I Spy Book Tag

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I was tagged twice so 2 times a thank you to Norrie @Reading Under the Blankie and Kathy @Books and Munches for challenging me to do this tag!

The challenge this time is: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!!

PS: I used my (entire) Goodreads list so Read, To Read and Wishlist ;-).

Food

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Transportation

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Weapon

Tag 009

[READ]

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Animal

Tag 013

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Number

Tag 007

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Something You Read

The Travelers

[READ]

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Body of Water

Tag 002

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Product of Fire

Tag 005

Royalty

Tag 010

[READ]

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Clothing Item

Tag 014

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Family Member

Tag 011

[READ]

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Time of Day

Tag 015

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Music

Tag 016

[READ]

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Paranormal Being

A Monster Calls

[READ]

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Occupation

The Fixer

[READ]

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Season

Tag 003

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Color

Tag 004

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Celestial Body

Tag 012

[READ]

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Something That Grows

Baby teeth

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So that’s it. I hope I did well :-).

The best part is, I get to tag some people as well so I tag the following blogs :

Up With A Book

Book Wonderland

Books of Magic

A Little Book Problem

Books Teacup and Reviews

Books and Co

and anyone who really likes doing tags 😉

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New BFF: Unfiltered Tales

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Good day to everyone who reads this post and a warm welcome to Vera of the wonderful Unfiltered Tales blog. Vera started blogging in February of this year so if you happen to have missed her posts, hop on over and check it out. She doesn’t read romance (#sorrynotsorry) but everything else goes. Besides her stellar reviews, I seriously always look forward to her posts in her Chitter-Chatter series. I can’t explain, you have to read them for yourself, but her experience as a life coach really comes forward in those posts. They’ll help you think about what you are doing with your blog and if that’s what you really want and they are just generally very insightful.

OK after this little introduction, I’ll let Vera take it from here 🙂

QandA

Name: Vera

Age: I’m in my late thirties… that’s still 30, right? 😉

Birthday: Late January, I’m an Aquarius

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

I studied Mathematical and Computer Modelling at Uni. My job is to be a Researcher; I live in a world of equations, which I verify via code writing. I pinch myself sometimes to make sure I’m not dreaming. I consider myself extremely lucky to be curious for living. I mean I get to ask my favourite WHY word on a regular basis, how cool is that? 😉 Alright, you may think it’s all hunky dory but the reality sometimes is me feeling like punching a wall and screaming at my code as it looped itself indefinitely again (nothing to do with me of course); or as Carol from Little Britain nicely puts it: “Computer says No” sometimes and I go mad…

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I have a few side gigs as well: I’m a certified Personal Trainer and Exercise to Music Instructor. And I’m going through Life Coach training. All of those have something to do with my obsession with people. I love to know why we do things we do. Alice once famously cried my nickname: “curiouser and curiouser”.

Do you have any other hobbies?

Climbing

I love rock climbing, hiking in nature, mountaineering / scrambling, yoga, horse riding, dog walking, discovering new places and spending time with people I love (my dog fits that category as well!). I am also into photography and love snapping photos whenever I have a change.

Can I say people are my hobby as well without sounding super creepy? I love people watching; something that gets me into trouble a lot. Especially on busy tube trains in London…

People watching quote

I also love spending time in nature. Nature always make me feel so small – in the best possible way. I get fully recharged when I’m outside and I dream of living by a wild rocky coast one day.

Your favourite colour?

I tend to have a lot of black tops… and grey, white and blue feature in my closet and our furniture as well. I also like pink.

Do you collect anything (besides books)?

I tend not to collect anything.

Minimalism is something close to my heart and me and my anxiety feel better without too much stuff around. I’m not judging anyone who has a different preference, we are all different and that’s so beautiful about us. In my case, less is more.

Less is more

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

I think it’s The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho which I bought when I moved to London from the Czech Republic in 2000. I read it many times.

Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Have you ever regretted a book you purchased? A book that sounded so promising but you wished you’d have spent your money on another book after reading it?

Nope. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like certain books, but I just never regret spending money on such books. I see it as a way of supporting all those writers, who are out there creating and telling us stories. I am very good at not finishing books but never ever regret making those purchases.

Do you listen to audio books?

