Featured Book Blogger is a monthly interview series highlighting amazing members of the book blogging community.
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This month’s featured book blogger is Melinda from The Book Musings. Melinda is a South African book blogger who focuses on literary fiction, though her taste is pretty eclectic, much like my own. Oh, and did I mention that she has one of the prettiest blogs on the web?
Welcome, Melinda! First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are some of your interests outside of blogging?
I live in one of South Africa’s most beautiful cities – Cape Town. I work in the information systems field as an analyst and spend my working hours doing data analytics and business intelligence. I’m easily stressed and reading is the one things that I can always count on to destress me. My other hobbies and interests include: nature (my personal Instagram is basically dedicated to pictures of scenery and sunsets), journaling, writing and learning to speak French. I prefer the colder months over summer weather and I enjoy cooking.
Give us some insight into your psyche. What is your Myers-Briggs type?
I’m an INTJ.
How did you discover the book blogging world and what made you decide to start a blog?
I hate being idle. Now that social media have become so popular, that probably no longer applies. However, there was a time when I was going through some health-related struggles and I quit my job to recuperate. During this time I needed something to do, so I decided to start a book blog and the rest is history.
I hate it when people ask me what my favorite book is–such an impossible question! So give us your top three…or ten.
You’re 100% correct! ?
Here are my favourites:
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
- Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
- Winter in Madrid by CJ Samson
- The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
- The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
And even that was difficult to narrow down to ten!
Time for some either/or…
Print or ebook? Print
Ice cream or cake? Ice cream
Fiction or nonfiction? Fiction
Happy or tragic ending? Happy ending
Short story or epic novel? Epic novel
If you could have any superpower, what would you pick and why?
Time travel. Because I love history and would love to see all the eras and historic events I read about, first hand.Q&A w/ #BookBlogger Melinda from @TheBookMusings - Her favorite reads + more!Click To Tweet
If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go and why?
France. Can I just give “I’m a Francophile” as a reason?
Tell us about some of the best books you’ve read so far this year.
I haven’t been reading much so there’s not much for the picking.
What books are you most looking forward to this fall?
If you could pick three books you think EVERYONE should read, what would they be and why?
- The Shadow of the Wind. Because it’s my favourite book and naturally I want EVERYONE to experience it.
- Anything by Roald Dahl
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Lightning round! Name your favorite…
Song: “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles
Movie: Too many! For now, I’ll say Schindler’s List (can I add The Pianist by Roman Polanski as well?)
TV show: The Originals
Comfort food: (Buttersalt flavoured) Popcorn
Celebrity crush: Michael Fassbender