New BFF: FromBelgiumWithBookLove

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Happy hump day!

I am so pleased I can introduce you to an amazing fellow blogger from my own country today: Kelly is a super nice girl whose blog is called FromBelgiumWithBookLove ❤ and we definitely share more than a geographical place… we both love Italian food, we both have a cat and love to share pictures of them, we both read thrillers most of all and we dabble in different genres a little bit on the side but we’ll always come back to it, and when we read a novel we don’t really like we both still try to ride it out till the end!

Even if we’re blog friends, I can still be a little jealous of her library, right? Look at this beauty! I just want to sit there myself and read 🙂

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Kelly’s a rising blogger who invests a lot of time and energy in her blog and the interaction with others. I love her blog and wish I could write my reviews like her, she has a great writing style and she makes me want to rush over to Amazon to get the books she reviewed. She deserves lots of lovely friends so pop over to her site and show her some blog love K?

Oh before you do just that, continue reading if you want to get to know Kelly a little better right away!

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Name: Kelly Van Damme

Age: 36 (but only just!)

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Birthday:  17 February

Sharing with:
Basketball superstar Michael Jordan in 1963 (age 56)
Paris Hilton 1981 (age 38)
Singer Ed Sheeran in 1991 (age 28)

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

I have a masters degree in Translation Studies (Dutch/English/Spanish) and I work in the international admin department of a large company, so part of my job is admin, part is translating all sorts of documents.

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Do you have any other hobbies?

Uhm… Besides reading??? *scratches head and frowns* Well, most of my free time not spent with the hubby, or family or friends, is spent reading, or blogging, or chatting books on Twitter. I also like exercising on my crosstrainer while watching Netflix or reading (yes it is doable with an e-reader if I put the font large enough!)

Your favourite color? Purple

Do you collect anything (besides books)? 

Not really. I fold little origami cat book marks and I have a whole collection of those, but I don’t think that counts

 

This is a design by Jo Nakashima and you can find his tutorial on YouTube here [NOTE: ok I tried this and I failed big time, I got stuck on the ears, so waw Kelly much respect you get them to look so good! I’ll try again though, I’m not giving up just yet!])

What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? I think that must Anne Frank’s diary, I got it as a present when I was about 12 years’ old and yes, I’ve read that 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?

Yes, that happens every once in a while. I’m not naming them though, I’m about book love not hate.

Do you listen to audio books?

Definitely! I’m a big fan of audiobooks! I spend at least one hour a day in the car, and I’m so much more chill if I can listen to an audiobook in the meantime! Boring household chores are also much more fun if I’m listening to a book while doing them.

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Do you have a favorite genre? I love (psychological) thrillers but I like to mix things up a little, with some horror, fantasy or YA.

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now? Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce (The Silent Patient and Two Can Keep A Secret were very high on my wishlist too, but then I bought them… Oops!)

How is your library organized? Mostly by genre. Some authors have their own crate, if I have enough of their books, like J.K. Rowling, Jeffery Deaver, Kelley Armstrong. However I do love rainbow libraries so I organised my chick lit by colour.

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Do you read more ebooks or physical books? I read more ebooks, they’re so easily accessible, they’re cheaper, I can adjust the font, I can read anywhere in any conditions. I do love my paperbacks, and the occasional hardback though!

Do you have a favorite book? Not really, there are many that I’m fond of but my favourite book of 2018 was The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech.

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What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of? Proud is not the word, but I love Sea Witch the most. I read the ebook, and then bought the hardback solely because of its cover. And then I had my mum-in-law made this little purple amigurumi jellyfish to go with it!

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The fairy tale you thought you knew…

The story of the Sea Witch, the villainess from Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale The Little Mermaid, told from the viewpoint of the Sea Witch when she was a twelve-year-old girl…

Evie has been wracked with guilt ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned. So when a girl appears on shore with an uncanny resemblance to Anna, Evie befriends her in an effort to make amends. And as the two girls catch the eyes – and hearts – of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at happy ever after. But is Evie’s new friend really who she says she is? Or will Evie discover, too late, the truth of her bargain? A gripping story of friendship, betrayal and the power of hope…Because ‘though magic can shape life and death… love is the one thing it cannot control

Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …? I have no clue! But counting physical books, ebooks and audiobooks, I must have more than 1000.

