  just sentence which made it difficult to really get involved in.

The ending also was really disappointing because we just know so little about the characters it’s difficult to feel anything at the end of the book. I love short stories and I know T doesn’t because they so rarely deliver and recently I’ve felt a little like that. There’s a difference between a short story and what just feels like a teaser to a really GOOD book that’s just not there. Maybe if this had been a selection of books and snippets it would have been better because I thought the premise of the story was really good.

Overall I enjoyed this but I  think if I had bought this in paperback i would have been quite disappointed. At thirty pages I almost (I’m sorry) thought was it worth it? I just felt there could have been so much more to this tale. The continuation of the language barrier, the relationship between the two women as her cousin gets closer to her due dates; there’s a real story there but it’s missing here. I think if this had been worked into more stories then this would have been better, but right now, it’s just not enough for me?




Before the Dawn (Book Two) by Georgia Rose

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Helllllo readers, hope you’re well – I’m currently writing this snuggled up on the sofa, with a hot water bottle, Pepsi Max and some rice cakes with Nandos Hot sauce. I’m on a health kick and I can’t lie My Fitness Pal has been a real life-saver. Being able to see exactly the calories and the like within each meal is really helpful. As I add these rice-cakes to today’s diary you should catch up on my latest review of Georgia Rose’s Before the Dawn.

…he moved closer and slowly ran the point of his blade along my jaw line as he spoke softly, intimately, to me.

“So, you are Trent’s woman. Now that is very…appealing.” I glared back at him silently.

There are testing times ahead for Grayson and Trent as trouble threatens Melton Manor. When an attack is made against those on the estate, Grayson gets caught in the middle finding herself and those around her in terrible danger. Terrified when she thinks tragedy has struck again she fights to protect those she now views as family and, suffering bloodshed and pain, confronts her fears – both brought by the enemy and by the one she loves.


As the blurb suggests the book follows off from the first in The Grayson Trilogy and as I was so hooked from the end of the first I just had to continue the story straight away. The second book follows the quite stressful life of Emma Grayson who although has come along bounds and bounds in her strength of character and her confidence is still struggling with her relationship with Trent. Although the trust is growing there Trent is still undeniably over-protective and it’s beginning to put large amounts of stress upon the two.

Although the Manor appears to be quite a gentle place, underneath the people who live and work there are involved in supporting MI6 with their undercover operations and when they are targeted due to Cavendish and Trent being involved in the disbanding of a Russian criminal organisation everyone is terrified that they will also be targeted. When the danger really appears can Emma and Trent hold together? What will happen to Melton Manor? All will be revealed.

I guess the biggest question when it comes to sequels is – was it as good as the first one? I did have a couple of wobbles with the first book and for that reason this one kind of worked for me more. I liked that the relationships especially between Emma and Trent were getting worn into. I think with some books the immediate connection with characters is exciting to follow but relationships don’t just happen and get maintained – they take time/effort/patience/love/acceptance/negotiation (I could go on, and on.) I like that here we continued to see the two almost evolving with each other and trying to work on their own personality traits accordingly.

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The action is a really exciting addition and I thought it definitely added the action I thought was missing a little in the first. Georgia as with the first book has a really wonderful way with words and the way that she describes the characters, the landscapes and the action is beautiful. Both books are seamlessly intertwined in terms of style which is so important when moving from one book to another. A quick point also – I loved that the author openly said read the first and then this one because the first isn’t rewritten into the second to help us, instead we plow straight in.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions especially surrounding Emma’s childhood and her parents and I found that the intrigue around the manor being attacked helped to pique my interest and make me more and more involved in the tale. The plot really builds towards the third novel and I definitely found myself trying to pace myself as not to get to the end too soon because something was telling me I wasn’t going to be getting the answers I needed in this book. I think the author has really worked the information reveals well between the books as so to keep the reader intrigue and to build between the books.

I’ve found it a little difficult to review this book because there is so much more too it than a 700  ish word review. Basically if you’ve read the first book there’s no questioning you  should read the second. If you’re intrigued as to whether to – I would say I’ve adored both books by this author and will 100% be reading the reviewing the next. Spot on.






