Today I’m delighted to welcome blogger Yvonne Bastian to Jen Med’s to help me spread a little new year Book Love. We’ll be getting to know all of Yvonne’s favourites in a moment, just as we’ve learned a little more about the person behind the blog.
Hello, I am Yvonne, in my mid 40’s and I run “Me and My Books” and like most of you I love to read. I live in Cornwall and when I am able, I love to be outside. I love walking, photography and my vegetable garden. I always have a book with me, I am the one you see with her nose stuck in a book while sat on a beach, on top of a hill, in a secluded corner of a garden or castle, sat by the harbour, perched on a rock or in the corner of a cafe always accompanied by a large mug of black coffee. I am a newcomer to the world of book blogging and reviewing I only started to take this step in feb this year (2017) and I am loving it.
Favourite book from childhood
I saved my pocket money to buy my copy of “Five go to Smuggler’s Top” by Enid Blyton, not the first Famous five book I had read, but my very first copy all of my own.
The first book you fell in love with
Was C.S.Lewis “Narnia” series and I still love them even now. What’s not to love about talking animals and magic, when you are a child it is all an adventure
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
That has to be Strider / Aragorn from “The Lord of The Rings”. I first read this trilogy as a teen, and has to be some of my favourite books.
Weirdest book crush
Not weird as such, but it is a fangirl thing, Lisbeth Salander from the “Millennium” books. I was delighted when David Lagercrantz continued this series. It was like meeting up with an old friend again.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
It was a trilogy I read earlier this year. It is called “The Darkest Hand Trilogy” by Tarn Richardson and it absolutely blew me away. It had everything I wanted in a book and so much more. It a dark fantasy mixed with historical fiction, supernatural, religious conspiracy, fiction, action paced and blooming brilliant. I knew it was a trilogy when I started and still didn’t want it to end. Yes I did shed a tear or two!
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
Not the one that got away, I own it, it’s part of a series that I love, but is the last in the series to be written by the author. It is the final book in the “Discworld” series by Terry Pratchett, the book is called “The Shepherd’s Crown”. I cannot bring myself to read it as it would be the last time I would travel to the Discworld for the first time. So in a way this is one that I am allowing to get away as I am not ready to read it yet.
Guilty Reading pleasure
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
This year an American author contacted me to read the first in a series of books, after reading the prequel I found that i loved his distinctive writing style and his characters. The books are “Detective ‘Cadillac’ Holland” series by H. Max. Hiller. I have read four of his books, and I am eagerly looking forward to the next book, it’s due out soon. He is a self published author and I adore his books
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
This year has been an absolute dream regarding books that I have read. I cried buckets over “The Radium Girls” by Kate Moore, more tears over “The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde” by Eve Chase. Was amazed by “How To Stop Time” by Matt Haig. Came across the start of a great series when I read “Perfect Remains” by Helen Fields. The problem is not where to start, but where to stop.
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
I would choose “Lost for Words” by Stephanie Butland, it was Book Night pick by Facebook Group “A Love of Books”. Set in a book shop, need I say more? It is a beautifully written book, I loved every single word on every single page.
Some great choices in there Yvonne, thanks. Some I recognise from my own lists and tbr and a few I may well have to add. I have Lost For Words. May have to bump it up the tbr a little.
What do you think guys? Any recommendations for Yvonne? Any books you can think of to rival all the ones she has chosen?
Have a fabuously bookish day all