I Spy Book Tag


I was tagged twice so 2 times a thank you to Norrie @Reading Under the Blankie and Kathy @Books and Munches for challenging me to do this tag!

The challenge this time is: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!!

PS: I used my (entire) Goodreads list so Read, To Read and Wishlist ;-).


Tag 001



Tag 002 b



Tag 009




Tag 013



Tag 007


Something You Read

The Travelers



Body of Water

Tag 002


Product of Fire

Tag 005


Tag 010



Clothing Item

Tag 014


Family Member

Tag 011



Time of Day

Tag 015



Tag 016



Paranormal Being

A Monster Calls




The Fixer




Tag 003



Tag 004


Celestial Body

Tag 012



Something That Grows

Baby teeth


So that’s it. I hope I did well :-).

The best part is, I get to tag some people as well so I tag the following blogs :

Up With A Book

Book Wonderland

Books of Magic

A Little Book Problem

Books Teacup and Reviews

Books and Co

and anyone who really likes doing tags 😉


New BFF: Unfiltered Tales


Good day to everyone who reads this post and a warm welcome to Vera of the wonderful Unfiltered Tales blog. Vera started blogging in February of this year so if you happen to have missed her posts, hop on over and check it out. She doesn’t read romance (#sorrynotsorry) but everything else goes. Besides her stellar reviews, I seriously always look forward to her posts in her Chitter-Chatter series. I can’t explain, you have to read them for yourself, but her experience as a life coach really comes forward in those posts. They’ll help you think about what you are doing with your blog and if that’s what you really want and they are just generally very insightful.

OK after this little introduction, I’ll let Vera take it from here 🙂


Name: Vera

Age: I’m in my late thirties… that’s still 30, right? 😉

Birthday: Late January, I’m an Aquarius

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?

I studied Mathematical and Computer Modelling at Uni. My job is to be a Researcher; I live in a world of equations, which I verify via code writing. I pinch myself sometimes to make sure I’m not dreaming. I consider myself extremely lucky to be curious for living. I mean I get to ask my favourite WHY word on a regular basis, how cool is that? 😉 Alright, you may think it’s all hunky dory but the reality sometimes is me feeling like punching a wall and screaming at my code as it looped itself indefinitely again (nothing to do with me of course); or as Carol from Little Britain nicely puts it: “Computer says No” sometimes and I go mad…

Personal Trainer 02

I have a few side gigs as well: I’m a certified Personal Trainer and Exercise to Music Instructor. And I’m going through Life Coach training. All of those have something to do with my obsession with people. I love to know why we do things we do. Alice once famously cried my nickname: “curiouser and curiouser”.

Do you have any other hobbies?


I love rock climbing, hiking in nature, mountaineering / scrambling, yoga, horse riding, dog walking, discovering new places and spending time with people I love (my dog fits that category as well!). I am also into photography and love snapping photos whenever I have a change.

Can I say people are my hobby as well without sounding super creepy? I love people watching; something that gets me into trouble a lot. Especially on busy tube trains in London…

People watching quote

I also love spending time in nature. Nature always make me feel so small – in the best possible way. I get fully recharged when I’m outside and I dream of living by a wild rocky coast one day.

Your favourite colour?

I tend to have a lot of black tops… and grey, white and blue feature in my closet and our furniture as well. I also like pink.

Do you collect anything (besides books)?

I tend not to collect anything.

Minimalism is something close to my heart and me and my anxiety feel better without too much stuff around. I’m not judging anyone who has a different preference, we are all different and that’s so beautiful about us. In my case, less is more.

Less is more

What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it?

I think it’s The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho which I bought when I moved to London from the Czech Republic in 2000. I read it many times.

Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

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?

Nope. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like certain books, but I just never regret spending money on such books. I see it as a way of supporting all those writers, who are out there creating and telling us stories. I am very good at not finishing books but never ever regret making those purchases.

