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35 books for a desert island recommended by book bloggers

It's summer time! If you plan an intriguing trip, a long flight, a dangerous adventure, an escape to a silent and quiet place, like a desert island here's your survival kit. BOOKS. 

 

For the last year we've been interviewing BookLikes book bloggers and gathering reading recommendations. Have a look at 35 reads picked by an amazing group of readers and reviewers, and stay tuned, more is coming!

 

You can also read the interviews with the readers - interview links are attached between the book recommendations. All 46 interviews can be viewed here:

Follow Friday with book bloggers: interviews with book lovers

 

35 BOOKS FOR A DESERT ISLAND

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling  

 

Burdened with the dark, dangerous, and seemingly impossible task of locating and destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes, Harry, feeling alone and uncertain about his future, struggles to find the inner strength he needs to follow the path set out before him.

 

 

And Then There Were None - Agatha ChristieAnd Then There Were None - Agatha Christie  

 

Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.

The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again…

 

Lessons From a Scarlet Lady - Emma WildesLessons From a Scarlet Lady - Emma Wildes  

 

The Duke of Rolthven's new wife, Brianna, is the perfect aristocratic bride. So what would society say if they saw her with a copy of Lady Rothburg's Advice--a courtesan's lessons for the boudoir? When his innocent wife suddenly becomes a vixen in the bedroom, the proper Duke is truly astounded by her seductive powers. Following a courtesan's advice might lead to trouble-but will it lead to Brianna's ultimate desire: winning her husband's love?

 

Read a full interview: #1 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Jennifer's Books

 

Dreaming of You - Lisa KleypasDreaming of You - Lisa Kleypas  

 

She stood at danger′s threshold-- then love beckoned her in. In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Feilding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven--and into Derek Craven′s dangerous world. A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from, poverty to become lord of London′s most exclusive gambling house--a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world...

 

Branded - Scottie BarrettBranded - Scottie Barrett  

 

Slade Dalton's partner has just dispatched their latest quarry, a member of the notorious Purdy clan. Slade's certain there will be retribution and he's certain that he's damn tired of the bounty hunting business. Returning to the family's cattle spread in the Colorado Territory, he's relieved to find his brother Grady has not claimed ownership of the ranch in his absence. But there is a troubling, new addition to the Lazy Heart Ranch, an irresistible, raven-haired English beauty.

 

Beau Crusoe - Carla KellyBeau Crusoe - Carla Kelly  

 

Stranded alone on a desert island, he had lived to tell the tale. A triumphant return to the ton saw James Trevenen hailed as Beau Crusoe—a gentleman of spirit, verve and action. But only he knew the true cost of his survival! Scandalous! Susannah Park had been shunned by Society. She lived content with her calm existence—until Beau Crusoe determinedly cut up her peace! The beautiful widow wanted to help him heal the wounds of the past—but what secrets was this glorious man hiding?

Read a full interview: #2 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Punya Reviews…

 

The Count of Monte Christo - Alexandre DumasThe Count of Monte Christo - Alexandre Dumas  

 

Young, honest and loyal, Edmund Dantes, about to be promoted as captain of his ship, is accused of treason, and condemned to imprisonment in the isolated Chateau d'If. He endures years of suffering before making a dramatic escape. Newly liberated, he discovers the identities of his accusers, and intent on revenge he assumes a new identity for himself.

 

The Anubis Gates (Ace Science Fiction) - Tim PowersThe Anubis Gates (Ace Science Fiction) - Tim Powers  

 

Brendan Doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet William Ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. But while attending a lecture given by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in Regency London, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time.

 

Quick Service - P.G. WodehouseQuick Service - P.G. Wodehouse  

 

When rich and imperious American widow Beatrice Chavender eats a forkful of inferior ham at her sister's country house near London, it affects the lives of everyone around her - her sister, her brother-in-law, her sister's butler, her sister's poor relation Sally, Sally's fiance Lord Holberton, and, most of all, Mrs Chavender's own one-time fiance, 'Ham King' J. B. Duff, whose rotten product spoils her breakfast.

Read a full interview: #3 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Tigus 

 

Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto,Megan BackusKitchen - Banana Yoshimoto

 

Kitchen is an enchantingly original book that juxtaposes two tales about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan. Mikage, the heroine, is an orphan raised by her grandmother, who has passed away. Grieving, Mikage is taken in by her friend Yoichi and his mother (who is really his cross-dressing father) Eriko. 

