WWW Wednesday (18-10-2017)

WWW Wednesday is a book list hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and I’m happy to participate today.

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Three W’s:
What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

What I recently finished :

Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

This novel requires a little bit of suspended belief (ok an awful lot, it’s fantasy really) so it shouldn’t be my kind of book at all but the secrets and lies and psychological manipulation had me completely hooked and I ended up liking it anyway. I’m quite surprised myself! And now I really can say so as well #WTFthatending!

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What I’m reading now:

Blood Moon by John David Bethel

Blood Moon is based on a true story and there’s even a movie based on the story with Mark Wahlberg in the lead. Note: the real victim is sueing him and others involved for how he is portrayed in this movie. You can read an article about it here.

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What I’ll (probably) read soon:

I haven’t read The Teacher (novel 1 in the DS Imogen Grey series) but The Secret ended up on my ereader and I think it’s time to tackle one of my own reads again, especially now that I’ve seen there’s a third novel pulished soon, called The Angel. I do really like all the covers in this series too!

The Secret by Katerina Diamond

The SecretCan you keep a secret? Your life depends on it…

When Bridget Reid wakes up in a locked room, terrifying memories come flooding back – of blood, pain, and desperate fear. Her captor knows things she’s never told anyone. How can she escape someone who knows all of her secrets?

As DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a horrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder right under their noses in Exeter.

And as the past comes back to haunt her, Grey must confront her own demons. Because she knows that it can be those closest to us who hurt us the most…

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So that’s it, what are you reading this week? Share your link in the comments below so that I can come and take a look !

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I don’t like cooking unless…

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I’m not a great cook, I admit it, and I wouldn’t be very happy when I’d get a cookbook as a present, unless my dear friends, it is one of the cookbooks I listed here. A whole new world has opened up because I had NO IDEA there were so many book-related cookbooks out there. Really, if you’re a writer, it looks like you just have to publish a cookbook as well!

Here are some cookery books that might spike your enthusiasm for cooking from now on:

1. If you love celebrated works of literature… 

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These recipes are featured in or inspired by the novels listed below:

Jo’s Best Omelette . . . Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
No Dieter’s Delight Chicken Neapolitan . . . Thinner by Stephen King
Bev’s No-Fuss Crab Cakes . . . Unnatural Exposure by Patricia Cornwell
Macaroni and Cheese . . . The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
Veteran Split Pea Soup . . . The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Summer’s Day Cucumber-Tomato Sandwiches . . . Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
Dump Punch . . . Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Not Violet, But Blueberry Pie. . . Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Innocent Sweet Bread . . . The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Daddy’s Rich Chocolate Cake . . . Fatherhood by Bill Cosby

2. If you love A Game of Thrones…

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A passion project from superfans and amateur chefs Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer – and endorsed by George R. R. Martin himself – A Feast of Ice and Fire lovingly replicates a stunning range of cuisines from across the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. From the sumptuous delicacies enjoyed in the halls of power at King’s Landing, to the warm and smoky comfort foods of the frozen North, to the rich, exotic fare of the mysterious lands east of Westeros, there’s a flavor for every palate, and a treat for every chef.

3. If you love mysteries…

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Mystery-themed recipes and other baffling questions about cooking are answered by the Nancy Drew Cookbook for young readers. This series-specific cookbook mixed in a dash of mystery with a pinch of thematic recipes. Nearly 50% of these special recipes incorporate part of the titles from the first 50 volumes of the classic Nancy Drew mystery series. Examples include “Double Jinx Salad,” “Ski Jump Hot Chocolate” and “Haunted Showboat Pralines.”

4. If you love Harry Potter…

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With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie! With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly delicious meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories, such as:

Treacle Tart–Harry’s favorite dessert, Molly’s Meat Pies–Mrs. Weasley’s classic dish, Kreacher’s French Onion Soup, Pumpkin Pasties–a staple on the Hogwarts Express cart.

5. If you love.. euhm.. something different…

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Who but Roald Dahl could think up such mouthwatering and deliciously disgusting foods as Lickable Wallpaper, Stink Bugs Eggs, and Eatable Pillows?Now theres a practical guide to making these and other delicacies featured in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Dahl’s other books, with easy, step-by-step recipes that range from the delectable to the truly revolting. Quentin Blake’s illustrations combine with full-color photographs of the luscious results to perfectly capture Roald Dahls wicked sense of fun.

