New BFF: Umut Reviews

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Hi, I hope you’re having a wonderful day! I’m quite excited because it’s time to present a  a new blog friend, yay! This month I have Umut stopping by on the blog. Let me tell you, at some point this year my lovely friend stumbled upon my little blog and I’m so happy she did. Even though she loves historical reads, she’s read so many novels that are on my wishlist too. She loves booktube so if you want to explore and need help she’ll be able to answer all your questions about who to follow, and she has her own youtube channel too where she creates the most amazing bookmarks (and other things)! Oh and finally, she also has the most adorable cat called Boncuk. I’d love to give her a cuddle 😍 (the cat obvs 😊).

So pop on over to her wonderful blog Umut Reviews if you don’t know her and show her a little love yeah? OK let’s move on to our *ahum* in depth interview!

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Name: Umut Rados

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[syll. u-mut, um-ut] The baby girl name Umut is also used as a boy name. It is pronounced AHMAHT. Umut’s language of origin is Turkish and it is also predominantly used in Turkish. The meaning of Umut is ‘hope’.

Age: 37

Birthday: 27 July

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?
I’m a Marketing Director. I studied Economics and Business Administration at university.

Do you have any other hobbies?
Yes. I’m a mixed media artist at the same time. I have a YouTube Channel, where I do video tutorials 🙂 Here is the link if you want:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5ABzemQp8p9ydPEOwIX7YQ?view_as=subscriber

Your favourite color? Blue

Do you collect anything (besides books)? Art supplies, colouring books, I’m a hoarder of acrylic paints.

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What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? 
The oldest book I’ve had is a book by Edmondo De Amicis. I couldn’t find the book in English, but it’s called ’The Heart of a Child’. I read it when I was very little, and I still remember it was very good.

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?
LOL! There are lots of them. I guess I should tell the most popular ones to have fun. Last purchase I regretted massively was Vicious by V.E. Schwab with that beautiful new UK hard cover. I am so disappointed, but it happens all the time 🙂

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Do you listen to audio books?

Yes, a lot. When I’m creating art, there’s always a book open, so I can do both my hobbies 😉 Also, I would recommend everyone a shower mic, I even listen to books in shower now, lol!

Do you have a favorite genre?
Historical fiction by far. I love traveling to different time zones and places with books. I also love learning historical facts in a fiction format, makes it so much more fun than a history book.

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?
I can’t wait for 2 books to come out: Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers and Lucinda Riley’s Moon Sister (which is the 5th book in a 7 book historical fiction series).

The Moon Sister is the fifth epic story in the Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley.

After the death of her father – Pa Salt, an elusive billionaire who adopted his six daughters from around the globe – Tiggy D’Aplièse , trusting her instincts, moves to the remote wilds of Scotland. There she takes a job doing what she loves; caring for animals on the vast and isolated Kinnaird estate, employed by the enigmatic and troubled Laird, Charlie Kinnaird.

Her decision alters her future irrevocably when Chilly, an ancient gipsy who has lived for years on the estate, tells her that not only does she possess a sixth sense, passed down from her ancestors, but it was foretold long ago that he would be the one to send her back home to Granada in Spain …
In the shadow of the magnificent Alhambra, Tiggy discovers her connection to the fabled gypsy community of Sacromonte, who were forced to flee their homes during the civil war, and to ‘La Candela’ the greatest flamenco dancer of her generation.

From the Scottish Highlands and Spain, to South America and New York, Tiggy follows the trail back to her own exotic but complex past. And under the watchful eye of a gifted gypsy bruja she begins to embrace her own talent for healing.

But when fate takes a hand, Tiggy must decide whether to stay with her new-found family or return to Kinnaird, and Charlie . . .

How is your library organized?
By color and by genre when I can. Otherwise, the rule is just to fit it where there’s a bit of place 🙂

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Do you read more ebooks or physical books?
I love holding a hardcover book in my hands when I’m at home. But, at nights I find it easier to read a Kindle with its light. I also carry it around with me on commute.

