#BookLove: Joanne Baird from Portobello Book Blog

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It’s time to spread a little more #BookLove and today I’m absolutely delighted to welcome the brilliant blogger Joanne Baird from Portobello Book Blog to the page to tell us all about her greatest book love and secret crushes. I’m sure many of you have already seen Joanne’s fab blog, but before we find out her all time book favourites, here’s a little more about the person behind the blog.

About Joanne

JBI’m  Joanne and I just love reading! I enjoy a wide variety of books but would say my favourite genres are contemporary fiction or thrillers and I also enjoy a good love story. I love hearing about what others are reading and look forward to sharing what I am reading. I am a member of two book groups plus Book Connectors on Facebook so have plenty people offering inspiration about what new books to read. And plenty people to share details of what I’ve been reading. I review for Lovereading, New Books magazine and Netgalley, as well as sharing my reviews on Amazon, GoodReads, Twitter and Facebook.

You can follow Joanne on the following links:

Website | Twitter | Facebook


Childhood Sweetheart
Favourite book from childhood

I can’t choose just one book but I can say it would definitely be something from Enid Blyton. From Brer Rabbit, to The Magic Faraway Tree, Mallory Towers to St Clares, The Naughtiest Girl in the School to The Children of Willow Farm, the Adventure series to my beloved Famous Five books (I still have them in the attic) – I lapped them up and loved them all!

First love
The first book you fell in love with

Oh I think that might have been Flowers in the Attic by Virgina Andrews. I just loved reading about Cathy and Chris and the twins locked in that attic and wondering how they could possibly get out. I re-read that and the others in the series many times.


Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with

Well it just has to be Mr Darcy doesn’t it? In his Colin Firth incarnation of course.


Weirdest book crush
I love the book The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson. It’s a look at how the English language  evolved. I am fascinated by etymology and this is written with Bryson’s trademark humour. I’ve no idea how accurate it is but it is a very entertaining read.


Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end

This happens with so many books I read, I almost wish I could read them again for the first time. I have chosen The Farm at the Edge of The World by Sarah Vaughan for this category. I was so immersed in the characters’ lives and the setting was so wonderful, that I really wanted to keep reading.


The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.

I have The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne sitting on my book shelf. I was meant to read it in February but I just didn’t have time. I will get to it sometime but it’s so big and there are so many other books I’ve to read!


Secret love
Guilty Reading pleasure

Okay I admit it, I have read the entire Fifty Shades trilogy and I enjoyed them! Actually I don’t feel guilty as I don’t think anyone should feel guilty about reading something they enjoy! (Quite right too – JL)


Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre

I think I’ll choose Ian Rankin’s Rebus series for this one. I haven’t read the most recent yet but apart from that, have read them avidly.


Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months

Ooh you ask hard questions! I can’t narrow it down and say this is my absolute favourite but one of my recent favourites is Sealskin by Su Bristow.


Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?

Hmm, another tricky one. I think I would give my friends Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney. Epic, romantic and full of passion in a cold climate, I thought it was brilliant.


Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks – passionate and tragic, a real reflection of the horrors of war.


Some great and diverse choices there, Joanne. Thanks for sharing them with us. Although I can’t quite believe I’m actually going to have the Fifty Shades cover on my blog now, you have redeemed yourself with Ian Rankin and Rebus 😉 I am seriously getting the feeling that the fates want me to read Flowers in the Attic though. And I think I’m definitely going to have to look up Birdsong as it sounds right up my street.

What do you reckon folks? Any more secret FSOG ‘shippers out there? (If you like that have you checked out Sylvia Day, J Kenner or J.A. Huss yet? Reckon you would love those but then I’m no expert.)

Make sure to stop by on Sunday when Katrina Hart will be sharing her own version of #BookLove

Have a wonderfully bookish day all


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