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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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#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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Show your books with widgets / BookLikes know-how

For all those who like to share their reading life, show your recent blog posts, promote the giveaways or popularize the reading lists, we have great news - you can do all of that with BookLikes widgets! Have a look at the collection of our widgets and how they can be customized to show what you love the most - your books and reviews. 

 

 

What are the widgets? 

 

BookLikes provides a service that allows you to share your book collection, your giveaways, your blog post and reviews with your friends, blog readers and fans. The widgets can be added to your BookLikes webpage or any other www website you have, including your other blogs and author pages.

 

Thanks to the widgets you can spread the word about the bookish events you're participating in (giveaways, discussions, currently reading books) and reach more readers. We bet your blog guest would love to see what reading lists you're recommending and how to request your newest book. 

 

 

Where to find BookLikes widgets?

 

BookLikes widgets can be found in the main menu. Please select Goodies from your menu and then go to the Widgets tab where you can view all BookLikes widgets.

 

 

Let's have a look at the widgets and its customization options. 

 

 

The Follow widget

 

This widget lets BookLikes readers follow you the very same moment they click it on your blog page. You'll also show the non-BookLikes readers that you're active in the book lovers and bloggers community. 

 

How to add the Follow widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the Follow widget is the first thing you'll notice. 

 

 

Customize:

- The standard title for this widget is Follow your blog name but if you wish to change that, please do. 

- Decide whether to display your Followers number or now.

- The widget's width and height are auto set and customized to BookLikes templates but you can add your own dimensions if you want it bigger or wider.

 

Add the follow widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on!

 

 

Add the follow widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. Voila! 

 

 

The Shelf widget

 

The shelf widget displays your book collection. You can present the books your love, the titles that you've recently published, books you've just reviewed or your wishlist (who knows, maybe Santa is actually reading the book blogs!).

 

How to add the shelf widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the Shelf widget is just under the Follow widget. 

 

 

Customize:

- Select a title for your widget, e.g. my books, new books, my favorites, pre-order, new releases 

- Choose a shelf style: wood, light, dark -- the widget preview will present your shelf choice so you'll know how the widget will look like

- Select shelf - you can choose from your reading shelves (read, planning to read, currently reading) and your thematic shelves added by you (e.g. mystery books, new releases, my books, 2017 reads)

- Select cover size - small/medium/big -- the widget preview will present your shelf choice so you'll know how the widget will look like

- Sort books - choose how the books should be displayed, you can select from the following: add date, read date, ratings, author and book title

- Choose how many books to show - decide on the total number of books and how many titles in the row should be presented -- the widget preview will present your shelf choice so you'll know how the widget will look like instantly

 

Add the shelf widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on! The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the shelf widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. Voila! 

 

 

The Reading challenge widget

 

The reading challenge widget presents how well you're doing in your reading resolution ;) It presents your reading progress and the links takes your blog guest to your reading challenge page where all your books read in a given year are presented with the review links and some reading statistics. 

 

How to add a reading challenge widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the reading challenge widget is number three. 

 

 

Customize:

- Select the year of the challenge -- if you're a long term BookLikes member is very probable you'll have the reading challenges since 2013

- Decide if the year should be visible in the widget title -- the year is always added at the beginning so if you're thinking of a more personalized titles like "My 2017 reading struggles" we recommend switching off the year and writing the full title in the next field

- Write your reading widget title

- Select the widget's size - you can stick to the auto dimensions or add new ones 

 

Add the reading challenge widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on! The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the reading challenge widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. Voila! 

 

 

The Giveaway widget

 

The giveaway widget presents the details of the giveaway you've created: the book title, author, book format, dates when the giveaway is held, number of copies and number of requests. When your readers and guest post click ENTER TO WIN they will be taken to the giveaway page where they can request the book. 

 

How to add the giveaway widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the giveaway widget is number four. 

 

 

Customize:

- Choose a title for your giveaway widget, it will be displayed at the top

- Choose a giveaway -- you'll see a list of the giveaways you've created and this means you can create a giveaway for every book you're giving away on BookLikes

- Select the widget's size - leave it as it is or customize as you wish, the preview will show how the widget will look like

 

Add the giveaway widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on! The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the giveaway widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. 

 

 

The Reading in progress widget

 

The widget presents the title you're currently reading along with your progress in pages/minutes or % depending on the book format and your update. 

 

How to add the reading in progress widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the giveaway widget is number five. 

