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AVR Weekly News ~ 246th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~  246th Edition

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2018/05/avr-weekly-news-246th-edition.html
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#40 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Book Reviews by Lynn

 

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Lynn, an avid, eclectinc and open-minded reader, who read Harry Potter for 12 hours nonstop! Check out Lynn's reading list for the Summer and her reveal why she loves reading. 

 

Follow Book Reviews by Lynn http://notrow1.booklikes.com/

 

 

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

 

I’m currently reading, or I should say re-reading, Soulblade (Dragon Blood #7) by Lindsay Buroker.  I love it! It’s a mix of urban fantasy, fantasy and steampunk, with swords, dragons, sorceresses and military pilots.

 

Soulblade - Lindsay Buroker 

 

 

When did you discover you’re a book lover?

 

 

I first fell in love with reading when I was about eight or nine years old. I was given a children’s version of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin to read by my school librarian and fell in love with the tale. I then read My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara and the rest is history.  

 

 

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

 

It started in 2011, when I won a competition on a Facebook page, which I still follow, to become an admin for a week. I didn’t know what to do, so I began writing book reviews. I still admin on that page today, as well as running my own on Facebook. I enjoy sharing the books I love with others, as well as finding new books and authors and sharing them too.

 

notrow1.booklikes.com

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

Reading is important to me as it is my way of escaping from the negativity that surrounds me and the world. I think it stems from being bullied at school as a child and wanting to get away from it by escaping to other worlds and lives.

 

 

In your short bio we can read you lived in Zimbabwe. Can you tell us more about that that and how did you end up in UK?

 

I was born in Zimbabwe (or Rhodesia as it was once known) in 1973 after my parents left the UK in 1972 and moved there in search of a better life. We lived there for nearly thirty years. The whole family decided to move back to the UK due to the political and economic situation at the time; this was in 2002 when Mr Mugabe instituted his land appropriation programme from the farmers (mainly European ones, though there were some African ones affected too), which made life extremely difficult.  

 

 

Does your place of residence influence your reading list?

 

No. I love reading about places all around the world, as well as the made-up worlds, cities, towns and villages in fiction. I’m an eclectic and open-minded reader.

 

BookShelf

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

This is a tough question to answer, it’s like asking me which book is my favourite – I have too many to list. I think it depends on my mood, the genre, and whether I really loved the story, or only enjoyed it.

However, I usually recommend: The Boots My Mother Gave Me by Brooklyn James  (Coming of Age); Three Days of Rain by Christine Hughes  (Contemporary Romance); The Relic Guild by Edward Cox  (Dark Fantasy); Faithless by Graham Austin-King  (Dark Fantasy); The Devil's Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth  (Dark Fantasy); Releasing The Wolf by Dianna Hardy  (PNR); Ruby Blue by Julie Cassar  (YA)… I could go on, but I’d bore everyone to death.

 

The Boots My Mother Gave Me - Brooklyn James 

The Relic Guild - Edward CoxFaithless - Graham Austin-KingThe Devil's Detective - Simon Kurt Unsworth

Releasing The Wolf - Dianna HardyRuby Blue - Julie Cassar

 

 

How do you find new books to read?

 

I find new books through recommendations from various sources: family, friends, blogs I follow, Amazon, Book Bub, Booklikes, Audible, Facebook groups & pages etc.

 

 

You’re an editor and a proofreader. We assume you may spot editorial errors while reading for pleasure. So, does your profession help in reading or not?

 

No. I was a reader before I became an editor and proofreader. Spotting errors as a reader made me want to help authors correct them. Doing an editing and proofreading course to become an editor and proofreader made that dream become a reality. However, if I’m editing rather than reading, I focus on the technical aspects which is a lot less enjoyable than just reading for pleasure, though no less rewarding.

 

 

We can find a lot of romance books on your BookLikes shelf. Do you switch between the genres or do you follow your favorite reading path?

 

It depends on my mood. Romance is my main preference for reading material, but I love a good thriller or murder mystery too, as well as fantasy, urban fantasy, children’s books and the occasional horror amongst others.

 

 

So far, you’ve read 51 out of 100 books in your 2018 reading challenge. How much time do you spend reading daily?

 

I don’t keep an eye on the clock when reading, especially if the book keeps me hooked, so it’s difficult to say for definite how much time I spend reading every day. If I had to guess? Somewhere between 3-5 hours, maybe more. I’ve been known to read for almost 12 hours straight (that was a Harry Potter book; I think it was The Half Blood Prince. It had just been released, and I read it over a weekend). I don’t watch a lot of TV as I prefer to read. I also work part-time, so when I don’t have any editing work to do on top of my part-time job, I read. Unfortunately, my reading pile never seems to get any lower, as I’m always adding to it.

 

Lynn's 2018 Reading Challenge Page - check it out!

 

 

Do you read one book or several at a time?

 

I generally read one book at a time. But, I also listen to an audiobook when cooking or doing other chores and at bedtime to help me sleep.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Another tough question! The most recent cover would be Faithless by Graham Austin-King. The last two are Forsaken by Jana Oliver and Witchblood by Emma Mills.

 

Faithless - Graham Austin-KingThe Demon Trappers: Forsaken - Jana OliverWitchblood - Emma Mills

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

For ease of holding, e-book. However, I still love paper books as I don’t get headaches from them since they aren’t backlit. The only issue I have with paper books is I can’t change the font if I find the print too small to read.

 

 

Three titles for a holiday break?

