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review 2018-04-18 23:33
The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia #7) by C.S. Lewis
The Last Battle - C.S. Lewis

Go to Bridget Blogs Books for my thoughts on this book. 

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text 2018-04-15 15:11
AVR Weekly News ~ 241st Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 241st Edition

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2018/04/avr-weekly-news-241st-edition.html
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#36 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Brenna M's Book Blog

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Brenna and her amazing book recommendations! 

 

Follow Brenna M's Book Blog: http://brennam.booklikes.com/

 

 

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

 

City of Hope by Kate Kerrigan. So far, I am enjoying this. It’s set in 1930’s in Ireland. Historical fiction always interests me., but I’m just starting off so we’ll see. The character is a strong female character who just loses her husband, and goes back to New York City rather than stay in small town Ireland.

 

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright. I’m just a chapter or 2 into this one as well, but I am liking this one a little better. Add a little mystery to the historical fiction, and my interest is peaked. A woman purchases an old house sight unseen and wants to renovate. And the mystery starts as she arrives to find it delapitated and with a lot of old folklore stories about it. 

 

The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo WrightCity of Hope - Kate Kerrigan

 

 

Which book made you a book lover?

 

The Cay by Theodore Taylor.  I was 9 years old and saw the movie with James Earl Jones and just had to read the book. Ever since then, my love for books and libraries started. I loved disappearing into the Caribbean in the Cay and that idea of disappearing into a book is just as strong. The thought of visiting a different US state or a different country sometimes makes me feel like I have actually been there. All of this just by browsing a shelf or two at the local library.

 

The Cay - Theodore Taylor 

 

 

How did your book blogging adventure start? What do you enjoy the most about it?

 

About 5 years ago, I saw something posted about a book giveaway. It was on Goodreads and I signed up for that one and a few others. I actually won 2 of them almost right away. I did not feel comfortable about not at least rating it. So for any book I have received either in a giveaway or offered from author, I rated it and wrote a  review. Some time later, every book I read was reviewed. One of the things I was and still am not fond of on the one site, though, is there is not a lot of interaction between myself and the friends list I had. And that meant fewer reviews that I read, and fewer recommendations from friends. I found Booklikes and started to share my reviews and a few quotes. I found it a lot more interactive when it came to having a strong feeling about a book and wanting to talk about it. I’ve met a lot of great people, and my “friends list”/followers list is a little more international as well.

 

 

 

You mention that you have Italian, German and irish roots in your family. Does it reflect your reading preferences?

 

It does reflect a lot more than I realized at first. My grade school was not very diverse but did encourage a lot of reading. The books that I tended to lean to and pick out myself always were in a different culture (i.e. a book set in the south or in England, or with the main character being from a foreign country).

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach. I loved this book and cannot wait to read more of Mr. Stambach. This was his debut novel, set in an orphanage for “gravely ill” children because Ivan was born with physical disabilities. Mr. Stambach has used humor, heartach, love and hope beautifully in this book with a not so “perfect” main character. I couldn’t help but love Ivan by the end of the book.

 

Tobit and the Hoodoo Man by E.S. Kraay  is another one I really enjoyed. This is a combination of historical fiction set during the Civil War and mystical realism. 3 dimensional characters through the book, good story telling, definitely I found it well written and I didn’t want to put it down. 

 

Tin Lily by Joann Swanson. Another debut author. I found this book short, yet captivating. This is a young adult novel, and the topic is a tough one from the first chapter when Lily witnesses her mom’s murder.

 

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko - Scott StambachTobit and the Hoodoo Man: A Mystical Tale from the Civil War South - E.S. KraayTin Lily - Joann Swanson

 

 

How do you find new books to read?

 

My more fun way to do this is, time willing, to walk up and down a few of the aisles of the library. The closet one has a library staff pick area, a seasonal area or a topic specific area (i.e. photograpy, gardening, politics, whatever), and even a teen pick on the endcaps of the aisles. Always fun going through those aisles. Used book sales are of interest to me, too. I love browing the books and seeing what pages have been earmarked or if the person put their name in it to see where it came from.

 

 

Are you an adventurous reader picking up new genres or are you loyal to your favorite book genres?

