I'm interviewing fab blogger Lorraine Rugman on 'Monday Meet Up' today. Lorraine blogs at https://thebookreviewcafe.com/
Thank you for agreeing to guest on my blog, Lorraine. Grab a cuppa and tell us a bit about yourself.
Thanks, Karen. I’m Lorraine, born and bred in a small village on the outskirts of Bristol and married to my childhood sweetheart Andy. We have one son, who's married. I’m the wrong side of 50, but you know what they say? 50 + is the new 40 right! Family are a very important part of my life, followed by books. I have always been an avid reader and especially love crime and psychological thrillers. I think I've always had a "love affair" with books from the moment I could read and my love for reading has stayed with me.
What inspired your love or reading and why do you blog about books?
Last year I was off work for 3 months with a hand injury, I spent the time reading one book after another and posting my reviews to Amazon, but I soon got bored and decided to fill my time by creating a book blog, so after much research, tweaking and lots of swearing (I’m not particularly technology minded) The Book Review Café was born. I didn’t really think about where it would lead, I just thought I could have a personal record of the books I really enjoyed all in one place.
What's your favourite book of all time, Lorraine?
I don't have a favourite book as such as I read so many but I guess every time I see an Enid Blyton book it brings back happy memories of my childhood as those are some of the first books I can remember reading by myself.
So many people say this. She was one of my favourite authors too. How many books, on average, do you read a month?
It depends as I work shifts so some months it can be as little as four or other months it could be 10-12, at the moment I'm in between jobs so I'm reading approximately 5-6 a week which is bliss.
Have you ever sat up all night because you were desperate to finish reading a book? If yes, what book was it?
Yes more than once but the last one was A Suitable Lie by Michael J Malone it was just one of those books I couldn't bear to put down
Do you ever cheat and skip to the end of a book?
No never I haven't even been tempted. If I don't like a book I just give up on it.
What sort of plots do you dislike reading?
I'm a huge fan of crime and psychological thrillers, so I'm not too keen on having this sort of read spoilt by a lot of the plot being taken up with romance, this very often spoils a book for me and distracts from my enjoyment of the read.
What sort of things would you like to see in a novel?
The unexpected. I love it when a book keeps you guessing right until the last page, Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough did just that, I would never have guessed the ending not in a million years. I like my books to be dark and twisted, guaranteed to keep me reading and I also love well developed characters, I feel they can make or break a book, and obviously a good plot with lots of twists and turns
What is the most unusual place you’ve ever read a book?
Hmmmm that's a hard one but I would have to say sat on a boat on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, I wouldn't get in the water as I was convinced I would get attacked by a shark so I sat and read instead 😂
Wow! That's certainly an unusual place, Lorraine!
What author would you most like to have a cup of coffee with? Why?
Ohhh there are so many I would love to chat to and learn more about, I haven't long read Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb aka Crime Thriller Girl. She trained as a Bounty Hunter, it sounds like a fascinating a job so I would love to question her about this part of her life.
Do you have any other hobbies?
Blogging takes up much of my spare time reading then writing reviews, and then making them in to posts take up so much time, I never realised when I first started blogging how much time it would take up, but I love it. I do enjoy baking when I have the time and I love spending time with my family, eating out and going to the cinema.
Do you write? If so, what sort of things do you write. If not, would you like to be an author?
No I don't write. Everyone keeps telling me I should write a book, but I don't have the imagination or the patience
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Thanks so much for dropping by to talk to us, Lorraine.