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.

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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 ;-).

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman #BookReview

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What’s it about?

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

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Review

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I knew it, I knew it, I just knew I was going to love this one. I was drawn to this novel like a moth to a flame. This was a story that I really wanted to discover myself when I saw the reviews and I already had a feeling this was going to be an exceptional read before I even read the first page. Call it intuition, ok call it luck then, but I was right anyway, I was well and truly hooked by the story. It’s going to be impossible to keep this review short, I just have so much to ramble about. I’m not even sorry :-).

I don’t know if Eleanor Oliphant’s surname was chosen with this in mind or was just meant to be quirky in analogy with Eleanor’s character, but in Dutch we have a saying about people acting like a bull in a China Shop, only the animal used in Dutch is in fact an elephant. That is exactly how I was thinking about Eleanor as well and why I think her name fit her so well. She’s so otherworldly, her world is structured and timed and she doesn’t have a filter to what she’s saying, she’s so socially inept. It’s funny sometimes, painful at other times. It really helped to cement my warm feelings and sympathies for her and I even started to think she might very well be on the autism spectrum. I felt a strange kinship and saw a piece of me in her too on some levels, it was easy to connect, even if she feels a bit bourgeois by the way that she’s talking. Her sentences were eloquent and sophisticated and there was a moment in the beginning that I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to enjoy this style, but I adapted and while it might not work for me in another novel, I felt her speech was in line with her character here as well, especially bearing in mind we are talking about a person who doesn’t even use abbreviations in e-mails and is unfamiliar with common social interaction.

She’s got everything under control but is she really? She buys vodka every weekend and talks to her house plant so I wasn’t sure about that. The only person who comes by is the social worker twice a year and the gas meter guy. She also talks to her mother on the phone one time every week. Her mother is ‘locked up’ somewhere and it’s clear that she’s an abusive person.

Sometimes you don’t know what you’re missing until it is there and that’s exactly what the author shows through the interactions with Raymond, a work colleague who doesn’t give up on her. When they come to the rescue when a pedestrian falls in the street, she agrees to meet him at the hospital and this is the start of plenty more interactions, slowly developing a friendship and broadening her small world. It was great to see her grow and discover the world like this, seeing the world through Eleanor’s eyes was so fascinating. That is really the word that captures her character perfectly, Eleanor was utterly fascinating to follow.

Gail Honeyman put so much effort into Eleanor’s character, she’s so defined and so true and honest, that my heart really went out for her. Eleanor gives herself a little make-over and her shenanigans were quite endearing to read but she doesn’t only get a make-over on the outside. Eleanor’s world shifted when she met Raymond and she grows stronger every day. This novel is a heart-warming story, funny and sad because yes there is a tragic backstory that ‘ll move you without a doubt. A story about coming to terms with the past and moving on.

I can’t believe this is a debut novel really. The beautiful cover, the perfect title, the brilliant writing, it all just works together in the best way possible. Apart from the warning that the author wrote half of the novel in a literary style which took some getting used to, there’s absolutely nothing you won’t like about this novel.

Many many thanks to my wonderful blog friend Anne for sending me her proof paperback copy. This is my honest opinion.

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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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

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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.

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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?

When You Disappeared by John Marrs #BookReview

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What’s it about?

All she wanted was the truth, but she’ll wish she never found out.

When Catherine wakes up alone one morning, she thinks her husband has gone for a run before work. But Simon never makes it to the office. His running shoes are by the front door. Nothing is missing—except him.

Catherine knows Simon must be in trouble. He wouldn’t just leave her. He wouldn’t leave the children.

But Simon knows the truth—about why he left and what he’s done. He knows things about his marriage that it would kill Catherine to find out. The memories she holds onto are lies.

While Catherine faces a dark new reality at home, Simon’s halfway around the world, alive and thriving. He’s doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the truth.

But he can’t hide forever, and when he reappears twenty-five years later, Catherine will finally learn who he is.

And wish she’d stayed in the dark.

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Review

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After reading both of his novels I can say that I’m officially addicted! He’s got what it takes to completely transport me to another country and another lifetime and he really let the characters come alive so much in this novel that they crept under my skin. When You Disappeared is a deeply character-driven family drama and I was really invested in the characters (or one of them at least). This is a novel that’s all about the journey and isn’t fast-paced in that way but more of a slow unfolding and discovery of the characters throughout the story. Don’t expect it to focus on an investigation after Simon went missing and you’ll be absolutely fine.

