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#28 Follow Friday with book bloggers: SENSITIVEMUSE

 

 

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! 

Let's meet Karoline, a fan of mystery, fantasy and YA novels, who reads 8 book at a time! 

 

 

What are you reading now? How is it?

 

I read a lot of books at the same time. :) however! One of them is Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms - Morgan Rhodes,Michelle Rowen 

 

How did your book love begin?

 

When I was a wee little child. My parents came to Canada before I was born and to practice their English they would read to me aloud. My parents always encouraged my love for books. They bought one for me at least once a week or my mom would order a box of books from Scholastic when I was attending elementary school.

 

You’ve been with BookLikes since 2012! How did your blogging adventure start?

 

I first starting blogging as a diary but it didn't interest me as much, then I realized why not start a blog about something I am interested in. Since books is one of the things I can talk about non stop I decided to put up a book blog with reviews on all the books I've read. I've had some hiatus moments here and there but it's still rolling :)

 

 

In your short bio you write you’re a chef. Can you tell us more about your profession?

 

Oh! haha I love to cook! I love to bake too so it's another hobby of mine. I have moments of creativity and I get to the kitchen and start baking away. Family members have gone up a few sizes thanks to me. I love making stir fried dishes, noodles, and pasta. My baking specialty goes towards bundt cakes or bar (lemon flavored ones are the favorites here at home).

 

What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

I love fantasy, mystery/thriller, and YA. Fantasy mostly because they take me to other worlds and I literally feel like I'm on another journey. I get attached to the characters and watch them come alive in my mind. It's a perfect escape!

 

What are you three favorite book covers?

 

Wow. 3 Covers I love.. Girl of Nightmares is one, Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick is two and Insurrection is three I like dark imagery!


Girl of Nightmares - Kendare BlakeSilence - Becca FitzpatrickInsurrection - Thomas M. Reid

 

What’s your reading goal for 2018?

 

For the past years I've been in a major reading slump and haven't been reading up to what I used to. So I'm aiming for 50 books for this year. If I read more then that's great. I'd also like to try finishing series that I didn't get around to completing!

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

Two books I'm really excited about: The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston   first of all the cover! Beautifully done and the synopsis looks so good! Definitely looking forward to this one! The other one would be Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare. I read what this one was about and wow! Definitely different and unique from all the other books I've read so far. So I really can't wait for these two books and they're on top of my wishlist.

 

The Traitor God - Cameron JohnstonInk, Iron, and Glass - Gwendolyn Clare

 

You’ve reviewed 167 out of 169 read books. What’s your book review process?

 

Usually how I do my process is I write down my initial thoughts right after finishing my book. I put everything into point form and then move onto my blog and start writing it out into a more in depth review. After that then it's all copy paste on all book sites I'm a part of :)

 

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

 

Oh! hahah it's no where special really. It's my bedroom and when I'm feeling like going out I go to the local library which is about 5 minutes away sit in a quiet corner and read.

 

Do read one or several books at a time?

 

I read several at a time. It's insanity. But miraculously I can keep track. Right now I'm about into 8 books. Depending on my mood of the day I choose two books and just start reading.

 

 

Reviewed Shelf

 

What are you doing when not reading? You’re short bio says you’re a gamer and a hockey fanatic!

 

Unfortunately since I moved, I can't watch hockey and I'm also located in a non hockey city! So I follow my favorite hockey team via the web when I can. I still play games on my PC or PS4 when I do find the gaming time, but! Being married actually takes my time from these hobbies and I find I do less gaming/following my team and I do more reading in my spare time. Which is good, but sometimes a good hour or two of Skyrim helps clear the mind!

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Paper. I'm old school. I love the feel of the pages, I love the smell of books I like looking at the cover and just the idea of turning pages and reading one more chapter is what is so appealing. Don't get me wrong I think e-books are fantastic but I find myself ignoring the e-reader/tablet and just gaming on them. I used to own a kindle and it never saw much use. I always preferred picking up a paper book.

Favorite quote?

 

I have many! But one that was good and book related is from my favorite play from Hamlet:

Listen to many, speak to a few

 

 

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

 

Anne Rice or R. A. Salvatore. Anne Rice because I love Lestat and her vampires (except you Louis...not you) and R.A. Salvatore because I love drow elves and he's a great fantasy author.

 

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Thank you!

