BBAW – A book blogger interview

 

Please welcome Evangeline from Sugarpeach

 

Boof:  I love the blog name Sugarpeach – how and why did you come up with that name?
 
Evangeline: Thank you. I had a hard time getting the blog name I wanted. Every name I filled in was taken. After 9 or 10 tries, I finally decided to use a fruit name. Peaches is my favorite fruit and since I did not want to use peach.wordpress.com since my blog is not a fruit blog, I decided to put in a “sugar”. I have a sweet tooth and love eating peaches in sugar water.
 

Boof:  You live in Malaysia – can you tell us a little bit about where you live and work? 
 
Evangeline: I live in Malacca, which is one of the southern states in Peninsular Malaysia. Malacca is a historical state and besides being known for our historical buildings, we are also known for our food. I’m living with my family in a house 20 minutes from the city center. I am not working.

 
Boof: You say that you like books with humour and intrigue. Which are your favourite books and authors?
 
Evangeline: That’s a tough question. I have so many favorite books! For humor, I’m going to pick In Between by Jenny B. Jones. It’s a light-read young adult fiction. There are plenty of laugh out loud scenes in it. For intrigue, I’ll pick The DMZ by Jeanette Windle and False Witness by Randy Singer. They are both suspense/thriller novels. The suspense/thriller genre is my favorite book genre. I especially like it when they have a little dash of romance in them.

 
Boof: You review for several publishing houses – how did you get involved with this?

Evangeline: I was browsing through a friend’s blog and noticed the Thomas Nelson and Tyndale House Publishers blog buttons offering free books. Of course, I just had to sign up for these programs. I’m reviewing for a couple other publishing houses as well. I got into their mailing lists by emailing their publicists.

 
Boof: If there was one book that you wanted to shout about and tell everyone they should read, what would it be and why?

Evangeline: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. The story is beautiful. For a debut novel, this is a smash hit. In the UK, it was the subject of a 9-publisher auction and publishing rights for it were sold in 31 countries. Don’t you think this sounds pretty amazing?

 
Boof: What’s your favourite thing about blogging?

Evangeline: To be honest, the free books. But I also love the way book blogging has allowed me to blog my thoughts of a book. In a way, it also “forces” me to think about why I like or don’t like a book.

 
Boof:  I’m going to pinch one of your questions now and ask you to tell us a little known fact about yourself?

Evangeline: This is my favorite question. I love watching live soccer on the TV although I don’t play soccer.

 
Boof:  Finally, the quickfire round:
Favourite holiday destination: Singapore

Favourite food: My mom’s spaghetti

Favourite animal: Dog

Favourite song: Can I have two favorite songs? I Love You This Big by Scotty McCreery and Rolling In The Deep by Adele

Last film you saw at the cinema: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I rarely go to the cinema.

Which author would you most like to meet (dead or alive)? Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I would love to find out her secret to writing such a wonderful novel.

I love your glasses – where did you get them? 😉 Thank you! I got it from the optician. I’m not sure about the US, but old-fashioned glasses are in fashion here in Malaysia.

 

  If you enjoyed this interview then make sure you pop over and meet Evangeline on her own deliciously named blog. You can also check out my interview with her 🙂

 

 

I’ve been longlisted!

How exciting! I have been longlisted for this years BBAW in the Best Mystery/Suspense/Crime Book Blog category. I have no idea how (I didn’t nominate myself) but obviously I am really chuffed (Yorkshire saying :)).

 Book Blogger Appreciation Week is an annual celebration for book bloggers and this year’s celebrations takes place September 12-16. Head on over the BBAW website to find out more and I will let you know if I am shortlisted 🙂

BBAW: Forgotten Treasure

Todays Book Blogger Appreciation Week theme is “forgotten treasures” and is aimed at bringing attention to books that we wish would get more exposure.

I have thought long and hard about this because I could quite happily have showcased at least 5 books I wish were read more widely read but after much deliberation I have decided to go with a good old Victorian sensation novel:

East Lynne by Ellen Wood

I read this book about 6 months ago and it has instantly become one of my all-time favourites. I read it alongside other books and it actually took me about 3 weeks to finish but that was partly because I wanted to savour every word. Whenever I came back to this book, I felt like I was settling down to watch my favourite soap opera: there was murder, betrayal, divorce, disguises and death and all this set among a backdrop of stately homes and horse-drawn-carriages. What’s not to love? When the novel was first published in the 1800’s, it was serialised in a weekly newspaper. How I would have waited with baited breath for each new edition to hit the news- stands!