The novel starts with Simon’s return after 25 years and then turning back to his decision to disappear and leave his childhood sweetheart Catherine and his 3 children so many years ago. He actually planned to take his own life but in the end he decided that would be too easy, better to let his wife suffer and wonder what happened to him so he just vanished… until now. The reason why he left is surrounded by mystery but it must be something terrible is all I could assume. It is much worse than I thought though… that ending, knowing, finally understanding it, realizing… it’s harrowing!

When he knocks on her door after such a long time and after she’s overcome the shock of seeing him again, Catherine demands why he left and what she did to him that make him take this action. He’s there to tell her why he’s resented her all this time but first she has to hear what she made him do while he was away. He tells her he set fire, he stole and killed and it was all due to her. She quashed his dreams and ideas and all he knew was that true happiness was non-existent. When you think you’ll have it, something dark and rotten will turn it around and take it away. He’d seen it often enough, with his mother, with the ‘perfect’ family of his friend Douglas, and then what his wife did. It sounds bitter and there is definitely a heaviness I felt when I was reading this book but thankfully positive notes became more and more prominent the further I advanced into the novel.

There’s nothing that gives an idea as to what happened but the alternating storylines of their pasts gave me a pretty good idea of who these people were, their true selves come forward through their actions and how they coped with their struggles. I learned how he led a decadent life without worries while she tried to pick herself up, got 3 jobs to provide for her children. Even though Catherine did something so awful that Simon gave up everything and I should probably have sympathized with him for making such a grave decision, I didn’t, not one moment really. He pushed his family out of his mind just too easily, he did atrocious things and I found myself not feeling sorry for him and not sympathising anymore. I was wondering if the author was going to make me feel guilty and swing my sympathies by the end of the novel but I can’t say. I can only confirm that I felt deeply for one of them in the end.

It took until the end of the novel to be enlightened why he finally came back and is even so many years after the facts still trying to instill guilt. Their interactions in the present were like a dance, seeing what their truths did to the other when hearing them so honestly declared. It was fascinating to see how they spent their lives and slowly they are coming to the crux of the story with a twist, a turn of events that I never imagined and was so tragic.

I’m not sure this novel is for everyone, it’ll have some divided opinions probably because of this unlikeable character and the lack of exciting things happening, but I was really drawn into it. When You Disappeared was a rich story that had me completely immersed.

I received a free copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

New BFF: Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews

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It’s that time again! I’m very excited to have Lisa on the blog today! Go check out Lisa’s blog Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews if you don’t know it already. You can take my word for it because we’ve talked by mail often enough that she’s an incredibly nice and lovely lady. I’m also very happy she wanted to help me out here with my questions. So hereby: thank you Lisa :-).

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Let me lift a little tip of the veil already by sharing a few things I learned from her blog: Lisa likes the winter season, gardening and walking her dogs. Lisa (previously nicknamed Lazergun, you’ll have to look up the story on her blog, it’s a pretty cool nickname and a nice story too) is actually a big animal lover and has dogs, a cat and a tortoise while she’s allergic to most animals :-). She started 2 other blog sites before her bookish one (one about her daughter and a beauty blog), she likes to eat Lemon Drizzle, Black Forest Gateau or the cake that GLaDOS promises (it’s a gamers reference apparently). She hates monotony and doesn’t do meme’s, but she does write amazing reviews about books that take my interest (and probably yours as well).

Ah and I almost forgot one of the most important features: she organises book swaps! There’s a form on her blog that you can fill out and she’ll try to match you with someone in the same genre. Go and check it out!

Anyway this was a long introduction and it’s time for the official Q&A:

Q&A

Name: Lisa Doherty

Age: I have been 27 for about 7 or 8 years now. Actually, my age causes me much despair when I am buying over 18 products. In the U.K. if you look younger than 25 and are buying alcohol, cigarettes and so on you have to produce I.D. Because I constantly am asked for I.D. I carry my licence into shops with me. One day, recently, I was buying gin and was asked for proof of age, as usual, I laughed and said I’m in my 30s. The woman laughed and said, “I believe you are barely over 18 but you are no way 25.” Then she looked my 4ft 10in daughter up and down (she is 9) and said: “I suppose you are going to tell me this is your daughter along with you being in your 30s?!” I couldn’t stop laughing and told her that yes this is my daughter and she snorted at me muttering “Yeah right!” So at this moment I got really cross and thrust my licence in her face and said: “There you go, over 25 by many years and mother to this child!” She was in complete shock, I mean her jaw hit the ground and her response to my age was “BLOODY HELL!!” and went on to tell me I didn’t even look 20. I made it quite clear that no one in their teens, trying to get away with pretending to be older, is going to claim they are in their 30s!! Oh, and she has yet to say sorry!

