Bookmas Blogger Spotlight

Oh come, all ye faithful…

Join us in another Bookmas Meet The Book Blogger special!

I´m honored beyond words to be able to introduce you to another fantastic book blog. 

Let´s give a round of applause for  Book Twins Reviews!

 

 

I´ve had the privilege to interview Corina and Tijuana, the beautiful minds who run BTR and I have to say – I have a new appreciation for these book addicts. Corina and Tijuana don´t simply blog about books… They invest so much love in their craft. So much so that it puts me and others to shame * elegantly hiding face *

They´re quick. They´re on point.

They have style ( those Insta pics…. * fan girl moment * )

They´re just awesome.

And here´s the special moment I was granted with the awesomeness that runs the Book Twins Reviews blog.

I hope you enjoy.


 

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Morgana:    Ladies, I want to thank you so much for agreeing to undertake this interview. I know how stuffed your schedules must be with the holidays so close. And with all the December releases… Sheesh. I appreciate you taking the time for this. You´re awesome. Speaking of… How about we find a seat somewhere near a fireplace and make ourselves comfortable?

Corina:    What are we having to drink? Coffee, hot cocoa, tea, wine, shots or maybe cocktails? Whatever it is- I think I have enough in stock to last us a while. What about food? What should our go-to cuisine be for the evening?

Tijuana:    I’ll take a hot chocolate with lots of whip cream anytime, please!!! Especially if we are sitting next to a fireplace. And I’m a huge fan of Smörgåsbords and cheese and fruit platters.

I’m a coffee girl through and through. My favorite is cafe mocha with whipped cream. Yum! Like Corina, I’m a fan of finger foods as well.

 

Morgana:    Then why don´t we just squat down and feast on a Smörgåsborg and drink whatever Corina has in stock? As long as none of us has to move away from the fireplace.

 

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Morgana:    I´ve been following your blog for some time now ( especially your Instagram ) because of two reasons: 1 – I love most of the books you read / review.

2 – I love your blog concept. You send out positive vibes no matter what you feature. Which brings me to my question: Do you review and feature every book you read? Or do you skip a book ( for whatever reason ) and move on to the next?

 

Corina:    Thank you so much!!!

TJ and I talked about what kind of ratings we wanted to feature on our blog. And we came to the conclusion that we wanted to feature the books that we would want other people to read.

Rarely, it happens that a book annoys me so much that I end up reviewing it. At this point I really need to be careful about when I write my review. I made the mistake once and wrote the review right after I finished the book, and wowzer  – that one ended up being more like a rant than a constructive review…

But to answer your question, because I DNF so many books, I stopped reviewing those. There are two reasons why. When I DNF a book I don’t feel like only because I had a bad day or are fighting my way out of a book slump that the book wouldn’t have been loved by others. It shouldn’t suffer only because of my I-had-a-bad-day review. And there are definitely a couple of books in addition to my DNFs that I don’t review. Those are usually the just ok books. Not memorable enough, and I have just nothing to say about them.

Tijuana:    Corina’s answer is spot on! We have frequent discussions about ratings and what to feature on the blog. My belief is that only our favorites should be featured. While I don’t DNF books as frequently as my bestie, I wouldn’t feel comfortable featuring them on the blog. When I started blogging a few years ago, my intentions were to shout about books that I love, not  rant about those I don’t. That’s still, sort of, our motto.

 

Morgana:    Makes total sense. Sadly, I don´t go that route but I do admire you two for not reviewing your DNFs or the books you felt were just “okay” and for only featuring your favorites. I wish I had it in me to move on like that. ❤ 

 

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Morgana:    I think it´s great you review a variety of genres. I found that being a fan of YA, Contemp. Rom.  and Paranormal myself has helped me a great deal with reading slumps. Yupp. I´m a mood reader. Do you pick your next reads as they´re released ( or when you spot them ) or are you a mood reader, as well?

