Blogger Interview: Summer Reads YA

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To help celebrate our month of children’s literature at Pages Unbound, we are interviewing a different blogger each week about their favorite books and readings habits as children.  Today, we welcome Summer from Summer Reads YA!

THE INTERVIEW

What were your favorite books when you were growing up?

My favorite books were the “Read it yourself” versions of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “The Gingerbread Man.”  I even memorized those books word for word.

How were you introduced to your favorite childhood book?

When I was 4 years old, my parents bought me a set of “Read it yourself” books and I immediately loved it.

Are there any children’s books you still love to reread?

I love rereading The Wizard of Oz. I still enjoy revisiting Dorothy’s adventure.

Did you have any literary idols or role models?

I don’t recall having a particular literary idol, unfortunately.

Where was your favorite place to read growing up?

It was at a local bookstore.  There used to be a spot where kids could sit and read while waiting for their parents. Sadly, the reading spot doesn’t exist anymore; the management decided to remove it.

How have your childhood reads shaped you?

Being a reader as a child has helped me with my pronunciation, spelling and vocabulary, but most of all, reading shaped me to be more open minded and imaginative.

Blogger Interview: Monique from Something to Browse

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To help celebrate our month of children’s literature at Pages Unbound, we are interviewing a different blogger each week about their favorite books and readings habits as children.  Today, we welcome Monique from Something to Browse!

THE INTERVIEW

What were your favorite books when you were growing up?

My favorite books growing up were definitely the Nancy Drew mystery books. I started reading them very young (around age 7 or 8) and then I eventually started reading the Hardy Boys’ mysteries, which I LOVED! I was a huge fan of mysteries back then. Of course, before my mystery book addiction started, l was just as obsessed with fairy tales as any other kid. My favorite fairy tales were Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, The Princess and the Pea, and Rapunzel. I thought Alice in Wonderland was really weird and wasn’t as fascinated with it as some of my peers. I also didn’t like Snow White because I thought she was really silly. Like, seriously? How many times are you going to get tricked? And why is a prince randomly kissing a dead girl? I understood it for Sleeping Beauty because she was just asleep, but Snow White was thought to be dead! Oh, well.
Some of my other favorite childhood books were The Little Match-Seller, The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor’s New Suit, and The Magic Tree House books.

How were you introduced to your favorite childhood book?

The Library! My prep school had a pretty big library and I would read as much as I could during lunch time. It was bliss! I can’t possibly choose a favorite book out of the several books I loved as a kid, but I know I definitely found all my favorite books at the library. Except The Little Match-Seller; that was found in my mom’s house. I think she might’ve bought it for me cause she knew just how much I loved reading.

Are there any children’s books you still love to reread?

Yes! I love to reread fairy tales. Not just my favorite fairy tales, but ALL the fairy tales. There is a series called The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. The books are loosely based on fairy tales, so before I read the next book in the series, I always reread the fairy tales first to refresh my memory, and I also read the Grimm brothers’ versions as well.

I haven’t been reading many Nancy Drew books lately, but I’m still a fan! 😀

Did you have any literary idols or role models?

Idols? Nope. Role models? Yes! Nancy Drew was my ultimate heroine. I loved how smart she was and her ability to focus on the important things. Even though, Beauty and the Beast wasn’t one of my favorite fairy tales, I loved Belle’s personality and her humility and loving nature. I really wanted those traits…..but I don’t think I’d like the Beast very much.

Where was your favorite place to read growing up?

Anywhere! As long as I could read there, I didn’t care where I was going.

How have your childhood reads shaped you?

My childhood reads all together form the bridge that makes me the reader I am today. They are the ones that first got me into reading, and I am forever grateful.

Tolkien Talk: Lianne of Caffeinated Life

 

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As part of our Tolkien Reading Celebration, we’ll be interviewing a different blogger each day about their love for Tolkien and what makes his works so special for them.  Today, we’re featuring Lianne of Caffeinated Life.

