Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Welcome my new guest reviewer...

Rachel and I have become great reading buddies since we met last year on Goodreads. We quickly discovered we both had a passion for our vanillas (especially our swoony males that just make us melt). Since then we have taken part in several read-alongs (even though there’s an 8 hour time difference) and my tbr pile has toppled dramatically out of control thanks to Rachel’s awesome recommendations.

I simply adore Rachel’s reviews, they’re refreshing, fun and just make you want to throw you’re reading schedule out of the window and pick up her recommended read straight away.

I quickly realised that I wanted everyone else to get to know Rachel and read her amazing reviews too! So without further ado I would like to welcome my new guest reviewer and fellow vanilla queen to the blog, the lovely Rachel! 


Jasprit is so sweet.  Thank you! 

When Jasprit and I found each other on Goodreads we became fast friends each contributing to one another's book addiction. Seriously, Jasprit is killing my bookshelf by constantly picking enticing reads!  I love Jasprit's enthusiastic and honest reviews, and we have so much in common in taste.  I know if she's loved something, I will too. So when she asked me if I'd like to contribute on her blog, I was beyond giddy with excitement because I think we're a perfect fit.  I think the great and lovely Maja was the first to call us the "Vanilla-Queens", and I'd have to say that's an apt description! We do love our vanillas.
I guess I should tell you a little about myself now. I'm a wife and mother of two children, I work full-time but my passion is reading! I've always loved reading from a very young age.  Both my father and mother were big readers so I never had a chance. Currently, I'm a big lover of contemporary romance, but that wasn't always the case. At first, I was hooked on mysteries (always with a little romance, mind you). Nancy Drew was my first love, and then I graduated to Agatha Christie.  My grandmother was a fan and had a huge collection so I was able to read to my heart's content. Many times I read into the wee hours because I just had to know who did it?!!  I still love mysteries, but now I'm usually reading YA paranormal or YA contemporary romance. Recently, thanks to my Goodreads friends, I've discovered my love of Australian authors. Mostly, Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road is in my top five all-time favorite books! I've tried a couple of others and love them as well! I also love kick-butt, strong heroines! I was a huge, obsessed fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and still mourn over the series' demise (I think I've watched every episode at least five times!). Even before that, I remember watching Wonder Woman with Lynda Carter and WISHING I could be her, and kick some bad guy ass!  So it would come as no surprise, one of my all-time favorite books series is the Vampire Academy with Rose the tough-chick fighter (that, and her sexy boyfriend Dimitri)! Now I'm loving the spinoff series, Bloodlines. I'm also a huge fan of The Morganville Vampire series, and The Mortal Instruments series. 
Well, that's just a little about me. I'm looking forward to fun and gossip on Jasprit's blog! Thanks again, my dear!!

23 comments:

  1. Awww, my two vanilla queens finally together! I am touched. *wipes tears*

    Seriously now, this was such an amazing idea. Rachel's awesomeness needs to be spread all around the blogosphere. So exciting!
    *cue the Macarena*

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  2. Oh yay Rachel! I was wondering why this girl didn't have a blog with all her aweomeness!!

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  3. Great post, Jasprit and Hi Rachel! "Vanilla-Queens" - couldn't agree more! LOL! :))

    If I need to find some sweet contemporary books out there all I need to do is visit Rachel's shelf and reviews. She's so good at finding great contemporary romances and once you've read her review, like Jasprit had said, you'll keep re-shuffling your reading schedule. :))

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  4. Thank you so much for the warm welcome, ladies! :) *joins Maja in the Macarena*

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  5. Congratulations, you two! Your intros are both so sweet - I think you guys are going to have a great time blogging together.

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    1. Thank you Catie. I hope we have as much fun as you seem to on The Readventurer

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  6. Oh yeah Rachel! You are wonderful and I am so glad you will be blogging with Jasprit. I love reading your reviews and enjoy your sweet comments. I am glad I will get to see more of you here on Jasprit's blog :)

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    1. Thank you Heidi. I enjoy your reviews and comments as well. :)

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  7. Yay! I'm glad you both are working together now!
    I love hearing about how you both bonded!
    I also love Christie and her mysteries! I learned once i became obsessed with their intense excitement and shockingness, my grandmother also loved Christie books (she read them most nights)

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    1. Thank you Rachel. Glad to find a fellow Christie fan. I also loved the humor she had in her mysteries. Hercule Poirot and all his oddities and rituals always had me cracking up. :)

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  8. Oh, such a great combination. I look forward to this pairing.

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  9. RACHEL!! I don't think I even need to tell everyone how much I adore you because J pretty much covered that in the post! :') I'm so happy that we became Goodreads friends too because you write amazing reviews and you're just an overall amazing person! (Sweetness is totally you <3) We have so many favourites in common (Mortal Instruments! Bloodlines!), and I don't think anyone can legitimately say they don't like Buffy, or at least admire her skills ;)

    I'm so happy you'll be blogging with Jasprit, Rachel! Blogging is so much more fun when you don't have to do it alone :) <3

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    1. You're the sweetest, Mimi!! As you know I adore your reviews too! I agree, I think blogging would be very hard to do on your own! I don't know how you do it! :)

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  10. This is so fantastic! Rachel, I have been wondering how to get in contact with you as you leave lovely comments on our blog but you had no contact details on your profile so THANK YOU for being awesome and I look forward to your reviews on The Readers Den! Also, I'm going to see if I can find you on Goodreads! Mands xox

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    1. Thank you, Mandee! I guess I should've put more info on my profile. Lol! At least we found each other now. :)

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  11. Ah! This is adorable:) I'm so happy that you two found each other as reader buddies and now at The Reader's Den. I have no doubt that Rachel will fit in just great here and I'm sure Jas is thankful for the contribution:) Good luck to you two--I know I'm looking forward to seeing great things here:)

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  12. Sometimes you hear about something and it seems like such a good fit that you wonder why it wasn't that way to begin with--and that's definitely the case here! I love both of you ladies and it's going to be so fun to see all the bookish things you two get up to together. :) Congratulations!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  13. Hi Rachel! Looking forward to your reviews! :D

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  14. Aweesome! Hi Rachel! *waves excitedly* It's very nice to meet you! I LOVE the title: Vanilla Queens! Makes me yearn for vanilla ice cream somehow hehe. xD

    I can't wait to read your reviews, Rachel! Jasprit is amazing and I can't wait to get in touch with you too on Goodreads! Rose is one my favorite character too - she's such a kickass! x) Now I know that we're going to be good friends! :)

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  15. BUFFY!!!1 *high fives Rachel* I so adored that show and definitely still pine for it and Angel especially. So glad you're going to be helping Jasprit out, I can't wait to read some of your reviews as we seem to have really similar taste in books!

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  16. This is so cool! You ladies are two of my favourite people and I'm glad to hear Rachel will be appearing here with you Jasprit. Yay! :)

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  17. Yay! Great choice... Have fun Rachel!

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