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#16 Follow Friday with book bloggers: OBSESSION WITH WORDS
 
Meet Donna, a book lover from Alaska who warms herself up with reading and knitting. 
 
Visit Donna's blog and follow her book reviews on BookLikes: http://donnawannaread.booklikes.com/
 
1. When have you read your first book? Was it a book love at very first sight?
 
This is a tough question for me to answer and an emotional subject. I was raised in a very strict religious home. I was not allowed to have regular books. I had the bible, a dictionary, a set of encyclopedias and a set of bible stories. I was not allowed to go to the library either, ever, for my entire childhood. A few times when a friend gave me a book they thought I would like my parents took the books away before I could read them. I went to this same school until I was 18 when I refused to go anymore. I left home and got my diploma through correspondence. At that point, the first REAL book I read was a book a found in a waiting room. It was V by A.C. Crispin and I still have it. I wasn't allowed to watch much TV either and we certainly never had cable so this was totally new to me.  I devoured it.  When I met my husband he had the same book as well as many others and it was instant love. My husband and I both love to read.
 
 
2. What made you start writing about books/book blogging?
 
I met a friend through penpalling and this one friend, Brenna, (http://brennam.booklikes.com/) had a booklikes blog.  I fell in love with it right away and started my booklikes blog in May of this year.  
 
3. Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?
 
I´ve had blogs before but never posted regularly or had any real followers.  I never thought about blogging about books though.  Once I started and joined some of the games I started having a lot more fun reading. I really enjoy sharing the books I´ve read with other people that also love books.  I especially love reading other blogs and learning about new books.  My new years goal for this year was to cut down on books because I don´t have enough bookshelves to hold them all.  After joining Booklikes and chatting with other bloggers I realized that was a dumb goal.  Why should I cut down on something I love so much?  My husband is going to build some shelves for me so I don´t have to worry about it.
 
 
4. You like to craft. What’s you favorite technique? Do you read when knitting? 
 
I mostly crochet.  My sister taught me when I was 6 and it is pretty much second nature to me.  I also knit, although it is more of a challenge to me, but I really enjoy learning new techniques online and making blankets for charities like Project Linus or for the local homeless shelter and women´s shelter.  I love to listen to audiobooks while crocheting or knitting.  Audiobooks bring the characters to life while allowing me to look at what I´m doing.  I have also found a new craft recently called diamond painting and I also love to work on that while listening to audiobooks.
 
5. What are you reading right now?
 
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (recommended by one of my sons)
 
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke,Anthea Bell 
 
6. What’s you favorite genre? Why is it special? 
 
I love mysteries and crime novels. I especially like books that involve a mystery that happened in the part and they go back to talk to people from that time to try to figure out what happened. There is so much evil in the world and I like reading books about clever people who can figure out whodunit, catch them and lock them up.  I don´t like books where the evil is not stopped.
 
7. You live on Alaska. Can you recommend Alaskan writers?
 
Oh yes, Sue Henry!  I met her once here in Fairbanks, Alaska and chatted with her for a while.  She is a great person that loves what she does.  
 
8. A paper book or an e-book?
 
Paper.  I do have a kindle but there is just something special about the smell and feel of a real book.  I especially like older books.  Kindles just smell like plastic and never come with odd little mementos tucked inside like pressed 4 leaf clovers, old movie tickets or other interesting things that were used as bookmarks.
 
9. Three titles to warm oneself up in winter?
 
Well, I think exciting books are the ones that warm me up.  So here are 3 I liked.
 
Raven Black - Ann CleevesThe Looking-Glass Portrait - Linda Hilton
 
10. How did reading change your life?
 
Around 2009 I started having a lot of pain and fatigue and eventually had to quit my job as a CNA/Endoscopy tech.  After a long time and a lot of tests I was told I have Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis.  I live with constant pain, especially in my joints.  At first I went into a long, deep depression because I missed my job and having a sense of purpose.  I felt like I´d lost my identity.  As I was trying to find something I could do to help get my mind off of the pain I was in I started to read.  At first I was having a really hard time focusing but one of the meds they put me on helped with that.  Once that happened I would get lost in a book and for that time I felt better.  Reading is my escape and my book friends I´ve made are my life savers.  
 
11. Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this fall/winter season? 
 