 

Corina:    Oh, I’m totally a mood reader!! But I’m also ruled by new releases. My favorite thing to do is checking the New Release tap on Goodreads. I’m getting really excited when I see what’s coming out next, and for many of those new releases I will drop everything and anything I’m currently reading. But I also agree with you, reading a variety of genres and in my case listening to audiobooks, has kept my slumps in check this year. None of my book funks lasted longer than a week. And I believe that’s mostly because I switch genres, listen to audiobooks in between and reread favorite books if nothing else entices me.

Tijuana:    I’m a hybrid in this scenario. I can definitely be a moody reader, but a lot of my reads are also determined by release scheduling, since the bulk of them are beta reads. Because of that, I like to schedule breaks in my schedule to read only what suits my fancy at the moment. Switching genres or from kindle to audiobooks is also something I love to do.

Morgana:    Would either of you be interested in marrying me? Lol. I´m dead serious. No long lasting reading slumps, scheduled breaks… It feels like we were made for each other! Although, I can´t do audiobooks. They drive me nuts. 

 

REFILLS!

 

Corina:    I’m all for refills. 😀

Tijuana:    I’ll have another☺️

Morgana:    Me too. And it looks like we´re going to have to draw straws or play rock – paper – scissors. I don´t see any of us willing to move to get refills.

 

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Morgana:   Now let´s get down to the nitty gritty: You´ve mentioned in your About Me that you squeeze out as much time as possible to read / always with your nose stuck in a book. I´m imagining you doing all kinds of things just to be able to continue a story you can´t put down. How far would you go to finish an awesome read? Would you hide? Read while cooking / cleaning / being stuck in traffic? Feel no shame, ladies, because I´m constantly hiding from the people who curse themselves my loving family.

 

Corina:     I’ve actually turned into a kind of hermit the last couple years – lol. I often rather stay home than socialize, because of that my weekends are mostly dedicated to reading, bookish browsing and photography. I’ve been known to read in the bathroom. I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, trying to hide from my mother who wanted me to do homework. Nowadays it’s just a habit. But I definitely read at work, during lunch break, in the car, in a line at a store, post office, airport – actually anywhere and everywhere. Having a kindle has changed my life.

 

Tijuana:    I have absolutely no shame! Yes! I will hide from my husband and kids. That late meeting at the office, could very well be the last couple chapters of a book I can’t put down. I’m also a huge audiobook fan. I listen to books constantly! While I’m driving, cooking, cleaning, having a bath! You name it and I’ve probably tried to do it with earbuds while listening to a favorite book!

I’ve tried Corina’s tactic of hiding in the bathroom, but kids have no boundaries.

 

Corina:    OMG I totally forgot about audiobooks – lol!!! Doing chores, especially laundry and listening to books is the BEST thing EVER!!!

 

Morgana:     Tijuana- I agree. Kids have no boundaries. Mine are old enough to know better and STILL think the bathroom is the livingroom instead of Mommy´s only room she can lock herself in. LOL. Corina-  YES! Bathroom reading was a necessity that´s become a habit ( and sort of still a necessity. It´s not mom anymore who´s bugging. It´s the people who ask a million questions through a keyhole now ). I feel you ladies. Love your answers. I still can´t understand the audiobook love, though. You´ll have to sell that one to me another time. 

 

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Morgana:    You´re really active on social media. You have your blog, a Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram…. Where do you enjoy hanging out the most when you´re book blogging?

 

Corina:    At the moment Instagram is my medium. I love the combination of photography and books. Both of those – photography and reading – have been my most passionate hobbies for years now. Being able to combine them has been a real joy so far. And the bookstagram community has been just amazing.

Tijuana:    Having a partner is key for us. While Cor is primarily on IG, I manage our Facebook presence. That’s really helped us choose a focus we’re most comfortable with. It also allows us to have fun IRL!

Corina:    I agree with TJ. Having a presence on all these social media platforms stretched us too thin, so we chose the platform we love most and share the rest. It really works for us.

