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#44 Follow Friday with book bloggers: debbie krenzer


Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Today we gonna meet Deb, a true book lover who has collected an impressive amount of 600 signed books on her shelves, not counting those without an autograph!


Follow debbiekrenzer http://debbiekrenzer.booklikes.com/



What are you reading now and how do you like it?


I just finished reading “Jar of Hearts” by Jennifer Hillier (creepy and cray cray) and started on "Something in the Water by" Catherine Steadman, which I was so lucky to get before Reese Witherspoon named it her “book of the month” for June.  Everyone is going to want to read it now and as I’m about half way through, I understand why she did so.  It’s starts out with someone digging a grave and telling all about it.  Then it moves on to a couple who are about to be wed.  Starting out with this plot twist is killing me.  Who dies or gets killed?  It’s really good and I am enjoying it immensely. 


Jar of Hearts - Jennifer HillierSomething in the Water: The Gripping Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick! - Catherine Steadman



When have you discovered you’re a book lover? 


I started reading while very young.  I remember one of my earlier books was “Magic Elizabeth”  by Norma Kassirer published in 1966.  (Yes, I looked this up to find author’s name.  I was so surprised to find it on Goodreads.  All I remembered was the name of the book and that it was a brown book with a picture of a doll on the front.)  I also read V.C. Andrews (Flowers in the Attic series); Little House on the Prairie books, a lot of the Bobbsey Twins books and whatever basically I could get my hands on.  I remember every time we would get those Scholastic Book Fair brochures with the new books sitting down with my mother and showing her the many books I had marked.  Of course, I didn’t get all the ones that I wanted, but I was happy with what I did get.


During the 1980’s and 1990’s I was working, married and raising kids.  However, that didn’t stop me from reading, although it wasn’t as much as I liked.  I read Sidney Sheldon, Jackie Collins, Sophie Kinsella, Jen Lancaster, and others.  I couldn’t wait for their new books to come out!  Of course, I had to wait for the paperback edition as I could not see paying for a hardcover that I would finish in just a few days.  I simply did not have that kind of money back then.


In 2008, I retired from a 22 year career in the natural gas industry.  Alas, my industry had been desecrated by the likes of Enron, Dynegy and others and the jobs were few and far between.  Plus, I was considered old by then.  Had I been a male though, I’m sure my career would have went further. 


After I retired, I was pretty bored and started reading again.  This time though, I was buying the hard covers and I went to many, many author signings at my local independent bookstore, Murder By the Book.  I have over 600 hard covers signed by authors to show for these years.  I enjoyed meeting the authors and talking with them, discovering where, why and how they wrote their books.


Unfortunately, the trek to MBTB was 28 miles one way going to downtown Houston.  My night vision kept getting worse and my anxiety levels of driving in traffic (something that I spent 2 to 3 hours a day sitting in) was getting to me.


In 2013 I found Net Galley.  This was a godsend for me.  Free books just for reading and saying what I thought of those books?  I could certainly do that and have done so since that time.  It also cut down on my finances and allowed me to read even more books.




Why reading is important to you? 


I love to read!!  I love being someplace else while just sitting in my chair or lounging back in my adjustable bed (purchased just so I could sit up in bed and read)  and shutting out the rest of the world.  You can learn so many things and live vicariously through the characters.  Reading has definitely added to my trivia knowledge! 


Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers? 


I love to promote any book that makes me feel something.  Whether it’s a racing heartbeat or tears of joy or sympathy.  I especially love to recommend books that are well written and leave me wanting more.


Three books that come to mind?  Ugh, that’s hard.  However, one certainly made it to my mind first.  That would be Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.  The story was remarkable made only that much more so due to the fact it was based off a true story/event that was going on in our country.


I think the second book I would recommend would be a true story written by Anthony Ray Hinton, a prison inmate on death row, which I saw was recently picked up by Oprah for her book club.  The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, for me, was an excellent 5 star read.


My third choice is a series written by Justin Cronin, a professor at Rice University, “The Passage ” series which is about vampires.  However, they are not the main characters in most of the books.  It’s also a dystopian novel which I definitely  loved about it.