 

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone - J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the philosopher's stone - J.K. Rowling  

 

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Read a full interview: #4 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Nicole Reads

 

Spectred Isle - KJ CharlesSpectred Isle - KJ Charles  

 

Archaeologist Saul Lazenby has been all but unemployable since his disgrace during the War. Now he scrapes a living working for a rich eccentric who believes in magic. Saul knows it’s a lot of nonsense...except that he begins to find himself in increasingly strange and frightening situations. And at every turn he runs into the sardonic, mysterious Randolph Glyde.

 

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - William GoldmanThe Princess Bride - William Goldman  

 

 

Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts - who never leaves survivors - her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairytale like no other, of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles.

 

Are You Dave Gorman? - Dave Gorman,Danny WallaceAre You Dave Gorman? - Dave Gorman,Danny Wallace  

 

After a heavy night of tequila, flatmates Dave and Danny set off on what turns out to be a 24,000-mile journey to meet all the other Dave Gormans in the world. They visit Scotland, Israel, America, France and Ireland. They even hold a party in London where 50 Dave Gormans attend, including two women who have kindly changed their name via deed-poll. Silly, but engrossing, fascinating and addictive - and a touching, funny story of two friends who grow to share a mutual obsession.

Read a full interview: #5 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Silence in the library

Magic Bites - Ilona AndrewsMagic Bites - Ilona Andrews  

 

The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail.

 

Read a full interview: #6 Follow Friday with book bloggers: That's What I'm Talking About ->

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan DoyleThe Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle  

 

Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case. This was the first appearance of Holmes since his intended death in "The Final Problem", and the success of The Hound of the Baskervilles led to the character's eventual revival. In 2003, the book was listed as number 128 of 200 on the BBC's The Big Read poll of the UK's "best-loved novel." In 1999, it was listed as the top Holmes novel, with a perfect rating from Sherlockian scholars of 100.

 

Arcadia Falls - Carol GoodmanArcadia Falls - Carol Goodman  

 

Financial straits and a desire for a fresh start take recently widowed Meg Rosenthal and her aloof teenage daughter, Sally, to Arcadia Falls, a tucked-away hamlet in upstate New York where Meg has accepted a teaching position at a boarding school. The creaky, neglected cottage they’ll be calling home feels like an ill omen, but Meg is determined to make the best of it. Then a shocking crisis strikes: During Arcadia’s First Night bonfire, one of Meg’s folklore students plunges to her death in a campus gorge. Sheriff Callum Reade finds the presumed accident suspicious, but then, he is a man with a dark past himself. 

 

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen,Anna QuindlenPride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

 

Mr and Mrs Bennet live with their five daughters at Longbourn in Hertfordshire. Jane, the eldest, falls in love with Charles Bingley, a rich bachelor who takes a house nearby with his two sisters and friend Fitzwilliam Darcy. Darcy is attracted to the second daughter, Elizabeth.

 

 

Read a full interview: #7 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Sailing in a Sea of Words ->

 

Exes and Goals: A Slapshot Novel (Slapshot Series Book 1) - Heather C. MyersExes and Goals: A Slapshot Novel - Heather C. Myers  

 

Harper Crawford is a big fan of the Newport Beach Seagulls, despite their abysmal previous season. It's been a year since Ken Brown's murder and Seraphina Hanson, Ken's youngest granddaughter, just survived her first year as the new owner and manager of the national hockey team. Barely. The last year was dismal to the point where Seraphina is making drastic changes. Like hiring Harper as their official blogger. Harper gets to travel with the team, write character pieces, critiques, game summaries, and the like. It's her dream job.

 

Rules Of Prey - John SandfordRules Of Prey - John Sandford  

 

The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport--a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare--is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

 

Dark Lover - J.R. WardDark Lover - J.R. Ward  

 

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

 

Read a full interview: #8 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Momma Says to Read

 

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley,Maurice HindleFrankenstein - Mary Shelley

 

At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

 

Arabella - Georgette HeyerArabella - Georgette Heyer

 

To Arabella Tallant, the eldest daughter of a penniless country clergyman, the invitation to stay with her London godmother was like the key to heaven, for in addition to living in the glamorous city, Arabella might even find a suitable husband there. Armed with beauty, virtue and a benevolent godmother, the impetuous but impoverished Arabella embarked on her first London season with her mother's wish in mind: snare a rich husband. 