 

Morgana:     There´s so much truth about being stretched too thin when it comes to working all social media platforms. It amazes me when I see other bloggers work everything around the clock. I always wondered how they do it but am glad to know there are book bloggers out there who only concentrate on what works best for them. Good job, ladies! ❤ And yes, having a partner is KEY, otherwise you´d over work yourself. 

 

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Morgana:    From one book blogger to another: Can you tell me what turns you on and what turns you off while reading? Is there a particular trope that annoys you / one that you love?

 

Corina:   Lol – I HATE drama!! That’s why I have such a hard time with YA novels. And there is a certain writing that doesn’t work for me. I think TJ calls it flowery, overly descriptive. I’ve also noticed that I don’t care what trope it is as long as the writing is witty, smart and engaging. It’s really all about the writing at this point. But, just to put it out there, I LOVE office and sports romances. Forbidden and jerks do it for me too – lol. Same as enemies to lovers – I love the tension in the air when enemies turn into lovers.

 

Tijuana:    I’m not picky at all! I like so many different genres and tropes. As long as the writing is good and the book was edited well, I’ll read it. Being an English Major, nothing turns me off more than poor editing and grammatical errors.

 

Morgana:    YES! The writing is mandatory. If a book is poorly written / has too many errors then there´s really no use in continuing. A shame, really. Flowery, overly descriptive? Never heard that one before but I do like it  * wink *. BTW- High five on the enemies to lovers trope! So with you on the tension bit. Forbidden is a close runner up! Love those, as well. 

 

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Morgana:    We know you love to book blog. Anyone who spends time on your blog can feel your devotion. But tell me: What is it exactly you love about book blogging?

 

Corina:    Hmm…. I think the idea of being able to talk about books is what makes this entire endeavor of being a book blogger so great. I would be a professional book reader/blogger if possible – lol.

Tijuana:    Reading has always been my passion! But blogging for me is more about the relationships I’ve been privileged enough to nurture. I’ve met so many amazing people over the years. Some of them are now my closest friends. That’s what I love most about this journey.

Corina:    This is so true…. We wouldn’t have found each other, or having this amazing friendship without starting our own blogs and deciding to merge. I’ll be always grateful for having TJ as my partner. Our up to 7 hour long phone calls are proof enough – lol.

Morgana:    7 hour phone calls? * falls off chair * WOW! * composing myself again * You´re absolutely right about the bonding, Tijuana. And I can totally see you both going all professional in this blog business. You´re already professional with blogging on the side. ❤

 

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Morgana:    If I could grant you 3 wishes (book related or not )… What would you wish for and why?

 

Corina:    Having my own library is on the very top of that wishlist. Who doesn’t want a cozy room, filled with books, a fireplace, a big cozy chair and all the time in the world to read? That get’s me right to the next wish – being able to read for a living. Hellooooooo!!! That would be a dream come true for me!!

And of course, all my friends being bookworms would be the icing on the top. But being on bookstagram, having TJ as a blog partner and being part of this amazing book community, having the chance to meet YOU and chat books,  takes care of that.

 

Tijuana:    I’m leery of wishes. Weird I know 😂😂

 

Morgana:    Naaaw ❤ I agree, Corina. And thank you. I´m glad I met you as well 🙂 Tijuana- Then I will gift you a life long vacay on Bora Bora with a hut just for books. 🙂

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Morgana:    Is there something you´d like to see more of in the book blogging community?  Are there things that annoys you about the book blog world?

 

Corina:    I would love to have more bookish meetups. Local or international, anything really. It’s a great feeling to be around bookworms. There is some drama I could do without, but we are all just human, authors and readers included.

Tijuana:    Honestly, no.  I love my circle of blogger friends. They’re like an extension of my family and I enjoy interacting with them daily.

 

Morgana:    Wouldn´t that be great to have more bookish meetups? I´d love for that to happen more often. Drama – Meeh. It´s there. Can´t seem to function with or without it. Lol. Tijuana- I love how you see your blogger friends as extended family.