The First Time & The New Arrival by Jessica Kirby

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Helllllo readers, hope you’re well – two books in one for you today which is always interesting. Some of you know that I adore Twitter and although I could definitely use it more I send the odd book/wine/food/hungover related tweet. I’ve been following Jessica and her wonderful fiance Pols on twitter for a little while and when I spotted that she had written a couple of short stories I thought why not get a hold of a couple and sit down to read. So I did, and this is what I thought!


The first time is a short story about a females first time – with the blurb simply stating that fact. The tale starts with a woman, dangling her feet thinking about the past. It’s an interesting way to start the plot and definitely helped to create a sense of mystery. We follow the life of the female character and learn about the introduction of a male during her childhood. Innocently taken in by the parents the male starts to wreak havoc on the girl’s life, taking liberties and treating her with contempt. Here we see the girl take her life in her own hands and the consequences in the future where the tale ends.

I guess the first thing to note is that this is a really short story which explains why there is a lack of names and has a basic build up. I did like the style of the writing – quite basic language throughout but also pinches of description woven in snippets to bulk out the tale. I thought the ending was a brilliant twist and definitely made me think – there’s a mention of a pet which definitely made me go back and re-read once I made it to the end. It takes a dark turn which upon re-reading the book made me feel a bit of a chill. For such a short tale (4/5 pages) it does pack a punch.  Yes you could argue that it’s simple and we don’t have a lot of character profiling but it’s a clever little story.


The second short story is called ‘The New Arrival’ and it follows the birth of a child. We see the persona go from the comfort of the womb, to the integration into a new family. I’m assuming this is a personal story because it definitely felt special or nostalgic about the feelings of family which made me feel real warmth. There is talk about the parents being married before but the feelings of family, making things work and growing together was beautifully built.

Once again it’s a simple story, 4/5 pages isn’t a lot to work with but it’s a lovely little tale of love life and family. I would love to see this book worked into a series to find out more about the family and the child. See how they grow up together and the potential trials and tribulations that come with any family. For me, I kind of wish these books came as a collection into one book because they are so short. I would also like to read more from this author in a longer format of book – I can see real talent there but with something so short it is difficult to culture characters but I was definitely drawn in through these short tales and would love to read more. Additionally the first book I think could definitely become a longer tale and I would love to read more into and learn more about the main character.

So, overall I loved these books, I’ve spoken a lot about my three-month reading slump and these definitely helped me get back into reading. I wish they were a little longer of collaborated to create one book but overall lovely little reads that I really enjoyed!


The New Arrival – Goodreads 

The New Arrival – Goodreads

The First Time – Goodreads

The First Time – Amazon

Jessica’s Twitter

Pols Twitter – both are definitely worth a follow!



Top Ten Tuesday: Books I resolve to read during 2k16


Helllllllo readers, I was trying to be super organised and knocked up a blogging resolutions post on Friday not thinking, that there would be one for Top Ten Tuesday come the next week. Lizzy, Lizzy, Lizzy – will you ever learn. Therefore I’ve popped together a slightly different post entitled books I resolve to get read in 2016. I am super good at putting the lists together but not so great at getting the books read so let’s hope these wonderful reads finally get read.

The Martian by Andy Weir


I recently went to go see this at the cinema and O-M-GGGG this was just fantastic. Funny. witty, sarcastic and I normally hate science fiction yet I was on the edge of my seat throughout. I NEED to get this read now.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner


I reaaaaly want to get into a series this year and I think that this could be the one. I’ve seen the first film but yet to see the second so maybe it’s the series for this year!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Still on my list – still needs to be read – keep forgetting about *slaps wrist.*

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters


Recently saw lots of my bookish friends reading this and there have been some fantastic reviews that have made me just need to pick up a copy and dive in. I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut and I’m wondering whether this will help sort it out!

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


Still attempting to read this – still haven’t quite made it through. Yet.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga


Not only is the cover wonderfully wonderful but, the story inside sounds so original and interesting. It’s had some really exciting write-ups and I cannae wait to my tiny mitts on this and read alllll the way through.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan


Been on my TBR since early last year – still on the list. This has to get read, fingers crossed I can get hold of a copy soon and just get down to it. C’mon Lizzo.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay


A book of essays about women in the 21st Century. Sounds like a must read and one that is still waiting patiently on my TBR.