What’s the title of the last book you purchased? I don’t know! I bought the March Fairyloot box and it will contain 2 signed books, I’m soooo looking forward to finding out what they are!

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What was your favorite author when you were a child? 

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I was partial to Pinkeltje, a series about a gnome the size of a pinkie finger.

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I also loved Tiny, who got up to lots of adventures and mischief with her friends, and

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Pietje Puk, a series about the adventures of a postie.

When I was a little older I devoured The Babysitters Club books, and then at about ten years’ old I moved on to Goosebumps. At eleven or twelve, I also had this strange fascination with Gone With The Wind, my mum had it and I read that book a billion times! That’s also when I started reading Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Yes, I have a very chequered past Apparently I’ve always read a mix of age-appropriate and age-inappropriate books, and I still do!

From which author do you have most books? I think Kelley Armstrong. I own most of what she’s written and she’s written quite a lot.

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

I used to reread a lot of books, but I hardly do that now, I have so much (too much) to read as it is. A recent book I first listened to and then read was Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. Another was Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton. I loved those so much I had to see the words too, hearing them was not enough. Two feel-good stories I’ve revisited many a time are The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella and Jemima J by Jane Green. And The Host by Stephenie Meyer is one of my favourite books, I’ve read it at least 4 times. And Gone With The Wind of course I’ve been meaning to read it in English for the first time.

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

Same as last year: 175 of which I’ve read 48 at this moment

Can you spell your name with the first letters of titles in your book case? I sure can! Many times over, except for the Y, which seems to be a rare first letter in titles! (I should have bought the YOU paperback instead of the eBook )

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I can even spell my name with just one book too, but that feels like cheating

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Euh maybe that would have been just a bit too easy, so thanks for sharing those other wonderful titles that I need to check out! 

Thanks for your answers Kelly, it was wonderful to have you!!

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In case you missed it, here are the 5 last BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about. If you want to read the previous posts, you can find the tab with links on my home page.

Zoë – What’s Better Than Books
Umut – Umut Reviews
Luci – Lunarlucibooks
Chloé – Review by Chloe
Alex – Alexandra Wolfe

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 featured in June! 

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Sunshine in February #BookTag

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Hi everyone! What do you think of my calendar (it hangs up at work)? I so love those eyes, I want to keep February forever :-).

I don’t even know how long it’s been since I did a tag and it definitely isn’t because I don’t have any. I think I have a list of 30 (that I kept) but I always procrastinate because the questions are always so difficult to answer and it takes so much time to think. But I was recently tagged by the lovely Norrie @Reading under the Blankie and I think I can answer these so hey-ho let’s go!

Here are Norrie’s questions:

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#1 Do you believe in ghosts?

No sorry, absolutely not, I don’t believe in anything I can’t see. I know not everything can be explained and I would feel differently if I experienced something unexplainable myself but hearing it from other people isn’t enough for me. Now that I think of it, I don’t even like reading about ghosts in books, I always find that such an easy way out of it.

#2 Have you ever sneaked out of the house to go to a party in your wild teen years?

What wild teen years? I didn’t even have those! I wasn’t allowed to go out before I turned 18 (I know, but let’s just say it was a different era.. I don’t think that could still happen nowadays without being considered very very anti-social). I also lived outside of the city so there was literally nowhere to go (or sneak off to) or anything to do. I didn’t mind at the time though, I was an introvert after all and I was happy with my books for company :-).

#3 What’s your take on flowery food? (Lavender biscuits, wild flowers in salads, and so on). Yey or nay?

Eh no it’s not really my thing. I like flowers and I love the colours but eating them? I had a dish like that once at a restaurant and I put the flower on the side (ok I was much younger and I didn’t know you could eat it but even if I had known, I’d probably still do the same).

#4 What’s a book that you thought was kind of trashy but you still enjoyed?