Before We Were Yours - Lisa WingateThe Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row - Anthony Ray HintonThe Passage - Justin Cronin


Your book reviews are often for ARC and new releases/upcoming titles. How do you manage to keep a track and keep on reading the new titles? 


Spreadsheets.  The only way I can keep track.  I’m a sucker for a good blurb.  I always request more books than I can read and it sometimes gets me into trouble.  During 2017, I was sick for quite a while and had requested all these books.  I have been behind ever since.  I’m trying as best as I can to stay up to date by skipping a lot of books that I should have read.  Ugh!  I just hate that.  I feel bad for the author as well as Net Galley for this happening.  However, I have decided that one day, I will go back and read those books I missed.  I know I missed some really good ones and it kills me knowing they are just sitting on my Kindle.


Your short bio says you like Netflix. Is movie watching your second passion next to the reading? 


Netflix.   OMG, what a wonderful thing!!  I don’t binge as much as I like due to my being behind on reading, but there are some days when I say WTH and I binge.  I watched Gilmore Girls nonstop for like 4 or 5 days.  All the seasons including the newer one that was just recently released.  You really can’t help yourself.  I mean the next episode is just sitting there waiting for you.  Why wouldn’t you watch another and another and another.  HA!!


Your BookLikes shelf reveals books in many different genres: mystery, fantasy, thriller, chick lit. How do you pick a next book to read - according to your TBR list, your mood, publishing dates? 


Picking books.  Of course, the first prerogative is if I like the author, I will request that book without even reading the blurb.  They are tried and true and I know I can’t go wrong.  I also receive a lot of emails from places like Shelf Awareness, Book Reporter, Book Riot, Epic Reads First, Read it First (which is where I was turned on to Julia Keller’s “A Killing in the Hills” – one of the first books I found from emails.) and many other sites.  Of course, now I can’t tell you which site recommended or even told me about the books today.


Covers of books are also a red arrow for me saying “pick me, pick me”.  I also used to get recommendations from friends in the early part of my retirement.  I got hooked on the “Twilight” series after it was recommended that way.  I read that series in less than a week.  I tore through those pages.  Then I discovered YA through that series and went on to read “Hunger Games” and “Divergent”.  Anymore, I am telling friends what to read since I usually get them before they come out.


As to genre, I was mostly mystery and suspense, some horror and of course, chick lit before I found Net Galley.  Then I discovered a whole new set of genres and I took advantage of that factor.  I like to move around genre’s.  I can’t just keep reading murder and suspense novels – that can be morbid after a while and I read other genres to alleviate all that.  Women’s fiction or chick lit is usually my go to after so many murder books. 


I find that if I like the description given for the book, I will give it a chance.  Of course, it helps that the pricing is good for me.  I doubt that I would read so many books or genres if I didn’t have that factor.


It is also based on my mood.  A lot of times I have started a book and found that I just wasn’t in the mood for it.  So, I will put it aside and go back to it.  Unfortunately, there are times that when I do go back to them, I realize it just wasn’t my mood that was putting me off.  However, that is definitely not the norm.


I also have to go by publishing dates in order to stay current.  My spreadsheets list the name of the book, date published, author and number of pages.  A lot of times, I will use that number of pages to knock out a lot of the shorter books and then gleefully sit back and read the longer ones that usually stay with me longer.


Reviewed Shelf


Do you read one book or several at a time? 


I usually read one book at a time.  However, there are times when I do have actual ARC’s and may be away from them or away from my Kindle and have to go back and forth.  If I’m somewhere out and I don’t have my current book, I will start another one.  I can usually be found reading at any number of places near my home that have outdoor patios (in good weather) or a nice quiet bar.  And, of course, I am always reading while eating.  I never leave the house without my Kindle.  It used to be my Ipad, but that thing was really weighing down on my purses.  I like the fact that with Kindle I can totally get lost in a book.  With the Ipad, I was always getting some kind of news or email alert or Words with Friends telling me it was my turn to play.  It was definitely worth it to me to buy the Kindle which is less cumbersome and fits a lot better in my purse.


