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#17 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Lost Girls Reviews
It's time for Follow Friday with book bloggers. This time for real! Last Friday the interview was interrupted by the tech issues but some of you received the sneak peek in our newsletter, didn't you? ;) But let's get back to our today's heroes! 
 
Today we gonna meet not one but TWO awesome readers behind the Lost Girls blog! Let's say hello to Shey and Bobbie, two bookish girls, who love reading when not and zip lining!
 
Follow Lost Girls Reviews on BookLikes: http://lostgirls.booklikes.com/
 
 
Your book blog on BookLikes is called Lost girls reviews. Tell us more about the girls and why are you lost? ;)
 
Shey: Bobbie and I have been friends for many years and we love to go on road trips together to cons and book festivals. Unfortunately, we both have a terrible sense of direction. We inevitably end up getting lost, so we decided, since we are always getting lost whether in books or simply getting to our destination, Lost Girls is kind of perfect for us. 
 
 
When have you experienced the book love for the first time?
 
Shey: When I was very young I fell in love with Nancy Drew books. I read every one I could get my greedy little hands on. From there my love for books continued to grow. Libraries were my favorite place in the world. I could spend hours reveling in all the wonderful books.
 
Bobbie: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It had everything my young heart desired. Talking animals, magic, an epic battle between good and evil, and extraordinary adventures. 
 
What made you start book blogging? 
 
It was something that we wanted to do for a long time. 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.
 
You’re adventurous girls, aren’t you? Tell us more about your escapades. 
 
We love adventure! Anything that gets our hearts pounding. We have ziplined over alligators pits, done some cave spelunking, parasailing, free diving some gorgeous caves here in Florida (which we will be blogging about in the coming months). We are always up for adventure and ready to take things to the next level. We attempted hang gliding several times, sadly the weather prevented us from ever getting up there. We were very disappointed, but we don't give up easily. It's still high on our list of adventures. We have some exciting adventures planned for this winter.
 
 
Are you adventurous in book picking or do you stick to your favorite genres?
 
Shey: I'm adventurous. I tend to read a lot of YA, but if someone recommends a good mystery, some historical fiction, fantasy, etc I will jump on it. I can chat books with just about every book lover and find something in common. 
 
Bobbie: Its not often that I venture away from my favorite genres but occasionally I will come across a book that piques my interest even though it's not one I would normally read. 
 
You’re zip lines lovers. How did that start?
 
Bobbie: Our second year attending San Diego Comic Con there was a Batman zipline. You could soar through Gotham city just like the caped crusader himself! We had talked about trying ziplining before and this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. It was really fun and quite a rush!
 
Shey: We haven't met a zipline we didn't like. After our experience in California we went in search of more ziplines and found all kinds of fun ways to zip. We've zipped superman style, between mountains in Canada, but our favorite so far is the roller coaster zipline. What a thrill! Our ultimate goal is to zip upside down. It's going to happen!
 
What are you three favorite book covers?
 
 
 
Replica - Lauren OliverThe Shadow Queen - C. J. RedwineWintersong - S. Jae-Jones
 
How does you book review process look like? 
 
Bobbie: I try and write my review right after finishing the book and while everything is fresh in my mind. I give a summary of the book and then my thoughts on it.  
 
Shey:  I take notes as I'm reading to remind myself of certain quotes that I love, or points that I want to discuss in my review. Once I finish the book I have to have a nice quiet space where I can be with my thoughts as I write. 
 
Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this fall/winter?
 
Shey: Our TBR pile is huge! There are so many exciting books that just came out. I absolutely love Wonder Woman: Warbringer.  Leigh Bardugo is such an amazing writer. She will always be at the top of my list of recommendations. I'm super excited about my current read, Renegades by Marissa Meyer.
 
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh BardugoRenegades - Marissa Meyer
 
 
One Dark Throne - Kendare BlakeSilence Fallen - Patricia Briggs

 

What's your reading spot? We'd love to see the photos :)
 
Our favorite reading spots have to be at home in our beds. Big fluffy pillows, warm cup of tea, a great book. What more can one ask for?
 
