About & Introductions

What to expect from this blog

  • I will only review horror, thriller or books with dark themes. This includes books for all age groups.
  • I will review books I hate, but if I book doesn’t leave any impression at all I will not review it.
  • I will NOT write TBR/Wrap up posts unless they are linked to a reading challenge. I think regular posts like that can put people off reading. So what if you read one book this month, the important thing is that you read something.
  • I will write the rare book haul. I usually buy books from secondhand sources or borrow from libraries. I only buy new books on special occasions.
  • Dripping sarcasm

My eternal quest to find something that scares me

I have had an ongoing challenge to my followers to find something that scares me. I have an extremely high tolerance for horror and gore so I want to find a book that will actually frighten me. No one has been successful, yet. So I am always open to suggestions.

Warning System

As of now, I am implementing a warning system for the books I review. Due to the genres I write about many of the books I read have questionable subject matter that some people might find disturbing or generally not their cup of tea. All of my reviews from now on will have a section dedicated to warnings. If a book has strong language, rape/abuse references or graphic gore etc I will let you know.

About the Blogger

Bernadette AKA Spine Cracker

An almost-30-something goth book blogger with a love of all things creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and all together ooky.

I am your stereotypical Irish girl living in Belfast Northern Ireland with my partner and my black cat, Mort.

When I am not compulsively reading I am listening to music. I have an addiction to 80s goth rock bands. The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Nick Cave are my favourites. I also have a bit of an obsession with David Bowie. If you want to talk music feel free to hit me up sometime.

I am also a bit of a nerd. I play Pokemon competitively, D&D and cosplay. My favourite Pokemon is Banette, and in D&D I play a male, gay, grey (high) elf ranger who is a bit of a pretentious ass.

Professionally I am a digital designer so I spend my time designing websites, managing social media accounts and creating pretty pieces of graphic design. I love it because people don’t question my strange dress sense. I am a designer, they expect some artistic oddness.

I am a bit of a social media junkie. I suppose I have an excuse since it is my job after all. So feel free to follow me on GoodReads and Instagram (@Belle_and_books)



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