 

Gardens of the Moon - Steven EriksonGardens of the Moon - Steven Erikson  

 

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen's rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins.

 

Read a full interview: #9 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Midu Reads [Nominated]

 

Immortal in Death - J.D. RobbImmortal in Death - J.D. Robb  

 

When Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a top model, she is putting her career on the line, because the prime suspect is her best friend. Eve's investigations lead her into the glamorous world of high fashion.

Read a full interview: #10 Follow Friday with book bloggers: The Book Gourmet

 

The Terror - Dan SimmonsThe Terror - Dan Simmons  

 

The bestselling author of Ilium and Olympos transforms the true story of a legendary Arctic expedition into a thriller worthy of Stephen King or Patrick O'Brian. Their captain's insane vision of a Northwest Passage has kept the crewmen of The Terror trapped in Arctic ice for two years without a thaw. But the real threat to their survival isn't the ever-shifting landscape of white, the provisions that have turned to poison before they open them, or the ship slowly buckling in the grip of the frozen ocean. 

Read a full interview: #11 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Book Cupidity [Nominated]

 

 

Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King,Owen KingSleeping Beauties - Stephen King, Owen King  

 

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, and the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. 

 

Darkhouse - Karina HalleDarkhouse - Karina Halle  

 

There’s always been something a bit off about Perry Palomino. Though she’s been dealing with a quarter-life crisis and post-college syndrome like any other twenty-something, she’s still not what you would call “ordinary.” For one thing, there’s her past which she likes to pretend never happened, and then there’s the fact that she sees ghosts. 

 

Read a full interview: #12 Follow Friday with book bloggers: 99 problems, and a book ain't one 

 

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders - Ross MacKenzie,Soji Shimada,Shika MacKenzieThe Tokyo Zodiac Murders - Soji Shimada

 

Astrologer, fortuneteller, and self-styled detective Kiyoshi Mitarai must in one week solve a macabre murder mystery that has baffled Japan for 40 years. Who murdered the artist Umezawa, raped and killed his daughter, and then chopped up the bodies of six others to create Azoth, the supreme woman? With maps, charts, and other illustrations, this story of magic and illusion, pieced together like a great stage tragedy, challenges the reader to unravel the mystery before the final curtain.

 

The Changeling - Victor LaValleThe Changeling - Victor LaValle

 

When Apollo Kagwa was just a child, his father disappeared, leaving him with recurring nightmares and a box labelled 'Improbabilia'. Now a successful book dealer, Kagwa has a family of his own after meeting and falling in love with Emma, a librarian. The two marry and have a baby: so far so happy-ever-after. However, as the pair settle into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Emma's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, until one day she commits an unthinkable act, setting Apollo on a wild and fantastical quest through a suddenly otherworldly New York, in search of a wife and child he no longer recognises. 

 

Read a full interview: #13 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Obsidian Blue

 

The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories - Francis King,John Blackburn,Richard Marsh,Michael McDowell,Stephen GregoryThe Valancourt Book of Horror Stories

 

Spanning two hundred years of horror, this new collection features seventeen macabre gems, including two original tales and many others that have never or seldom been reprinted. 

 

Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell,Matt GodfreyBlackwater - Michael McDowell, Matt Godfrey  

 

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido’s first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations. Some of those who observe her rituals in the river will never be seen again ...

 

Read a full interview: #14 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Char's Horror Corner [Nominated]

 

The Best We Could Do - Thi BuiThe Best We Could Do - Thi Bui

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail HoneymanEleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman  

 

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

 

Read a full interview: #15 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Bookish thoughts!!! ->

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#28 Follow Friday with book bloggers: SENSITIVEMUSE

 

 

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! 

Let's meet Karoline, a fan of mystery, fantasy and YA novels, who reads 8 book at a time! 

 

 

What are you reading now? How is it?

 

I read a lot of books at the same time. :) however! One of them is Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms - Morgan Rhodes,Michelle Rowen 

 

How did your book love begin?

