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#10 Follow Friday with book bloggers: The Book Gourmet

Let's say Hello to the blogger from Slovenia!

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When have you become passionate about books and reading?


Books have been an integral part of my life since I can remember. My mom claims to have read fairy tales during her pregnancy, and the shelves in my room were always filled with books (fairy tales, fables, children's literature). Then, in elementary school, I got my library card and haven’t stopped reading ever since.


What made you start writing about books?


I started writing reviews to keep track, to keep a record of what I read and what I thought about it in case I’ll be wondering about it in the near or distant future.


Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?


Not really. I simply love to read and I’d still do it, blog or not.


You’ve nearly finished your Reading Challenge goal of 200 books for 2017! WOW, congratulations! How much time do you send reading?


I’ll probably increase the goal once I reach it. ;) My time spent reading really depends on what’s happening in my life at a certain moment. While I was finishing my degree, I read a lot less than I did when school didn’t occupy my mind (and life). Now, that school is no longer in the picture, I read every day in the late afternoon or evening. But I cannot read while traveling, my mind is otherwise occupied then.



When have you discovered that Romance is your favorite genre? Why is that?


I didn’t grow up reading books in English and our library either had books my Slovenian authors (which I always found rather dark and tedious) or translations of older novels, mostly in the crime or mystery genre (Agatha Christie, Edgar Wallace...) There weren’t Mistress - Amanda Quick  any romance novels available to us, until a published decided that maybe Slovenians were actually ready to read this particular genre as well, and published the translation of Amanda Quick’s Mistress. That was over ten years ago. I was hooked immediately, I loved the voice, the style, the story...Then I discovered that reading an original is even better than a translation, and I was hooked.


I wouldn’t say that straight-up romance is my favorite genre, I’m more of a romantic suspense gal. I like my books to have a little bit of everything; drama, action, mystery, and a good romance to bring it all together.


What are your 3 favorite book covers?


I couldn’t say. I’ll admit that sometimes a cover will make me take a good look at a book, but I don’t really pay that much attention. After all, you cannot judge a book by its cover.


You’ve reviewed 1300 books on your BookLikes blog! How does you review process look like?


My review process is fairly simple: I read a book and I write a review. And I never start a new book without first writing a review of the previous one.


You admit that Fall is your favorite season. Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this fall?


I’m not that good at recommendations, since every person has their own favorite genre and/or author, and I’m not really keeping up with release schedules...

I’ll just say, pick the book that suits your mood at the moment or, if you’re feeling adventurous, go with an unknown author.

I’m currently at the beginning of the In Death series by J.D. Robb and loving it, maybe fans of mystery/suspense could give that one a go.


Naked in Death - J.D. RobbGlory in Death - J.D. RobbImmortal in Death - J.D. Robb


What’s your favorite reading place? We’d love to see the photos :)


I don’t really have a favorite reading space. As long as I’m moderately comfortable and people leave me be, I’m happy.


A paper book or an e-book?


I love “real” books, nothing beats the smell and sound of paper as it moves through your fingers. But e-books are more practical, especially if you don’t have lots of space.


Food&book pairing! Please choose a book that would perfectly fit your favorite dish.


Sorry, I have no answer. I don’t really have a favorite dish...But I have quite a few favorite books. ;)



Favorite quote?


The strongest steel is forged by the fires of hell.

(from the Dark Hunters books by Sherrilyn Kenyon)


If you could date one literary character, who would it be?


Do I really have to pick just one? It’s a tie for the top spot between Alexander Cameron (from The Pride of Lions and The Blood of Roses by Marsha Canham) and Hawke (from Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh), but I have many book boyfriends.


The Pride of Lions - Marsha CanhamThe Blood of Roses - Marsha CanhamKiss of Snow - Nalini Singh


Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)



Thank you!





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