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#24 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Kat's Books

 

All book lovers know that cats and books go well together. Meet Kat, a true avid reader and a cat lover with an amazing book box library ;)

 

Follow Kat's Books blog on BookLikes: http://kamoorephoto.booklikes.com/

 

 

When did you discover you’re a book lover? 

 

I've truly been a book lover all my life; I was the kind of child that loved going to the library, and got into trouble for bringing my book to the dinner table, and loved organizing my bookshelves. My parents were (and still are) avid book readers, so I'm sure that played a huge part in it. I even fell in love with a series of books about boarding school (by Enid Blyton) so much, that I got my wish to go to an English boarding school (we lived in Hong Kong at the time). Bonus points for looking up where I went: Battle Abbey. 

 

 

How did your book blogging adventure start and how did it affect your (reading) life? 

 

I started doing reviews, and then started receiving more ARCs, and discovered BookLikes. I enjoy posting reviews and organizing my books online, and hopefully others will read something I wrote and it will help them decide what to read or buy next. I guess it makes me more conscious of what I read next.   

 

 

What are you reading right now? 

 

I'm reading the ARC for a book called The Afterlives byThomas Pierce, which is a book that almost defies description. It's fascinating, and it's out January 9th, '18. I've also just taken on an epic 'buddy read' of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss  , which is 752 pages long (what am I thinking?!). I hope at some point to just focus on that one though. (I've got it on audio too, though)   

 

The Afterlives: A Novel - Thomas PierceThe Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) - Patrick Rothfuss

 

Do you read one book or several at a time? 

 

I usually only read one at a time, and generally take 2-3 days to finish a book if I'm not too busy and if life isn't too crazy. I like being able to focus on one book, so I can really grasp the story and characters, and only sometimes take on another. I find it's easier to take on a second if it's a different genre, or it's in a different medium (ie audiobook/ebook).   

 

 

You wish to read 100 books in 2018 - we keep our fingers crossed! How much time do you spend reading? 

 

Well, I only really started tracking my book-reading last June, and I read 69 from June until the end of the year. I usually read several hours late at night (I kind of have an insomnia problem) when it's quiet, and when everyone else is in bed. But I also have MS, so sometimes when I'm not feeling good, and I'm having a good rest, I get in extra reading time. I think I can take on 100 this year!   

 

Kat's Books - Reading Challenge page

 

 

What are your favorite book genres? Why are they special? 

 

I like a lot of different genres and read a lot of different kinds of books: thriller, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, literary fiction, memoirs, YA or otherwise. The only genre that doesn't grab me is romance. Can't do it! Sometimes it feels more appropriate or special to do certain ones at different times of the year though.   

 

 

You’re a cat lover and a photographer <3 Would love to see some pics ;) 

 

I could actually show you my photos all day (see attached, for a few), and you can also find me here:  http://kamoorephotography.com   

 

All photos Copyrighted K.A.Moore Photography

 

 

In your short bio you write “I'm usually busy taking cat photos at a cat rescue” - tell us more about it.

 

I've been a volunteer photographer at the same cat rescue for about 7 years now, here in Seattle, and I take photos of cats who especially need photos that need that extra awesome photos from me to get them noticed, ie senior cats, special-needs kitties. I sometimes do private home sessions, families and events too, but I do photos at the rescue every week like clockwork, edit them and get them up on our site.

 

All photos Copyrighted K.A.Moore Photography

 

 

I also design our annual calendar (still for sale! http://bit.ly/CatCalendarKAMoore)  I used to work in film production, on movies, and have a degree in film and video, so have always had a penchant for storytelling, but I went back to still photos after I found out I have MS and to slow down a bit. 

 


Copyrighted K.A.Moore Photography

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers? 

 

EVER?! That's so hard! There are so many book covers these days and who doesn't pick up a book because they love the cover? 

- One of the ALL-TIME best is a children's book – Where The Wild Things Are; it was my son's favorite book when he was little and he was even Max for Halloween when he was 3 (I made his costume). 

 

 

 

- My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix  (Paperback): it's made to look like a VHS casing/cover, and it is genius. The design is actually by a comedian Doogie Horner and it caught my eye immediately. I also loved the book!

- This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada; I happen to love the book to death, and is one of my top books of 2017, but when you realize what the cover art represents, along with the vibrant simplicity of it, it is unbeatable as a cover design. 

 

My Best Friend's Exorcism - Grady HendrixThis Mortal Coil - Emily Suvada

 

 

 

How do you pick your next book to read? 