6. If you love The Hunger Games…

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The Unofficial Recipes of the Hunger Games savor the post-apocalyptic world of Panem one dish at a time with The Unofficial Recipes of The Hunger Games. Offering 187 recipes, this cookbook serves fans an authentic taste of the Hunger Games trilogy, whether foraged for in the impoverished District 12 or devoured at the lavish banquets of the Capitol. Satisfy your appetite with the recipes savored by the tributes: Peeta’s Burnt Raisin Nut Bread, Orange Chicken in Cream Sauce.

7. If you love Narnia…

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From the White Witch’s spellbinding Turkish Delight to the centaurs’ mouthwatering oatcakes and the Dryads’ favorite gooseberry fools, each recipe in The OFFICIAL Narnia Cookbook is a culinary tribute to the overwhelming influence The Chronicles of Narnia has had on generations of readers.

8. If you love nostalgic reads…

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Pooh is often satisfied with marmalade on a honeycomb but here are recipes for more substantial breakfast foods such as poohanpiglet Pancakes, Apricot Honey Bread, Muffins, and Popovers for Piglet.

9. If you love a good cocktail with a literary twist…

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Tequila Mockingbird is the ultimate cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Featuring 65 delicious drink recipes — paired with wry commentary on history’s most beloved novels — the book also includes bar bites, drinking games, and whimsical illustrations throughout.

Drinks include:

The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose
The Last of the Mojitos
Love in the Time of Kahlua
Romeo and Julep
A Rum of One’s Own
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margarita
Vermouth the Bell Tolls

10. If you love to try some more…

 

So tell me, would you enjoy any of these? In case you’re wondering, yes I just shared a picture of my own failed baking. I tried to do these kattentongen/langues de chat but didn’t have the patience to wait a long time after baking so I dipped them into chocolate and invented my own air-drying system until I could do the other side but they broke. No harm done, nobody’s seen them (but you) and I baked three cakes and banana pralines instead ;-).

The Good Mother by Karen Osman #BlogTour #Extract

I am delighted to be a host on the blog tour for The Good Mother by Karen Osman! I honestly really like the sound of this novel and I hope you do to, read on for an extract that is sure to pique your interest!

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What’s it about?

How far would you go to protect your children?

A gripping psychological suspense, with a shocking twist that will leave you reeling…

Catherine is a good mother and a good wife. The family home is immaculate, her husband’s supper is cooked on time, but when she starts writing to Michael, a prisoner convicted of murder, she finds herself obsessing about his crime and whether he can ever truly be forgiven…

Kate has no time for herself. Caught in the maelstrom of bringing up two young children with no money, and an out of work husband, she longs to escape the drudgery of being a wife and a mother. And she soon starts taking dangerous risks to feel alive…

Alison has flown the nest. But university life is not what she had hoped for, and she finds herself alone and unhappy. Until the day her professor takes a sudden interest in her. Then everything changes…

Three women – all with secrets. And as the days tick down to Michael’s release, those secrets can no longer be ignored.

Extract

Preface

He lunged at her and, whether it was the amount of wine he’d drunk making him clumsy or he had simply tripped over a chair leg, he came crashing down on the floor. Seeing the knife still in his hand, she didn’t hesitate. She turned and ran for her life. Out through the kitchen and into the hallway. She could see it now – the front door was just a few seconds away. She had to get out into the street where there were other people. Her hand reached for the door handle and she yanked it hard. But it wouldn’t open – it was either stuck or locked. She tried again, praying the door was just jammed by the carpet, but it didn’t budge. She could see the keychain hanging on its hook to the side and made a grab for it. Shaking, she tried to find the right key from the bunch to open the door. She could hear him stumbling around in the kitchen and knew she only had seconds to spare. Hearing him coming out of the kitchen, she turned to look back. He looked deranged. There was blood where he had banged his head on the floor and as he came rushing towards her, the last thing she saw was the cruel glint of the blade of the knife, and she knew everything was over.

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Catherine

15 August 2010

Dear Michael,

My name is Catherine and I am a volunteer with the charity Friends of Inmate Rehabilitation. I hope things are as well as they can be.