I had to really search for it but I found one. I read Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers #1) by Tara Sivec in 2015. I don’t remember much about it but I think it was pretty hilarious. The blurb says it holds enough sarcasm to choke a horse and I guess it was so over the top that even I got it :-).

#5 Imagine it’s time for a cookie. Do you dip it in milk, sip coffee with it, or munch on it in its dry glory?

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I’m not a big dipper :-). I usually eat cookies dry to really savour all the deliciousness of the cookie, the only exception I make is dipping a gingerbread cookie in my coffee.

#6 Would you say you are a morning person?

I am definitely not a morning person but I don’t have problems getting up, I don’t need any extra time or something. I do not want to talk or listen to anyone so early in the morning though and want to be left alone for the first half an hour, ok let’s just make that an hour to be sure. Lucky for me I’m also not very social 😉 so I have my quiet time on the train and when I get to work I have my coffee first and then all is ok.

#7 Winter sports. Yey or nay?

Nay nay nay.. as if sports itself doesn’t sound horrific already, winter sports is even worse 🙂

#8 Has it ever happened that you liked a film or series adaptation of a book? If so, which book was it?

I liked Big Little Lies, the tv series with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. I enjoyed And Then There Were None, the mini-series of Agatha Christie’s novel and I also liked the Big Friendly Giant animation movie which I only saw recently for the first time.

#9 Do you find house chores (cleaning, dish-washing, etc.) relaxing, or necessary evil?

People find house chores relaxing? After a hard day’s of work? I know a few other things that are relaxing then. They are necessary, just like cooking (nope don’t like it either but only way if you want to really eat). Before you think I’m a total lazy bum, I actually like ironing and I don’t mind doing the dishes by hand so I don’t even use the dishwasher very often (I sometimes let it air-dry though). If you don’t cook very elaborate there’s really not much dishes right ;-).

#10 Do you chill in your pjs all day when you don’t need to leave the house?

No, I don’t. I like to get dressed when I get up. I wear a jogging tracksuit for lazying about if I don’t go out. It’s different at night though, sometimes I come home from work and instead of changing into something comfortable I go for reaaaally comfortable and already put my pjs on at 18.30h :-).

#11 What was the last book that knocked your socks off?

I think it was The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides because I just didn’t see that ending coming. But as a whole book definitely Changeling by Matt Wesolowski.

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OK here are my questions! I’ve done a mix (I like doing the this or that questions most myself so.. ) and can’t wait to read your answers should you accept the challenge (make it Sunshine in Marsh perhaps ;-))!

#1 Text message or call?
#2 Do you read before bed?
#3 Salt or sweet?
#4 Do you believe in love at first sight? 
#5 Do you have a special strategy to get more followers for your blog?
#6 Sandals or sneakers?
#7 Name one book you read (or bought) because of the cover
#8 Hamburgers or hot-dogs?
#9 What is the most recent book you couldn’t finish?
#10 A skirt or pants? (For the man here: short or long pants ;-))
#11 What was your favorite holiday so far and why?

I’d love to hear the answers from these lovely bloggers, but don’t feel obliged!

Malanie Loves Fiction
Mug Full of Books
Macsbooks
The Cozy Pages
The Reading Closet
Not Another Book Blogger
Booked up girl
A Love of Books and Life
The Reader’s Corner
Zooloo’s Book Diary
Postcard Reviews
Kiera’s Bookish Thoughts

 

New BFF: Alexandra Wolfe

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Hi, hello, hallo, bonjour!

I’m especially including that last one because my guest of today is Alexandra who lives in Canada :-). Alexandra is my top commenter if you must know 🙂 and I’m very grateful she wanted to participate. She’s so sweet and always so thoughtful, it’s a joy to read her comments. If you want to have a blog friend with whom you can really interact then you should definitely hop on over, you can find her at: Alexandra Wolfe. Also do check out these random facts about Alex, she certainly impressed me!