 

I usually set out a bunch for the month because I include ARCs I have (that may have review deadlines), plus I participate in some challenges on Litsy, so sometimes it depends on those two things, but I'm very much a mood reader when I'm picking my next book to read. 

 

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers in 2018? 

 

- Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh  (out next week! I actually also have been written into the sequel too, in a teeny part) 

- My Plain Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows  (I loved My Lady Jane so this is a must) 

 

Reign of the Fallen - Sarah Glenn MarshMy Plain Jane - Brodi Ashton,Cynthia Hand,Jodi MeadowsMy Lady Jane - Brodi Ashton,Jodi Meadows,Cynthia Hand

 

 

- The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson  (sci-fi genius) 

- The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager  (who wrote 'Final Girls) 

- The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke (a genderbent reimaging of Beowulf) 

 

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza - Shaun David HutchinsonThe Last Time I Lied - Riley SagerThe Boneless Mercies - April Genevieve Tucholke

 

 

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

 

My favorite place is actually in bed, or on my bed, with my cats, and dog. In winter it's snuggly and warm, and in the summer, it's where my fan is. 

 

 

 

 

A paper book or an e-book? 

 

I love paper books, both new and good-condition used books, but I also have a Kindle Fire, and I love being able to read on-the-go and I receive ARCs on there, have Amazom Prime, as well as borrow books from the library that way. 

 

 

Three titles for a winter evening? 

 

- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (everyone must read this! It will make you think) 

- The Princess Bride by William Goldman  (the one romance/comedy/adventure I truly love, and I can't believe I waited so long to read after loving the movie so much) 

- Invictus by Ryan Graudin (time-traveling adventure that will take you to Roman times, to the Titanic, and beyond; you'll have so much fun reading this)

 

Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake CrouchThe Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - William GoldmanInvictus - Ryan Graudin

 

Favorite quote? 

 

Actually, my favorite is an animal quote:

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

~ Anatole France 

 

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

 

I guess he's not really a 'literary' character but after reading and then 'hearing' Trevor Noah's Born A Crime (and if you haven't heard his audiobook yet, you must!), I so would love to meet him.

And Garfield. 

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :) 

 

Don't laugh! I had to give my big bookcase to my book-loving son when we moved into a smaller place, so now my books are in limbo, mostly in open subscription book boxes. Someone give me a wall bookshelf system!

 

Thank you!

 

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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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#23 Follow Friday: My Never Ending List

 

Let's meet Sandy, a book lover behind the My Never Ending List blog, a proud owner of the TBR pile of nearly 4K books and a huge supporter of libraries! 

 

Follow My Never Ending List blog on BookLikes: http://sandy.booklikes.com/

 

 

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

I am currently reading The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd. I’m just getting into it and so far, I’m really enjoying it.  I’m really excited about her new novel coming out this year. I really loved The Madman’s Daughter’s series that she wrote and I want to give her other series another go this year. 

 

 

When have you discovered that books are your passion?

 

I remember as a child, going down to our streets corner to the book mobile to check out books.  As I had my children, I started to realize how much fun books as we read together and as they grew and we shared what we read. My passion for book exploded when I went back to school for my education degree.  I took a literacy class and we had to read a certain number of children’s/teen books out of a list of different genres.  I went crazy and exceeded the requirement.  I even wrote up my thoughts on a recipe card for each book so I would have it for further reference. 

 

 

Your blog title in “My never ending list”, does it refer to your TBR pile? How big is it?

 

Yes, my blog title refers to my TBR pile which is monstrous now.  I used to try to contain it but I have now given up.  I have decided that I like too many books and why control it? Everyone that knows me knows that I love books so I might as well let them see the numbers.  I have tried to put every book that I own on that list (if I haven’t read it) so I don’t purchase another copy plus all the books I would love to read.  It’s a pretty good list!  Right now, it stands at 3,825.

 

The Never Ending List - Bookshelf

 

How did your book blogging start? Have blogging changed anything in your (bookish) life?

 

My book blogging started when I was in my Children’s Lit class and I started writing up the recipe cards for the books I was reading.  I was starting to read more and then I found GR. I decided to post a few reviews online so that I would remember what I had read them and I wouldn’t have to resort to the recipe cards and my plastic file box. I was definitely nervous about filing my reviews online those first few times. Blogging has definitely opened up many new avenues for me and made my life more fulfilling.  I love reading what others are reading and how reading is impacting their lives. I get lots of recommendations from others and I like being part of a great community of individuals who made you feel welcomed and accepted.

