New BFF: What’s Better Than Books


It’s my absolute pleasure to have Zoë of What’s Better Than Books on the blog today. I can describe her in three words as Zen, Organised and Efficiënt. I know Zoë since a little while and she’s such a wonderful blogger and always so nice to me and I think her blog (it’s piiiink) really fits with how she is.

If you ever need some book recommendations then you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for on Zoë’s blog because you can search by so many different parameters. I prefer searching by genre or rating most of all but you can just as easily search by publisher or title, she’s so organised, she’s thought of everything ;-). I can also very much recommend checking out her list of Best Reads of the Year: they are listed by genre, which is very handy, and you can look at all the beautiful covers. I love it that you can really see those covers, so go check it out and give her a follow while you’re there!

OK now, let’s get to know the person behind the blog a little better. It’s time for my new BFF to answer the questions.


Name: Zoë

Age: 43

Birthday:  July 5

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job? I studied Science at Uni, and I’ve been a stay-at-home mum for my two kids (17 & 15) for the past 17 years and do a little IT work part time.

Do you have any other hobbies? Cycling

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Your favourite color? Black ( I know boring)


Do you collect anything (besides books)?  Kitchen Gadgets ( I love to cook)

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What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I’ve had it since I was a pre-teen and have not read it since then.

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? A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. It sounded so good and I really liked the cover but it wasn’t as good as I expected.


Rural Wisconsin, 1907. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful industrialist, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement. But when Catherine steps of the train she’s not the woman that Ralph is expecting. She is both complex and devious. And, haunted by a terrible past, she is motivated by greed. Catherine’s plan is simple. She will win Ralph’s devotion. Later, she will leave him as a wealthy woman. What Catherine has not counted on however is that Ralph might have plans of his own for his new wife . . .

Do you listen to audio books? Sometimes when I go for walks, although I still prefer to read a book.

Do you have a favorite genre? Historical Fiction

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now? Us Against You by Fredrick Backman

You can read an interview on Goodreads with the author HERE and listen to a podcast  with the author HERE

How is your library organized? Alphabetical by Author and then Title

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Do you read more ebooks or physical books? It’s about equal.

Do you have a favorite book? Lots. But one of them that I always tend to recommend would be Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.

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What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of? One of the covers I love in my collection is A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

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Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …? 756 (Scary I know. I’m one of those Type A people and I have them all scanned into a database “LibraryThing”)


What’s the title of the last book you purchased? The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

What was your favorite author when you were a child? Roald Dahl
From which author do you have most books? Karen Swan (14 titles in my home library)
Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? I don’t get a chance to very often these days but in the past I have definitely read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a few times.
How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already? 200 and I completed my goal for this year already!
Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case ? 

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Z – Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitsgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

O – On a Beautiful Day by Lucy Diamond 

– Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave


In case you missed it, here are a few of the BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about before :

Liis – Cover to Cover
Danielle – Books, Vertigo and Tea
Betty – Bookish Regards
Anais – Zeezee with Books
Nicki – Secret Library
Donna – Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog
Chitra – Books & Strips
Annie – The Misstery
Dee – Novel Deelights
Tina – Reading Between the Pages
Delphine – Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Lisa – Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews
Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers
Norrie – Reading Under The Blankie
Lynne – Fictionophile
Lorna – On The Shelf Reviews
Vera – Unfiltered Tales
Kelly – Another Book In The Wall

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! 

38 thoughts on “New BFF: What’s Better Than Books

    • Oh thank you, it is my goal to share my friends and introduce them to other bloggers :-). Even when I already know the bloggers myself, I still find out new things about them every time. You know, I’d love to have you too if you’re interested. No pressure but let me know if you want to show your bookshelves in the beginning of next year 😉

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      • I love that by doing this you are bringing so many bloggers together, and possibly, giving them new reads too. And it’s always fun to learn about other bloggers, we feel less isolated.

        Oh, and YES, I would love to do a Q&A with you. Thanks you for asking. Shall I send my email through your contact form?

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  1. Such a wonderful post! I didn’t know Zoe before this, thanks for introducing her to us/me. I just like how super organized she is. Her system of keeping track of all the books on her TBR, just wow. Really impressive!

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