A library or a bookstore? 


Well as to library, the only times I go there is to drop off books for donations.  I have donated a LOT of books over the years as I used to frequent the sales by one of these bookstores that was selling hard covers for $1.00.  You can bet I bought a lot of books at those prices.


As to bookstores, I have already stated how I attended book signings at MBTB.  I do try to keep them in mind and order a few books a year that I really liked or wanted with the author’s signature.  There is also a bookstore, BookPeople, in Austin that I have ordered signed books from.


We’ve read you love attending book signing events. How many signed books can we find on your bookshelf? 


Over  600 books in my front room (basically most of the books in there) that should be a dining room, however, I made it a library.  I am enclosing pictures of my library wherein I have added a musical theme to keep up with that media.  I also have many items I’ve received from authors on my shelves.


What are your three favorite book covers?


Three favorite book covers?  Well, I can tell you two right off the top of my head.  I have a framed 20 x 30 marketing poster from MBTB of Lisa Unger’s book “Heartbroken” that is signed and dated by her in my bedroom that matches the colors of my bedroom perfectly.  And, unfortunately sum up the demise of my marriage.  Of course, that’s my secret that no one knows.



I also have framed the cover of Amber Brock’s book “A Fine Ambition” in a plastic frame that I painted to match that beautiful dress on the cover, shadowed with black cardstock.


I also have several other book posters from MBTB that are located throughout my home with two in my library.



For my number 3 cover, I am going to say it’s a toss-up because I am including all their covers.  First, I would say Carolyn Haines, the Sarah Booth Delaney books which always have the word “Bones” in the title and absolutely wonderful covers.  And the second would be Mary Kay Andrews.  All her beach reads have awesome covers and she is VERY special to me as she was my very first author signing.  I was on a beach family reunion with my roommate’s family in Duck, North Carolina in this awesome house that rents for $15,000 a week in Corolla, North Carolina.  There were like 26 of us there ranging in ages from 2 to 60 and I could not get anyone to go with me.  Nevertheless, I went alone.  It was also special for MKA because she had just found out that she got some special award for her book “Summer Rental” back in 2011.  She had just flown in from Houston to attend the Duck signing and I was upset because I had like 5 books of hers at home in Houston.  HA!!


A paper book or an e-book?


I addressed my love of my Kindle in question number 7.  However, I did not address paper book.  I’m spoiled.  I love e-books!  They are so easy to read and you can have all of them with you at once.  With the paper books, you only have one with you.  There is also finding space for them.  Together I have over 1000 books in my house.  The signed ones are in my library and then I have a glass doored bookcase in my family room and 3 bookcases in my bedroom.  Thankfully, my roommate gave me the master!  HA!!  At one time, I had more than that and did the right thing and donated them to my local library. 


Three titles for a holiday break? 


Three titles for a holiday break?  For me, that would certainly be beach reads and picking “A” title would be like asking me “who is your favorite kid?”  It just would not be fair.  I am just going to have to name authors for this question.  Those would be, of course, Mary Kay Andrews, and Mary Alice Monroe, Elin Hildebrand, Nancy Thayer, Mariah Stewart, Viola Shipman, Amy E. Reichert, Fiona Davis, Jill Mansell, oh I could go on forever.


Favorite quote? 


I have many favorite quotes and I keep them on my Ipad on my Notes app.  I will just say this one that was the latest that said something to me. 

“You are most critical of the flaws in others that you have in yourself” “The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go” by Amy E. Reichert. 


And now, I am going to add this one

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life” by Virginia Woolf. 

This quote definitely spoke to me as I tend to stay at home too much.


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


I don’t usually drink when I’m reading.  However, when I do drink it’s either a margarita, Makers Mark and Diet Coke or a nice pinot noir or grigio depending on the weather.


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#43 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Rendezvous With A Romance


Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Heather, an avid reader who loves romance stories.


Follow Friday Rendezvous With A Romance on BookLikes  http://rendezvouswitharomance.booklikes.com/



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



I just finished Laird of the Black Isle by Paula Quinn  and started The Snow White Bride by Claire Delacroix. I loved Laird of the Black Isle and it is too soon to tell about The Snow White Bride.


