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#9 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Midu Reads [Nominated]

[Nominated by BLoggers]

Let's welcome Midu in Follow Friday talks!

 

Have a look what Midu Reads on BookLikes: http://miduhadi.booklikes.com/

 

 

On your About me page you write that it was Lorna Doone that made you passionate about books. Tell us more.

 

Lorna Doone - R.D. Blackmore  There was this book fair at my school and I wanted to buy all the flashy books at exorbitant costs. Back then, my mom used to teach there as well. We have never been rich but our financial situation was even tougher then. I asked my mom if I could buy some books and she said, she would pick out a few for me. The next day, she returned with this boring book with the least glamorous subject matter and the most unattractive cover. Lets just say, I didn't receive the gift with much grace. She sat me down and told me to give the book a try anyway. I did and as I read, I fell in love with the story. I have never stopped reading after that.  

 

What made you start book blogging?

 

I wanted to be able to say more than "I've read this book", "This book is world-rocking/meh", or "Read this one or I'm writing you out of my will".

 

Does blogging have an impact on your reading life?

 

I would say, it has. My reviews have gotten more reader-centric. They used to be about me, now I try to write reviews that will also help others decide if a book is right for them. Consequently while reading, I also focus on things that would clinch (or be a deal breaker) to others.

 

What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

I think I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Epic Fantasy. Yet now I find myself gravitating towards Sci-Fi. What makes it special is that I am able to relate with what I have read. It has given me a way to include science in my writing!

 

You’re an editor and a copywriter. You’re co-working with authors and other personalities from the publishing branch. How did that influence your reading life?

 

I think it has affected my writing life more. Before I ghost-wrote whole books, I didn't believe I would ever be able to write one for myself. Now, I have started thinking that might be...probably...is mostly possible lol

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

I love all the covers in the series, House of Comarré and The Dinosaur Lords.

Blood Rights - Kristen PainterThe Dinosaur Lords - Victor Milán

 

You’ve published over 300 reviews here on BookLikes. How does you review process look like?

 

I have? Wow! I keep two things in mind while writing a review: a) the characters or their actions do not make the author b) I should be able to justify any claims that I make in it. I hope I have done well in those regards :-)

 

 

Any tips for the beginner reviewers and bloggers?

 

Keep reading!

 

You’re an author! Tell us more!

 

I have written several short stories. One of them was published by the Antarctica Journal while others can be found on Smashwords and Medium.

Life Of A 'prayer - Midu HadiMr. Bear - Midu Hadi

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this fall?

 

I don't know how to do the seasonal thing or read the latest books. I read what I know I'd like reading at a particular time. The best I can do is name some good books that I have read recently include Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card, and Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson. I am also loving my current read, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

 

Binti - Nnedi OkoraforSpeaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal - G. Willow Wilson,Adrian AlphonaThe Invention of Wings: A Novel - Sue Monk Kidd

 

What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)

 

I usually read when I am in the van and on my way to work. So, no photos!

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Both. It just needs to be legible lol

 

 

Three titles for a dessert island?

 

I am going to mention my favorite authors, instead. So, anything by Mary Shelley, Georgette Heyer, and Steven Erikson.

 

Favorite quote?

 

They keep changing. I think this would be a good one to mention here:

That's the funny thing about old hurts- they just wait for new heartache to come along and then show up, just as sharp and horrible as the first day you woke up with the world changed all around you.

Lilith Saintcrow, Strange Angels

 

If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?

 

I would be most interested in meeting Catherine Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights. She is all kinds of evil!

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

 

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#8 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Momma Says to Read

 

It's Follow Friday with book bloggers! Say Hello to Becky from Momma Says to Read: http://mommasaystoread.booklikes.com/

 

 

When was the very first time you thought “Books. I cannot live without them!”?

 

Oh, gosh, I’ve had a love for books since those first Little Golden Books that my mom read to me as a toddler. I can remember finishing a book and absolutely needing to go to a bookstore for my next read. Thankfully, with Kindle, I always have another book ready to go.

 

How did your blogging adventure start and what are your impressions so far?

 

Actually, blogging started with Amazon. I was one of the many that got hit with a review ban and having all past reviews suppressed. Reading and reviewing is something that I enjoy doing and I’ve found so many new authors to enjoy from review programs. So, during the two-month battle with the elusive Community Reviews Team at Amazon, my daughter suggested a blog. Honestly, I was resistant at first. Seriously, who was going to read my blog? Once I started, I found that I really enjoy the blog and when I see the numbers on views, I get excited. So, I suppose you could say that blogging turned out to be a happy surprise for me. I never thought I would like it so much.

