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

 

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

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

 

When did your book love begin?

 

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

 

How did your blogging adventure start?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

What are you three favorite book covers?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Do read one or several books at a time?

 

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

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

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

 

Three titles for your best friend?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Favorite quote?

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

My nook shelves <3

 

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

Thank you!

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

[Nominated by BLoggers]

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

 

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

 

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Tell us about your first book love.

 

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

 

What made you start writing about books?

 

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

 

Does book blogging have an impact on your book picks?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

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

 

 

Amanda Quick's books have great stepbacks. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Mr Mercedes - Stephen King

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

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

 

Do you read one or several books at a time?

 

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

 

Favorite quote?

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

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

 

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

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

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

 

 

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share!

 

Thank you!

 

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#3 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Tigus

Say Hello to Tigus in #FFWithBookBloggers session!

 

Follow Tigus on BookLikes: http://tigus.booklikes.com/

 

Tell us how did your book love begin?

 

I was about eight years old, and I remember reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, outside and tucked into corners of the schoolyard, while other kids ran around and played. Just before that, I had had a Grade 2 teacher, Mrs. Rainsborough who would read Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary to the class, and that's probably the earliest I remember loving stories and figuring out that there was a lot more where that came from. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Judy Blume  

 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Translated by F. P. Walter and Illustrated by Milo Winter) - Jules Verne,Milo Winter,F. P. WalterThe Mouse and the Motorcycle - Beverly Cleary,Louis Darling,Tracy Dockray

 

I was into comic books around then, chiefly Spider-Man at first; Amazing Spider-Man #s 147, 149-50 (the culmination of the Jackal storyline) was a great lure...and since it functioned as a pretty cool Murder Mystery, that fit in well with my first Hardy Boys book, a good one, The Disappearing Floor. As I was growing out of that series for young readers, I jumped to one of two Agatha Christie books lying around the house--And Then There Were None --and that really hooked me on Mystery novels.

 

The Disappearing Floor - Franklin W. Dixon And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

 

Science Fiction movies and TV shows were a big deal in the late 1970s, and my earliest SF reading commitments were Jack Williamson, and the Perry Rhodan English translations.

 

Death Waits in Semispace - Kurt Mahr Action: Division 3 - Kurt Mahr

 

Your BookLikes Shelf is packed with different genres: mysteries, biographies, sci-fi and fantasy, graphic novels, horrors. What makes you pick the book in a given genre?

 

I have these lists of recommended reading, mainly "100 Best" Lists, in book form, many of them out of date now, which became a bit of a publishing trend, let's say from about 1985-1990. Of course, the internet provides this sort of thing now--and my old lists have become a way to select books that have aged somewhat as the years go by and I acquire the titles.

 

Recently, there was this British mag, Crime Scene Magazine, that has kind of got me sweeping up just about everything they positively review; sadly, I think the mag is cancelled as of issue 7, so it the issues will serve as a finite list that I can actually finish up with someday!

 

All of this List reliance, though, probably takes a back seat to simply going to a big bookstore and browsing around for an hour or so; if I've been buying too many "List" choices, I make the trip about picking books out of the blue, based mainly on a back-cover synopsis, and certainly if I already know and love the writer's work.

 

What made you start writing about books/book blogging?

 

Well I don't actually write that many reviews, or do lengthy blogs, do I? I give updates each day, with some kind of quick reaction to what I just read, which at least keeps me around as an active, reliably present member. I like making my own Lists at BookLikes; that's fun!

 

Anyway, as for how all that started, it was after really committing to the internet around 1998 (I was kind of a holdout), and then discovering some forums and chatrooms and meeting people. Now it's kind of second nature, and my chief aim, as I get older, is to pick a few BookLikes friends who make their own updates that keep me interested in what they're reading...and not fight with anyone or insult anyone's taste.

 

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Your profile picture on BookLikes blog - why Walter Matthau?