1.) When and how were you first introduced to Tolkien? What did you read first?

I remember first hearing about Tolkien when I was 11/12 (around the time I first started to read fantasy novels) but I did not get around to his books until I was 15. The first LOTR movie was about to be released in December 2001 and I figured it was time to read his books. So The Lord of the Rings was the first book by him that I read.

2.) What attracts you to Tolkien’s writing?

Firstly, it was honestly a bit difficult getting into Tolkien’s writing the first time around. It was very different from any other book I had ever read up to that point in terms of speech, style, etc. It still is one of the most unique/different books I’ve ever read. I find it’s very reminiscent to the old Anglo-Saxon/Scandinavian epics that he studied and loved, which is perfect for his books set in Middle Earth because it adds a certain epic quality to the stories: a little older and particular in the way things are expressed and referenced, a little grander but also familiar.

Otherwise what really attracts me to Tolkien’s writing is just the storytelling, really. I mention a little later on about LOTR and how all-encompassing it can be—epic in scope but also focusing on the smallest of peoples, quiet feats of bravery—but at the end of the day, it really comes down to the story itself and from there how he’s able to express and form this whole world and history around these characters and the things that are affecting them. But yeah, definitely the storytelling and how relatable the fundamental emotions and experiences that the characters go through can be for us, the reader.

3.) What would you say to those who haven’t read any of Tolkien’s books yet?

You’re missing out!

lol, in all seriousness, I would say that it may look daunting and the writing at first may seem odd but once you get pass that and you get into the story, it’s just this rich tapestry of character, experience, history/culture, language, humour, just everything. It really feels like Middle Earth exists, or existed, somewhere out there. It’s just such an experience. Even his non-Middle Earth works are just as wonderful, as a reader you get a sense that he truly loved the early Anglo-Saxon/Scandinavian/Northern epics of old. So the books may seem intimidating but it’s totally worth it

4.) What is your favorite Tolkien book? What makes it special?

The Lord of the Rings remains my favourite Tolkien book. I’ve read a number of his books over the years and there’s just something about LOTR: the storytelling, the scope of and the stakes involved, the histories and cultures that populate Middle Earth, the themes presented, the characters, etc. I also love how, despite of the epic scope of the story, of these massive armies facing each other and the return of the king to Gondor, the story comes down to characters fighting for love, for doing the right thing, to protect the simple quiet life that they want. That it’s especially highlighted by the hobbits—doing great deeds, performing small acts of bravery despite of their size or where they’re from—is wonderful and something that, as readers, we can relate to. It’s just amazing how all these elements and themes are in this one book.

Plus, it was the first Tolkien book I ever read, so that in itself makes it special to me too. 🙂

5.) Can you share one of your favourite Tolkien quotes with us?

Just one? =P Okay, from The Fellowship of the Ring: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” It’s such a simple statement from Gandalf and yet it’s so poignant, something to remember and live by.

Tolkien Talk: Jenna of A Light Inside

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As part of our Tolkien Reading Celebration, we’ll be interviewing a different blogger each day about their love for Tolkien and what makes his works so special for them.  Today, we’re featuring Jenna St. Hilaire of A Light Inside.

1.) When and how were you first introduced to Tolkien? What did you read first?

In my late teens, I decided the time had come for me to catch up on reading classics, and The Lord of the Rings was on my to-read list for several years. I knew it was a classic, but didn’t know anything about either the story or its author. It surprised me to learn that the novel was fantasy—I remember that, though I don’t remember what I originally thought it was about.

The Peter Jackson adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring came out in 2001, and after watching it, I finally read The Lord of the Rings. It would have been silly not to—my parents and sisters and I apparently all had the same idea for Christmas presents that year, and by the time we were done opening gifts, nearly everyone in the family had their own copy.

2.) What attracts you to Tolkien’s writing?