 

When I was a wee little child. My parents came to Canada before I was born and to practice their English they would read to me aloud. My parents always encouraged my love for books. They bought one for me at least once a week or my mom would order a box of books from Scholastic when I was attending elementary school.

 

You’ve been with BookLikes since 2012! How did your blogging adventure start?

 

I first starting blogging as a diary but it didn't interest me as much, then I realized why not start a blog about something I am interested in. Since books is one of the things I can talk about non stop I decided to put up a book blog with reviews on all the books I've read. I've had some hiatus moments here and there but it's still rolling :)

 

 

In your short bio you write you’re a chef. Can you tell us more about your profession?

 

Oh! haha I love to cook! I love to bake too so it's another hobby of mine. I have moments of creativity and I get to the kitchen and start baking away. Family members have gone up a few sizes thanks to me. I love making stir fried dishes, noodles, and pasta. My baking specialty goes towards bundt cakes or bar (lemon flavored ones are the favorites here at home).

 

What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

I love fantasy, mystery/thriller, and YA. Fantasy mostly because they take me to other worlds and I literally feel like I'm on another journey. I get attached to the characters and watch them come alive in my mind. It's a perfect escape!

 

What are you three favorite book covers?

 

Wow. 3 Covers I love.. Girl of Nightmares is one, Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick is two and Insurrection is three I like dark imagery!


Girl of Nightmares - Kendare BlakeSilence - Becca FitzpatrickInsurrection - Thomas M. Reid

 

What’s your reading goal for 2018?

 

For the past years I've been in a major reading slump and haven't been reading up to what I used to. So I'm aiming for 50 books for this year. If I read more then that's great. I'd also like to try finishing series that I didn't get around to completing!

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

Two books I'm really excited about: The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston   first of all the cover! Beautifully done and the synopsis looks so good! Definitely looking forward to this one! The other one would be Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare. I read what this one was about and wow! Definitely different and unique from all the other books I've read so far. So I really can't wait for these two books and they're on top of my wishlist.

 

The Traitor God - Cameron JohnstonInk, Iron, and Glass - Gwendolyn Clare

 

You’ve reviewed 167 out of 169 read books. What’s your book review process?

 

Usually how I do my process is I write down my initial thoughts right after finishing my book. I put everything into point form and then move onto my blog and start writing it out into a more in depth review. After that then it's all copy paste on all book sites I'm a part of :)

 

What’s your favorite reading place? We’d love to see the photos :)

 

Oh! hahah it's no where special really. It's my bedroom and when I'm feeling like going out I go to the local library which is about 5 minutes away sit in a quiet corner and read.

 

Do read one or several books at a time?

 

I read several at a time. It's insanity. But miraculously I can keep track. Right now I'm about into 8 books. Depending on my mood of the day I choose two books and just start reading.

 

 

Reviewed Shelf

 

What are you doing when not reading? You’re short bio says you’re a gamer and a hockey fanatic!

 

Unfortunately since I moved, I can't watch hockey and I'm also located in a non hockey city! So I follow my favorite hockey team via the web when I can. I still play games on my PC or PS4 when I do find the gaming time, but! Being married actually takes my time from these hobbies and I find I do less gaming/following my team and I do more reading in my spare time. Which is good, but sometimes a good hour or two of Skyrim helps clear the mind!

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Paper. I'm old school. I love the feel of the pages, I love the smell of books I like looking at the cover and just the idea of turning pages and reading one more chapter is what is so appealing. Don't get me wrong I think e-books are fantastic but I find myself ignoring the e-reader/tablet and just gaming on them. I used to own a kindle and it never saw much use. I always preferred picking up a paper book.

Favorite quote?

 

I have many! But one that was good and book related is from my favorite play from Hamlet:

Listen to many, speak to a few

 

 

If you could meet one author, who would it be?

 

Anne Rice or R. A. Salvatore. Anne Rice because I love Lestat and her vampires (except you Louis...not you) and R.A. Salvatore because I love drow elves and he's a great fantasy author.

 

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#27 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Sorry kids, no feet

 

Hello Friday! It's time for a book blogger interview. Meet an avid reader who doesn't kiss feet. Em, what? Read on and get to know more about her reading guilty pleasures.

 

Follow Sorry kids, no feet on BookLikes: http://nofeet.booklikes.com/

 

 

Your blog name is “Sorry kids, no feet”. Can you tell us more about your blog title.