 

 

Do you read one book or several at the same time?

 

Typically, I read one book at a time, but if I’m having trouble getting into a story or just not enjoying it, I have been known to lay it aside and start something else. I do go back and finish the laid-aside book. I’m somewhat compulsive about that – Once I start a book, I have to finish it, even if it takes me awhile.

 

You write “I don't pull punches when I review, love it or hate it, you get what I think.” What’s the process for writing your book reviews?

 

It’s pretty simple, really. I pick books to read and review the same as I’ve always picked books – if it sounds interesting, I’ll read it. I always start a book with the idea that I’ll like it and very often, I do. When I finish a book, I take some time to think about how I feel about the story – that takes longer for some books than others, but I never just finish and immediately write the review.

 

Regardless of how I feel about the book, I don’t bash or attack the story or the author. I always try to be respectful, but I will be honest. If there are plot holes, if the story jumps around too much, if it’s repetitive, etc. I notice those things and even if I like a story, those distractions will be mentioned in my review. Similarly, if the book is labeled as a bad boy romance, I expect a bad boy. If it’s an Urban Fantasy, I expect solid world-building and the supernatural. If it’s a sports romance, I expect to see something of the actual sport. Telling me that the main character plays football, but no other mention of the sport does not make it a sports romance. Those mislabels are a particular pet peeve of mine, and you can bet that when I find them, you’ll see them in my reviews.

That line from my blog is pretty much how I am with everything. I don’t mince words, but I do respectfully give my honest opinion. I am passionate about books and reading and that often comes out in my reviews.

 

 

You’re an editor. How does your profession affect your reading life and your book picks?

 

Honestly, it doesn’t. I still have the same favorites and will continue to read them. I have a handful of authors that I watch for the next release and buy it as soon as it hits the shelves – John Sandford, Jim Butcher, JR Ward, Gabi Moore, Mary Abshire, Casey Hagen, Stella Starling (just to name a few).

I do ask for a synopsis of any book before I agree to edit. If it doesn’t sound interesting to me, I don’t take it on. To be effective as an editor, I do have to actually read the story and if I don’t think I’ll be interested in the story, I don’t feel like I can do it justice.

 

What are your favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

That’s a hard one! I love several genres and will read almost all of them. I do stay away from Sci-fi, aliens, that kind of thing. They just don’t interest me.

My favorite genres really depend on my mood at the time. I love dark romance and psychological thrillers, but after reading something dark, I tend to go to something light and humorous, so usually a RomCom. I also love anything to do with the supernatural, particularly Urban Fantasy.

As far as what makes them special, if a book pulls me in, makes me feel things, and keeps me turning pages, it’s special. The genre is irrelevant at that point.

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

I suppose any story that excites me. I’ve been a member of Gabi Moore’s ARC team for a while and when I get a new email with ARC in the subject line, I get excited before I even open it. The same with Mary Abshire. Of course, those are among my favorites and I never have a problem recommending them, but the same goes for any book that I truly enjoy.

I’m also a huge fan of a good series and when I find one, I quickly recommend it. Heather Myers’ Slapshot series, John Sandford’s Prey series, and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, and JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood are just a few of my favorites.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Brooke Kinsley’s Jewels and Panties series has some beautiful covers, and the fact that they give no hint at the darkness within always intrigues me. (There are seven books so far and I love them all.)

 

Jewels and Panties: Sex Prescribed - Brooke KinsleyReagan Through the Looking Glass (Hacking Wonderland Book 1) - Allyson Lindt,Daqri BernardoHeart of Darkness: A Gripping Bad Boy Romance (Bad Boys After Dark Book 1) - Gabi Moore

 

This one from Allyson Lindt is a recent favorite. I’ve always loved Wonderland and this cover quickly caught my eye.

 

Gabi Moore’s Heart of Darkness cover is another favorite. The book is also a favorite of mine and that cover goes perfectly with the story.

 

I don’t know that I could necessarily narrow it down to my three favorites as I have so many, but those are the ones that I thought of first, so I guess you could say that they are among the top favorites.

 

How do you decide what to read next?