For the sake of honesty, I’ll have to say something you may not have been expecting when you invited me to be one of your blogger interviews: I have a bit of an uneven relationship with Tolkien’s work.

One of the things I hope to find in any novel I open is a relatable, emotional, human, feminine presence. There are no named female characters in The Hobbit, and of the handful in LotR, only Eowyn has ever come off relatable to me—and she annoys me, probably by being too prone to making my own mistakes!

That said, as objective and distant as Tolkien’s narration sometimes feels to me in consequence of the above, I absolutely love how he humanizes the gentle, small, powerless characters. Frodo and Sam—and to some extent Merry and Pippin as well—are nearly as real to me as my own friends. Frodo is quiet, weary, wounded, and determined; Sam is deeply loving and protective; and in both of them I find a beautiful ideal and a very thorough sympathy.

3.) What would you say to those who haven’t read any of Tolkien’s books yet?

If I were as well-read in the Professor’s works as I’d like to be, I’d probably say to start with “Leaf by Niggle” or “On Fairy Stories,” as they’re shorter and would probably serve as a good introduction to Tolkien’s work. Unfortunately, I haven’t read either of them myself. I’m still working on The Silmarillion.

I went about things the wrong way, according to the dictates of fandom, by watching one of the movies first—and lived to give the Professor his due anyway, so: Those of you who would undertake the adventure, begin as you must, but do begin!

4.) What is your favorite Tolkien book? What makes it special?

The Lord of the Rings; or, if we want to break that down by volume, Return of the King. There are so many scenes in that story that are simply brilliant—by which I mean both “a work of genius” and “full of light.”

5.) Can you share one of your favorite Tolkien quotes with us?

Probably not—but I can share two:

“I stand in Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun, and behold! The shadow has departed! I will be a shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.”

“Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue? What’s happened to the world?”

Tolkien Talk: Rinn of Rinn Reads

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As part of our Tolkien Reading Celebration, we’ll be interviewing a different blogger each day about their love for Tolkien and what makes his works so special for them.  Today, we’re featuring Rinn of Rinn Reads.

 

1.) When and how were you first introduced to Tolkien? What did you read first?

I remember that when I was about seven or eight, my mum bought me a copy of the graphic novel version of The Hobbit. I’ve always been a big reader, particularly of fantasy novels, so I guess she knew it was perfect for me! Not long after that I read The Hobbit itself, and then when I was ten I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time – and shortly after that, the films were released, which meant I had so many more people to obsess over Tolkien’s work with, and so many Lord of the Rings related things to buy!

 2.) What attracts you to Tolkien’s writing?

Some find his style a bit stuffy, but I absolutely love it. It’s his, it’s so unique and I think it’s just perfect for his books. I love fantasy stories that are written in an older tone, they feel more ‘genuine’ to me, which doesn’t even make sense as they’re about imaginary worlds! Tolkien was an absolute genius, and in creating Middle-earth and its history, languages and more he created an entire culture in which I can happily immerse myself. One of my favourite things is how much background information he created, even though he didn’t need to – he just wanted to.

3.) What would you say to those who haven’t read any of Tolkien’s books yet?

Give them a try! If you’re a big fantasy fan then they should seem familiar. If you’re not, then I’d advise starting off with The Hobbit as it’s shorter. I think you have to really be willing to give them a go though – there’s a lot of information to take in. Some people probably get a bit put off by the books as I think that sometimes Tolkien’s writing style is described as being a little archaic, but I say don’t make any decisions until you’ve at least tried it.

4.) What is your favorite Tolkien book?  What makes it special?

Can I count The Lord of the Rings as one book, as that’s how Tolkien originally intended it? I’ve read it at least once a year since I was ten, apart from one year, so that’s at least twelve times now. There’s just something about it – it’s hard to explain, but it makes me feel like I’m at home. It brings back this warm rush of nostalgia from the days when I ran Lord of the Rings fansites, and had loads of online friends that were massively into Tolkien’s work. We even had a roleplay forum at one point! You can see my copy of The Fellowship of the Ring here: it’s well read, yellowing and falling apart. My copy of The Hobbit is in pretty much the same condition! I want new editions (well I want ALL the editions) but I also love how well read and loved my copy looks.