Nope. But I’m planning to. I will try some non-fiction books first as I listen to a lot of podcasts and I think it could work. I bought We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on audible and will be listening to it soon.

Do you have a favourite genre?

Hmmmm. I don’t. Recently, I have been gravitating towards non-fiction about topics such as human behaviour, emotions, values, minimalism, zero waste, mindfulness and gratitude. I have also read a lot of memoirs lately.

I also enjoy fantasy, psychological thrillers and twisted crime novels. I am very open minded about what I read with perhaps the exception of romance novels, those are just not my thing.

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

It’s a tie between Circe by Madeline Miller and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

How is your library organized?

books

We sort of sectioned our bookcase. We have climbing guides and hiking guides in a few sections, then there is a small cook book section, two dog training guides and I have a section for books written in Czech and the rest of books is sort of colour coded.

all my books

My dog decided to photobomb this photo. He had a surgery on his paw recently and currently follows me everywhere and it’s impossible to take a photo without him or a part of him in it. 😉

Do you read more eBooks or physical books?

I read predominantly digital. eBooks are usually my preferred way of reading. With that said, I enjoy reading physical copies of non-fiction books. Books written is Czech are pretty much always physical copies though as they are usually gifts from my family.

Do you have a favourite book?

I have a few favourites. The already mentioned The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho is one of them. Another is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I adore all Dr Brené Brown’s books but Daring Greatly is the one closest to my heart.

From Czech books, I love the hysterically funny Saturnin by Zdeněk Jirotka as well as Besídka bývalých žáků zvláštní školy by Miloslav Šimek, Jiří Grossmann and Jiří Krampol. I don’t know if these are translated into English but they are utterly hilarious and I love them very dearly. They are HOME. 😊

Books are HOME

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

I had to have a look as I’m notoriously oblivious to book covers. I honestly could not care less what those covers are. I know, I’m a savage… 😉

fav cover

The book, which cover I really like is: Wild guide: Devon, Cornwall and South West by Daniel Start. That cover always makes me dream of discovering places and hiding somewhere in nature.

Do you have any idea how many books you own?

Nope. I bought many but equally donated most of them. I delete most eBooks once I read them, I honestly have no idea…

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

Love Wins by Rob Bell.

In Love Wins, bestselling author, international teacher, and speaker Rob Bell (Velvet Elvis, Drops Like Stars) addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith–hell and the afterlife–arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?

Rob Bell is an electrifying, unconventional pastor whom Time magazine calls “a singular rock star in the church world,” with millions viewing his NOOMA videos.

With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial with a hopeful message–eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.

Love and Hate

What was your favourite author when you were a child?

Astrid Lindgren. Even as a kid, I was mildly obsessed with anything Scandinavian. 😉 I adored her books. With my favourite being Pippi Longstocking and The Six Bullerby Children.

I was also into myths and legends and read everything I could find on old Greek / Roman / Norse / Native American / South American / Egyptian mythology as well as old Slavic tales. I still crave those from time to time as they always bring so much nostalgia to me. They are my comfort blanket for sure.

When I was about 12, I discovered horrors and Stephen King was my main author of choice. And then I found J.R.R Tolkien and the rest is history…

From which author do you have most books?

Non-fiction that would be Dr Brené Brown, fiction that would be Kelley Armstrong as I enjoyed her Otherworld series.

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

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho and Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly are the ones I have read more than twice.

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

I have pledged 100 books but so far, I have read 28. I’ve written a post about ‘Reading Challenge and the Art of Failing’ as I am not sure if I’ll be able to finish it given how much I have ‘not read’ this year so far but somehow, I’m OK with it. 😊

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

VERA

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
Everything that Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (aka The Minimalists)
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

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

Martina – The Mystery Corner
Liis – Cover to Cover
Danielle – Books, Vertigo and Tea
Betty – Bookish Regards
Anais – Zeezee with Books
Nicki – Secret Library
Donna – Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog
Chitra – Books & Strips
Annie – The Misstery
Dee – Novel Deelights
Tina – Reading Between the Pages
Savanah – Off-Color Lit
Delphine – Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Lisa – Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews
Alex – Coffeeloving Bookoholic
Kathy – Books and Munches
Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers
Norrie – Reading Under The Blankie
Lynne – Fictionophile
Lorna – On The Shelf Reviews

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

I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours: Talking Numbers #discussion post

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Hi!