 
Three titles for the fans of adventures? 
 
 
The Hobbit - J.R.R. TolkienSnow Like Ashes - Sara RaaschThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
 
What’s your favorite quote? 
 
Bobbie: 

art via Etsy

Do not go gentle into that goodnight

Rage, rage against the dying of the light - Ally Condie, Matched 

 

 

"The stories we love best live in us forever" - JK Rowling
 
Shey:
“Ryle Hira: Life is what it is” Elizabeth Haydon, Rhapsody
 
 
If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?
 
Shey: One of my favorite books (and movies) growing up was Anne of Green Gables. I would love to chat with, or mostly listen to, Anne Shirley while she showed me all her favorite spots. She is such a big part of my childhood. Bobbie and I recently had the immense pleasure of meeting and receiving great big hugs from the absolutely amazing, Meagan Follows who, of course, played Anne on the series way back when, and to us that was almost like meeting Anne herself. A memory we will forever cherish. 
 
Bobbie: Mercy Thompson, my favorite character. She's a badass shapeshifter that can change into a coyote form. She has a knack for finding trouble, and trouble sometimes goes looking for her. Her husband is a werewolf, her friend is a vampire, and her boss is an ancient fae. There's never a dull moment with her.
 
A paper book or an e-book? 
 
Bobbie: I don't really have a preference. I like the convenience of my Kindle. I can store and easily access thousands of books. But there's just something about that new book smell and the way it feels in your hand.
 
Shey: Both. I prefer the feel and glorious smell of real books, but I tend to do a lot of reading on my kindle as well. When I get ARCs I normally receive them through my kindle and that's where I first read them. Later I will purchase the paper book, especially when I fall in love with the cover art. I'm easy to please.
 
Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)
 
Thank you so much for including us in your series!
 
Thank you!
 

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#16 Follow Friday with book bloggers: OBSESSION WITH WORDS
 
Meet Donna, a book lover from Alaska who warms herself up with reading and knitting. 
 
Visit Donna's blog and follow her book reviews on BookLikes: http://donnawannaread.booklikes.com/
 
1. When have you read your first book? Was it a book love at very first sight?
 
This is a tough question for me to answer and an emotional subject. I was raised in a very strict religious home. 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. I wasn't allowed to watch much TV either and we certainly never had cable so this was totally new to me.  I devoured it.  When I met my husband he had the same book as well as many others and it was instant love. My husband and I both love to read.
 
 
2. What made you start writing about books/book blogging?
 
I met a friend through penpalling and this one friend, Brenna, (http://brennam.booklikes.com/) had a booklikes blog.  I fell in love with it right away and started my booklikes blog in May of this year.  
 
3. Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?
 
I´ve had blogs before but never posted regularly or had any real followers.  I never thought about blogging about books though.  Once I started and joined some of the games I started having a lot more fun reading. I really enjoy sharing the books I´ve read with other people that also love books.  I especially love reading other blogs and learning about new books.  My new years goal for this year was to cut down on books because I don´t have enough bookshelves to hold them all.  After joining Booklikes and chatting with other bloggers I realized that was a dumb goal.  Why should I cut down on something I love so much?  My husband is going to build some shelves for me so I don´t have to worry about it.
 
 
4. You like to craft. What’s you favorite technique? Do you read when knitting? 
 
I mostly crochet.  My sister taught me when I was 6 and it is pretty much second nature to me.  I also knit, although it is more of a challenge to me, but I really enjoy learning new techniques online and making blankets for charities like Project Linus or for the local homeless shelter and women´s shelter.  I love to listen to audiobooks while crocheting or knitting.  Audiobooks bring the characters to life while allowing me to look at what I´m doing.  I have also found a new craft recently called diamond painting and I also love to work on that while listening to audiobooks.
 
