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 ;-).

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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.

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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?

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:

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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!

What Makes Me Happy Tag

Happy

Thanks so much to the lovely Nicki @ Secret Library for tagging me in The Happiness Tag! It’s so easy to focus on the negative, sometimes you forget to focus on what makes you happy!

This post has no rules (no rules make me happy!), it’s just a fun post to show off all your happy things in life.

List 5 things that make you happy

Cat

I love that moment in the evening when my cat is ready for a nap and chooses my legs as the best spot :-). I have a cat on my lap and a book in my hand and that makes me quite happy 🙂

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Bath

There are shower people and there are bath people and I’m the latter, there’s no doubt about it. I sometimes try to take a book or my e-reader with me. When I don’t I often start reading what’s on the shampoo bottle or whatever’s in reach.

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Sunshine

A bit of sunshine does a world of good! It changes people here when the sun comes out, I’m telling you.

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Coffee

I like other drinks too, like champagne or tea or a nice glass of white wine, but a day without coffee, no I can’t imagine that :-).

 

Books

This list wouldn’t be complete without books.  Books have made me happy for as long as I can remember, even as a small child I was attracted to books. It helped that I didn’t have any brothers or sisters too and that tablets didn’t exist yet ;-).

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List 5 songs that make you happy

I love pop, rock, blues, merengue, instrumental.. and there are so many cool songs, it’s so difficult to choose. But what makes me really happy is when I can sing along. I must be getting old but I can sing along with I Will Survive, Staying Alive and Abracadabra :-). Here’s just a few that I found on a list of 125 Happy Songs. You can take your own pick. Lazy Song by Bruno Mars isn’t on this list but I just had to add him of course. Have you seen that ‘monkey’ clip of his :-). Instant happiness!

Lazy Song by Bruno Mars

Best Day of My Life by American Authors

Lovely Day by Bill Withers

Sugar by Maroon 5

Where Did You Go by Regi (our Belgian DJ)

 

Tag 5 blogs

Boston Book Reader

VibrantReads

Reader with a Plan

The Reading Desk

She Is Bookish

So does any of it makes you happy too? I’d love to hear 🙂

New BFF: Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads

BFF

Today on the blog I’d like to welcome Delphine who is the babbler on Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads. If you don’t know her yet, you are going to be so impressed with this girl! She is so clever, she reads all kinds of genres, I mean she knows all the classics, she’s a fan of Alice,… she has great (and expensive) taste in shoes, she loves to use sarcasm, she likes books over movie adaptations (because movies wouldn’t even be there without the books), she loves pearls, not diamonds, and has 4 tattoos, and one of them are words in French. Yeah she has a thing for France and even wants to live there ;-). If you want to see her tattoos (go on, I know you do) or read more fun facts go on over to her blog and give her a like and a follow, she so deserves it!

Okay, so I asked her a couple more questions myself, and here they are:

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Name: Delphine Cheikosman

Age: 22

Birthday: February 28

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

I recently graduated from UCLA (Class of 2017). I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature & French. Right now I’m interning for TOKYOPOP Publishing and I’m book blogging full time. I may decide to go to grad school and pursue marketing, but I’m still debating. In the end my dream is to work for a major publisher so I’m doing everything in my power to get there, but some pixie dust, if anyone is willing to offer it, is always welcome.

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Do you have any other hobbies?

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You mean besides reading all day everyday? Hmm. That’s a toughie because it seems as though everything I do has some connection to reading. For example, my book blog is all about my bookish thoughts and reviews. And my shopping is really book-based. On the flip side, I do enjoy hiking and gardening – those are some outdoor activities that keep me from laying in bed all day snuggled up with my kitty.

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Your favourite color?

I like light colors and pastels so can we count white?

Do you collect anything (besides books)?

Shoes. If it’s not books it’s shoes. I’m a sucker for designer brands like Charlotte Olympia and Kate Spade – hence the negative amount in my bank account right now *eek*.