 

This is a tough question as, again, it depends on mood and genre preference. I would say Cinder by Marissa Meyer  (YA), Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity Heaton  (PNR), and The Spell of Summer by Dianna Hardy  (Contemporary Romance).

 

Cinder - Marissa MeyerKissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates #1) - Felicity E. HeatonThe Spell of Summer - Dianna Hardy

 

 

 

 

Favorite quote?

 

Currently, my favourite quote is from Blood Shadow by Dianna Hardy:

“Death is my redemption,” she whispered, her tears falling on his chest before rolling into the lapping ocean. He stilled for a moment, and she felt something warm and wet slide down her right temple and past her ear. His tear. His nose brushed against her forehead, before his lips pressed a kiss to it. “It seems we're at a bit of an impasse, then. Because your survival is mine.”

 

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

 

Coffee or tea. I very rarely drink alcohol.  

 

 

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Thank you.

 

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Last One Home (New Beginnings #1) by Debbie Macomber
Last One Home - Debbie Macomber

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AVR Weekly News ~ 245th Edition

AVR Weekly News ~ 245th Edition

 

Happy Mother's Day!

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2018/05/avr-weekly-news-245th-edition.html
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#39 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Line Bookaholic

 

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Coraline, a book lover from Belgium who loves sipping beer when reading ;) Check out Coraline's beach reads, cover love and her French bookshelf. 

 

Follow Line Bookaholic http://line.booklikes.com

 

 

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

Wonder - R.J. Palacio 

I just started reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It has been on my shelf for ages because I've heard many great things about it and I finally decided to pick it up. I am only 32 pages in but I feel like I'm going to like it a lot. 

 

 

Which book made you a book lover?

Fear and Trembling - Amélie Nothomb,Adriana Hunter 

Harry Potter definitely got me into Fantasy. But I really started reading a lot after reading Amélie Nothomb for the first time. She is a writer from my home country and I really love what she does. It is really different from what I usually read though. (Stupeur et Tremblements; Fear and Trembling in English)

 

 

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

 

I started blogging a few years ago when I discovered Booktube. I found it totally amazing that so many people were loving the same books I was and I decided to start a blog. What I enjoy the most is interacting with other book lovers. Not many of my friends are readers and it is amazing to be able to share so much with other readers and discovering new books.

 

 

http://line.booklikes.com ->

 

 

Why reading is important to you?

 

It is mostly a way to escape reality. When I read I stop thinking about all the rest (money, work, chores, world problems...). But it is also really important because it makes me think about new things. It helps me understand a lot about the world and it gives me new perspectives. Also, it helps improve my English (but this will be for next question!)

 

 

In your short bio we can read you live in Belgium. In what languages do you read? Does the book language influence the reading experience?

 

Yes, I'm from Belgium and I do speak French. I mostly read in English though, but sometimes also in French (when the author writes in French, I do not like reading translations). My main problem with reading in English is the "cultural" stuff, I do not always get all the references, but I learned a lot about American/English cultures through books and I am really thankful! Also, classics are trickier because the language is more difficult to understand.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

I would definitely recommend everyone to read Amélie Nothomb. I know that she is not as famous in non French speaking country but her books are all translated in English and she is truly fantastic. Also, read any Sarah J. Maas' books, whether you like YA or not, I think you may enjoy it :)

 

Fear and Trembling - Amélie Nothomb,Adriana HunterA Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

 

 

How do you find new books to read?

 

I used to find new books by watching Booktube videos. Now, it's mostly through newsletters or thanks to Instagram. I also follow a lot of my favourite authors on social media and they often recommend books by debut authors.

 

 

You’re a fantasy and sci-fi YA lover. Are you an adventurous reader picking up new genres or are you loyal to your favorite book genres?

 

I tend to stick to my favourite genres. I sometimes try to get out of my comfort zone by reading classics or books in French but most of the time I'm not really adventurous in that sense.. I try to force myself to do it more often because I'm never disappointed!

 

 

So far you’ve read 29 out of 80 books in your 2018 reading challenge. How much time do you spend reading daily?

 

I read every single day; sometimes even 3 pages but I can't go to sleep without having read during the day. Sometimes I read 2 or 3 hours, sometimes only 20 minutes; it really depends on my mood and on my activities.

 

 

Do you read one book or several at a time?

 

Most of the time I read one book at a time, but sometimes I read one book and listen to an audiobook on my way to work.

 

 

Your BookLikes Bookshelf presents a French Shelf. Why do you enjoy French literature?

 

French is my mother tongue and I think it is a really beautiful language. Most of the books I read in French were for school as a teenager but I try to read more classics because there are a lot of amazing French speaking writers out there! I really love Emile Zola, who is a naturalist author from the 19th century. I learned a lot about French society thanks to his books.

 

2018 Reading Challenge Page

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis, Phobos by Victor Dixen, Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor & Jim Di Bartolo   

 

Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnisPhobos (Phobos, #1) - Victor DixenNight of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone) - Laini Taylor,Jim Di Bartolo

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

I love reading e-books but I definitely prefer paper book.

 

 

Three titles for a holiday break?

Any of the Anna and the French Kiss book, When Dimple Met Rishi, Ready Player One. Holiday means contemporary for me and Ready Player One is just a really funny and enjoyable book.

 

 

 

Favorite quote?

 

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. (J.R.R. Tolkien)

 

 

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

 

I would say tea. But for the moment it is sunny and I love to have a really cold beer while reading in the sun (I’m from Belgium after all).

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

Here are my regular shelves and my Harry Potter shelf.

 

 

Thank you!

 

 

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