Thursday, October 20, 2016

RIP Reads: 10 Creepy Audiobooks

Welcome back for another great RIP guest, Stacy of The Novel Life.  
Today, she is here to chat with us about the scary on audio.  
I can't wait to try a few of these myself!


Credit:  Abigail Larson
10 Creepy Audiobooks

I was staying by myself at a campground the evening I downloaded this audiobook. The door to the camper was locked. My faithful standard poodle, Obie, was taking up almost the entire bed. And I had a free credit, plus a penchant for something gothic.

Although it was early October the cooler weather was well on its way to settling in to the small North Georgia mountain town. I could not have dreamed up a more perfect atmosphere for a creepy ghostly tale.

The moment I started to listen to Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, I knew I was in for a scary night. There’s something about listening to a well-made production audio that feels completely immersive. Any of the audiobooks below will satisfy your desire to get in the mood for Halloween, Fall and Goth!

Side note: The key to audio I have found is in having a quality narrator. Several of the novels below have multiple releases and narrations. I can vouch for the quality versions/narrators below.


Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Narrator: Daniel Weyman
Run Time: 7 Hours and 30 Minutes
Why You Should Listen: Atmospheric, creepy and the narration adds to the timeless ghostly appeal of Marina. This audiobook is what sold me on listening to audio!


Author: Elizabeth Kostova
Narrator:  Justine Eyre, Paul Michael
Run Time: 26 Hours and 11 Minutes
Why You Should Listen: Not your typical vampire novel but one that feels almost entirely plausible! The narration will keep you sufficiently scared of things going bump in the night.


Author: Justin Cronin
Narrator: Scott Brick, Abby Craden, Adenrele Ojo
Run Time: 36 Hours and 52 Minutes
Why You Should Listen: An epic trilogy that will keep you thinking long after completion. The narration is like listening to a radio show. Not to be missed.


Author: Anne Rice
Narrator: Kate Reading
Run Time: 50 Hours
Why You Should Listen: Kate Reading is a phenomenal narrator taking you deep into the lives and horrors of The Mayfair Witches. Though the audiobook is the longest audio on this list, listening as opposed to reading will leave you afraid to turn out the lights! Promise!


Author: Max Brooks
Narrators: Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, Jennifer Woodward, David Thorpe, Adam Sims, Robert Slade
Run Time: 14 Hours
Why You Should Listen: As this is “an oral history” the story is told as a series of interviews. This translates well on audio, giving World War Z almost an Orson Welles, War of the Worlds feel.


Author: Jan Anson
Narrator: Ray Porter
Run Time: 6 Hours and 27 Minutes
Why You Should Listen: As long as you don’t get hung up on whether the story is true or not, this narration will scare the pants off of you. The narrator is top notch, creating a sense of eerie horror with each passing event. This one will give you nightmares if you let it!


Author: Erin Morgenstern
Narrator: Jim Dale
Run Time: 13 Hours and 39 Minutes
Why You Should Listen: Not your typical scary tale as The Night Circus is more fantastical with hints of goth, but it’s Jim Dale. You can’t miss out on anything Jim Dale reads - Jim Dale of Harry Potter audiobook fame! Dale takes every audiobook he narrates to an entire new level. The voice he uses for each character is unique and thrilling. You can’t go wrong with this one!


Author: Stephen King
Narrator: Craig Wasson
Run Time: 30 Hours and 44 Minutes
Why You Should Listen: The most remarkable audiobook I’ve ever heard in life. Not the scariest on this list by far, but it is a Stephen King novel so be prepared for creepy. Craig Wasson becomes the protagonist Jake Epping in a way that you feel like Jake is your new best friend sharing what happened when. . .


Author: Dan Simmons
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Run Time: 9 Hours and 49 Minutes
Why You Should Listen: A supernatural ghost story made all the better by Bronson Pinchot’s narration. When Dale Stewart, the protagonist, becomes stressed {ie, terrorized}, Pinchot’s narration reflects that inner turmoil. The setting is atmospheric and perfect, taking place on Halloween in Stewart’s long-deserted boyhood home. If you like a slower buildup with a supercharged ending, then this audio is for you.


Author: Caroline Kepnes
Narrator: Santino Fontana {Hans from Frozen - yup, that Frozen!}
Run Time: 11 Hours and 6 Minutes
Why You Should Listen: I hesitated adding this one to the list. It is gritty, explicit and downright disgusting in places but oh my gosh the narration takes this novel to an entirely new level. I both read and listened to You. The audiobook of this one will leave you breathless, looking over your shoulder and wondering if you’ll ever be the same again.

