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 🙂
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…
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…
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.
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.
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. 😊
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… 😉
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.
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!