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#27 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Sorry kids, no feet

 

Hello Friday! It's time for a book blogger interview. Meet an avid reader who doesn't kiss feet. Em, what? Read on and get to know more about her reading guilty pleasures.

 

Follow Sorry kids, no feet on BookLikes: http://nofeet.booklikes.com/

 

 

Your blog name is “Sorry kids, no feet”. Can you tell us more about your blog title.

 

For a time I had a dream of being one of those fabulous mom-life bloggers like you see on Pinterest. I was a stay at home mom with three girls. I started an outside blog page called I Don’t Kiss Feet. Since it was going to be a blog about being a mom, the title was a tribute to my own mother. The blog was going to be about me coming to terms with the fact that I am slowly turning into my mother. When we would get hurt as children, my mom would always say “Are you hurt? Where? You know I don’t kiss feet.”. I was trying to be witty and original when titling my blog.

 

 

 

When have you discovered you were a book lover?

 

I think I’ve always been a book lover. I’ve been told I started reading around the age of three and a half. I picked up a book one day and just started reading out loud. My mom figured it was a book I had memorized (like when Laura Ingalls tries to convince her dad she doesn’t need to go to school because she can read Pilgrim’s Progress). My mom realized I had picked up a book she had never read to me. I don’t think I’ve been without a book since.

 

 

You’ve read over 670 books! How much time do you spend reading daily?

 

Not nearly as much as I use to. Now that my girls are all in school full-time, I’ve gone back to working full-time. I now find I go in spurts. I will go a week without reading anything and then finish three books the following week. I think the 670 number is slightly misleading. I’m sure if you were to take a look at my list, you would see quite a few children’s picture and chapter books. My nine year old is a voracious reading (maybe more than her mother) and some of my reading list is tracking her reading.

 

 

Your bookshelf is full of historical books. Is history, next to reading, your big passion?

 

Maybe one of them. When I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, I had a job where I worked an early morning shift. My husband worked a 9-5. I had entire afternoons to spend by myself. I watched all of the Showtime show The Tudors while it was too hot for an overly pregnant woman to be outside in the summer. The show brought me to historical fiction, specifically the Tudors. Once I immersed myself in the Tudor-era, I found myself rapidly looking for new eras to discover.

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition - This is one of my all time favorite novels. I loved the fully illustrated versions. This has to be included on any list I make.

-The Hourglass Factory - While this book wasn’t exactly memorable or outstanding in terms of writing, I would have never picked this book up if not for the cover. 

- Batman: The Killing Joke - ‘cuz Batman 

 

The Hourglass Factory: A Novel - Lucy RibchesterHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling,Jim KayBatman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore,Brian Bolland,Tim Sale,Richard Starkins

 

 

Is Young Adult your guilty pleasure? Why is that?

 

That shelf title might need a new name. For a while, I was kind of embarrassed by my love of Young Adult novels.I didn’t really want people to know I was enjoying the Twilight  novels. I didn’t want to admit I read the Harry Potter novels once a year. I would come up with excuses for my reading Young Adult/Middle Grade books. One of those excuses was my younger brother. He is 15. I’m slightly older. My mom is constantly asking me what books to get him. Until I discovered reading sites like Goodreads and Booklikes, I didn’t realize that other adults read Young Adult/Middle Grade books for entertainment. Now I find myself reading Young Adult/Middle Grade novels as a nosy parent who wants to know what her daughter might be reading. And because, I might secretly have a crush on Percy Jackson.

 

 

How do you decide what to read next? Do you have a list, a reading system, a next book jar?

Sometimes I make the decision process more complicated than it really needs to be. What era do I want to read? What author do I want? Should I read a different genre? How many pages are in this book compared to that book? Other times it is a matter of what is due back at the library soonest. I’m in a group specifically devoted to challenges. Where I am at in a reading challenge will sometimes impact what I read next. Right now I’m playing Historical Mystery Clue in one of my reading groups. Some of my recent books have due to where I’m at in my Clue game.

 

 

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How did your blogging adventure start? What did it change in your (reading) life?

 

I briefly described the start of my blogging adventure above. In terms of reading and reviewing books? That actually started with a friend and Goodreads. I bought a friend of mine a Kindle before she went to serve in Kuwait. Bringing hard copy books was out of the question. She was always asking me for recommendations but our ability to communicate was pretty limited. A fellow soldier introduced her to Goodreads. She in turn introduced me to Goodreads. It became a way for us to share what we were reading and make recommendations. Slowly I began to make my way to reading groups. Everything continued to evolve to the point where I started reviewing some of the books I had read. Blogging has certainly expanded my TBR and opened me up to books well beyond what I thought existed in my local libraries.

