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#20 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Murder by Death [Nominated]

[Nominated by BLoggers]

Let's meet Jenn, our lovely BookLikes blogger, an amazing contributor and a great supporter. Jenn is a true mystery lover and an owner of an 8m tall TBR pile! Whoa! 

 

Follow Jenn and her blog Murder by Death: http://jenn.booklikes.com/

 

 

When have you discovered you’re a book lover?


I think it’s always been part of my DNA.  My parents taught me to read when I was three; they claim it was in self-defense, as my favorite book was Dr. Seuss’s Fox in Socks.  They’d taken to hiding it, hoping I’d forget it and move on, but I’d search the house until I found it.  After finding it in the cookie jar on top of the high kitchen cabinets, they figured teaching me to read it myself would be the best solution.  (I still love Fox in Socks.)

 

How did your blogging adventure start?

With BookLikes and myself as a very unwilling participant, lol.  I was a GoodReads refugee, very unhappy with the Amazon buy-out, and the censorious turn their policies were taking.  I admit, when I first saw BookLikes platform, I thought “I don’t blog! I don’t want to blog! I just want to talk about books!”  But everything else was set up so well, and the staff was so responsive, I decided to dive in anyway; I told myself I wouldn’t post anything except book reviews. We can see how that turned out! Once we started coming together as a community, it was impossible not to post pictures of my cats, or the garden, or a holiday, or about my inability to police myself in a bookstore or book sale. But mostly, I try to keep it about books. 

 


 

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

My TBR pile, My TBR pile and My TBR pile.

Seriously, my TBR pile.  When I was on GoodReads my TBR pile wasn’t even a pile; it was 2 or 3 paperbacks that shared a fleeting moment in the vertical plane.  Since joining BookLikes, I have 342 physical books stacked everywhere. I’ve been on BookLikes half as long as I’ve been on GR, and have found 339 times as many books.

My reading horizons have expanded dramatically.  When I joined BL, all I read were cozy mysteries and maybe a science book once in awhile. Now, cozies make up less than half my yearly reading, with a lot more traditional mystery, urban fantasy, classics, and non-fiction: history, science, and memoirs.

My social circle. I get odd reactions when I’m having a conversation in RL, trying to talk about what’s happening on BookLikes and referring to friends named “BrokenTune” or “WhiskeyInTheJarLikesToRead”, but the people on this site are as much a part of my daily life and routine as my husband and my cats. I can’t talk about my day without talking about my BookLikes friends.

 

Your blog name is Murder by Death. Is it due to your love of the literary detectives?

Yes, and no.  Or, maybe it would be more accurate to say: Yes, and sort of.  I love the literary detectives – Sherlock Holmes, Lord Peter Whimsy, and Poirot.  But it’s also a reflection of my love for silliness and comedy.  Murder by Death was a 70’s movie that spoofed the classic literary detectives, and it perfectly sums up my love of both a mystery and a comedy. 

Murder by Death movie poster (via IMDb)

 

If you could measure your TBR pile how tall would it be?

This is an evil question!  Because I can’t leave a question unanswered, I had to go and measure them.  If they were all stacked into one pile, they’d be 26 feet, or 8 metres, tall.  Right before they all fell over and buried me alive. 

Yes, I googled:  about the length of a London bus, or a little taller than a giraffe.  And no, I do not have a book buying problem; obviously it’s very easy for me to buy books.  ;)

Jenn's cozy mysteries shelf

 

You read a lot of nonfiction and history books. Can you please recommend three titles of the genres that amazed you?

Ooh… that amazed me? The pressure!  I’m a relative new-comer to non-fiction so I’m in the delightful honeymoon phase, where I haven’t yet read enough of it to have high standards, but I think these three would appeal to most, and all of them left me with a sense of ‘wow’.  (The third is something of a cheat: it’s technically fiction because of the narrative construction, but since the vast bulk of the book is Einstein’s theories, I’m including it.)

 

 

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea WulfDawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends - Mary McAuliffePlease Mr. Einstein - Jean-Claude Carrière

 

You’ve co-created the reading game of 16 Tasks of the Festive Season and set up the book clubs buddy reads. It seems that reading is a very social activity for you, isn't it? :)

It never used to be; I went for decades wondering if I was the only reader left on Earth because I never knew anyone who read for pleasure and enjoyed talking about books.  BookLikes changed that, and I find the only thing better than reading is buddy reading!  Whether you both like/hate the book, or you each have opposite views, the discussions add another dimension to the read.