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman


I mean – it’s Neil Gaiman? Needs a read right?

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)


I think this is T’s favourite Murakami book and that must mean something. It’s on the list, it will get read. Soon. I meant I’ve got about 8576895898 to get through first *cries uncontrollably*

Right, there we go, ten books I WILL (YES WILL) get read during 2016. I think it’s important to at least attempt to have a list together to read. Without further delay I’m off to eat all the chocolate oranges and bathe in a sea of wrappers. Good day y’all.

The Highway by C.J. Box

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Helllllo readers, it’s time for another book review. I’m sorry for the lack of Christmas tales but I don’t tend to buy/get requests/have time around this time of year. It’s one of the wobbles with scheduling posts in the future and it’s something I want to get better at – but having to shut my review requests inbox I’ve been battling through the books and festive tales have just been disregarded this year *sobs.* I must just say before we start this is the second in the Cody Hoyt series by C.J Box and I haven’t read the first because I’m silly and didn’t realise! Without delay le review.

It was Danielle and Gracie’s secret. A teenage adventure. A 1,000 mile drive along the spine of the Rocky Mountains to visit Danielle’s boyfriend in Montana. Their parents were never to know. But now the girls have simply vanished.

The only person who knows they’re missing is Danielle’s boyfriend. He persuades his father – a disgraced, suspended cop – to search for them. But he too simply disappears.

Now it’s up to rookie cop, war widow and single mother Cassie Dewell to find them. Her investigation will introduce her to FBI’s Highway Serial Killer Task Force, compel her to confront a spate of roadside sexual mutilations and murders, and lure her towards a darkness greater than anything she could ever have imagined.


As the blurb states the book follows two sister Gracie and Danielle Sullivan who set out from their mother’s home in Denver to celebrate Thanksgiving with their father. However Danielle has a secret; they’re going to visit her old boyfriend Justin but neither her sister nor Justin know until they’re on the road. Justin’s father Cody Hoyt is an  ex-law enforcement officer fired for planting evidence and once he learns from Justin that the two girls have gone off the grid after failing to arrive, he goes out to search for them despite being fired for planting evidence in a previous murder trial. Cody aware that many young women have been vanishing in the region enlists Cassie to help him find the girls and the man he believes to be the kidnapper. Can they find the girls in time?

I’m going to try really hard to not give away any spoilers and yet still let you know how brilliant this book is. In terms of the writing the characters are wonderfully deep and full of character profiling. They spring from the page with realistic dialogue and believable actions.  The build up of the characters Danielle and Gracie is skillfully done and seeing one play the hero or survivor and one more of a victim was a good contrast. The author also really plays with the different personalities of Cassie and Cody. We see Cassie come into her own as the good cop who though having to deal with the stresses of being a female officer in terms of sexism and the like – although not from Cody, grows strongly in confidence.

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The action with the girls is continually intermixed with the life of a long-distance trucker who calls himself the Lizard King. Here we get insights into the life on the road and the traffic laws and the continuing hierarchy of the different truckers at the gas stations and the rules they live by. The writing has lots of different sub-plots that are intermixed well and flow well together. The descriptions are heady and the swapping between the girls, the Lizard king and the detectives story lines works well despite there being a lot to keep an eye out for.

I guess the only negative I can really come up with was there is definitely an unsavory tone to the book as a whole. The use of the truckers and girls they pick up and what happens next is disturbing and dark. There were quite a few horrific moments and this book definitely stayed with me and made an impact. For me, it’s a work of fiction and it’s important to remember that but there definitely was a very dark side to this book that surprised me a little. The only other complaint was some bits were overly repeated as if we couldn’t keep an eye on the plot twists which over time became tedious.

Overall though I thought this was a well crafted and created book. I thought the storyline was quite original (for me.) I know numerous readers would disagree with that looking at Goodreads and Amazon but I am yet to encounter a book that looks at this type of thriller plot. It also seems that those have read the first book in the series were a little angry. For me, reading the second only it didn’t affect me as much. Overall I solid although a little bit of a terrifying read.


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