New BFF: Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads

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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

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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!

 

One Lovely Blog Award

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I was nominated by two amazing people for the One Lovely Blog Award, Shameeka and Adrienne. Thank you both for tagging me!

If you haven’t seen her colourful blog Shameeka’s Fictional World yet, go check it out! I wish I could do all the things she can do which make her blog look like this, it’s a feast for your eyes. Also check out Arizona girl Adrienne’s blog Darque Dreamer Reads. She’s a very interesting person if you read her facts in her last blog post and she loves YA fantasy books!

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to them
  • Share 7-15 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 9-15 bloggers you admire and contact them

Facts

  1. One person at work always called me Blue Eyes. He’s left the office but I really liked that nickname.
  2. To build further on the previous one: I have pale blue/grey eyes but I wear contacts with the colour blue sapphire, which is a very bright blue and people always ask me if it’s my natural eye colour.
  3. I’m scared of spiders and even pictures of spiders and I hate it when there are surprise pictures on Facebook, they almost give me a heart attack when they catch my eye in the feed.
  4. Talking about Facebook, I can’t read any sad stories about animals anymore, it just breaks my heart if they’re mistreated and neglegted because it makes my heart ache for what they had to endure and for all those who are not rescued.
  5. I used to go to the animal shelter to walk with dogs and I had to stop doing that because every single time I was too emotional afterwards. I wish I could have taken them all in.
  6. I’ve been wearing the same watch now that I was wearing 20 years ago and which was a gift for my birthday. I just don’t need another.
  7. I watched The Voice Kids last week even though I told myself it was a stupid show ‘with kids’. I was impressed with quite a few of these kids after all.
  8. I don’t have any shorts in my closet.
  9. I still like watching disney movies.
  10. My preferred sports to play: darts

Nominates

Feel free to ignore if you don’t want to do this one and apologies if I nominated you and you already did this tag!

Mystery Blogger Award

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I was nominated for this award by the amazing Dee @Novel Deelights. Thank you Dee!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

The rules by Okoto Enigma are as follows :

1. Put the award logo/image in your post.
2. List all the rules.
3. Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
4. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
5. Nominate 10-20 people and notify them
6. Link back to the creator of the award.
7. Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.
8. Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.

About Me:

  1. I’m super punctual and can’t stand it if people (or trains, trams, airplanes) are running late.
  2. I can’t look at operations on tv, but I don’t have any problems reading about bloody stuff in books.
  3. I’m the most indecisive person in the world. It’s giving me a lot of grief when I have to buy something, like say shoes. I usually end up buying two (or three) pairs at once in the same style. Lucky for me that at least I hate buying shoes (I know it sounds contradictory but I never find what I want, until I have to) and I only go shoe shopping once a year or even once every two years ;-). Yes the first pair are even the SAME shoes but in a different colour ((used to be) pink/beige-brown). And of course I end up wearing only one pair but at least now I still have another pair when the first are worn out. I get overly attached to items too and always want to find the same thing afterwards (#99 problems).

Favorite Posts:

Well my favorite kind of posts are probably my BFF posts, showing my blog friends, because I get so many nice comments on them and I really like to get a better, more complete image of who my blog friends really are.

It’s funny but it isn’t a review but my post of 2 weeks ago ‘Do you have a book buddle‘ that got the most views and comments since I started blogging. Maybe I should just buy more bookish stuff ;-).

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My answers to Dee’s questions:

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would that be and why?

I’d love to live in a country where I can wear flipflops more than half of the year at least. I’d love to live somewhere warm and just thinking out loud.. I’m thinking Dominican Republic here. I had the biggest culture shock there and I think that’s what attracted me the most.

Who’s your favourite author? The one whose books you automatically pre-order without even knowing what they’re about?

I’m going with Gillian Flynn. She only wrote 3 novels to this day; I loved the darkness in all of them. So her next novel will be bought as soon as it’s out.

Can you think of a character in a book you’d love to invite for dinner?

I have no idea really. I’d love to sit next to Robert Bryndza (yes the author) for dinner though. I know he likes to eat and he seems just like a very friendly, fun and nice person.

Name five books you’d hope to have with you if you were stranded on an island?