 

I am gradually getting better at being adventurous, but young adult and historical fiction still tend to be the go to genres.

 

Reviewed Shelf

 

 

How much time do you spend reading daily?

 

Unfortunately it’s not always daily. I try to get at least a half an hour in every day, if not more.

 

 

What are you three favorite book covers?

 

I’m not sure if I really have a favorite cover. I do check them out, sometimes the first impression with the title helps me to decide. But I usually don’t spend too much time on them. (sorry, front cover artists).

 

 

You write: My local library is one of my favorite hangouts. How often do you visit your library?

 

I try at least twice a week. If i take too long in getting back, the staff start asking where I’ve been!

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

It’s my down time, relax time. A way for me to get out of the stress related run on sentences runnig through my head after a long day at work. A perfect stay-cation kind of moment.

 

 

How do you choose your next book to read?

 

See # 6. For the official next book, I tend to read series books in order and close to gether. If not part of a series, it doesn’t always make sense how i pick them. Sometimes, it’s a combination of the cover, title, and blurb sounding interesting (sometimes this does disappoint, though). Other times it’s an author or subject i want to get back to reading.

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Paper book definitely. It’s a way for me to chill out away from electronics.

 

 

Three titles for a sunny spring day?

 

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg 

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote 

 

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion - Fannie FlaggTuck Everlasting - Natalie BabbittBreakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories - Truman Capote

 

 

Favorite quote?

 

It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but that wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart”
― John Knowles, A Separate Peace

 

If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?

 

Steaming hot green tea

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

ARCs

 

 

Signed by author

 

 

Thank you!

 

 

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AVR Weekly News ~ 240th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 240th Edition

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2018/04/avr-weekly-news-240th-edition.html
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#35 Follow Friday with book bloggers: LILLELARA

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers. Meet a blogger behind the LILLELARA blog. If you're curious what the blog title means, keep on reading! 

 

Follow LILLELARA on BookLikes: http://lillelara.booklikes.com/

 

 

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

 

I started Yoon Ha Lee´s Ninefox Gambit, a confusing military science fiction novel. Not sure what to think of it yet and not sure if I´m going to finish it. I just finished Kerry Greenwood´s Cocaine Blues  and this one annoyed the heck out of me. And then I´m still listening to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This book will never be my favorite Harry Potter, since Harry and Ron are not on speaking terms with each other for a considerable part of the novel. But the narration by Stephen Fry is brilliant as always and I like the darkness of the story. And the final chapters are so sad, gripping and amazing.

 

Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha LeeCocaine Blues - Kerry GreenwoodHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Stephen Fry

 

 

 

How did your book love begin?

 

I discovered my book love about 7 years ago at the age of 30, when I purchased my very first Kindle. Suddenly I started reading in earnest and instead of 5 books per year, I read 50 books per year. Whenever I had some time to spare, I spend it with a book (an e-book) in my hands. But don´t ask me what has happened back then to ignite the passion for reading in me. I simply don´t know.

 

 

Your blog name is “LILLELARA”. Can you tell us more about the phrase?

 

Lille and Lara were the names of two of my adorable cats. I have always been responsible for naming our cats and I´m giving them the most nonsensical names. There was Musch, one of Musch´s kittens I called Præstegård (the Danish word for a parsonage) and then I named Lille as well (lille means small in Danish). We got Lara from an animal shelter, I obviously didn´t get to name her. But in the spirit of giving cats stupid names, I always called her pimsiwimsi, or abbreviated pims. As you can see, there isn´t a deeper meaning behind my blogname.

 

 

 

We’ve spotted a book-to-movie tag on your blog. Is movie watching your second passion next to reading?

 

I haven´t done a lot of book-to-movie posts, but they are always a whole lot of fun to do. I love watching movies, even though I´m not watching as many movies (and series for that matter) as I used to. I recently watched the movie adaption of Jeff VanderMeer´s Annihilation. I really didn´t like the book, the movie however is mesmerizing and visually stunning. I highly recommend watching the movie instead of reading the book.

 

Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer 

The book cover vs the movie poster

 

 

You live in Germany but you’re blog is in English. Do you read books in those two languages? If so can you tell our readers how the language affects the book experience?