 

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 Morgana:    As a book blogger, our main purpose is to recommend books ( or not recommend them, depending on the book, or course ). And with all the classics still making their rounds… Do you see some of the modern day books we read and review becoming timeless classics one day? If so, which books do you think will still be around in 100 years from now?

 

Corina:    That’s a good question, and not an easy one to answer. Of course the first book/series that pops into my mind is Harry Potter, I remember reading it 18 years ago, and teenagers 20 years later just start picking it up. I’m actually rereading it the first time since publication. I also hope that books like Wonder by R.J. Palacio and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas will be read and talked about in 50 or 100 years. I’m pretty sure fantasy books like the kind from Brandon Sanderson (Stromlight Archive) will endure the times. I’m not sure about romance.

Tijuana:    I’m extremely impressed by Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and Garth Nix’s Abhorsen Series.

Morgana:    I think both of you could be right. I have a gut feeling Wonder and the Lunar Chronicles will still be around in the future ( Although I haven´t read the Lunar Chronicles. I´m just speculating) And Harry P. will, without a doubt, still be around. 

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Morgana:    I´m not going to be THAT cruel person and ask what your favorite book is. So, I´m going to be sneaky and flip the question around so that it doesn´t sound so painful. Lol. Is there a book (s) you can´t imagine not having? Let the name sharing parade begin!

 

Corina:    Lol – well done!!!!

Kate Daniels (by Ilona Andrews) will always be books I can’t live without.

Wait for It and Winnipeg by Mariana Zapata

Scoring Wilder by RS Grey

Fatal series by Marie Force

The Search by Nora Roberts

Like Us series by KB Ritchie

Look the Part by Jewel E Ann

Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O’Connell

Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat

 

Tijuana:    The Abhorsen Trilogy is usually my standard answer. Also, A Separate Peace. My favorite contemporary romance hasn’t released yet, but you’ll HAVE to read it when it does — The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

 

Morgana:    OMG! I have my eyes set on The Kiss Thief! I´m just burning to get my hands on that one. January can´t roll on fast enough. I´m writing the rest down. All these titles are gonna make me a poor church mouse * holding back my sob *

 

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Morgana:    What are you reading now and is the book something you can recommend right away?

 

Corina:    Let’s say the last book I read that I would highly recommend is Fatal Invasion (book #13) by Marie Force – I would recommend starting at book ONE. This series reliably gives me 5 star reads every single time.

I also finished Jock Rule by Sara Ney and The Ex Effect by Karla Sorensen – both were very enjoyable and I would recommend them both to anyone that loves sports romances.

Tijuana:    Corina will wring my neck for this, but I’m in the middle of a Kristen Ashley reread.🙈 Rock Chick Redemption! And yes, I highly recommend it. This series is one of my most read and all time favorites!

Corina:    LALA – I’m not hearing this!!!!!!

Morgana:    BUT I NEED TO HEAR WHAT TIJUANA HAS TO RECOMMEND!!!! Continue, dear. I´m all eyes and ears. * writing all titles down* I love Kristen Ashleys books. The rest I´ll have to check out. 

 

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Ladies, our time has come to an end ( Making a pouty face because, we need a little drama for the sake of… drama ). Thank you loads for taking your time to share your thoughts with me / us. It´s been great chatting with you. We definitely need to do this more often.

 

Corina:    Thank you so much for having us!! It was an honor and pleasure to chat with you. And as you now know, I could chat books all day long!!!

 

Morgana: ❤ The pleasure was all mine! We should do this again some time. 🙂 ❤

 

Morgana:    Okay. Who´s gonna put the fire out? Or should we continue behind the scenes and invite some book boyfriends over?  Do we need more drinks? Is this a sleepover? You know what? We have this amazing fireplace and no butler. This sucks.

 

Corina:    Definitely inviting book boyfriends over. Just wish I had a couple on speed dial…… need to get a couple numbers for next time.

Morgana:    Make it happen, chica! I´ll be waiting. * wink *


 

Thank you so much for taking your time to get to know Corina and Tijuana from Book Twins Reviews! Please make sure to show these hard working ladies some book love by stalking them on their social media! Leave them a comment, a like and be sure to follow!