 

I keep a calendar to keep track of release dates and if it’s an ARC, I always try to read and review as close to the release date as possible But, my next read also greatly depends on my mood at that moment. I often scroll through my TBR list and see what catches my eye. If there’s a new release in a favorite series, then that is usually the next book I’ll start reading, especially if it’s something I’ve been anticipating for a while.

 

 

What’s the new release you’re impatiently waiting for right now?

 

That would have to be Brooke Kinsley’s newest addition to the Jewels and Panties series. The last one ended in a cliffy and I’m dying to see what’s next.

 

What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)

 

One spot? That’s funny! My Kindle goes everywhere with me, and I do mean everywhere. That little text to speech option is perfect for me. If I’m busy (gardening, sewing, cooking, etc), I grab my earbuds and listen, so I don’t really have a “spot” other than my Kindle is always at hand.

 

If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?

 

That one’s easy! Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. I absolutely love that crazy wizard. Of course, it would have to be in a wide-open space. If you’re familiar with the series, then you already know that Harry is hell on buildings.

 

Ebooks or paper books?

 

I resisted the eBook idea for a while. There’s just something about holding that book in your hand. But, when I finally broke over and bought a Kindle, I was hooked. Literally, thousands and thousands of books right at your fingertips! I was like a kid in a candy store.

 

Your favorite quote?

 

I have several from favorite stories, but one of my all-time faves is about books rather than from a book.

 

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

We’re currently getting ready for a move and all of my “friends” are lovingly packed in boxes, ready to go. There are about 50 of those boxes – we’re a family of six, all readers, and we all have our own favorites that we just can’t part with!

 

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#7 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Sailing in a Sea of Words

Say hello to Kat in Follow Friday book bloggers talks!

 

Let's meet a blogger behind the Sailing in a Sea of Words blog:

http://travelerbypage.booklikes.com/

 

When have you recognized a book lover in you?

 

My love for reading was most definitely fostered and encouraged by my parents. They read to me as a child and I began reading on my own at a very young age. I can’t remember a time where I didn’t love reading. It’s a core part of me and without it, I would have a hard time recognizing myself. All of my other interests are born from the books that I’ve read.

 

Please pick three books you’d like to recommend to our readers?

 

Book #1: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It’s a really brilliant thriller/suspense novel that is beautifully written and well-researched.

 

Book #2: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro. Few books have sucked me in as well as this one. Tessaro’s knowledge of scent and her mastery of balancing two different timelines so that neither is lacking in detail and plot makes this book a real gem.

 

Book #3: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. This is another book that really sucked me in. I finished it in a matter of days because I needed to find out what happened next. It’s a beautiful coming-of-age story wrapped in mystery and supernatural elements. I’m eager to get my hands on whatever novel she publishes next.

 

The Perfume Collector - Kathleen TessaroThe Ghost Bride - Yangsze Choo

 

Why have you decided to start a book blog? Do you like it so far?

 

I wanted to keep a record of the books I read and my impressions of them. I wanted to make each entry as detailed as possible, but I’ve been having trouble with that as of late. Once I finish my next series of books I have lined up, I’m going to be changing the way I write the reviews so that I can take the time to provide the detail I’ve always wished to give. I love it! I’ve shared my blog with friends and family so they can keep up to date on my recommendations and what I’ve been reading. It helps give me extra incentive to keep going and not let myself fall behind on posting my reviews.

 

In your short bio you reveal you’re a writer! Please tell us more!

 

I haven’t published anything I’ve written online, but I’ve written a bunch of short stories. I’ve been outlining and playing with an idea for a novel, but I haven’t waded into the deeper waters as of yet. The short stories I’ve written mostly revolve around chance encounters and pushing the boundaries of the world one has lived in for all of his or her life.

 

You write “I tend to lean toward mystery and fiction, but I like to change patterns with the occasional YA or non-fiction book”. Which YA and non-fiction books have amazed you?

 

Blythewood - Carol Goodman I’ve only just started re-reading YA books within the last year or so. I enjoyed Blythewood by Carol Goodman.

As far as non-fiction goes, I’ve been exploring books related to topics I like as well as biographies. I really enjoyed Carl Sandburg’s biography of Abraham Lincoln  that’s broken up into the Prairie Years and the War Years. I also enjoyed Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill. It’s a memoir of Hill’s time as Jackie Kennedy’s primary Secret Service agent. I really admire Jackie Kennedy and Hill’s memories made me want to dig deeper. I have a few books on the Kennedys and Jackie lined up for future reading. Stephen Sondheim’s Finishing the Hat has been really insightful as I love his musicals and I’ve had fun finding out his thoughts on the musicals he’s worked on.