5. What are you reading right now?
 
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (recommended by one of my sons)
 
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke,Anthea Bell 
 
6. What’s you favorite genre? Why is it special? 
 
I love mysteries and crime novels. I especially like books that involve a mystery that happened in the part and they go back to talk to people from that time to try to figure out what happened. There is so much evil in the world and I like reading books about clever people who can figure out whodunit, catch them and lock them up.  I don´t like books where the evil is not stopped.
 
7. You live on Alaska. Can you recommend Alaskan writers?
 
Oh yes, Sue Henry!  I met her once here in Fairbanks, Alaska and chatted with her for a while.  She is a great person that loves what she does.  
 
8. A paper book or an e-book?
 
Paper.  I do have a kindle but there is just something special about the smell and feel of a real book.  I especially like older books.  Kindles just smell like plastic and never come with odd little mementos tucked inside like pressed 4 leaf clovers, old movie tickets or other interesting things that were used as bookmarks.
 
9. Three titles to warm oneself up in winter?
 
Well, I think exciting books are the ones that warm me up.  So here are 3 I liked.
 
Raven Black - Ann CleevesThe Looking-Glass Portrait - Linda Hilton
 
10. How did reading change your life?
 
Around 2009 I started having a lot of pain and fatigue and eventually had to quit my job as a CNA/Endoscopy tech.  After a long time and a lot of tests I was told I have Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis.  I live with constant pain, especially in my joints.  At first I went into a long, deep depression because I missed my job and having a sense of purpose.  I felt like I´d lost my identity.  As I was trying to find something I could do to help get my mind off of the pain I was in I started to read.  At first I was having a really hard time focusing but one of the meds they put me on helped with that.  Once that happened I would get lost in a book and for that time I felt better.  Reading is my escape and my book friends I´ve made are my life savers.  
 
11. Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this fall/winter season? 
 
I am currently really psyched about Ann Cleeves´ Shetland Island series. Some people have seen the TV series but I haven´t met anyone who has read the books. Her books make me want to go there myself.  I´ve also been liking a series by Paul Doiron (sound like Dworin).  I recently read Massacre Pond and really liked it.  This series in set in the wilderness of Maine and follows a game warden as he solves crimes.  Reading the descriptive scenes I am reminded of the Alaskan wilderness and I can just imagine being right there with him.
 
Massacre Pond - Paul Doiron 
 
12. What’s your favorite book related quote?
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
-- Groucho Marx
 
 
13. If you could meet one literary character, who would it be? 
 
Oh gosh, that is a really hard question.  I´ll say Lydia from Debbie Macomber´s Shop on Blossom Street.  I think we could be good friends.  We both have been through a lot with health problems and she is also a knitter.  
 
14. Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)
This is one of my shelves crammed into my entry way.  I have another shorter shelf in my living room and I also have stacked wooden crates on the shelf in the top of our coat closet and filled those with hard backs.  We also have shelves in the garage full of books and books in each bedroom.  
 
 
Thank you!
 

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

BookLikes gathers book lovers from all around the world. We're happy to introduce Nicole, a blogger who reads and reviews in English and German. 

You can follow Nicole's blog on BookLikes here: http://hoffnungswolke.booklikes.com

 

 

When have you read your very first book? What was it?

 

I actually can't remember and it hurts my soul to admit that. I know that when I was in my last year of school, I started going to the local library with my friend and that's when I real got into reading and was at the library all the time. I didn't do reviews or anything and never really talked about it. The first book series that I read religiously were the CSI books and I couldn't shut up about them in a German CSI forum. Oh, the good old days.

 

What made you start writing about books/book blogging?

 

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 and because the internet has everything, I soon found Goodreads and that's when I found my people. I was super nervous writing reviews, so in the beginning I only did the star rating. Then when I found BookLikes, I actually started to write reviews and was comfortable enough to share my thoughts and opinions.