I am currently really psyched about Ann Cleeves´ Shetland Island series. Some people have seen the TV series but I haven´t met anyone who has read the books. Her books make me want to go there myself.  I´ve also been liking a series by Paul Doiron (sound like Dworin).  I recently read Massacre Pond and really liked it.  This series in set in the wilderness of Maine and follows a game warden as he solves crimes.  Reading the descriptive scenes I am reminded of the Alaskan wilderness and I can just imagine being right there with him.
 
Massacre Pond - Paul Doiron 
 
12. What’s your favorite book related quote?
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
-- Groucho Marx
 
 
13. If you could meet one literary character, who would it be? 
 
Oh gosh, that is a really hard question.  I´ll say Lydia from Debbie Macomber´s Shop on Blossom Street.  I think we could be good friends.  We both have been through a lot with health problems and she is also a knitter.  
 
14. Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)
This is one of my shelves crammed into my entry way.  I have another shorter shelf in my living room and I also have stacked wooden crates on the shelf in the top of our coat closet and filled those with hard backs.  We also have shelves in the garage full of books and books in each bedroom.  
 
 
Thank you!
 

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#15 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Bookish thoughts!!!

BookLikes gathers book lovers from all around the world. We're happy to introduce Nicole, a blogger who reads and reviews in English and German. 

You can follow Nicole's blog on BookLikes here: http://hoffnungswolke.booklikes.com

 

 

When have you read your very first book? What was it?

 

I actually can't remember and it hurts my soul to admit that. I know that when I was in my last year of school, I started going to the local library with my friend and that's when I real got into reading and was at the library all the time. I didn't do reviews or anything and never really talked about it. The first book series that I read religiously were the CSI books and I couldn't shut up about them in a German CSI forum. Oh, the good old days.

 

What made you start writing about books/book blogging?

 

Reading slowly became more and more of a part of me. A huge part, the part that kept my brain quite when my anxiety got to much. Just an escape that I really needed. But I don't have anyone around me that is really into books and I couldn't just keep bottling all my book feelings up and because the internet has everything, I soon found Goodreads and that's when I found my people. I was super nervous writing reviews, so in the beginning I only did the star rating. Then when I found BookLikes, I actually started to write reviews and was comfortable enough to share my thoughts and opinions.

 

 

  1. Can you name three things that blogging changed in your life?

 

I got much more comfortable sharing my thoughts and my opinions. I just love talking about  books and connect with people that like the same books. I always feels super proud when I see some read the same book as me and also liked it, or hated it the same as me and I don't feel so alone lol

 

 

You live in Germany and read in two languages: English and German. Do you experience the book differently depending on the language you read it in?

 

Not all the time, but sometimes I really experience the book differently. Sometimes I feel like the translations don't really work. Some jokes fall flat and things like that. When reading a book in English, I feel like I actually get to experience the authors work and his words.

 

 

Do you prefer reading in English or German?

 

This is a tough question. I'm pretty comfortable with my English skills at this point, so it's not that much harder to read the English version instead of the German once, unless I'm reading in the middle of the night fighting sleep. Most of the time I prefer reading in English, simply because in German translation they like to change names of characters or places, so that when I write a review and I have read the book in German, I actually have to check and make sure that the names are right. 

 

We’ve read that you’re a TV show fan. Can you recommend a good one?

 

It changes all the time, to be completely honest. I'm currently re-watching Covert Affairs and it reminds me how much I loved this show and how much it helped me through a really difficult time. Other than that I loved Leverage (the most perfect show that I need everyone to watch). Shows that are actually currently airing: Brooklyn 99 and The Good Place are my absolute happy place, I don't do well with comedy shows but these two are perfect. See, I cheated, I can't just talk about one show.

 

 

What’s your book review drill? Do you review all the books you read?

 

I'm like 99,9% sure that since I started writing reviews, I have reviewed every book that I have read. Even the ones I didn't like, I either tried to focus on the good parts or I just left a little review.

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

I'm just gonna mention the covers of books I read this year

A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade AlanThe Castaways - Jessika FleckIch, Eleanor Oliphant: Roman - Gail Honeyman,Alexandra Kranefeld

The story is seriously amazing and really creative.

The writing is so great and really transported me in the middle of this world...

Read a full review of The Castaways ->

 

 

Any tips for beginning bloggers?