 

Is there any other reasonable choice? Actually, that particular image is sort of a classic one, even amongst his various mugshots, because it ends the film The Taking Of Pelham One-Two-Three (original version), and he's overdoing the hangdog look as he gives a gaze of shame to a villain who has just slipped up and given himself away. This was one of the first fairly violent movies I remember watching to the end on late-night TV as a kid...although I discovered later that it had been drastically edited, and was much more violent and cussword-ridden than I could have guessed. Displaced from the film, that Matthau face does reflect my inherent cynicism, though I try to keep even a cynical sense of humor, so I don't have to go the whole nine yards and just put up an Eeyore picture.

 

Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?

 

I would say not much, in any concrete sense. Getting feedback from friends will alert me to a book that looks interesting, now and then. My little bitty blogs don't affect much of anything, but give me a bit of pleasure. I would say that when I really love a book, it becomes a mission to spread the word a bit, and it's neat to see it up on someone's Planning To Read postings shortly after that (That was ME! I did that! They may not ever read it, but...I did that!).

 

When you write a book review - do you have a scheduled plan what to include or is it a spontaneous reaction to what you’ve just read?

 

If I'm writing a review, I've probably been inspired to not be lazy and get it done because three or four points about the book have crystallized in my mind. If I've walked home from the coffee shop, or for any other reason not had access to a computer right after finishing a fabulous book (I do not own a cellphone), that's actually a good thing, because I'll fill time analyzing the book in my head, sorting ideas and thoughts, and getting to a point where this light goes on and won't go off: "I think we've got a review here...so write it before you forget everything!" Still, I confess I don't write many reviews. I do love commenting on books as I go through them, though!

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

I love the cover on my old copy of Orbitsville, a novel by Bob Shaw; the cover art is by Tim White. I love the "stars as the ground' reversal, and just the way the trees and buildings are rendered--softly--with no sharp edges and an air of peace and gentleness, which is what Orbitsville is all about when you read the book. I would give anything to live in Orbitsville, and Tim White's version is especially appealing.

 

Meanwhile, the Agatha Christie novel I rudely passed on when I was a kid at home--in favor of And Then There Were None (which oddly did not have the better cover) was a Fontana (I think) paperback edition with this nifty skull/candy-apple image as the main attraction; I love the stark effectiveness of it: evil melds with childhood innocence; terror merging with fondly-remembered fun and games. I especially like how the image actually seems to be really wet, gooey, ooze dripping down--the eyes having almost a tactile response, maybe even a smell unwittingly imagined. I remember now...I think I wanted to save what looked like the better Christie choice for later; that was the thinking.

 

Lastly, I'll mention a Baen paperback edition of a Retief collection by Keith Laumer... Retief of the CDT. So arrogant and cocky is Retief--but then he does look like he's earned a bit of a swelled head, given the state of the giant beastie lying behind him.

 

Retief of the CDT - Keith Laumer

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

I'm not sure how to answer this. If the point is not for me to just list my all-time favorites, then I would say as an alternative to that kind of excitement, it's most fun when someone reads something I loved not long after I read it, so that if conversation breaks out--even healthy disagreement on just how good the book is (or not)--I never have go to "Well, I read it a long time ago...".

 

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

 

Well you're not gonna get photos, because I avoid cellphones, and what you would see is your standard coffee shop, with perhaps a focus on a favored table near the window and far from talkers and people who make strange noises. Go to a Starbucks and figure out which table the bookworm would sit at, and take a picture of it, because that's where I'd be. It would be a boring, underwhelming picture, but it's heaven for me with a book and a beverage.

 

via Tigus blog Shelf

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Just paper books, so far. Maybe e-books sometime up in the future.

 

Three title for a dessert island?

 

I'm not going to stew over this painful question for very long, because it can become very frustrating to make choices. I'll pick The Count of Monte Christo, amongst books that I have not read yet, because it's long, and I have faith that I will enjoy it. Then, I'll change gears, and pick two books I have already read: I'll take my favorite book of all time (so far): The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers. And I'll bring my favorite Wodehouse's Quick Service.

 

The Count of Monte Christo - Alexandre DumasThe Anubis Gates (Ace Science Fiction) - Tim PowersQuick Service - P.G. Wodehouse

 

A book that changed your life?

