Today on the blog I want to introduce you to my new Blog Friend Tina, who blogs at Reading Between the Pages. Tina is the biggest Judy Blum fan I’ve come across so far :-). She likes to read a good dose of mystery and thrillers, a cup of historical fiction and a light sprinkling of other genres in between. The last books she read make me very jealous 😉 as she read The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea, The Dry by Jane Harper and Bring Her Home by David Bell. She started her blog in February so if you haven’t done so yet, go on over and take a look at her wonderful blog. Now, to get to know her better, you’d better stay here and read this next part :-).
Name: Tina Woodbury
Age: 40’s 😊
Birthday: February 18th
What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?
I’m a retired stay-at-home mom. My oldest graduated from college last June and is now working in the San Francisco area, and my youngest will be a senior in college next year.
When the kids were younger I was super involved with their school (book fair, cookie sales, treasurer of the booster club, room mom, and so on). I guess I was at the school too often so they finally decided to employ me as the librarian for a couple of years.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I love all kinds of arts and crafts, and make memory quilts. Oh, and traveling, if you can count that as a hobby.
I made this quilt for my son when he graduated from high school. The fabric is his old sports uniforms.
I made this quilt for my daughter when she graduated from high school. The fabric is her old dance and sports uniforms.
Your favourite color? Pink
Do you collect anything (besides books)?
Sweaters! Well that’s actually more of an obsession, not so much of a collection. I have over 50 sweaters at the moment and have been purging a few a year, much to my daughter’s delight. At one point, I had over 75, what can I say…I like to be warm.
Here’s just a sample of them…
What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it?
Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy by Johnny Gruelle. I’ve had Raggedy Ann since I was a child and yes I read it. It even came with a 45 rpm record that I listened to over and over. Raggedy Andy was my brother’s book and when my parents moved I found it. My brother didn’t want the book and I thought the two deserved to be together.
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?
None that I can think of.
Do you listen to audio books?
Not very often. I’ve tried, but I’m always thinking and find my mind wandering. I do much better having to focus on the written word.
Do you have a favorite genre?
I gravitate towards mystery/thrillers and historical fiction, but I do like to throw a few other genres in from time to time.
What is the book highest on your wish list right now?
That’s a tough one…I’d have to say Final Girls by Riley Sager.
How is your library organized?
For the most part, anything in a series is in my “treasure chest” of books and the standalones are on my bookshelf.
My treasure chest!
Hers on the left and his on the right.
Do you read more ebooks or physical books?
I have a tendency to read more eBooks, but still love the feel of a physical book. Every time I read one I realise how much I miss it.
Do you have a favorite book?
My Judy Blume books are my favorites, they bring back fond memories.
What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?
This is going to be an odd answer, but it’s the cover of one of my husband’s math books. Years ago, he had a preliminary edition of his Algebra book in paperback form and the publishing company needed a cover idea. They went with a quilt wall hanging that I made for him to put in his office. The design of it proves the Pythagorean theorem.
Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …?
I have about 75 books.
What’s the title of the last book you purchased?
The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite.
What was your favorite author when you were a child?
Judy Blume – I picked up one of her books and that was it, I was hooked. I eventually bought and read most of her middle and young adult books.
From which author do you have most books?
It’s a tie! I have 11 from David Baldacci and Victoria Thompson.
Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?
Not as an adult, one and done! There are so many books out there, I just don’t have the desire to go back and re-read one I’ve read.
How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?
60 and I’ve read 27.
Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case?
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
As Night Falls by Milchman
Thank you so much Tina for participating today, it was very nice getting to know you better!
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
Chitra – Books & Strips
Annie – The Misstery
Dee – Novel Deelights
Stephanie – Teacher of YA
I don’t want my BFF club to be complete just yet! There’s still plenty of room for more friends so unless you want this to be my last BFF post, please consider signing up! Thank you!