5.) Can you share one of your favorite Tolkien quotes with us?

“Out of doubt, out of dark to the day’s rising; I came singing in the sun, sword unsheathing. To hope’s end I rode and to heart’s breaking: Now for wrath, now for ruin and a red nightfall!”

— The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
(Chapter VI, The Battle of the Pelennor Fields), page 137.

Theoden is the one to say this to the Rohirrim in the film version of The Return of the King, and I still think it’s a beautiful line even then. But in the book, Eomer actually says it, as he plants the flag of Edoras, laughing the whole time. They’re still in the middle of the battle, they have no idea if they will win or even if they stand a chance. But he says it almost jokingly, and to me it signifies that Eomer is completely one hundred percent dedicated to this battle, he will fight whatever the cost. It shows that he is definitely deserving of his position as heir to Theoden (after the death of Theodred, Theoden’s son). Ultimately, it just sums up the whole book for me. The good people of Middle-earth will keep this fight going, and will keep fighting until the very end, no matter what it takes to rid Middle-earth of these evil forces.

Blogger Interview: Stormy from Book.Blog.Bake

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THE INTERVIEW

What makes your blog unique?

I hope that creativity makes my blog unique, but it’s one of those things that’s hard to tell when you’re the one creating things! I tend to mix up the fun and serious a lot on my blog, which I think is unique, because that’s the type of person I am in real life. I go from being really witty to having an in-depth conversation about someone’s deepest fears in about a minute. And that reflects in my blog. One day the post might be a really fun feature where I use a lot of exclamation points, and then the next day I might have a really serious discussion full of analysis and statistics and criticism about things like how we view science in young adult fiction.

What have you just finished reading? What are you currently reading?

I just finished reading Cress by Marissa Meyer, and I have a book hangover. I’m currently reading A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller (though very slowly, because of that book hangover).

What advice do you have for new bloggers?

Is it cliche to say “Just go for it!”? When I started blogging, I thought I had to have everything set up just right before I could call myself a “book blogger,” like it was a title that I hadn’t earned yet. Don’t do that! You want to write this discussion but you’re not sure anyone will agree? Go for it! You have a new idea for a feature but you’re nervous about it? Go for it! You want to try a new review style? Go for it!

What are your hobbies outside of reading and blogging?

Is watching TV an acceptable hobby? I do that quite often. I also enjoy creative writing. Writing is probably the only real “hobby” I have besides reading and blogging.

If you were the heroine of a novel, what genre book would it be?

Oy, this is tough! My first instinct is to say contemporary/realistic fiction, just because I’d probably have a better survival rate/ hopefully have to endure fewer terrible events, but to be real, I’m pretty sure it would be science fiction. Curiosity is a big trait of mine–typically THE biggest trait people notice–and that sort of curiosity and search for information goes pretty well with science fiction.

What book would you most like to be the cover model for?

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer. It’s a cute contemporary that surprised me with its emotional depth, and it would make me feel smart(haha) to be the cover model for such a book!

What is one thing on your bookish bucket list?

I have so many, but a big one would be to have my own library in my home–a room dedicated just to books. A bigger one is to own a bookstore someday (this one is on my bucket list to the point that I have a name & know exactly what property in my city I would try to buy for it).

FAVORITES

Board Game: I am one of those people that really, really enjoy Monopoly.
Dessert: Dark chocolate brownies
Movie Based on Book: I’m not much of a movie person, but I really loved The Book Thief.
Sport: Basketball to watch, tennis to play
Television Show: Gilmore Girls

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Blogger Interview: Tamara from Traveling with T (Halloween Edition!)