 

Why Men Are The Way They Are, by Warren Farrell. 

 

Favorite quote?

 

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

William Shakespeare, Measure For Measure

 

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

 

PG. Wodehouse, no contest. I did get to meet Robert Silverberg, briefly, at TorCon 3 in 2003, and he signed my copy of Up the Line. That was cool!

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

That's just not going to happen, but can we compromise with a photo taken of me today at work, with a cellphone (not mine)?

 

 

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#2 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Punya Reviews…

Follow Punya Reviews… : http://punya.booklikes.com

 

Let’s start with the first book you’ve read. Did that title made you a book lover?

 

OOn the Night of the Seventh Moon - Victoria Holth, I don’t really remember what the first book I ever read was but I do know that  reading books was something that has been instilled in me from childhood. My first book very well may have been a nursery rhyme or a fairytale. But I can tell you the first book that introduced Romance to me. It was a translated copy of Victoria Holt’s On the Night of the Seventh Moon. Yes I loved the title of this book enough to go in search of more Victoria Holt books. It sure did make me a Romance novel lover!

 

On your blog page you write that you love reading romance and watching anything that is related to ghosts and haunting. What’s the best romance book and the best ghost movie/series you’ve ever read and watched?

 Dreaming of You - Lisa Kleypas

I have quite the list of favorite books, mainly under Historical Romance, which is my  favorite Romance sub-genre. Lisa Kleypas’s Dreaming of You is one of my all-time favorite Historical Romances. I enjoy reading real life haunting stories. I don’t watch as many movies as I read books, but I do watch some ghost hunting shows.

Ghost Adventures is my favorite show. I also enjoyed a very short lived show called The Great British Ghosts. This show was quite fascinating because of the legends and folklore that went with the so-called haunting of an old castle or an even older inn. I wish there were more seasons.

 

Since you’re a huge music lover we’re wondering whether the music influences your book picks or is it just a reading time companion?

 

I don’t choose music based on a book but I have, at times, thought of a certain book while listening to a certain song, and vice versa. I never do both at the same time. For me, it’s either reading or listening to music.

 

What made you start writing about books/book blogging?

 

Probably my love for reading and writing both. When I joined goodreads for the first time back in 2010, it was simply going to be a place to keep track of my reading. I have written long papers while doing my MA but I never thought about actually becoming a book reviewer. Then I begin writing down my thoughts about the book I was reading in the comments section of goodreads, and this kind of started my interest in book review going. In 2011, my blog Punya Reviews… also started as another place to post my reviews. However, within a year I knew I’d like to continue book blogging as long as I can because I vastly enjoyed the process of talking about a book from my own perspective.

 

Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?

 

Yes, it had. When I started doing blog tours, it did take up quite a bit of my time. Alongside my work hours, I was juggling regularly. My reviews are generally long, and writing those reviews took time too. I had to figure out how to balance it all. How many tours I can do a month so I can read and review the books I want to. Yet, through book blogging, I have discovered new authors and their books. So yes, blogging has had quite an impact on my reading life.

 

You have a MA degree in English Literature (Bravo!), does it mean you’re lucky to be reading books at your workplace? :)

 

Unfortunately, no. I don’t try to read at my workplace because I’m always distracted by this or that and reading, for me, is like meditation. I don’t like distractions when I’m reading. It’s also the reason why I prefer an e-ink reader (kindle paperwhite in my case), rather than a smart phone or devices like that.

 

What are your favorite book covers?

 

There are many of those. I generally love the book covers of the Historical Romance published from different publishers; the vibrant colors and the dresses really appeal to me. If I can mention stepbacks, I absolutely LOVE the original stepback of Dreaming of You. I thought this should’ve been the cover!

 

I also really liked the cover of an old bodice ripper by Sharon Salvato called Bitter Eden. I’ve never read it but I added it to my TBR just for the cover. Then there were those where I’d gotten enamored of a cover because of the hot guy featured on it. That’s one list that’s gonna take up pages. hahaha  

 

 

Which books are your most exciting recommendation to your followers?