 

 

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

 

I got much more comfortable sharing my thoughts and my opinions. I just love talking about  books and connect with people that like the same books. I always feels super proud when I see some read the same book as me and also liked it, or hated it the same as me and I don't feel so alone lol

 

 

You live in Germany and read in two languages: English and German. Do you experience the book differently depending on the language you read it in?

 

Not all the time, but sometimes I really experience the book differently. Sometimes I feel like the translations don't really work. Some jokes fall flat and things like that. When reading a book in English, I feel like I actually get to experience the authors work and his words.

 

 

Do you prefer reading in English or German?

 

This is a tough question. I'm pretty comfortable with my English skills at this point, so it's not that much harder to read the English version instead of the German once, unless I'm reading in the middle of the night fighting sleep. Most of the time I prefer reading in English, simply because in German translation they like to change names of characters or places, so that when I write a review and I have read the book in German, I actually have to check and make sure that the names are right. 

 

We’ve read that you’re a TV show fan. Can you recommend a good one?

 

It changes all the time, to be completely honest. I'm currently re-watching Covert Affairs and it reminds me how much I loved this show and how much it helped me through a really difficult time. Other than that I loved Leverage (the most perfect show that I need everyone to watch). Shows that are actually currently airing: Brooklyn 99 and The Good Place are my absolute happy place, I don't do well with comedy shows but these two are perfect. See, I cheated, I can't just talk about one show.

 

 

What’s your book review drill? Do you review all the books you read?

 

I'm like 99,9% sure that since I started writing reviews, I have reviewed every book that I have read. Even the ones I didn't like, I either tried to focus on the good parts or I just left a little review.

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

I'm just gonna mention the covers of books I read this year

A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade AlanThe Castaways - Jessika FleckIch, Eleanor Oliphant: Roman - Gail Honeyman,Alexandra Kranefeld

The story is seriously amazing and really creative.

The writing is so great and really transported me in the middle of this world...

Read a full review of The Castaways ->

 

 

Any tips for beginning bloggers?

 

The most cliche tip I can think of is: Be yourself!!! And be honest. You don't have to pretend to like a book that everyone loves but you just don't get it. And also the other way around, don't feel like you can't enjoy a book that everyone hates. It's your blog and you do you. This is your space to talk about the things you love.

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

I made it my mission this year to recommend The Best We Could Do and Ich, Eleanor Oliphant Roman to everybody.

 

 

The Best We Could Do - Thi BuiIch, Eleanor Oliphant: Roman - Gail Honeyman,Alexandra Kranefeld 

HOLY MOTHER OF EVERYTHING. This graphic novel/comic,

whatever you wanna call it, is everything. Seriously...

Read a full review of The Best we could do ->

 

 

What’s your reading spot? 

 

My bed, it's the most comfortable place in my room.

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Both. I never thought I would ever be a e-book person but I'm reading more and more e-books. Nothing can replace a paper book, the feel, the smell  and the weight of it in your hands. But I'm really enjoying e-books when I'm out and about. I also receive all the ARCs I read as a ebook, so I had to get used to it at some point. Downside to reading an ebook on my tablet or phone, I'm pretty lost if it has no power and I can't find the charger. Been there, donw that.

 

Three title for a spaceship travel?

 

I could only think of these three...I need to read more space books.

 

 

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - Kelly Sue DeConnick,David LópezThe 100 - Kass MorganJoyride Vol. 1 - Collin Kelly,Jackson Lanzing,Marcus To

 

Favorite quote?

 

I'm going to share one that even though I read the book three years ago, I still think about this quote a lot. It's really powerful.

“Wir sind imstande, Überschallflugzeuge und Raketen ins All zu schicken, einen Verbrecher anhand eines Haars oder eines winzigen Hautpartikels zu identifizieren, eine Tomate zu züchten, die im Kühlschrank drei Monate lang völlig faltenfrei bleibt, und Milliarden von Informationen auf einem Mikrochip zu speichern. Wir sind imstande, die Leute auf der Straße sterben zu lassen.”
― Delphine de Vigan, No and Me

 

I'm trying to translate it as best as I can.