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

That’s sorta hard because: 1. I don’t remember, as I’ve added lots to my collection over the past years. 2. Some of my books have yet to be taken from my parents house and into my new apartment. 3. When I was really young, there was a disaster that lead to the majority of books I owned being destroyed. Looking at my bookshelf now, the book that, for me, stands out the most as being the most aged would be a Border’s edition (remember when Barnes & Noble wasn’t the only major bookstore out there?) of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Yes, of course! It’s my all time favorite classic – just goes to show the positive affects that heroine can have on the creative mind… (For those of you that don’t know Lewis Carroll was a major heroine addict).

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?

Dave Eggers, The Circle. That book was a disaster x 1000. The premise was so promising and the fact that a movie of it was recently released starring Emma Watson made it seem like it was going to be a masterpiece… WRONG! I hate this book with a burning passion and I rant about it to my book buddies at every opportunity.

Do you listen to audio books?

Nope, I like the pleasure of reading at my own pace and hearing my own voice in my mind of characters and the effects of situations.

Do you have a favorite genre?

I’ve been changing between genres a lot lately. I used to be only into classics such as Emile Zola and Balzac. Now that I’ve graduated university and am more free in terms of my reading, I’ve been jumping a lot between genres. I recently became a huge fan of Young Adult, following my reading of Lang Leav’s Sad Girls. She is also one of the most brilliant new contemporary poets in the industry today!

School is almost out for Audrey, but the panic attacks are just beginning. Because Audrey told a lie and now her classmate, Ana, is dead. Just as her world begins to spin out of control, Audrey meets the enigmatic Rad – the boy who could turn it all around. But will their ill-timed romance drive her closer to the edge?

And then there’s my new infatuation with Donna Tartt who falls into the Adult Contemporary genre. She has only published three books so far, but I have been immensely pleased by her illustrative writing style and intriguing plots. Right now I’m trying to get into Fantasy and Science Fiction. I’ve read lots of awesome reviews lately of the Shades of Magic trilogy so I just may give it a go pretty soon!

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What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?

Ahhh so many to choose from. I think I’ll have to say Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. It expected release date is October 03 and I can’t wait. I mean, look at the cover – so pretty! I just requested an ARC copy from Netgalley, which just goes to show my level of impatience. Hopefully I’ll receive an affirmative answer soon.

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How is your library organized?

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I’ve been purchasing so many books over the last couple of months that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to come up with a strategic way to set out my books that is at the same time functional and pretty (who doesn’t want an attractive looking bookshelf, anyway?). At the moment, I have quite a few scattered titles due to my last book-buying binge. In my flat I have two complete bookshelves that reach the ceiling. I sort of organized the first shelf to include my reference books and anthalogies that I used a lot in university. There are also quite a few french novels and classics from Hugo, Balzac, and, of course, Proust.

My second shelf includes more contemporary collections as well as books that I’m proud of and make me happy. As you can see, there’s a lot going on here…

Do you read more ebooks or physical books?

I prefer physical books, but I’ve been reading kindle versions a lot lately for my ARCs.

Do you have a favorite book?

Don’t gotta ask me twice: The Goldfinch from Donna Tartt.

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

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

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

 >200 and counting – a gal can never have too many books… bring it on!

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

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Not something I would typically pull off the shelf, but given all the hype that has been circulating lately I felt that I absolutely HAD to buy it just so I can join in on all the ‘cool’ bookish discussions about it.

What was your favorite author when you were a child?

Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series.

From which author do you have most books?

Haruki Murakami. I own ten of his books.

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He has become my favorite new author of 2017 following my first encounter with Kafka on the Shore. As a warning to my fellow readers out there: his books are definitely not for everyone, given the elaborateness and often complex allusions twisted in his writing style. There are often times where I find myself pausing and even having to walk away totally and utterly confused – sometimes never really being able to make sense of what I’m reading. However the surreal quality and evocative ways in which he describes his characters and plots is beautiful and blows me away every time.

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

The French Gardener by Santa Montefiore was my favorite book when I was in high school and I wrote a number of different essays and book reports about it because I felt a connection with the narrative which follows a family that falls apart but is brought back together by the presence of a handsome and mysterious French gardener. I think I’ve read Alice in Wonderland like 4 times as well. The new movie that came out with Johnny Depp caused me to reread the novel the second time and then the third and fourth were on my own accord because I just really love books that go beyond reality and create a whole other universe where just about anything is possible. I’ve been meaning to reread The Goldfinch for the longest but, like, the book is almost 800 pages and there’s just so many other books that is on my TBR.