When I was asked to correspond with you as part of the charity’s efforts to help prisoners, I was initially apprehensive. However, I reminded myself that we have a duty to help those less fortunate than ourselves, and I hope that through these letters I can give you a little insight into the outside world. The only information I have about you is your name and offence and I’m aware that you have spent over ten years in prison already. The charity informed me that you will soon be up for parole, which I’m sure you’re looking forward to. As a result, they assign people like me to help you prepare for life outside through letters.

So, where shall I start? My husband, Richard, our daughter, Helen and I live about two hours away from Durham. Richard works in finance, and I volunteer for various charities as well as work at the local library.

Are you from Durham? I used to know the city fairly well and I always thought it was such a lovely place, especially the cathedral. In fact, I have a lot of memories of strolling through the cobbled streets, and I have walked for miles along the river. We moved to the Lake District just under ten years ago, and we really enjoy life here. When the weather’s fine, we spend a lot of time outdoors, walking and hiking, and my daughter loves nature and wildlife, so for her it’s ideal.

Do you get to go outside a little each day? I do hope my questions aren’t too personal. Perhaps in the next letter, you can tell me a little bit more about yourself? If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask me. This is the first time I have done anything like this and I’ll be honest, I’m not quite sure what I’m doing! I’m hoping you can help and guide me through it.

Catherine looked at the letter in front of her. Then, before she could change her mind, she carefully wrote her signature at the bottom of the page. Leaving the letter to one side, she headed for the kitchen to make tea. Returning, she sat in her favourite chair by the window looking out over the beautiful views. A rugged mountainous backdrop gave way to gentle green slopes. But the rolling hills were not enough to capture her attention; the letter taunted her from its place on the desk. Was she really going to write to a murderer? Her family would be horrified if they found out. She had taken up various volunteer positions in her time but nothing like this. Once she had contacted the rehabilitation centre it had all happened remarkably quickly and, in hindsight, Catherine had been surprised at how easy the process had been. She had thought they would do intensive background checks, but they had simply sent her a list of prisoners for her to review, interviewed her over the phone, and asked her if she had a preference. When she saw Michael’s profile, she instantly felt a connection. She couldn’t explain it – not yet, anyway – but instinctively she knew it had to be him.

Do you want to read more? Good news, The Good Mother is available on NetGalley

Buy links

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About Karen Osman

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Originally from the UK, Karen won the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel and now has a three-book deal with Head of Zeus. When she’s not writing novels, Karen is busy bringing up her two young children and running her communication business Travel Ink.

Follow Karen

Website: https://www.karenosman.com/
Twitter: @KarenAuthor

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Don’t forget to check out the other tour stops as well. Tomorrow’s stop will be Emma the Little Book Worm!

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Let’s celebrate our furry bookish friends

World Animal Day

I realised one of my favorite tropes in books are animals. I just love the interaction with them and reading about them.

Because TODAY is World Animal Day I thought it would be a good idea to share some books that are about or include a dog or cat in the plotline.

Let’s talk about DOGS

There’s really no shortage of books with dogs in them.. they are usually loyal and trustworthy, they are good company and offer consolation when nobody else is there for you. The first one listed below is getting a lot of attention lately but there are a few others as well that are worth a mention:

Dan Knew by F.J. Curlew

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A Ukrainian street dog is rescued from certain death by an expat family. As he travels to new countries with them a darkness grows and he finds himself narrating more than just his story. More than a dog story. Ultimately it’s a story of escape and survival but maybe not his.
The world through Wee Dan’s eyes in a voice that will stay with you long after you turn that last page.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Crowley

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Faithful by Alice Hoffman

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Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

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The One plus One by Jojo Moyes

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You can read my Goodreads review here

50 Acts of Kindness by Ellyn Oaksmith

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You can read my review here

I’ve only read the last two but the other books interest me as well.  The list is much longer than this though, I read some other books that I can recall that have dogs mentioned in them as well:

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Tattered Gloves by J.L. Berg

Brake Failure by Alison Brodie

Portmanteau by Paul T. Beardow

Let’s talk about CATS

Cats are much harder to find in books BUT apparently if you’re a detective in a cosy mystery there must be a cat involved. I guess most writers think they can’t really do much with a cat character in a book which is sad really because they can express an attitude like no other.

