Hi everyone, after last time’s BFF Drew, I feel I have to follow up with Jillian from Rant and Rave About Books. I love Jillian’s rants just as well as her rave reviews. She’s a great blogger and I know I would like her in real life too as I always tend to have friendships with strong and independent people. I think we can say that she’s not afraid to say her piece of mind.
Anyway, without further ado I present to you:
My given name is Jillian but everyone calls me Jill. My mom named me after the famous actress/model from the 80’s, Ann Jillian. She also happens to be blonde, like me, so I always thought that was kind of cool.
I have a lot of nicknames. My family calls me Silly Jilly or Sil for short, and now, my buddy Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek also calls me that along with Jilly Billy. Donna @ Chocolate n’ Waffles calls me Queen of Rants, and I can’t remember if it was Donna or Drew who started calling me Queen of Smut because of my love of romance novels.
My family also calls me Wa, which is short for Jilly Wa. There’s a funny story behind that one. My dad calls me Princess, and my mom calls me Sunshine because I’m the meanest person you’ll ever wake up in the morning. I don’t do mornings at all. I’m a total crab and I bite. 🙂
I’m 33. Oh, the horror of writing that down. I don’t like that number and I don’t feel like I’m 33. Basically, I’ve been 25 for 8 years. 🙂
What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Law because I had originally planned to go to law school. I had recommendations from the faculty and alumni at my college, but I decided to stick with my current job, which pays just as well and requires me to
do less work. I’m really good at delegating aka pretending to work. My current position is a Financial Supply Systems Analyst. It sounds really fancy, and it kind of is, but it just means that I’m really good with computers and money. I specifically work with financials for Naval aviation and maritime parts used on jets, helicopters, and ships.
Do you have any other hobbies?
Apart from blogging and reading, I’m a writer. I’ve written two novels, a YA fantasy and a NA romance inspired by The Godfather. I’m procrastination central when it comes to finishing the copy edits to send the manuscripts off to the publishers who had requested them. I have plans to write a sports romance novel (ice hockey, of course), a fantasy inspired by The Iliad, and an adult romance about finding love in unexpected places. I don’t ever want to stop writing. The cork board that’s on my desk in the picture of my office is the plot board I use to sketch out my novels.
I’m the biggest sports fan you’ll ever meet. I’m obsessed with basketball, hockey, boxing, and mixed martial arts (UFC). I know tons of useless sports trivia (probably more than most guys), collect magazine covers and newspaper articles, make sports scrapbooks and collages, have turned my basement into a sports memorabilia shrine, and only buy cable TV so I can watch all my sports channels. And Kobe Bryant smacked my hand after a Lakers game, which was hands-down the greatest day of my life.
I own a Yamaha jet boat and I’m a big fan of snorkeling and diving. So far, I’ve snorkeled in different parts of Florida, the Bahamas, and Puerto Rico.
I make it a point to visit endangered sea animals every time I visit the Florida Keys for a snorkeling/diving trip. If I could snorkel all day and live on a boat I would.
When I’m in the Keys, I go to this cool habitat to feed stingrays and parrot fish. They eat right from my hand and then I go swimming with them. I’ve done laps in a saltwater pool with the most adorable sea lion on Earth that lets me hug her, and I’ve had dolphins kiss my cheek and take me for a ride, but my favorite part is that they’re all safe now, living inside this awesome habitat that they built using saltwater from the Atlantic Ocean.
Your favourite color?
Black and Navy Blue are my favorite colors. Most of my wardrobe contains both colors. For the past few years, I’ve been digging turquoise. My first car was a teal Ford Mustang with black trim. It was awesome.
Do you collect anything (besides books)?
I collect designer handbags, mostly European, and jewelry from Tiffany & Co in New York. (For the fashionistas among us: there’s Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and Henri Bendel, a few blue Tiffany bags that have bracelets, necklaces, and earrings in them).
What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it?
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff is the oldest book on my Kindle cloud, which isn’t all that old. Yes, I’ve read it. I really liked it and should probably review it at some point. It’s about a boy who’s a changeling, and he has all sorts of issues because he’s fey and is sensitive to iron, which makes him sick all the time. There’s a whole plot about the town and why they have changelings. It’s pretty interesting.
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?
My friend recommended Fifty Shades of Grey to me. She kept raving over how awesome it is, blah, blah, blah, and so I thought oh, sure let me buy the box set of this series if it’s so amazing. Well, it’s not amazing. I love smut books as much as the next person. Handcuffs, blindfolds, lube, whatever, but Fifty Shades was the biggest disappointment because the books did not live up to the hype. Not even a little bit. They’re so cheesy. I shouldn’t laugh through a sex scene. I should be like okay, I should take notes and try this out later.