"We are capable of sending supersonic aircraft and rockets into space, identifying a criminal based on hair and tiny skin particles, breeding a tomato that's gonna stay wrinkle-free for three months in the fridge, and saving billions of information on a microchip. We are capable of letting people die on the streets."
― Delphine de Vigan, No and Me

 

 

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

  1. A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade Alan

I have to go with a character that I actually read about this year, it's Ellie, the main character in the book A Messy, Beautiful Life. She was going through much and through everything she was so strong and just great. She was really inspiring to me and I would love to meet her. She is also one of those characters that I would love to check up on, you know, see how she is doing after the book ended.

 

  

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

I don't have the space that I would need to make my shelves look pretty and all that, so I just use all the space I have and put as many books there as I can, it's not pretty, but oh well...

 

 

 

Thank you :)

 

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

 

Halloween is coming near. The spooky time requires a special guest and we think that Charlene from Char’s Horror Corner is the perfect one for the Halloween Follow Friday interview. 

 

Check out what Charlene is reading and follow her blog Char’s Horror Corner on BookLikes http://charlene.booklikes.com

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How did your book love begin? 

 

It started early on! 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.

 

You’ve reviewed over 800 books on your BL blog. What do you enjoy about book blogging the most? 

 

What I enjoy the most about blogging/reviewing is giving and getting book recommendations. I just love when someone tries a book I recommended and they like it. Conversely, I always feel bad when a person tries a book I recommended and they do NOT like it.

 

 

You’re a horror book lover. Why this genre is so special for you? What do you cherish the most about it? 

 

Horror is often about outsiders and being an outsider, that always appealed to me. I felt like an outsider during most of my time in junior high and in high school and I related to those kinds of stories. What I cherish the most about the horror genre is the community. I help moderate a group on Goodreads, (Horror Aficionados), and we now have nearly 13,500 members. They are the best bunch of people, authors and readers both, they’re supportive, smart and funny and they welcome everyone! What’s not to cherish about that?

 

If not horror, than what? Do you often switch to another genre or is horror your ultimate love?

 

I do like to switch things up at times. I love to read biographies and autobiographies, as well as classics, mysteries, thrillers and true crime. Horror is my ultimate love though, and I never stray away for too long.

 

 

There are many sub-genres of horror. Can you tell more about them to our readers? 

 

As you’ve stated, there are many! These days, my favorites lean more towards Quiet Horror. This is horror that generally does not feature a lot of blood and guts. No slashers or torturing or things like that. It’s heavier on atmosphere, building dread and those things caught out of the corner of your eye.

I also enjoy Cosmic Horror. Now this can include parts of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and the monsters he created, or it can be more generic and just reflect the cold, unfeeling universe and the lowly place of mankind within it. I also enjoy ghost stories, creature features, (fun books with imaginative monsters, and usually faced paced killing), and haunted house tales.

 

Name your Top 3 horror books.

 

Yeah, that’s too hard! Today, my answer is:

1. Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon  , which is not exactly horror, but coming-of-age dark fiction.

2. It or The Stand by Stephen King  .

3. 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King  

 

Boy's Life - Robert R. McCammonIt - Stephen KingThe Stand - Stephen King'Salem's Lot - Stephen King

 

Are there any particular titles you’re impatiently waiting for this fall/winter season?

  

Yes, I’ve been waiting for Joe Hill’s latest title, Strange Weather and I finally got it on Saturday at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. Joe Hill appeared there and his fans were able to purchase copies prior to the book officially going on sale 10.24.17.

 

Read the relation from The Third Annual Merrimack Valley Book Festival!

 

 

We’ve noticed the horror audiobooks on your BookLikes bookshelf, recently you’ve also interviewed a horror story narrator -- do you prefer reading or listening to horror stories? Is there any difference in experiencing the novels? 