Mrs. Lilian Jackson Brown has written 29 mystery novels with cats in them: The Cat Who Sniffed Glue, The Cat Who Tailed A Thief, The Cat Who Had 14 Tales

There are even cats who ARE the detective themselves: Sam, the cat detective, Matty, detective catAtticus Claw Settles A Score, Luke, the detective cat

 

Then you have books about real existing cats: Grumpy Cat and A Street Cat named Bob and let’s not forget Dewey, the library cat!

Then here’s some interesting books that don’t fall in any of the above categories : The Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky and Under the Paw by Tom Cox

Finally let’s not forget one important story… a cat called Chester.. ring any bells?

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So that’s it! Have you read any other books with dogs and cats in them? Let me know! Oh and I hope you’ll give your own pets an extra cuddle and some special attention today too.

Getting to Know You Better Tag

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I was tagged by the wonderful Nicki@SecretLibrary to participate in the Getting to Know You Better Tag (it’s actually Getting to Know ME Better here ;-)). Nicki is one of my favorite fellow bloggers so be sure to stop by her blog for more fun tags, reviews, and her awesome six degrees feature (the idea is to start with one book and then create a chain of six books, each suggested by the one before)!

So let’s begin:

How long have you been blogging?

I started on 28 February 2016 which means it’s been a year and a half already!

Do you enjoy doing tags?

Noooo! Well unless they are really easy, like this one :-). I do appreciate being tagged but they just take so much time and it’s so difficult for someone like me who can never choose (yep I’ve done it again, bought two pairs of same-ish shoes last week because I couldn’t choose) so I honestly never know which books to choose for tags and and I don’t know to answer some of these questions.. what’s your favorite book (as if there’s one) and what’s your favorite fandom (say what? aren’t these tags only for fantasy readers?), and don’t get me even started on the whole book boyfriend dilemma :-).

Do you follow the blogs that follow you?

No.. in the beginning I followed everyone back but I stopped doing that because the number of followers was increasing so much I didn’t have time to give everyone my attention. Now I’ll follow when people actually comment or give my blog more than one like so I know they’re worth my time too.

Describe your blog in 5 words?

To the point and completely who I am (not exactly five but who’s counting).

How many posts have you made on your blog? (Not counting this tag)

276! I’m surprising myself here 🙂

On a scale of 1-10 how much do you enjoy blogging?

Euhm.. 8? I really like doing it but I hate that I don’t have more time and that I run into my limits from time to time. I wish I was just better at some things but what’d ya gonna do? It’s in my nature never to be satisfied. I know, you don’t want to be the guy that’s with me ;-).

Writing or reading blog posts?

Both, I like sharing what I think about a novel I read, especially if it’s an amazing read but I also want to hear about new books my blog friends read, or one’s that I read and see what they make of it.

Post some links to blogs you enjoy reading

A Haven for Book LoversMisti Moo Book ReviewsBookidote | Book ReviewsClues and ReviewsCover to Cover, Chocolate’n’ Waffles

Consider yourselves tagged if you want as well ;-).

Author spotlight: The Hidden Village by Imogen Matthews (QandA)

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The Hidden Village

What’s it about?

Deep in the Veluwe woods lies a secret that frustrates the Germans. Convinced that Jews are hiding close by they can find no proof.

The secret is Berkenhout, a purpose-built village of huts sheltering dozens of persecuted people.

Young tearaway Jan roams the woods looking for adventure and fallen pilots. His dream comes true when he stumbles across an American airman, Donald C. McDonald. But keeping him hidden sets off a disastrous chain of events.

Sofie, a Jewish Dutch girl, struggles to adapt to living in Berkenhout, away from her family and friends. As weeks turn to months, she’s worried they’ll abandon her altogether.

Henk Hauer, head woodman, is in charge of building the underground huts and ensuring the Berkenhout inhabitants stay safe.
But many grow suspicious of his liaisons with the Germans. Is he passing on secret information that could endanger lives?

All it takes is one small fatal slip to change the course of all their lives for ever.

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Buy links

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About Imogen Matthews

ImogenImogen Matthews lives in Oxford, England and is the author of two romantic fiction e-novels. The Hidden Village is her first foray into historical fiction. Born in Rijswijk, Holland, to a Dutch mother and English father, the family moved to England when Imogen was very young. She has always enjoyed holidays in Holland and since 1990, has gone regularly with her husband and two children to Nunspeet on the edge of the Veluwe woods. It was here that she discovered the story of the hidden village, and together with her mother’s vivid stories of life in WW2 Holland, she was inspired to write her next novel…

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Q&A

What inspired you to write this novel?

