New BFF: Books & Strips

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Hi everyone,

Today I’d like to welcome Chitra from Books & Strips.

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She’s from India and has taken it upon her to read a book set in every state in India. You’ll have to swing by to see how far she is at the moment from completing this goal. She also has an impressive list of sources where you can get secondhand books. She reviews a wide variety of books if you go see, and she’s real honest in doing so, she isn’t shy to even give an honest opinion about a book that was a DNF.

If you’d like to know more about this amazingly nice person, please read on:

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Name: Chitra

Age: 25

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job? I’m a yoga teacher but I’m currently in between jobs. I’m studying a little more in terms to my career and I’m working on something else at the moment.

Do you have any other hobbies? I do sketch and paint. My sketches are over on another blog of mine, An Alien’s Art.

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Your favourite color? Blue. A soft and bright blue that’s happy.

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Do you collect anything (besides books)? Stuffed animals? Haha. I also collect figurines in bronze, some antiques some newer.

What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? I’ve had, from my own collection, Enid Blyton The Wishing Chair, and yes, I’ve read it. If I include my parent’s collections I have this beautiful old Shakespeare. And I’ve not finished it. It’s too damn complicated!!

Have you ever regretted a book you purchased? A book that sounded so promising but you wished you’d have spent your money on another book after reading it? Quite a few but I pass them on in book trades. 🙂

Do you listen to audio books? Yes, I love them. I listen while painting and sketching or while ironing and sewing. My favourite is All The Light We Cannot See. It was amazing!

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Do you have a favorite genre? Thrillers. Always!

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now? Hmm, this is hard to decide but I really want House Of Leaves. Or the Fables Collection.

A blind old man, a young apprentice working in a tattoo shop, and a mad woman haunting an Ohio institute narrate this story of a family that encounters an endlessly shifting series of hallways in their new home, eventually coming face to face with the awful darkness lying at its heart.

How is your library organized? By read and unread, read shelves are packed away if I’m not going to reread them immediately, unread books are displayed in open shelves. Books I may read again are kept in closed shelves.

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Do you read more ebooks or physical books? Definitely physical books. I cannot tolerate ebooks and reading them reduces my enjoyment of the book by about 70%.

Do you have a favorite book? Um, not really. I have many favourites but picking just one? That’s mean Inge!

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What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of? Hmmm, I won this edition of Shakespeare in a contest which required me to submit a little poem. I’m proud because it’s beautiful and I didn’t get it by chance.

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Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …? not over 500 I think. I don’t really keep count but I have so many spiritual books that aren’t added to my goodreads shelves because they are local publications without ISBNs.

What’s the title of the last book you purchased? Well I just made a HUGE haul so I’ll tell you the name of the last book I added to cart and that is Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper. I’ve heard mixed things about it but a store was having a sale and I had to know for myself.

What was your favorite author when you were a child? Enid Blyton!!!! I wanted to go to a school like Mallory Towers and play Lacrosse. I had no clue what that was ut it was what I wanted to do.

From which author do you have most books? JK Rowling. And Enid Blyton.

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Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? Same as above. Lol. I’m starting to sound like a broken record.

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already? 100. I’ve finished 130.

Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case (name these titles+authors)?

I’m taking the easy way out with

ollected Poems – Jeet tayil
arry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling. The book that we got first. Didn’t        understand a thing and went out to buy book one and two.
I  mmortal – Krishna Udayasankar. (My very first blogtour book. I was super excited for it)
round The Hearth : Kynpham Singh Nongkynrih
he Girl With The Lowerback Tattoo – Amy Schumer (one of my favourites this year)
nne Of Green Gables – LM Montgomery (one of my favourites)

Thank you Chitra for answering my questions! I’m so happy you wanted to do this!

In case you missed it, these are the BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about before :

  • Martina – The Mystery Corner
  • Liis – Cover to Cover
  • Anne – Inked Brownies
  • Danielle – Books, Vertigo and Tea
  • Drew – TheTattooedBookGeek
  • Jillian – Rant and Rave About Books
  • Meg – Magic of Books
  • Betty – Bookish Regards
  • Anais – Zeezee with Books
  • Nicki – Secret Library
  • Donna – Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog

Book Tastes Tag

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Thank you Giovanna @ Book Coma Blog. I wasn’t really tagged for this, but I saw it over on your blog and thought this was an easy tag and decided right away to give it a shot.

