25 Random Things about Me

I’ve been thinking about doing a post like this for a while because, let’s face it, unless you’re a family member or friend you don’t really know me.

This is me with my husband (sorry to disappoint, I’m not an eye with a kindle for a face IRL!) ๐Ÿ˜Š

1. What is your middle name?ย 

Margaret (after one of my great grandmothers) and Helena (taken for my confirmation)

2. What is your favorite drink?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening, Apple and Blackcurrant Robinsons during the day. Rarely, I might push the boat out and drink a Coke!!!

3. What is your favorite song at the moment?

I don’t have a favourite as such as I don’t have a radio, so rarely hear current music. If I had to pick, it would be either some One Direction (I know!) or a Finnish band called HIM. I’ve loved them since I was 17!

4. What is your favorite food?

This is tough, I’m a sucker for fresh bread with butter. I love all the stuff that’s bad for you to be honest! My husband makes a mean lasagne though!

5. What is the last thing you bought?

Jane Issac’s book The Truth Will Out. My answer was always going to be a book wasn’t it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

6. Favorite book of all time?

The Harry Potter Series will always be my favourite I think. I find it very hard to choose a favourite “grown up” book. Elizabeth Haynes’ Into The Darkest Corner would be on the list for sure though.

7. Favorite Color?

Black. Or Grey!

8. Do you have any pets?

No pets in our house I’m afraid.

9. Favorite Perfume?

Burberry London. The original. The best. The I CAN’T FIND IT ANYMORE!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚



10. Favorite Holiday?

Christmas. I love everything about it. Last year, I was too tired to enjoy it having just had my daughter 10 days previous but I’ll make up for it this year. In 2013 I had 4 Christmas trees up along with mini ones around the house, doubt I’ll get away with that this year! ๐Ÿ˜‰

11. Are you married?

I am, as you can see from my pic above! My husband is the most wonderful, supportive man and the most caring and loving dad to our two children so I’m very lucky.

12. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?

I have. Too many times to count, thanks to holiday-loving parents.

13. Do you speak any other language?

I speak Irish (being from Ireland and all that!), I studied it through college. I also did French in school so I can understand it a bit! I’m also fluent in sarcasm and curse words! ๐Ÿ˜‰

14. How many siblings do you have?

None! I’m an only child!

15. What is your favorite store?

Any and every bookshop I go into. Basically anywhere I can buy books!

16. Favorite restaurant?

We rarely eat in restaurants anymore, but if I had to choose, Milano (Pizza Express in the UK) definitely.

17. When was the last time you cried?

I’m not usually a crier to be honest. I think the last time was watching one of the Harry Potter movies, when a certain character died. Gets me every time.

18. Favorite Blog?

I like any blogs about books so I’m just going to say my fellow #blogsquad members;

Crimebookjunkie Book Blog
Relax And Read Reviews
Bytheletterbookreviews

19. Favorite Movie?
I have loads! Top Gun, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Die Hard, Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds, to name but a small few!!!

20. Favorite TV show?

I love questions, so The Chase on UTV, and then programmes like CSI, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Masterchef.

21. PC or Mac?

I rarely use a computer! I do most of my work on my iPad when I need to.

22. What phone do you have?

iPhone! Surprise surprise!

23. What’s your favourite pastime?ย 

Ammmm, READING!! And blogging about the books I read! ๐Ÿ™‚

24. Can you cook?

I can do basic stuff, veg potatoes freezer stuff. I do make a good honey glazed ham though! My husband is much better in the kitchen than me I think!

25. Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

I have my ears pierced. I got my nose pierced when I was younger and it was terrible! It didn’t last long!

I have 7 tattoos so far and all of them mean something to me. I have 2 anchors, two number 13 tattoos, my sons name, INRI, a heartagram (the logo of the band HIM!) and a date. I’m planning on two more that I know of so far, one of which is for my daughter.
So, there you have it. 25 random things about me. If you want to participate in this tag, comment with a link to your blog and tag me on Twitter and Facebook too!

 

I love learning more about people so this should be interesting and fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

#BLOGSQUAD you are tagged on this post so that you all do this tag! Xx


Reading Habits Tag

I love book blogger tags but I very rarely get a chance to participate in them! Not this time ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks to the lovely Hayley atย Rathertoofondofbooksย and the wonderfulย Lorraine atย Thebookreviewcafe, I’m following suit with my reading habits so without further ado;

Bibliophile Book Club’s reading habits…ย 

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Theoretically, I don’t have one place I like to read. I read in bed every night, but if I’m reading downstairs in the evenings, or (rarely) during the day, I read in my chair. This chair was bought purely because it looks super comfy (it is!!!) and I love a good reading space.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I’d have to say both! I try to use a bookmark but sometimes they aren’t to hand so I’ll just use whatever I find until I can get my hands one one. If it’s a hardcover with a sleeve I’ll use the inner flap and tuck it into whatever page I’ve stopped on. I collect bookmarks though, so I try to use them! Here’s a small selection I found when I reorganised my bookshelves!


Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at the end of a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

Oh god, this is a tough one. During the day, if I had a chance to read I’d have to stop wherever I am because my daughter would rip the book out of my hands! She’s 11 months old and doesn’t understand ‘just one more chapter’… Yet!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ If I’m reading in bed, regardless,of tiredness, I will not stop reading until the end of a chapter. It’s easier to stop at a definitive point for me.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

I would usually have a coffee during the day if I’ve got a chance to read as I know it’ll stil be hot when I get to drink it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t eat or drink reading in bed, but if it’s after the kids go to bed then I like to have something to munch on.

Multitasking: music or to whilst reading?

I have no problem with having the tv on while I’m reading, it doesn’t interfere too much with my concentration. I love listening to music when I read, but this only happens if my husband is playing on his PS4 as he can listen out for the kids. ๐Ÿ˜‰

One book at a time or several at once?

Up until this year, I was a one book at a timer! However, since I got busier with blogging I have been trying to read more than one at a time. The most I read at once is three, one on my kindle, one on iPad and a physical book. Because I read the same genre you’d think it would get confusing but I never get my stories mixed up thankfully. I’m going to have to multi-read again soon as my TBR is piling up for November!

Read at home or everywhere?

I’ll read anywhere if I have a book and the time! However, I usually have one or both of the children with me at all times so it doesn’t happen often.

Read aloud or silently in your head?

Silently! Always! The only time I read aloud is bedtime with my 6 year old!

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Ammmmm….no! I’m going to get there anyway so why spoil the surprise!

Breaking the spine of keeping it new?

The Kate of old would have said keeping it new, on a pedestal, far away from any children or anything that could ruin a book.

However… I love books that look read. You know the kind, well thumbed, worn, loved. So I’ve relaxed my book minding… to an extent!

My signed first editions live in their plastic sleeves, high up on my bookshelves to be admired and kept as they are! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you write in books?

The only thing I ever write is my name and the year! I’ve been doing that for as long as I can remember and years ago I left books into a second hand bookshop and a friend of mine sent me a message ages after saying he’d just bought a book and it had my name in it! I loved that! ๐Ÿ™‚
Well, there you have it. My reading habits. I think I’ll tag some fellow #blogsquad members to do this!

Sarah Hardy
Noelle Holten
Joseph Calleja