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

There’s 100 at the moment and I’ve read 32. I’m almost sure that I’m not going to make it to 100 by the end of the year. In my defense however, I just graduated so cut me some slack! Senior year was super stressful with thesis’ popping up left and right – so glad that’s over and now I have time to concentrate on reading and book reviewing.

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

I have over 200 books, come on now – of course I can! And you best be sure that Haruki Murakami is included:

D: Dracula, Bram Stroker
E: Eiffi Briest, Theodor Fontane
L: Love & Misadventures, Lang Leav
P: Paris, Edward Rutherfurd
H: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World, Haruki Murakami
I: I Am A Cat, Sōseki Natsume
N: Nausea, Jean-Paul Sartre
E: Emma, Jane Austen

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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

I don’t want my BFF club to be complete just yet! There’s still plenty of room for plenty more so give me a shout if you want to be added!

Book folding tutorial: a simple heart / home

Tutorial

So I saw some examples of book folding (from someone selling some books) a while ago and I love the idea so much that I wanted to try it myself. I have clicked on numerous sites and read hours and hours about patterns and inversed letters and all and I’m just going to share a little bit of the basics today.

I found there are two different ways to conduct book folding. The first one is simply with a chart that tells you where you have to measure with a ruler. I’m going to do it this way later on and is method 1.

The second method is actually putting a picture with lines under your page and fold to the tip and bottom of each line. See where I put the pencil marks on the book, you have to fold there.

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We’re not there yet though, I also found you can fold in two different ways as well. You can eather fold your page in a 45 degree angle (which I will be doing with the heart because it was shown like this in the instructable I followed), or you can create a notch (with a knife or some sharp object that creates an indent) at a similar distance on the top and bottom pages and fold towards that point. I think this will create an even neater and more even look.

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Now let’s start !

What you will need:

  • An old book – preferably a hard back because it stands better on its own. Most designs ask for books with 400-500 pages but this beginner’s design only has 40 folded pages so a thin book is fine in this case
  • a ruler
  • a pencil
  • measurements (or a patterned design)

I agree, it’s not easy to ‘sacrifice’ a book but I had a very old copy of a novel (the Cal one) that was a mandatory read in school almost 20 years ago. I think it’s okay to let go now :-). The pages are all yellow as well so nobody would want to read it anyway.

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Turn the book so the left side is facing up:

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And then you make pencil markings, where you’ll have to fold. Now page 1 is not the first page of your book. You’ll have to calculate (or guess) where you’ll have to start so that it evens out on both sides a little. In this case it’s not hard because you know it’s 40 pages so count the middle of the book and 20 pages back.

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You can see here where I put the first marking (in centimeters as this is the metric system here) from the top and the second one (also from the top!). After marking you can fold both in as much of a straight line as possible, or you try the other method where you can fold towards the point where you made an indentation.

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This pattern is the easiest there is but Words are harder because some most letters like an R have interruptions and every time a letter crosses more sections on the same line it’ll need another fold on another page, so the page count for your folds increases fast this way.

If you have an inversed heart or other design it is done with little cuts in the paper’s edge and folding it back. I really like the way that looks as well. More for my to do list.

So you want to see the result? Here it is. Not too bad for a first try I think.

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So when I finished this I wanted to do another one 😉 and this is how I did Home using the second method :

And the result:

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So my experience so far:

  • The heart one was quite fun and easy to do! No frustrations here !
  • I guess you have to have a lot of patience if you do big designs but you can mark where you ended and restart another day easily
  • One of the most difficult things is figuring out where you have to start in a novel with folding the pages. You’ll have to count out how much pages you need before you start and with a graphic design it’s not so easy. And then you have to figure out on what page to start the folding. It must be horror if you’ve been folding for hours and you run out of pages ;-).
  • It’s not so easy to find (free) patterns. I found a lot about making your own designs with Photoshop and even in Word and tried some of it out but still didn’t manage to get an actual good design out of it.
  • You can find quite a few patterns on Etsy but again, they are mostly for thick books (450-500 pages) and they have to have a certain height as well.
  • There are plenty of youtube videos but the best tutorial, info and free templates (also the home one) I found on the site of Scrappy Sticky Icky Mess
  • I also found a template for Read and Love on the above site but I’m still troubled with counting out how many pages I need. I think a lot of pages and I don’t have a book now so it’ll have to wait until I find an old novel nobody wants anymore 🙂

 

So what did you think? You like the results of book folding? Tempted to try it out yourself? Let me know!

