Kassandra Kush

Introducing Nadine from Hook Me Up Book Blog

Posted on: December 11, 2013

HMU Nadine

1. Tell us a little about yourself!
– Hey there, my name is Nadine and am 27 years old and live in crazy San Francisco. I joined Hook Me Up Book Blog early June this year and love it so far. Well besides the obvious that I love reading, I also love anything tattoo related. I’ve several tattoos and have a very weak spot for tattooed guys 😉 I’m coffee and movie addict, yep; without coffee I wouldn’t be able to function. What else, mmh lets see… oh yeah I’m originally from Germany but moved to the U.S. 5years ago and am now studying, getting my Bachelor in English-Literature, because I really really want to become a book editor. Guess that’s it about me 😉

2. What inspired you/caused you to start your book blog?
– Tamara started the blog; we were friends on GoodReads (bless this site) already and she just asked me out of the blue if I’d like to join and of course I said yes.

3. What is your favorite part of running one?
– Sharing great new books/reviews with people. I love giving recommendations,

4. What’s your favorite place and time to read? At home in bed at 2am? Out and about at a coffee shop?
– Actually I carry my kindle everywhere lol… So I can sneak in some reading time wherever I am. But I prefer reading at home cause some people in public are very annoying and they would only distract me from my current book crush. I’ve no preferred reading time though, anytime is good for me.

5. Kindle or regular book? How did you feel about the Kindle to book transition? Did you fight it at first or dive right in?
– Kindle; it’s lighter to carry around plus I collect certain books (from my favorite authors and wouldn’t like to bend the pages-yes I’m crazy like that). I liked the transition because I think not everyone can buy/carry the books with them. Good example is me, I’m still international student, I could have never bought all the books in paperback cause maybe, who knows, I’ve to leave back home and then I’d be really screwed carrying/packing 100 of books with me. Kind of ridiculous, right? So yes I welcomed e-readers.

6. Favorite book of all time?
– That’s a mean question, same as picking your favorite child. I’ve a ‘all-time-fav’ shelf on GR but I guess I would say 50 Shades, cause this series made me start reading and Christian was indeed my very first book crush. You gotta love his kinky f@ckery 😉

7. Coolest author you ever got to meet/work with?
-Sadly I haven’t met any yet (damn author events are all so far away) but I work closely with few authors and love them.
The coolest for me are: Staci Hart (Good Gods Series), Harper Sloan (love this chick, she cracks me up), and Brooke Cumberland (such a sweetheart)

8. Tell us about the woman (women) behind the mask? Err blog!
– Oh I see you want to know my ‘dirty side/secrets’ huh 😉 Well I’m not married have no kids yet- so yep I’m single. I’m pretty career focused right now and am pushing myself hard to achieve my goals (guess that’s the German gene in me). I’m very open-minded and love to connect with people, but I’m also very straight forward when something bothers me etc. I’m always down doing stupid/fun stuff haha… I can’t say no to puppy or lil kids begging eyes. I love Italian food and men too J I used to be a gym instructor and tortured people in my classes – that was a lot of fun and sometimes I miss it.

9. Do you prefer a bunch of quick, sweet stand-alone reads or a long drawn out series of epic proportions?
– It totally depends on the series. I love trilogies and stand-alone’s equally. I’ve recently read some pretty awesome trilogies. I don’t like when a trilogy miraculously turns into a 5 book series or so; nope, don’t like that.

10. Last book you read and how did you rate it?
– I’ve got pretty lucky and got an ARC of Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy#2) by Karina Halle (which is btw my very favorite author of all times). This series, this book was pretty epic. She’s just brilliant and I can’t wait for the final book!!

11. Aside from reading, what else do you do with your time? Or, like me, do things book-related pretty much sum up your life?
– My studies consume most of my time but when I have some spare time I love to go to the movies or have dinner with friends. But most likely I sneak in a book that I had for a long time on my kindle and was dying to read 😉

12. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
– Somewhere tropic would be my choice. I love sun and beach; I could lay for hours on the beach doing nothing.

13. If you could meet any author, who would it be?
– E.L. James because she hooked me on reading. I’ve read her 50 Shades book three times.

14. If you could go on a date with any fictional male character, who would it be, from what book?
– Dex from the Experiment in Terror series or Camden from The Artists Trilogy, which both Karina Halle writes. Both are extremely hot, and a bit twisted in their own way. I love characters with edge; too perfect is boring cause who is perfect?

15. Who is a female character you could see yourself being best friends with?
– Hmm, that’s a tough question, but I would pick Aphrodite from Staci Hart’s Good Gods series. I love that she’s the goddess of love and she’s fun to be around.

16. Is there a fiction genre you just can’t seem to stand or get into? For me, heavy science fiction is just a no-go.
– I agree on the heavy sci-fi but also too cheesy romance stories; I’m a bit bored of them.

17. When I say favorite book cover, what’s the first one to come to mind – since I know there probably can’t be just one?
– Axel and Cage book of Harper Sloan (the original covers). They were pretty hot. But also the book cover of Get Bent; I love inked guys on a cover 😉

19. Were you The Quiet Girl Who Was Always Reading, or did you mainly just read at home in secret?
– Well I never read back in Germany so I was more the outgoing person. I used to do a lot of sports and do things with my dogs and friends.

20. Do you always read several books at once, or just stick to one at a time? The running joke in my family when I was young was asking me how many books I was reading (usually at least five) and laughing when I could recite the plot for every single one!
– I try to stick with only one, to give it my full attention and to be able to write a great review on it. I hate forgetting details or mixing things up.

21. Favorite book to movie adaption?
– Totally 50 Shades, even though I’m afraid the movie won’t do the book justice.

*Personal Facebook link if authors/blogger would like to add me: https://www.facebook.com/nadine.colling.5

* Blogs Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HookMeUpBookBlog

*My GoodReads account cause I like to connect and share books/recommendations: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/10025732-nadine

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