 

I always recommend books by my favorite authors like Lisa Kleypas or Elizabeth Hoyt or Carla Kelly if they’re a Historical Romance lover like me. Lisa Kleypas’s Wallflowers  and Hathaways series or Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane  series. Carla Kelly has some ah-meh-zing books out there, most traditional regency or Christian-themed but I don’t mind.

By Lisa Kleypas Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1) (The Wallflowers, Book 1) - Lisa Kleypas Wicked Intentions - Elizabeth Hoyt

 

I recently read A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz. The narratives in that story were marvelous. The suspense in the end simply blew my mind. Very emotional, as well was a rewarding experience. If you’re going for a little erotically edgy Paranormal Romance, I’d highly recommend Janine Ashbless’s The Book of the Watchers series. I’m yet to finish book 2 cause I’m scared of another long wait until book 3 (waited for book 2 for almost 3yrs). I’m reading that one bit by bit, savoring it. I know, I’m weird like that.

 

A Moonbow Night - Laura FrantzCover Him With Darkness: A Romance - Janine AshblessIn Bonds of the Earth (Book of the Watchers) - Janine Ashbless

 

There are many authors I can mention here whose works I’ve recently come to admire, like Ramona Flightner, Emily Larkin, Morgan O’Neill, Scottie Barrett (steamy historical romance). The list can go on.

 

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

 

Haha, I generally prefer my bed for reading, when I’m totally relaxed and not bothered by the outside world. I really wish I had a reading nook I could feature here. However, if you’d like to see a picture of the type of reading nook I’d love to have someday, here is one:

 

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A paper book or an e-book?

 

At the moment, definitely ebooks! I’m in love with my kindle PW and wouldn’t exchange it for anything the world. I do understand the appeal of paperbacks but ebooks are just too convenient to “carry around”, if I may say so.

 

Three titles for a dessert island?

 

Hmmm, I’ve never given thoughts on DIK books. Still, if I had to choose in a nutshell: Lisa Kleypas’s Dreaming of You, any Carla Kelly title, Scottie Barrett’s Branded.

 

Dreaming of You - Lisa Kleypas Branded - Scottie Barrett Beau Crusoe - Carla Kelly

 

A book that changed your life?On the Night of the Seventh Moon - Victoria Holt

 

Again I’d like to refer back to Victoria Holt’s On the Night of the Seventh Moon. It got me interested in the Romance genre, inspiring me to explore and discover the many wonderful authors and books that I’ve read in the years since then.

 

Favorite quote?

 

Funnily enough, my most favorite quote isn’t from a book but from a song. Don’t get me wrong, there are numerous book quotes I’ve loved but this one is just…special. It’s from Sting’s An Englishman in New York, where he goes…

 

Be yourself, no matter what they say.

 

He’s one of my favorite singers and I love to sing along with him. :)

 

 

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

 

Okay, this will be a VERY difficult task to choose only one author. I want to meet all my favorite authors at least once in my life but… Lisa Kleypas, definitely! I’d like to ask her Derek’s whereabouts. I miss him. hahaha

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

Sadly, I don’t have a home library. More specifically nothing that I can actually show off. I don’t own many paperbacks cause I’ve been buying and reading ebooks for a while. For now, that’s where I’m building my library. But I hope to build a home library someday.

 

 Punya's virtual bookshelf on BookLikes

 

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#1 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Jennifer's Books

 

Please welcome a new blog post series called Follow Friday with book bloggers. Reading and blogging isn't a solo activity that's why we're reaching to you, our lovely community and encouraging you to share your reading life insights.

 

The Follow Friday posts will be published every Friday - surprise, surprise! The new series will be accompanied with the notification announcement, we don't want you to miss anything!

 

We wish you a pleasant reading, and great exploring and discovery time!

 

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What was the book that made you a book lover?

 

I've loved reading pretty much from the moment I learned how. But a couple of books I remember from my childhood that really spurred my love of reading were Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary. I read the former so much my book literally fell apart, and the latter I wanted because I was age 8 myself at the time. The edition I owned was a mass market paperback sized book, and I remember feeling so grown up, because to me it looked like the books I saw my parents reading.

