I’m kicking off a brand new year of Friday Night Drinks with fellow book blogger…. Els Ebraert from the wonderful B for Bookreview blog.
Els, welcome to the blog and thank you for joining me for drinks this evening and starting a new year on the blog. First things first, what are you drinking?
Well, normally I do not drink very often, but because this is a special time of the year you will find me with a glass of Kir Royal.
Oh, lovely. I am afraid I am doing Dry January, so it’s Diet Coke for me but I hope you enjoy it. If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
First we would go to the airport, hop on a plane to a tropical destination. On arrival we would grab a bite to eat. Nothing fancy but tasty. Afterwards to a bar and of course we would go dancing the night away.
Fabulous, I wish I were somewhere warm right now! If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
I am a big fan of Cristiano Ronaldo and Madonna. Those two would be my guests as well.
So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
Nothing new at the moment to be honest. Still trying to make my blog as attractive as possible and enjoy as many books as possible.
I am also managing a book group on Facebook together with a very good friend. It’s in Dutch because I am from Belgium and our members (over 14.500) are also or Belgian or Dutch. The group exists 7 years already and it’s still going strong. We don’t sell but we promote have competitions and people share reviews or what they are reading, … It’s fun.
Maybe the new year will bring a new challenge, but nothing on the horizon yet.
Sounds busy! What has been your proudest moment since you started blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?
My proudest moment. Hmm. I think I would say being asked by authors/publishers to review their books. My biggest challenge is to make it work and to try and fit in as many posts as humanly possible.
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
It’s maybe not very ambitious but I think it would be great. I see a lot of things going on book-related in the UK. In Belgium it’s a lot less. I would like to visit some events and meet authors I have enjoyed reading.
Let’s hope you can get over here soon then. What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
At the moment it’s something not really book related, but my dog died in the beginning of August and I bought a new puppy. He is already 6 months old now but it’s still a lot of work but so much fun as well.
I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
My favourite place is Tenerife. I had a wonderful time there a few years ago with people we met over there and we stayed in touch for a long time afterwards. Unfortunatley a tragic accident made the group fall apart, but I still smile when I think back.
On the top of my bucket list is visiting Australia. One small problem, I don’t really like flying. LOL
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
Whether it’s interesting or not, I leave it up to you, but I have lived in Tenerife for about a year and I have worked in a transport company as a dispatcher. It was lovely to ‘boss’ all those men around. LOL. No, that’s a joke. I had the most wonderful relationships (this sounds strange lol) with the drivers and the people in the warehouse. I hear from some of them regulary.
I’m always envious of people who have spent time living overseas, it’s something I’ve never had the opportunity to do but I would love to. Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
The Forever Gift by Brooke Harris (now available under the title My Daughter’s Choice.)
I remember you learning the alphabet, the first time you rode a bike… and the first time I realised something was wrong. I look at you, my daughter, my beautiful sparky daughter. I would do anything to keep you safe.
Heather’s beloved daughter, Kayla, is her world. She’s fifteen, smart, energetic and a fierce friend. They’ve always had a special relationship. For so many years it has been just the two of them, watching Friends, baking cupcakes and laughing together.
But now Kayla is sick. Heather knows she can’t fall apart – she must stay strong and do everything she can to make sure Kayla gets well again. What she doesn’t know is that Kayla wants to give something back to her mother. A gift that could change Heather’s life. Just in case.
But as mother and daughter fight for each other, a devastating turn of events leaves Kayla with a terrible choice. Nothing will ever be the same again, but can Kayla’s gift save them?
So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
Grab a snack and a soft drink in between the Kir and I don’t have a go-to cure. I feel to sick when I have a hangover that I try to avoid it at all costs.
Very sensible. After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
Because I would have taken you to a sunny place, we would go for breakfast on a terrace and enjoy a whole day at the pool or the beach enjoying the time off.
That sounds like just what I need after the Christmas madness. Els, thank you so much for joining me on the blog today and I look forward to enjoying another year of celebrating books on your blog.
Next week I am having Friday Night Drinks with author, S. M. Stevens, so please come back then.