 

The most cliche tip I can think of is: Be yourself!!! And be honest. You don't have to pretend to like a book that everyone loves but you just don't get it. And also the other way around, don't feel like you can't enjoy a book that everyone hates. It's your blog and you do you. This is your space to talk about the things you love.

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

I made it my mission this year to recommend The Best We Could Do and Ich, Eleanor Oliphant Roman to everybody.

 

 

The Best We Could Do - Thi BuiIch, Eleanor Oliphant: Roman - Gail Honeyman,Alexandra Kranefeld 

HOLY MOTHER OF EVERYTHING. This graphic novel/comic,

whatever you wanna call it, is everything. Seriously...

Read a full review of The Best we could do ->

 

 

What’s your reading spot? 

 

My bed, it's the most comfortable place in my room.

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Both. I never thought I would ever be a e-book person but I'm reading more and more e-books. Nothing can replace a paper book, the feel, the smell  and the weight of it in your hands. But I'm really enjoying e-books when I'm out and about. I also receive all the ARCs I read as a ebook, so I had to get used to it at some point. Downside to reading an ebook on my tablet or phone, I'm pretty lost if it has no power and I can't find the charger. Been there, donw that.

 

Three title for a spaceship travel?

 

I could only think of these three...I need to read more space books.

 

 

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - Kelly Sue DeConnick,David LópezThe 100 - Kass MorganJoyride Vol. 1 - Collin Kelly,Jackson Lanzing,Marcus To

 

Favorite quote?

 

I'm going to share one that even though I read the book three years ago, I still think about this quote a lot. It's really powerful.

“Wir sind imstande, Überschallflugzeuge und Raketen ins All zu schicken, einen Verbrecher anhand eines Haars oder eines winzigen Hautpartikels zu identifizieren, eine Tomate zu züchten, die im Kühlschrank drei Monate lang völlig faltenfrei bleibt, und Milliarden von Informationen auf einem Mikrochip zu speichern. Wir sind imstande, die Leute auf der Straße sterben zu lassen.”
― Delphine de Vigan, No and Me

 

I'm trying to translate it as best as I can.

"We are capable of sending supersonic aircraft and rockets into space, identifying a criminal based on hair and tiny skin particles, breeding a tomato that's gonna stay wrinkle-free for three months in the fridge, and saving billions of information on a microchip. We are capable of letting people die on the streets."
― Delphine de Vigan, No and Me

 

 

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

  1. A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade Alan

I have to go with a character that I actually read about this year, it's Ellie, the main character in the book A Messy, Beautiful Life. She was going through much and through everything she was so strong and just great. She was really inspiring to me and I would love to meet her. She is also one of those characters that I would love to check up on, you know, see how she is doing after the book ended.

 

  

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

I don't have the space that I would need to make my shelves look pretty and all that, so I just use all the space I have and put as many books there as I can, it's not pretty, but oh well...

 

 

 

Thank you :)

 

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

 

Please welcome Tricia from 99 problems, and a book ain't one!

Follow Tricia's blog here: http://tballa04.booklikes.com/

 

When did your book love begin?

 

My love affair with books began when I was a child. We had this great used book store by my house and I remember riding my bike up to it frequently and finding so many great books. They used to do trade-ins too so once I was done reading I could go right back and trade them in for something new. Clearly before my book-hoarding days lol.

 

How did your blogging adventure start?

 

My blogging mostly started by discovering that there were actually places where reading enthusiasts could go just to talk about books! Before 2011 I had no idea book blogging was even a thing. Once I found out, I couldn't get enough of reading other people's thoughts on books they've read. From there it progressed pretty quickly, I started commenting and interacting with other bloggers and sharing my thoughts. So when my best friend suggested we start a blog together in 2012 I thought it would be a lot of fun and jumped right in!

 

Can you name three things that blogging changed in your life?

 

Absolutely! First and foremost, professionally I made a huge change almost 2 years ago and it all started with blogging. I reviewed an early copy of a book I received from NetGalley and ended up connecting with the author afterwards. We hit it off right away and after a few months of becoming fast friends she offered me a job. Somehow this hobby turned into an actual career, working with one of the things I love the most, BOOKS!