Alexandra is an opinionated woman – she says so herself – and I honestly really like that about her, she’s not going to sugarcoat anything and I appreciate her honest reviews. She rates books on a scale to 10 and has a genius system of 5 categories or points of review that guide her, listing good things and bad things in each category that work well or don’t work for her so that she can give each book a fair score.

She also has a second site which she started only a few weeks ago which you can find here:  http://terranincognito.ca/

This one will appeal to everyone who loves fantasy because she started her own story set in space —SPACE FLEET— think of it as Star Trek meets The Expanse. She would love to have more people following the online story, or help write the story itself, so if you like the sound of this, do reach out to her. You can also join the team on twitter if you’re interested: https://twitter.com/IncognitoTerran

Now do you want to like really REALLY get to know her? Read on then because the question round is about to start… in 3.. 2.. 1..

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Name: Alexandra Wolfe

Age: Over the age of consent! 😉

Birthday: March 12th

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What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job? Back in the day I studied Earth Sciences, art history and English. Which, of course, is why I’m now a freelance editor.

Do you have any other hobbies? I have a number of hobbies, but the one that takes me out and about most, is photography. I love to snap pictures of everything, but most especially, I love taking what I call floral portraits! And who doesn’t love looking at lots of flower pictures, right?

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Your favourite color? One colour, I’m only allowed one? How about rainbow? Or ultraviolet …

Out of: The Horoscope.co

The lucky color for Pisces zodiac is Turquoise.

This unconventional watery combination stimulates a great creativity flow, but also sooths the visionary and innovative native in Pisces.

Other hues that appeal to people born on March 12 are purple, pink and sea-green.

Do you collect anything (besides books)? Words, which I think anyone who visits my blog already knows about. I use to collect BIG bugs and stamps as a kid, and as I moved to adulthood, I collected rocks, that was the geologist in me … now, not so much.

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What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? Serpent’s Reach by C. J. Cherryh is probably the oldest book I still have with me, since I moved to Canada. I could only bring so much with me. And, of the handful of books I couldn’t bear to part with, this one is probably the oldest (70s). I reread it every couple of years or so.

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? Oh yes, way to many—in this last year alone I think I’ve bought 4 or 5 books I wish I hadn’t. Just check the blog to see how many were DNF in my 2018 list. I think I need to go back to borrowing books from the library!

Do you listen to audio books? No, not really. I’ve tried pod casts and fall asleep within minutes, so an audio book will probably be lost on me.

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Do you have a favorite genre? I would have to say science fiction, though these last 3-4 years it’s been crime/mystery fiction more than anything else. I just lost interest in SF back in the 90s. I’m just not interested in reading an overly long thick book that could stop a charging rhino! Long doesn’t mean good, it usually means bad editing!

What is the book highest on your wish list right now? It’s a toss up between THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper and THE KINGDOM OF COPPER by S. A. Chakraborty. I am so looking forward to reading both these books, which I have on pre-order.

How is your library organized? Someone laughed when I told them it’s no more scientific than biggest and heaviest books at the bottom of the bookcase, smaller lighter ones at the top. I had a bookcase fall over on me, it’s not pleasant let me tell you.

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Do you read more ebooks or physical books? I have probably 30+ ebooks on my iPad, most of which I haven’t read. But currently on my bookshelves? Maybe 300+, with another 300+ boxed in the storage locker. No book is left behind. Those I DNFed or will not read again, get donated to my local library. I think I have single-handedly created an English language section for them. 😀

Do you have a favorite book? Argh! Again, with this only one book, one colour … I have favourites, and from different times in my life. As a child it would have been Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh. But now, I guess the last book I read that I really enjoyed would be THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty, however, next week it might be something else.

Among the bustling markets of eighteenth century Cairo, the city’s outcasts eke out a living swindling rich Ottoman nobles and foreign invaders alike.

But alongside this new world the old stories linger. Tales of djinn and spirits. Of cities hidden among the swirling sands of the desert, full of enchantment, desire and riches. Where magic pours down every street, hanging in the air like dust.

Many wish their lives could be filled with such wonder, but not Nahri. She knows the trades she uses to get by are just tricks and sleights of hand: there’s nothing magical about them. She only wishes to one day leave Cairo, but as the saying goes…

Be careful what you wish for.

