Happy hump day! Today on the blog I want to give a warm welcome to my new BFF, Lynne, who blogs at Fictionophile. Her blogging resumé is most impressive! She started her blog in 2007, she’s posted over 200 reviews on Netgalley AND earned 6 badges. And what we’re probably all going to be a bit envious of is the fact that she is pre-approved on NG by 9 publishers.
Lynne is also the founder of the cover-love series. It’s actually through these series that I found her and they’re forever linked in my mind. If you’ve not checked it out yet, you really need to see them. She’s already featured 54 differently themed covers and whether it’s hearts, keys, broken wine glasses or other, every single time I find it amazing to see so many similar – and yet very different – covers together. OK, I’m rambling again so I think I’m going to let Lynne do the talking from hereon. Here it is:
Birthday: February 12th
What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job? I am retired from my job as the fiction cataloguer for the Halifax Public Library system.
Do you have any other hobbies? Besides blogging, I like gardening, word games, crocheting and other crafts.
Your favourite color?
Green, the many hues of nature.
Do you collect anything (besides books)? I collect mugs with a bookish theme,
also starfish which I have displayed around my summer cottage.
What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it?
It would have to be “Jane Eyre” and yes, I’ve read it several times. (I also own four different editions of this book)
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’ve purchased a book thinking it was a new title by one of my favourite authors, only to find that it was a book I already owned issued under a different title.
Do you listen to audio books?
I tried recently but found that it just wasn’t for me. I’d rather read the printed word.
Do you have a favorite genre?
I’m torn. If you asked me last year and for many years before that, I would have definitely said ‘Mystery/Thriller’. Now that genre shares the favourite spot with ‘Up-lit’.
What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?
“The Craftsman” by Sharon Bolton
Devoted father or merciless killer?
His secrets are buried with him.
Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried…ALIVE.
Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves.
Did she get it wrong all those years ago?
Or is there something much darker at play?
How is your library organized?
Alphabetically, by author’s surname. I can’t help it, it is a carry-over from my career in libraries.
Do you read more ebooks or physical books?
For sure I read more e-books. I would estimate that of the last 300 books I’ve read, only two of them have been actually books. I have been known to buy the actual book AFTER reading it digitally, just so that I could have a favorite title in my collection.
Do you have a favorite book?
For me, that question is akin to picking a favourite child. Impossible. I will say that Jane Eyre is my favourite classic, “A man called Ove” is a recent favourite, and I have SO many favourites in the mystery/thriller genre, that you would have to get more space on this blog to list them all. LOL. I have listed some of my favourite reads here.
What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?
Probably “The forgotten garden” by Kate Morton – and I love the classics in my collection which have gilt trimmings.
Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …?
I used to have thousands, now probably only about 1200 or so. I’ve been trying to purge in case we move to a smaller place with fewer bookshelves.
What’s the title of the last book you purchased?
“The trouble with goats and sheep” by Joanna Cannon.
Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.
And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…
Who was your favorite author when you were a child?
I remember my favourite book was “Tom’s midnight garden” so I’d have to say Philippa Pearce.
From which author do you have most books?
I have large collections of several authors, but the author I have the most books from is probably Ruth Rendell. Including some of her novels written under the name Barbara Vine, I have 51 of her titles in hardcover. (42 Ruth Rendell pictured here in the top photo – 9 Barbara Vine on another shelf in the bottom photo)
Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? Yes. I’ve read ‘Jane Eyre’ several times, also ‘The shell seekers’ by Rosamunde Pilcher, and ‘A man called Ove’ by Fredrik Backman. There are a few more, but I can’t think of them at the minute.
How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?
My Goodreads challenge this year is 100 books. I’m reading my 40th title now.
Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case?
“Life after life” by Kate Atkinson
“The Yellow house” by Patricia Falvey
“No great mischief” by Alistair MacLeod
“No mark upon her” by Deborah Crombie
“Entry Island” by Peter May
I’m going to leave you with one of Lynne’s favorite quotes:
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
Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers
Norrie – Reading Under The Blankie
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!