I’d love to know your favorite audiobooks! Do you find some narrators either make or break the book for you? Let’s discuss!


P.S.  For more information on Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) Reads, check out the challenge here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

RIP READS: Prologue - The Misunderstood Hero

Today, our special guest is taking 
a little different perspective on RIP Reads.  
Please give Uma of Books. Bags. Burgers. 
a warm welcome as she talks about . . . 


Credit:  Abigail Larson

Prologue - The Misunderstood Hero

Have you ever wondered what makes a thriller click? What creates the suspense that makes a thriller novel unputdownable? If you have, you probably came up with answers like plot, compelling characters, action scenes etc etc. Today I am going to add to this list an unlikely plot device.

The Prologue.

Yes, you heard me right. The prologue; something that most writers do away with and most readers skip. I personally love prologues. And by prologue I don’t mean Info-dumps, excerpts from inside the novel, a synopsis of the story or a completely unrelated (to the novel) piece of writing that exists for the sake of existing. As a matter of fact, these are the reasons prologues have gained a bad rep over the years.

By prologue, I mean a well crafted piece of writing that draws the reader into the story and keeps them hooked. Very often I’ve picked up a book because it had a compelling prologue that made me want to read the whole story.

So what makes a thrilling, suspenseful prologue? Today I will be discussing just that with the help of some amazing examples.
‘Message: My name is Jocelyn Esperanza Albrecht. I am the eldest daughter of Illeana Marques and Grayson Albrecht. At Camp Holliwell Research Facility, I’m known as Sunday Cashus- Sunday, because that was the day I woke up after my family died in an accident, and Cashus, because I am the ward, patient and test subject of Dr.Laurence Cashus. My parents were longevity scientists. The irony is that due to their scientific breakthroughs, I now have a life expectancy of twenty-one. I just turned seventeen. That leaves about four years. Three good ones...If I’m successful tonight.’-        Glimmer by Tricia Cerrone

And that, Ladies and Gentlemen is how a thrilling prologue starts. Can any of you not want to read Glimmer now? 

The author introduces the protagonist and gives us all the necessary details in one paragraph! While there is so much information in that one paragraph, it does not feel like an info dump. The protagonist, in very simple words lets the readers know her name, where she is, who she is and why she is. That is one of the things readers look for at the start of the know the main character, a reason to connect with them. The prologue sets the tone of the book. With just a couple of words, the author lets readers know the book is certainly going to be thrilling.


‘“At first we didn’t know what to call them. Most called them zombies, but it didn’t seem right, because unlike their fictional counterparts, they didn’t hunger for flesh. Others called them demons, sent back from the underworld to the world of the living after a lifetime of sin. Ghosts, spirits, the possessed, one thing was certain: the dead were dead no longer” – A.J.Hill
-        Rise of the Chosen by Anna Kopp

Rise of the Chosen is one of my favourite Thriller/dystopian books and I personally love the prologue! Author Anna Kopp begins the prologue by introducing us to a futuristic Earth. I love how she gives us the necessary information through quotes by the people in her world. The prologue has two more quotes that don’t just provide us the information but also gives us an idea of people’s reactions to The Waking.

Prologues are a great way to introduce readers to an unfamiliar setting and give them the basic idea of it. The world Anna Kopp creates is scary and you know it at the very start of the prologue.


‘My gift is the future.
My gift is salvation.
My gift is Inferno.
With that, I whisper my amen . . . and take my final step, into the abyss.’

-        Inferno by Dan Brown 

From the master of suspense himself, the prologue of Inferno ends with an ominous note. Someone has jumped to his death; taking with him a huge secret. Here too, the prologue sets the tone of the novel. I love action in prologue as there is so much show than tell.

I personally like prologues that make a hundred questions pop one’s head. Such kind of prologues are catchy and makes the reader want to read the rest of the book just to find out the answers to the questions.

So basically, in the prologue of a Thriller or a suspenseful book, we readers look for relevant information without it becoming an info dump. We like the suspense to begin at the prologue. We love it when the prologue brings up interesting questions whose answers will be revealed in the course of the story. We love action in prologue. We want the prologue to give us a reason to STAY and FINISH the whole novel.

And also, I’m pretty sure everyone has realized by now that I have an unhealthy obsession with Dean Winchester but can you blame me? I mean...