 

For a time I had a dream of being one of those fabulous mom-life bloggers like you see on Pinterest. I was a stay at home mom with three girls. I started an outside blog page called I Don’t Kiss Feet. Since it was going to be a blog about being a mom, the title was a tribute to my own mother. The blog was going to be about me coming to terms with the fact that I am slowly turning into my mother. When we would get hurt as children, my mom would always say “Are you hurt? Where? You know I don’t kiss feet.”. I was trying to be witty and original when titling my blog.

 

 

 

When have you discovered you were a book lover?

 

I think I’ve always been a book lover. I’ve been told I started reading around the age of three and a half. I picked up a book one day and just started reading out loud. My mom figured it was a book I had memorized (like when Laura Ingalls tries to convince her dad she doesn’t need to go to school because she can read Pilgrim’s Progress). My mom realized I had picked up a book she had never read to me. I don’t think I’ve been without a book since.

 

 

You’ve read over 670 books! How much time do you spend reading daily?

 

Not nearly as much as I use to. Now that my girls are all in school full-time, I’ve gone back to working full-time. I now find I go in spurts. I will go a week without reading anything and then finish three books the following week. I think the 670 number is slightly misleading. I’m sure if you were to take a look at my list, you would see quite a few children’s picture and chapter books. My nine year old is a voracious reading (maybe more than her mother) and some of my reading list is tracking her reading.

 

 

Your bookshelf is full of historical books. Is history, next to reading, your big passion?

 

Maybe one of them. When I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, I had a job where I worked an early morning shift. My husband worked a 9-5. I had entire afternoons to spend by myself. I watched all of the Showtime show The Tudors while it was too hot for an overly pregnant woman to be outside in the summer. The show brought me to historical fiction, specifically the Tudors. Once I immersed myself in the Tudor-era, I found myself rapidly looking for new eras to discover.

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition - This is one of my all time favorite novels. I loved the fully illustrated versions. This has to be included on any list I make.

-The Hourglass Factory - While this book wasn’t exactly memorable or outstanding in terms of writing, I would have never picked this book up if not for the cover. 

- Batman: The Killing Joke - ‘cuz Batman 

 

The Hourglass Factory: A Novel - Lucy RibchesterHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling,Jim KayBatman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore,Brian Bolland,Tim Sale,Richard Starkins

 

 

Is Young Adult your guilty pleasure? Why is that?

 

That shelf title might need a new name. For a while, I was kind of embarrassed by my love of Young Adult novels.I didn’t really want people to know I was enjoying the Twilight  novels. I didn’t want to admit I read the Harry Potter novels once a year. I would come up with excuses for my reading Young Adult/Middle Grade books. One of those excuses was my younger brother. He is 15. I’m slightly older. My mom is constantly asking me what books to get him. Until I discovered reading sites like Goodreads and Booklikes, I didn’t realize that other adults read Young Adult/Middle Grade books for entertainment. Now I find myself reading Young Adult/Middle Grade novels as a nosy parent who wants to know what her daughter might be reading. And because, I might secretly have a crush on Percy Jackson.

 

 

How do you decide what to read next? Do you have a list, a reading system, a next book jar?

Sometimes I make the decision process more complicated than it really needs to be. What era do I want to read? What author do I want? Should I read a different genre? How many pages are in this book compared to that book? Other times it is a matter of what is due back at the library soonest. I’m in a group specifically devoted to challenges. Where I am at in a reading challenge will sometimes impact what I read next. Right now I’m playing Historical Mystery Clue in one of my reading groups. Some of my recent books have due to where I’m at in my Clue game.

 

 

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How did your blogging adventure start? What did it change in your (reading) life?

 

I briefly described the start of my blogging adventure above. In terms of reading and reviewing books? That actually started with a friend and Goodreads. I bought a friend of mine a Kindle before she went to serve in Kuwait. Bringing hard copy books was out of the question. She was always asking me for recommendations but our ability to communicate was pretty limited. A fellow soldier introduced her to Goodreads. She in turn introduced me to Goodreads. It became a way for us to share what we were reading and make recommendations. Slowly I began to make my way to reading groups. Everything continued to evolve to the point where I started reviewing some of the books I had read. Blogging has certainly expanded my TBR and opened me up to books well beyond what I thought existed in my local libraries.