Do you listen to audio books?

Nope. But I’m planning to. I will try some non-fiction books first as I listen to a lot of podcasts and I think it could work. I bought We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on audible and will be listening to it soon.

Do you have a favourite genre?

Hmmmm. I don’t. Recently, I have been gravitating towards non-fiction about topics such as human behaviour, emotions, values, minimalism, zero waste, mindfulness and gratitude. I have also read a lot of memoirs lately.

I also enjoy fantasy, psychological thrillers and twisted crime novels. I am very open minded about what I read with perhaps the exception of romance novels, those are just not my thing.

What is the book highest on your wish list right now?

It’s a tie between Circe by Madeline Miller and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

How is your library organized?


We sort of sectioned our bookcase. We have climbing guides and hiking guides in a few sections, then there is a small cook book section, two dog training guides and I have a section for books written in Czech and the rest of books is sort of colour coded.

all my books

My dog decided to photobomb this photo. He had a surgery on his paw recently and currently follows me everywhere and it’s impossible to take a photo without him or a part of him in it. 😉

Do you read more eBooks or physical books?

I read predominantly digital. eBooks are usually my preferred way of reading. With that said, I enjoy reading physical copies of non-fiction books. Books written is Czech are pretty much always physical copies though as they are usually gifts from my family.

Do you have a favourite book?

I have a few favourites. The already mentioned The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho is one of them. Another is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I adore all Dr Brené Brown’s books but Daring Greatly is the one closest to my heart.

From Czech books, I love the hysterically funny Saturnin by Zdeněk Jirotka as well as Besídka bývalých žáků zvláštní školy by Miloslav Šimek, Jiří Grossmann and Jiří Krampol. I don’t know if these are translated into English but they are utterly hilarious and I love them very dearly. They are HOME. 😊

Books are HOME

What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?

I had to have a look as I’m notoriously oblivious to book covers. I honestly could not care less what those covers are. I know, I’m a savage… 😉

fav cover

The book, which cover I really like is: Wild guide: Devon, Cornwall and South West by Daniel Start. That cover always makes me dream of discovering places and hiding somewhere in nature.

Do you have any idea how many books you own?

Nope. I bought many but equally donated most of them. I delete most eBooks once I read them, I honestly have no idea…

What’s the title of the last book you purchased?

Love Wins by Rob Bell.

In Love Wins, bestselling author, international teacher, and speaker Rob Bell (Velvet Elvis, Drops Like Stars) addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith–hell and the afterlife–arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?

Rob Bell is an electrifying, unconventional pastor whom Time magazine calls “a singular rock star in the church world,” with millions viewing his NOOMA videos.

With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial with a hopeful message–eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.

Love and Hate

What was your favourite author when you were a child?

Astrid Lindgren. Even as a kid, I was mildly obsessed with anything Scandinavian. 😉 I adored her books. With my favourite being Pippi Longstocking and The Six Bullerby Children.

I was also into myths and legends and read everything I could find on old Greek / Roman / Norse / Native American / South American / Egyptian mythology as well as old Slavic tales. I still crave those from time to time as they always bring so much nostalgia to me. They are my comfort blanket for sure.

When I was about 12, I discovered horrors and Stephen King was my main author of choice. And then I found J.R.R Tolkien and the rest is history…

From which author do you have most books?

Non-fiction that would be Dr Brené Brown, fiction that would be Kelley Armstrong as I enjoyed her Otherworld series.

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho and Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly are the ones I have read more than twice.

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?

I have pledged 100 books but so far, I have read 28. I’ve written a post about ‘Reading Challenge and the Art of Failing’ as I am not sure if I’ll be able to finish it given how much I have ‘not read’ this year so far but somehow, I’m OK with it. 😊

Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case?


Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
Everything that Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (aka The Minimalists)
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

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

Martina – The Mystery Corner
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
Savanah – Off-Color Lit
Delphine – Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Lisa – Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews
Alex – Coffeeloving Bookoholic
Kathy – Books and Munches
Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers
Norrie – Reading Under The Blankie
Lynne – Fictionophile
Lorna – On The Shelf Reviews

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!

WWW Wednesday (04-07-2018)

WWW Wednesdays

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

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


What I recently finished :

The tall man is an urban legend, until Sadie tells us he’s real. So is he, really? You’ll have to read and find out. This kept me guessing about what was real and not real until the end of the novel.

The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke

The Tall Man def


What I’m reading now:

I’m on the blog tour for this novel on July 22 :-). I’m halfway through and I’m really enjoying it so far. Someone is taking revenge but who, is it the disgruntled ex-husband or someone else? I can’t wait to find out 🙂

Do No Harm by L V Hay

Do No Harm def


What I’ll (probably) read soon:

I’m a big BIG fan of Claire Douglas. Boy does she know how to turn a story upside down. I totally loved Last Seen Alive (on last year’s fav list) so I can’t wait to read her new novel. I don’t even know what it’s about, that’s how much faith I have in her.

Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas

Do Not Disturb def


After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family.
And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives.
Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.
It’s seventeen years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life?
Is Selena running from something too?
Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . .


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 !

Same book, different cover #06


I’m back with 5 new book covers for you to pick and choose your favorite one. This is just for fun so there are no wrong answers! OK, I’ll go first:

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

The Cactus 01  Cactus 02

I kind of like both covers but if I really neeeed to choose I’ll go with cover 2. I like how the title of the book is written in a cactus shape 🙂

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

Only Child 01 Only Child 02

Cover 2. It’s the one I read so I’m naturally attracted to that one. I like more abstract covers more as well probably.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove 01 A Man Called Ove 02

Cover 1, without a doubt. The guy on the second one looks so drab, he doesn’t attract me at all and I’d walk right past this one!

The Woman Before Me by Ruth Dugall

Lots to choose from and that makes it even more difficult but I’m going with Cover 1. That face looking at me just makes me want to pick it up and flip those pages.

Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Winter People 01   Winter People 02

Difficult! I kind of like them both. I’ll go for cover 1 because it’s even more atmospheric although I like the bloody O very much in the second one :-).


So that’s it. Tell me your thoughts! If you can’t get enough, check out Battle Of The Books #1 – #2#3 – #4 – #5

I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours: Talking Numbers #discussion post



Today I wanted to discuss something that’s been on my mind for a while now and that I’m curious about.

I read a comment on someone else’s blog and the blogger mentioned that she followed like 30 blogs. I was like….

What gif

I know I have a knack for doing things differently from everyone else but this time I thought I was just being an average, normal blogger and it came as a slight shock because I follow…. more than 500 blogs.

Let me tell you how this happened, you’ll see it all makes sense in the end ;-):

At first I made the traditional mistake of following everyone who followed me, because I was so grateful for the follow. Then it came and went in spurts, there were times that I followed nobody back and then I followed everyone. The next phase was when I looked at the sites and only followed bloggers who read the same books I do. Why would I want fantasy recs right? But then if I think about it, if I had acted earlier like this, I would miss at least two great blog friends this way. The current way to go is to only follow back when they have at least commented once on another day then the day they started to follow me.

So what do you do when you follow so many blogs? I can’t comment on all of them so every day I scroll through the many many posts in my reader and if I see a book that interests me or a post that sounds very interesting, I take a closer look. Even then I don’t always comment. If I know it’s a blogger who doesn’t comment herself on my blog like ever then I don’t put in the extra energy either and I just like the post. In truth I’m already a liker and a lurker so I sometimes really force myself to say something, anything, even if it’s just great review to let someone know I’ve actually read it. I like the interaction though and I also like it if people leave little comments on my blog sometimes so I try. It does take an effort (I don’t mean timewise but just you know to formulate an intelligible comment) but I’m happy to do so for some ;-). Still, it’s a struggle sometimes to do this every day and the more followers you get and the more you follow back, the more time-consuming this is as well but you want to spread the book love and make lots of friends, right? Maybe I should cut back but that’s a very difficult choice to make because I’ll probably have a case of FOMO when it comes to that.