 

Unterleuten: Roman - Juli ZehI try to read books in the language they are originally written in, which in my case is doable for German, Danish and English books. Books tend to lose some of their magic when they are getting translated. Just thinking about Juli Zeh´s Unterleuten makes we wonder, how someone could possibly translate this book into another language without altering the meaning of certain sentences. It´s a joy to read books by skilled German authors, who have a grasp on the language and know how to construct a proper sentence. If an author doesn´t have this skill, German can be an incredibly stilted language and those books become a tedious reading experiences.

 

And this is exactly the reason, why I´m reading more books in English than in German. It´s incredibly hard to find well-written German books among the masses of poorly written ones and my reading taste doesn´t align with the general taste of my fellow countrymen. I was looking at a bestseller list today and almost half of the list were crime books, set in a specific German region (so called Regionalkrimis). And most of these books are incredibly bad and poorly written. 

 

 

How much time do you spend reading daily?

 

It depends on my spare time, the book that I´m reading and my general mind set. I´m reading at least an hour a day, but it can be much more than that.

 

 

Your bookshelf is full of different book genres. What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

My favorite genre got to be science-fiction. I love learning about different cultures and technologies and how we sometimes can learn something about our own culture by reading a book set in a futuristic world. I have read some incredibly good books in this genre and I have so many more to explore. 

 

Besides science-fiction I´m reading almost anything. Classics, historical fiction, mysteries, psychological thrillers, literary fiction, non-fiction. I´m willing to give at least every genre a try. Even fantasy and romance, which are my least favorite genre.

 

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

Reading is incredibly relaxing and it is my way to reduce stress. I´m an introvert and I´m working in a job where I´m talking to people all day long. Being alone with a book after a long day at work is liberating and reading is something I´m doing for me and not for other people.

 

 

What are you three favorite book covers?

 

I love this specific Mary Stewart cover of Nine Coaches Waiting. Every time I look at it I want to sit in a cabriolet, driving through the mountains in France, heading towards an adventure of a lifetime.

 

The Penguin English Library editions are so pretty. They are all gorgeous, but my favorite is the edition of Far from the Madding Crowd.

 

And I really like the Patricia Highsmith covers by Virago, especially this one because of its simplicity:

 

Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas HardyDeep Water: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics) - Patricia Highsmith,Gillian Flynn

 

 

How do you choose your next book to read?

 

I´m one big mood reader. I choose my next book on a complete whim.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich. It´s infuriating, harrowing, devastating, saddening and bloody fantastic.

 

Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future - Svetlana Alexievich,Anna Gunin,Arch Tait 

 

 

A book that changed your life?

 

My most dreaded question and I´m going to be a bore with this one. I can´t think of a book that has changed my life. I will name two books, however, that changed my reading life. Cloud Atlas and A Place of Greater Safety. These two books made me realize that there isn´t an English book out there that is too difficult to read.

 

Cloud Atlas - David MitchellA Place of Greater Safety - Hilary Mantel

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

A couple of years ago I only read e-books, nowadays I prefer paper books. There is something satisfying in holding a physical book in your hands and to see the progress you are making.

 

 

Three titles for a sunny spring day?

 

Three books from different genres, all of them exciting and fun to read. Perfect for a sunny spring day:

 

 

Love Insurance - Earl Derr BiggersThe Moonspinners - Mary StewartThe Martian - Andy Weir

 

 

Favorite quote?

 

“If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”

Albert Einstein

 

If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?

 

Red wine. I really like red wine. If someone could invent a non-alcoholic beverage with the same taste as a good red wine, I would be in heaven. But since this drink doesn´t exist, I´m drinking ordinary water on a workday and treat myself to a glass of wine on the weekend.

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

My first shelf contains all of my Christie´s, my read non-fiction books and my Harry Potter books:

 

Picture Christie-Shelf


My classics shelf:

 

My read shelf:

 

And my TBR-Shelf:

 

Thank you!

 

 

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Have you missed previous Follow Friday talks? Use ffwithbookbloggers tag or click the catch up links below:

#34 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Toni ->

 

You can nominate your blogger friends to the Follow Friday interview! Leave the URL address and a short note in the comment section below.

 

See you next Friday!

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