 

 

Can you name three titles you’d like to recommend to other readers?

 

Honestly, I can’t. I don’t really believe in books anyone “has” to read. I think you should read whatever makes you happy.

 

Do you read one or several books at a time?

 

Always at least one. Typically two. Not usually more than three.

 

Paper books or e-books?

 

Paper. However, I am finding myself reading more e-books since I can read those at night without having all my bedroom lights on.

 

If you could become the character in one of the books you’ve read - which book would it be?

 

Since I have not read any books featuring Wonder Woman, I would have to say Hermione Granger. I would love to have the ability to absorb knowledge the way she does.

 

 

What new releases are you impatiently waiting this year?

 

The Throne of Caesar by Steven Saylor  (Gordianus is one of my fictional boyfriends)

For The Immortal by Emily Hauser  - It is the final book a in trilogy re-telling some of the most popular Greek myths. I have immensely enjoyed the first two novels and look forward to the conclusion. 

- It’s not a book but I’m on pins and needles waiting for the movie Black Panther to be released. I don’t necessarily track book releases like I track movie releases.

 

The Throne of Caesar: A Mystery of Ancient Rome - Steven SaylorFor The Immortal - Emily Hauser

 

What is your favorite quote?

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’”. - Mary Anne Radmacher

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

 

Thank you!

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#26 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Elentarri's Book Blog

 

Hello Friday!

Please meet Tanya, a book lover and blogger who loves to learn and entertain herself with the impressive pile of fantasy and science books. 

 

Follow Elentarri's Book Blog on BookLikes: http://elentarri.booklikes.com/

 

 

In 2017 you’ve read 133 books. Awesome score. What’s your reading goal for 2018?

 

My reading goal for 2018 is approximately 100 books.

 

Elentarri's Reading Challenge Page

 

 

Your bookshelf presents nearly 1,600 read books! How much time do you spend reading?

 

Every minute I can squash in; usually a few hours every evening and more during the weekends.

 

 

What are you reading right now? Do you recommend it?

 

I’m reading 3 books at the moment.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage  – This is a light history book that started off being entertaining but is getting a bit tedious at the wine and rum chapters. 

 

Animal Kingdom: A Natural History in 100 Objects by Jack Ashby  – This book is more interesting than the history book.  Each chapter briefly covers a specific animal, selected for a variety of reasons. 

 

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire  – A short, enjoyable fiction story. I’ve just started this one, but I loved the other 2 stories in this series.

 

A History of the World in 6 Glasses - Tom StandageAnimal Kingdom: A Natural History in 100 Objects - Jack AshbyBeneath the Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire

 

I would recommend these books to different people; the non-fiction books for those who like to learn things and the fiction book for those who want a good story for entertainment.

 

 

Do you have any reading patterns or habits?

 

Not particularly… I do tend to carry a book/e-reader around with me even when I know there is no chance I’m going to need it.  I try to read a history book followed by a science book and then a fiction book just to get through the TBR pile, but this doesn’t always work as intended.  There is also usually more than one book being read at a time.

 

 

What made you start writing about books/book blogging?

 

I started writing very short book reviews on GoodReads, then moved to BookLikes, which ended up being a blog as well as book review site. Then I started writing longer (and hopefully better) reviews because people were actually reading them.

 

 

 

How did you discover you’re a book lover?

 

I’m not sure this can be categorised as a “discovery”. Reading and carrying around books has been something I’ve always done. It only got worse once I reached the age of 10 and discovered proper (as opposed to children’s) books, like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  Everything else just followed on from there.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Choosing a favourite book cover is difficult since there are so many beautiful covers and designs. I’m going to cheat and select more than 3.  My favourites would include anything involving combinations of John Hower and J.R.R. Tolkien; and then anything that Josh Kirby illustrated for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.

 

The Lord of the Rings cover with Gandalf painted by John Howe.

The Hobbit cover with Smaug the Golden painted by John Howe.

I adore John Howe’s paintings, especially the illustrations he did for J.R.R Tolkien’s books.

 

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. TolkienThe Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

 

I also rather like the Discworld cover art painted by Josh Kirby. The covers perfectly illustrate the wild ride the reader will find between the pages.