Laird of the Black Isle - Paula Quinn   



When have you discovered you’re a book lover?


I was in middle school when I picked up my first romance novel, but it wasn’t until I was teaching that I became a voracious reader. It became my escape and has kept me sane.



Why reading is important to you?


It keeps me sane. It is the thing I do that keeps me happy and helps me get through rough school years.


Rendezvous With A Romance



Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


This is hard to answer, but here goes. If someone were to ask me to recommend must read books, the list would include:


Bec McMaster's Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk #1), Monica McCarty's The Chief   (Highland Guard #1), Sherrilyn Kenyon Born of Night  (The League #1), Christine Feehan's Shadow Rider   (Shadow Rider #1), Christine Feehan's Bound Together  (Sea Haven #6), Karen Marie Moning's Shadowfever  (Fever #5), Nalini Singh's Archangel's Blade   (Guild Hunter #4), Jeanine Frost's Destined for an Early Grave   (Night Huntress #4) and At Grave's End  (Night Huntress #3), Sherrilyn Kenyon's Styxx  (Dark-Hunter #22...


I really could go on and on. There are so many books that are absolute must-reads, in my opinion.


Kiss of Steel - Bec McMasterThe Chief - Monica McCartyBorn of Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Shadow Rider (The Shadow Series) - Christine FeehanBound Together (A Sea Haven Novel) - Christine FeehanShadowfever - Karen Marie Moning

Archangel's Blade - Nalini SinghDestined for an Early Grave - Jeaniene FrostStyxx - Sherrilyn Kenyon




Your short bio says: “I love supporting and promoting my favorite authors and promoting my favorite authors.” How do you do that?


Through my blog and being part of some of my favorite authors’ reading teams. Every book I read I review on various sites, Goodreads, BookLikes, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles. I also post on various social media platforms. Any way I can get the word out about the books I read, I do. That is how I support my favorite authors.



How do you find new books to read?


Goodreads and Amazon mostly, and a few publishing companies will send me books to consider. That is definitely where I have expanded the types of romances I read the most.



You’re an English and creative writing teacher. How do you encourage kids and your students to read more?


I don’t hide that I like to read, if they see I like to read then they start asking questions. I also have books in the classroom and anytime someone says they wish they could like reading but haven’t found anything they can stick with I just start asking questions about what they like. What sort of movies and TV shows do they like? Do they like fantasy, sci-fi, spies, horror, etc. and I go from there and recommend an author or a book that fits those interests. 



Your blog name says all about your favorite book genre - romance. Do you switch between the genres or are you loyal to your favorite reading path?


I’m definitely loyal to romance. But from there, there are so many sub genres: paranormal, historical, contemporary, Regency, Medieval, cowboy romances, small town romances, Steampunk, etc.



Do you read one book or several at a time?


One at a time for sure


Reviewed Shelf



  1. Your BookLikes Shelf presents over 800 read titles! How much time do you spend reading?
  2. Every free moment I can. I do not have kids, so when I come home from work I like to curve up with my dogs and read. I don’t watch a lot of TV. I don’t leave the house without a book just in case I find myself somewhere waiting.



A library or a bookstore?





What are your three favorite book covers?


Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster, Luck Is No Lady by Amy Sandas  , and I Knew You Were Trouble by Soraya Lane


Kiss of Steel - Bec McMasterLuck Is No Lady (Fallen Ladies) - Amy SandasI Knew You Were Trouble - Soraya Lane




A paper book or an e-book?


Both, I like to rotate between the two. I’ll read eBooks for a while and then switch to paperback to rest my eyes for a time.



Three titles for a holiday break?



This one is hard because I read whatever I have on hand that I have purchased or have received from NetGalley/publishers at the time of the holiday. So three books I plan on reading over the summer break I just started include: A Crown of Bitter Orange by Laura Florand, Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Torched by Donna Grant





Favorite quote?


Pride and Prejudice (the English teacher inside of me peaking through with this one):

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.


