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text 2018-01-19 17:29
#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.

 

 

Thank you!

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Missed previous Follow Friday talks? Use ffwithbookbloggers tag or click the catch up links:

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

 

You can nominate your blogger friends to the Follow Friday interview! Leave the URL address and a short note in the comment section below.

 

 

See you next Friday! 

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Evy Journey Interview + "Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies" Giveaway

 

Evy Journey is the author of several novels, most recently Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies, published in late November 2017. Read our BookLikes interview and get to know the author!

 

Evy has been very generous to BookLikes readers and offered as many as TWENTY (!!) ebooks of her newest book Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies.

 

Enter our giveaway contest to win!

 

Giveaway: Jan. 16 - Feb. 16, 2018 

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Let's start with a few questions about writing itself, and your books: I've noticed that you’ve published many books so far. How often do you write and how long at one time? What does your writing schedule look like, if you have one?


I engage with words a lot. If I’m not writing, I read. I think reading is essential to a writer. When I’m working on a novel, I write two or three hours in the morning and three more at night, usually after 10 p.m. I’m hooked on writing not just novels or short stories, but blog posts/articles on art, travel, and food (https://eveonalimb2.com) and book reviews (https://margaretofthenorth.wordpress.com). I try to post once a month on my three blogs including my author website (https://www.evyjourney.com).

 


Do you work on several books at once, or do you write them one by one? For example, did you write the Between Two Worlds books one at a time?


I’m not that organized in my novel writing. I wrote Hello, My Love! (#1) initially with no intention of producing a series.  But then, I got intrigued by the mother of Elise, the book’s heroine. That’s how Hello, Agnieszka! (#2) came about. After that, I thought I should write the story of Elise’s brother Justin. I wanted to make it an interracial pairing because that happens a lot where I live. So I created Leilani in Book 3

 

Hello, My Love! (aka: A Modern Love Story) (Between Two Worlds Book 1) - Evy JourneyHello, Agnieszka! (Between Two Worlds Book 2) - E. JourneyWelcome, Reluctant Stranger (Between Two Worlds Book 3) - E Journey

Between Two Worlds series


I wrote my latest novel after leaving a French “deli” in our area where you can get gourmet food in vacuum-sealed bags. It resurrected my delight in Babette’s Feast, a wonderful movie I saw years ago. From there, the characters and the story just took off. I just hope the French guy who owns the “deli” doesn’t find out I murder him in my book!


I need to be inspired to invest the serious amount of energy, time, and imagination to write long fiction.

 


Do you have all the stories and characters planned out from the beginning and then just write them, or do they come to you as you finish one book and start the next?


I do have characters worked out well in my mind when I start a novel. The plot, not so much. My first draft is usually pretty fluid.


Characterization drives the plot quite a lot; it can dictate or at least help shape what happens in scenes that move the plot along. But while those scenes advance the story, they also present multiple facets of a character that can compel me to make changes in my original conception of the character.

 


Tell us about your characters. Are they completely fictional, or are you inspired by people and stories you know? For example, Agnieszka, the character in the second installment of the Between Two Worlds series, has a Polish name and heritage. Did you know someone like her, or did you create her story from scratch?


Agnieszka is not based on a specific person, but she’s inspired by the many stories my husband told me. He is second generation Polish American and lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Agnieszka’s story is set. So, his memories of relatives and his lasting impressions of Pittsburgh where a lot of Polish families settled enriched the novel.

 

Elise in Book 1 was born out of a “what if” question—what would Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) be like if she had grown up in the 21st century? The other two heroines (Leilani and Gina) are mostly made up but, of course, one can never really get away from what one knows., For instance, I personally know people who went through the unsettling experience Leilani goes through when, as a child, she flees her country of birth.

 

 

Do you have writing goals - as in a certain number of books to publish per year, or in total?


No goals although I try to finish one book a year. You can say I go with my groove. I’m lucky in a way because I’m not in this game for the money. But I do want readers and I try to write stories that appeal to a specific niche. My particular conceit is I write love stories for the thoughtful woman and that rare sensitive, thoughtful man.

 


Who designs your book covers? Are you very involved in choosing the covers, and, if so, how involved?