 

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Bookmas Blogger Spotlight

It´s beginning to look a lot like Christmas another

Bookmas Blogger Spotlight!

 

Hello, friends, family, followers and people who´ve never been here before! Welcome to another fabulous Meet The Book Blogger feature!

 

Today´s feature is for a book blogger I deeply admire. She´s as badass as a book blogger can get. She has sass and just the right attitude for this line of work. I´m talking about Nada from Early Bookish Birds.

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This fine lady works Instagram like no other with her creativity and her blog posts range from informative to fun. Based in Egypt ( how cool is that?!) she´s a hard working bookworm on a mission to spread the book – word!

Let´s get to know the power woman behind Early Bookish Birds a little better! Ready?



 

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Morgana:   Nada! My girl! Thank you so much for wanting to partake in this interview! I´m floored you found the time in your busy schedule ( because us book bloggers are busy babes this time of year ). Totally appreciate this. Why don´t we have a seat and order some food? What will you have? I read in your Goodreads Bio that you love to eat. Girl, I can see us turning this interview into a foodie exchange rather than book talk.

 

 

Nada:   Heyyy Morgana!

God it feels so good to do this with you, I’m genuinely happy that I got to know you , girl. And actually doing something together!  I have never done this before, So I’m super excited to do this!

Food you say? Oh I will have a cheese burger and texas chilli fries, please. But I gotta warn ya, it may get messy.

 

Morgana:    Hello, burgers and fries! My personal comfort food. Messy? Honey, it ain´t a burger if you / your plate stays clean. But wait- Are we talking about the homemade kind of McDonalds burgers?

 

 

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Morgana:    What I love most about your posts is that they´re so down to earth. Everytime I read one of your posts I immediately feel at home. You make book blogging seem effortless. How do you do it?

 

Nada:   Thank you for saying that, girl. I’m gonna blush or smth.

Well I do like to relate to things, whether if it was a book, a post, a pic or even a meme. So that’s what  I do when I write. I feel like if I managed to get one person to relate to my scrambled thoughts, I`d make it through. So I write about something that crossed my mind while reading or something I struggle with, being a bookworm and all.

 

Morgana:    I can totally relate. Sometime you just see something you can relate to and feel inspired and then you find likeminded people who can also relate… That´s something to push you forward. ❤

 

 

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Morgana:    You recently published My Not So Called 2018 Reads #1 post.  You mentioned something I think is really important: “A book should never be judged by it´s publication date.” I couldn´t agree more. What inspired you to write this post?

 

Nada:   The fuss of new releases. It’s getting rather annoying.

There’re so many new releases out there, and while, yes it’s nice that there’s always someone out there publishing their book, there are still beautiful books on our shelves that we got 5 years ago. Why do I have to keep reading new releases to get attention? I wanna read what catches my attention, whenever it was published.

 

Morgana:    Preach! I wholeheartedly agree! 

 

 

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Morgana:    What advice can you give someone who wants to start their own book blog?

 

Nada:    I’d say, start blogging right now. If you got an idea start your blog right now, right this second. It’s never too late to do so. And keep in mind that there’s always someone out there who’s interested in reading your thoughts, they are precious  ;). And when you do so, start reading loads of blog posts until you can find your own style and zone.

And when it get messy, cause it will get messy, remember that you have a reader. That your stats aren’t always right, and that you started this blog for yourself, so you keep going for her.

 

Morgana:     YES! Start now because if you don´t then you might end up never going it. Word, chica!

 

 

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Morgana:    Speaking of book blogs: Is there a book blog you look up to / a book blog you see as a role model? If so, do share who it is and why.

 

 

Nada:    Role Model? Wow that’s a big word for me. I don’t really have Role models, I’m my Own Role Model, I do always try to be a better version of myself.

But I do love getting inspirations from fellow book bloggers, and always, always giving them credit!