BFF : Reading Between the Pages

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Today on the blog I want to introduce you to my new Blog Friend Tina, who blogs at Reading Between the Pages. Tina is the biggest Judy Blum fan I’ve come across so far :-). She likes to read a good dose of mystery and thrillers, a cup of historical fiction and a light sprinkling of other genres in between. The last books she read make me very jealous 😉 as she read The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea, The Dry by Jane Harper and Bring Her Home by David Bell. She started her blog in February so if you haven’t done so yet, go on over and take a look at her wonderful blog. Now, to get to know her better, you’d better stay here and read this next part :-).

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Name: Tina Woodbury

Age: 40’s 😊

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Birthday: February 18th

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

I’m a retired stay-at-home mom. My oldest graduated from college last June and is now working in the San Francisco area, and my youngest will be a senior in college next year.

When the kids were younger I was super involved with their school (book fair, cookie sales, treasurer of the booster club, room mom, and so on). I guess I was at the school too often so they finally decided to employ me as the librarian for a couple of years.

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Do you have any other hobbies?

I love all kinds of arts and crafts, and make memory quilts. Oh, and traveling, if you can count that as a hobby.

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I made this quilt for my son when he graduated from high school. The fabric is his old sports uniforms.

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I made this quilt for my daughter when she graduated from high school. The fabric is her old dance and sports uniforms.

Your favourite color?  Pink

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Do you collect anything (besides books)?

Sweaters! Well that’s actually more of an obsession, not so much of a collection. I have over 50 sweaters at the moment and have been purging a few a year, much to my daughter’s delight. At one point, I had over 75, what can I say…I like to be warm.

Here’s just a sample of them…

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

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy by Johnny Gruelle. I’ve had Raggedy Ann since I was a child and yes I read it. It even came with a 45 rpm record that I listened to over and over. Raggedy Andy was my brother’s book and when my parents moved I found it. My brother didn’t want the book and I thought the two deserved to be together.

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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?

None that I can think of.

Do you listen to audio books?

Not very often. I’ve tried, but I’m always thinking and find my mind wandering. I do much better having to focus on the written word.

Do you have a favorite genre?

I gravitate towards mystery/thrillers and historical fiction, but I do like to throw a few other genres in from time to time.Blank bookcover with clipping path

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

That’s a tough one…I’d have to say Final Girls by Riley Sager.

 

How is your library organized?

For the most part, anything in a series is in my “treasure chest” of books and the standalones are on my bookshelf.

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My treasure chest!

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Hers on the left and his on the right.

Do you read more ebooks or physical books?

I have a tendency to read more eBooks, but still love the feel of a physical book. Every time I read one I realise how much I miss it.

Do you have a favorite book?

My Judy Blume books are my favorites, they bring back fond memories.

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

This is going to be an odd answer, but it’s the cover of one of my husband’s math books. Years ago, he had a preliminary edition of his Algebra book in paperback form and the publishing company needed a cover idea. They went with a quilt wall hanging that I made for him to put in his office. The design of it proves the Pythagorean theorem.

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

I have about 75 books.

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

The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite.

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What was your favorite author when you were a child?

Judy Blume – I picked up one of her books and that was it, I was hooked. I eventually bought and read most of her middle and young adult books.

From which author do you have most books?

It’s a tie! I have 11 from David Baldacci and Victoria Thompson.

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

Not as an adult, one and done! There are so many books out there, I just don’t have the desire to go back and re-read one I’ve read.

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

60 and I’ve read 27.

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

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This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
As Night Falls by Milchman

Thank you so much Tina for participating today, it was very nice getting to know you better!

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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

I don’t want my BFF club to be complete just yet! There’s still plenty of room for more friends so unless you want this to be my last BFF post, please consider signing up! Thank you!