What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of? Currently, maybe THE CITY OF BRASS cover, with the vivid colours and the lone female figure dwarfed by the huge Djinn palace. Talk about evoking scale!

I also have a collection of children’s books that I love and this is one of my favorites:

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The Secret Lives of Princesses is a treasure trove of incredible behind-the-scenes stories that reveal the secret lives of the world’s most mysterious princesses.

Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …? Probably somewhere around the 700 mark, right now.

What’s the title of the last book you purchased? THE WHISPERER by Donato Carrisi.

Six severed arms are discovered buried in a forest clearing. They are arranged in a mysterious circle, and appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and thirteen. But the rest of the bodies are nowhere to be found.

Criminologist Goran Gavila is given the case. A dishevelled, instinctively rebellious man, he is forced to work with young female police officer Mila Vasquez. Lithe, boyish, answering to no one, Mila has a reputation as a specialist in missing children. She also has a tragic history of her own that has left her damaged, unable to feel or to relate to others.

Theirs is a fiery but strangely affecting working relationship – and as they uncover more secrets about the dark secrets in the forest, their lives are increasingly in each other’s hands…

A gripping literary thriller that has taken Italy by storm, The Whisperer has been as sensational a bestseller in Europe as the Stieg Larsson novels. It is that rare creation: a thought-provoking, intelligent literary novel that is also utterly unputdownable.

Who was your favorite author when you were a child? Two really, Lewis Carroll and A. A. Milne. I also really liked this one:

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From which author do you have most books? I guess that would have to be Robert A. Heinlein, as I own all but maybe two of his books.

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Robert Heinlein was an American novelist and the grand master of science fiction in the twentieth century. Often called ‘the dean of science fiction writers’, he is one of the most popular, influential and controversial authors of ‘hard science fiction’.

Over the course of his long career he won numerous awards and wrote 32 novels, 59 short stories and 16 collections, many of which have cemented their place in history as science fiction classics, including STARSHIP TROOPERS, THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS and the beloved STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND.

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? Oh yes, most of Robert Heinlein, some C. J. Cherryh books, a couple of Elizabeth Moon, and definitely Frank Herbert’s Dune series as well.

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already? I’m not on Goodreads, but I am trying to read between 25-30 books a year. I use to read 50+ … yes, one a week. But I’ve cut way back in recent years.

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

A — A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
L — Lockdown by Laurie R. King
EX — Extraordinary People by Peter May

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In case you missed it, here are the 5 last BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about. If you want to read the previous posts, you can find the tab with links on my home page.

Kelly – Another Book In The Wall
Zoë – What’s Better Than Books
Umut – Umut Reviews
Luci – Lunarlucibooks
Chloé – Review by Chloe

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 featured in May! 

New BFF: Reviews by Chloe

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Maybe I can brighten your day a little bit by introducing my very lovely blogfriend Chloé.

She’s such a sweetheart, I mean it! We would probably never ever meet and work together irl (science, really?!) but as for reading we are definitely a perfect match, I love ALL the books she reads! She also seems to love pizza as much as I do so she’s on my list of bloggers I really want to meet someday :-). Maybe she can explain me a little about her favorite app Instagram then too.

Before we get to the interview, don’t forget to check some of the reviews she posted on her blog Reviews by Chloé, where you can find books, books and more books :-). Done? OK let’s get down to it:

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Name: Chloé Douglas

Age: 27

Birthday: end of October

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job? I’m a science nerd and have two degrees to prove it! I have worked in both the nuclear and rail industry and love nothing more than spreadsheets, calculations and writing a good paper!

Do you have any other hobbies? I love going out for walks especially at National Trust places all over the UK, there are some absolutely incredible places that you can explore and they usually always have a handy walking map to show you the trails.

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I am also an avid Formula 1 fan, so often I spend my weekend watching that!