Favorite book, one of many of the favorite lines from it.



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


Either a glass of wine or hot chocolate, depending on how I’m feeling.



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#42 Follow Friday with book bloggers: KatiEllenReads


Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Kati a booktuber with a crave for a lemonade and YA reads. 


Follow KatiEllenReads: http://katiellenreads.booklikes.com/



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


I've nearly finished The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz  . It's reminded me why I really enjoyed her Blue Blood Vampire series. The story is written with multiple view points so something is always happening. It's historical fiction with magic, she's blended the world's brilliantly.




2. When have you discovered you’re a book lover?


I loved reading as a kid but then kind of fell out of it. Harry Potter got me reading again, but it wasn't till my late teens I really discovered how much I love books. I stumbled across The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce and that was it, I think if I hadn't of found those I may not have kept reading.



3. You’re mainly a booktuber now although we can spot some reviews published on your blog some time ago. Why have you chosen to become a booktuber?


I'd done Booktube before but wasn't that consistent with it. I feel with Booktube I can be more expressive, passionate and silly, I find it hard to write my personality into a book review. Plus working full time I never really had the time to just sit and write a review, although filming and editing is just as hard but I find the time. 





4. How different is talking about books from writing about books?


Like I said above it's all about my personality. You'll see me lose my train of thought, ramble on or get stupidly excited. Whereas with writing I feel like I need to sound more professional. On the flip side, because it takes me longer to write a review I would probably say more about the book. 


Kati's Shelf



5. Why reading is important to you?


Such a hard question!! I just love it. The same as watching an amazing film or TV series, I love being sucked into that world. Seeing how it all develops and expands. I can't imagine sitting on my lunch break or train to and from work without a book in my bag.



6. Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


Ones that get me passionate. Recently I've been raving about the Sin Eaters Daughter, that book had me gasping out loud and making some very embarrassing faces I'm sure on my train, but I was totally hooked. If a book has me reacting out loud that's a book I can't wait to recommend. Another books I'm nuts about is the Half Bad Trilogy. It was the first male lead book I'd read after HP, it was completely unexpected and amazing. I cried so much in the last few chapters of the final book. I'm really looking forward to reading her latest release The Smoke Thieves.




7. How do you find new books to read?


I've found a lot of books via Amazon, it's recommendations from what I've bought. But recently Instagram and Goodreads. Sometimes I'm not even sure how I stumble across new book, but somehow I do. 

8. Your bookshelf reveals your passion for YA and fantasy reads? Do you switch between the genres or do you follow you favorite reading path?


At the start if the year I try and pick a real mix of books to keep my interest going. That way when it comes to each month I've got some variety to pick from. I try to reread at least one book/series from when I was younger, I like to revisit the books I loved or ones I might not have fully understood 10+ years ago. 



9. What’s the most surprising book you’ve ever read?


Probably the Half Bad trilogy. I never expected that level of emotion from a male lead book. It got me really emotionally invested, not just between the war between the black and white witches but with Nathans personal anguish. The relationship between him and Gab is possibly the best thing I've ever read, Nathan is just a ball of anger and pain and Gab will do absolutely anything for him, no hesitation. Second to that, Peter Pan. I'd read a lot of reviews about the book but I actually found it a creepy, I want to revisit it again though to see if my view on it has changed. (two separate photos)



10. Do you read one book or several at a time?


When I was younger I used to swap between three books every week. Somehow I kept the stories all straight and everything made sense. Prior to the job I'm at now I would have a book at work and one at home. Currently I'm just reading one at a time. But I find it easy to read multiple books. 



11. A library or a bookstore?


Always a bookstore. My high school library was brilliant, but when I went to college it was all educational books and that really deflated me. I think I've only ever been to my local library once and that was for an essay at college. 



12. What are your three favorite book covers?


Do you understand how hard of a question that is?!?! There are way too many to pick from, I won't lie I'm a cover addict. The three I've gone for are ones I'm currently in love with. 



13. A paper book or an e-book?


Always and forever paperback. I do own a kindle, because I'm slowly running out of room. Plus it's great for holidays and books I'm uncertain I'll like but want to give ago. 