 

My co-hosting of the 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, with Themis-Athena, was a very last minute decision on our part; we wanted to fill in for Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue while they took a very deserved break – they’ve created some of the best  reading/book related games around.

 

But I have to admit, I was a late comer to the reading games; I’m such a mood reader I didn’t see how it could work.  Then my TBR started to get out of control and the games offered me a fun way to whittle down the mountain and now I’m a confirmed fan!  ☺

 

16 Festive Tasks posts

 

How do you choose your next read?

I stand in front of the stacks and wait for a book to speak to me.  Said like that it sounds a little … eccentric, but I really am a mood reader.  As I scan the titles in the piles, one will just ‘click’ with me and that’s the one I need to read.  Trying to read anything I’m not in the mood for is a sure-fire way of ruining for myself what might have been a great book.

 

Your bookshelf is full of nonfiction but also mystery and fantasy books. What’s your favorite genre?

Mystery.  It’s my first and true love. In fact, if you look closely at the books on my urban fantasy shelf, they’re all mysteries too, just with an extra sprinkling of vampires and weres.  ☺
 

What are your three favorite book covers?

The first one is a no-brainer for me – I bought it purely for the cover (thank goodness I liked the story!): 

 

 

The Muse - Jessie BurtonThe Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea WulfMy Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir - Meir Shalev,Evan Fallenberg


There’s a definite theme to my cover love; apparently I like them dark and flowery.

 

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

Recommending?  I don’t know – I haven’t read them yet!  ☺  But these are three I’m really looking forward to reading myself this winter (or, as my husband pointed out to me as he proofread this - our summer):

 

 

Burn Bright - Patricia BriggsA Brush with Shadows - Anna Lee HuberHow to Speak Chicken: Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say - Melissa Caughey

 

Laugh at that last one if you must, but I’m pretty sure my backyard chickens could tell me who has been nicking my figs, if only I could understand them.

 

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


My library and my garden.

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?


Paper all the way.  I happily concede the benefits of an e-reader, but for medical reasons, I can’t use them, which is totally ok, as I prefer paper books anyway.

 

Favorite quote?


There are two:

"...the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."

T.S. Eliot

"...all the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal. ...with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not."

The Polysyllabic Spree

by Nick Hornby

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


Easiest question of the lot.  There’s only ever been one answer for me:  Sherlock Holmes.  The answer will always be Sherlock Holmes.

 

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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#19 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Wanda's Book Reviews

 

It's Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Wanda, a book lover who cherishes fantasy books and penguins! What? Read on to find out more!

 

Follow Wanda's blog on BookLikes: http://wandapedersen39.booklikes.com/

 

 

When did you discover that you’re a bookworm?

 

I guess I knew before I started school.  Our small town didn’t have kindergarten, so the June before we were to start Grade One, we had to go do some tests to see if we were ready to start school. I came home from those tests outraged because they hadn’t taught me to read!

 

How did your blogging adventure start?

 

I’m all about projects. When I turned 50, I started reading the NPR List of Science Fiction and Fantasy Finalists (https://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists). I decided to start a blog to keep myself on track. I discovered that I enjoyed the process and I have just kept on blogging about all of my reading.

 

 

You’ve completed your 2017 reading challenge!  Yay, congrats!  Reveal your secret—how did you read 250 books in one year?  It’s an amazing book total!

 

I don’t have as many demands on my time as other people. First off, I don’t have a spouse or children to take care of. But I also don’t own a TV and I don’t get the internet at home. I spend my workdays at a computer and don’t want to spend my evenings there too. I read, at least a little bit, every day.  If my friends cancel plans, I always have a book waiting for me at home. 

 

Wanda's reading chart month by month. Read more->

 

Wanda's reading challenges year by year. Read more->

 

 

You seem to be a fan of reading lists.  You’re reading the NPR sci-fi & fantasy list—can you tell us more about your favourite books in the genre?

 

I have always been a fan of fantasy and over the last couple of years I have discovered urban fantasy. I adore any books that have Fae/Fairy characters! I love the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews, as well as their Kate Daniels and Innkeeper Chronicles series. I’m a big fan of Seanan McGuire, especially her October Daye and InCryptid series.  I’d have to include Patricia Briggs and her Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega books. Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series. The Invisible Library series by Genevieve CogmanBen Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series. Suzanne McLeod’s Spellcrackers.com series.  I’m all about the magic, vampires, werewolves, fae, all that fun stuff.

