MFT Guest: Aimee from Coffee Table Review talks about her love of PNR + a Giveaway!

Today I have Aimee from Coffee Table Reviews on for My Favorite Things.  She’s going to share her love of fantasy and paranormal with us.  Aimee was a friend from before I started blogging, we officially ‘met’ on shelfari and I was so excited when she started a blog up as well!

Without further ado lets welcome her to the blog!

Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-5)I started reading Paranormal Romance a few years ago and it refueled my love for reading. It was different from anything else I had read previously. Books from Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell,Michael Connolly, Dean Koontz, and others were mostly what I read. I started to slowly stop reading. Nothing really captivated me much. I liked Dean Koontz more because his had a slight sci-fi feel to them with a little mystery. Then I read Harry Potter. While mostly fantasty, it lead me into a more mystical genre. What I loved about Harry Potter was the whole secret world of wizards and witches that ‘muggles’ knew nothing about.

Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 1)Then I started browsing other books that were outside of my normal genres. Jeaniene Frost, Ilona Andrews, Faith Hunter, Richelle Mead, Charlaine Harris, and Rachel Caine among others. I found myself submerged into a whole new reading experience. Where anything could happen. It didn’t have to be logical or rational. The dark side of romance had really helped me find another love for reading. I was enthralled with various vampires. I had started watching True Blood which lead me to the books, in which I had finally given up on the tv show and loved the books. I have never thought I could love vampire books before. But there aren’t just vampire books. There are werewolves too, which made me fall in love with alpha men.

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 1)While I love romance and prefer it, I also love Urban Fantasy. Which isn’t usually focused on a relationship, while you can find romance in it, they are more centered on the story instead. The mysteries of the paranormal. This is really where I fell in love with the idea that it doesn’t have to be logical. When an author can write their own world with their own guidelines, it is fun to learn that world. Learn their myths and creation stories.

Forgive My FinsWhile we have tons of different vampire and shifter novels, no one series is like the others. Which, really, would be boring if they were. I love how Patricia Brigg’s wolves and vampires are nothing like Carrie Vaughn’s. Each author presents a very unique world, connected only with comment elements of creatures. And what I love even more, is finding a book out there that really catches my attention when they feature a paranormal character I hadn’t expected. Like mermaids (Forgive My Fins), mythological beings (The Goddess Test, Darkness Becomes Her) or talents that would classify paranormal (The Body Finder, The Candidates). I love the diversity and I love the genre. If it’s paranormal, sign me up!

About Me and Coffee Table Reviews:

Coffee Table Reviews

Hey guys! I’m Aimee. I live in Wyoming and absolutely love it. I love all things outdoors except for the winters when it snows like crazy. I love to camp, go 4 wheeling, hiking.  BK (aka Before Kindle) I used to pack at least 4-5 books with me going camping or traveling. Where ever I go, I have to have my books. With my kindle, I’m excited to have just about a full library with me.  

My blog, Coffee Table Reviews, has been up for over a year now! I’m pretty excited about that. It seemed the natural step since I’m such an avid reader and was already doing my own reviews anyway. I have meet some great people blogging and had some great people help me along the way (including Candace).  I have had a great time talking books with people in this community who share the same passion for reading.

The Giveaway:
Aimee is being incredibly generous and is giving one lucky person a book of their choice (up to $20) from The Book Depository.  The giveaway is open internationally (where TBD ships).You must be 13 or older to enter.  The giveaway ends July 5th, 2011

To Enter:

Tell us why you love paranormal/fantasy/urban fantasy, etc.  Or what book or series got you back into reading (if you experienced something like that).   Remember to leave contact info!

You don’t have to check out Aimee’s blog to enter, but if you enjoy my blog you should enjoy hers.  She reviews more adult books then I do, but she has a lot of young adult book reviews as well.  Her reviews are well written and have convinced me to read more then one series!  
If you do drop by be sure to say hello from Candace!

For the schedule and list of Giveaway for The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post.  And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well!
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  1. I have always loved fantasy. It’s so much more interesting than reality, to me. I love being able to escape and travel to a different world where magic & monsters rule.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I love paranormal/fantasy etc. b/c I absolutely love getting to live in a world that is so similar yet so much more exciting than our own. Even if it is only in my head!

    Thanks for another great giveaway!