Thanks to Tif for having me here at Book Bloggers International today!

Feel free to visit my blog Books. Bags. Burgers. for Book reviews, Author Interviews, Excerpts and more!



P.S.  For more information on Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) Reads, check out the challenge here.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

RIP READS: The Horror Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Folklore of South Wales

Let's give Robert Davies of Book Mongrel a warm welcome today, as he is here to chat about the horror of South Wales!


Credit:  Abigail Larson

The horror fiction, non-fiction and folklore of South Wales
by Robert Davies of Book Mongrel

Wales has an enormous wealth of literature which stretches back as far as the 11th century in the form of praise poetry and saga/epic poetry, but today I’ll be focusing mainly on the theme of horror within Welsh writing. Welsh horror can be found in Welsh poetry, prose, non-fiction and folklore, and I’ve outlined some of the major themes in the list below. I’m certainly no authority on Welsh literature, but within this post I will mostly write about the literature which primarily concerns my native area of Wales, the south Welsh valleys. I hope you enjoy!

Industrial Horror
George Borrow (b. d.)

“Merthyr can show several remarkable edifices, though of a gloomy horrid Satanic character. There is the hall of the Iron [...] from whence proceeds incessantly a thundering noise of hammers. Then there is an edifice at the foot of a mountain, half way up the side of which is a blasted forest and on the top an enormous crag.  A truly wonderful edifice it is, such as Bos would have imagined had he wanted to paint the palace of Satan. [...] I stood staring at the diabolical structure with my mouth open.”

George Borrow travelled through Wales in the 1850s, documenting his journey which eventually was published in 1862 as Wild Wales. The book is lighthearted in tone, but the later section of the book, as he travels to the increasingly industrial south, contains the dramatic and demonic imagery of hellish Welsh industry. The quotation above is taken from Borrow’s first experience of my home town, Merthyr Tydfil. The satanic imagery and Borrow’s descriptions of such things completely solidifies the backbone of true Welsh horror: Wales being an uncanny country with a wondrous landscape beauty, as well as potentially being a place of extreme, diabolical terror.

Later in his journey, Borrow encounters a “bedevilled” woman, “with grizzled hair hanging in elf locks”. The woman tells a story of her past which involves her meeting with “a monstrous woman, half-naked, and with a long staff in her hand” who places a curses upon her with the words:

“May the Mass never comfort ye, you dirty queen!”

The “bedevilled” woman scurries off to Merthyr Tydfil, but Borrow has again managed to encapsulate another important aspect of Welsh horror: folklore, legend and witchcraft. Wales in particular has a wealth of historic folklore, and here Borrow developed Welsh horror even further by including in his book not only his descriptions of the devilish iron forges of the towns, but also by highlighting the contemporary folk customs and beliefs of witchcraft, curses and devilry that extend far back into ancient Welsh legend.

As a quick aside, this satanic imagery penetrated not only local legend and literature, it also appeared in academic writing, as the following except from a 1921 edition of medical journal The Lancet shows: [Merthyr] has become the centre of a great manufacturing district where many thousands have been brought prematurely to the grave - martyrs to the Moloch of modern industrialism. From the centre [of the town] terrible volcanic eruptions constantly occur that suggest an invasion from the lower regions.”

Supernatural Horror
Arthur Machen (b. 1863, d.1947)

“They said afterwards that men of the hills, twenty miles away, heard that cry and that singing, roaring upon them on the wind, and they fell down on their faces, and cried, "The offering is accomplished," knowing nothing of what they said.”

Machen is probably one of the most famous writers of Welsh horror. His novels influenced many horror writers and filmmakers of the 19th and 20th centuries - H.P Lovecraft and Guillermo Del Toro, to name just two. I recommend his novel The Great God Pan as a precursor to what would later be called “weird fiction”, but the quotation above is taken from his 1915 story The Great Return. This story concerns a small coastal Welsh village in the throes of some strange visitation or mass hallucination. Ultimately the visions turn out to be for the good of the people, as a benevolent “fiery rose” encompasses the community and rids it of its ills, but the suggestion of horror permeates this story nonetheless, especially regarding the appearance of the three mysterious spirits cloaked in red (the “three saints” of Llantrisant?) at the end of the tale:

“There were a few who saw three come out of the door of the sanctuary, and stand for a moment on the pace before the door. These three were in dyed vesture, red as blood […] And the third heaved up high over the altar a cup that was red with burning and the blood of the offering.”