 

Your bookshelf is very organized with the thematic shelves and yearly challenges.  Does the shelf reflect your personality?

 

More that I’d actually like to admit! I don’t really believe in astrology, but I’m a Virgo and they are reputedly very organized, detail oriented, and practical. In Oriental astrology, I’m an Ox.  Ox people are workers—we work for fun.  Put those two together and I’m willing to work at being organized and efficient, even at my hobby of reading.  Also, I have so many books that I’ve read or want to read that I have to maintain good shelves, or I couldn’t find them.

 

Wanda's reviewed books bookshelf

 

What are your three favourite book covers?

 

Aren’t these three pretty?  I haven’t read them yet, but I will just because the covers are so gorgeous!

 

Wild Beauty - Anna-Marie McLemoreSweetpea - C.J. SkuseThe Gallery of Lost Species - Nina Berkhout

 

 

Which books are you most excited to recommend to your followers this winter?

 

In the year ahead, I’m looking forward exploring the work of Holly Black.  She has a new book coming out called The Cruel Prince. Another book I’m anticipating is An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I’m also really excited to read Genevieve Cogman’s latest installment in the Invisible Library series, The Lost Plot

 

The Cruel Prince - Holly BlackAn Enchantment of Ravens - Margaret RogersonThe Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman

 

There are also two new offerings in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn and Macbeth by Jo Nesbø. There are so many exciting new books being published that it’s hard to choose. 

 

Dunbar (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Edward St. AubynMacbeth - Jo Nesbø

 

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

 

I usually read in my living room, in a recliner where I can put my feet up.  I have my trusty tray beside me for the cup of coffee or glass of wine necessary and I have my wonderful new blanket (but I have to be careful of it—it tends to put me right to sleep and I don’t get much reading done that way).

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

So far, I just read paper books. But I can see where an e-book reader would be handy.  One of these days I will have to learn how to deal with this technology!

 

Three titles for a boring social party?

 

If it’s boring, don’t linger there! Just head for home & your book nook!

 

A book that changed your life?

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg LarssonWould you believe that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson changed my life? I used to read a lot of books with my mom. We would both read them & discuss them, our own little book club. When she & my dad were killed in a car crash, I pretty much quit reading because I couldn’t talk books with her anymore.  It was ten years later when a coworker lent me The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which I whipped through in 2 days) that I realized how much I missed reading. I lost a lot of reading time that I’m still making up for, but I am enjoying it even more now. Now I have BookLikes friends to discuss things with. 

 

Favourite quote?

 

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” - Mark Twain

 

 

 

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

 

Jane Jameson, the children’s librarian turned vampire, from Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson series.  She has a snarky sense of humour, she owns a great bookstore, plus she has a great friend, another vampire called Dick Cheney, whose antics amuse me.  I’d love to attend the book club meetings at her store.

 

Shelfie time!  Please share your home library photos. 

 

I didn’t get a picture taken before I decorated for Christmas.  So you can also see my growing Christmas penguin colony!

 

 

Thank you!

 

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

 

#18 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Leigha's Little Library ->

#17 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Lost Girls Reviews -> 

#16 Follow Friday with book bloggers: OBSESSION WITH WORDS ->

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

 

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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Sneak Peek at Book Bloggers' November Bookshelves

 

Eleven months checked, one still to go. Check out book bloggers' November reading lists and let us know how did you do in November!

 

Click the blogs' headers to go to the blog pages and read more from the fellow bloggers. Follow the blogs you enjoy reading - go to the blog pages and click Follow in the upper right corner to view the bloggers reviews and bookshelves updates on your Dashboard. 

 

 

Hey everybody! I have got a few new followers thanks to the interview I did on the Booklikes blog. I thought I would share with everyone my reading wrap up for November. I read a lot, so the video is long. Feel free to put me on double speed. I do that all the time to be honest, because there are so many great videos and so little time... watch the video

 

 

A Christmas Cornucopia: The hidden stories behind our Yuletide traditions - Mark Forsyth The Chosen - Chaim Potok A Burnable Book - Bruce Holsinger

This has been my slowest reading month all year, with 12 books finished.  November and December have always been a crazy time of year for me, but now I know why the creators of Christmas chose December: in the Northern Hemisphere it's winter and there's nothing else to do.  In the Southern Hemisphere it's spring too, so all the busyness associated with warmer weather is compounded by the upcoming holidays.  Which means I spend November and December throwing a lot of longing looks at my books as I'm rushing past them... continue reading