 

 

 

 

According to your reading challenge page you’ve read 287 books in 2017! Wow! What’s you reading plan for 2018?

 

I did read a lot of books in 2017 but 66 of those books were children’s picture books.  I set my goal this year at 150 books.

 

The Never Ending List - Reading challenge page

 

 

In your short bio you write “I read almost every genre and I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory”. What’s the most unfamiliar bookish territory you’ve explored and enjoyed?

 

I just finished reading a western today. My first western and l really liked it. I am really into historical fiction and this genre was totally new to me a couple years ago.  Now, I can’t get enough of it. Graphic novels and memoirs are a couple other new genres that I have recently dived into this past year.  I have to thank all my good friends at BookLikes for that as their reviews have spiked my interest.  

 

 

What are you three favorite book covers?

 

My favorite book covers would be: The Museum of Heartbreak (nostalgia), The Wager (look closely at this one), The Continent (just beautiful).

 

The Museum of Heartbreak - Meg LederThe Wager - Donna Jo NapoliThe Continent - Keira Drake

 

 

You’re a library volunteer. Why libraries are so special to you?

 

Are you sure you want me to get started on libraries? I am a huge supporter of libraries.  Most libraries today are not just about books, they are about much more, there are endless opportunities at most libraries. They provide resources for individuals to be successful, be engaged with others, to grow, and have fun. I wished everyone would check out their library as see what they have to offer and I wished the libraries would tell their patrons what services they provide besides books.

 

One of my most rewarding opportunities at the library is our summer outreach program.  All summer long, once a week, we head out to a kid’s summer camp and take books, a craft and computer tablets.  We spend 2.5 hours each week, rotating the kids into the 3 sections. Weekly switching out books and crafts. We leave the books weekly so they have something to read. I love to see them get excited over the books and to hear them talk about what they read. This will be our third year and the kids get excited when we come. Some of these children have never been to the library and for some of them, this is their only exposure to books for the summer. This is a win-win situation.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers in 2018?

 

The Wife Between Us was excellent. I could not quit talking about this novel when I was finished. A Girl Like That was intense. This is one novel that packed a punch and one that your definitely don’t want to miss. If you haven’t read a novel by Megan Shepherd, I highly recommend it. In 2018, her latest novel Grim Lovelies is coming out and I’m excited to get my hands on it. 

 

The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah PekkanenA Girl Like That - Tanaz Bhathena

 

 

 

You work with children. How do you encourage them to read books?

 

That’s a great question.  I have a lot of children tell me that they don’t like to read. I try to talk to them about what they do like and what they like to do in their free time.  It’s amazing how much they will tell you if you will just listen to them.  Sometimes they will tell you about sports, hobbies, pets, vacations ideas, vacations, etc. things that get them excited.  These are ideas that lead me into book topics, authors and titles with them.  I also keep some children’s graphic novels and magazines in my bag with me and pull these out and we talk about how these are reading too. This brings a smile on their faces, something fun and sometimes short. 

 

 

Do read one or several books at a time?

 

I usually read one book and then listen to one audio book in my car. In the summer, I listen to a Playaway while I walk.

 

 

You love reading and cooking. If you could name a perfect book+dish couple, what would it be? We’d love the recipe too ;)

 

Family Night by Tim Miller  would go perfect with Lasagna Stuffed Chicken. This is not your typical family, no. You want to stay away from this father who is teaching his children about cannibalism. 

So, fix yourself this wonderful dish where red meat is not the center attraction: https://thestayathomechef.com/lasagna-stuffed-chicken/

 

Family Night - Tim Miller

 

Favorite quote?

 

It would have to be you live and you learn I say this a lot especially when someone makes a mistake. 

 

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

 

I would like to meet Lois Lowry. I had the opportunity to meet her when she came to Iowa for a book reading a few year ago but I had to go to my father-in-law’s birthday party in Illinois. I was crushed that I couldn’t attend but I asked my oldest son if he would go for me and get one of my books signed for me. He made his mother extremely happy as he went and got The Giver signed for me but for Christmas I got one of the best presents ever! He presented to me a tape of her presentation that night, it was like I was there.  It was so sweet and a total shock!

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

 

 

Thank you!

 

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Follow Friday with book bloggers: 21 Shelfies

 

2017 is nearly over and our Friday interviews with book bloggers will continue in 2018, staring in January. Now let's take a sneak peek at the bloggers shelves - it's shelfie time!