Do you have a favorite book?
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I can’t forget about it.

What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?
Rebecca by Daphe Du Maurier. It’s a Folio Society edition that I adore. I also attached a picture.

Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …?
I have an app called My Library to keep track of my books and my reading. Would recommend everyone. It says I have around 1300 books! My husband is a rare book collector too, so it’s all together. And I think I have about 300 books on my Kindle.

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What’s the title of the last book you purchased?
Snap. It’s one of the Man Booker long listers.

What was your favorite author when you were a child?
Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos. I read many books of him when I was a child.

José Mauro de Vasconcelos (1920-84) was a Brazilian writer who worked as a sparring partner for boxers, a labourer on a banana farm, and a fisherman before he started writing at the age of 22. He is most famous for his autobiographical novel My Sweet Orange Tree, which tells the story of his own childhood in Rio de Janeiro.

From which author do you have most books?
I’m not very much of an author collector, but probably it will be classics authors as I would have them in my collection. It will be Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?
I used to read my favourite books more than once when I was younger, but now I’m not a fan of re-reads. I always think there are so many books I didn’t read that I don’t want to lose time with one I read.

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?
I keep increasing my challenge as it seems like I’m reading more than I anticipated. I have read 115 books this year and have reached my already updated goal of 100 books.

Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case?
It was difficult for my first name as it’s Umut, and there are not many books starting with U. So, I’m doing my surname Rados:

Roses by Leila Meacham
(The) Awkward Age by Francesca Segal
Dracula by Bram Stoker
(The) Overstory by Richard Powers
Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg Jephcott

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

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
Delphine – Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Lisa – Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews
Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers
Norrie – Reading Under The Blankie
Lynne – Fictionophile
Lorna – On The Shelf Reviews
Vera – Unfiltered Tales
Kelly – Another Book In The Wall
Zoë – What’s Better Than Books

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! 

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Would You Rather…? The Spooky Edition, and 10 Scary Books To Spook You

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It’s been ages since I did a tag but my wonderful blog buddie Norrie @Reading Under The Blankie tagged me for an easy one (yay and thank you Norrie!) so here goes:

Thrillers or Supernatural(s)?

Are all of these questions going to be so easy? Thrillers of course, have you seen me review a supernatural novel yet, I think not (actually there was one, I didn’t know it would turn out to be such a story, and I didn’t like it one bit that the whole mystery was resolved by a ghost).

Ghosts or Zombies?

You mean Casper versus those stinking uglies? I’m from a generation raised with the movie Ghost, not The Walking Dead, so of course I choose ghosts, I’m a romantic like that :-).

Vampires or Werewolves?

I’m not sure… don’t werewolves break out of their own skin, isn’t that painful? I’m going to go with vampires.. I think they sleep a lot too so that suits me fine, I like them already. Also all that devouring and stuff seems so manly, I like the subtle way by going to the neck. Yep I’m giving this a lot of thought and will probably continue to think about this topic for the rest of the afternoon. Good thing nobody can hear my thoughts :-).

Witches or Demons?

Ah I think I’d make a cool witch. It makes me think of that tv series Charmed, they could stop time and stuff.. oh there are so many cool possibilities!

Would you rather read a book with 13 chapters or a book with a black cat on the cover?

I actually have a novel with a black cat on the cover to read 🙂 so yes, the second option, no doubt about it. What’s so alluring about a book with 13 chapters anyway?

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Would you rather read a spooky book in the dark with only a candle for light or by yourself in a locked brightly lit room?

Let’s keep that light on please! I love a candle-lit room but absolutely not when I’m reading a spooky novel. I’m a wuss and not afraid to admit it ;-).

Would you rather face your worst fears or be trapped in the mind of a killer?