Covers for my latest book and the book series were all done by book cover designers who always ask for the author’s input. I did covers for my first novel and my short story collection. I have some art background. I started sketching as a kid, went to art classes, and now I paint and do digital art.

 


Let's move away from your books and talk about literature and reading in general. Who are your favorite writers, who do you admire, look up to? Any contemporary writers you are fond of? Any favorite books?


I’ve always had eclectic tastes although I’ve never been big on science fiction, horror or paranormal. I’m seduced by beautiful prose like those of Evelyn Waugh or G.K. Chesterton or Robert Hughes (art critic/writer/historian). As a teen, I devoured both Dostoevsky and Jane Austen.


I still love the classics but my current #1 book is Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See. Great story, lyrical prose. I also loved Chitra Divakaruni’s Palace of Illusions based on the Indian epic Mahabharata. For similar reasons. When it comes to romance or women’s fiction, Ms. Austen continues to be my favorite.

 

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel - Anthony DoerrThe Palace of Illusions: A Novel - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


To sum up this interview, please tell us a little about yourself. You did not start out as a writer, you gradually took up writing as a regular hobby, or do you see it as a job? Are you happier and do you feel more fulfilled as a person now that you started doing what you love and dreamed of in the past?


I didn’t start out as a fiction writer except in those occasional stories or beginnings of a few I wrote ages ago, stashed away, and lost in the many moves I’ve made. Or short stories I wrote for the high school paper. But my professional jobs involved a great deal of writing—research proposals, research reports, rehashing of research studies both mine and those of others for the consumption of “lay people.” Add to those grad school papers, a master’s thesis and a dissertation. So, no, I didn’t take up writing as a regular hobby. I’ve been doing it a long while and I got paid to do it in jobs after grad school. I also got paid to critique or evaluate the content of what other people wrote.


Do I feel more fulfilled now writing fiction? It’s a different kind of writing from what I used to do, which was grounded in facts, analysis, drawing of conclusions or recommendations, and which often followed a more rigid structure and its own special lingo. Fiction requires much more imagination, gives you much more leeway. In some ways, it’s scarier because there are no must-follow rules. But it’s freeing. When you create a character and a fictional story, you have a lot more control. And yet, you also have to be open to circumstance, to have the courage or imagination to veer away from your original story because of how characters or scenes develop. That’s what makes fiction writing occasionally surprising and exciting. I love it.


But fictional or factual, writing is work. Not a job necessarily, but work.

 

 

Follow Evy Journey's blog on BookLikes: http://evictoriajourney.booklikes.com/blog

 

 

Evy Journey's books on BookLikes (click the cover to add the books to your bookshelf):

 

Hello, My Love! (aka: A Modern Love Story) (Between Two Worlds Book 1) - Evy JourneyHello, Agnieszka! (Between Two Worlds Book 2) - E. JourneyWelcome, Reluctant Stranger (Between Two Worlds Book 3) - E Journey

Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies - Evy JourneyBrief Encounters with Solitary Souls: Two Paris Tales + Three - Evy JourneyMargaret of the North - E. Journey

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Interview with debut YA author Heather Christie + "What the Valley Knows" Giveaway

 

Heather Christie is the author of a debut novel, What the Valley Knows, due to be released on January 25, 2018. This will be the first installment in a very interesting series! Heather is already working on the second book.

 

Read our BookLikes interview to get to know this exciting new author, and enter our giveaway contest to win a paperback copy of the book!

 

YA Giveaway: Jan. 12 - Feb. 2 2018

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Let's start with a few questions about writing itself, and your book. How often do you write and how long at one time? What does your writing schedule look like, if you have one? And, finally, how do you manage to juggle family life, a full-time career in real estate, and writing (not to mention your MFA in Creative Writing studies, now complete)?

 

Generally, I try to block a couple hours to write in the afternoons, after I’ve attended to my “real job” tasks as real estate agent and before my “mommy” duties start in the evening. If I don’t have real estate appointments at night, I will often revisit what I wrote earlier in the day. My home office serves as my writing space, but I do keep a pen and notepad by my bedside for those middle of the night ideas.

 

 

What The Valley Knows - Heather ChristieHave you written one book so far, What The Valley Knows (which will be released in paperback on January 25), or have you written more that are waiting to be published?