Elsewhere in this tale is the suggestion of the “strangeness” of the Welsh countryside. Machen writes that the narrator of this tale experiences a weird otherness when travelling from London to the glorious Welsh coastline, again reinforcing the mixture of mysterious horror with sublime beauty.

Community or “Home” Horror
Glyn Jones (b. 1905, d. 1995)

“His face was hideous. The flesh of it looked as though it had been torn apart into ribbons and shoved together again anyhow back on to the bones. Long white scars ran glistening through the purple skin like ridges of gristle.”

Glyn Jones was a prolific poet and translator, but he also wrote wonderfully unsettling short fiction from the 1930s to the 1970s. There is no outright terror in his stories, but the palpable dread, depression and violence in his fiction does well to represent Welsh horror in the valleys - his style is more Shirley Jackson than Stephen King. His short fiction includes events like suicide attempts, pit explosions, catastrophic mudslides and dark mysterious men with strange motives (outlined in the quotation above, from his short story Jordan), but I’d like to highlight his story The Saviour from his 1944 collection The Water Music. This story is a very good example of the mingling of the rural tranquility of the Welsh countryside with the darker, foreboding behaviours of men and women of the community. A farmhand decides to rescue a crazed woman from the clutches of her ogreish mother.

“The girl screamed at workman’s blow and the sight of her mother’s falling figure, she heard the thunder crash over the stone roof of the house like the waves smashed open upon the rocks. In the light of the scribbled lightning the blood spouted out of her mother’s divided face in a loop of heavy drops.”

The story is a mixture of “home” horror, religion fervour and urbanity versus rurality, but the image of the sickly daughter kept captive by her monstrous parent, only to be saved through violent means is one of pure Welsh horror.

Horror in Folklore
The Gwrach y Rhibyn

“The spectre [of the Gwrach y Rhibyn] is a hideous being with dishevelled hair, long black teeth, long, lank, withered arms, leathern wings, and a cadaverous appearance. In the stillness of night it comes and flaps its wings against the window, uttering at the same time a blood-curdling howl, and calling by name on the person who is to die, in a lengthened dying tone”

Wales has a great wealth of legend and folklore, and within this mythology can be found numerous references to demonic beasts that terrorise the country and the people of Wales. Above, a quotation taken from Wirt Sikes’ British Goblins mentions the figure of the banshee in Welsh folklore, in particular the Gwrach y Rhibyn (The Witch of Rhibyn). This monster is described as a powerfully ugly creature, forever screaming for her husband or her child much to the distress of the townspeople. A more complete picture of the Gwrach is found in Cambrian Superstitions by W. Howells:

“Its shriek is described as having such an effect, as literally to freeze the blood in the veins of those who heard it, and was never uttered except when the ghost came to a cross road, or went by some water, which (if a female) she splashed with her hands, making at the same time the most doleful sounds…”

The image of this “ghost” is, to me at least, much more terrifying than the cartoon image of witches of old with their green hair, comedy cackle, broomstick and so on. This witch, based on the descriptions above, is completely repulsive, threatening and violent. It’s interesting to note that the image of the dishevelled hair and lank withered arms seems to now be the image of the “classic” witch in most new horror fiction and film.

I’ll wrap this post up here, as I’ve already written far more than I expected I would. You can take this list and this post as something of a “brief guide to a brief guide of Welsh horror” - I’ve merely scratched the surface. However, I hope some of the recommendations above are enough to pique your interest in Welsh horror, as there really is so much incredible dark literature from Wales that just deserves to be read.

I’m hoping to cover more Welsh literature and Welsh horror in the coming months on my blog, Book Mongrel. Thanks for reading!


P.S.  For more information on Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) Reads, check out the challenge here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

RIP READS: Autumn Calls to the Dark Side

Today, we are changing things up a bit with our RIP Reads with our guest, Serena from Savvy Verse and Wit.  She is here to share a bit of the season via poetry! 


Credit:  Abigail Larson

Autumn Calls to the Dark Side

Leaves start to lose that green color, turning red, yellow, orange, and finally, that crunchy brown. They fall from the trees and become piles and piles ripe for children to jump into and scatter them again. Autumn can be this carefree, but it also means the sun is gone earlier and shadows rise up sooner. It means fireplaces ablaze, and if you’re camping, ghost stories are a must.

Every year around this time, the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge brings the community together around things that go bump in the night, the mysterious murders in alleys, the imps hiding in the dark, and other scary things. What’s scarier at this time than Edgar Allan Poe?