  3. I’ve always loved paranormal things and when I got my hands on the very first paranormal romance book I’d ever read I fell in love with reading πŸ˜› It has such a different world that I can’t get enough of it :)
    Thanks for the chance to win :)

  4. I read a lot of paranormal books as a teenager, then years passed where I obviously explored other genres (and still do), but now that I started blogging and reading so many different book blogs I rediscovered paranormal and fantasy books – and I’m glad I did!

    danaan at gmx dot ar

  5. After school this year, I hit a bit of a reading slump. Once I read The Hunger Games, my reading picked back up.

  6. I loved Fantasy because I love how the impossible becomes possible in a fantasy world. In it, I can explore totally new worlds, not limited to our own …

  7. I have always been a ghost, vampire, paranormal kind of reader. I was stuck on Dean Koontz ONLY books for YEARS and then I picked up Twilight. Since then, I have read so many great books and series. I do not have one favorite genre because that would not be fair. I LOVE a lot of genres and will devour them all! Being a book reviewer has really helped open my eyes to the numerous talented authors out there that are going unrecognized! I always prefer some type of supernatural, paranormal twist to a book but does not have always have to be.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  8. I was given a copy of A Fist Full of Charms by a student, so I went out and grabbed myself a copy of Dead Witch Walking – – I was hooked! Been reading as much paranormal as I can get my hands on! Thanks for hosting – please enter me.

  9. I used to love reading. But after I was done with the last Harry Potter book, I don’t know what happened. I suddenly stopped reading and forgot all about fantasy books for years! Then, earlier this year, I found an old copy of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare in my room. I have no idea how it had gotten there, and could not remember when I bought it. It was really strange. Days went, and I couldn’t stop thinking about the book. So one day I sat down and started to read it. And that was it. I was in love. A couple of days later I discovered goodreads by luck (it was really random actually). And there I found over a 100 books that sounded interesting. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, but it’s gonna be fun doing it!

    I think the reason why I stopped reading after Harry Potter was because I didn’t know about any other books to read. The YA selection in norwegian bookstores are SO bad. I’m ashamed. It’s like Children – Adult, nothing in between. If you’re lucky, you’ll find maybe 10 different YA books in a bookstore, and that’s at it’s maximum. Let me give you an example. Twilight is very well known these days, but before the movie came out, almost none of the bookstores in Norway knew what Twilight was. And now the books are EVERYWHERE! But The Mortal Instruments? Almost no where to be seen. Even though 36-40% of the books they sell are in english, only 5-8% are YA. And 3% is in norwegian. I bet they’ve never heard about Divergent.

    Oh boy… sorry for writing such a long post!

    readingowling AT gmail DOT com

  10. I love urban fantasy books because it’s exciting to take a world that is so familiar, and adding all these elements to it, to make it even better. It makes you look at you world in a different light!

    PrettyDeadlyReviews AT yahoo DOT com

  11. I basically love all paranormal/fantasy/urban fantasy books. I love the new worlds that are created! I love the magic! I love the idea of being more than just a plain-old-human. :)

    Great interview! Thanks for sharing.


  12. I love the broad base of characters and environments. Not to mention all of the unique trouble they get themselves into. No two storied are the same.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  13. My fave paranormal/fantasy series is the True Blood series. I love them so much! Charlene is an amazing author she just pulls you in! Team Eric all the way. I love that it has loads of paranormal characters, vampires, Witches, faries, shapeshifters etc. I also love her take on faries as well.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and great interview!

  14. Well the Harry Potter series is what got me into reading period. I didn’t do it before I read them. Now I can’t get enough!! :) That’s why I love them so much
    GFC follower

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  15. Great post! πŸ˜€
    Jane Austen got me back into reading. I have to admit I experienced one of those moments. So Thank you Jane Ausetn for Pride and Prejudice and in particular for Mr. Darcy! >_<

    Thank you for the international giveaway! πŸ˜€

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. I have been an avid reader all my life. There was a period of time when I did not read for pleasure anymore and I call that time…College. When I graduated I had heard about Twilight and was reluctant to read it seeing as it was YA. Back then YA wasn’t too good. However the books I had been reading just weren’t cutting it for me so I decided to go ahead and give it a try. I was not disappointed in fact I was massively surprised by the goodness of it all. So I really do Thank God for Twilight because I don’t know if I would have been able to get back into reading. Twilight then led me to the City of Bones series which is by far my favorite. I now read nothing but YA and Paranormal Romance. I LOVE READING!!!!


  17. I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy, because it allows my imagination to soar. Also, the heroines are, usually, strong and capable and the heroes are equally so.