 

Chocolate Fever - Robert Kimmel Smith,Gioia Fiammenghi  Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Beverly Cleary  

 

What made you start writing about books/book blogging?

 

I wanted a way to share my love of reading with others, and to find others who were interested in the same types of books that I am.

 

Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?

 

I would definitely say so. I've connected to readers around the world, and instead of just finding others who are interested in the same types of books I am, I've been introduced to other genres I might not have otherwise read.

 

What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

I like too many genres to list, but I'd have to say my favorites are historical fiction, crime/mystery, and romance (historical romance, romantic suspense, and PNR romance). They're special to me—well, at least as far as the romances go anyway, because I can usually** rest assured that no matter what the main characters go through it will all work out in the end, and I'll get my HEA.

 

      **In my opinion, one of the biggest betrayals there is in a romance novel is no HEA, or at the very least a HFN.

 

On your BookLikes blog you’re regularly sharing weekly art post, can you tell the story behind the concept?

 

I love classic art, and I love reading, and I thought that a Weekly Art Post would be a great way to combine the two. I try to choose paintings (and a few vintage photographs) that feature the subject of the piece reading or ones that at least feature a book in some way. I'm in my second year doing this, and it's been great fun choosing which pictures to feature.

 

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What are your favorite book covers?

 

As I mentioned in #7, I love classic art, so my attention really tends to be attracted by     books that use classic art/paintings or at least have that classic art kind of feel on their covers. I'm also really enjoying the covers for that Harry Potter illustrated editions.       

 

            Here's a few examples:

A Poisoned Season - Tasha Alexander  Silent in the Sanctuary - Deanna Raybourn  

Blood Magick - Nora Roberts

 

On your blog page you write: When I do write reviews, they may be just a few lines or rather lengthy. How does you review process look like?

 

I don't know that I have much of a process. A book has to really affect me—either positively or negatively—for me to write a detailed review these days. When I do decide to review, most of the time I end up just posting a few brief thoughts about the book.

 

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Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

I generally don't recommend books all that often. I have this irrational fear of recommending something to someone and they end up utterly hating it.

 

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

 

I generally prefer to read in my bed. And since a picture of my bed isn't all that thrilling, here's one of me on my bed, covered up with one of my cozy throw blankets with a book in hand. Not that that's all that thrilling either, but still...

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

I enjoy both, but do tend to prefer paper books. E-books are so much easier to take along, though, whether on my phone or my kindle, it's nice to know that I am never without something to read.

 

Three title for a dessert island?

 

Oh man...what a tough question. How about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, (actually any of the HP books would do), And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and this may be a rather unconventional choice, but if I'm stranded on a deserted island I'm going to need at least one romance with me, so how about Lessons From a Scarlet Lady by Emma Wildes.

 

A book that changed your life?

 

As I mentioned before, I have loved reading for as long as I can remember, but if I had to point to one book that changed that love of reading into a need to read, it would have to be The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. I was in 7th or 8th grade and was allowed to choose a book from the high school section of my school's library, because I read at a higher-than-my-age level. I absolutely fell in love with the book, and used to check it out from my school's library all the time.

 

Favorite quote?

I actually have two I'd like to share, it that's ok:

 

 

      “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” - Charles William Eliot

 

 

      “When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” - Ponyboy Curtis (The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton)

 

 

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

 

Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter books. I am so awed by the entire wizarding world set up by J.K. Rowling, and McGonagall is by far and away one of my favorite characters from the series. I think it would be so fascinating to be able to meet and talk to her. I mean, can you imagine the stories she must have?

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

Ok, this is not the best picture, but my book shelf is located in a awkward spot. I pretty much had to be a contortionist to get a decent shot without too much of the door getting in the way.  And there's a whole shelf on the bottom that I couldn't even get in the picture. I also have a book cabinet which houses the bulk of my books. I didn't take a picture of it, because my organizational plan in there is pretty much “stack them in there in such a way as to fit in as many as humanly possible”.

 

 

I want to thank Kate @ BookLikes for asking me if I'd like to do this! It was fun!

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