 

 

Holy smokes I cant believe we only have one month left of the year. This year just flew by way to fast. But I read some pretty awesome books this year. I discovered Sarah J Maas books which was a life changer reading wise. For November I got a couple ARCs done finished Ilona Andrews Hidden Legacy Series and started Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. I also finally got around to put reviews for the Throne of Glass series up which I had sitting here and never got around... continue reading

 

 

November was definitely the slowest month for me in reading and blogging all year.  I barely posted anything, and read a total of 6 books.  I had ambitions for this month, I promise, but things just didn't work out and now I've got a lot more books on my TBR that I'd been hoping to finish before the end of the year... all crammed into December... continue reading

 

 

By Sharon Kay Penman The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III (1st) - Sharon Kay PenmanCremains of the Day (A Tallie Graver Mystery) - Misty SimonBetween Two Fires: A Novel - Mark NoceDark Winds Rising: A Novel (Queen Branwen) - Mark Noce

I read seven books this past month. Not my best or worst month. The star of the month was by far finishing The Sunne in Splendour.  By far.  Just an excellent book. Artemis was also enjoyable. Cremains of the Day and Cheddar off Dead were my weakest reads. I read mostly on my Kindle. An adjustment I am trying to make having such limited shelf space in my apartment... continue reading

 

 

Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime - Val McDermidBooks Can Be Deceiving - Jenn McKinlayQueen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas

Just popping in for a quick update.  I’m swamped at work.  And furiously busy with teen and home related things, not to mention the toddler-dog who needs constant supervision unless he’s crated or sleeping.   So, JL’s Bibliomania is on semi-hiatus. A few quick updates on what I read during November:... continue reading

 

If you've missed November wrap ups by other BookLikes bloggers, have a look at the following posts :) If we haven't included your post link, let us know in the comment section below.

 

 

BookLikes book bloggers' previous 2017 reading challenge posts:

 

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#18 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Leigha's Little Library

Hello December, hello Friday, hello book bloggers! 

It's time for a winterish book talk with a lovely bookish miss behind the Leigha's Little Library blog. 

 

Follow Leigha's book blog on BookLikes: http://leighaslittlelibrary.booklikes.com/

 

 

 

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

 

This is a hard question, because I had some learning developmental problems and could not read on my own or write very well until I was around 9/10 years old.(4th Grade) Reading was still a huge thing in our house. My mom read to my sisters and I every night at bedtime. I loved reading and wanted to read independently so much. I got some extra help at school and one day, everything sort of clicked. I was reading everything, even traffic signs with pure joy and wonderment. It sounds exaggerated, but it really isn’t.

 

The first books I remember really loving was Kristy's Great Idea by Ann M. Martin   and Animorphs by K.A. Applegate. To this day, I still love children books, even picture books.

 

Kristy's Great Idea - Ann M. MartinThe Invasion - Katherine Applegate

 

 

What made you start writing about books?

 

Books have always been a huge deal for me. They were my escape when I was sad or lonely. It was only natural that I would want to start writing reviews and other things about the books I read. I don’t have a huge following, I’m pretty much the new kid on the block, so to speak, but I hope maybe someone will see some of the stuff I write and find something they like, and maybe a new favorite book.

 

3)Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?

 

I feel like since I started to blog, do YouTube and write reviews, that I have become a lot more critical with the books. I’ve always been too nice when it comes to ratings, probably giving things more than it deserves. So since I started this, I realized I’ve gone back and changed a lot of my rating and reviews. I’m thinking more now.

 

 

What are you reading now and how do you like the book?

 

At the current moment I am reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It is actually a buddy read I am doing with a friend I met on YouTube. Now we chat over Goodreads and do buddy reads every now and again. I’m really liking the book so far.I love the magical feel to the book.

 

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern 

 

I’ve noticed that you enjoy fantasy books. Do you stick to one genre or do you enjoy all of them?

 

I’m not so picky when it comes to genres. I feel like there are good books in all of them. I might be biased, but if it gives me a Harry Potter vibe, I will probably like it a lot.

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

Jackaby (I love the blues in this and the silhouette.), Sabriel (I like this cover a lot. I’ve heard some people don’t, but I love it.), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (I find this cover perfectly creepy.)

