I like reading random facts about people – all the ins and outs that you would never think to ask. I’m not always great at asking questions, I think social media and texting has made talking really superficial. ‘Yu kay? Ye You? – Good WKend?’ I know we don’t all speak like that, but what was the last time you really asked someone a question. Here’s a few randomly generated questions from your truly.

What is your favorite thing about summer?

Ice cream. Is there anything better than sitting in the sunshine, sunglasses on, limbs splayed out, devouring an ice cream? Favourite flavours include mint chocolate chip, double chocolate, anything coffee flavoured, raspberry, or tiramisu.

What’s better, having high expectations or having low expectations?

Is it bad to say low expectations? As a kid I would have said high – but recently I’ve been better at taking life as it comes. If it goes well – brilliant. If it doesn’t? Well find another way to sort it out.

What is your favorite candy/chocolate?

Malteasers, boiled fruit sweets and dairy milk with Oreo’s. Big fan of crunch chocolate bars too.

What is your middle name?

Thomson – it’s my mothers maiden name and I kind of like it.

If you could choose to have any useless super power, what would you pick?

Be able to read squirrels minds.

Or maybe something to do with prossecco.

What is the first thing you do in the morning?

Turn of that dang alarm. Search my phone to check something terrible hasn’t happened during the night and then drag myself out of bed to brush my teeth.

Do you like to plan things out or be spontaneous?

I’ve always been a planner, not leaving any details out and getting super stressed if anything goes wrong. But recently I’ve been leaving things a lot more to chance. Life is a little too short to panic to much. Keeping things spontaneous is brighter.

What do you do to stay in shape?

CARDIO – at least three times a week and a lot of walking. I can’t drive (although not the end of the world in London) but I have always walked/wandered/explored a hell of a lot. I’m going to go and circle Greenwich park a couple of times this afternoon.

Do you shower in the morning or evening?

In the evening generally (after said cardio ^.) I have super long hair and it’s much less frizzy and crazy when it dries naturally overnight.

What was the last movie you saw?

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – baby Groot is a little legend.

So there you have it – 10 questions about me. I’m off to find a re-run of Guardians and malteasers. Byee.

 

Casual Thursday post today. Oh and it’s an author question and answer. I adore author Q/A’s. They allow us such a personal insight into an authors writing process. I won’t warble on too more. Here is author Alex Boborv to talk about his book – The Beast.

Describe your book in 3 sentences

Poised precariously between imagination and madness, The Beast is a psychological and philosophical thriller and fast-paced action novel in which several personalities from parallel worlds come together in a single body at a turning point in their lives. It is a culmination of absolutely different tales, where the author balances on the edge of the conceivable, or, as he himself refers to it, on the verge of insanity.

What was the most important thing you learnt during writing this book?

This novel helped me to figure out who I am in this world and what my purpose is. But I knew that it could help others too. By introducing multiple personalities in the book, I revealed the complexity of human psyche. When it was completed, I felt satisfied with the outcome and was hoping that this book could be a lesson to others.

Anything you would change (now it’s out in the world?)

I do not wish to change anything in the book. I am happy how it turned out and hope that the second book in the series would be as good as the first one.

What is your writing process?

I wish I could say that I was writing the book at home at my leisure. In fact, I had to write it on my laptop on a subway, riding the train to and from work, hiding the screen so others wouldn’t peek.

Who’s your favourite character and why?

The main characters are my favorite. After all, they are the 4 shades of me. The Ordinary Man with his ups and downs in life, the Gladiator – a warrior without fear, the Assassin – methodic planner, and the Pervert – the dirty shade of every person. But if I had to choose one, I would pick Eve. She is intelligent, dedicated, career-oriented and, of course, very beautiful.

Is there a message in your novel?

No matter how deep you fall in the darkest pit, there’s always a way to go up. It’s about redemption. Fixing the past mistakes and, no matter how naive it may sound, making the world a better place.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

All information about my novel and other books in this series can be found here.

^ What more do you want. Go check it out.

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Ahhh another day another book-tag for you all to enjoy *woops.* I really enjoy writing these because although reviews are a lot of fun to write they can be quite taxing and with these I can just waffle on contentedly. In terms of ‘le blog’ I’m really enjoying scheduling books and am tempted to write a post on it maybe? If that’s something you think would be good let me know in the comments below and without further waffling delay, onto the tag.

How long have you been a blogger?

My little book blog (or MLBB) was created two years ago back in May although was rarely used at the start. Although I liked the idea of blogging I never really put it first. This year feels like the first year I’ve really put everything into it, in terms of graphics, images, organisation and the like.

At what point do you think you will stop?

I don’t think there will ever be a point where I dislike reading or any point where I wouldn’t want to share my opinions on books. I do worry that as I get busier and life catches up with me, it might be placed on the back-burner but I hope to keep going for a long time into the future.

What is the best thing?