After I read the books, I threw them in a drawer in my bedroom, figuring I’d never want to see them again. I just opened my drawer to take a picture of them and found them next to a condom and a box of gum. How convenient. So, I thought why not share it? Here’s a lovely picture of what I’m calling 50 Shades of Condom.
Do you listen to audio books?
No. I’ve never listened to an audio book. I like to read my books not listen to them.
Do you have a favorite genre?
I tend to stick with young adult fantasy and new adult romance. I recently started reading contemporary novels, but I have to be in the mood for them. My favorite author is Stephen King (left in the picture), so I’ll always be drawn to horror and suspense.
I also like legal thrillers written by John Grisham (on the right). I was sort of addicted to his books for years before moving on to YA and NA.
What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?
At this moment, I’m waiting for Sugar Rush, the second novel in the Sugar Bowl series. I already scored an ARC of Sugar Free, the final book in the series, and have been impatiently waiting to read this book for months.
After posing as an escort for the Sugar Bowl online dating service, Sela Halstead is looking for one thing: payback. She’s closing in on the site’s heartless founder, Jonathon Townsend, and she needs Beckett North, Townsend’s business partner and her lover, by her side. She’d thought that their intimate nights together had forged an unbreakable bond, but after a shocking betrayal, Sela begins to doubt the brilliant bad boy. When push comes to shove, can she trust Beck to do the right thing?
Now that he understands the truth, Beck will stop at nothing to secure the reckoning Sela deserves. But between his desire for her and his disgust for JT, Beck doesn’t exactly have a lot of control over his emotional state. Left with no other choice, he must summon all his discipline to maintain JT’s trust and pretend that they’re still friends. But how far will Beck go to prove his loyalty to Sela? He nearly lost her once. To keep her, Beck might have to kill for her.
Biography Sawyer Bennett:
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.
A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.
How is your library organized?
I read everything on my Kindle. My library, if you want to call this sad thing a library, is as cluttered as my mind. It’s full of trash and unwanted things that no one wants to read. I signed up for OwlCrate a few months ago so I would have physical copies of books and some bookish items to add to my office. As you can see from the picture, they’re still in their boxes on my desk. My idea of library organization is stacking the subscription boxes. I am super organized, just not in the same way other people color code and arrange their shelves. I was thinking about re-doing my office with a full wall of shelves and a big mahogany desk, but I haven’t gotten around to it. On the other side of the office is another desk with a 60″ flat screen TV and all my files, white boards, and nonsense. I guess you can call it my woman cave.
Do you read more ebooks or physical books?
I haven’t read a physical book in close to two years. I’m dying to read My Lady Jane, which came in my OwlCrate box last month. That will be the first hardback I’ve read in ages. I was planning to read the hardback of Nevernight, but I scored an ARC from St. Martin’s Press a few weeks before the release date. Go me! All of the ARCs I read are egalleys. I’m not a huge fan of paper and they take up space in my office. I prefer to dedicate space for my writing.
Do you have a favorite book?
The Iliad is my favorite book. Period. End of sentence. It’s amazing! Nothing will ever compare to that story for me.
What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?
I’m not a physical book collector. I collected a lot of books when I was younger, and I’ve donated a lot of my books over the years. I recently got Nevernight though and it is a signed copy so that’s the book I’m most proud of at the moment.
Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …?
I have 178 on my Kindle right now. I subscribe to Amazon Unlimited, a service that allows you to borrow books every month from Amazon’s library. It cuts down on the amount of books I have to buy. There’s about 50 or so physical books in my office. The rest of the books I’ve read I either borrowed or donated.
What’s the title of the last book you purchased?
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. Read it now! It’s amazing! Me + CoHo = Mind blown.
What was your favorite author when you were a child?
I started with Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys books, and then, I moved on to R.L. Stine and Stephen King. Stephen King is and will always be my favorite author. He’s the reason I wanted to become a writer. I read my first King book when I was eight years old. My mom let me read I think either Misery or Carrie because I was mature and above the reading level for my class, and because of that, I got bored a lot in school. I also loved scary movies and was not afraid of them.
From which author do you have most books?
Jamie McGuire wins at 16, and Colleen Hoover comes in second place with 15. I’ve read every single book from both authors.
Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?
I’ve read The Hunger Games series three times and will probably read it again. I’ve also read The Iliad six times and also plan to read it again because it’s amazing.
How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?
I have 100 books on my challenge and I’ve already read 81 of those books. I’m owning my reading challenge and making it my bitch. I plan to hit at least 120 by the end of the year.
Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your bookcase (name these titles+authors)?
I decided to go with my virtual library instead of my bookcase since it’s sad. Oddly enough all of the books that fit my name are contemporary fiction.
J– Just A Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre I couldn’t find a single book that started with a J except for an ARC I received from the author a few months ago.
I– It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
L– Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover
L– Lying Out Loud: A Companion Novel to The DUFF by Kody Keplinger