  1. I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (because it’s deliciously thick)
  2. I Escaped from Auschwitz by Rudolf Vbra (to never lose perspective)
  3. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons (I haven’t read it yet but it’s got 637 pages)
  4. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (to make me daydream)
  5. On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Garves (because it’s about being stranded, on an island, and it’s a hot romance)

You’re going on a road trip but you can only bring music by one artist. Who do you choose?

Because I can’t think of anybody else right now and he’s my latest focus: Bruno Mars.

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Nominees for Mystery Blogger Award (but feel free to ignore if you don’t feel like doing it):

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My questions to all the above nominees:

  1. If I were to kill you, what would be your favorite way of getting offed? (the weird/quirky question people ;-))
  2. What’s your favourite kind of blog post to read?
  3. What’s your best blogging tip for writing a good review?
  4. If I would go to one blogger event, which one do I really need to attend?
  5. If there was no other way, would you choose being blind or being deaf?

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Thanks again for the nomination Dee!  Wishing everyone a happy Monday!

New BFF: Teacher of YA

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I still remember it like it was yesterday when Stephanie @TeacherofYA’s Book Blog reached out to me as a new blogger. She started blogging in July 2016 but I can tell you she has already surpassed me in everything by now. Her rating system is a very original one with two different sets: RainbowBrites for book appreciation and another one for class approprieteness. I think she must be a great teacher in real life too and I wish I’d gotten someone like her when I was younger! She read 168 books in 2016 so I think you’ll find a lot of inspiration if you’re into YA fantasy books! Be sure to check out her blog and give her a like, she’s so nice!

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Name: Stephanie Plotkin

Age: 34 (or 29 for the 5th time)

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Birthday: March 8

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job?
I graduated from Grand Valley State University in Fall 2016 with my BA in English. I am a HS English teacher but mainly substitute teach right now until a position becomes available!

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Do you have any other hobbies?
Well, besides reading and writing, I collect old postcards from the “Golden Era,” which is between 1902-1912ish. This is when postcards were the most beautiful and there was a process in Germany that made them extra pretty. Then WWI happened and the access dried up.

Halloween postcards are the most collectible as it was more of an adult holiday than a child’s one. I have a huge collection in binders that I would be happy to share on Instagram soon! I think they are beautiful.

Your favourite color?
Pink!! Pink all day long.

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Do you collect anything (besides books)?
Yes. Lunchboxes ! 80’s cartoons are my favourite ones! Here are only a few of them. I post some of my unboxings of these on Instagram too.

Here’s a collection of someone who rivals mine (I have about half this size) :

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I also collect postcards. Lol.

I used to collect Madame Alexander dolls but they became expensive: but I do have a good collection of them. Mine are in boxes but here’s a couple I own:

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Sleeping Beauty from 1960s – Cisette

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Romeo and Juliet 1955 – Wendykins

I have a ton of them. But they are in boxes right now. Which is the safest place for them. I also have a Tinkerbell Cissette and she is gorgeous!

What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it?
I would say The Giver and Anastasia Krupnick by Lois Lowry. I have read a ton of her books as a kid. I met her in 1995 and she signed my copy of The Giver (and dated it so I know only for that reason) and Anastasia, the first in the series. I think I have a copy of Number The Stars that is singed but still in AZ. A lot of my childhood (and I didn’t collect those dolls as a child lol) possessions are with my dad in AZ. He brought the two books with him during one of his visits out here to Michigan. (He secretly comes out here for my mom…it’s a long story, and you’ll have to read my book! 😂)

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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?
Not really. I didn’t really have a book collection out here in Michigan until recently. And I always loved the books I bought at yard sales. I usually use the library and then if I love a book, I buy it when I have the money or find it used.

Do you listen to audio books?
Nope. Tried once…a book sample by Joanna Kerns(?) and it was so boring to me. I think I need to be actively engaged in reading for me to enjoy it. Even as a kid, my mom read to me until I could take over.

Do you have a favorite genre?

Fantasy

Yes!! YA Fantasy and Science Fiction!! I used to love Asian Historical Fiction (Amy Tan, Lisa See, Ha Jin) and Salem Witch Books (The Heretic’s Daughter, Susannah Morrow) but I picked up The Hunger Games and have never looked back!

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What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?
The Scarecrow Queen, the last installment in The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy, by Melinda Salisbury. Then next would be Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. I fortunately got Dark Breaks the Dawn and that was up there pretty high!