 

Secondly, the book community in general has been overwhelmingly amazing! In a world, especially now, where things are so turbulent and you see so many negative things floating around every day, the book community has always been so welcoming and supportive, and an all around very positive and refreshing place to be a part of. Booklikes people most especially! When I started blogging I never imagined I would connect with so many new people in ways that went beyond just our love of books. I honestly feel like I found MY PLACE because of blogging. Somewhere I just fit seamlessly, surrounded by kind, smart, truly wonderful people.

 

Lastly, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the outrageous amount of incredible reads that I've found because of blogging! Whether it be from a fellow blogger’s glowing review or from an author or publisher wanting to share a new book with me. I mean it is just incredible all around! I never thought people would be approaching me asking ME to read their stories and share my thoughts. I've come across so many amazing stories that I otherwise likely would have not known about to even give a chance to, and that is 100% because of blogging.

 

What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

I truly enjoy a good mix of everything, variety is the spice of life afterall! But Fantasy has always held a special place in my heart. The only limitation in Fantasy is imagination. I started out reading books like Matilda, The Indian in the Cupboard, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and it hasn't stopped there. It is a little bit of magic right in your hands, and if you ask me we could all use something fantastic in our lives once in awhile.

 

Matilda - Roald Dahl,Quentin BlakeThe Indian in the Cupboard - Lynne Reid BanksWhere the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

 

You are an Official Blogger for Ozarks Indie Book Fest 2017. That sounds big, congrats! Can you tell us more about the event and your blog’s role.

 

Thank you! Ozarks Indie Book Fest is a wonderful book festival happening this October in Springfield, Missouri. Not only is it a fun-filled book festival bringing authors and readers together, it is also an event with a heart of gold and all the proceeds from the event are being donated to two amazing charities! Companions for Heroes, who provides companion animals obtained from shelters and/or rescues, who might otherwise be euthanized, free of charge to active duty military personnel, military veterans, and first-responders recovering from the psychological challenges they suffered during service to our country. As well as Loving Paws Animal Rescue, who works to maintain a no-kill animal rescue, bringing care and help to animals in need. You can find out more OIBF info here: http://ozarksindiebookfest.com

 

When I was first approached over a year ago by a fellow blogger, and a founder of OIBF, to be an official blogger for them I was honored and a little overwhelmed. I had never done anything like that before and I had never even attended a book festival before then. We talked a little more about what it would entail and it is an awesome event for a great cause so I had to join. As an official blogger for them I basically use my blog to help spread the word about the festival itself, as well as the charities, authors, sponsors, location, and events within the festival.

 

What are you three favorite book covers?

 

Oh man, that is a tough one, I love so many! I am totally over the moon for Laini Taylor’s Night of Cake and Puppets right now. Not only is the dust jacket gorgeous, but the naked hardcover is absolutely stunning as well. And I usually find myself removing the dust jackets when I read hardcovers so I really appreciate something so beautiful hiding underneath as well.

 

 

I also adore E.J. Mellow’s Dreamland series covers. They are so beautiful. The underwater shots with a woman in a gorgeous gown flowing around them, just so pretty with a hint of otherworldly at the same time.

 

Lastly, I love Lauren Bird Horowitz’s covers for Renegade Red! Yep, that's right covers, plural. Such a cool idea to show an extra piece of the story using 3 different covers, each representing something different and powerful happening within the story inside. And collecting them all is so rewarding for a book hoarder like myself!

 

 

You’re reviewed over 400 books on BookLikes. How do you write book reviews, do you make notes during reading or review ad hoc the day you finish the book?

 

Oh my! I actually had no idea how many reviews I've written here haha. I feel pretty good about 400+! Typically I prefer to just write a review all at once right after I finish. I feel like for me, if I write them right away it is very fresh in my mind and I tend to remember all the little details I want to include. Once in awhile if I'm reading on my kindle I will add a rogue note or two in there if something great jumps in my head in the moment, and I love the highlighting function, I use that constantly to help keep important things easy to look back up for the review.

 

 

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

 

When I think of fall I naturally think of Halloween and the supernatural. I love a good spooky story and this time of year, when your surroundings are so befitting of that spookiness, tis the season! Bring on the spine-tingling goodness!

 

One of my favorite series is the Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle. Think Ghost Hunters in book form, with other supernatural creatures lurking about too. It is fun and frightening and the main character is so darn relatable, I just love it all!