Birthday: 8th August

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

I am a perpetual student but I studied English Literature and Classical Civilisation. I went to night school to get my certificate in Beauty Therapy and then a number of years later Photography.

I was a full-time Photographer but living with Chronic Pain it got harder to commit to jobs so now I take photos and sell them. Can I say I’m a blogger as a job even though I’ve yet to make money??

Do you have any other hobbies?

I love photography, going on walks in forests, taking my dogs out and eating….I’m sure there are many more things but that’s all I can think of right now!

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Your favourite color?

Aubergine purple!

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Do you collect anything (besides books)?

Anything miniature! It started with little baby dolls about an inch in size that my Grandmother took me to buy every week or so. They were 50p, in the 80s that was a lot of money, and it was a lucky dip so I ended up with multiples and never swapped them.

I, now, collect perfume bottles, elephants, peacocks, old style razors, everything miniature….people used to think I collected (real) dogs as we had so many at a point!

Meet my miniature elephants!

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

Truthfully this one is too hard to answer as my house was like a library. We were all born with Bibles in our hands in my house so I could say that but there is a book I remember from my childhood that I read every year in life and then we read it to my bump and then to our daughter every Christmas.

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’ll likely get hate for this but I have to say ‘The Girl on the Train’. Almost everyone I speak to loved it but I really disliked how rushed it was at the end. I actually yelled at the book!

Do you listen to audio books?

Had you asked me this a few months ago I would have said that I do when I want to sleep however I have grown fonder of them lately. They are great to listen to while blogging, driving, gym, dog walking…

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Do you have a favorite genre?

Crime thriller would be what I mostly read but I have a place in my heart for Terry Pratchett although I don’t generally read other books that fall into the wacky genre that he writes.

Sir Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.  Sir Terry Pratchett died on 12 March 2015.

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?

I don’t have one! I haven’t been paying attention to what is coming out and I am a person who when I want something I generally buy it.

How is your library organized?

Genre and alphabetical

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Do you read more ebooks or physical books?

I prefer actual books, I have a real distaste for ebooks but at the moment I read them the most.

Do you have a favorite book?

I was asked this recently and one of my answers was ‘Little Women’, which is true, but after I sent the answers through to the blogger I realised I actually love ‘The Hundred and One Dalmatians’ by Dodie Smith – the book the Disney film is based off. Would probably be a tie between both those books.

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

I have a leather bound copy of John Bunyon’s ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ from the 1800s.

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

Ummmm *whispers* over 1000 and that’s an underestimate.  

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

The last ebook I bought was ‘Be My Killer’ by Richard Parker. The last actual book was actually an order for both ‘Sometimes I Lie’ by Alice Feeney & ‘The Trouble with Goats and Sheep’ by Joanna Cannon.  

Blurb Be My Killer

Her eyelids were the only parts of her body she could move. The figure spoke, then retreated into the gloom. She couldn’t accept what they’d said. How could she have brought this on herself?

When an online prank goes viral and triggers a spate of gruesome murders, documentary maker Hazel Salter watches in horror. But then a new victim is found, her body bound to a pillar, and its Hazel’s childhood friend, Meredith Hickman. Hazel must find out what happened to her.

Is it one killer or more? Random, or part of a bigger plan?

The police have no leads, but Hazel has a theory – one she’ll stop at nothing to prove. With her film crew in tow, Hazel sets off for the abandoned amusement park where Meredith was found, to solve the crime, bring Meredith justice, and make the documentary of her lifetime. But as Hazel interviews the victims’ families and friends, people start disappearing.

As the death toll rises, Hazel realises someone close-by is targeting her team methodically. Can she uncover the truth before another life is lost, or will the killer get to Hazel first?

Who was your favorite author when you were a child?

Enid Blyton!  

From which author do you have most books?

I went and checked and was positive it would be John Grisham or Terry Pratchett but alas it is Danielle Steel.  

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

Oh gosh yes but from when I got married I can’t think of any.  

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

50 and I have read about 45. Goodreads says 39 though so obviously there are some I haven’t added.

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

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Lotus Quest’ by Mark Griffiths
I am Pilgrim’ by Terry Hayes
Sisters of the Quilt’ by Cindy Woodsmall
All The Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr

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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

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!