 

For non-fiction books, I’m rather fond of the covers for:

The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet by Bob Berman; and Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods by Danna Staaf

 

  1. The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet - Bob BermanSquid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods - Danna Staaf

 

 

Your bookshelf is very well organized with many additional thematic and author shelves. How do you decide what to read next?

 

I’ve found that too many additional thematic and author shelves make it confusing when trying to find a book, especially when the subject matter has overlapping categories. I don’t have any particular method for deciding what to read next.  I read whatever strikes my interests and/or mood at that particular time. I try to alternate between history, science and fiction, but that doesn’t always work.  Sometimes a book just doesn’t appeal to me at this moment, so I will leave it and pick it up again later.

 

 

You’ve reviewed over 600 books on your blog. What’s you review drill?

 

Read the book, then write the review the same day (if possible) or as soon as possible. Sometimes I make notes if there is something particularly interesting or something that really bothers me about the book.  Mostly the reviews are what the book is about and how I felt about it.  Writing negative reviews is easier because there is something to complain about and therefore something to write about.  I find writing decent 4 or 5 star reviews harder because I have to dissect the book to find out why I liked it, and that ruins the euphoric feeling of just having read something great.  Dissecting books reminds me too much of high-school English class.

 

Elentarri's Shelf

 

 

What are you favorite book genres, and why?

 

My favourite book genres would be science and fantasy: Science because you learn so many fascinating things about the world and how it works.  Fantasy because of the world building and characters, which are sometimes more “real” and definitely more pleasant company than the people I interact with regularly.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this year?

 

This is a hard question to answer because everyone has different tastes in books and interests.

 

My most recent favourite book is Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods by Danna Staaf. This is a beautifully written and illustrated science book about cephalopod evolution. 

 

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf is also something I would recommend. This book is a delightful mix of biography, history, scientific discovery and how it all resulted in our current view of nature – with energizer bunny on too much caffeine, Alexander von Humbooldt, as the “tour guide”.

 

Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods - Danna StaafThe Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf

 

 

Who is your favorite author?

 

I’ve read many great authors, but J.R.R. Tolkien is still my favourite. Another favourite is Janny Wurts.  This author writes the most amazing standalone novels, short stories, trilogies and epic series stuffed full of original world building and in-depth characters.  She also paints many of her own cover illustrations. 

 

 

A paper book or an ebook?

 

I prefer paper books to ebooks, especially for those science and history books that include maps, illustrations, footnotes and other little goodies that don’t show up well on ebooks. I’ve found ebooks best for fiction novels.  I do own a back-lit e-reader which has been very useful for those occasions when the lighting has been bad, or the power has gone out, or carrying around tomes has been impractical, or when sneaking off during an incredibly boring in-law-family function (yes, I know. I’m an uncivilized barbarian, but there is no way I can survive mind-killing social functions without doing something more constructive such as reading or playing with the dog).

 

 

If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?

 

No-one actually.  I’ve never given the subject too much thought…well...having a dinner party with Rincewind, Gandalf, Harry Dresden and Merlin as guests might be interesting, if somewhat hazardous to one’s health… perhaps we should invite Aragorn, King Arthur, Commander Vimes and Mouse to the party too?  I suspect Vetinari and Denethor would be glowering from the corners of the room ;)

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

These are some of the books in my home office. The rest of still in storage waiting for the construction of a new bookshelf (one day).

 

 

Thank you!

 

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#25 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Romance Book Reviews For You

Meet Sissy, a lover of romance books with an impressive number of (nearly) 1,000 book reviews!

 

Follow Romance Book Reviews For You on BookLikes: http://sissymae.booklikes.com/

 

 

When was the very first time you thought “Books. My love!”?

 

I was a young girl when my neighbor Lois introduced me to her Harlequin Romance books. I quickly became addicted to Romance Books. 

 

 

How did your blogging adventure start? Can you name three things blogging changed in your (reading) life?


My Blogging adventure started about three years ago. I have been a hardcore reader and just loved the books so much that I wanted to leave reviews for other people looking for a good book.  Reviews where a big thing for me when I was looking to read a book.  I like to see what the other person thought even if it was bad. I happened to find NetGalley reference in one of those reviews from there I went to the NetGalley website and found a life changing site for me.


Blogging changed my reading life by opening my eyes to some of what goes on with getting a book out.