  18. I am a little bit of an escapist and I love to read or watch worlds that allow for the existence of vampires and magic; I would love to live in a world where these things actually exist. I’m not much of a shifter fan but I know that I would have to embrace them as well because it would just be part of the package. All of the book covers above with teh exception of Forgive My Fins are books I have read and loved and I most of them as well. I own the whole HP series, 1-3 of Nighthuntress by Jeaniene Frost and Dead Until Dark. It combines my long time enjoyment of romance and my passion for vampires!


    withinpages @ hotmail dot com

  19. I’ve always been a reader bt the series that got me back into being an avid reader – the kind that always has a book in her hand was Harry Potter.[@]gmail[.]com

  20. I have always been a big reader. I think the first paranormal I started reading was Sookie Stackhouse books. I fell in love with the first one and went out and picked up the next 4 books. Then I would just wait for the rest to come out. I love paranormal because I is something completely different from normal everyday life. Not the same. It is make believe and it is so fun to read. I love the character from charlaine harris books. The two that got me completely hooked was Laurell K Hamilton and Jeaniene Frost. Cat and Bones are great and Anita Blake & Meredith Gentry are awesome books. If you have not checked out Laurell you should. She had a new book come out tuesday.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. Would love to win, because quite a few new books have come out lately.

  21. Although I now have a love for paranormal novels what first got me into reading was contemporary novels such as those by Sarah Dessen.
    Thanks for the great post and giveaway

  22. I love all things fantasy because I just love to lose myself for a while in a world unlike our own. I’ve been reading since I learned to read and never stopped, so there isn’t a book that got me reading again. But I should mention the book that started me on fantasy – it was The Lord of the Rings. πŸ˜€


    catarina_romeira at hotmail dot com

  23. I love paranormal/fantasy because it livens up every day boring life! I love being able to lose myself in a world completely different from my own any time I need an escape :)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


  24. I’ve always loved reading, because it allows me to travel to places and times that I’ve never been and takes me away from my daily life. Paranormal/Fantasy/UF is a favorite because I definitely haven’t been to those places and/or times, or met any of the fantastical creatures that are within the pages of those books. It’s so fun to imagine that some of those things are real, at least while I’m reading the book.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  25. I know what got me back into reading, exactly with Aimme, the Sookie Stackhouse series. I did start reading a long time ago and then just stopped. Don’t know why. Then True Blood came along and I was tired of guessing what might happen next, so I breezed through the books and they really got me addicted into the Urban Fantasy (and partially the PNR) world. I fell for the world of it all. Then while browsing for great vampire books, I stumbled on the BDB series by JR Ward and the Highlander series by Karen M. Moning and my love grew from there. No way I am turning back LOL!

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. I’ve loved paranormal and romance books since I was little and I’ve the mixing of genres now.
    I can always use another book lol.

  27. I love paranormal, fantasy and fiction. I love being able to use my imagination and escape to different places and other worlds. To imagine different creatures and people. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

  28. Paranormal and fantasy genres really allow your mind to stretch and be enhanced. I love how almost anything is possible and the writer can become more and more outrageous/interesting! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom Krystal L

  29. I love urban Fantasy i can’t really explain why it’s just what fits me. I read a lot as a kid but life got busy and i got out of the habit until a friend told me how much she loved the Anita Blake Series 6 years ago and brought me some to read and I instantly loved it joined my local library the next week and found Twilight, after that I couldn’t peel myself away!

  30. ESCAPE! That’s what I love about reading fantasy/paranormal/urban fantasy. I’m bored with everyday life.

    aliciacald at gmail dot com

  31. I have been an avid reader for many years and have read most genres, usually depending on my mood at the time. I currently love fantasy, historical, paranormal, and urban fantasy the most, although every once in a while love a good cozy or mystery. I first started loving to read after getting a bad grade in reading in the third grade. I was devastated and pulled up my bootstraps and said I will succeed (kind of funny for a third grader to be so determined looking back on it). I found the Boxcar Kids in my school library and was hooked and as they say the rest is historical :) Thank you for the generous giveaway opportunity. I will be hopping over to check out Coffee Table reviews right after this.


  32. Although I read across all genres, I love fantasy the most.

    Good Fantasy allows writers to build an alternate world just a little bit different from our own although the characters have human emotions and actions. That kind of What-might-have-been really drags me into the alternate world.
    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

    I Follow via GFC

  33. I love fantasy because it transforms my world into something special and helps me to believe in the impossible.

    The book that changed my life was Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone.I know a lot of people say that it changed their lives but I refused to read any book till my mom practically forced me to read that book and I haven’t looked back since :)

    Young Readers

  34. reading fantasy/urban fantasy/paranormal takes me to a world of infinite possibilities that can get me out of a mundane life.

    thanks for making it international!!


  35. I love paranormal/urban fantasy because of the idea that there is a hidden, dangerous world just below the surface of our own. I love the Mortal Instruments and I am well on my way to being a total paranormal addict. :)
    I never stopped reading in order to have a book that brought me back into reading. :)
    Thank you!