Today I wanted to discuss something that’s been on my mind for a while now and that I’m curious about.

I read a comment on someone else’s blog and the blogger mentioned that she followed like 30 blogs. I was like….

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I know I have a knack for doing things differently from everyone else but this time I thought I was just being an average, normal blogger and it came as a slight shock because I follow…. more than 500 blogs.

Let me tell you how this happened, you’ll see it all makes sense in the end ;-):

At first I made the traditional mistake of following everyone who followed me, because I was so grateful for the follow. Then it came and went in spurts, there were times that I followed nobody back and then I followed everyone. The next phase was when I looked at the sites and only followed bloggers who read the same books I do. Why would I want fantasy recs right? But then if I think about it, if I had acted earlier like this, I would miss at least two great blog friends this way. The current way to go is to only follow back when they have at least commented once on another day then the day they started to follow me.

So what do you do when you follow so many blogs? I can’t comment on all of them so every day I scroll through the many many posts in my reader and if I see a book that interests me or a post that sounds very interesting, I take a closer look. Even then I don’t always comment. If I know it’s a blogger who doesn’t comment herself on my blog like ever then I don’t put in the extra energy either and I just like the post. In truth I’m already a liker and a lurker so I sometimes really force myself to say something, anything, even if it’s just great review to let someone know I’ve actually read it. I like the interaction though and I also like it if people leave little comments on my blog sometimes so I try. It does take an effort (I don’t mean timewise but just you know to formulate an intelligible comment) but I’m happy to do so for some ;-). Still, it’s a struggle sometimes to do this every day and the more followers you get and the more you follow back, the more time-consuming this is as well but you want to spread the book love and make lots of friends, right? Maybe I should cut back but that’s a very difficult choice to make because I’ll probably have a case of FOMO when it comes to that.

So we come to the end. I held up my end of the bargain so tell me, how many blogs do you follow generally speaking and how do you decide who to follow back? And what about commenting, where do you stand, comment on all or only some?

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New BFF: On The Shelf Reviews

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I want to wish Lorna aka LJ a warm welcome to the blog today and I want to thank her very much for cutting this week in the middle with her participation to my Blog Friend Forever series!

Lorna is a very kindhearted person and I always love seeing her comments. She’s an accomplished blogger and I’m sure she will soon earn her stripes as a writer as well, she already nailed NanoWrimo last year after all. You can already give her a follow on Twitter if don’t already – you can find her as @ljwrites85 and do take a look at Lorna’s blog and the reviews she’s written on On The Shelf Reviews if you don’t know her yet. I found an awesome quote on her blog btw that I really want to share with you as well:

It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living –Terry Pratchett.

The author’s name will make a comeback in the answers too, you’ll see… so let’s go:

QandA

Name: Lorna

Age: Not a number I say out loud any more lol!

Shhh Rihanna

Birthday: 22nd July

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

In a previous life I studied design (turned out I wasn’t very good at it!), at the moment I’m working towards becoming a published writer as well as running my blog.

Do you have any other hobbies?

I suppose I still class writing as a hobby, as I’m still unpublished.

Your favourite colour?

I love all shades of blue.

Do you collect anything (besides books)?

I have quite a collection of notebooks. My favourite is the Wonder Woman one that I got last year which I still haven’t used because it’s just too pretty!

notebooks

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

I suppose that has to be Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. Unfortunately me and my son read my original copy from the nineties so much it fell apart!

harrypotter

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?

This is going to be an unpopular opinion but Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’ve tried at least three times to read it and I’ve only got as far as page sixty.

Gone Girl Amy

Do you listen to audio books?

No but it’s something I keep meaning to do.

Do you have a favourite genre?

Hands down Mystery/Thriller!

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?

I’m so excited because I’ve just got a book I’ve wanted since I saw it last year on NetGalley, The Chalk Man by C.J Tudor. I read it before this post was published and you can read my review here. I rated it 5 stars btw and HIGHLY recommend.

How is your library organized?

My library is not organised at all! It’s just wherever I can fit a book.

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Do you read more ebooks or physical books?

At the moment I’m reading a lot more ebooks, just because that’s what I get sent to review. I still love buying physical books though!

Do you have a favourite book?