 

What The Valley Knows is my first book. I am currently at work on the second book in the series And The Valley Wept.

 

 

Do you have writing goals - as in a certain number of books to publish per year, or in total?

 

My immediate goal for 2018 is to complete several drafts of And The Valley Wept and have it ready to go out on submission by the third quarter. In a perfect world I'd like to write one book per year.

 

Watch the book trailer of What the Valley Knows:


 

When you write, do you have all the stories and characters planned out from the beginning and then just write them, or do they come to you as you write the book?

 

I try to map the plot and the characters in advance of the actual writing. However, I've found that occasionally a new character will find its way onto the page organically, growing out of the circumstances at hand.

 

 

Tell us about your characters. Are they completely fictional, or are you inspired by people and stories you know?

 

What The Valley Knows is narrated by three alternating points of view. The main character is seventeen-year-old Molly Hanover who has reluctantly moved to Millington Valley at the start of her senior year. She’s smart, pretty, terribly shy, and plays the sousaphone in the marching band. Molly soon attracts the attention of the football team’s star, Wade Thornton, a good guy with a bad drinking problem. The third voice belongs to Molly’s mother, Ann Hanover, who is struggling as a single mother, working two jobs: one as a paralegal during the day and another as a bartender in the evenings at the local legion. There are kernels of real people in my characters, but certain aspects of their personalities and mannerisms are completely fabricated.

 

 

 

Who designed your book cover? Were you very involved in choosing the cover, and, if so, how involved?

 

My publisher, Black Rose Writing, has a cover designer on staff. At the beginning of the publication process, I was asked to complete a questionnaire about the vision for my cover and submit inspirational photos. From what I sent, the designer created a mock-up and we went back and forth for several weeks until we settled on a cover that suited everyone.

 

 

Let's move away from your writing and talk about literature and reading in general. Who are your favorite writers, who do you admire, look up to? Any contemporary writers you are fond of? Any favorite books you'd like to tell us about?

 

Heather Christie’s Top 10 Authors

Stephen King—for his incredible characters (The Stand)

Anne Lamott—for her no nonsense advice (Bird By Bird)

Colum McCann—for his beautifully structured sentences (Let The Great World Spin)

John Steinbeck—for his sweeping narrative arcs (East of Eden)

David Sedaris—for his ability to make me laugh (Me Talk Pretty One Day)

Fredrik Backman—for his heartwarming storylines (My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She’s Sorry)

Celeste Ng—for her expert use of the omniscient narrator (Little Fires Everywhere)

Liane Moriarty—for her compelling plots (Big Little Lies)

Khaled Hosseni—for his raw depiction of humanity (A Thousand Splendid Suns)

Emily St. John Mandel—for her world building (Station Eleven)

 

 

Heather Christie’s MUST READ reading list 

The Stand - Stephen KingBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott

Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCannEast of Eden - John SteinbeckMe Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel - Fredrik BackmanLittle Fires Everywhere - Celeste NgBig Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled HosseiniStation Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

 

 

To sum up this interview let's introduce a little bit of magic and move away from the real world for a moment. If you could choose one character from a favorite book to have dinner with, or spend a day with, who would that be? What would you ask that person?

 

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne LamottThis is a tough question and I might be cheating with my answer because I'd chose the narrator of the non-fiction book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anne Lamott is the author/narrator/main character and she's funny, brilliant, and inspiring. I would love to spend the day with Anne and ask her what the most important tasks a young writer should aim to master.

 

 

Heather Christie's books on BookLikes

(click the cover to add the books to your bookshelf):

What The Valley Knows - Heather ChristieAnd The Valley Wept - Heather Christie

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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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Missed previous Follow Friday talks? Use ffwithbookbloggers tag or click the catch up links:

 

You can nominate your blogger friends to the Follow Friday interview! Leave the URL address and a short note in the comment section below.

 

 

See you next Friday! 

 

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#23 Follow Friday: My Never Ending List

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

When have you discovered that books are your passion?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

The Never Ending List - Bookshelf

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

The Never Ending List - Reading challenge page

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

What are you three favorite book covers?

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Do read one or several books at a time?

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

Family Night - Tim Miller

 

Favorite quote?

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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