  36. I’ve always loved paranormal things – I really wanted (and still want) some super powers or live in some alternative magic world.
    My first YA books were Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling and later The Mediator series by M. Cabot. At the moment I really like The Mortal Instruments series.

    Thank you for this really great giveaway!

  37. I’ve always loved paranormal/fantasy stories, because they’re so unlike the everyday world, and also because they’re unpredictable, anything can happen.

    Thanks for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  38. I never really read in HS, but in college the TV show lost got me to read a lot of books. Since the writers/producers were dropping a lot of books in to camera shots and we (the audience) were trying to figure out what was going on, the books provided some insight. Some were great reads and added a layer to the show. A few were Watership Down, Turn of the Screw, The Dark Tower series by King.

    Twilight really opened the world of YA lit to me, and I haven’t been able to stop reading YA.

    GFC: Candice
    candicerjames (at) gmail (dot) com

  39. I have always been a reader, but I mainly read realistic fiction. The idea of fantasy was just not something I wanted to read. When Harry Potter first came out I stayed away from it, but I had so many students reading it I figured I should read at least the first one. Half way through that one i went and bought all the books out at that time :) So Harry Potter got me reading fantasy.

    themgowl at gmail dot com

  40. I devoured HP in Jr. High/High School but didn’t really start devouring books until I discovered Anita Blake and the paranormal genre!

    Of course I follow Aimee πŸ˜‰ She was there to talk about my paranormal obsession with way back when on shelfari after all…hehe!!

    Thanks for the great post and giveaway!

    dukesangel002 AT yahoo DOT com

  41. I was in a reading funk, and I had never read YA, but everyone was talking about the Twilight series so I decided to give it a try. I fell in love with YA! I read the Harry Potter books next, and I haven’t gotten bored yet!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  42. I always read fantasy in high school and college because I think I like the idea of the paranormal really existing.

    I had not read for years, except for Harry Potter. Then I discovered Twilight! It not only got me back into reading, but I’m about to finish up a degree in Library Science, so Twilight caused me to change careers! : )

  43. i love paranormal because the characters usally kick butt and are really cool:)
    I love the TMI series, and recently reread it when i got my friend hooked on it:)
    starlightgirl678 at aol dot com

  44. I’ve always loved the paranormal after reading Christopher Pike as a teen and then Anne Rice’s vampires. But the books that got me into the UF genre was Bitten by Kelley Armstrong – great chracters, great plot and great writing! :)


  45. I love paranormal/fantasy etc because they can make us to escape for reality. That sometimes is wonderful and necessary.
    Sookie Stackhouse series is my favorite reading.
    Thank you!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  46. I’ve always been into reading :)
    I like paranormal type books partly because they’re so popular and it’s easy to find good ones but also for the whole slightly different reality and all the hijinks that ensue because of it.


  47. I love fantasy because it is just that: fantasy. I love imagining things beyond our world. I wish I had magic and a life of adventure, but since I don’t I read fantasy books.

    My favorite is Harry Potter, but my second favorite is the Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare.

    Thanks for the giveaway,


    eliweibley AT gmail DOT com

  48. Harry Potter got me to give reading a chance…I hated reading until Harry opened up so many doors…I love it soooo much!!!

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  49. I’d have to say it is the ability to imagine the unimaginable, the new worlds, abilities, beings etc that are not common place in every day life.

    pams00 @

  50. I was just recently in a reading slump after forcing myself to read a book I didn’t really want to read, and it was Forgive My Fins that got me back into the reading groove. It was just so fun and entertaining that it made me remember that I actually like reading. Happy day!

    arallison at gmail dot com

  51. Harry Potter got me into reading everyday. I read the entire series 7 times and then decided to try reading other books as well.

    Gabbie-ethela AT hotmail DOT com

  52. I love reading paranormal books because they make you believe the impossible even if just for the little while you are reading. Anything goes in paranormal and it is just so darn fun and exciting!

    I got back into reading because of my daughter. She was reading the Twilight series (yeah I know) and I thought I should know what she was reading so I decided to read them. I quickly decided I liked the genre but wanted a bit more adult books and moved on to Sherylin Kenyon and JR Ward and have been hooked since!

    I still enjoy reading some YA books with her!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  53. I love all the genres you mentioned because I enjoyed every paranormal book I read. The paranormal world is so much more exciting than the real one so I like it pretty much.

  54. I love the magic that is involved. I recently discovered Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series and re-discovered my love of the paranormal/ urban fantasy. Thankfully there are so many goo d authors out there.