There’s a few! The Harry Potter series, Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett and the Sherlock Holmes short story collections.

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

The 20th Anniversary edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone.

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

Not including ebooks I own around 250 books.

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

I got a copy of Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear from a charity shop. I love recycling books!

What was your favourite author when you were a child?

Hands down Roald Dahl, he was just so imaginative and his books have stood the test of time. I read my own son The Twits and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and he loved them as much as I did.

From which author do you have most books?

Probably Terry Pratchett or MC Beaton.

The Hamish Macbeth books were adapted into the BBC Scotland television series Hamish Macbeth. Running for three series between 1995 and 1997, the titular police officer was played by Robert Carlyle. The series bore little relation to the content of Beaton’s novels. Macbeth and Lochdubh were retained, in name at least, but little else survived.

The author was not happy with the TV series. “It wasn’t like the books, I wrote about a six-foot laid-back highlander and I got a 5ft 8″ Glaswegian with a chip on his shoulder,” Beaton says. “It was an unfortunate experience.”

The TV adaptations took several liberties with the plots, combining elements from several novels into each episode, changing the details enough to make them work together.

While Beaton was not happy with the changes, the TV series developed a loyal fan base, and many viewers have since come to know the Hamish Macbeth that Beaton originally created. Her earlier novels are being reprinted and re-released to fill the gaps between new volumes.

Beaton has often been left out of plans for her own creations. “They wanted to do a making of Hamish Macbeth without even mentioning me at all,” Beaton joked. “However, it does lead to ideas to killing people.”

In 2016, another Beaton creation, Agatha Raisin, became a TV series.

The Hamish Macbeth series so far:

Death of a Gossip (1985)
Death of a Cad (1987)
Death of an Outsider (1988)
Death of a Perfect Wife (1989)
Death of a Hussy (1990)
Death of a Snob (1992 )
Death of a Prankster (1992)
Death of a Glutton (1993), also published under the title Death of a Greedy Woman
Death of a Travelling Man (1993)
Death of a Charming Man (1994)
Death of a Nag (1995)
Death of a Macho Man (1996)
Death of a Dentist (1997)
Death of a Scriptwriter (1998)
Death of an Addict (1999)
A Highland Christmas (1999)
Death of a Dustman (2001)
Death of a Celebrity (2002)
Death of a Village (2003)
Death of a Poison Pen (2004)
Death of a Bore (2005)
Death of a Dreamer (2006)
Death of a Maid (2007)
Death of a Gentle Lady (2008)
Death of a Witch (2009)
Death of a Valentine (2010)
Death of a Chimney Sweep (2011), also published under the title Death of a Sweep
Death of a Kingfisher (2012)
Death of Yesterday (2013)
Death of a Policeman (2014)
Death of a Liar (2015)
Knock, Knock, You’re Dead (2016)
Death of a Nurse (2016)
Death of a Ghost (2017)
Death of an Honest Man (2018)

Death of a GhostThere are many ruined castles in Scotland. One such lies outside the village of Drim. Hamish begins to hear reports that this castle is haunted and lights have been seen there at night, but he assumes it’s some children or maybe the local lads going there to smoke pot, or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Hamish says to his policeman, Charlie ‘Clumsy’ Carson, that they will both spend a night there.

The keening wind explains the ghostly noises, but when Charlie falls through the floor, Hamish finds the body of a dead man propped up in a corner of the cellar. After Charlie is airlifted to the hospital, Chief Detective Inspector Blair arrives to investigate the body, but there is none to be found. Dismissed as a drunk making up stories, Hamish has to find and identify the body and its killer before the “ghost” can strike again.

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

Yes! Bridget Jones’s Diary, Wyrd Sisters and the Harry Potter series.

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

Yes, I set it at 75 but I think I’ve put it too low, I’m already up to forty.

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

my name in books spines

 

 

L – Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain
O – One Day by David Nicholls
R – Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
N – Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
A –A Game Of Thrones by George RR Martin.