I don’t want to face my fears and I don’t even need to be offered a choice, it’s no no no.. I heard about those people who like to overcome their fears and feel on top of the world when they succeed but I’m not one of them. Let me be trapped in the mind of a killer, it’ll probably all be over sooner.

Would you rather watch a scary movie or read a scary book?

I don’t like scary movies… the few I saw (because guys don’t care about your wellbeing on that front at all) were spent hiding behind a pillow for more than half of the movie. I don’t mind reading a scary book though, it’s easier to tamp down my imagination when reading, when I’m watching there’s no escape.

Would you rather read spooky books during the fall time or all year?

Eh. You mean that one spooky book every year right? Well if I’m going to read one then I choose during fall.

Would you rather read 10 spooky books in October or 10 spooky books all year?

Pff these questions are getting harder by the minute. Difficult choice between getting it over and done with and probably become desensitized with the overdose or take it in slow doses. Hmm, I think I’ll spread those reads after all.

For those of you who can, here are ten (+3 because I’m on a roll) spooky and scary books. Have you read any of them yet?

Melmoth by Sarah Perry
Ward Zero: The Dead Ward by Linda Huber
The Lingering by SJI Holliday (review coming up)
Resthaven by Erik Therme
It by Stephen King
The Visitors by Catherine Burns
While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt
Dracul by J.D. Barker
Paranormal Intruder and The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell
A Most Haunted House by GL Davies
Fear Dreams by J.A. Schneider
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

LineI tag the following 10 most awesome bloggers. Don’t feel obliged to do the tag though if you don’t feel like it!

Eleni @LaFemmeReaders
Jonetta @BlueMoodCafe
Liis @CoverToCover
Ova @ExcuseMyReading
Danielle @Danielle’sReadingNook
Alexandra@ReaderWitch
Nina @TheCozyPages
Jennifer @TarHeelReader
Lashaan @bookidote
YOU if you want to join!

New BFF: What’s Better Than Books

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It’s my absolute pleasure to have Zoë of What’s Better Than Books on the blog today. I can describe her in three words as Zen, Organised and Efficiënt. I know Zoë since a little while and she’s such a wonderful blogger and always so nice to me and I think her blog (it’s piiiink) really fits with how she is.

If you ever need some book recommendations then you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for on Zoë’s blog because you can search by so many different parameters. I prefer searching by genre or rating most of all but you can just as easily search by publisher or title, she’s so organised, she’s thought of everything ;-). I can also very much recommend checking out her list of Best Reads of the Year: they are listed by genre, which is very handy, and you can look at all the beautiful covers. I love it that you can really see those covers, so go check it out and give her a follow while you’re there!

OK now, let’s get to know the person behind the blog a little better. It’s time for my new BFF to answer the questions.

QandA

Name: Zoë

Age: 43

Birthday:  July 5

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job? I studied Science at Uni, and I’ve been a stay-at-home mum for my two kids (17 & 15) for the past 17 years and do a little IT work part time.

Do you have any other hobbies? Cycling

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Your favourite color? Black ( I know boring)

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Do you collect anything (besides books)?  Kitchen Gadgets ( I love to cook)

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What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I’ve had it since I was a pre-teen and have not read it since then.

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? A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. It sounded so good and I really liked the cover but it wasn’t as good as I expected.

COUNTRY BUSINESSMAN SEEKS RELIABLE WIFE.
COMPELLED BY PRACTICAL REASONS.
REPLY BY LETTER.

Rural Wisconsin, 1907. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful industrialist, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement. But when Catherine steps of the train she’s not the woman that Ralph is expecting. She is both complex and devious. And, haunted by a terrible past, she is motivated by greed. Catherine’s plan is simple. She will win Ralph’s devotion. Later, she will leave him as a wealthy woman. What Catherine has not counted on however is that Ralph might have plans of his own for his new wife . . .

Do you listen to audio books? Sometimes when I go for walks, although I still prefer to read a book.