It was about six years ago, when I was cycling with my family in the Veluwe woods near Vierhouten that I discovered a real hidden village. I know these woods very well from frequent cycling holidays with my family and we always stay near Nunspeet in the beautiful and peaceful Hoogwolde “bungalowpark”. It’s set in its own woodland and you only have to step outside the door and onto your bike and in minutes you’re on the cycle path that takes you right into the woods.

Why Holland? Well, my mother was Dutch, I was born in Rijswijk and the family moved to England when I was a toddler. Summer holidays were often spent in Holland. As I grew up the Dutch culture and language were always an important part of who I am. After I married and we had our two boys it was natural that we kept going to Holland for holidays and it’s a habit that has stuck for 27 years (and counting!).

So, back to my discovery of this place that I’d heard nothing about until on a bike ride we came across a memorial stone commemorating the people who’d provided food and shelter to Jews during the Second World War. In all the years we’d been visiting Nunspeet, no one had ever mentioned it, nor had I’d read about the details. I was intrigued.

Near the memorial stone was a board with information and illustrations of the huts that made up this hidden village, named ‘Het Verscholen Dorp’. On closer investigation and set away from the cycle path were a few underground huts, a facsimile of those that had been built on that exact spot. The huts were dark and cramped and showed how whole families had lived in them. They were forbidden to light fires or make any noise during the day when the danger was at its most acute. I found it hard to imagine what kind of a life it must have been. How could so many people have lived here for so long and not be detected by the Germans who patrolled these woods in search of Jews, defectors, members of the Resistance, fallen pilots etc? It was fascinating and chilling in equal measure.

I came away wanting to know more, but also was starting to formulate the idea of a fictional account of what life might have been for people forced to leave their family and friends and to live apart from society for nearly two years. I needed to do my own research.

Your novel starts out from historical facts. How did you go about researching and deciding how you were going to tell this story?

Back home, I began my internet search for information, but found very little apart from sketchy accounts of people who had helped the operation and some details of the construction of the huts. On the one hand, it was frustrating there wasn’t more; on the other, it provided me with an almost blank canvas to construct my own fictional story. After more googling I found a book called “Het Verscholen Dorp” that had been written in 1974 and was out of print. I came across a secondhand copy on the Dutch website bol.com and promptly bought it. It was quite worn when it arrived, but was full of the kind of information that I’d been wanting. The author, an A.Visser, had spoken to people who lived in the area as well as some who had lived through the war, who provided old photographs and diagrams of the construction of the huts. It was hard going reading through the text, but my reading Dutch is quite good and google translate helped me when I got stuck on certain words and phrases.

What I didn’t want to do was to write another historical account of the hidden village. I was keen to write a novel with two different perspectives: from those living inside the village and those on the outside. My two main characters are young, which was another reason for writing a novel. None of the people A.Visser wrote about were children and I kept asking myself how young people would have felt and behaved in those circumstances. My mother had told me many stories of her wartime experiences when she was a teenager, so this also influenced my choice of younger characters.

Who are your favorite writers?

I love reading and have quite a few favourites. I love the novels by the American author, Anita Shreve, and her “Resistance”, set in wartime Belgium was another influence on my novel. She has a wonderful way with words, often using very few to convey situations and express emotions. I aspire to her spare style of writing.

Another favourite is Rose Tremain and I admire her ability to write in different genres and styles. To my mind, her most successful novel is “The Road Home” written from the perspective of an East European man who comes to England to find work. She wrote it in 2007 and 10 years on it resonates strongly with the fate of displaced individuals the world over.

What are you reading now?

I’ve just finished “Sweet Caress” by William Boyd, another wonderful writer. I love his sweeping narratives which follow characters throughout their lives -“Any Human Heart” is another of his books that grips the reader from beginning to end.

What’s the worst/best thing about writing a book?

There are two worst things -firstly, getting stuck and having to find the willpower to keep ploughing on. Secondly, the numerous edits that are necessary to improve the story and characters. When you think you’ve finished, you will always find something else, like the repetition of a word or a misspelling. The best thing about writing is when the writing flows and I can’t get the story down fast enough. However difficult, I always feel so much better after a decent writing session when I can see I’m making progress.

Do you have any future projects lined up?