 

 

 

 

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

Martina – The Mystery Corner
Liis – Cover to Cover
Anne – Inked Brownies
Danielle – Books, Vertigo and Tea
Drew – TheTattooedBookGeek
Jillian – Rant and Rave About Books
Meg – Magic of Books
Betty – Bookish Regards
Anais – Zeezee with Books
Nicki – Secret Library
Donna – Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog
Chitra – Books & Strips
Annie – The Misstery
Dee – Novel Deelights
Stephanie – Teacher of YA
Tina – Reading Between the Pages
Savanah – Off-Color Lit
Delphine – Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Lisa – Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews
Alex – Coffeeloving Bookoholic
The Readers Bay
Kathy – Books and Munches
Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers
Norrie – Reading Under The Blankie
Lynne – Fictionophile

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

Same book, different cover #5

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Welcome to a new battle of the books! There’s only one rule: pick two (or more) covers and choose your favorite one.

Here are 5 books that I haven’t read yet but be it through their cover, a review I read or the blurb have piqued my interest.

Let the challenge begin!

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

The House Swap 01  The House Swap 02

I choose cover 2. No cover 1. No cover 2. That’s really how it went but finally I settled on the doors with a different colour and style.

Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin

Happiness for Humans 01  Happiness for Humans 02

Cover number 1. I like the second one as well but the first is all pink and I like looking in the windows.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Let's Pretend this never happened 01  Let's Pretend this never happened 02

Cover number 1. I don’t know why but it’s intriguing, the second looks like it’s a crazy fun fictional novel 🙂

Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda. 

Fragments of the lost 02  Fragments of the lost 01

Cover number 2. I already liked cover 1 but when I saw the paperback in the store my attention was really drawn to it and I had to pick it up.

The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen

The Ever After 01  The Ever After 02

Cover number 1. I’m not so fond of the blue filter but I do like the image with the body language of both people most. It’s pretty clear too :-).

So that’s it. Tell me your thoughts! If you can’t get enough, check out Battle Of The Books #1 – #2#3 – #4

Also don’t forget to check out the Secret Library Book Blog where Nicki holds a book battle with some AUDIObooks 🙂

 

 

 

 

New BFF: Fictionophile

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Happy hump day! Today on the blog I want to give a warm welcome to my new BFF, Lynne, who blogs at Fictionophile. Her blogging resumé is most impressive! She started her blog in 2007, she’s posted over 200 reviews on Netgalley AND earned 6 badges. And what we’re probably all going to be a bit envious of is the fact that she is pre-approved on NG by 9 publishers.

Lynne is also the founder of the cover-love series. It’s actually through these series that I found her and they’re forever linked in my mind. If you’ve not checked it out yet, you really need to see them. She’s already featured 54 differently themed covers and whether it’s hearts, keys, broken wine glasses or other, every single time I find it amazing to see so many similar – and yet very different – covers together. OK, I’m rambling again so I think I’m going to let Lynne do the talking from hereon. Here it is:

QandA

Name: Lynne

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Age: 62

Birthday: February 12th

What did you study or do you study now / what is your current job? I am retired from my job as the fiction cataloguer for the Halifax Public Library system.

Librarian

Do you have any other hobbies? Besides blogging, I like gardening, word games, crocheting and other crafts.

Your favourite color?

Green

Green, the many hues of nature.

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Do you collect anything (besides books)? I collect mugs with a bookish theme,

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also starfish which I have displayed around my summer cottage.

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

It would have to be “Jane Eyre” and yes, I’ve read it several times. (I also own four different editions of this book)

Have you ever regretted a book you purchased? A book that sounded so promising but you wished you’d have spent your money on another book after reading it?

I’ve purchased a book thinking it was a new title by one of my favourite authors, only to find that it was a book I already owned issued under a different title.

Do you listen to audio books?

I tried recently but found that it just wasn’t for me. I’d rather read the printed word.

Do you have a favorite genre?

I’m torn. If you asked me last year and for many years before that, I would have definitely said ‘Mystery/Thriller’. Now that genre shares the favourite spot with ‘Up-lit’.

What is the book highest on your wishlist right now?

The Craftsman” by Sharon Bolton

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Devoted father or merciless killer?

His secrets are buried with him.

Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried…ALIVE.

Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves.

Did she get it wrong all those years ago?
Or is there something much darker at play?

How is your library organized?

Alphabetically, by author’s surname. I can’t help it, it is a carry-over from my career in libraries.

Do you read more ebooks or physical books?

For sure I read more e-books. I would estimate that of the last 300 books I’ve read, only two of them have been actually books. I have been known to buy the actual book AFTER reading it digitally, just so that I could have a favorite title in my collection.