Here are my answers:

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Paperback all the way!  I don’t even like holding a hardback.

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Harry Potter then. I have two HP books :-).

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I’m ashamed to say that I had to look up who R.L. Stine is. He’s sold over 400 million copies of his books according to Wikipedia but I haven’t read one of them. I read one Stephen King once (Misery) but it’s not really my genre, so neither.

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Are the easy questions almost here? OK fantasy then. I sometimes watch fantasy movies and I’m not saying Avatar will ever be my number one movie but it was nice.

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Indoors. When would I get the chance to even read outdoors? It’s always cold or raining, or both here. And then I’m not even talking about the noisy neighbours mowing their grass at that exact time when you want some peace and quiet.

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I just can’t choose, or let me rephrase that.. I don’t want to choose 🙂

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I read more e-books but I’ve always shopped for paper copies in a local bookshop. I kind of like it seeing all those books on the table and touch and read the blurbs of every one of them before making my choice. But I might give in because it seems the internet is a lot cheaper for paperbacks too.

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Neither really interest me.

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I do enjoy a bit of Non-Fiction from time to time, but I’ll have to go with Fiction.

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Oh no the horror. No dog-earing, EVER ! Even when I really don’t have anything to put between my pages, I’d rather try to find my last page again from memory.

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Roald Dahl. I read a few of his books when I was little, when nothing was wrong yet with my imagination.

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E-books! I’ve started an audiobook once but only got to chapter 4 I think. I can’t just listen to an audiobook, before you know it I’m busy doing something else at the same time or talking and then I haven’t heard half the story.. it distracts me more than a book.

So that’s it. Easy peasy questions and answers.  If anyone likes to do this tag too, go right ahead, don’t hold yourself back. I’d really love to know if anyone still dog-ears their pages ;-).

 

Little Girl Lost by Carol Wyer

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What’s it about?

Her breath rose and fell in fearful gasps but it was too late. She could already see what she dreaded most. The back seat was empty.

Bye, bye, Mummy.

When a devoted teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances and an actor is murdered at a local reservoir there’s no obvious link between the cases. But as DI Robyn Carter starts to delve deeper, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy. What was Abigail’s connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number?

Robyn’s instincts tell her there’s a connection between these deaths, that it’s personal, but the last time she acted on impulse her fiancé was killed. To break this case and earn her place back on the force, she must learn to trust herself again – and fast.

As she inches closer to the truth, Izzy is abducted. Unless she can get to the killer in time, a little girl will die.

You can buy a copy of this book on Amazon UK | Amazon US.

Review

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This is my first time reading a book by Carol Wyer and if I didn’t know, nothing would have let me on that this is her first time writing a crime book, the plot was tight and the suspense was fantastic.

This is a book about revenge, loud and clear. We also know who wants revenge and why, the only thing we don’t know is where this person is hiding in the present day, but the chase is on!

The harrowing opener that lays the base for the book are the events happening one evening to 8 year old Alice who has been living in fear for her stepbrother Lucas ever since she and her mum came to live with media star Paul Matthews and his 2 children. It’s quite horrific what happens but even more so that nobody listens and believes her afterwards. That was 20 years ago.

In the present day Detective Robyn Carter is contacted by a woman who wants to report her husband Lucas missing. While Robyn tries to locate him and starts to pick his life apart, there are also alternating chapters told by Alice where she tells how she fared in the past right up to the events happening in the present.

Coming into the mix there’s another rather unexpected plotline about a woman called Abbigail Thorne, mother of a little girl nicknamed Izzy. She’s getting strange phone calls and threats. Someone, for some unknown reason, is targeting her. Who it is and what the connection is in all of this is only one of the many secrets Robyn Robyn has to solve while she contacts her because one of her friends might have a connection to Lucas. Abigail has 3 friends in this story, Zoe, Claire and Rachel and although it’s ‘only’ this small circle of 3 friends there’s plenty of suspicion to go round who might be behind all of this.