 

Jackaby - William RitterSabriel - Garth NixMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

 

You’re also a youtuber. Do you prefer talking or writing about books? How different is it?

 

I do find that writing about books is a lot easier, because I have some social anxiety and it is harder to get in front of the camera and properly express myself. In the videos, I think I have a higher chance to ramble too much, but when writing, I can edit and edit my post over again, until it is how I like it. Even after posting on my blog (Facebook, Goodreads..etc), I can still go back and clean up the post if I ended up rambling too much. I love doing both though. It is nice to get out of my comfort zone.

 

Leigha's Little Library on YouTube

 

 

How do you pick your next book to read?

 

Good question. That is like asking a mother how does she pick her favorite child. I do not have a system or anything when picking my next book. I pick whatever book sounds interesting at the time. I am a huge mood reader, so that plays a factor. I also participate in readathons and follow the challenges and prompts, so that might help narrow down the book I read.

 

Leigha's bookshelf

 

 

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

 

I just read Lucy's Book Club for the Lost and Found by Emma Davies and found it the perfect sort of book for this time a year. I can imagine reading it while curled up next to a fireplace.

 

Lucy's Book Club for the Lost and Found: A heartwarming feel good romance novel - Emma Davies 

 

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

 

It isn’t the most comfortable place in the world, but I love reading at my desk. My desk is on a loft and it is my own private little place.

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

I own an ereader, but I much prefer the physical book. However, I do want to use my ereader more often, because there are so many ways I can get books on there, like using Overdrive, free book Fridays on the Barnes & Noble website and a lot of free and low priced ebooks.

 

Three titles to to warm up a cold evening?

 

It might sound like a cliche answer, but I’ve always thought Harry Potter  is a good wintery read, or any fantasy, really. Another one is Illuminae Files novels. I love the format of those books. The other one I’d pick is My True Love Gave to Me, which is a collection of short holiday stories.

 

Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone - J.K. RowlingIlluminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie KaufmanMy True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories - Rainbow Rowell,Holly Black,Myra McEntire,Kiersten White,Stephanie Perkins,Laini Taylor,Gayle Forman,Matt de la Pena,Jenny Han,Ally Carter,Kelly Link,David Levithan

 

Favorite quote?

 

 

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

 

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

 

I think I would like to meet Garth Nix, and of course J.K. Rowling!

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

It is a big mess. I have books everywhere. Most pictured are unread. I’ve boxed up my read books because we are due to buy some more bookshelves and organize everything.

 

 

Thank you!
 

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

 

#17 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Lost Girls Reviews -> 

#16 Follow Friday with book bloggers: OBSESSION WITH WORDS ->

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

 

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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#17 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Lost Girls Reviews
It's time for Follow Friday with book bloggers. This time for real! Last Friday the interview was interrupted by the tech issues but some of you received the sneak peek in our newsletter, didn't you? ;) But let's get back to our today's heroes! 
 
Today we gonna meet not one but TWO awesome readers behind the Lost Girls blog! Let's say hello to Shey and Bobbie, two bookish girls, who love reading when not and zip lining!
 
Follow Lost Girls Reviews on BookLikes: http://lostgirls.booklikes.com/
 
 
Your book blog on BookLikes is called Lost girls reviews. Tell us more about the girls and why are you lost? ;)
 
Shey: Bobbie and I have been friends for many years and we love to go on road trips together to cons and book festivals. Unfortunately, we both have a terrible sense of direction. We inevitably end up getting lost, so we decided, since we are always getting lost whether in books or simply getting to our destination, Lost Girls is kind of perfect for us. 
 
 
When have you experienced the book love for the first time?
 
Shey: When I was very young I fell in love with Nancy Drew books. I read every one I could get my greedy little hands on. From there my love for books continued to grow. Libraries were my favorite place in the world. I could spend hours reveling in all the wonderful books.
 
Bobbie: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It had everything my young heart desired. Talking animals, magic, an epic battle between good and evil, and extraordinary adventures. 
 
What made you start book blogging? 
 
It was something that we wanted to do for a long time. We love to share and discuss the latest books we are devouring, and also wanted a way to keep track of our favorites. We love reading reviews and recommendations from fellow book lovers who introduce us to books we may never have discovered otherwise. Also, we've met some wonderful authors and reviewed their ARCs. It is always such a thrill to walk into a book store and see a finished copy of a book we reviewed and loved months ago finally gracing the shelves in all their glory.
 