 

 

Can you name three titles you’d like to recommend to other readers?

 

Honestly, I can’t. I don’t really believe in books anyone “has” to read. I think you should read whatever makes you happy.

 

Do you read one or several books at a time?

 

Always at least one. Typically two. Not usually more than three.

 

Paper books or e-books?

 

Paper. However, I am finding myself reading more e-books since I can read those at night without having all my bedroom lights on.

 

If you could become the character in one of the books you’ve read - which book would it be?

 

Since I have not read any books featuring Wonder Woman, I would have to say Hermione Granger. I would love to have the ability to absorb knowledge the way she does.

 

 

What new releases are you impatiently waiting this year?

 

The Throne of Caesar by Steven Saylor  (Gordianus is one of my fictional boyfriends)

For The Immortal by Emily Hauser  - It is the final book a in trilogy re-telling some of the most popular Greek myths. I have immensely enjoyed the first two novels and look forward to the conclusion. 

- It’s not a book but I’m on pins and needles waiting for the movie Black Panther to be released. I don’t necessarily track book releases like I track movie releases.

 

The Throne of Caesar: A Mystery of Ancient Rome - Steven SaylorFor The Immortal - Emily Hauser

 

What is your favorite quote?

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’”. - Mary Anne Radmacher

 

 

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#26 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Elentarri's Book Blog

 

Hello Friday!

Please meet Tanya, a book lover and blogger who loves to learn and entertain herself with the impressive pile of fantasy and science books. 

 

Follow Elentarri's Book Blog on BookLikes: http://elentarri.booklikes.com/

 

 

In 2017 you’ve read 133 books. Awesome score. What’s your reading goal for 2018?

 

My reading goal for 2018 is approximately 100 books.

 

Elentarri's Reading Challenge Page

 

 

Your bookshelf presents nearly 1,600 read books! How much time do you spend reading?

 

Every minute I can squash in; usually a few hours every evening and more during the weekends.

 

 

What are you reading right now? Do you recommend it?

 

I’m reading 3 books at the moment.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage  – This is a light history book that started off being entertaining but is getting a bit tedious at the wine and rum chapters. 

 

Animal Kingdom: A Natural History in 100 Objects by Jack Ashby  – This book is more interesting than the history book.  Each chapter briefly covers a specific animal, selected for a variety of reasons. 

 

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire  – A short, enjoyable fiction story. I’ve just started this one, but I loved the other 2 stories in this series.

 

A History of the World in 6 Glasses - Tom StandageAnimal Kingdom: A Natural History in 100 Objects - Jack AshbyBeneath the Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire

 

I would recommend these books to different people; the non-fiction books for those who like to learn things and the fiction book for those who want a good story for entertainment.

 

 

Do you have any reading patterns or habits?

 

Not particularly… I do tend to carry a book/e-reader around with me even when I know there is no chance I’m going to need it.  I try to read a history book followed by a science book and then a fiction book just to get through the TBR pile, but this doesn’t always work as intended.  There is also usually more than one book being read at a time.

 

 

What made you start writing about books/book blogging?

 

I started writing very short book reviews on GoodReads, then moved to BookLikes, which ended up being a blog as well as book review site. Then I started writing longer (and hopefully better) reviews because people were actually reading them.

 

 

 

How did you discover you’re a book lover?

 

I’m not sure this can be categorised as a “discovery”. Reading and carrying around books has been something I’ve always done. It only got worse once I reached the age of 10 and discovered proper (as opposed to children’s) books, like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  Everything else just followed on from there.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Choosing a favourite book cover is difficult since there are so many beautiful covers and designs. I’m going to cheat and select more than 3.  My favourites would include anything involving combinations of John Hower and J.R.R. Tolkien; and then anything that Josh Kirby illustrated for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.

 

The Lord of the Rings cover with Gandalf painted by John Howe.

The Hobbit cover with Smaug the Golden painted by John Howe.

I adore John Howe’s paintings, especially the illustrations he did for J.R.R Tolkien’s books.