There are lots of things that make blogging brilliant; getting to interact with the blogging community, working with authors and publishers, finding new books to read and receiving free books is always a bonus *mini-fist-pump.* But it’s also given me my thing. I’m that friend with the blog, the one always talking about books; it’s just everything to me.

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What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

Writing critical reviews is never a nice thing to do, but I know that authors find it helpful because we can all improve and as long as it’s written well and with explanation it can be a positive thing. Spam comments are always a nightmare, and also forgetting you’ve scheduled something and not quite finished the post is a horrible moment.

To make it okay, I just try and keep on top of everything and make sure I know exactly what is posting on each day and keep an eye on everything.

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

I try and make my own images and use free-image sites to gain them then use Canva to edit, add text and symbols. I tend to spend an evening every couple of weeks making all the images I’ll need and then all I need to do is upload a suitable one when and as I need it during that week.

Who is your book crush?

Bit of a crush on Henry from The Time Travellers Wife.

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What author would you like to have on your blog?

Any author if they’ve got something wonderful to share.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

PYJAMAS. It has to be doesn’t it? Whether it’s my shorts and utterly over-worn sailor jumper or my penguin onesie or my let it snow nightie (seasonal blogging pyjamas are essential) I adore jim-jams.

How long does it take you to prepare?

I’m going to take out reading said book because it can vary so wildly depending on what it is that I’m reading. In terms of the review, including getting it written, adding photographs and tagging/categorising/scheduling a couple of hours normally suffices.

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How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I’ve learnt a lot and met a lot of wonderful people who have shown me more about blogging .I think twitter is such a brilliant resource for finding like-minded bloggers and sharing books that we can’t get enough of. The support is brilliant too.  I recently had a bit of wobble with authors asking for reviews and the comments and backing in general from the community was so inspiring.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

I completely agree with Tasha from The Bookie Monster, where I found this tag, that I honestly don’t think I can answer the question. I thought my blog was successful when only my mother was reading it. Two years later and she’s still reading so that’s enough for me I think.

If I had to put something, I think as long as you love it then its successful enough. Blog and write with passion and it will shine through for all to see.

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I now tag, any-one who fancies completing this tag because I really would love to see all your book-blogger bookish answers!

Ask Lizzy

Hello readers, it’s finally time to get round to answering your questions as to the Q+A I posted a little while back now. There have been so many posts to fit in and get written up for you so this one is a little overdue. I received a number of comments and emails with questions and I’ve picked seven to answer in this post.

So firstly: Are you a SuperWhoLockian? Or watch at least one of those three shows? Are you a Marvel (movie/TV) fan?

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned many a time I am a really big supernatural fan. I was introduced to it by my boyfriend at the time and it’s developed into a full-blown addiction. Before you ask Dean wins as to my favourite of the two. I am also a definite Sherlock Holmes fan both the books, films and the television show. Benedict Cumberbatch is just, sublime. Doctor Who, not so much. My aversion to Sci-fi has killed that interest unfortunately.

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Next, If you could travel to one place in America, where would you go?

I can only visit one place? I think if that was the case it would have to be New York. I could explore the bustling Times Square, peer up at the Empire State Building, gaze upon the Statue of Liberty and finally I could munch on a bagel whilst sunbathing in Central Park. Ugh, can I go now please?

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What are your thoughts about the book-to-movie trend that’s been going on much more so than usual recently?

For me, as long as I’ve read the book, if I want to then I think it’s great. For me I’m unlikely to go and read a book after seeing the film but many a friend has mentioned that they now ‘have to go read the book’ and I think anything that gets people reading more is just brilliant.

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When you were little, which literary character did you want to be friends with and why?

I think Matilda, because all she wanted to do was read and from such a young age she adored books and was just lost in them. I was often teased for how long I spent in the library and all I wanted was someone who just understood the magic and fantasy of reading.

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What is the most random thing you’ve ever watched all the way through on Netflix?

Well, this one is a little weird. I was watching Netflix with some friends and as a giggle they had picked lots of favourites that were the polar opposite of the shows the person would normally pick to watch. One of the suggested television shows was ‘Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse’ and we decided to watch an episode. As a mention it was me and four guys who were watching this; the episodes were really sarcastic and ironic and we were all looking at each other as in, what is going on? Needless to say we watched a number of episodes and the next time I was round I managed to convince them to watch it again. A random choice, but a rather wonderful one at that.

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Who is a character from a TV show or a book that you’ve always resonated with?

Good question, I think honestly Amber from The Chocolate Run, she’s one of my favourite bookish characters of all time. We agree on ambition, following your dreams, love of chocolate and never being quite okay to open up and let people see everything about you. I think she is an adorable character and I see a lot of the qualms she’s dealing with currently in my own life. We could watch films together, eat chocolate and hide from the world for a little while.

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Gin, vodka, or tequila?

Tequila, tequila, tequila.

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So seven brilliant questions and seven hopefully interesting answers; thank you to everyone who commented and emailed.