My second Blog Friend I present to you is Liis. She’s such an interesting person to get to know and she was so sweet to want to answer my questions immediately. Check out her answers below and don’t forget to pay a visit to her wonderful blog Cover to Cover and go see what she’s reading right now.
So let’s get jamming.. Here is the Q&A:
Name: Liis (it’s like saying ‘please’ without the ‘p’) 🙂
What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?
I studied Tourism in Estonia. In Ireland I did two distance learning courses- Marketing for 9 months and Journalism for 2 months while I was working in a take-away flipping burgers. Now, for the past 3 years I work as a Marketing and Customer Services Coordinator for a software company. Go me!
Do you have any other hobbies? Playing drums. Rather busy lately with work and housewife-ing (yup, that’s a word!!! :P) so I don’t get to play as often as I’d like. I’m still quite ‘metal’ at heart though, even though my knee high lace boots have been ‘parked’ for now…
Your favourite color? Black, gray and army green. Most of my clothes are in those colors so you can imagine what a boring sight I appear most of the days!
Do you collect anything (besides books)? Nope, the amount of stuff I own is quite minimal. I hate clutter and things are just things, I’m not that bothered about stuff I guess. I would say books would be the only item I own in large amounts.
What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? Apart from the bookshelf back in Estonia which belongs to the whole family, I think the very first book I bought for myself was the Satanic Bible (in Estonian) back in 2003. Yup, have read it a couple of times but no need to be afraid of me. I’m not one of those magic practicing, black cat sacrificing, graveyard vandalising specimens. They’re just twats who are simply crazy, and I’m not crazy! 🙂
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? No, I never buy a book unless I’m 100% sure that it will be to my liking. And anyway, I always try and find something positive in each book I read even if I don’t like it fully.
Do you listen to audio books? No… Funny thing, I tried and I just couldn’t. Maybe it takes getting used to? And I love music in the background for everything, just couldn’t do the whole book thing… It was almost as if I didn’t get the full experience/impact of the story, if that makes sense?
Do you have a favorite genre? No, I don’t. I think having a favorite would probably feel like a ‘ball and chain’ and that self-made limitation would eventually kick me into reading slump. I mix and match and alternate in between all genres available. This way I don’t get easily bored with the same old-same old. It’s kind of like seasons… you need the winter to appreciate the summer, and the spring to appreciate autumn… so not having a favorite helps me jump from one genre to the next and every book just feel fresh and unique (even if they’re really not that unique within their genre… hmm, hope that makes sense) 🙂
What is the book highest on your wishlist right now? ‘Win or Learn‘ by John Kavanagh. This will be my next purchase. Coach Kavanagh is currently a very famous MMA trainer from Ireland and coaches fighters like Conor McGregor, Gunnar Nelson… I love UFC fighting so I believe this book will be mega. Super excited to be reading it soon…
How is your library organized? It’s not! I would love to show off my shelves with some lovely pics for you all but as I’m on annual leave from work at the moment, I have literally torn everything apart in my house for painting, re-organizing, deep cleaning so… apologies! 🙂
Do you read more ebooks or physical books?
Currently it stands around 60% ebooks to a 40% physical.
Do you have a favorite book? A single favorite book? No… To name a few I really liked? Frank Friendship series by RG Manse, Erich Maria Remarque books, Moomin book by Tove Jansson. Oh, and I really liked The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan (vampire books… Circque du Freak would be the most popular I guess in the series, which was also a movie albeit not a box office favorite, but books were mighty in my opinion).
What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of? Uhhh… I don’t think there has been a book cover which has made me go all starry eyed. There’s a lot of good ones out there but none that has made me want to wish I could frame it and hang it on a wall, nor a cover that I have ogled lovingly at any length of time…
Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …? I really don’t know. I guess it could scratch up to 200 physical and about 400 for ebooks?
What’s the title of the last book you purchased? The very last physical copy was ‘Groot‘, a graphic novel by Jeff Loveness and Brian Kesinger. It was mega! I recommend.
About the AuthorBrian Kesinger is an Annie Award-winning story artist and illustrator. Hired at the age of 18, he has worked for Walt Disney Animation Studios for over 16 years. His work has been featured in over ten feature films, from Tarzan to Tangled and most recently, Wreck-it Ralph. Brian’s original paintings have been displayed in galleries around the world, and his charming characters and original stories have struck a chord with audiences of all ages. To find out more, visit his website at http://www.bkartonline.com. You can also find him on Facebook by searching for “Brian Kesinger’s Tea Girls.”
Who was your favorite author when you were a child? I really enjoyed children’s books by Estonian authors when I was a kid. Ellen Niit, Eno Raud, etc. I guess these names don’t say much to non-Estonians. For a child’s mind the characters these authors created were cute and awesome… Looking back, however, man, the stuff is trippy!
From which author do you have most books? I haven’t really got stuck on an author like that. I tend to have a book or two by each author and then I move on to the new. Seeing as I like to mix genres, it’s hard to just stick to a single author.
Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? Well, it happened once, last year. I read the whole Frank Friendship series twice. I normally don’t re-read because the surprise element is gone and I get bored easily. I need to be mentally challenged when reading. So why did I read FF series the second time? Cause the MC is so freaking crazy yet lovable and it’s such a fun series to read. I don’t regret it at all.
How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already? My challenge was to read 50 books this year. I knew I was going to be busy with work so I kept the challenge rather low…. but apparently I’ve not been as busy as I predicted as I finished the challenge in June and have now read 65 books.
Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case (name these titles+authors)?
L– Lord of the Flies by William Golding
I– I am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne
I– … yeah, couldn’t find another book with a title that started with ‘I’ 🙂
S– Slash by Slash with Anthony Bazza
Thanks for participating Liis! I hope everyone enjoyed reading this as much as I did. If anyone else wants to participate and become a BFF, let me know !