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Your favourite color? Yellow! It’s been my favourite colour since I was very small! I don’t tend to wear it (although mustard seems to work on me!) but I love having yellow themed items

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Do you collect anything (besides books)? I don’t think I’ve got room to collect anything else! But I am obsessed with stationery so you could probably say I collect that… as who needs 20 notebooks all at the same time!

What’s the name of the book that you’ve had the longest? Have you read it? I feel like I’d have to ask my mum! Maybe The Tale of Peter Rabbit? I have definitely read that a few times… the pages prove that!

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? The Essex Serpent – I was really, really looking forward to reading it, bloggers had raved about it, colleagues were reading it etc. I just assumed I would like it. I couldn’t seem to find it anywhere other than Waterstones, so I believe it was purchased at full RRP price and I don’t think I got past 50 pages. I wish I had just gone to the local supermarket and spent the money on a few paperbacks! Although it still sits wistfully staring at me from my DNF pile, I do hope that one day I pick it up.

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London, 1893. When Cora Seaborne’s controlling husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness. Along with her son Francis – a curious, obsessive boy – she leaves town for Essex, in the hope that fresh air and open space will provide refuge.

On arrival, rumours reach them that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for superstition, is enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a yet-undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter’s vicar, who is also deeply suspicious of the rumours, but thinks they are a distraction from true faith.

As he tries to calm his parishioners, Will and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves at once drawn together and torn apart, affecting each other in ways that surprise them both.
The Essex Serpent is a celebration of love, and the many different shapes it can take.

Do you listen to audio books? I do and I don’t. When I was a child, my grandmother bought me Harry Potter tapes and I used to listen to them to fall asleep in the evenings…. and after so many years I still do, although now I’ve got them on my iPhone! But other than falling asleep to Harry Potter, I don’t think I have listened to one.

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Do you have a favorite genre? I’ll go broad and just say the Thriller genre. Usually I’m more specific and state it’s psychological thrillers, but at the moment I am enjoying legal and crime thrillers a lot!

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now? I absolutely ADORED The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances and I’ve just spotted that she has a new book out now called The Temp. I can not wait to get my hands on it, it’s already sitting in my amazon wish list… just waiting for my excuse to hit BUY!

Michelle Frances graduated from Bournemouth Film School and then from the Masters programme at the American Film Institute, Los Angeles. Returning to London, she has worked for several years in film and TV as a script editor and producer for both the independent sector and the BBC. Find out more at http://michellefrancesbooks.com

How is your library organized? I have two main bookshelves, one is organised by colour which looks beautiful but only contains finished books so I don’t touch it and ruin it! The other is organised in piles of TBRs, DNFs and books I’ve completed.

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Do you read more ebooks or physical books? Physical books, I’m not a big fan of eBooks (although I will read them occasionally, maybe 1 to 5 a year), I just love holding a book in my hands and being able to see how far in I am, smell that fresh book smell, walk through bookstores and pick a special book etc…

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Do you have a favorite book? Ok this might not be my favourite but it’s definitely my most memorable – The Litigators by John Grisham. Before that book, I’d been in a bit of a reading slump and only picking up maybe 1 to 2 books a month, but after reading The Litigators, I became obsessed with reading all over again and was picking up 2 books a week… and have ever since!

What’s the cover in your collection that you’re most proud of? It would have to be one of these two: Little Women and A Little Princess. Both of these books have such a big place in my heart from my childhood so when I saw these special edition covers I had to buy them, even though I’ve already got copies of them both!

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Do you have any idea how many books you own? <100, >100, >200, >300 …? Over 300, probably more like 600? I tend to hoard books and never give them away!

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What’s the title of the last book you purchased? Typical me…. I bought five books: Copy Cat by Alex Lake, Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane, The Darkness Within by Lisa Stone, Shame On You by Amy Heydenrych and Odd Child Out by Gilly Macmillan. These were all on offer on amazon so I scooped them up for less than a tenner!

What was your favorite author when you were a child? JK Rowling, without a doubt. I grew up near enough same age as Harry each year so I really related to the books and I loved that everyone around me was reading the same book, so that I could discuss them all day long!