 

 

You can read my full review of East Lynne here to find out more about the plot but in summary I loved the dramatic story-lines and the fact that you can almost hear the swish of the stage curtain at the end of a chapter and the “DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN”!!!

If you’ve never read any Victorian sensational novels before then this is a great place to start – it’s fun, engaging and really easy and accessable to read so don’t be put off by the fact that it’s a Victorian classic if the likes of Hardy and Eliot don’t float your boat.

I wish this book was better known – it really is a cracker!

 

Have you read any Victorian sensational books? Which ones are your favourites? Have I tempted you to give this one a go? 

 

BBAW: Unexpected Treasure

Today’s Book Bolgger Appreciation Week topic is “An unexpected Treasure”: a book or genre that we have discovered via another blogger.

My discovery: Marghanita Laski

I have only been blogging for nine months but already I have found some real gems of books thanks to other blogs but as I am only allowed to pick one then I am going for the author Marghanita Laski.

I first heard of her about 6 months ago on Polly’s Novel Insights blog. In her review of The Victorian Chaise-longue, Polly mentioned that the book had a feel of Rosemary’s Baby to it and that was a book that I read in the early 90’s and LOVED! Also, I am a huge fan of Victorian literature and books set in the Victorian era so I suspected that I was on to a winner with this book, even thought I had never heard of the author. I ordered a battered old copy from Amazon and found myself reading the whole thing in practically one sitting once it had arrived.

Here is my review of The Victorian Chaise-Longue. In brief it is the story of a woman who is ill and being cared for at home and she is moved to an old victofian chaise-longue that she has picked up in an antique shop so that she can sit by the window. She falls asleep and when she wakes up she is still on the chaise-longue but in a different room, in a different time. She is being cared for by her sister who is dressed in long victorian attire and the more she protests that she doesn’t belong here, the more they think she is losing her mind.

battered and scuffed but much loved

Not long after I read The Victorian Chaise-Longue I discovered that Persophone Books have reprinted some of Laski’s other books and after reading several reviews of Little Boy Lost, ordered myself a brand spanking new edition of the book and settled down to read.

Shiny new copy

My review of Little Boy Lost can be read here. In brief, a man is at home with his family in England one Christmas just after WW2 and there is a knock at the door. A French man has tracked him down and claims that the son he thought was dead may actually still be alive. The little boy would now be 5 years old and thus begins a treck across Paris and a little village in northern France to find the boy. But is the boy really his?

I love discovering a new author and then tracking down all their other books. There are still a couple of others that I have yet to read so I have those to look forward to.

Have you read anything by Laski? Have you ever discovered a new author and then gone on to read everything they have written?

 

BBAW: The first book blog I discovered

In celebration of all things book-bloggish I have decided to join in the festivities and celebrate some of the wonderful blogs I have discovered since joining this community 9 months ago.

When I first started blogging I had absolutely NO idea that there were so many other book blogs out there – I was amazed and astounded by the shere number and the passion of the people who wrote them. It was like a whole new world opening up to me and the best thing – all these people love books just as much as I do. Heaven.

I honestly can’t remember the first blog that I found so I have decided to go with one of the first ones I discovered and in this case it is a blog that I still follow (I get email updates when new posts come out). That blog is Book Jouney. Sheila’s blog grabbed my attention by being so colourful and having so much going on. Another thing I noticed was the huge number of comments on each of her posts – and she replied to every single one of them. It was clear early on how popular Sheila was, and having followed her blog for the last 9 months now, it is obvious why – she is so warm and welcoming as well as writing brilliant posts. Sheila does a post called Morning Meanderings every day where she sips her morning coffee and talks about what’s she’s up to and what bookish things are on the horizon. I love that she has a very eclectic taste in books too, so there is something for everyone. Sheila is also one of the most amazing people I have come across – she is regulalry out doing charity bike rides and helping at fund-raising events, yet she works full time, has two sons, reads and blogs so much and yet she still pops over and comments on other peoples blogs too -I often find comments on my reviews and I know she does the same on so many others too. I think she might secretly be Wonder Woman 😉

As you can tell, I am a big fan of Sheila – please pop over and check out her blog – it’s great and you can be sure of a very warm welcome.