  55. I love fantasy and paranormal because it’s so different from just contemporary. More imaginative.

    I took a book purge back in the beginning of high school when I was too lazy to buy or borrow books. With the help of Vampire Academy, I found my love for books and an even deeper one for paranormal. That sounds like a bad infomercial.

    lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  56. To be honest, PN is not my favorite genre… I almost always prefer a contemporary read.

    But I do love that you can explore different ideas in Fantasy/PN than you can in Contemp. Also, Fairy Tale retellings are fantasy, which are some of my favorite reads!

    Another thing I do like about this genre, is that you can have a truly evil villain. In a lot of Contemp, you expect more dimension and reality from every character, but in Fantasy/PN, while there is depth to the characters, I personally am MUCH more forgiving of wholly evil and wholly good characters in this genre than I am in Contemp. And in certain fantasy stories, I EXPECT and WANT my bad guy to be every kind of bad.

    basicallyamazingbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  57. I love reading paranormal and fantasy books simply because it transports me to another place. And just the simple fact that it can, it’s amazing:)

    Thank you so much for this contest!


  58. I love too read now but a few years ago I didn’t! I stared with Vampire Academy and loved them so much thats what got me in to reading! I love Paranormal vampires are my favorite! Thank you so much for the great giveaway!

  59. Hey.
    The reason I read fiction is because I can pretend to be in a new world and experience all these unnormal things πŸ˜€
    I’d say that after Twilight I had a reading pause, but Fallen by Lauren Kate got me back on track :)


    πŸ˜€ Tamara

  60. Why I love paranormal…good question. I think it might be because it’s an escape from mundane reality. So many more exciting things can happen in the supernatural world than the natural one, you know?

    Thanks for the great guest post and giveaway!

    thebookishtypereviews AT gmail DOT com

  61. I’ve always read paranormal because I want to escape into a different world. I want there to be something MORE to the ordinary world. I want to escape into a world of mystery and magic and wonder. I just want something more to a mundane life.

  62. I love fantasy because fantasy is the language of metaphor and symbolism. Fantasy is universal. It speaks to all of us. It reveals the deeper truths that reality cannot. It is truly the most affecting form of literature for me.

    slbastin at gmail dot com

  63. I used to be addicted to reading all the way up till college. I then kind of lost interest in reading. I couldn’t just find any books that really interested me. I then decided to pick up Twilight when it came out and boy am I glad I did. I have now returned to reading with a very renewed and enthusiastic approach. I can’t get enough of Paranormal Romance. The Mortal Instruments is my absolute favorite!


  64. I love fantasy, because the different worlds are so unique and fun to read about, that why I named my blog after fantasy: Fantasys Ink


  65. I love it because it provides a great escape from RL into a world that you can only imagine exists. Which is sometimes very similar to the world we live in.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  66. I stopped reading when I entered high school because of the immense textbook reading workload, but then I picked up Paranormalcy by Kiersten White and got swept into the paranormal genre. That’s that book that got me reading again :)

    elfdrop at gmail dot com

  67. I love it because it is an escape/release from the stresses of everyday life. It’s so fun to “get away” in other worlds!
    bookbutterfly9 at gmail dot com

  68. I love reading fantasy books, I like seeing how authors take paranormal creatures and put in a story twist of their own.

    itwasalie AT gmail DOT com

  69. I used to be an avid fantasy reader, but sadly after university I stopped reading books for pleasure. I was always reading stuff for work which was and is pretty boring!

    I found the Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks one day and bought it. I couldn’t stop reading it. When I was done, I started looking online for recommendations, and that is how I found all these lovely book blogs. :)

    Thank you for the giveaway! :)

    GFC-Christine Davis

    ceeenndee at gmail dot com

  70. I like fantasy once in awhile because I believe it expands my mind to look at things differently and sparks my imagination. Just like Harry Potter and Twilight!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

  71. I love urban fantasy because it takes the real world and the trials of day-to-day living but adds a supernatural flavor to it. So you could still have someone who lost their job from a terrible economy, but then they’re able to talk to ghosts and make some cash.

    Thanks for another great giveaway!

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

  72. I never fell out of reading but I remember clearly how I discovered the UF/PNR genres: about 4-5 years ago I read the 1st Blackdagger Brotherhood book, the 1st Riley mnovel yb Keri Arthur and Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten, and it was Bitten which got me hooked πŸ˜€ To this day KA remains one od my favourite UF authors!

    Thank you for the fantastic giveaway!!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  73. Jeanne

    I love fantasy because I can escape from reality which I need sometimes xD
    Thank you for the chance to win :)

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