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When Tamara is not blogging, tweeting or attending a book signing, she can be found at She Reads discussing a book or organizing a Twitter chat with an author. Otherwise, she’s in her happy place (favorite chair with feet propped up) devouring the latest book in her TBR list!

THE INTERVIEW

What makes your blog unique?

Ahh, starting off the interview with the hard question, I see! What makes Traveling With T unique? Partly because of a feature that I have called Bloggers Made of AWESOME- it’s an interview with different bloggers that I like and admire. It’s a way to spotlight their blogs, to expose blog readers to more great blogs in the blog universe. I also have a feature I call Tuesday Mashup/Thursday Mashup- while they may not run every week- when posted, they are features that have giveaway information from other blogs, reviews and other interesting book talk- maybe links to an interview with authors! Lastly, I use the terms #literaryconfessions and #literarycrush on my blog quite frequently- every interview, from authors to bloggers, gets asked about their #literaryconfessions and #literarycrush. (For those wondering what a #literaryconfession is- this is a short explanation: Last year, I confessed on my blog that I had not read Pride and Prejudice (or really any classics, actually). This made me wonder if other people had confessions- and so I started asking! And now, people confess to me on a regular basis! A #literarycrush, on the other hand, can be a character that you really like/love or an author that you admire. I tend to keep one of my #literarycrush candidates a secret (it’s kind of embarrassing!) but, one I will admit to is Joe Morreli from the Stephanie Plum series. A newer one is Nick from Beatriz Williams’s A Hundred Summers).

What have you just finished reading? What are you currently reading?

Recently finished: The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, Hush Little Baby by Suzanne Redfearn (this will be November’s Book Lovers Unite selection at Traveling With T– come discuss the book with me!) and Buried Leads by LynDee Walker. Currently, I am re-reading Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella and I plan to start Sleigh Belles by Beth Albright this week.

What advice do you have for new bloggers?

Blog, baby, blog! Blog because you want to blog. Blog when no one is liking, commenting, or re-blogging your post. Blog, blog, blog! Here’s the thing and there is no easy way to sugar-coat this: Your blog may not be an instant success. You may blog for weeks, months- without many followers. Or even many “likes”. It happens. You will rise above it, though- because, if you are passionate about blogging- you will find your audience. You will stumble, you will fall- you may question yourself; but you WILL find the audience, you will get your blogging-feet going, and you’ll be happy you stuck it out!

When I started blogging in December 2011, I had a vision- I wanted a fun place to talk about places I was going, events I was attending, book signings and great restaurants. I, originally, was going to start another blog for books. However, I nixed that idea because 2 blogs = crazy! It took time, but I found my voice. I found an audience. And I LOVE blogging- love interacting with people, recommending books, talking about books!

Other advice- be a blogger who cares. Comment. Retweet. Share the blog post. Do those things because you want to!

Lastly, you are going to have days where blogging is not fun. Maybe you applied to be part of a blogging tour and did not get good news, maybe the ARC that all your bloggy friends are getting is not being mailed to you- just cheer up, chin up! It’s SO easy to let the self-doubt creep in on those days (trust me, I know!) However, don’t. Just blog, baby, blog- and you will find your moment in the sun.

(Read more of Tamara’s advice for new bloggers here!)

What book would you most like to be the cover model for?

Alafair Burke’s Ellie Hatcher series. The book covers are always interesting, dark and bit mysterious- it would be a blast to be her cover model. Runners up: Claire Cook, Wendy Wax and Elin Hilderbrand- their covers are always bright, carefree and make me want to dance around the library!

What are your favorite Halloween reads?

Honestly, I’ve never thought about this question! However, I’m going to say Rebecca by Daphne Du Mauier. While not a Halloween type read exactly, the spooky atmosphere works for me for Halloween!

Who is your favorite literary villain?

Amy from Gone Girl. I know I’m not supposed to like her- but darn it, she was so cunning, so smart, so deliciously evil.