Robyn Carter is a great detective, she’s guilt-ridden and recovering from a personal tragedy. Although I like her and her team, I don’t feel I know and love her completely yet and I think it will take another book to really let me feel more of a connection with her, but this book didn’t need much of a sidestory really, it would only be interfering with what I really wanted to hear about ;-).

The search for Alice and the constant doubtfulness I had about Abigail’s friends, the scrutiny of everyone’s reliability was very compelling and kept me more than occupied. I kind of had a hunch about the truths in this story after a while but the drive to know for sure and to keep turning these pages was overpowering. Really well-written. I want more !

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Book bliss nr. 7: Adding 6 books at once!

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I’ve shown pictures already on Twitter and Facebook but in case you missed them, I’m going to group them all in one post here. The beginning of the year started brilliantly for me and I’m so happy with my book presents!

Psycho Analysis by V.R. Stone

I received Psycho Analysis from the author himself AND it has a personal message. Signed books count, stats: 3. It’s about a female serial killer, so that’s right into my league 🙂

The One by John Marrs

I won this one in a Facebook competition (thank you also Tracy Fenton and Kaisha @The Writing Garnet!) and while you may think it’s a dating book, it’s absolutely not.. It’s a thriller too!

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Deep Down Dead by Steph Bruadribb

I’m part of the blog tour for Deep Down Dead at the end of January and I’ve signed up for a review so big thank you to Orenda Books for my copy !

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The Owl always hunts at night by Samuel Bjork

I received this one courtesy of Transworld Books. I received What Alice Knew last year from them too and while that one wasn’t entirely my thing, I have high hopes that this one will really be more for me. I’m very curious about this one because I haven’t read many Scandinavion authors yet. A few years ago I’ve read a few books by Camilla Lackberg but that’s about it.

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When a young woman is found dead, the police are quick to respond. But what they find at the scene is unexpected. The body is posed, the scene laboriously set. And there is almost no forensic evidence to be found.

Detective Mia Krüger has been signed off work pending psychological assessment. But her boss has less regard for the rules than he should. Desperate to get Mia back in the office, Holger Munch offers her an unofficial deal.

But the usually brilliant Mia is struggling and the team are unable to close the case. Until a young hacker uncovers something that forces the team to confront the scope of the murderer’s plans and face the possibility that he may already be on the hunt for a second victim.

Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry

Every time I say to myself I’m not going to accept any more books for review but then I got a mail from Lucinda Berry’s publisher and not only did the blurb capture my attention, I was especially interested because I read the background of Ms. Berry.

She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specializing in trauma and children. She is the Assistant Director of Evidence-based Practice at UCLA’s National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. She uses her clinical experience to create compelling tales that blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction.

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Emily and Elizabeth spend their childhood locked in a bedroom and terrorized by a mother who drinks too much and disappears for days. The identical twins are rescued by a family determined to be their saviors.

But there’s some horrors love can’t erase…

Elizabeth wakes in a hospital, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak. The last thing she remembers is finding Emily’s body in their bathroom. Days before, she was falling in love and starting college. Now, she’s surrounded by men who talk to themselves and women who pull out their eyebrows.

As she delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Emily’s death, she discovers shocking secrets and holes in her memory that force her to remember what she’s worked so hard to forget—the beatings, the blood, the special friends. Her life spins out of control at a terrifying speed as she desperately tries to unravel the psychological puzzle of her past before it’s too late.

Phantom Limb is a character-driven mystery that begs to be read in a single setting. The shocking and shattering conclusion will make you go back and read it again.

The Executioner by Chris Carter

I’ve already read a few books by Chris Carter (I started in the middle of his series) and I don’t need any convincing what an amazing author he is. This is Book 2, which I haven’t read yet, and when I saw a message on Facebook that it was FREE for a limited time on Amazon I knew I had to download it pronto. It’s mine now :-). Still have to get my hands on the first one and I can start reading from the beginning now.

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So that’s it. These are going to keep me occupied for some weeks and you’ll see my reviews soon. Please let me know if you’ve read any of these books yet, I’d love to know your thoughts.

Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

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What’s it about?

“Brake Failure is a contemporary romance with humour, suspense and a kick-ass heroine.  The story is set in one of the most fascinating periods of America’s history:  the months leading up to Y2K “melt-down.”

“Is it too late to tell him you love him when you’re looking down the barrel of his gun?”
Ruby Mortimer-Smyth is an English debutante, destined for Ladies Day at Ascot and taking tea at The Savoy. She knows the etiquette for every occasion and her soufflés NEVER collapse.

She is in control of her life, tightly in control.  Until fate dumps her down in … Kansas.
Ruby believes that life is like a car; common-sense keeps it on the road, passion sends it into a ditch.  What she doesn’t know is, she’s on a collision course with Sheriff Hank Gephart.

Sheriff Hank Gephart can judge a person.  Miss Mortimer-Smyth might act like the Duchess of England but just under the surface there’s something bubbling, ready to explode.  She’s reckless, and she’s heading for brake failure.  And he’s not thinking about her car.

With the Millennium approaching, Ruby gets caught up in the Y2K hysteria.  She joins a group of Survivalists, who give her a gun and advise her to stockpile basic essentials, such as gasoline and water-purifying tablets.  So she bulk-buys Perrier, Gentleman’s Relish and macaroons.

Ruby, far from home, is making Unsuitable Friends and “finding herself” for the first time.  She falls in with a gang of Hells Angels and falls foul of the law.  At every turn, she comes up hard against Sheriff Hank Gephart, whose blue eyes seem to look deep into her soul.  She desperately wants him but knows she can never have him.
She’s angry and confused at the emotions he arouses in her.  Pushed to her limit, she bursts from her emotional straightjacket.

As the clock strikes midnight of the new Millennium, she’s on a freight train with three million dollars, a bottle of Wild Turkey and a smoking gun. What happened to Miss Prim-and-Proper?   And why did she shoot Mr Right?

You can buy a copy of this book as from today on Amazon UK | Amazon US | Amazon CN and is only $1 for the next 5 days !

About the author

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Alison Brodie

Alison Brodie is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side. Alison was a photographic model for a wide range of products, such as Ducatti motorbikes and 7Up. She was also the vampire in the Schweppes commercial. Alison lived in Kansas for two years. She loved the people, their friendliness, the history and the BBQs! Now, she lives in Biarritz, France with her rescue mutt, Bayley.

Alison loves to hear from her readers.

Connect

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Review

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I know I’m a die hard crime fan but sometimes even I want to have a little break. If this lovely cover was anything to go by, I was expecting a fun read with a Thelma (or Louise) vibe. It sure seemed I’d get exactly what I asked for because the story opens with Sheriff Hank Gephard who’s been shot and right before losing consciousness he utters Ruby’s name, pleading her not to do it…

The news spreads fast that Ruby was present at a bank robbery and she’s now missing. So how did this little grey mouse aka brown-haired librarian turn into a beautiful blonde with scarlet lips, how did she get mixed up in this bank robbery and why in the world did she shoot the Sheriff down? The mystery sounded promising from the start, especially because it seems so farfetched from Ruby’s stiff upbringing.

We learn the truth about what happened through 2 alternating timelines. The first is the police looking into her disappearance and interviewing Ruby’s family and friends, letting us get a glimpse of the old Ruby, who doesn’t sound anything like the Ruby we get to know in the second plotline because this Ruby now, she’s fun, she’s a Ruby who is most definitely on a road to transformation and it was just plain fun to see her as herself as time went on, she’s not a bad person at all but sometimes she just misjudges some situations.

Ruby was always a bit of a loose canon but at the age of seven her mother abandoned her and she came to live with her father, stepmother Vanessa and stepsister Claire. They were raised strictly and Vanessa encouraged Ruby to become another Claire. The two sisters were always rivalling to be the best in order to receive Vanessa’s love. For 20 years Ruby struggled to compete and she thought she finally had one over her when her husband tells her he’s being relocated to France. She can already see herself sipping coffee in the city of romance and sophistication, but then there’s a sudden change of plans and she finds herself in ‘hill billy’ Kansas of all places.

