I’m back with a new Blog Friend Forever! It’s been two months since the previous post so I’m very very thankful Diana wanted to do this! Diana really is a wonderful friend and I’m grateful I was able to get to know her a little bit outside of the blog too. In case you don’t know yet, she’s quite famous because she has written a book of her own. I’m on first-name basis with a real author, yay for me! If you haven’t checked out her wonderful blog A Haven for Book Lovers yet, hop on over. You won’t find a lot of tags on her blog but she posts a lot of honest and very well-written reviews. I seriously want to read 95% of the books she has read!
OK I’ll shut up and I’m going to let Diana answer some real questions now:
Name: Diana Gitau
Birthday: 3rd July
What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job? My first degree was in Linguistics and Literature. I also have an M.A in Communication Studies (Public Relations major). I graduated in December, 2017.
I currently work in Administration at one of the Private University here in Kenya.
Do you have any other hobbies? I love travelling and trying out new things and I am also a thrill seeker. I like activities such as bungee jumping, risky bridges exploration (yeah, this is a thing here), wild water rafting, zip lining and moderate hiking. My worst terrain was on a rocky hill which ended up being a painful experience when the soles of my shoes came off. I had to trek down on rocks with hanging soles.
On my bucket list this year is a high ropes challenge.
Your favourite color? I don’t think I have one but I do own a lot of clothes in blue, black and white.
Do you collect anything (besides books)? Not sure if this counts but I have a small collection of sea shells, rocks and carvings (African Artefacts).
Here is a pic of some of them. All these are souvenirs from friends and family. Some of them represent different cultures. The paintings are of Maasai mothers, there is also a carving on an old man from the Turkana tribe in Kenya. The sea shells are from trips down to the coast(Mombasa). There are also camel carvings from Northern Eastern part of Kenya.
What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it?
There is only one book that I have had for more than four years because I lost my entire book collection in 2014 to a burglar. Yesterday I Cried by Iyanla Vanzant survived because it was in my purse so the burglars didn’t get it. I read a few pages in 2014 but never got back to it after that.
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?
I can’t really think of any book that fits this description.
Do you listen to audio books? I am yet to listen to any.
Do you have a favorite genre? I do enjoy thrillers and Historical Fiction. I also love African Literature.
What is the book highest on your wishlist right now? The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
How is your library organized? It is not. Sometimes, I arrange the books by size but mostly, I just keep moving them around.
Do you read more ebooks or physical books? Lately, I have been reading more ARCs hence more eBooks.
Do you have a favorite book? I have read and loved so many books. Three that come to mind right now are The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Nightingale by Kristin Hanna and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?
It might not be the most beautiful cover but it’s the only one with my name on it. I am so proud of this one.
Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …? 200-300
What’s the title of the last book you purchased
I read a review of this book and then saw this copy being sold in the streets Of Nairobi on the next day. This was an exciting purchase!
What was your favorite author when you were a child? Ngugi Wa Thiong’o. I read a lot of Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and Hardy Boys but Ngugi’s books are the ones that ignited my passion for books. They are the stories that I still remember.
From which author do you have most books?
I have three books by Sophie Kinsella and three by Ceclia Ahern.
Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? I never reread books. I do like being surprised by plotlines especially in thrillers so I struggle with rereading since there are no surprises.
How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?
I set my goal at 60 books this year. I have already 21 books. I thought that my reading would slow down this year but I should have known better, can’t stay away from books.
Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case
Desert Flower by Waris Dirie
Incubus by Carol Goodman
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Never the Bride by Paul Magrs
After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman
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
Tina – Reading Between the Pages
Savanah – Off-Color Lit
Delphine – Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Lisa – Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews
Alex – Coffeeloving Bookoholic
The Readers Bay
Kathy – Books and Munches
I don’t want my BFF club to be complete just yet! There’s still room for plenty more so give me a shout if you want to be added! It’d be very appreciated!