I adore how creative Cher can get at her Blog https://lacesandbooksblog.wordpress.com She writes amazingly unique and new book talks

And Trang at https://bookidote.com Her reviews are always so fun to read, and she features the best quality of books.

 

Morgana:    Going to check these ladies out ASAP! 

 

 

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Morgana:     From all the social media accounts where us book bloggers share our content… Which do you prefer?

 

Nada:    Well this is tricky, I started social media books lovin on Instagram, having a bookstagram was everything for me at some point, and it still is, when Instagram algorithm is kicking me in the butt. Photography is a passion of mine, and bookstagram introduced me to it.

But Having my Own blog? Talking and ranting about books, writing small poems ? This is one the finest feelings to me, I wouldn’t trade it with anything.

 

Morgana:   Personally, Instagram is my enemy. Can´t figure it out. Lol. But what you said about the blog… giving you a virtual high five! You summed that up pretty well. 

 

 

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Morgana:    Now, let´s get real for a moment and talk about the nitty gritty: You receive awesome feedback on your posts. Has there ever been someone who´s challenged you / your content?

 

Nada:    Haters comments? No I haven’t experienced anything like this online.

 

Morgana:    That´s awesome! ❤ Just continue doing what you´re doing and I see a positive blogging future ahead for you.

 

 

 

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Morgana:    Most people believe that all us book people do is stay indoors and read. Can you give us insight on what life outside Early Bookish Birds looks like? And don´t hold back!

 

Nada:    You Got me laughing, love, I literally just had a friend making fun of me, that I’d rather stay home and read than go out and get wild.

It may be just a little bit true? When I go out with someone, I like to get deep, small talks and pleasantry are what I loath. So if  going out means being with a squad that makes small talks and doesn’t have an interesting mindset; I´d very much prefer staying at home.

But I do go out, when i feel appreciated 😉

 

Morgana:    I hear ya. I´m not a friend of small talk, either. It´s just impersonal.

 

 

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Morgana:    Here´s something fun: If you could go back in time and talk to anyone famous, who would it be?

 

 

Nada:    Id talk to Frank Sinatra.

I´d loovvvee to hear him live, This man voice can get me through anything!

 

Morgana:    Great choice! That man had an amazing voice.

 

 

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Morgana:    Chici, it´s time to wrap this baby up. Thank you so much for making this happen. You´re a bookish doll! ❤  I hope we can do this again soon!

 

Nada:    I can’t thank you enough for hosting me, Morgana. This has been a great pleasure, having this talk with you and just getting to know you!

May your day  be filled with pages and free books, hehe.

 

Morgana:    That´s so sweet of you. ❤ The pleasure was all mine! May your day be filled with the same ( and so much more ).  

 



 

Be sure to follow Nada on her social media!

Stalk away and send her some bookish love!

 

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Bookmas Blogger Spotlight

Hi everyone and welcome to today´s Bookmas Blogger Spotlight!

 

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Today I´d like to give back to the book community for being so supportive. Today is about shining some book blog love on one of my favorite book blogs out there and giving everyone the chance to meet the person who runs that blog via book blogger interview.

 

Let´s give it up for Norrie from Reading Under The Blankie!

 

Norrie is a London based book blogger who spends time reading crime fiction and thrillers and loves science fiction! She also shouldn´t be approached until she´s had her breakfast ( I can relate ). She also mentions on her blog that she´s a coffee drinker, a cat hugger who hates ignorance and can´t function properly below 25 degree Celsius.

 

Why Do I Love Reading Under The Blankie?

Norrie´s book blog is one of those simple, yet powerful blogs. She´s on point, her content is refreshing and her overall attitude is great! Those points play a huge role when it comes to book blogging. Because book blogging is never only about books. It´s about sharing a unique style. Reading Under The Blankie definitely delivers on that account.

Let´s get to know the mastermind behind Reading Under The Blankie!

 


 

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Morgana:  Norrie, thank you loads! I´m so happy to have you here. With the holidays being around the corner I´m sure you´re busy reading and writing reviews, so… I truly appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule for little ol´ me.