So we come to the end. I held up my end of the bargain so tell me, how many blogs do you follow generally speaking and how do you decide who to follow back? And what about commenting, where do you stand, comment on all or only some?


A YA spy novel for this month’s Goodreads Monday (June 2018)

goodreads monday

I saw this meme on Books, Vertigo and Tea and I thought this one seemed fun to join and feature on my blog from time to time as well! The original post of Goodreads Monday was posted by Lauren’s Page Turners. Thank you Lauren for this great idea. This really is a great way to help me take another look at all the books added to the wishlist so long ago and at the same time I can share some interesting titles.

There’s only one rule: Simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to link back to Lauren’s Page turners and add your own links!


They Call Me Alexandra Gastone by T.A. Maclagan

I shelved this on 17 January 2016 on Goodreads. I like spy stories and YA so this sounded pretty interesting. I like series like The Fixer and such so this seems pretty similar and it does have great ratings on Amazon.

Alexandra Gastone

They Call Me Alexandra Cascoigne

When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real?

Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation.

She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash.

Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency.

For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing.

But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now.

Between her cover as a high school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur.

Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity?

So what do you think, yay or nay? Have you read it or is it on your readlist too?

New BFF: On The Shelf Reviews


I want to wish Lorna aka LJ a warm welcome to the blog today and I want to thank her very much for cutting this week in the middle with her participation to my Blog Friend Forever series!

Lorna is a very kindhearted person and I always love seeing her comments. She’s an accomplished blogger and I’m sure she will soon earn her stripes as a writer as well, she already nailed NanoWrimo last year after all. You can already give her a follow on Twitter if don’t already – you can find her as @ljwrites85 and do take a look at Lorna’s blog and the reviews she’s written on On The Shelf Reviews if you don’t know her yet. I found an awesome quote on her blog btw that I really want to share with you as well:

It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living –Terry Pratchett.

The author’s name will make a comeback in the answers too, you’ll see… so let’s go:


Name: Lorna

Age: Not a number I say out loud any more lol!

Shhh Rihanna

Birthday: 22nd July

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?

In a previous life I studied design (turned out I wasn’t very good at it!), at the moment I’m working towards becoming a published writer as well as running my blog.

Do you have any other hobbies?

I suppose I still class writing as a hobby, as I’m still unpublished.

Your favourite colour?

I love all shades of blue.

Do you collect anything (besides books)?

I have quite a collection of notebooks. My favourite is the Wonder Woman one that I got last year which I still haven’t used because it’s just too pretty!


What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it?

I suppose that has to be Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. Unfortunately me and my son read my original copy from the nineties so much it fell apart!


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?

This is going to be an unpopular opinion but Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’ve tried at least three times to read it and I’ve only got as far as page sixty.

Gone Girl Amy

Do you listen to audio books?

No but it’s something I keep meaning to do.

Do you have a favourite genre?

Hands down Mystery/Thriller!

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?

I’m so excited because I’ve just got a book I’ve wanted since I saw it last year on NetGalley, The Chalk Man by C.J Tudor. I read it before this post was published and you can read my review here. I rated it 5 stars btw and HIGHLY recommend.

How is your library organized?

My library is not organised at all! It’s just wherever I can fit a book.



Do you read more ebooks or physical books?

At the moment I’m reading a lot more ebooks, just because that’s what I get sent to review. I still love buying physical books though!

Do you have a favourite book?

There’s a few! The Harry Potter series, Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett and the Sherlock Holmes short story collections.

What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?

The 20th Anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone.

Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200,> 300 …?