Most people think of Poe as the king of dark, horror tales, but his poetry has a definite dark side. Take “The Haunted Palace,” spirits are all that is left of a great estate, both beautiful and sorrowful. And everyone will recall that incessant “tapping” at the chamber door in “The Raven.” Many of his poems are in the dark, very little light, and haunted by the past or loss. One of his most disturbing poems, I think, is “The Conqueror Worm,” in which:

          “But see, amid the mimic rout
               A crawling shape intrude!
          A blood-red thing that writhes from out
               The scenic solitude!
          It writhes!- it writhes!- with mortal pangs
               The mimes become its food,
          And seraphs sob at vermin fangs
               In human gore imbued.”

William Blake tends to have poems that are both light and dark, as can be experienced in Songs of Innocence and Experience. Many of these poems served to illustrate the repressive nature of religious teachings at the time. Take for example, “A Poison Tree,” in which the speaker is angered by a friend and that anger abates, but wrath against his enemy grows. “I watered it in fears/” and “I sunned it with smiles/and with soft deceitful wiles//” Finally, his wrath turns into an apple his enemy cannot resist. “And into my garden stole/” and “glad I see/my foe outstretched beneath the tree.//” Much of this collection is accompanied by Blake’s own illustrations. These serve to demonstrate these opposing natures in man.

Poetry that embraces the dark and science fiction, mystery, and more, is not relegated to the classic poets. Jeannine Hall Gailey is a prime example of a poet not afraid to explore the darkness in humanity. In The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, Gailey explores the fine line bordering scientific experimentation, one that scientists often cross, leaving the rest of us to contend with the consequences – including those of radiation left by those involved in the Manhattan project. She uses real life scientists and their experiments, as well as comic book characters, to explore science. From “America Dreams of Roswell”:

          “The scientists were unsure
          about igniting the whole earth’s atmosphere, nevertheless

          the violet light demanded goggles; the shadows of
          ranch houses burned into the ground.”

In “They Do Not Need Rescue,” “No one needs rescue here in America’s Secret City./…/Not the children/dying of leukemia quietly in hospitals funded/by government grants, uncounted because/their numbers might seem damning.//” Gailey’s poetry could satisfy your need for some science-fiction, even if that science is a little less fiction than we’d like it to be. In her new collection, Field Guide to the End of the World, Gailey continues to look at mortality, but in a new way, a more humorous way. Think of the zombie survival guides; imagine a guide that could help you survive the end of the world. What would be in it? Perhaps some poetry should be there to guide you through, and it could be fun for this year’s R.I.P. Challenge, too.


P.S.  For more information on Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) Reads, check out the challenge here.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

RIP READS: Short & Dark - Stories to Keep You Up At Night

Let's get this month of RIP Reads started with a short list of recommendations 


Credit:  Abigail Larson

Short & Dark : Stories To Keep You Up At Night

Happy Fall! Halloween is looming and so is my immersion into Horror Fiction. Living in California it’s often hard to get into a Fall State of Mind but Horror and Thriller reads really transport me to Fall.

Here are some of my favorite short stories that I have read recently and return to time and time again.

Edgar Allan Poe

I realized this month that a great chunk of my Poe knowledge has come from movies and television adaptations. So I recently read The Pit And The Pendulum, Murders In The Rue Morgue and Masque of The Red Death.

I was really impressed with the dramatic tension and spookiness of these stories despite them being written so long ago. I also read The Black Cat, though I’ll admit the celluloid adaptions of the story are more thrilling.

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill 

This anthology has a touch of Fantasy and Science Fiction Elements to it but the stories are stunning.

Pop Art, a story about a friendship between boy and inflatable boy. The Cape about superpowers ending up in the wrong hands and Bobby Conroy Comes Back From The Dead which is kind of self explanatory.

Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman 

This entire book is stunning but Baby Cakes and Vampire Sestina are two of my favorites.

I’ve also recently purchased these stories on my Kindle, all have thrilling and classic horror feels to them:

Ponies by Kij Johnson 

The Complete H.P Lovecraft Collection 

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson 

Hope you give these stories a try. Happy Reading!


P.S.  For more information on Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP) Reads, check out the challenge here.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Reading for the Season!

Credit:  Abigail Larson
The months are getting cooler.  The days are getting shorter.  And during this time of year, readers tend to gravitate towards particular reads.  Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings describes it best with his RIP Challenge -- Readers Imbibing Peril.  Let me share his exact words . . .