You’re adventurous girls, aren’t you? Tell us more about your escapades. 
 
We love adventure! Anything that gets our hearts pounding. We have ziplined over alligators pits, done some cave spelunking, parasailing, free diving some gorgeous caves here in Florida (which we will be blogging about in the coming months). We are always up for adventure and ready to take things to the next level. We attempted hang gliding several times, sadly the weather prevented us from ever getting up there. We were very disappointed, but we don't give up easily. It's still high on our list of adventures. We have some exciting adventures planned for this winter.
 
 
Are you adventurous in book picking or do you stick to your favorite genres?
 
Shey: I'm adventurous. I tend to read a lot of YA, but if someone recommends a good mystery, some historical fiction, fantasy, etc I will jump on it. I can chat books with just about every book lover and find something in common. 
 
Bobbie: Its not often that I venture away from my favorite genres but occasionally I will come across a book that piques my interest even though it's not one I would normally read. 
 
You’re zip lines lovers. How did that start?
 
Bobbie: Our second year attending San Diego Comic Con there was a Batman zipline. You could soar through Gotham city just like the caped crusader himself! We had talked about trying ziplining before and this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. It was really fun and quite a rush!
 
Shey: We haven't met a zipline we didn't like. After our experience in California we went in search of more ziplines and found all kinds of fun ways to zip. We've zipped superman style, between mountains in Canada, but our favorite so far is the roller coaster zipline. What a thrill! Our ultimate goal is to zip upside down. It's going to happen!
 
What are you three favorite book covers?
 
 
 
Replica - Lauren OliverThe Shadow Queen - C. J. RedwineWintersong - S. Jae-Jones
 
How does you book review process look like? 
 
Bobbie: I try and write my review right after finishing the book and while everything is fresh in my mind. I give a summary of the book and then my thoughts on it.  
 
Shey:  I take notes as I'm reading to remind myself of certain quotes that I love, or points that I want to discuss in my review. Once I finish the book I have to have a nice quiet space where I can be with my thoughts as I write. 
 
Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this fall/winter?
 
Shey: Our TBR pile is huge! There are so many exciting books that just came out. I absolutely love Wonder Woman: Warbringer.  Leigh Bardugo is such an amazing writer. She will always be at the top of my list of recommendations. I'm super excited about my current read, Renegades by Marissa Meyer.
 
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh BardugoRenegades - Marissa Meyer
 
 
One Dark Throne - Kendare BlakeSilence Fallen - Patricia Briggs

 

What's your reading spot? We'd love to see the photos :)
 
Our favorite reading spots have to be at home in our beds. Big fluffy pillows, warm cup of tea, a great book. What more can one ask for?
 
 
Three titles for the fans of adventures? 
 
 
The Hobbit - J.R.R. TolkienSnow Like Ashes - Sara RaaschThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
 
What’s your favorite quote? 
 
Bobbie: 

art via Etsy

Do not go gentle into that goodnight

Rage, rage against the dying of the light - Ally Condie, Matched 

 

 

"The stories we love best live in us forever" - JK Rowling
 
Shey:
“Ryle Hira: Life is what it is” Elizabeth Haydon, Rhapsody
 
 
If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?
 
Shey: One of my favorite books (and movies) growing up was Anne of Green Gables. I would love to chat with, or mostly listen to, Anne Shirley while she showed me all her favorite spots. She is such a big part of my childhood. Bobbie and I recently had the immense pleasure of meeting and receiving great big hugs from the absolutely amazing, Meagan Follows who, of course, played Anne on the series way back when, and to us that was almost like meeting Anne herself. A memory we will forever cherish. 
 
Bobbie: Mercy Thompson, my favorite character. She's a badass shapeshifter that can change into a coyote form. She has a knack for finding trouble, and trouble sometimes goes looking for her. Her husband is a werewolf, her friend is a vampire, and her boss is an ancient fae. There's never a dull moment with her.
 
A paper book or an e-book? 
 
Bobbie: I don't really have a preference. I like the convenience of my Kindle. I can store and easily access thousands of books. But there's just something about that new book smell and the way it feels in your hand.
 
Shey: Both. I prefer the feel and glorious smell of real books, but I tend to do a lot of reading on my kindle as well. When I get ARCs I normally receive them through my kindle and that's where I first read them. Later I will purchase the paper book, especially when I fall in love with the cover art. I'm easy to please.
 
Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)
 
Thank you so much for including us in your series!
 
Thank you!
 

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