 

I prefer reading to listening, actually. In a very few cases though, a worthy narrator can elevate my reading experience. This has happened on a few occasions. The first was when I listened to Kate Mulgrew narrate Joe Hill’s NOS4A2. Her narration brought the story even more alive than Hill already had and that changed my original rating from when I read the book of 4/5 stars to ALL the stars.

NOS4A2: A Novel - Joe Hill,Kate Mulgrew Bravo to both Joe Hill and Kate Mulgrew for the hours of pleasure that is the audible book NOS4A2! Read a full review ->

 

Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell,Matt GodfreyThe second time this happened is actually still happening, with Matt Godfrey’s narration of Michael McDowell’s Blackwater. Since this saga is set in Alabama, and Matt is from Alabama, the accents and voices have really come alive for me, even more so than when I read the books a few years back. It’s amazing! (And HE’S amazing!)

 

The most wonderful horror author(s) is/are… 

 

Stephen King, Robert McCammon, and Joe Hill.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers? 

1. Boy's Life by Robert R. McCammon  (see link above, on Question 6)

2. The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two.

3. Last Train from Perdition by Robert R. McCammon 

 

 

Boy's Life - Robert R. McCammonThe Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two - Nevil Shute,Mary Elizabeth Braddon,Michael P. Kube-McDowellLast Train from Perdition (I Travel By Night) - Robert R. McCammon

 

How do you pick another book to read? 

 

Generally, my reading is booked far in advance. I have this crazy urge to haunt sites like NetGalley and Edelweiss for advance review copies of books. I generally try to read them by the publication dates, so that usually determines what I’m going to read next. I had challenged myself to read 40 books that I ALREADY OWN this year, and I’ve only read 7. That’s because I just can’t stop myself from browsing the books that are coming out soon and requesting them. I just want to read ALL the books.

 

A paper book or an e-book? 

Both!

 

Halloween is coming near. Can you suggest three titles to juice up a Halloween party? 

 

1.Haunted Nights, edited by Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton. This is an excellent collection of short stories all connected by Halloween.

2. The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss. This is a fun little tale about what happens when you choose not to give out candy on Halloween, (among other things!).

3. The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories volume 1 or 2. Or better yet, both! These are excellent tales that have rarely or never been reprinted since their original release.

 

Featuring authors like Michael McDowell and Stephen Gregory, everyone should be able to find a pleasing story within.

 

Haunted Nights - Ellen Datlow,Lisa MortonThe Halloween Children - Brian James Freeman,Norman PrentissThe Valancourt Book of Horror Stories - Francis King,John Blackburn,Richard Marsh,Michael McDowell,Stephen GregoryThe Valancourt Book of Horror Stories: Volume Two - Nevil Shute,Mary Elizabeth Braddon,Michael P. Kube-McDowell

 

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

 

Anywhere, really, but my favorites are in my recliner, by the pool, or in what I optimistically call my library.

 

 

 

Your favorite quote?

We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God's sake. And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they'd allowed to wither in themselves. - Robert McCammon, from Boy's Life

 

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

 

I think I would like to sit down with Mary Love from Blackwater by Michael McDowell. I would love to hear her Alabama accent and ask her why she acted the way she did as the matriarch of her Southern family.

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

 

Thank you!

 

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

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Please welcome a book lover and blogger - Obsidain Blue!

Follow Obsidian Blue on BookLikes: http://oblue.booklikes.com/

 

What was the very first book that made you a book lover?

 

Oh this is such a hard question for me to answer! According to family lore, I fell in love with Peter Pan (Disney version) and demanded that it be read to me every night before bed time. I loved the idea of going to a place called Neverland and being able to fly due to fairy dust. While growing up I used to have dreams about flying and Tinkerbell was always there to sprinkle fairy dust on me.

 

What made you start writing about books/book blogging?