How is your library organized?
Right now, ARCs with ARCs, HC with HC, and PB with PB. I have only one shelf but I was also in a hurry to get my room show-ready for selling. I had just purchased the IKEA bookshelf used and had not moved the shelves much so I think when it calms down, I’ll reorganize.
I also (as I was packing and figuring out what to keep out and what to pack) started using an app called LibraryThing thanks to Sammi at onebookishgirl. I scan the barcode, take a pic, and now I know every book in my library! I used to buy doubles by accident: I had FOUR COPIES of New Moon and TWO of Mockingjay! Now I’m organized. I love it!

Do you read more ebooks or physical books?
Ebooks only because my mom doesn’t yell at me as much when it doesn’t look like I’m reading. She thinks I’m doing nothing when I’m reading a physical book for some reason.

Do you have a favorite book?
Yes! But only because I grew up with it: The Giver by Lois Lowry. And it became a quartet 10 years later so I’ve finally read those. 😍❤️😍❤️

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What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of?
I’m probably going to hear a lot about this, but probably my copy of ACOTAR that I found at an antique store for $2. It’s an ARC! I didn’t know much about them when I found it: I just knew that it was ACOTAR. Now it’s my best book in my collection.

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Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …?
Yes, because of my app! I own 301 physical books and almost 600 ebooks. Never enough!! 😈🤤
And I will prob get rid of some adult titles I’ll never get around to reading, like the Anne Rice or Charlaine Harris books I bought during my vampire phase.

What’s the title of the last book you purchased?
Purchased? That would have to be Scythe and Kingdom of Ash and Briars together with my Amazon gift card from like, two birthdays ago!

Kingdom

Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular and wholly original debut.

Bristal, a sixteen-year-old kitchen maid, lands in a fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she has elicromancer magic in her blood. Elicromancers are an ancient breed of immortal people, but only two remain in Nissera. Bristal joins the ranks of Brack and Tamarice without knowing that one of them has a dark secret . . . Tamarice is plotting a quest to overthrow the realm’s nobility and take charge herself. Together, Bristal and Brack must guard Nissera against her black elicromancy. There are cursed princesses to protect, royal alliances to forge and fierce monsters to battle–all with the hope of preserving peace.

What was your favorite author when you were a child?
Lois Lowry hands down. I also read Stephen King in the third grade and couldn’t get enough. The Eye of the Dragon is a fairy tale he wrote that’s amazing. Shel Silverstein was also up there too (read Lafcadio and try not to cry: I dare you!)

While evidence is gathered, and the land of Delain mourns, Flagg the King’s magician, unscrupulous, greedy and powerful, plots. Soon the King’s elder son, Peter, is imprisoned in the needle, the top of a high tower, for his father’s murder. And Thomas inherits the throne.

Only Peter knows the truth of his innocence, and the true evil that is Flagg. Only Peter can save Delain from the horror the magician has in store. He has a plan, but it is rife with danger. And if he fails, he won’t get a second chance . . .

A captivating tale of heroic adventure, of dragons and princes, of mysterious mice and men from the pen of the master storyteller.There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Daily Express as ‘a fabulous teller of stories’, Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down.

The King is dead, murdered by an unusual poison.

From which author do you have most books?
VC Andrews. I was reading those and collecting each series paperback. I almost have all of the series up to a certain point. Like maybe up to 1999? Niedermann, the ghost writer for Andrews (she died after only four or five books) keeps cranking them out and I got burned out, but I love the older ones.

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times?
The Giver and Party Monster (a bio of a club kid murder). And Lafcadio. Breaks my heart. I’m rereading the HP series now with a group of friends and we call ourselves the #HPBlogateers!!

THE GIVER is the classic award-winning novel that inspired the dystopian genre and a major motion picture adaptation for 2014 starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.

About Party Monster: When Disco Bloodbath was first published, it created a storm of controversy for its startlingly vivid, strikingly fresh, and outrageously funny depiction of the hedonistic world of the New York City club kids, for whom nothing was too outré — including murder. Nominated for the Edgar Award for best true-crime book of the year, it also marked the debut of an audaciously talented writer, James St. James, who himself had been a club kid and close friend and confidant of Michael Alig, the young man convicted of killing the drug dealer known as Angel.