Do you have a favorite genre? Historical Fiction

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now? Us Against You by Fredrick Backman

You can read an interview on Goodreads with the author HERE and listen to a podcast  with the author HERE

How is your library organized? Alphabetical by Author and then Title

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Do you read more ebooks or physical books? It’s about equal.

Do you have a favorite book? Lots. But one of them that I always tend to recommend would be Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.

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What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of? One of the covers I love in my collection is A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

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Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …? 756 (Scary I know. I’m one of those Type A people and I have them all scanned into a database “LibraryThing”)

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What’s the title of the last book you purchased? The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
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What was your favorite author when you were a child? Roald Dahl
 
From which author do you have most books? Karen Swan (14 titles in my home library)
 
Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? I don’t get a chance to very often these days but in the past I have definitely read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a few times.
 
How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already? 200 and I completed my goal for this year already!
 
Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case ? 

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Z – Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitsgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

O – On a Beautiful Day by Lucy Diamond 

– Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

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

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
Delphine – Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Lisa – Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews
Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers
Norrie – Reading Under The Blankie
Lynne – Fictionophile
Lorna – On The Shelf Reviews
Vera – Unfiltered Tales
Kelly – Another Book In The Wall

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! 

New BFF: Another Book In The Wall

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I think I have the youngest blogger in the history of this series in da house today,  I’d like to give a warm welcome the lovely Kelly to the blog! Don’t be mistaken though, she knows the ropes alright and I believe you and me can still learn a thing or two from her ;-).

Kelly’s wonderful blog is called Another Book In The Wall and it looks very pretty, you don’t notice at all that she’s an organized perfectionist haha (no offence Kelly, I’m jealous really!). She has a few bad reading habits, that we’ll all recognize as well (book hoarding, but anyone who isn’t one raise your hand). I totally love her Blogger Questions because they ask all the questions that I’ve been wanting to know: how much time you spend on blogging, how you request physical ARC’s, what unique visitors are on your blog. Whether you are new to blogging or not, they’re always interesting to read and I think my favorite blogposts after reviews. Anyway, hop on over to her blog but not before you read her answers to my questions below ;-).

QandA

Name: Kelly Costigan

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Age: 17 🙂

Birthday: July 5

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job? I don’t have a job at the moment, but am currently studying Dental Hygiene at my local community college.

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Do you have any other hobbies? I absolutely love playing piano – I have been playing for around 5 years, and although I’m not the best, it’s a part of me. I’m also a huge fan of watching anime. I haven’t seen many series, but have been obsessed lately with My Hero Academia and Made in Abyss!

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Your favourite color? I adore burgundy and any shade of blue!

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Do you collect anything (besides books)? Mistakes. 🙂 Haha, just kidding. I’m not much of a collector, but I do love printing out and keeping photos.

What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? I’m not sure what novel I have held the longest, but if I had to guess it would be one of my Junie B. Jones books. If so, yes! I have read every book in this series multiple times!

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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? I can’t think of any book I’ve bought and wound up disliking, but I have purchased a few paperbacks, without realizing that I already owned the e-book! Hahaha.

Do you listen to audio books? Not typically, but I would be open to!

Do you have a favorite genre? I love YA fantasy and contemporary!

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now? King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.

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How is your library organized? I have it perfectly color coordinated, except for my top shelf which holds books on my tbr!

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Do you read more ebooks or physical books? Definitely e-books!

Do you have a favorite book? The Book Thief by Markus Zusak!

Review: Why you should read The Book Thief

5 Reasons That Will Make The Book Thief Your Next Read

What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of? I truly love the cover for Renegades by Marissa Meyer.

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Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …? Physical copies I believe are a little over a 100, and I have around 200 ebooks! I’ve regretfully barely read half of these! Haha.

What’s the title of the last book you purchased? Save the Date by Morgan Matson.

What was your favorite author when you were a child? Barbara Parks – those Junie B. Jones novels were the definition of my childhood!