Speaking of imbibing, eleven years ago I embarked on a quest to bring a community of readers together to enjoy the literature most associated with the darkening days and cooling temperatures of Autumn: 

Dark Fantasy 

I wanted to be able to use the well-worn graveyard acronym, R.I.P., so I came up with the name “R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril’. And for over a decade that is what we have done, imbibed together.

Throughout this month on Book Bloggers International, we are honoring these very RIP Reads with guests focusing on all those darker tales.  We already have a fabulous line-up for you, but we still have a few slots available for those who may want to share the darkened love.  If you are interested in sharing your own love for the peril, email us at bookbloggersintl (at) gmail (dot) com, attention to Tif.

Until then, be watching for some great RIP posts coming your way!  And, get those TBR piles ready to grow!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Featured Blogger: Filipa from Down The Reading Hole

Today please welcome Filipa, 
who blogs at Down The Reading Hole.


What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?

I love Alice in Wonderland - it is my favourite childhood story - so, instead of falling down the rabbit hole, I decided to fall "down the reading hole" which is pretty much the same because down the reading hole there is a whole incredible world full of imagination!

How long have you been blogging?

For over 4 months.

Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?

I try to make my book reviews rich and helpful to both readers and authors alike, explaining both the things I enjoyed, what I didn't like so much and how it could maybe be improved. I often create bookish discussion posts and I also interview authors and host giveaways. I also have an online shop on Redbubble full of cute bookish products! 

What genres do you write about most, and why?

Young Adult because I'm a teenager and who doesn't love YA? I also like contemporary romances - not the sloppy kinds, but well-developed romances with complex characters. Fantasy, because sometimes I just like to take a break from reality. Historical fiction mainly connected to WW2 because it is still a way to learn about History in a more fun way.

Every blogger feels pressure at some point. What's something you feel pressured to do or not do on your blog? How do you deal with it?

When I read a book everyone likes and gives 5 stars to and I just feel that it deserves 3 stars. Sometimes I feel a bit embarrassed of writing a "bad" review of a book everyone loves but, truly, no review is a "bad review". We should respect each other's opinions and if I don't like a book, I still try to show what things were good and what was wrong.

What's one book you think everyone should read?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is so inspirational and gives me a strong will of chasing my dreams. I think that everyone would benefit from reading it.

Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?

You mean scribbling on books? Well, I hate doing it but in school I had to do that on my required reading.

What's your favorite place to read or blog?

My room! I read on my bed and I blog on my desk by the window facing a green field - whimsical!

Is the evil empire? Discuss.

I LOVE AMAZON! Well, it might be the evil empire because it makes me lose loads of time and I search for awesome new books.

What have you learned from other bloggers or your readers?

Mainly how to promote my blog on social media and also how to write more fun and engaging posts.

Do you judge a book by its cover, or its lover?

The cover.... Sorry... It's just that when I'm in a bookshop, pretty covers attract me much more. Of course I won't buy a book just because it has a nice cover, but the cover makes me pick it up and read the synopsis. If I like that, I buy it!

One book you like that no one else seems to, or vice versa?

HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy, especially the last book The Amber Spyglass.

To DNF or not to DNF?

I hate to leave books unfinished! The only book DNF was Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. I just wasn't expecting that gross language and I couldn't go on with it.

What's one book that intimidates you?

I don't think I'm really intimidated by books, except really large ones like Count of Monte Cristo.

If you could go to any literary destination, where would you go?

Anna Shirley's Avonlea - Green Gables more specifically!

How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?

I write :P - kinda the same thing - or I draw, or watch TV. I also play tennis and do horse riding.

What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?

The book to movie adaptation of Golden Compass (from HIS DARK MATERIALS) was really bad. It completely destroyed the future of the trilogy in the cinema. 

What are 3 favorite posts or reviews you've read by other book bloggers?

"{Confessions of a Bibliophile} Me Before You {SPOILER ALERT!!!}" by The Loquacious Bibliophile
"Another way to get free books" by The Belgian Reviewer

What is your reading personality? (via quiz at

The Exacting Reader

The expression 'so many books, so little time!' sums up your life. You love books but you rarely have as much time to read as you'd like - so you're very particular about the books you choose.


Thank you for joining us today, Filipa! 
Remember to check out Filipa's blog, Down The Reading Hole
and leave a comment or question.

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