 

If you missed the previous interviews it's a perfect timing to catch up with the book blog talks & meet other bloggers on BookLikes. You can also nominate your friends for the future interviews -- if you'd like to nominate your blogger friends for a talk, leave a short note withe the blog's URL in the comment section below. 

 

We're looking forward to your shelfies! Add photos of your bookshelves with shelfie time tag and we'll be thrilled to share them among the BookLikes community:) 

 

See you next Friday!

 

 

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

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...

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#2 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Punya Reviews…

Oh, 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..

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#3 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Tigus

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...

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#4 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Nicole Reads

I remember finding it in a bookstore; I was maybe 9 or 10 years old, where my mom left me for five minutes while she went to a store next door. I sat down in a corner and started reading it. My mom came back to get me, and I made her buy me the book... 

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#5 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Silence in the library

I read every day. If I’ve not taken at least half an hour to enter a fictional world then I start to get antsy. But generally I spend at least 1.5 to 2 hours reading a day. If a book is really good I’ve been known to stay up long past the pumpkin hour to finish it, even though I know I’ll be like a zombie at work...

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#6 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
That's What I'm Talking About

I blog as a hobby, and my blog is a project of love. I do spend a lot of my free time reading, listening to books, writing reviews, and posting to my blog. So yes, it has a huge impact on my world. As far as the impact to my reading life, I am more open to trying and enjoying books outside my normal genres ...

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#7 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Sailing in a Sea of Words

My love for reading was most definitely fostered and encouraged by my parents. They read to me as a child and I began reading on my own at a very young age. I can’t remember a time where I didn’t love reading. It’s a core part of me and without it, I would have a hard time recognizing myself...

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#8 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Momma Says to Read

Honestly, I was resistant at first. Seriously, who was going to read myblog? Once I started, I found that I really enjoy the blog and when I see the numbers on views, I get excited. So, I suppose you could say that blogging turned out to be a happy surprise for me...

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#9 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Midu Reads [Nominated]

I asked my mom if I could buy some books and she said, she would pick out a few for me. The next day, she returned with this boring book with the least glamorous subject matter and the most unattractive cover. Lets just say, I didn't receive the gift with much grace. She sat me down and told me to give the book a try anyway. I did and as I read, I fell in love with the story. I have never stopped reading after that...

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#10 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
The Book Gourmet

Books have been an integral part of my life since I can remember. My mom claims to have read fairy tales during her pregnancy, and the shelves in my room were always filled with books (fairy tales, fables, children's literature). Then, in elementary school, I got my library card and haven’t stopped reading ever since...

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

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...

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

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...

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#13 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Obsidian Blue [Nominated]

Due to blogging I found a lot of authors that I have never heard of before and fell in love with due to recommendations from fellow bloggers that I must stop what I am doing and read this book. I found myself also reading a lot of different genres due to seeing what fellow bloggers are reading and them making the book/author sound awesome...

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#14 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Char's Horror Corner [Nominated]

There weren’t a lot of other children around where I grew up, but there were a lot of elderly people. The bookmobile would come around so that those without transportation were able to get something to read, and in the summers I would stand in line with them. I loved to check out mysteries from Agatha Christie and other authors, and then I discovered Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the great Edgar Allan Poe...

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

Reading slowly became more and more of a part of me. A huge part, the part that kept my brain quite when my anxiety got to much. Just an escape that I really needed. But I don't have anyone around me that is really into books and I couldn't just keep bottling all my book feelings up...

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#16 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
OBSESSION WITH WORDS

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...

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#17 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Lost Girls Reviews

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...

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

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...

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

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)...

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

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

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#21 Follow Friday with book bloggers:
Mary's Books

When I was little, my mom would take us to an old library in Newport, KY. It was one of the Carnegie Libraries. The children's selection of books was in the basement and I loved to borrow books from the library and would sit for as long as my mother would let me look at the books...

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

[Nominated by BLoggers]

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

 

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

 

 

When have you discovered you’re a book lover?


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

 

How did your blogging adventure start?

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Murder by Death movie poster (via IMDb)

 

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

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

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

Jenn's cozy mysteries shelf

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

16 Festive Tasks posts

 

How do you choose your next read?

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

 

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

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

What are your three favorite book covers?

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

 

 

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


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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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


My library and my garden.

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?


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

 

Favorite quote?


There are two:

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

T.S. Eliot

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

The Polysyllabic Spree

by Nick Hornby

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


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

 

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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.

 

 

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