From which author do you have most books? Rick Riordan. I own the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series, plus Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, and The Demi-god Files.

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? Yes! The Book Thief have read I believe three times, and I’ve reread the Lunar Chronicles

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How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already? I have 75 books on my challenge, and have miraculously read 55! I’m over half way!

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

King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard
Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas
Legendary – Stephanie Garber
Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo
Your Name – Makoto Shintai

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

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
Delphine – Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Lisa – Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews
Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers
Norrie – Reading Under The Blankie
Lynne – Fictionophile
Lorna – On The Shelf Reviews
Vera – Unfiltered Tales

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! 

Happy birthday authors !

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It’s not only my birthday in a week’s time (we won’t talk about that) but it suddenly crossed my mind that there are also several famous authors born in September! It actually wasn’t so easy to find but here’s some I did find out about:

Mackenzi Lee: 11 September

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George R.R. Martin: 20 September 20, 1948

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Stephen King : 21 September 21, 1947

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón: 25 September 1964 

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Tatiana de Rosnay: 28 September, 1961 

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Unfortunately there also quite a few famous authors who are not alive anymore but they certainly deserve a mention. We’ve all heard of them or read their books even, but why not remember them by these lovely quotes as well:

Daniel Defoe (September 13, 1660 – April 24, 1731); author of Robinson Crusoe

“Expect nothing and you’ll always be surprised”

Roald Dahl (September 13, 1916 – November 23, 1990); author of Matilda and Big Friendly Giant

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

Agatha Christie (September 15, 1890 – January 12, 1976); author of Murder On The Orient Express

Not only was she appointed the title of “Dame” by the Queen of England, but according to the Guiness Book of World Records, she is the best-selling author of all time.

“Time is the best killer.”

“Poirot,” I said. “I have been thinking.”
“An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.”

“An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.”

H.G. Wells (September 21, 1866- August 13, 1946); author of The War of the Worlds

“We all have our time machines, don’t we. Those that take us back are memories… and those that carry us forward, are dreams.”

T.S. Eliot (September 26, 1888-January 4, 1965): poet

“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man”

Miguel de Cervantes (September 29, 1547- April 23, 1616)

“The pen is the tongue of the mind.”

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See, some of the best authors of all-time are born in September! Do you know any other authors born in September?

Mid-year top 10 favorite reads

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It’s only mid-year (actually a bit later but between deciding to jump in and actually making the list, we’re already a month further along) and I can already make a top 10 of reads that were pretty amazing so far. Here’s my top 10 of favorite reads till the end of July. Choosing my top 10 wasn’t so hard as I thought but I already don’t want to think about the end of the year because I already have one that I just read and absolutely has to be on the list so sad but true, this list is still going to change at the end of the year.

 

 

In order of reading this year, here are the books with the links to my reviews:

Hydra by Matt Wesolowski

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Keeper by Johana Gustawsson

The Fear by C.L. Taylor

The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh

Guess Who by Chris McGeorge

A Scorned Woman by Jack Jordan

Never Go There by Rebecca Tinnelly

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

So what do you think of my selection? Did any of these make it on your list too? 

New BFF: Books of Magic

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Happy humpday!

I want to present Marina as my new BFF today on the blog. Even though she only started blogging this year over at Books of Magic she’s like a pro already, she just has a gorgeous blog and obviously knows very well what she’s doing. If you don’t know her yet, show her some support and go and say hi for me will you, she really is such a nice girl. I love the fact that she chooses villains over heros any time. You’ll have to go see who her favorite villain is yourself though ;-). Other fun facts are: she was able to read at a very very young age (thanks to her grandma, wonderful anecdote) and she associates colors with numbers, but there’s really so many more interesting things she tells about herself in the awards and tags that she participated in. Very entertaining reading people!

Okay, time to get serious… here’s what you’re all coming for:

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Name: Marina Savić

Age: 27

Birthday: November 14th

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

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*Kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result.