Not including ebooks I own around 250 books.

What’s the title of the last book you purchased?

I got a copy of Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear from a charity shop. I love recycling books!

What was your favourite author when you were a child?

Hands down Roald Dahl, he was just so imaginative and his books have stood the test of time. I read my own son The Twits and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and he loved them as much as I did.

From which author do you have most books?

Probably Terry Pratchett or MC Beaton.

The Hamish Macbeth books were adapted into the BBC Scotland television series Hamish Macbeth. Running for three series between 1995 and 1997, the titular police officer was played by Robert Carlyle. The series bore little relation to the content of Beaton’s novels. Macbeth and Lochdubh were retained, in name at least, but little else survived.

The author was not happy with the TV series. “It wasn’t like the books, I wrote about a six-foot laid-back highlander and I got a 5ft 8″ Glaswegian with a chip on his shoulder,” Beaton says. “It was an unfortunate experience.”

The TV adaptations took several liberties with the plots, combining elements from several novels into each episode, changing the details enough to make them work together.

While Beaton was not happy with the changes, the TV series developed a loyal fan base, and many viewers have since come to know the Hamish Macbeth that Beaton originally created. Her earlier novels are being reprinted and re-released to fill the gaps between new volumes.

Beaton has often been left out of plans for her own creations. “They wanted to do a making of Hamish Macbeth without even mentioning me at all,” Beaton joked. “However, it does lead to ideas to killing people.”

In 2016, another Beaton creation, Agatha Raisin, became a TV series.

The Hamish Macbeth series so far:

Death of a Gossip (1985)
Death of a Cad (1987)
Death of an Outsider (1988)
Death of a Perfect Wife (1989)
Death of a Hussy (1990)
Death of a Snob (1992 )
Death of a Prankster (1992)
Death of a Glutton (1993), also published under the title Death of a Greedy Woman
Death of a Travelling Man (1993)
Death of a Charming Man (1994)
Death of a Nag (1995)
Death of a Macho Man (1996)
Death of a Dentist (1997)
Death of a Scriptwriter (1998)
Death of an Addict (1999)
A Highland Christmas (1999)
Death of a Dustman (2001)
Death of a Celebrity (2002)
Death of a Village (2003)
Death of a Poison Pen (2004)
Death of a Bore (2005)
Death of a Dreamer (2006)
Death of a Maid (2007)
Death of a Gentle Lady (2008)
Death of a Witch (2009)
Death of a Valentine (2010)
Death of a Chimney Sweep (2011), also published under the title Death of a Sweep
Death of a Kingfisher (2012)
Death of Yesterday (2013)
Death of a Policeman (2014)
Death of a Liar (2015)
Knock, Knock, You’re Dead (2016)
Death of a Nurse (2016)
Death of a Ghost (2017)
Death of an Honest Man (2018)

Death of a GhostThere are many ruined castles in Scotland. One such lies outside the village of Drim. Hamish begins to hear reports that this castle is haunted and lights have been seen there at night, but he assumes it’s some children or maybe the local lads going there to smoke pot, or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Hamish says to his policeman, Charlie ‘Clumsy’ Carson, that they will both spend a night there.

The keening wind explains the ghostly noises, but when Charlie falls through the floor, Hamish finds the body of a dead man propped up in a corner of the cellar. After Charlie is airlifted to the hospital, Chief Detective Inspector Blair arrives to investigate the body, but there is none to be found. Dismissed as a drunk making up stories, Hamish has to find and identify the body and its killer before the “ghost” can strike again.

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?

Yes! Bridget Jones’s Diary, Wyrd Sisters and the Harry Potter series.

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?

Yes, I set it at 75 but I think I’ve put it too low, I’m already up to forty.

Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case?

my name in books spines



L – Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain
O – One Day by David Nicholls
R – Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
N – Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
A –A Game Of Thrones by George RR Martin.





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
Lynne – Fictionophile

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!