Can I offer you something to drink? Soda, water, coffee? How about snacks? What´s your go – to food & drink on an easy going full on interrogation night? ( as if we do this once a week. Lol )

 

Norrie:  I really want to say coffee, especially caramel flavoured one, but since we are talking about nightly interrogation, I’ll go with sugar free peach ice tea I think. I’m not fussy when it comes to snacks, but my current favourites are cinnamon crisps and toasted mixed nuts. Minus the walnuts… so if you find some stuffed down behind the cushions… They are totally not from me.

Morgana:  Oooh, I could die for cinnamon crisps right now. About the nuts: If the nuts weren´t from you…  then they were from me. I´m actually terrified to look behind the cushions ( Who knows what else is back there )

 

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2. I´ve been following you for some time now and I can say, without a doubt, that you belong to one of my favorite book bloggers, even though we enjoy complete different genres. This just shows that book people don´t necessarily have to like the genres others prefer… It´s, in fact, all about the common appreciation for books that´s important. What are your thoughts ?

 

Norrie:  *melts*

I always like to say that bookish people are very similar and will always find a common ground, regardless of what kind of books we enjoy reading. Any story from any genre has the potential to transport you into wonderful worlds, teach you something, or help you through some tough time. Or you know, they are just great as ice breakers. Like, I’m almost positive I could have a great conversation with a fellow bookworm even if we’ve never spoken before. I’m not someone with great people skills, and can’t do small talk for the life of me, so having a shared interest would definitely put me at ease.

 

Morgana: I hear you loud and clear! Books are fabulous ice breakers! You´re also right about having a great conversation with a stranger fellow bookworm.

 

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3. When I read this line in your About Norrie I couldn´t help myself but laugh out loud. “…would probably not touch a romance with a stick.” Now, I know you love to read a good crime fiction and thriller. But what I want to know is: What would it take for you to read a romance? What would the romance have to have in order for you to enjoy it as much as you enjoy crime fic and thrillers? And don´t say “Nothing.” because that doesn´t count.

 

Norrie:  What would it take? Well, let’s see. Hours upon hours of convincing, some bribery (food usually works), threats to my well being perhaps?

In all fairness, I have read and enjoyed a few books that could possibly fit in this genre, but they all had something else going for them. Liane Moriarty is one of my favourite contemporary authors, and both What Alice Forgot and The Hypnotist’s Love Story focuses on couples and their relationships and I found both of them utterly fascinating. It was not sappy, or overly dramatic. Their love was not the main point of their existence.

I like stories about relationships if they are realistic, have well written characters that do other things apart from falling head over heels for each other on the first page.

 

Morgana: So, I can knock on your door next week and give you all my “normal” romances? YAY! Lol. I completely understand what you´re saying.

 

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4. Oh, speaking of books: What was the worst and best book (- related item) purchase you´ve ever made? And why? ( because we all want to know what Norrie recommends… or doesn´t )

 

Norrie:  Without a question, the best thing I ever bought was my Kindle. I love it. I read way more books ever since I got it. I’m quite the rebel, and don’t like physical copies all that much.

I don’t think I’ve made a particularly bad purchase. Mostly because I don’t mind waiting for book prices to drop, or buy them in the charity shop, so I don’t usually spend more than £1.99 on a book. So, patience padawans! That’s my advice.

 

Morgana: * Heart just stopped * You´re a Kindle advocate? I feel like I should hiss in shock, or something. *gg* Just kidding. Even though my Kindle is my worst enemy I can see the appeal. And only 1.99? What am I doing wrong with my life?

 

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5. Books are often filled with wise quotes and sayings that often help readers in one way or another. Personally, I never spot these quotes but that doesn´t mean you wouldn´t. Is there a wise saying you´ve spotted in a book that´s stuck with you and can you share? Or, was there ever a quote you´ve seen that made you roll your eyes?

 

Norrie:  Oh, I’m an ardent highlighter of quotes. One other reason why I just love reading on Kindle so much. It even shows the lines other people saved.

