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
Today I want to add a new name and present to you Betty of the wonderful blog Bookish Regards. If you haven’t checked out her blog before, you should definitely go over and read one of her wonderful reviews.
Here’s a little more to know about this wonderful blogster:
What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?
Cat wrangler, keeper of the house, short order cook, dishwasher, finder of lost things, CEO of the location of everything, laundress, problem solver, nurse, bill scheduler, repairwoman, seamstress, interior decorator, undefeated Jeopardy champion, and Queen of the manor.
My current area of study involves solving the complex mystery surrounding the spontaneous leaping of dirty laundry out of the hamper, leaving it to lie helpless and alone on the floor three inches away. Fascinating! In my spare time, I’m attempting to recreate the phenomena I witnessed on a commercial, wherein a basketful of clean laundry not only folded itself, but also put itself away. I don’t want to brag, but I think I’m close to a breakthrough on that one!
(OK, you have to admit, that’s a MUCH more interesting answer than just saying I’m a housewife!)
Do you have any other hobbies?
Writing, crocheting, playing video/computer games, working on jigsaw puzzles… does binge-watching tv series count as a hobby? LOL
Your favourite color?
Pink and purple. Right now I’m loving purple a lot.
Do you collect anything (besides books)?
DVDs/BDs of TV series… I have SO many of them.
What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it?
Since I can’t remember which one I got first, I’ll cheat a little bit. The books I’ve had the longest are the Dollanganger series and the Casteel series by V.C. Andrews, and yes, I’ve read all of them. I’ve had those books for (almost) 30 years now.
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?
Rhett Butler’s People. I found it at Walmart for $1, so I bought it… and I absolutely HATED it. If you want to know how much I hated it, you can check out my review here.
Do you listen to audio books?
Rarely, but I do enjoy them. The only one I have at present is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, narrated by Davina Porter. One of these days, I plan to get the rest of the series on audiobook.
Do you have a favorite genre?
Historical fiction is my favorite,but I’ll read just about anything if it sounds interesting.
What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?
The 9th book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series… which she is currently writing.
How is your library organized?
The top two shelves on my main bookshelf are for my author collections. I have them sorted alphabetically by author. Each author’s books are sorted by series (if any), from oldest to most recent. Single titles are sorted alphabetically. The remaining two shelves are sorted alphabetically by author. Each of the four shelves are stacked top to bottom, three rows deep. I used to know how many books it held, but I’m not sure anymore.
I have others that are stored away in bags and boxes. My Outlander series collection stays in my living room, because I enjoy being able to look at them. 🙂 My cookbook collection is on a shelf in the kitchen. My (small) Star Trek novel collection is kept on another shelf, with other miscellaneous books.
The best way to sum it up is, I have far too many books, and not nearly enough space in one area to have them all properly organized!
Do you read more ebooks or physical books?
I’m reading more ebooks now. That’s partly because all I’m reading lately are ARCs for reviewing, and partly because I’m getting older and it’s not as easy to read the small-sized print of physical books anymore. I’ve gotten very dependent on being able to adjust the size of the text in ebooks, not to mention the ease of getting the definition of a word that is unfamiliar to me.
Do you have a favorite book?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It’s perfect because it has all my favorite genres–historical fiction, time travel, romance*–combined. More importantly, it’s the book that introduced me to the best series I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
*I have to clarify that when I say ‘romance’, I don’t mean it in the usual way. The relationship between Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall is not at all typical of what comes to mind when you think of the romance genre. There are similarities, but their story is one of an enduring relationship that continues to evolve as they age. By the time of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, the eighth book in the series, 35 years have passed since they first met. (In your typical romance [specifically historical romances], the passage of this amount of time is usually nothing more than a brief summary of events in the epilogue.)
What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?
I’m going with Written in My Own Heart’s Blood for this one. It’s so elegant in its simplicity, and I think it’s a beautiful cover.
Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …?
Aaaaaand this is where I’m forced to out myself as a book hoarder. Sigh. Between actual books and ebooks I have over a thousand. I need to go through my physical books that are shelved and donate a lot of them, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.
What’s the title of the last book you purchased?
The last book I bought was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. It wasn’t for me, though… it was a gift for my son.
What was your favorite author when you were a child?
There were three authors that I constantly read when I was a kid: L.M. Montgomery, Carolyn Keene, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Between the three, I’d say Carolyn Keene was my favorite, but only because there were a lot more Nancy Drew books to read than there were of the others.
Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?
I’ve re-read many books, but my favorites to re-read are Gone with the Wind and the Outlander series. I’ve read all of them at least twice, with the exceptions of A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.
How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?
I set my goal at 30, and I’ve read 33 so far.
Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case (name these titles+authors)?
B = Bad Love by Jonathan Kellerman
E = Encyclopedia of the War of 1812 – David Stephen Heidler
T = The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
T = Tribute by Nora Roberts
Y = Yankee’s Lady by Kay McMahon
Thank you Betty for answering my questions, it was lovely to get to know you better through your answers! If anyone else is interested in filling out my questions, let me know!