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Sunday, 7 November 2010

Introducing a Guest Reviewer!

You may remember my recent post about the Art of Saying No [Thank You]. Well I was delighted to find some real solutions to the problem of having an abundance of review copies. The best and most exciting of those solutions was to welcome a guest reviewer to The Bookette.

I am pleased to say that Irena of This Miss Loves To Read is my official saviour and is helping me out and is now my wonderful Guest Reviewer.

I am absolutely delighted as I know her reviews are balanced, insightful and beautifully written. If you haven't stopped by her blog, then I recommend that you do. She shares my love of Charlaine Harris and she has her own Friday Fairytale meme which is fascinating.

Irena's first review will be up here tomorrow but I thought it would be nice if she could tell us a little about herself by way of an introduction you in case you've not met before.

Here is Irena, telling us a little about herself:
I live in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Slovenia is a small country, but it has a lot to offer, from mountains to the sea coast, and a very good thing about living here is that it only takes 5-6 hours by car to get from Ljubljana to Venice. I started my book blog in May 2010 and I've loved every minute of it. I have met some great book bloggers, discovered great new books and I feel that if a book blog was an actual physical place, it'd be one of my favourite places in the world, apart from the local library and my two favourite bookstores in Ljubljana. I am not really bound by book genres; I just love to read good stories. I graduated in English, choosing literature as my subject or, to be more precise, Ann Radcliffe and her impact on the English Gothic literature. I would like to work as a teacher or a translator of literature, whichever comes my way first. I would even do both. In my spare time, I like to read (obviously), write, sing, watch movies and do embroidery. I started sewing napkins and stuff after writing my B.A. degree - I got completely lost in the 18th century world.:) I've been taking singing lessons for four years now and I also sing in a choir, but I used to sing in three choirs, which was just a bit too much. Something else that I love: stand-up comedy. It's my only reason to get on YouTube. I am addicted to stand-up comedy. My favourite stand-up comedians are Jeff Dunham, George Carlin (R.I.P.), Brian Regan, Russell Peters and Robin Williams. I would like to end my introduction with my favourite quote. "Behind every man stands a surprised mother-in-law." (Voltaire) Which is, from my experience, definitely true.:)

Irena, I am impressed. You can sing. I can sing too but only in imitation of a dog whining.
I am sure that the variety of your choices of books to review will show how widely you do read. It is quite incredible. Thank you so much for being a part of The Bookette. I hope this is the beginning of a great partnership.

Readers, I also asked Irena to show us where she lives. Here are a few pics:

This is her favourite view of Ljubljana, the old city centre with the castle.

She lives very close to the city centre and from her room, this is her view!

And this is what she sees from her kitchen window. Wow!
Please make Irena feel welcome.


Grillyfish said...

Welcome Irena, your blog looks lovely and Becky is right, you write beautifully! I also now really want to go to Slovenia - it looks stunning!

I look forward to reading your reviews :)

Thanks both


Stephanie :) (Books Are A Girl's Best Friend) said...

Wow, those views are stunning! I love Irena's blog and her beautifully written reviews, I've given her an award before.
It's great that as well as solving your problem that Irena can get to read review copies and ARCs she might not otherwise have been able to get living outside the US and UK.
I'm looking forwardseeing her reviews on here :D

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Wow, what a great surprise! I know Irena personally so I know you've made a fantastic choice! I love her blog and I can't wait to be able to read her reviews here too! :D

Jo said...

Such a great idea, having a guest reviewer! I look forward to reading your reviews, Irena! And gosh, Slovenia looks amazing! I want to goooo!

Christina/Book Addict said...

A guest reviewer is a great idea. I look forward to reading her reviews. I must also admit when I saw these photos, I was gushing. WOW! What incredible views. I can't imagine what it's like to wake up and see that everyday?!

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Aw, thanks for such a lovely introduction, Becky! And thank you all who have posted a response: I feel very welcome!:)

I'm glad you like the pictures! All I can say is, it's very nice to live here.

I promise to do my best to help Becky and keep up with the high standard of her reviews.

Nayuleska said...

Hi Irena! You live in a beautiful country. Look forward to seeing your reviews soon!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Holy cow! When can I come visit?

Caroline said...

This is a great idea!
And I am really happy to discover a new European blogger in the process!
I can't wait to read your reviews Irena!
Ljubljana looks *gorgeous*!!
This is so awesome :D

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Fantastic! It's lovely to meet Irena here and I'm looking forward to the reviews. :)

Clover said...

Wow, what incredible photos :) I already follow Irena's blog (but probably have never said hello before now - HELLO) and how fantastic to have a regular guest reviewer!

I Want To Read That said...

OOh I love the Kitchen window view...

Hello Irena - looking forward to reading your reviews:)