Beartown is such a goldmine for wise stuff.

Just look at these ones…

  • A great deal is expected of anyone who’s been given a lot.

 

  • And when enough people are quiet for long enough, a handful of voices can give the impression that everyone is screaming.

 

  • Hate can be a deeply stimulating emotion. The world becomes easier to understand and much less terrifying if you divide everything and everyone into friends and enemies, we and they, good and evil. The easiest way to unite a group isn’t through love, because love is hard, It makes demands. Hate is simple. So the first thing that happens in a conflict is that we choose a side, because that’s easier than trying to hold two thoughts in our heads at the same time. The second thing that happens is that we seek out facts that confirm what we want to believe – comforting facts, ones that permit life to go on as normal. The third is that we dehumanize our enemy.

I just want to wrap these words around me like a blankie and live in them.

 

Morgana: And I want to read that book now! The first and second quote you mentioned hold so much truth. I´m going to send the third quote to my book bestie ASAP.

 

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6. Now, let´s get off the book road for a second and see what talents aside from book blogging Norrie has. Tell us- What useless ( yes, useless. Because we all have that one thing we´re good at but not good enough to turn us into millionaires ) talent do you have? I´ll tell you mine if you´re willing to share yours.

 

Norrie:  Oh, I am intrigued!

I can weave my toes together.

I often swear in various accents.

 

Morgana: * giving you a standing ovation *  That toe action is pretty impressive. I´ve tried that but never got further than linking the big toe and index toe ( is that what it´s called?) together. You´re an accent person?! Marry me! That is SO cool!

Okay, here is mine: I can balance the tip of a broom on my middle finger, throw it in the air and catch the tip with my palm again WITHOUT letting the broom touch the ground. Oh, and I can nap like no other.

 

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7. Norrie, you´re a London-based reader and book blogger. You practically live in the book blogger hotspot! I´m feeling all sorts of envy at the moment because of that.  Have you had a chance to meet up with fellow book bloggers / followers for a drink or two?

 

Norrie:  One would think I’m tripping over famous authors on a daily basis and go to secret blogger hangouts, but alas, I’m an introvert and barely even leave my borough. My postcode even…

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the set up, my borough for example has two postcode areas. I live pretty much in the center, and I rarely stray away from it.

That said, I do think it would be fun to actually meet some of the bloggers I only know online. House party, anyone?

Morgana: Oh honey, you´s gotta leave da house! London is swarming with book people just waiting to get in touch 🙂 Did you say house party? Mark your calendar. Imma be in London in April and September 2019. * wink wink *

 

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8.  Describe your book blog using 5 words:

Norrie:  Snarky, Honest, Funny, Cozy, Laid-back

Morgana: SPOT ON!

 

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9.  Us book bloggers seem to spread out and make good use of many ( if not all )  social media sites. You have 4 social media icons on your blog. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. Where do you spend most of your time?

 

Norrie:   I want to say I’m quite balanced and don’t spend all that much time on any social media. However every now and then I somehow an hour seem to have gone by after I started browsing Goodreads.

I do spend more time on Facebook when I’m talking to my friends, but I don’t actually brows the feed too much. Nothing to see there, most of the time.

Morgana: I couldn´t agree more with the “nothing to see there, most of the time.” Facebook just isn´t what it used to be. And I can definitely relate with the Goodreads browsing. Heavens… that sh*t´s dangerous. Lol

 

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10.  Norrie, I´m so sad to say that we´ve already hit the end with this interview. I can´t begin to tell you how much I´ve enjoyed this. Please, let´s do this again sometime. Thank you once again for being apart of this December Book Blog special. You´re a star! ❤

 

Norrie:  Well, this was fun! Thanks for having me ❤

Morgana:  Anytime! Hopefully some time again soon! ❤

 

 

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Dear fellow bloggers / friends / family / followers,

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Norrie from Reading Under The Blankie 

Do yourselves a favor and show this awesome book blogger some book love! Be sure to stalk Norrie on all her social media. flake

 

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