New BFF: Another Book In The Wall

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

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

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Name: Kelly Costigan

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Age: 17 🙂

Birthday: July 5

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

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

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

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

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

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Have you ever regretted a book you purchased? A book that sounded so promising but you wished you’d have spent your money on another book after reading it? I can’t think of any book I’ve bought and wound up disliking, but I have purchased a few paperbacks, without realizing that I already owned the e-book! Hahaha.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review: Why you should read The Book Thief

5 Reasons That Will Make The Book Thief Your Next Read

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Liis – Cover to Cover
Danielle – Books, Vertigo and Tea
Betty – Bookish Regards
Anais – Zeezee with Books
Nicki – Secret Library
Donna – Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog
Chitra – Books & Strips
Annie – The Misstery
Dee – Novel Deelights
Tina – Reading Between the Pages
Delphine – Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Lisa – Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews
Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers
Norrie – Reading Under The Blankie
Lynne – Fictionophile
Lorna – On The Shelf Reviews
Vera – Unfiltered Tales

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

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Happy birthday authors !

Happy birthday authors

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

Mackenzi Lee: 11 September

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

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Stephen King : 21 September 21, 1947

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón: 25 September 1964 

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Tatiana de Rosnay: 28 September, 1961 

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

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

“Expect nothing and you’ll always be surprised”

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

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

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

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

“Time is the best killer.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The pen is the tongue of the mind.”

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

Mid-year top 10 favorite reads

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

 

 

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

Hydra by Matt Wesolowski

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Keeper by Johana Gustawsson

The Fear by C.L. Taylor

The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh

Guess Who by Chris McGeorge

A Scorned Woman by Jack Jordan

Never Go There by Rebecca Tinnelly

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

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

New BFF: Books of Magic

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Happy humpday!

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

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

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Name: Marina Savić

Age: 27

Birthday: November 14th

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

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

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

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Do you have any other hobbies?

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

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

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HINT: it’s a song 😉

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

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

Have you ever regretted a book you purchased? A book that sounded so promising but you wished you’d have spent your money on another book after reading it? Maybe The Muse, by Jessie Burton. I quit halfways but I’m willing to give it another chance one day. That’s the only book I ever DNFed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I don’t want my BFF club to be complete just yet! There’s still room for plenty more so give me a shout if you want to join for a post at the end of this year! It’d be very appreciated!

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

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

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Animal

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Number

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Something You Read

The Travelers

[READ]

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Body of Water

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Product of Fire

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Royalty

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[READ]

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Clothing Item

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Family Member

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[READ]

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Time of Day

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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

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Color

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Celestial Body

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[READ]

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Something That Grows

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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 😉

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 🙂

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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…

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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… 😉

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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.

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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?

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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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