The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Shelley Wilson @ShelleyWilson72 #SundayBlogShare

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

Shelley Wilson



Shelley Wilson lives in Solihull, West Midlands, UK

Find her books reviews on her blog here;

Shelley can also be found hanging out here;


Facebook (Non-Fiction)

I also add links to my personal FB page, any reviews will be made public (I keep family and friend stuff on private) –


Facebook (for YA)


Shelley enjoys reading; Young Adult/Fantasy/Horror/Non-Fiction Self-Help/Mind, Body, Spirit/Thriller

Shelley prefers the following formats when reading for the team; Mobi/PDF/Amazon Gift Voucher

Hobbies & Interests? There is nothing better than curling up with a good book, so my favourite hobby would have to be reading. If I don’t have my nose in a book, then I’m either writing or drawing. I love Zentangling, which is a form of doodling that is blissfully meditative. The adult colouring-in books can also be highly addictive. I enjoy camping with my kids and exploring castles and historical landmarks – Stonehenge is on my bucket list.

Reading Soft edge

I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?” Initially, I found it quite hard to try new genres as I’d gotten into a comfortable fantasy rut, but I’ve realised that some genres are worth investing the time.   I’ve tried Victorian Murder Mystery, Historical Fiction, and Romance, all with positive results.

“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?” Chick-lit and anything with a strong romance theme would normally send me running for the hills. It’s a huge step out of my comfort zone to read these novels.

“What do you look for in a book?” For me, I need to bond with the characters. They come first and then a good strong plot follows. If I can’t ‘see’ the characters, then I struggle to fit them into the story. Fast-paced action scenes will keep me hooked. This is why I love reading young adult fantasy; you barely have time to catch your breath before another epic twist. I do like good dialogue that flows well between the characters, especially if there is a bit of humour to it.  I’m a huge fan of the trilogy and book series; I like to have my stories drip fed over time.

“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?” I do read short stories but prefer a novel. I don’t enjoy reading poetry; I think that’s a flashback to my school days.

“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?” I love reading and reviewing non-fiction, but I stick to the mind, body, spirit/self-help genre, or how-to books. I don’t generally enjoy biographies/autobiographies. When I read non-fiction, it is predominantly for personal development, so I hope to close the book at the end and feel like I’ve learnt a valuable lesson, new technique or gained inspiration.



13 thoughts on “The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Shelley Wilson @ShelleyWilson72 #SundayBlogShare

  1. Lovely to see you here, Shelley, and so pleased you’re on ‘the team’!

    I am the same re romance – it has to be a part of the story, for me, not the whole purpose. I’ve just realised – you’ve read some of mine which must have been WAY out of your comfort zone! Oh yeah – I don’t get poetry, either. Mostly, it does nothing for me. Which makes me wonder if I’m a bit of a pleb 😉


  2. Oh I agree with you on poetry Shelley – there is the occasional bit I come across (Lynn Gerrard as an example) when I ‘get it’ but otherwise it does nothing for me. I think what is great about this review team is that we do try things away from our more usual reads and from most things I hear it’s a positive experience 🙂 It’s so easy to get into a rut and this is what the big publishers rely on, I’m convinced. They love nothing more than pumping out book after book after book from the same author with little to differentiate them from each other knowing that their passive audience awaits (ooh not sure where that came from – haha!)


    • Hi Olga. Yes, it seems to be a marmite situation with poetry, you either love it or you hate it. I do love Lynn Gerrard’s work as this is quite dark and different, but on the whole I also prefer a story.


  3. Nice to meet you Shelley! My name is Shelley too! So cool to find another person out there who spells our name the same – with an extra e! I’m a YA author so I wanted to say thank you for taking time to review. We greatly appreciate it!


  4. Oddball Linda, here. I love poetry, and I have always envied writers who can inspire me with so few literary lines. Goes straight to my heart! At any rate, it’s nice to learn more about you, Shelley. You’re part of a wonderful team of reviewers!

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    • Hi Linda, great to meet you and I certainly don’t think you are an oddball haha, it’s refreshing that we all enjoy different varieties of the written word. I know that my love of fantasy fiction is another reviewers nightmare. I’m so happy to be part of this team but I’m still waiting for my cape and big pants to wear over my jeans!! 😉


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