I’ve written about 10,000 words of a follow-on book to The Hidden Village. I’ve enjoyed getting back into the writing again and developing a new story and characters. I won’t say any more than that as I haven’t quite decided the direction it will take!

I’ve given my first author talk at my local library which was really well received. Following on, I have another two talks coming up and several book groups will be reading The Hidden Village.

Out of curiosity, do you speak any Dutch? Do you have a favorite Dutch word?

I can understand Dutch quite well but never spoke it growing up. As a child, I would listen to my mother chatting to her Dutch friends but when they asked me a question in Dutch, I’d answer in English! I wish I hadn’t been so stubborn. Recently, I’ve been trying a lot harder and taken some private conversation lessons and listen as often as I can to the NOS Jeugdjournaal, which has really helped my colloquial use of the language. We’re off to Holland again soon for some cycling so I’m looking forward to practising some more.

I have a couple of favourite Dutch words which all members of my family still use, including newcomers: Lekker – to describe all manner of delicious things. Gezellig –there really is no translation in English but, to me, it sums up everything that is warm and comforting about being Dutch. (The closest word is Hygge from the Danish and I feel quite annoyed that they got there first!)

Thank you so much Imogen for your interesting answers! 

My reading habits

Reading habits

Thank you Annie@TheMisstery for this cool idea! I loved reading about Annie’s habits and thought it might be nice to share mine too. There’s more than these no doubt but they are a pretty good start :-).

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STARTING EARLY

I start reading my book 50 minutes after opening my eyes. That’s when I arrive at the train station and while I wait for my train I get my book out. Nothing better to power up your brain than starting to read, especially when you feel you’re still in sleep-mode :-).

ANYTIME, ANYWHERE

I read in the train, at work, on the couch, in bed before going to sleep… When I can’t sleep after trying for two hours I pick up my book again as well. I read at the hairdresser and while I wait in the car if someone’s visiting a store (don’t mind me, I’ll just wait in the car). I take my ereader everywhere with me, even if I’m only out for 5 minutes.. normal people take keys, phone.. and I take my ereader as well in my routine. I’m used to carrying a heavy handbag with me at all times :-).

DIFFERENT TREATMENT 

I read everywhere but there’s a difference because I would never read a paperback in the bathtub, on the toilet or near food. It’s not that I ever dropped one in the tub but just the thought of a water soaked page… I know dropping my e-reader would actually be worse but it feels more unlikely.. maybe because it’s not as heavy as a novel and easier to hold.. I don’t know…

STARTING TO READ 

I’m weird (but you already knew that) because I always try to finish a novel on Sunday so I can start a new novel on Monday. I would even read until very late to get this done, just so I can have that new start of the week with a new book.

SILENCE PLEASE

I don’t want music on while reading and no tv. If the tv is switched on I automatically look up and my attention is not on the novel alone anymore. Men seem to think that we can read while they watch tv and I know we are pretty awesome but no, just not possible!

MY PRECIOUS

I will never write in a novel, I will never dog-ear a novel, I will never crack the spine entirely but hold it open loosely. I don’t mind second-hand novels that have marks of being used and have bent corners AT ALL but when I buy a new novel I don’t want to be the one who damages a perfect copy.

DNF

I usually try to always finish a novel even if I didn’t like it but there were a few times that I made an exception and I stopped around 80%. This was usually the point that I knew nothing was going to happen anymore and I really couldn’t care how it ended.

Since I read a few reactions from bloggers about this topic I made a promise to myself to stop reading sooner and I actually tried it once now. When you want to start skimming you know this isn’t going to go well so I gave up after 100 pages (OK I skipped to the ending then). It felt a bit uncomfortable giving up ‘so soon’ but I know it’s better this way too.

ONLY ONE

I can’t read more than one book at the time. Even if I should start in two books, there would always be one of them I’d be more interested in and I would automatically pick that one up every time and end up with reading one novel anyway.

STOP READING

Another weird thing: when I stop reading I try to finish a chapter but sometimes, when it’s a really good book usually, I deliberately stop at the end of a page and don’t turn the page and wait for the chapter to end because I already know it would end with more questions and I’d want to keep on reading and start the next chapter or following pages. Are you still following me?

So what about you? I’m afraid to ask but is there anyone who recognizes anything? Do you have any other bookish habits that aren’t listed?