How much for the author and the assistant to get release blitz, book information and etc out to the bloggers. Just how they keep on top of that part is amazing.  When I was just a reader it was just a treasured book now I can see the ‘blood sweat and tears’ that go into making that book. That in turn has made me try to be more organized, making sure that I do all I can to help get the word out. On a personal note I have found some very good authors that I may not have every found if I didn’t get into blogging. 

 

As a blog reviewer I have tried to read different romance stories that as a regular reader I would not have wanted to read.  Which would have made me miss out on some great stories and authors. Honestly, this is a time-consuming job to review and posting book blitz. But its one that I truly love and enjoy!

 

 

What are you reading now? How do you like it?


I just found a new author named Monique Orgeron and I have been reading her ‘Stern Family Saga’ books.  Ms. Orgeron isn’t the only books I have on my reading table but her books are ones that I just can’t get out of my mind.  I think most readers will understand when you read a great book and you just keep thinking back to it. I also just finished reading Stacy Reid book The Duke and I.

 

Art of Seduction (A Stern Family Saga Book 1) - Monique OrgeronArt of Forgiveness (A Stern Family Saga Book 2) - Monique OrgeronThe Duke and I (Forever Yours Book 2) - Stacy Reid,AuthorsDesigns

 

 

Do you read one book or several at the same time?


This is something that has changed.  I used to be a reader that would only read one book at a time. I still try to stick with that attitude but have become flexible that I can jump around.

 

 

Your blog title is all about romance books! Why romances?


It is just a personal preference for me.  I love to read other books such as Harry Potter, Eragon and things similar.  I love to collect cook books too. Romance books have a special place in my heart.  Romance book have always been my go to place when I need to take a break from troubled times in my life.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


Gosh, that would be hard to say. I have so many favorite authors that I don’t think I could write them all down. I have my solid go to authors such as Donna Fletcher, Lynsay Sands, Lisa Kleypas and some newer ones Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and of course Monique Orgeron.

 

 

I your short bio you write “I also enjoy writing reviews and finding new authors and books.” How do you find new authors?


I found that GoodReads, Facebook, Twitter and most social media sites are a good source for that.  I also look to other bloggers to help me find author via their reviews.

 

 

You’ve reviewed nearly 1,000 books on your BookLikes blog! WOW. What’s your book review process? Any tips for beginners?


I don’t really have a review process. I pick books that catch my eye, that I like the story, the author is someone I have read before or sometimes I look for new authors. If I know that I am not going to read it right away I place a date on my calendar to remind me to review the book. I try to review the book as soon as I can after reading it. I like to write when my emotions are still fresh from the book but that isn’t always the case.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?


Again, this would be to hard to say. But in general, I like Historical Romance Covers: Regency, Victorian or Highlander.

 

Lana and the Laird (Untamed Highlanders) - Sabrina YorkDevil in Spring - Lisa KleypasAccidentally Compromising the Duke - Stacy Reid

 

How do you decide what to read next?


As I touched on earlier social media sites are great places to go.  But something I used to do and still do to this day is go to my local library site on OverDrive. With my library card you can log on and access ebooks there. My local library site on OverDrive gives me a search section where I can suggest book to them. On this search site to recommend books it shows me what books are going to be coming out soon. So, I mark them suggesting they get that book and quickly goes to the GoodReads site to find that book and mark it ‘To Read”.

 

 

What are the new releases you’re impatiently waiting for right now?


Lynsay Sands, Lisa Kleypas, Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and Monique Orgeron.

For, Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and Monique Orgeron I just want their next book ASAP. 

 

Surrender to the Highlander - Lynsay SandsHello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 - Lisa Kleypas

 

 

What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)


I have read everywhere I go like lunch breaks, when I have to wait for an appointment but mostly on my comfortable couch at home.

 

 

If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?


Well it wouldn’t be from any of my Romance Book stories, I like them where they are.  I love seeing historical photos and hearing stories about the past.  So, I would choose a historical figure to see how life was back in their day.

 

 

Ebooks or paper books?


I lean toward ebooks more since I discovered them so many years ago. I find them more portable and easier to keep track of. I like paper back books too but just find ebooks so much easier to have.

 

Your favorite quote?

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” 
 William Styron

 

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

I don’t actually have a physical library most all my book are eBooks.

 

 

Thank you!

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