14. Three titles for a holiday break?


Any of the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, they're so fast paced. Such a guilty pleasure read for me, I love history. Stardust by Neil Gaiman, it's far too short but it's so beautiful. Finally The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Oh my goodness this book!!




15. Favorite quote?


I actually don't think I really have one. I don't know how people have them. I wish I did though.



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


I'm so boring I drink a lot of water!! But the wear has been so sunny of late so let's say a cocktail!! Lately I'm a lover of raspberry gin and lemonade.



17. Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)


My bookshelves will never be complete. I'm always removing and reorganisating them. These are my favourite two bookcases.



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#41 Follow Friday with book bloggers: JoRead



Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Joanna, an avid reader and romance books fan, who prefers reading than eating and sleeping. Obviously. 


Follow JoRead on BookLikes: http://joread.booklikes.com/



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


I hardly ever read more than one book at once but right now it happens that I’m reading two. The first one is a lovely ARC by the always amazing Katharine Ashe called The Prince and I’m loving it. I’m also reading Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London but only a few chapters in on that one so it’s too early to tell ;)


The Prince (Devil's Duke) - Katharine AsheBad Bachelor - Stefanie London



When have you discovered you’re a book lover?


Very early in life. I was the girl that would rather spend her time inside reading a book instead of playing outside with kids my age.



Why reading is important to you?


At first it was sort of an escapism. Books would take me to a different place, different time, and sometimes even different worlds. Now I’ve realized that books, regardless of genre or whether is fiction or non-fiction have always something new for me to learn. Books have taught me to understand people better because in a way I’ve been inside other people’s minds.



Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


I think people need to give romance books a chance. Romance is more than “smut” or “mommy porn,” which by the way, are terms that I loathe with the passion of a thousand suns! Romance is a genre that’s been empowering people in general (women in particular) for centuries. Depending on your tastes you could try authors Lisa Kleypas for historical stories, Penny Reid for some fun contemporary reads, and Jennifer Ashley for adventure with paranormal creatures.  


JoRead's Shelf



You short bio says: “If it wasn't because life gets in the way, I could spend all day reading”. How much time do you spend reading daily?


Dear me, hours I tell you! Hours! But who needs to eat and sleep is overrated anyway… :)



How do you find new books to read?


Besides Booklikes I’m part of several book groups in Facebook and Goodreads. Like-minded people tend to recommend the best books.  



We can find many romance titles on your BookLikes shelf. Do you switch between the genres or do you follow you favorite reading path?


I read romance the most because it’s what I like the most but I do enjoy all genres. I’ve read from Leo Tolstoy to the beautiful crafted Japanese Manga. A book is a book is a book and each one has something new to teach the reader. 



Do you read one book or several at a time?


I try to stick to one at a time but there are times when I cannot take my print with me so my handy eBook reader comes to the rescue. For instance, currently I’m reading Bad Bachelor in print and The Prince in eBook.  





Your bookshelf has got many thematic shelves. Does it mean you’re a well organized reader?


I try to be. My digital shelf is organized so because if I ever need to “pick” a book with a certain theme I can just check that shelf and voilà! All at the click of a key :)



A library or a bookstore?


Tough question. Bookworms should never be made to choose.



What are your three favorite book covers?


Eek! I have lots! No way I could choose only 3. How about I give you the three that come to mind right away ;) 


Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld,Keith ThompsonLady in Red - Maire ClaremontWonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh Bardugo




A paper book or an e-book?


Both. Well, I love prints and if I’d have more place at home all of my books would be in print but I love the simplicity of format of an eBook. You can literally have hundreds of books in the palm of your hand!



Three titles for a holiday break?


Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen


The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho




Favorite quote?

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein



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


I’d read Jennifer Ashley’s Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage while sipping Earl Grey tea. Yep, that would hit the spot.



Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)


My apartment is really small so most of my books are in boxes *sad face*

But here is a pic of the books I have on hand because I’m planning on reading them or have read recently.



Thanks! This was lots of fun! 


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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. 


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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.





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.





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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