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How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already?
Ugh. I always make my challenge 100…last year I blew it out of the water at like 170 something…this year I’m at 18 but I’ve been behind bc of the move.

Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case (name these titles+authors)?

I don’t want to take up a ton of space bc my name is long, so I didn’t include pictures.
S – Spindle Fire!
T – Three Dark Crowns!
E – Empire of Storms!
P – Perfect! (Sequel to Flawed)
H – Heartless!
A – Atlantia!
N – Nemesis!
I – Ivory and Bone!
E – Everland!

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
Dee – Novel Deelights

Thank you again Stephanie for participating today. Even though we don’t read the same genres, I love having you as a friend very much!

The Rapid Fire Book Tag

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A big thank you to the lovely Donna @ Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog for tagging me (back in October already). I’ve finally made myself tackle this one. Now if you’ll excuse me I think I’m going to lie down ;-).

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eBooks or physical books?

Physical books are still golden in my eyes, especially in these days of digitalisation, but going somewhere without my e-reader is also unthinkable.

Paperback or hardback?

Paperbacks!

Online or in-store book shopping?

In-store book shopping is the best. I like pawing over all these books and spending lots of time looking at covers and reading blurbs. It doesn’t happen often either so that makes it extra special.

Trilogies or series?

A series please, one that goes on and on forever with my favorite characters so they almost seem part of the family :-).

Heroes or villains?

I like both. Maybe heroes a bit more, the one that saves the day and catches the killer.. yes! Or the boy who saves the girl and she falls in love with him of course.

A book you want everyone to read?

That’s like asking to pick your favorite child. OK then if I must: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Recommend an underrated book

I have no inspiration whatsoever and started googling. If you want inspiration, here are some Buzzfeed recommendations: 27 Seriously Underrated Books Every Book Lover Should Read

The last book you finished?

Love Me Tinder. I don’t know anything about tinder so I was very curious to read about someone’s – hopefully funny – experiences. Mission accomplished! Review on Sunday.

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

I’m quite a boring reader.. I usually use a receipt, birthday card or a postcard I got or something. OK once I cut the two strings or whatever you call them from a new t-shirt I purchased like the ones you see in the picture around the hanger (you can’t hang them all you know) and used that as a bookmark. Weird enough?

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Used books, yes or no?

Yes, it’s all good!

Top three favorite genre?

Psychological thrillers, police procedurals and young adult.

Borrow or buy?

Both but my library doesn’t have the books I want to read so buy it is.

Characters or plot?

You can’t really have one without the other. I read a story with a good plot but without any person input from the characters and I really didn’t like it, so I’m going with characters this time. A story might still hold up enough if the characters are complex and well developed.

Long or short book?

Short book. I don’t like 500 page books. Give me 250 pages and I’m super happy. A story isn’t better because there are more pages in the book. When I was young I made that mistake too often, I always chose thick, heavy novels, only to come to the conclusion that it was 100 pages too long really.

Long or short chapters?

Short chapters.

Name the first three books you think of.

  • Sometimes I Lie. I see it everywhere, everyone seems to have read it already and I really want to read it too
  • Those Who Lie: I entered a giveaway for this one and I just wondered when it’ll be closed.
  • Just What Kind of Mother Are You by Paula Daly. I saw it on Nicki’s blog today and it reminded me that I have this one (for 2 years or so) on my ereader but I haven’t read it yet.

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Books that make me cry, definitely, although I’m not the type to cry.

Our world of fictional worlds?

Our world of course. I’m too down to earth to believe in anything else.

Audiobooks: yes or no?

No. I don’t have the patience to just listen. I’ve only tried once and before I knew it I was doing all sorts of things while listening (painting my nails, weeding,..) and I wasn’t really listening all that attentively anymore.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

All the time. If I don’t like a cover, I probably won’t buy it. I really didn’t know I was so superficial until now but it’s just true.

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

Book to movie.

A movie or TV adaptation you preferred to the book?

I haven’t seen many adaptations (usually I only saw the movie or only read the book). No I really don’t know right now. If you have any suggestions, be my guest to share.

Series or standalone?

Standalone. It’s just easier to mix and match.

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Don’t feel obliged at all to do this tag but just to name a few bloggers I’d love to hear the answers from: