#BookLove: Victoria Goldman @VictoriaGoldma2

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It is my absolute pleasure to be welcoming Victoria Goldman to the blog today to help me spread a little more #booklove. Victoria blogs over at Off The Shelf Books but before we find out about here favourite books, lets take a moment to learn more about Victoria.

vgAbout Victoria

I am a freelance health journalist/editor with over 20 years’ experience of writing for, and editing, magazines and websites. I am one of BUPA’s freelance health editors. In my spare time, I love reading fiction (especially crime). I launched my book blog to share my recommendations. I am a member of Lovereading’s Reviewer Panel. When I’m not working or reading, you will find me on Twitter. My own book, Allergies: A Parents’ Guide, was published by Need2Know Books in 2009. I am currently writing my own novel.

You can follow Victoria on Twitter and her blog, Off The Shelf Books


Childhood Sweetheart
Favourite book from childhood

Just one book? Really? Well if I can have two, I’ll go for Nancy Drew, as I wanted to be a detective just like her when I was young(er). Going back in time, I also remember a series called Littlenose (by John Grant), about a caveboy who loved adventures. I don’t why the Littlenose books have stuck in my mind but they clearly made a big impression on me.

First love
The first book you fell in love with

Other than those mentioned above, and if I ignore the books from my childhood that were bought for me, I guess it’s one of the Stephen King books. I devoured them as a teenager, reading them all several times. I can’t remember the first one I read, but it was probably Carrie.


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

There are several (written with an embarrassed face). But my current one has to be JT in Steph Broadribb’s Lori Anderson series. Deep Down Dead and Deep Blue Trouble are published so far, plus a short story called The Last Resort. Though JT has some competition as I’ve just read Helen Fields’ Perfect Remains and Perfect PreyDI Luc Callanach seems ‘rather nice’.

Weirdest book crush
Well… duh

I reviewed The Walking Dead Pop-Up Book two years ago and do love opening it and admiring the pages. They’re gory, but so cleverly designed. It’s my favourite TV series too.


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

So many of these at the moment. But a recent one is Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech. I wanted to savour every word but also wanted to see what was going to happen next. Her writing is stunning.


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

I’m gradually trying to get to some of these books. And this has now prompted me to look at backlog on my kindle, which I don’t do very often. Looking at bought ones, rather than ARCs, it has to be The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, which is coming out as a film soon – so I need to get reading.


Secret love
Guilty Reading pleasure

I don’t really have one. Shock. Horror. If I’m not reading my usual books that everyone knows about, I’m usually reading books about writing. I’m about to start reading books about psychopaths, but I’m not sure that’s a ‘guilty pleasure’.

Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre

My favourite genre is crime and thriller, no doubt about that, and hasn’t changed since childhood. I think that’s clear from my blog!

Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months

I’ve already mentioned some favourites. But Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson is one of my favourite crime books this year, and This Beautiful Life by Katie Marsh is one of my favourite non-crime reads.

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

It depends on the friend. Many of my friends don’t read or read very different books to me. I’ve been recommending Rattle by Fiona Cummins to a lot of people recently, but only those who enjoy slightly gruesome crime fiction.


Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.

This is SO hard. How can I choose from all my favourites? I’m going to be different and mention a book that belonged to my grandpa, who was a pharmacist. The book, called The Neverwells, was reprinted in 1948 (I don’t know the original publication date) and it’s the oldest book I have in the house. Ours has a sellotaped cover, as it was falling apart, but it’s still in good condition inside. The book contains a series of short stories about The NeverWell family who are always ill and how Dr Goodenough helps them get better. It began as a weekly page in The People, written by Dr Goodenough (a pseudonym for a family GP who was friends with the editor). The Neverwell family have so many different ailments/accidents, from chicken pox to measles, appendicitis to lockjaw, a broken wrist to a bleeding nose. I love reading through the book, comparing these treatments to those we use now – perfect for me, as it fits in well with my job as a health journalist/editor.


Thanks Victoria. Some great choices there, but then I’m a sucker for a great crime novel too. Absolutely agree that Block 46 and Rattle are cracking novels. Just started HElen Fields’ Luc Callanach series on audible and loving it so far. And I was a bit of a Nancy Drew a holic when I was a kid too. Her and The Hardy Boys.

What do you think guys? Any recommendations for Victoria? Any books she’s missing out on not straying outside of crime fiction very often?

Hope you have a wonderfully bookish day and weekend everyone.


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