Even when she doesn’t want to be there, she makes new friends in no time and starts to have some fun in her life, breaking all the rules she so rigorously lived by. Suddenly she’s drinking, swearing and breaking the law while she’s at it. Her having a little bit of fun invariably ends with Sheriff Hank Gephard arriving on the scene. She hates the man ever since he accused her of drunk driving and yet she can’t seem to get him out of her system either. On top of their covert attraction to each other, there’s also Payat, the creative director her husband works with. He’s a Red Indian, exotic and gorgeous looking. She married Edward because he was the perfect candidate but there was never any real passion between them, and now she’s daydreaming about living in a wigwam as the wife of an Indian Chief. Although I secretly wanted her to give in and fall for the Sheriff it didn’t seem like this was going to happen any time soon…

The situations she gets herself in were quite amusing, her shenanigans had me chuckling often enough and the plot was not predictable at all. If I compare it to the last chicklit I read, I did feel some scenes were sometimes a bit more over the top which had me shaking my head in a how-can-this-be-happening kind a way more than once.

I really had no clue how she would ever end up in the bank and shooting the Sheriff, especially because they did seem to have a certain connection. Will the police find her, will they arrest her and who of the men in her life does she love really? Lots of questions that kept me entertained until the very end. If you’re looking for a light and humorous read, this one will certainly do the trick.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

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What’s it about?

A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together, nicknamed by the press as the ‘Ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter.

The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them. With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?

You can buy a copy of this book on Amazon UK | Amazon US.

My review

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I love to dive into a brand new detective series and this time the lead detective, William ‘Wolf’ Hawkes is a heavily damaged man. He even ended up in a mental institution for a while after he attacked a man in court. He was sure the man was a serial killer but the jury didn’t follow his opinion and found him ‘not guilty’. So right after reading this exciting prologue you’re already left wondering if he was right or wrong on that account and how that will affect the story further.

Fast forward to 4 years later. Wolf’s back and he’s got his work cut out for him right away when he’s called into a crime scene right across the street from his apartment. A corpse was found hanging from the ceiling, stitched together by 6 different body parts. Not only are 6 unidentified people killed but a list with future victims is also delivered to his ex-wife Andrea, who is (quite conveniently) a journalist.

And so the race to catch the murderer begins. Wolf tries to protect the people on the list but of course the murderer is a cunning and calculated killer. People are going to die and the murders are grizzly and ingeniously planned. It’s frightening how people get ticked off the list despite the police’s best efforts. As a reader you think it won’t be possible but there are plenty of nasty surprises. At the same time they have to find out who the six body parts belonged to and what the link is between all the listed victims. The Death Clock is ticking.

Wolf makes a good team with Simmons, newbie Edmunds and his one female colleague Emily Baxter. Between him and Baxter there is always a little chemistry. At one moment there’s an unexpected meet between Andrea, Wolf’s ex-wife, and Baxter and I quite loved this scene, the atmosphere between both women was highly uncomfortable and awkward and I almost held my breath there as the tension was running high. Although Baxter is a cool and determined detective, and Wolf is the centre of attention, there’s also a big role for Edmunds who turns out to be the star of the investigative team. The dynamics between the three of them worked really well and they each had an interesting personal side that came forward in the story too.

This was a clever and unpredictable police procedure with a gripping plot and a very unexpected conclusion. You might lose your sleep over this one once you start reading because it was highly addictive. The final act was brutal and makes you wonder what’ll further happen in the sequel. Unbelievable this is actually a debut and this book, originally designed as a screenplay, was rejected. I’d love to read more by this author and I hope he will keep his murders equally inventive. This is a recommended read for Chris Carter fans!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

New BFF: Chocolatenwaffles’s Blog

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Most of you know Donna right? If you’ve not been to her site before, please do because she’s an amazing blogster and I love to read all of her posts ! She’s a real caring person, big animal-lover, she hated having to read Lolita last semester, on her playlist you can find Imagine Dragons and also the GooGoo Dolls with Iris, she once used a ball of hair from her dog as a bookmark (shouldn’t have put it out there Donna ;-)), she tried (and failed) to install a book buying ban, AND she’s a major chocaholic (and she bloody well gets away with it without gaining any weight!).