 

Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years - Carl SandburgMrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir - Clint Hill,Lisa McCubbinFinishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1954-1981, With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines, and Anecdotes - Stephen Sondheim

 

How much time do you spend reading?

 

Many people I know would say too much. I try to read every day. I have a long commute and I take public transportation so I read on my trips to and from work. On the weekends where I don’t have plans, I tend to read all day. That’s when I’ve been notorious for finishing books within hours.

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Book #1: Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman. This was the first Goodman book I read and the cover just drew me in with how mysterious and elegant it looks.

 

Book #2: The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson. It’s one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve ever seen. The fields of lavender leading up to the lonely looking cottage is so mysterious yet so soothing.

 

Book #3: Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet. If you worship autumn like I do, this cover speaks to that love and adoration. I love mysteries to begin with so it was helpful that this book was one, but I wanted the cover just as much.

 

Arcadia Falls - Carol GoodmanThe Lantern - Deborah LawrensonWicked Autumn - G.M. Malliet

 

What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)

 

When’s a nice day, I’ll read in the window ledge in my living room. I’ll prop up a pillow, grab a blanket and read away.

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Paper book, always. I don’t want to strain my eyes, plus I love the texture and smell of books. I’ll never go all digital – not for books.

 

Three books for a desert island?

 

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle Book #1: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It’s easily one of the best mystery novels of all time. I would argue that it is the best one, but I know many who would disagree. This book is responsible for my love of mysteries as my father read it to me when I was young. I love Sherlock Holmes so I need this novel, if not one of the collection of short stories. Who doesn’t love that line, Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound. Chills.

Arcadia Falls - Carol Goodman 

Book #2: Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman. It’s not just the cover that I love about this novel. I adore the story and it’s one that I can read over and over and never get bored. It brings the feeling of autumn to me and I love that feeling, even if it’s while I’m on a desert island.

 

Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics) - Vivien Jones,Tony Tanner,Claire Lamont,Jane Austen Book #3: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I know I’m a minority, but I love Pride and Prejudice. It was close, as I would also love to bring Jane Eyre, but I just love Austen a little more. I need at least one love story on my island.

 

Favorite quote?

 

There are so many it’s hard to choose! I’m going to have to go with the inner romantic here:

I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.

 

I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening or never.

 

― Jane Austen, Persuasion

 

If you could meet one author, who would it be and why?

 

I’d love to meet Carol Goodman. She’s the only modern author where I have bought every single book she’s ever written. I haven’t read all of them (yet), but I love her writing, her subjects, and I would love to just chat with her on her writing as well as her inspiration.

 

The best thing about books?

 

The escape! Books allow you to travel to worlds and places too numerous to count. You can transcend time and place to follow the lives of people you’ve never met – both real and imagined. Books are an incredible gift and one that needs to be always appreciated.

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

I don’t have huge bookcases to house all of the books I own (yet), so here’s a photo of some of the books I have in my bookcase.

 

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#6 Follow Friday with book bloggers: That's What I'm Talking About

 

Say Hello to Jen in Follow Friday with book bloggers!

 

Follow Jen form That's What I'm Talking About book blog:  http://twimom227.booklikes.com/

 

In your introduction you write “I began my reading journey at a young age, when I would spend my spare change to buy books”. When did your book love start and what was your first favorite title?

 

I remember cherishing and hoarding books as early as third grade, but I’m certain my love affair with reading began even earlier - I just can’t remember that far back! Picking a favorite title from back then is hard, but I know that I absolutely LOVED The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle to name only a few. I still have a few of my favorite books from growing up that I’ve shared with my kids.

 

 

How did your blogging adventure start?

 

I started blogging after encouragement from friends I’d made on Twitter. Twitter opened my eyes to the reading/blogging community, helping me connect with authors, readers, and other bloggers; something I didn’t have in my “real life.” I founded That’s What I’m Talking About on January 28, 2010, as a place to discuss in better detail the books we were chatting about on Twitter.

 

Does book blogging have an impact on your (reading) life?

 

I blog as a hobby, and my blog is a project of love. I do spend a lot of my free time reading, listening to books, writing reviews, and posting to my blog. So yes, it has a huge impact on my world. As far as the impact to my reading life, I am more open to trying and enjoying books outside my normal genres because I read other blogs and connect to people via social media. I also have opportunities to try books for review that I may not have picked up to read otherwise.