 

I started blogging when I joined BookLikes. I initially moved all of my reviews from Amazon over to Goodreads. However, once Goodreads started what I like to call the “shelf wars” I decided to join BookLikes after I heard about this site from a couple of mutual friends and checked it out. I loved the whole site and got very excited about being able to not only post updates and reviews, but to also just share my thoughts about books and other topics. I also really love that we can upload pictures and gifs without getting angry and wanting to throttle our computers. Or maybe that’s just me that gets angry at trying to upload gifs anywhere else.

 

 

Did blogging have an impact on your (reading) life?

 

Yes. 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.

 

What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

I am going to say romance, mystery, and horror. I find all three genres special because in the right hands a book that is written well can sing to me. I tend to re-read a lot of old school romance titles, but thank goodness someone suggested Courtney Milan to me when I first joined BookLikes. I found myself falling in love with the genre all over again. Mystery books are fun since I am always trying to figure out who did it. Give me a locked room mystery book and I am thrilled. Horror books are special since I often think some of the best horror books become classics because it shows you how terrible sometimes other human beings can be to each other. “The Girl Next Door” made me cry after I finished it. Knowing that it was based on a real life case broke my heart.

 

 

On your BookLikes blog you’re regularly co-creating bookish and reading games, i.e. BookLikes-opoly and Halloween Bingo. Where the ideas come from? Are you planning a new game for BookLikers soon? ;)

 

Moonlight Reader and I love making up games for everyone on BookLikes to play. She and I will bounce ideas back and forth and decide what we think others will like. We did Halloween Bingo last year and we had a request to do another one this year so that was easy for us to do.

 

She was the brains behind BookLikes-opoly. We both wanted to play a board game, but she hit upon taking Monopoly and including Disneyland together.

 

Moonlight is definitely the artist in our dynamic duo though. Have you seen the bingo cards? They are beautiful. Maybe next year you guys can join in with us!

 

Yes we have another game coming this way and I am not going to tell you! Just watch our blogs to see!

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

I will keep this to my three favorite book covers for 2017!

A Crown of Wishes - Roshani ChokshiThrough the Woods - Emily CarrollOne Fell Sweep - Ilona Andrews

 

You’ve reviewed over 1K books on your BookLikes blog! Congratulations! Do you review all books your read? How does you review process look like?

 

Yes. I post reviews for every book I read. I will admit though that I re-read a lot during the course of the year, I just don’t post reviews for those books. My review process works with me trying to think of a high level summary for why I rated the book the way that I did. And then I provide a mini-synopsis to explain who the characters are and what their motivations are in the book. From there I go into character development, how I found the writing, the flow of the book, the setting, and the ending. I will sprinkle some gifs in there if I feel so inclined.

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (Pushkin Vertigo) - Shika MacKenzie,Soji Shimada,Ross MacKenzieThe Changeling - Victor LaValle

 

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

 

I love my bed. I have a lot of pillows and just snuggle up with a book, a throw, and a cup of tea. When winter comes, my next favorite spot comes into play. That is my couch right next to the fireplace.

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Both. I still buy paper books. If I like a book enough, I like to buy it for my permanent book shelves. E-books are great for traveling. Since I am constantly on work travel and take several vacations during the course of a year, it just makes more sense to have a Kindle or other reading device so I can download a ton of books before I go. Before e-readers, when I traveled, I used to pack about 10 books to take with me.

 

Are you reading one book or several at a time?

 

I always read one at a time. That said, if a book I am reading is not working for me I skip to the next book on my list.

 

A book that changed your life?

 

I am going to go with The Babysitters Club series. When I started reading that series I had to have every book. I loved the special editions that included pictures of all of the girls (Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and Dawn). To this day I am so mad that my mom took my books and donated them because she thought I was done with them.  

 

Favorite quote?

 

 

If you could dine with one literary character, who would it be? And what would you order? ;)

 

Wow this is hard. Okay, I would think that if I could dine with anyone, it would be with Dumbledore. I think he would make a great dinner party companion and I would order butterbeer and cauldron cakes.

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

 

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