 

 

Customize:

- Select a title for your widget

- Choose the cover size - small/medium/big - the widget preview will display the cover size of your choice

- Select your book - you can create a widget for all titles on your currently reading shelf

 

Add the reading in progress widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down to the Widget Area spot, paste the code and Save. The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the reading in progress widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. 

 

 

The Quote Widget

If you've recently published a quote you adore make it more visible by using the quote widget. You can use the widget on your BookLikes blog page as well as on any other webpage you have.

 

How to add the quote widget?

To create a widget with your most recent quote post go to Goodies/Widgets (the main menu -> Goodies -> Widgets), find the Quote Widget spot, adjust the widget if necessary and copy the code.

 

 

Add the quote widget to your webpages:

If you wish to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, paste the code in the Widget Area in the customization tab (follow the instruction under the widget), and if you want to add it to your other page, just copy/paste the widget code into your other website's code.

 

 

The discussions widget

 

No one is better in discussing books than book lovers! The widget with your book talks can support and popularize the book threads you're active at and bring more participants to the discussion groups. The more, the merrier! 

 

How to add the discussions widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), if you've been participating in the discussions recently the widget will be visible just under the Quote widget. 

 

 

Customize:

- Choose a title for your discussion widget

- Select how many discussions you wish to present

- Choose a widget size 

 

Add the discussions widget to your webpages:

If you wish to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, paste the code in the Widget Area in the customization tab (follow the instruction under the widget), and if you want to add it to your other page, just copy/paste the widget code into your other website's code.

 

 

My latest posts widget

 

The widget is like a table of content on your blog. It will present up to 20 most recent posts from your blog with titles and links. Your blog guests will be able to look through your articles, get to know you a little bit better, and choose what to read first.

 

How to add the latest posts widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget) and find the spot which present your most recent reviews and posts. 

 

 

Customize:

- Write the widget title

- Select the number of posts that should be included (the articles will be selected by the publication date, starting from the most recent one)

- Select the widget's dimensions -- you can make it wider and taller if you wish, the widget preview will show you the actual look

 

Add the latest post widget to your webpages:

If you wish to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, paste the code in the Widget Area in the customization tab (follow the instruction under the widget), and if you want to add it to your other page, just copy/paste the widget code into your other website's code.

 

 

My profile widget

 

This widget is a compilation of information about you and your blog stats. Thanks to the profile widget your blog guest can have a closer look at the person behind the reviews and your reading preferences. 

 

How to add the profile widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget) and find the profile widget with a list of reading and blogging details.

 

 

Customize:

- Select the information to be visible on the widget. If you decide to hide some of the details, the widget preview will be updated and it will present only the selected information. 

 

Add the profile widget to your webpages:

If you wish to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, paste the code in the Widget Area in the customization tab (follow the instruction under the widget), and if you wish to add it to your other webpages, just copy/paste the widget code into your other website's code.

 

 

The reading lists widget

 

This is another way of recommending the books you enjoy reading. The reading list widget can present the book collections you've created or the lists that you've liked or signed in to on BookLikes. 

 

How to add the reading lists widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget) and scroll down to the reading lists widget spot. 

 

 

Customize:

- Add the title

- Choose how many lists should be presented, the preview will be adjusted to your choice

Select the lists - you can create a separate widget for 3 types of lists: the lists added by you,  the list you've liked and the lists you've signed in to

- Size

 

Add the reading lists widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on! The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the reading list widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. 

 

 

The Author widget

 

The author widget is great to tell all the world that you're a fan! If you're an author you can use this widget to present your short bio and your titles along with a link to the author page with all your books and editions. 

 

How to add the author widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget) and scroll down.

 

 

Customize:

- Search the author using the search bar just at the widget spot

- Write the widget title 

- Select how many books you wish to present

- Widget size 

 

Add the author widget to your webpages:

If you wish to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, paste the code in the Widget Area in the customization tab (follow the instruction under the widget), and if you want to add it to your other page, just copy/paste the widget code into your other website's code.

 

 

Social media widgets

 

No matter whether you are a writer, publisher or a book bloggers, it's important to present all possible information about your profession and links to your other webpages and other social platforms. Only then your readers will be able to look through your dossier and get to know you a little bit better.  Read how to add social media widgets to your BookLikes webpage

 

 

Questions? Check out the BookLikes Tutorials, click HERE

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Let us know in the comments below, or write to Kate@booklikes.com :)

 

Happy reading! 

 

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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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#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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See you next Friday!

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