From which author do you have most books? Definitely John Grisham, I think I have nearly all his books. I LOVE his books! (Although I do agree with my fellow Grisham fans – the last few are not as good 😦 )

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? No, for some reason I have never been able to read a book a second time. I have tried, but within the first ten pages the entire plot comes back to me and it seems pointless to re read, since there are so many lovely other books out there in the world for me to read!

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already? I don’t use Goodreads for my challenge as I tend to just use my diary to tally my books. My aim last year was to read 100 books and I ended up reading 103 – very happy with that. I’m aiming for the same again this year, another 100. I’m on my third book this year, having finished Scrublands by Chris Hammer and Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton – both AMAZING books btw! I’m currently reading the Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

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

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(The) Cactus by Sarah Haywood
(The) Honeymoon by Tina Seskis,
Lie With Me By Sabine Durrant,
Our House by Louise Candlish,
Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

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In case you missed it, here are the 5 last BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about. If you want to read the previous posts, you can find the tab with links on my home page.

Vera – Unfiltered Tales
Kelly – Another Book In The Wall
Zoë – What’s Better Than Books
Umut – Umut Reviews
Luci – Lunarlucibooks

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 featured in April! 

New BFF: Lunarlucibooks

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It’s the middle of the week so yay, that means only two more days and it’s the weekend again! I don’t know what your favorite day of the week is but mine is not even a day, it is only a few hours and it’s Friday evening. I love Friday evenings, I love the pizza and the tv and that feeling that it’s finally there and there’s nothing you have to do (unlike Saturdays).

Anyway, I’m digressing, today I want to introduce you to a new blog friend of mine: Luci blogs at Lunarlucibooks. I love her Beyond the Books series where she shares stuff outside of reading: what she listens to, what she watches but also new nailart every month. I like looking at nail art, maybe not so surprising if you know how much I love looking at book covers :-). She loves kitties too, is even called a cat whisperer by some, so of course we’re BFF’s :-). OK let’s see what else we can find out.

QandA

Name: Luci

Luci is an English feminine given name variant of Lucy and an Italian surname derived from the Latin personal name Lucius (from Latin Lux, genitive Lucis, meaning “light”).

Blog: lunarlucibooks.wordpress.com
Twitter: twitter.com/lunarlucibooks
Instagram: Instagram.com/lunarlucibooks

Age: 20

Birthday:  January 16th

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job? I currently am in college (for the Dutch people that follow Inge: HBO jaar 1, Mechatronica ;)) and I’m having quite a hard time haha

Mechatronics

Do you have any other hobbies? Hmmmm taking walks, or cycling, I recently picked up crocheting again and I love skating!

Your favourite color? Definitely black (although by official rules it isn’t a color but sshhhhh)

Do you collect anything (besides books)?  CD’s? (yeah I’m that old ;-)) Oh and nail polish! I have over 300 bottles and I like to do nail art myself. Also, my secret weak spot… notebooks. I just love the feeling of an all-new blank notebook!

Lunar L nailpolish

I do have more now, but they’re arranged in my bookshelves now, which is shown later in this post.

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

If we’re talking about childhood books, it’s De Schippers van de Kameleon, and Paultje en het Paarse Krijtje [= Harold and the Purple Crayon, a book translated by Annie MG Schmidt]. Ahhh, brings back memories ❤

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?

So far, I don’t think I have.. Except for Shadow and Bone, but I bought the trilogy secondhand.

Blurb: Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Follow Alina Starkov through Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising as she discovers her dormant powers and is swept up in a world of luxury and illusion. As Alina struggles to fit into her new life, a threat to the kingdom of Ravka grows—one that will test old alliances and challenge the very limits of magic, one that will forge a leader from a frightened girl.

Do you listen to audio books? I do, these days! I cycle 40 to 50 minutes to school (and back) every day, so audiobooks are amazing for that. I do have to watch the road too though, so I can’t concentrate well on difficult books.

Cycling music

Do you have a favorite genre? Young Adult, Sci-fi and Fantasy. I’ll occasionally read a crime book (like the Millennium series, one of my favorites!)

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now? 