 

Darkhouse - Karina HalleRed Fox - Karina HalleDead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror) - Karina Halle

 

Also, I am a huge Stephen King fan and he has so much of his stuff coming to the big and little screen right now, It is already out in theaters and Gerald's Game and 1922 are coming to Netflix soon. I highly recommend reading the books before watching the movies/shows! And I don't know about you but I am pumped for Sleeping Beauties which he co-wrote with his son Owen. I pre-ordered that one as one of my extra Book of the Month picks next month.

 

It - Stephen KingGerald's Game - Stephen KingSleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King,Owen King

 

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

 

 

A picture really is worth a thousand words here! A few years ago for my birthday my handy dandy guy built me this magical reading nook in our spare room. I love curling up in there with my beagle and getting lost in a great book. 

 

Do read one or several books at a time?

 

Usually I only read one at a time. Although recently I have been trying to tackle the ever growing TBR mountain of books I own, so I've been reading a paperback/hardback by day and a kindle book at night. So basically book-batmaning. Is that a thing? Let's pretend it is for this ;)

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Both. I love the experience of reading a physical book, the turning of the pages, the feel in your hands, even that special book smell! On the flip side, e-books are so convenient. You have a limitless library at the tip of your one-clicker and it is so easy to take them all with you wherever you go. Plus I love reading in bed at night, and e-readers are ideal for that. No booklights to constantly shift around and having to reposition the book 156,954 times because it is bulky and won't sit just right.

 

Three titles for your best friend?

 

Does this mean picking actual book titles for my best friend? This is awesome! In advance, I'm sorry we're weird.

 

How to be Inappropriate, Feelings and How to Destroy them, and The Zombie Survival Guide.

 

How to Be Inappropriate - Daniel NesterThe Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead - Max Brooks

 

Any friendship worth its salt has bore a zombie apocalypse discussion/plan...right?

 

Favorite quote?

 

Another tough one! This one is definitely a favorite and also something I believe in fiercely.

 

 

“Question everything. Your love, your religion, your passion.

If you don't have questions, you'll never find answers.”
Colleen Hoover, Slammed

 

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

 

Eeekk! So many! I guess I'd have to go with Stephen King though. His books were such a big part of my reading life throughout the years. I started reading King books as a kid and I haven't stopped yet!

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

My nook shelves <3

 

Thank you so much for including me in Follow Friday this week!

Thank you!

 

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#11 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Book Cupidity [Nominated] ->

#10 Follow Friday with book bloggers: The Book Gourmet ->

 

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#11 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Book Cupidity [Nominated]

 

[Nominated by BLoggers]

Wave to Courtnie from the Book Cupidity blog! Hello, Courtnie! Lovely to have you with us!

 

Follow Courtnie and her book blog Book Cupidity: http://c0urtnie.booklikes.com/

 

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Tell us about your first book love.

 

Such a tough question...I think I could come up with something sweet or poetic, but honestly I think my first lasting book love was Jericho Barrons. That whole series (Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning) just stuck with me for days and days after reading. Jericho Barrons was probably the first anti-hero I'd ever read and he was unabashedly amoral. He got under my skin, he made me think. And he was very good looking and owned a bookshop in Dublin. Who wouldn't be a lost cause to that?

 

What made you start writing about books?

 

Before I began book reviewing/book blogging, I remember that lonely, frustrated feeling of not being able to share how a book made me feel with people who 'got it'.  I wanted to talk about books with other people - writing about books seemed like the way to join the conversation.

 

Does book blogging have an impact on your book picks?

 

Yes! So much so. Being a part of a book blogging community, getting to know other bloggers and their tastes and vice versa, reading their blogs and reviews has moved me so much over the years. I've stretched and read things that I previously would have willingly passed - sometimes because someone loved it, sometimes because someone hated it! I'm horribly suggestible when it comes to books. Shameful really and my never ending to-be read list is proof.

 

 

You mention cookbooks on your blog. Can you recommend a perfect pairing of a yummy dish and a book to accompany it?

 

Well, it's fall. Around my house, fall means the return of chilling books and warming chili.

The Terror - Dan Simmons For a book I'd suggest The Terror by Dan Simmons because it will chill you to the bone. It's one part historical fiction and one part frigid psychological horror. The historical backbone is Franklin's lost expedition to the arctic. Two ships stranded in the icy wasteland for two years sounds bad enough but things really get sideways when men start disappearing and the Captain begins to wonder if something is stalking them on the ice. Very atmospheric and not to be rushed - let it simmer. Like chili in fact! Here's my recipe:

 
(This makes enough for a crowd, it also freezes well)
 
1 29oz can of Tomato Sauce (or large can)
1 15oz can of Tomato Sauce (or regular sized can)
1 15oz can of Diced Tomatoes
 
1 green pepper
1 onion
 
1.5lbs ground beef
 
3 cans of beans (I use a mix of kidney and pinto)
 
Seasoning:
1 tbsp + 1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 scant tsp cayenne
1 heaping tsp dried basil
2 heaping tbsp flour
2 tsp sugar
 
Dice onion and green pepper, saute in coconut oil (or whatever cooking oil you prefer). I like to season with salt and pepper. Brown ground beef, drain. Mix seasoning ingredients and stir.  In large pot with a lid, combine veggies, tomato products, seasoning, beans and browned meat. Cover and simmer. The longer the better. If we have beer on hand, I almost always add a glug or two of beer to my chili because the hoppy nuttiness is yummy here. Sometimes a little brown sugar as well, to taste - depends on the flavor/acidic level of the canned tomatoes.

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

I really don't have three FAVORITE book covers, BUT I love a good romance cover and stepback. Sometimes because they are cheesy and perfect, sometimes because they're really pretty - occasionally they're very risque. All of them are like a little extra surprise. I like Eloisa James cover and stepback here for her book When Beauty Tamed the Beast, which is a favorite book of mine too.

 

 

Amanda Quick's books have great stepbacks. 

 

And lastly, I've always been in love with the artist who does the work for Patricia Briggs' covers. Dan dos Santos does really pretty work, in my opinion.

 

Your bookshelf looks very well organized, a lot of additional shelves tagged with the challenge years and author shelves etc. How does the shelving system help you in finding your next book to read?

 

I treat my shelves like a list of sorts. When I have a specific reading goal, shelving is an easy way to make a list at a glance. I've used author shelves specifically if I planned on reading their catalogue. It's helped me see at a glance what I have had left to read or what not. Sometimes I have other zany reasons to sort books out, but it's almost always used so that I can see where I've been to know where I'm going.

 

 

 

You’re in the middle of Halloween bingo. What are you reading right now?

 

My Halloween Bingo read right now is Mirror Image by Sandra Brown for Romantic Suspense - she's always good for impossibly over the top scenarios, a steamy romance and a quick pace. I'm also starting Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier with Murder by Death for the Gothic square, and I'm doing a buddy read of Mr Mercedes by Stephen King  for the Modern Masters of Horror square with a throwback bookliker and friend, Bookstooge.

 

Mr Mercedes - Stephen King

 

The Fall is a major new release time. Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this season?

 

I keep up on precious few new releases, so we'll skip this one too :)

 

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

 

My favorite reading spot is a funny question... right now, it's wherever I can find a little quiet. I have two very active boys who are 6 and 9 years old and family life is very hectic. I'm in a constant rush to get somewhere or do something or constantly dodging the neighborhood kids that invade my home. These days I find I do a lot of reading leaning against the kitchen counter while something is cooking or wherever I can land somewhat comfortably with bit of quiet. I've been known to sit on my basement steps waiting for the laundry to dry with a book in hand because no one was down there. :)

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Both, at the same time of the same book! Maybe a little unconventional, but since I steal all my moments to read, having it in both formats is very, very handy. I read on my phone at the line in the bank and then finish the paper copy by my nightstand lamp light. I love this age we're in where I can have it all ways at my fingertips.

 

Do you read one or several books at a time?

 

I read several at a time. It's a habit I've grown into because I didn't start out that way - I used to be a girl who would read one book cover to cover devotedly. I've gotten a bit more loose as I've aged and like to cheat on one genre with another.

 

Favorite quote?

“I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
 
I will say though that the quote that I've returned to again and again in my life and have kept in my hip pocket is actually from Eleanor Roosevelt and is not a book quote (cheating here, I know) - "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent".  Eleanor's perseverance has always had an impact on me.

If you could ask one author out, who would it be?

 

Another tough one... I can easily list several favorite authors, but as far as one that I'd want to have a beer with and shoot the breeze? I think it would have to be Jim Butcher. Off the top of my head, I can come up with a half dozen topics of conversation that I'd be eager to hear him talk about. He was once from my neck of the woods and we would presumably have some things in common besides my love of his books, plus he just seems like an easy going, laid back, fun guy. I could name others, but I'm not sure I'd know what to say to many to make the experience worthwhile.

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

Confession time! I have absolutely no organization when it comes to my home library. We've not yet figured out a good system after having abandoned the alphabetical order thing that was a complete disaster. I am a bad bibliophile.

 

 

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share!

 

Thank you!

 

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#9 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Midu Reads [Nominated]

[Nominated by BLoggers]

Let's welcome Midu in Follow Friday talks!

 

Have a look what Midu Reads on BookLikes: http://miduhadi.booklikes.com/

 

 

On your About me page you write that it was Lorna Doone that made you passionate about books. Tell us more.

 

Lorna Doone - R.D. Blackmore  There was this book fair at my school and I wanted to buy all the flashy books at exorbitant costs. Back then, my mom used to teach there as well. We have never been rich but our financial situation was even tougher then. I asked my mom if I could buy some books and she said, she would pick out a few for me. The next day, she returned with this boring book with the least glamorous subject matter and the most unattractive cover. Lets just say, I didn't receive the gift with much grace. She sat me down and told me to give the book a try anyway. I did and as I read, I fell in love with the story. I have never stopped reading after that.  

 

What made you start book blogging?

 

I wanted to be able to say more than "I've read this book", "This book is world-rocking/meh", or "Read this one or I'm writing you out of my will".

 

Does blogging have an impact on your reading life?

 

I would say, it has. My reviews have gotten more reader-centric. They used to be about me, now I try to write reviews that will also help others decide if a book is right for them. Consequently while reading, I also focus on things that would clinch (or be a deal breaker) to others.

 

What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

I think I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Epic Fantasy. Yet now I find myself gravitating towards Sci-Fi. What makes it special is that I am able to relate with what I have read. It has given me a way to include science in my writing!

 

You’re an editor and a copywriter. You’re co-working with authors and other personalities from the publishing branch. How did that influence your reading life?

 

I think it has affected my writing life more. Before I ghost-wrote whole books, I didn't believe I would ever be able to write one for myself. Now, I have started thinking that might be...probably...is mostly possible lol

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

I love all the covers in the series, House of Comarré and The Dinosaur Lords.

Blood Rights - Kristen PainterThe Dinosaur Lords - Victor Milán

 

You’ve published over 300 reviews here on BookLikes. How does you review process look like?

 

I have? Wow! I keep two things in mind while writing a review: a) the characters or their actions do not make the author b) I should be able to justify any claims that I make in it. I hope I have done well in those regards :-)

 

 

Any tips for the beginner reviewers and bloggers?

 

Keep reading!

 

You’re an author! Tell us more!

 

I have written several short stories. One of them was published by the Antarctica Journal while others can be found on Smashwords and Medium.

Life Of A 'prayer - Midu HadiMr. Bear - Midu Hadi

 

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

 

I don't know how to do the seasonal thing or read the latest books. I read what I know I'd like reading at a particular time. The best I can do is name some good books that I have read recently include Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card, and Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson. I am also loving my current read, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

 

Binti - Nnedi OkoraforSpeaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal - G. Willow Wilson,Adrian AlphonaThe Invention of Wings: A Novel - Sue Monk Kidd

 

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

 

I usually read when I am in the van and on my way to work. So, no photos!

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Both. It just needs to be legible lol

 

 

Three titles for a dessert island?

 

I am going to mention my favorite authors, instead. So, anything by Mary Shelley, Georgette Heyer, and Steven Erikson.

 

Favorite quote?

 

They keep changing. I think this would be a good one to mention here:

That's the funny thing about old hurts- they just wait for new heartache to come along and then show up, just as sharp and horrible as the first day you woke up with the world changed all around you.

Lilith Saintcrow, Strange Angels

 

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

 

I would be most interested in meeting Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights. She is all kinds of evil!

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

 

Thank you!

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Missed previous Follow Friday talks? Use ffwithbookbloggers tag or click the catch up links:

 

 

You can nominate your blogger friends to the Follow Friday interview! Click here and leave the URL address in the comment section.

 

See you next Friday!

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