 

 

You’re a co-host of the #FitReaders project, can you say more about it?

 

Oh, I’d be happy to! #Fitreaders is a virtual support group for readers, authors, bloggers, etc., on their individual fitness journey. We offer encouragement, and give readers a place to ask questions, get fitness and diet ideas, etc. The group is open to anyone who would like support on her/his journey. My co-host and I have weekly check-in posts on our blogs, and we also have a group on Facebook.

 

You say “I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent.” How does your book review process look like and how long does it take to write a book review?

 

I am a meticulous note taker when I read, which is why I love my Kindle - I can highlight and take notes as I go. I try to keep track of plot points, but also my reactions and feelings about what is happening. I am an “emotional reader,” and my reviews are about what I like and don’t like rather than a literary critique. Once done with a book, I try to immediately write a summary about my overall impressions with a rating (I use a letter grading system). Then, when I find time I write my review, which could be that day or a week or two later (which is why I take notes!). Writing the final review and posting it takes anywhere from one to two hours.

 

Besides myself, I have six other readers on my review team. They write their own reviews, and each has her own style of writing. They use a preset format for the review and send the completed reviews to me to post.

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Since I primarily read on an e-reader these days, I don’t pay as much attention to book covers as I used to. I went back through my shelf of books and came up with these top three: The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy, Buns by Alice Clayton, Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh.

 

The Pages of the Mind (The Uncharted Realms) - Jeffe Kennedy

 

 

How much reading did you need to know your favorite genres? What are they?

 

When I was young, I loved science-fiction and fantasy movies and books. When I got older, I became friends with a group that suggested I try paranormal romance. I read one book and knew it was for me. For a while I pretty much only read PNR and urban fantasy, rarely going outside those boundaries. However, in the past few years, I have expanded to contemporary romance and historical romance, and now I’ll try most any kind of romance - as long as there is a happy ending. My “favorite genre” bends as my tastes do and what is available to read at the time.

 

How does a fact of being a mum of two changed your reading life? Are your kids book lovers as well?

 

I didn’t start my blog, or read as heavily as I do now, until after I had kids, so it’s always been a balance. I do most of my reading in the mornings or evenings when they are asleep. I also listen to audiobooks, which I do while driving to and from work and when I go on my daily walks/exercise. But I carry my Kindle with me at all times and have been known to sit in the grocery story parking lot to finish a chapter or two!

 

My son has always been an above-grade reader and won a couple reading challenge awards in elementary school. Now he’s more interested in friends and video games, but will still devour a book from time-to-time. My daughter has a learning disability, so reading is a challenge. She’s enjoyed some audiobooks and still likes to collect books for her shelves.

 

What’s your reading spot?

 

My favorite reading spot is a quiet lounge chair, in the sun by a pool (cabana boy to serve me food and drinks is optional). I get this opportunity about once per year when visiting my parents in Florida. However anyplace I can sit and read is great! (see answer about reading at the grocery store!)

 

 

How do you pick your next read? Cover? Friends? Reviews?

 

I keep a pretty tight reading schedule for review purposes. If I get ahead, I’ll read a book off my TBR. However, I select books to review based on 1) if it is a book in a series I already read; 2) author that I like or want to try; 3) recommendations from friends; 4) reviews.

 

Any tips for the beginner bloggers and book reviewers?

 

Sure thing… I recommend always reviewing from the heart. Be honest about what you like and don’t like about a book, the plot, and the characters. When starting a blog, reach out to other bloggers you like and ask for help/advice. You should blog and review because you enjoy it - don’t let it become a chore. And finally, read what you want to read - don’t waste time on a book you don’t enjoy!

 

A paper book or an e-book?

E-book (I read on a Kindle Paperwhite).

 

 

Three books for a desert island?

 

Can I just say anything by Ilona Andrews in both ebook/print and the audiobook versions as read by Renee Raudman? I do have a list of some of my favorite books (as selected at the time of reading) listed on my blog.

 

If you could date one character, who would it be?

 

I’ve never been a “book boyfriend” kind of girl - I love the romance of a good couple. One of my favorite couples ever is Kate and Curran from Ilona AndrewsKate Daniels series.