I have a B.A. in graphic design and that’s what I’ve been doing since college, along with illustration, mainly of children’s books. I’m a freelancer, but at the moment I’m working full time for a Texan SEO company. Here is one of my older illustrations:

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Do you have any other hobbies?

I don’t think we can count reading, since it became a full-time thing long ago, so perhaps gaming? I like to play video games, a lot. 🙂 And blogging is my hobby too, since March this year. Here’s a trailer for my absolutely favorite video game, Ori and the Blind Forest:

Your favourite color? Purple! I also like turquoise and various shades of blue and green.

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HINT: it’s a song 😉

Do you collect anything (besides books)? Yep, I collect various souvenirs from each country I visit, and I get a lot of stuff from friends. I can’t seem to decide between magnets and snow globes, though I own significantly more magnets. Here is one small part of my collection:

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What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? I have various collections of fairy tales and fables, bought to me by my grandma, and I’ve read them multiple times, still have them in good condition.

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? Maybe The Muse, by Jessie Burton. I quit halfways but I’m willing to give it another chance one day. That’s the only book I ever DNFed.

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*Under The Covers – Designing the Jessie Burton’s The Muse

*Jessie Burton’s The Muse chosen as London’s 2018 Cityread. Cityread is a city-wide book group which each May aims to help Londoners explore and celebrate their city through its stories.

Do you listen to audio books? Yes, sometimes. I work from home so I can listen to whatever I want, but I can’t concentrate enough, so it has to be a light book.

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Do you have a favorite genre? Fantasy and anything with magic in it! I also love historical fiction and mystery.

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now? Oooh only one? 🙂 Well perhaps Suitors and Sabotage, by Cindy Anstey, which is actually a historical romance, so not my genre, but I loved her previous novel so I’m excited to get this one!

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How is your library organized? Haha oh no. 😀 Well my Terry Pratchett shelf is sorted chronologically, with a couple of random books there to fill the space, but my other shelf is a mess because of the way it’s built, take a look yourselves:

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Do you read more ebooks or physical books? Lately I’m reading more on my kindle, because of the many ARCs I got, and the nifty Amazon deals, but I prefer paperback whenever I can because the feel of it is…wonderful.

Do you have a favorite book? Oooh cruel. 😀 I can’t possibly choose one sooo: Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, Alice in Wonderland, and Tender Morsels and The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan. And two very recent additions – My Lady Jane, and The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I can list more, but…I have to stop here. 🙂

What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of? Well it has to be this one, even though it’s not the one with the most beautiful illustration, but it’s real leather and it has gold sprayed edges. 🙂

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Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …? Around 150 physical ones and around 200 ebooks. I need more!

What’s the title of the last book you purchased? I’ve just bought five books on a semi-annual book event we have here in Serbia, with great discounts. The books are: The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, The Alienist by Caleb Carr, and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

What was your favorite author when you were a child? That would be Louisa May Alcott! I devoured her novels, and read them multiple times when I was a kid.

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From which author do you have most books? Terry Pratchett. 24 and counting. 🙂

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Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? Of course, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Alice in Wonderland, Tell the Wolves I’m Home, etc. Some of these I’ve read 10+ times. 🙂

About Tell The Wolves I’m Home: There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter, Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her once inseparable older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confident, and best friend. So when he dies far too young of a mysterious illness that June’s mother can barely bring herself to discuss, June’s world is turned upside down.

At the funeral, she notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd, and a few days later, June receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet.

A the two begin to spend time together, June realises she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he might just be the one she needs the most.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already? At the moment it’s 28/60. Some of these are graphic novels, so I hope to catch up with some good fiction soon!

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

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Thank you so much Marina for sharing your awesome bookshelf and great answers!!

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
Vera – Unfiltered Tales

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 join for a post at the end of this year! It’d be very appreciated!

Come back next month to read all about my new BFF Kelly!