Have you ever dressed up as a literary character?

No! And now I feel all deprived. Sigh.

What movie really scares you?

I do not love scary movies. I never really have. Years ago, though, I went to see Scream with my cousin. Good gravy, that movie scared me so much. Years later, I can watch it without being scared- but it took awhile. Recently (and don’t ask me why) I went to see The Conjuring with a friend. I sat through most of the movie with my hands near my face to quickly cover my eyes- and I can say that movie scared me a million more times than Scream. I don’t even like to hear clapping hands now after watching The Conjuring.

FAVORITES

  • Movie Based on BookThe Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  • Sport: Baseball (I’m an Atlanta Braves fan mainly- and good grief, they try my patience every year!)
  • Television ShowRevenge!
  • Candy Bar: Hershey’s Cookies and Cream
  • Halloween Activity: Going to the pumpkin patch and picking out a perfect pumpkin while drinking a Blondie from my fav coffee shop.

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Blogger Interview: The Paperback Stash

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THE INTERVIEW

Thank you SO much for this opportunity!

What inspired you to start blogging?

I started blogging over seven years ago. At that time I wasn’t a member of Goodreads or anything, but stumbled upon other book blogs and fell in love. I had been reviewing at the time for another site but that went wishy washy as I had to review only one genre and books of their choosing. I wanted to review all genres and have the freedom of scheduling, picking what I wanted to read, and doing reviews my way and in my own system. I also was excited with some of the interactive community features available in book blogging – memes, weekly features, and just getting to know other readers in general in a new way.

Who is your favorite author and why?

Kim Harrison. Not only because I love her Hollows series, but she’s so incredibly great to fans. She’s active on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, among other things. Every year for a SASE envelope you can get a free promotion item she makes for each book from her site. She also does blogs, a message board, regular updates and chats, and takes the time with fans in so many ways. Her website lists music playlists she’s created, recipes, and a whole ensemble of fun things.

If you could live in a fictional setting, which would you choose?

That’s a tough one. I know it would be an Urban Fantasy world for sure. Similar to our world and time period but with mystical creatures and established law systems. Almost any of the popular Urban Fantasy books would work well.

What characters do you wish you could be friends with?

I’d love to be friends with Alex Delaware from Jonathan Kellerman’s series. He’s a former child psychologist turned investigator. Love his humor, sense of style, and his life interests me. His friend and cop buddy Milo always amuses me as well.

What is your favorite bookish memory?

Oh, there’s so many of these it’s hard to narrow them down to just one! Through conventions I have met many celebrities but not many well known authors. I was fortunate to meet a childhood icon last year, R.L. Stine, which was a big treat for me. I heard him speak and got an autographed book of Red Rain.

Have you always enjoyed reading?

Always. My mother jokes about having to read the same books to me constantly when I was pre-reading, and how she got me phonics lessons before school because I was so into it. I remember being a kid in the closet pretending to be a librarian. She opened the door and told me it was time to go to bed. I looked up, completely serious, and said, I can’t right now, I’m busy. She thought it was so cute she let me stay up for awhile. I would spend any extra money on books in Junior High and High School. Ah, babysitting funds, what a godsend they were.

What is your favorite book-to-film adaptation?

Most of the times the book is better, but I will say that the following books were not as good (in my opinion) as the movies: Jaws, Dolores Claiborne, and Monkey Shines.

FAVORITES

  • Board Game: CLUE!
  • Dessert: Banana Split with extra whipped cream and nuts
  • Movie: No favorite movie unfortunately. If I went by genre, maybe. Braveheart for Drama, Trains, Planes & Automobiles for comedy.
  • Sport: Bowling
  • Television Show: Eek, another impossible one! Thankfully it wasn’t asked on favorite book as that would have been impossible 😉 Some of my favorite TV shows: Once Upon a Time, Walking Dead, Bewitched, Smallville, Supernatural and The Shield.