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

While I do have several bookshelves, they are all in my closets, so no photos! haha. But most of my books these days are on my Kindle and phone (audiobooks).

 

 

Thanks so much for the opportunity to share more about myself and my blog. I love to chat so please find me on Booklikes, Twitter, Facebook, and of course my blog: That’s What I’m Talking About.

 

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#5 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Silence in the library

Say Hello to the next blogger in the Follow Friday session!

 

Follow the blogger behind the Silence in the library: http://choccygrl.booklikes.com

 

Tell us how did your book love begin?

 

I’ve been reading voluntarily since I could string a decent sentence together. Read adventure books all through my tweens and teens. And crime of all kinds (Golden Age, Police Procedural, hardboiled detectives) in my twenties. Since then I’ve shifted focus to gay romance and comic books, sorry, graphic novels.

 

On your blog page you write: time spent reading is never time wasted. How much time do you spend reading?

 

I read every day. If I’ve not taken at least half an hour to enter a fictional world then I start to get antsy. But generally I spend at least 1.5 to 2 hours reading a day. If a book is really good I’ve been known to stay up long past the pumpkin hour to finish it, even though I know I’ll be like a zombie at work the following morning. I’m that kid that had a torch under the bed so that I could carry on reading under the covers after Mum had turned out the light.

 

What made you start writing about books/book blogging?

 

The internet. No, I always kept a note of books I’d read, little ticks and crosses in books with titles like ‘100 Crime Novels You Must Read’. Since the internet and sites like this one appeared, it has given me a much better structure to record the things I’ve read or bought (because otherwise I’d end up buying the same book twice). Also, I’m a writer under another name and I know the importance of reviews. It’s not so much what you say (enjoyment is subjective and what I dislike about a book maybe what encourages another reader to pick it up) as the visibility that a review gives to a title. There are a huge number of titles out there and if one of my reviews encourages just one person to buy the book then I’m happy.

 

Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?

 

Generally I blog about the books that I would pick up anyway. I don’t tend to step outside of the genres I normally read but ARC reading and Netgalley have encouraged me to try authors or titles I wouldn’t normally consider.

 

What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

Graphic Novels. I love the visual aspect of a comic and the different concepts and characters that can be explored in the pages of a comic.

Gay Romance. There isn’t enough queer representation in mainstream writing, especially relationships with a positive message and, more importantly, a happy ending. In mainstream romance it is almost non-existent. Those of us who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and queer need representation too. And reading those stories shouldn’t be restricted to readers in the QUILTBAG. A well-crafted love story can be read by all, regardless of the sexual orientation or gender of the reader.

 

How do you choose your next read?

 

Depends on my mood. Sometimes I use a random number generator. Or only read books beginning with a certain letter. Or I change the setting on my Kindle and read the next book that comes to the top of the page. Or more boringly, I read the books waiting in my Netgalley/ARC folder because I’m aware I owe those people reviews.

 

What are your favorite book covers?

 

I like covers with a hand drawn feel to them. I guess that stems from my love of comics.

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

If I could only pick one author’s body of work, I think it would be K J Charles. Historical stories with gay characters. But I would say take a chance on gay romance. It’s been unfairly tagged as erotica by all and sundry simply because it is two men falling in love but these stories are as varied as the spectrum of colours in a rainbow.

 

An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities) - KJ Charles Spectred Isle - KJ Charles

 

What’s your reading spot? 

 

I’ll read anywhere. But especially like to read in the garden.

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

I have more than one e-reader now. Partly because some of the books I buy aren’t available in paperback, generally ebooks are cheaper, and I really don’t have the space, because I don’t live in a library. Gosh, I’d love to live in a library. An old one with one of those ladders on wheels.

 

Three title for a dessert island?

 

OMG this is impossible. It’s like trying to pick your favourite child. Spectred Isle by KJ Charles, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, & Are You Dave Gorman? by Dave Gorman.

 

Spectred Isle - KJ Charles The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - William Goldman Are You Dave Gorman? - Dave Gorman,Danny Wallace

 

Snowball in Hell - Josh Lanyon

A book that changed your life?

 

Snowball in Hell by Josh Lanyon. It showed me I could have my hard-boiled 40s/50s detective noir with the gay characters that spoke to me.

 

Favorite quote?

 

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

Neil GaimanCoraline

 

If you could meet one author, who would it be?

 

Hard question. I was going with Hammett or Chandler but I’m wondering if it should be Agatha Christie.

 

 

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