 

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. TolkienThe Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

 

I also rather like the Discworld cover art painted by Josh Kirby. The covers perfectly illustrate the wild ride the reader will find between the pages.

 

For non-fiction books, I’m rather fond of the covers for:

The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet by Bob Berman; and Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods by Danna Staaf

 

  1. The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet - Bob BermanSquid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods - Danna Staaf

 

 

Your bookshelf is very well organized with many additional thematic and author shelves. How do you decide what to read next?

 

I’ve found that too many additional thematic and author shelves make it confusing when trying to find a book, especially when the subject matter has overlapping categories. I don’t have any particular method for deciding what to read next.  I read whatever strikes my interests and/or mood at that particular time. I try to alternate between history, science and fiction, but that doesn’t always work.  Sometimes a book just doesn’t appeal to me at this moment, so I will leave it and pick it up again later.

 

 

You’ve reviewed over 600 books on your blog. What’s you review drill?

 

Read the book, then write the review the same day (if possible) or as soon as possible. Sometimes I make notes if there is something particularly interesting or something that really bothers me about the book.  Mostly the reviews are what the book is about and how I felt about it.  Writing negative reviews is easier because there is something to complain about and therefore something to write about.  I find writing decent 4 or 5 star reviews harder because I have to dissect the book to find out why I liked it, and that ruins the euphoric feeling of just having read something great.  Dissecting books reminds me too much of high-school English class.

 

Elentarri's Shelf

 

 

What are you favorite book genres, and why?

 

My favourite book genres would be science and fantasy: Science because you learn so many fascinating things about the world and how it works.  Fantasy because of the world building and characters, which are sometimes more “real” and definitely more pleasant company than the people I interact with regularly.

 

 

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

 

This is a hard question to answer because everyone has different tastes in books and interests.

 

My most recent favourite book is Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods by Danna Staaf. This is a beautifully written and illustrated science book about cephalopod evolution. 

 

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf is also something I would recommend. This book is a delightful mix of biography, history, scientific discovery and how it all resulted in our current view of nature – with energizer bunny on too much caffeine, Alexander von Humbooldt, as the “tour guide”.

 

Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods - Danna StaafThe Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf

 

 

Who is your favorite author?

 

I’ve read many great authors, but J.R.R. Tolkien is still my favourite. Another favourite is Janny Wurts.  This author writes the most amazing standalone novels, short stories, trilogies and epic series stuffed full of original world building and in-depth characters.  She also paints many of her own cover illustrations. 

 

 

A paper book or an ebook?

 

I prefer paper books to ebooks, especially for those science and history books that include maps, illustrations, footnotes and other little goodies that don’t show up well on ebooks. I’ve found ebooks best for fiction novels.  I do own a back-lit e-reader which has been very useful for those occasions when the lighting has been bad, or the power has gone out, or carrying around tomes has been impractical, or when sneaking off during an incredibly boring in-law-family function (yes, I know. I’m an uncivilized barbarian, but there is no way I can survive mind-killing social functions without doing something more constructive such as reading or playing with the dog).

 

 

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

 

No-one actually.  I’ve never given the subject too much thought…well...having a dinner party with Rincewind, Gandalf, Harry Dresden and Merlin as guests might be interesting, if somewhat hazardous to one’s health… perhaps we should invite Aragorn, King Arthur, Commander Vimes and Mouse to the party too?  I suspect Vetinari and Denethor would be glowering from the corners of the room ;)

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

These are some of the books in my home office. The rest of still in storage waiting for the construction of a new bookshelf (one day).

 

 

Thank you!

 

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#25 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Romance Book Reviews For You

Meet Sissy, a lover of romance books with an impressive number of (nearly) 1,000 book reviews!

 

Follow Romance Book Reviews For You on BookLikes: http://sissymae.booklikes.com/

 

 

When was the very first time you thought “Books. My love!”?

 

I was a young girl when my neighbor Lois introduced me to her Harlequin Romance books. I quickly became addicted to Romance Books. 

 

 

How did your blogging adventure start? Can you name three things blogging changed in your (reading) life?


My Blogging adventure started about three years ago. I have been a hardcore reader and just loved the books so much that I wanted to leave reviews for other people looking for a good book.  Reviews where a big thing for me when I was looking to read a book.  I like to see what the other person thought even if it was bad. I happened to find NetGalley reference in one of those reviews from there I went to the NetGalley website and found a life changing site for me.


