Hi, hello, hallo, bonjour!
I’m especially including that last one because my guest of today is Alexandra who lives in Canada :-). Alexandra is my top commenter if you must know 🙂 and I’m very grateful she wanted to participate. She’s so sweet and always so thoughtful, it’s a joy to read her comments. If you want to have a blog friend with whom you can really interact then you should definitely hop on over, you can find her at: Alexandra Wolfe. Also do check out these random facts about Alex, she certainly impressed me!
Alexandra is an opinionated woman – she says so herself – and I honestly really like that about her, she’s not going to sugarcoat anything and I appreciate her honest reviews. She rates books on a scale to 10 and has a genius system of 5 categories or points of review that guide her, listing good things and bad things in each category that work well or don’t work for her so that she can give each book a fair score.
She also has a second site which she started only a few weeks ago which you can find here: http://terranincognito.ca/
This one will appeal to everyone who loves fantasy because she started her own story set in space —SPACE FLEET— think of it as Star Trek meets The Expanse. She would love to have more people following the online story, or help write the story itself, so if you like the sound of this, do reach out to her. You can also join the team on twitter if you’re interested: https://twitter.com/IncognitoTerran
Now do you want to like really REALLY get to know her? Read on then because the question round is about to start… in 3.. 2.. 1..
Name: Alexandra Wolfe
Age: Over the age of consent! 😉
Birthday: March 12th
What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job? Back in the day I studied Earth Sciences, art history and English. Which, of course, is why I’m now a freelance editor.
Do you have any other hobbies? I have a number of hobbies, but the one that takes me out and about most, is photography. I love to snap pictures of everything, but most especially, I love taking what I call floral portraits! And who doesn’t love looking at lots of flower pictures, right?
Your favourite color? One colour, I’m only allowed one? How about rainbow? Or ultraviolet …
Out of: The Horoscope.co
The lucky color for Pisces zodiac is Turquoise.
This unconventional watery combination stimulates a great creativity flow, but also sooths the visionary and innovative native in Pisces.
Other hues that appeal to people born on March 12 are purple, pink and sea-green.
Do you collect anything (besides books)? Words, which I think anyone who visits my blog already knows about. I use to collect BIG bugs and stamps as a kid, and as I moved to adulthood, I collected rocks, that was the geologist in me … now, not so much.
What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? Serpent’s Reach by C. J. Cherryh is probably the oldest book I still have with me, since I moved to Canada. I could only bring so much with me. And, of the handful of books I couldn’t bear to part with, this one is probably the oldest (70s). I reread it every couple of years or so.
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? Oh yes, way to many—in this last year alone I think I’ve bought 4 or 5 books I wish I hadn’t. Just check the blog to see how many were DNF in my 2018 list. I think I need to go back to borrowing books from the library!
Do you listen to audio books? No, not really. I’ve tried pod casts and fall asleep within minutes, so an audio book will probably be lost on me.
Do you have a favorite genre? I would have to say science fiction, though these last 3-4 years it’s been crime/mystery fiction more than anything else. I just lost interest in SF back in the 90s. I’m just not interested in reading an overly long thick book that could stop a charging rhino! Long doesn’t mean good, it usually means bad editing!
What is the book highest on your wish list right now? It’s a toss up between THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper and THE KINGDOM OF COPPER by S. A. Chakraborty. I am so looking forward to reading both these books, which I have on pre-order.
How is your library organized? Someone laughed when I told them it’s no more scientific than biggest and heaviest books at the bottom of the bookcase, smaller lighter ones at the top. I had a bookcase fall over on me, it’s not pleasant let me tell you.
Do you read more ebooks or physical books? I have probably 30+ ebooks on my iPad, most of which I haven’t read. But currently on my bookshelves? Maybe 300+, with another 300+ boxed in the storage locker. No book is left behind. Those I DNFed or will not read again, get donated to my local library. I think I have single-handedly created an English language section for them. 😀
Do you have a favorite book? Argh! Again, with this only one book, one colour … I have favourites, and from different times in my life. As a child it would have been Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh. But now, I guess the last book I read that I really enjoyed would be THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty, however, next week it might be something else.
Among the bustling markets of eighteenth century Cairo, the city’s outcasts eke out a living swindling rich Ottoman nobles and foreign invaders alike.
But alongside this new world the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the desert, full of enchantment, desire and riches. Where magic pours down every street, hanging in the air like dust.
Many wish their lives could be filled with such wonder, but not Nahri. She knows the trades she uses to get by are just tricks and sleights of hand: there’s nothing magical about them. She only wishes to one day leave Cairo, but as the saying goes…
Be careful what you wish for.
What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of? Currently, maybe THE CITY OF BRASS cover, with the vivid colours and the lone female figure dwarfed by the huge Djinn palace. Talk about evoking scale!
I also have a collection of children’s books that I love and this is one of my favorites:
The Secret Lives of Princesses is a treasure trove of incredible behind-the-scenes stories that reveal the secret lives of the world’s most mysterious princesses.
Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …? Probably somewhere around the 700 mark, right now.
What’s the title of the last book you purchased? THE WHISPERER by Donato Carrisi.
Six severed arms are discovered buried in a forest clearing. They are arranged in a mysterious circle, and appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and thirteen. But the rest of the bodies are nowhere to be found.
Criminologist Goran Gavila is given the case. A dishevelled, instinctively rebellious man, he is forced to work with young female police officer Mila Vasquez. Lithe, boyish, answering to no one, Mila has a reputation as a specialist in missing children. She also has a tragic history of her own that has left her damaged, unable to feel or to relate to others.
Theirs is a fiery but strangely affecting working relationship – and as they uncover more secrets about the dark secrets in the forest, their lives are increasingly in each other’s hands…
A gripping literary thriller that has taken Italy by storm, The Whisperer has been as sensational a bestseller in Europe as the Stieg Larsson novels. It is that rare creation: a thought-provoking, intelligent literary novel that is also utterly unputdownable.
Who was your favorite author when you were a child? Two really, Lewis Carroll and A. A. Milne. I also really liked this one:
From which author do you have most books? I guess that would have to be Robert A. Heinlein, as I own all but maybe two of his books.
Robert Heinlein was an American novelist and the grand master of science fiction in the twentieth century. Often called ‘the dean of science fiction writers’, he is one of the most popular, influential and controversial authors of ‘hard science fiction’.
Over the course of his long career he won numerous awards and wrote 32 novels, 59 short stories and 16 collections, many of which have cemented their place in history as science fiction classics, including STARSHIP TROOPERS, THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS and the beloved STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND.
Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? Oh yes, most of Robert Heinlein, some C. J. Cherryh books, a couple of Elizabeth Moon, and definitely Frank Herbert’s Dune series as well.
How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already? I’m not on Goodreads, but I am trying to read between 25-30 books a year. I use to read 50+ … yes, one a week. But I’ve cut way back in recent years.
Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case?
A — A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
L — Lockdown by Laurie R. King
EX — Extraordinary People by Peter May
In case you missed it, here are the 5 last BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about. If you want to read the previous posts, you can find the tab with links on my home page.
Kelly – Another Book In The Wall
Zoë – What’s Better Than Books
Umut – Umut Reviews
Luci – Lunarlucibooks
Chloé – Review by Chloe
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 featured in May!