Btw, I took an Are You A Chocolate Addict Test myself and Donna, you are not alone girl. Before anyone says anything, I have no intention of quitting eating these either.

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Anyway, here are my questions for our biggest choccie addict:

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Name: I’m Donna all the time, but my mother has wonderfully ridiculous nicknames for me, I’m Wifey to my hubby, my best friend from high school has renamed me Pap (please, don’t ask), Marshie aka Drew @thetattooedbookgeek calls me Waffles, and my bestie Jill @rantantravesaboutbooks calls me … well, bestie. Logical. Marie @drizzleandhurricanes says I’m her Sweechie and Anne @inkedbrownies always has fun names for me. Usually food-related.

Basically, I love nicknames and my fellow blogger friends tend to agree on it!

Age: My ID says 26. My clothes say 20. My head says 10 and a half. I’m waiting for my Hogwarts letter.

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?

Do you want the short story or the long one? I first studied Law after high school, but I was missing some super powers and brain cells, so I moved to English and Japanese languages applied to management. If I translate this degree into reality, I had 36 hours of classes every week, I was learning two languages, one as an advanced student and the other as a beginner. I’m pretty sure we were all on steroids! We had half a dozen minors, including Law, Economy, Sociology, Marketing… After two years and a half working my ass off, it dawned on my all I wanted to do was to go back to basics. I transfered to English studies for my final year, and it’s paradise!

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I’m also working as a tutor for first-year students.

Do you have any other hobbies?

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Is watching Lisa Eldrige’s videos considered a hobby? I’m obsessed with her makeup videos. I’m terrible at applying anything on my eyes, probably because I’m almost blind without my glasses. And have you ever tried applying makeup with your glasses on? No good.

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I bake a lot, mainly because of Claire’s recipes but also because I hate buying snacks and cakes from stores, you never know what’s inside and there are a thousand things I can’t eat, which makes buying food a nightmare. I’m getting good at it, even though my cakes are yummier than they look. I still have to work on the presentation.

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I’m a language love so I spend hours working on my English. I just enrolled in an online academy to sound more American. Yeah, I know, what an idea! I read about the language a lot, I study grammar for fun and shadow my favorite scenes from my TV shows (which means I’m the terrible girl who pauses every 5 minutes, speaks at the same time as my referent actor, and generally just annoys everyone watching the show)

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I binge-watch shows. November is all about Gilmore Girls, but I also need to finish Victoria, Ray Donovan, Parenthood and Madam Secretary. Add to the mix a couple of Doctor Who episodes from the Tennant era and you have my schedule for the next 30 days.

I practice Yoga when the temperature of the room allows it and if I can gather enough energy to move my lazy and stiff body. They say you get all flexible with Yoga, but let me tell you, your body will fight it!

A few hours a day, I take care of my baby dog Yuki and her sidekick Iris!

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Your favourite color?

I discovered that my subconscious loves yellow during a hypnose session. Not a flashy one, rather the trendy mustard color. The rest of me prefers red.

Do you collect anything (besides books)?

Shoes. Which is stupid because I don’t leave the house enough to wear them! But I can’t help wanting more and more shoes. Also I’m petite and I look like a 12 year old without heels so they’re a must when I need to look like a grown-up. Sorry for the lack of shoes pic, they’re all hidden away for the moment !

What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it?

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I believe it’s the Little Brown Bear series. I have had it since I was a toddler. I read them a thousand times. I’m keeping them for my own babies one day because Little Brown Bear is so cute.

Have you ever regretted a book you purchased? A book that sounded so promising but you wished you’d have spent your money on another book after reading it?

Haven’t we all? I remember regretting spending 30€ on A Game of Thrones because I could never finish it. I don’t mind when the price is low, but an expensive book that ends up being a disappointment haunts me. Imagine how many paperbacks I could have gotten with those 30€!

 Do you listen to audio books?

Yes! It usually means the dishes won’t be washed with too much care and my showers will last longer because there is no way I can stop in the middle of a chapter so I wait half naked in the bathroom to know what happens.