Right now it’s probably the Twisted Tales collection. It was at quite a low price earlier this month, but I didn’t have money left. Now, the price has gone up and honestly, fairytales are my weakness xD

twisted tale collection

Unravel the dark secrets surrounding the Beasts curse in this intriguing tale. Trapped in the castle with the terrifying Beast, Belle learns there is much more to her angry captor when she touches the enchanted rose. Suddenly, her mind is flooded with images of her mother, a woman Belle hardly remembers. Stranger still, Belle realises that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle and all his staff. Stunned and confused by the revelation, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel years of mystery.

 

How is your library organized? Currently, by color (and it took a damn while to do that! Haha) This pic is from a while ago so I’ve added new stuff but it’s the most recent I have.

Lunar L library

Do you read more ebooks or physical books? Definitely physical. I’ll read ebooks on my phone when I can’t pull out a physical one, which is usually at a time I can’t concentrate that well on anything, including reading. Reading ebooks is difficult for me, but I try!

Do you have a favorite book? IMPOSSIBLE TO ANSWER! Haha, nah I’m kidding, but one favorite…. Damn. I love my Pratchett collection, I reread Vampire Academy every once in a while… and I specifically loved The Night Circus, Geekerella, and since most recent discovery, all Alice Oseman’s books. As I’m writing this, I just finished Two Dark Reigns so that’s atm my favorite series haha

three dark crowns series

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

I have actually no idea.. there are so many beautiful ones!

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

Let me count! At my own house, its 239, at my boyfriend’s 45, plus 7 new books I got since counting which makes it… 291 books! Damn.. that’s more than I expected hahaha

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

I think it’s… The Last Namsara and Vicious, which I bought just today with the Book Depository discount!

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What was your favorite author when you were a child?  Hmm… I was a big BIG fan of this Dutch book series, Pinkeltje, so it’s probably Dick Laan. I also was quite the fan of the Kameleon series later in my childhood, so Hotze de Roos is in the list too.

From which author do you have most books?

Number 30

Terry Pratchett, I think, after that it’s Rick Riordan (but to be honest he just has SO MANY BOOKS), Richelle Mead and Marissa Meyer comes quite close too:

Terry Pratchett: 30
Cassandra Clare: 11
Richelle Mead: 12
Rick Riordan: 14
Sarah J Maas: 12, soon to be 13 when Kingdom of Ash comes out!

Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? Vampire Academy! I just love that world to be honest ❤ And I’ve read Cinder 3 times but the first two times was when I checked it out at the library, then I couldn’t find the second one, then a while later I bought Scarlet, forgot what happened in Cinder, and read both of them. Then it took another while before I could order Cress and Winter, and now I’m still planning on reading them all at once, which means it’ll be the 4th time for Cinder hahaha

How many books are there on your Goodreads challenge this year and how many have you read already? I put my challenge on 50 and as I’m writing this, I’m at 41! I’m doing quite well, yay!

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

I have quite the short name so I did my full username. Ironically enough, out of all these books I have read exactly one: Ignite me. And I don’t even remember so my entire name in books is on my tbr still 😉

Lunar L name  Lunar L Name 2

The Last Star
The Upside of Unrequited
The Names They Gave Us
Alice in Zombieland
Red Queen

Library of Souls
Uprooted
The Cruel Prince
Ignite Me

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In case you missed it, here are the 5 last BFF’s (Blog Friends Forever) I posted about. If you want to read the previous posts, you can find the tab with links on my home page.

Lorna – On The Shelf Reviews
Vera – Unfiltered Tales
Kelly – Another Book In The Wall
Zoë – What’s Better Than Books
Umut – Umut 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! 

 

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!

QandA

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 🙂

Vicious

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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Umut 02

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.

MyLibrary

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! 

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?

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

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

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Eleni @LaFemmeReaders
Jonetta @BlueMoodCafe
Liis @CoverToCover
Ova @ExcuseMyReading
Danielle @Danielle’sReadingNook
Alexandra@ReaderWitch
Nina @TheCozyPages
Jennifer @TarHeelReader
Lashaan @bookidote
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