Blogging changed my reading life by opening my eyes to some of what goes on with getting a book out.


How much for the author and the assistant to get release blitz, book information and etc out to the bloggers. Just how they keep on top of that part is amazing.  When I was just a reader it was just a treasured book now I can see the ‘blood sweat and tears’ that go into making that book. That in turn has made me try to be more organized, making sure that I do all I can to help get the word out. On a personal note I have found some very good authors that I may not have every found if I didn’t get into blogging. 

 

As a blog reviewer I have tried to read different romance stories that as a regular reader I would not have wanted to read.  Which would have made me miss out on some great stories and authors. Honestly, this is a time-consuming job to review and posting book blitz. But its one that I truly love and enjoy!

 

 

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


I just found a new author named Monique Orgeron and I have been reading her ‘Stern Family Saga’ books.  Ms. Orgeron isn’t the only books I have on my reading table but her books are ones that I just can’t get out of my mind.  I think most readers will understand when you read a great book and you just keep thinking back to it. I also just finished reading Stacy Reid book The Duke and I.

 

Art of Seduction (A Stern Family Saga Book 1) - Monique OrgeronArt of Forgiveness (A Stern Family Saga Book 2) - Monique OrgeronThe Duke and I (Forever Yours Book 2) - Stacy Reid,AuthorsDesigns

 

 

Do you read one book or several at the same time?


This is something that has changed.  I used to be a reader that would only read one book at a time. I still try to stick with that attitude but have become flexible that I can jump around.

 

 

Your blog title is all about romance books! Why romances?


It is just a personal preference for me.  I love to read other books such as Harry Potter, Eragon and things similar.  I love to collect cook books too. Romance books have a special place in my heart.  Romance book have always been my go to place when I need to take a break from troubled times in my life.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


Gosh, that would be hard to say. I have so many favorite authors that I don’t think I could write them all down. I have my solid go to authors such as Donna Fletcher, Lynsay Sands, Lisa Kleypas and some newer ones Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and of course Monique Orgeron.

 

 

I your short bio you write “I also enjoy writing reviews and finding new authors and books.” How do you find new authors?


I found that GoodReads, Facebook, Twitter and most social media sites are a good source for that.  I also look to other bloggers to help me find author via their reviews.

 

 

You’ve reviewed nearly 1,000 books on your BookLikes blog! WOW. What’s your book review process? Any tips for beginners?


I don’t really have a review process. I pick books that catch my eye, that I like the story, the author is someone I have read before or sometimes I look for new authors. If I know that I am not going to read it right away I place a date on my calendar to remind me to review the book. I try to review the book as soon as I can after reading it. I like to write when my emotions are still fresh from the book but that isn’t always the case.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?


Again, this would be to hard to say. But in general, I like Historical Romance Covers: Regency, Victorian or Highlander.

 

Lana and the Laird (Untamed Highlanders) - Sabrina YorkDevil in Spring - Lisa KleypasAccidentally Compromising the Duke - Stacy Reid

 

How do you decide what to read next?


As I touched on earlier social media sites are great places to go.  But something I used to do and still do to this day is go to my local library site on OverDrive. With my library card you can log on and access ebooks there. My local library site on OverDrive gives me a search section where I can suggest book to them. On this search site to recommend books it shows me what books are going to be coming out soon. So, I mark them suggesting they get that book and quickly goes to the GoodReads site to find that book and mark it ‘To Read”.

 

 

What are the new releases you’re impatiently waiting for right now?


Lynsay Sands, Lisa Kleypas, Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and Monique Orgeron.

For, Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and Monique Orgeron I just want their next book ASAP. 

 

Surrender to the Highlander - Lynsay SandsHello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 - Lisa Kleypas

 

 

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


I have read everywhere I go like lunch breaks, when I have to wait for an appointment but mostly on my comfortable couch at home.

 

 

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


Well it wouldn’t be from any of my Romance Book stories, I like them where they are.  I love seeing historical photos and hearing stories about the past.  So, I would choose a historical figure to see how life was back in their day.

 

 

Ebooks or paper books?


I lean toward ebooks more since I discovered them so many years ago. I find them more portable and easier to keep track of. I like paper back books too but just find ebooks so much easier to have.

 

Your favorite quote?

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” 
 William Styron

 

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

I don’t actually have a physical library most all my book are eBooks.

 

 

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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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