Do you have a favorite genre?

Psychological thrillers! They are my spooky reads, my happy place (yep, that’s weird to find pleasure in reading about characters living terrible lives). I find human beings more scary than any creature of the night.

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?

Cinder. My sweet Marie @drizzleandhurricanes wrote a brilliant review of the last book in the series so I decided to give it a go. Want to bet I’ll be on the unpopular side of the opinion once again? :p

How is your library organized?

Tediously? I wish I could do rainbow shelves, but it’s too complicated so I stick with the alphabetical order by author. I need to be able to locate a book within two minutes. Also, my books have different homes. Some of them are at my mother’s on an old desk, the others are at my place on regular bookcases, which means there are holes in my shelves. The control freak in me is trying not to care, but I can’t wait for the day they all get reunited.

Do you read more ebooks or physical books?

I make sure to mix both the genre and the format. If I spend too much time on my Kindle, my eyes start to sulk and my fingers miss the touch of a page. Still, I am pretty sure I have been reading more ebooks since I started blogging.

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Do you have a favorite book?

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Furiously Happy. Because it’s hard to be happy, because we all need little raccoons in our lives, and because it’s okay to talk about mental health. And seriously, look at that cover, tell me you aren’t smiling back at Rory!

What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?

I am proud of the different Harry Potter series editions I own. I love comparing the French, US and British covers. They all have a different meaning to me, but all titles remind my of childhood. There is no cover more magical and beautiful than the cover you grew up with.

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Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …?

There are 114 ebooks on my Kindle (thanks technology for telling me!) and approximatively 200 books on my shelves. More are hidden in my grandmother’s attic but I don’t remember well enough to count them.

What’s the title of the last book you purchased?

The Stranger in my Home, by Adele Parks thanks to Kate @bibliophilebookclub who told me it was only ,99 on Amazon, and Three Dark Crowns for the Hype or Like Friday group.

What was your favorite author when you were a child?

R.L Stine. I spend endless evenings stuck in my Goosebumps stories. At the time, I enjoyed being scared and I did not mind creatures and ghosts. Then I grew up and became a wuss!

From which author do you have most books?

Janet Ethumbnail_insta-series-janetvanovich. I own 16 books from her Stephanie Plum series. I’m going slow because I don’t want to catch up and have to wait for a new release. I think 21 are available. Some stories are starting to sound the same but Stephanie is a friend of mine and I can always count on her to cheer me up. Plus, I want to know if she’ll finally settle with Joe or if Ranger is still an option!

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?

Beside Little Brown Bear? Harry Potter and Furiously Happy are lucky enough to be reread once in a while. I reread Stephanie Plum when I’m sick, it’s hard to stay ill when you need to chase FTA (you need to read the first book to know more !)

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?

I set my challenge to 30 because I had only started coming back to books and I wanted to avoid pressure. I panic when I feel like I won’t be able to meet my goal and no one wants to see me drown every book in a pool of tears and grease from comfort food because I haven’t read as many books as I thought I had to. Caring too much about numbers takes the fun out of reading! Still, I’m happy I reached the original 30 and I’m currently reading my 65th book! Not bad for my first year back in the realm of pages!

Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case (name these titles+authors)?

It depends, my name can be spelled so differently after a glass of Sex on the Beach! :p

D => Dead Connection, An Ellie Hatcher novel, Alafair Burke
O => One for the Money, Janet Evanovich
N => Never Always Sometimes, Adi Alsaid
N => No Kiss Goodbye, Janelle Harris
A => All is not forgotten, Wendy Walker

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In case you missed it, these are the BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about before :

  • Martina – The Mystery Corner
  • Liis – Cover to Cover
  • Anne – Inked Brownies
  • Danielle – Books, Vertigo and Tea
  • Drew – TheTattooedBookGeek
  • Jillian – Rant and Rave About Books
  • Meg – Magic of Books
  • Betty – Bookish Regards
  • Anais – Zeezee with Books
  • Nicki – Secret Library

Thank you Donna for answering my questions! I’m so happy you wanted to do this!

Next up will be…. Chitra @ Books & Strips.. coming soon !