Book Blogger Appreciation Week Interview!
Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW) is in full swing, and I’m loving it. :) I didn’t do yesterday’s topic (spotlight your favourite blogs) simply because I have so many and I didn’t want anyone to feel left out! I can’t even direct you to my blogroll, because I haven’t updated that in months. *hangs head in shame* But I’m very excited to participate in today’s interview swap; we submitted our names and were then randomly paired up.
I got to know Jackie of This Girl’s Ever Expanding Library (I think we can all sympathise!). She was a marvelous interviewer, coming up with some great questions! You’ll have to go to her blog to see my answers. ;) Here are the (not very creative) questions I asked her, and her answers:
- It seems you’re a pretty new blogger: what made you decide to start a blog, particularly a book blog?
I started off signing up at LibraryThing and Goodreads and within the first month had won a book from each site. This meant I had to do reviews for them, too. So it led me to blogging which brought me to publisher contacts and ARC’s…just a whole new world for a bibliophile. My first post went up in July this year on my trial blog http://seolmara.blogspot.com (Much a’blog about nothing), which has sadly been neglected since I’ve been concentrating more on reading and reviewing books.
- Are you enjoying blogging? What’s your favourite part?
I love meeting new booklovers! It’s great to see other reviews and find new books that I would never have picked up from a store (I get a little dizzy going into Chapters, there’s just so much to choose from, lol)
- How would you describe your reviewing style?
I am not a harsh critic unless there are lots of bad grammar and spelling mistakes, which make me a little crazy. I try to take something positive from every book I read. Incidentally, I’ve just received my first 2 ARC’s that are uncorrected proofs, this will be a test of my born-editor type personality. I find if a book doesn’t appeal to me, I’ll put it away and try again another time rather than give it an outright bad review (two recent examples would be Atonement and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, I tried with both, but just couldn’t finish either – yet)
- Do you tend to read more of certain genres? Which ones?
I have pretty eclectic taste. My bookshelf has YA, fantasy, humour, nonfiction, lots of classics, mystery, it all just depends on my frame of mind at the time.
- Who are your favourite authors?
There are authors that I insist on collecting all of their books: MC Beaton, John Grisham, Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, David Eddings, Guy Gavriel Kay, Nicholas Sparks, Robertson Davies. I’m working on my collections of Tom Robbins and Kurt Vonnegut also….so, yeah, lots of favourites, lol.
- If you could magically make the entire world read one book, which one would you choose? Why?
Yikes, I’m flipping between Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Lamb by Christoper Moore. These books are so wildly different, but if everyone in the world read them, I could talk to everyone about them! I think because of Lamb’s topic though, there would be a few resistent people that might find it offensive (I think it’s just plain ole fun), so I’ll give top honour to Jane Austen. I try to read it once per year. (Btw, I own the Jane Austen Omnibus you mention on your blog,lol.)
- I saw that you prefer owning books to borrowing them from the library. How do you organise your books (i.e.: by title/author/etc.)? What would your ideal home library look like?
This is easy. Much like your idea for a library, mine has a fireplace, a huge comfy chair and a half (preferably white, but I’d have to wait till my daughter grows out of her drinking Kool-Aid phase), lots of dark wood bookcases, a nice side table to stack a few books and hold my REALLY big cup of milky tea, preferably Twinings Lady Grey – if you ever have money to buy stocks, pick up Twinings shares, I should own the company by now with the amount I drink, lol – some nice big windows to let in the sun but also a bright light for those cold winter evenings when I can curl up with my book….pretty specific, huh? As for arrangement of my books, I’m temporarily living in my dad’s basement and lots of my books are packed in boxes, so what I have on the shelves are just sorted by same author with no other order involved.
- Have you always been an avid reader? What’s the first book that you remember getting lost in?
I was very shy when I was young, so I spent alot of time reading. I read The Hardy Boys, Agatha Christie, Madeleine L’Engle. I do remember loving this one book about a girl living in Napanee, Ontario (that’s about 2 hours east of Toronto) but I can’t remember the name of it :-( It involved a mirror, lol. Gosh, I’m gonna have to Google it now!
- I saw you have a seven-year-old daughter: is she a reader as well? Do you guys read together? If so, what kind of books?
I bought Jordan a bookcase for her birthday and it’s packed with stuff! She just finished Grade 1, where the year started off with books that had only a few words on each page and ended with several sentences per page. Now I’ve bought her some chapter books to get ready for Grade 2. I think she has the biggest collection of bookmarks by a 7 year old ever, lol. We do read together; she has some of the Amelia Bedelia books and Robert Munsch as well as Little Golden books. She has a cochlear implant so we use reading to improve her hearing comprehension of words as well as her pronunciations and increase her vocabulary (she was implanted at an older age, so her verbal skills are a bit behind.) But thankfully she loves to read! I caught her one day looking over my shoulder as I was reading Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer online, the next thing I know, she’s reading it to me! She’s come such a long way.
- Anything else you’d like to talk about that I didn’t mention?
“Wordy” is definitely one way to describe me when, once I get started on a topic (especially about my daughter, lol). Also, I would love to write a book but have always been afraid to put my thoughts down on paper for the world to see – they’re safer in my head – but blogging has helped me to shed some of my inhibitions, so watch out for something in the future!
It was wonderful getting to know Jackie, and I can’t wait to go read all of the other interviews! I’m incredibly nosy, so this is like heaven to me. :D