Do you have a favorite book?

For me, that question is akin to picking a favourite child. Impossible. I will say that Jane Eyre is my favourite classic, “A man called Ove” is a recent favourite, and I have SO many favourites in the mystery/thriller genre, that you would have to get more space on this blog to list them all. LOL. I have listed some of my favourite reads here.

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

Probably “The forgotten garden” by Kate Morton – and I love the classics in my collection which have gilt trimmings.

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

I used to have thousands, now probably only about 1200 or so. I’ve been trying to purge in case we move to a smaller place with fewer bookshelves.

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

The trouble with goats and sheep” by Joanna Cannon.

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England,1976.

Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands.

And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…

Who was your favorite author when you were a child?

I remember my favourite book was “Tom’s midnight garden” so I’d have to say Philippa Pearce.

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From which author do you have most books?

I have large collections of several authors, but the author I have the most books from is probably Ruth Rendell. Including some of her novels written under the name Barbara Vine, I have 51 of her titles in hardcover. (42 Ruth Rendell pictured here in the top photo – 9 Barbara Vine on another shelf in the bottom photo)

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Are there books you’ve read 2 or 3 times? Yes. I’ve read ‘Jane Eyre’ several times, also ‘The shell seekers’ by Rosamunde Pilcher, and ‘A man called Ove’ by Fredrik Backman. There are a few more, but I can’t think of them at the minute.

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

My Goodreads challenge this year is 100 books. I’m reading my 40th title now.

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

Life after life” by Kate Atkinson
“The Yellow house” by Patricia Falvey
No great mischief” by Alistair MacLeod
No mark upon her” by Deborah Crombie
Entry Island” by Peter May

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I’m going to leave you with one of Lynne’s favorite quotes:

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

Martina – The Mystery Corner
Liis – Cover to Cover
Anne – Inked Brownies
Danielle – Books, Vertigo and Tea
Drew – TheTattooedBookGeek
Jillian – Rant and Rave About Books
Meg – Magic of Books
Betty – Bookish Regards
Anais – Zeezee with Books
Nicki – Secret Library
Donna – Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog
Chitra – Books & Strips
Annie – The Misstery
Dee – Novel Deelights
Stephanie – Teacher of YA
Tina – Reading Between the Pages
Savanah – Off-Color Lit
Delphine – Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Lisa – Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews
Alex – Coffeeloving Bookoholic
The Readers Bay
Kathy – Books and Munches
Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers
Norrie – Reading Under The Blankie

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

A whole lot of bookmarks

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Hi everyone!

A little while ago I saw an awesome post on Facebook where someone in one of the group’s I’m a member of listed over 400 different bookmarks for sale. I was fascinated with all these different designs and at first I wanted to make a few myself and post another DIY post. I googled and youtubed a lot but I couldn’t really figure it all out and really, I don’t think it’s worth all the hassle. Don’t get me wrong, it would be cool if I could make my own bookmarks but I’m not sure they would look anywhere as good as these.

Margret, the woman in question, lives in The Netherlands and makes them herself out of a paper napkin or tissue paper. She sells them for only 1 euro a piece. Can you buy a cool bookmark for that money in the store? I think not. Shipping to me was only 2,80 euro as well so I thought I’d go for it.

The most difficult thing in the end was choosing really (and not going totally overboard). I’ll show you which ones I picked out 🙂 but first here’s how they arrived. I already loved receiving this little package, especially the design on the envelope! She also wrapped them carefully so they would get here in perfect condition :-).

I’m sure there’s something for everyone in the almost 500 different designs but I could only cut it down to 6 which I still think is a pretty good achievement given how undecisive I am normally in life. I chose a few cute ones, one because it has a cat on it and one because it has pink on it. You know me 🙂

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They look really professional too, the front is laminated and the two sides are neatly folded with a raised edge. The paper used isn’t really heavy cardboard but it’s not too flimsey either.

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You can see that two magnet strips were used. You have to clip only one page between them so they’re definitely strong enough :-).

So there you go… isn’t it fun to open your book and see this adorable little mouse?

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So what do you think about these?  Which one would you advise me to use first? Do you have a favorite type of design? Anyone who has tried to make their own bookmark? I’m curious so, come on and let me know!