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Blogger Interview: Jazmen from This Girl Reads a Lot

THE INTERVIEW

What makes your blog unique?

I think what makes my blog unique is that I’m definitely honest and I don’t stick to a particular genre. I do read a lot of Young Adult but I try to keep a good mix.

What have you just finished reading? What are you currently reading?

I just finished Countdown by Michelle Rowen and I’m currently reading Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst.

What advice do you have for new bloggers?

I’m pretty new at blogging myself but if I had to offer any advice it would be to set your own pace, organize and know that there are no rules. While some of the things you will hear/read will be helpful, the blog is yours. I’ve had so many people tell me you have to be blogging for this long for ARCS and I haven’t been blogging for two months and I’ve already had my fair share. That’s just an example but I say that to say there are no rules, only trial and error. Blogging is supposed to be fun. Let it be fun.

What are your hobbies outside of reading and blogging?

I write, although I don’t at all consider it a hobby. Writing is life for me. Aside from that I love to watch movies, listen to music, and buy fashion jewelry when I can.

If you were the heroine of a novel, what genre book would it be?

I admire Yelena from Poison Study. She’s courageous and strong.

What book would you most like to be the cover model for?

I would’ve loved to be the cover model for Easy by Tammara Webber. The male model is so good looking.

What is one thing on your bookish bucket list?

I want a room that I can turn into a library. That’s definitely at the top of my bookish bucket list.

FAVORITES

  • Board Game: Scrabble
  • Dessert: Pralines and Cream Ice Cream
  • Movie Based on Book: Breaking Dawn  (Don’t judge me.)
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Television Show: Pretty Little Liars

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Blogger Interview: Tracey from Carpe Librum

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THE INTERVIEW

What makes your blog unique?

My blog is unique because I’m super selective about the books I read and review, and always research a book well before I decide to add it to my TBR (To-Be-Read) pile. This approach ensures that I enjoy the majority of books I read and review and rarely need to award a book with 1 or 2 stars.

Like many book bloggers, I also read a variety of fiction and non fiction books: contemporary bestsellers, books several years old and classics. I like to cover a great variety of genres, and haven’t pigeonholed myself into one or two genres.

What is one of the most interesting things you have learned while blogging?

I’ve enjoyed teaching myself how to use blogger tools and templates to create my blog, improving over the years with better widgets and design.

I thoroughly enjoy interviewing the authors of books I’ve read, and have been pleasantly surprised by just how genuine and down to earth writers can be. On the flip side, I’m sometimes disappointed when I don’t receive a reply to my interview request, even if it’s a ‘no’.

What is your favorite classic novel?

This is a no-brainer for me actually. My favourite classic is: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. I laughed so much reading this book that it has to be my favourite.

Do you prefer series, companion books, or complete standalone novels?

I think I generally prefer standalone novels. I don’t have too many series that I follow, although I do follow a few select authors and read whatever they write.

What type of romance do you most enjoy in novels?

I’m not a huge fan of romance in the books I read, so I’d have to say subtle romance. Enemies who fall for each other can make an entertaining read depending on the circumstances.

What fictional character would you most like as a sibling?

If animals are permitted, then I’d like Aslan from the The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis as my sibling. Otherwise, the vampire Lestat, from The Interview With A Vampire series written by Anne Rice would make an interesting sibling!

What book’s movie would you most like a role in?

First and foremost it’d have to be the movie Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, it was so exciting at the time. Also any role in White Queen (TV series), Pillars of the Earth (TV series), The Tudors (TV series) or The Da Vinci Code (for the travel) would also have been a spectacular experience.

My favourite book-to-movie transition would have to be The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King.

FAVORITES

Beverage: Pepsi Max
Candy Bar: Reese’s Pieces
Sport: I love to watch tennis
Flower: I adore the aromas of Jasmine and Lavender
Reading Spot: In bed, of course!

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