Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Blogger Appreciation Week!

I’m late jumping in on the fun, but I didn’t want to miss out! When I saw the wonderful topics, I had to join in. Besides, it’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week!

Since I am a little behind, this post is two topics in one. My self interview from Tueday’s prompt, and the Wednesday, Day 3, question below that. Thanks so much for visiting and to all of my followers to date. Don’t forget to drop by BBAW and check it out. It’s not too late to get in on some of the prompts and see some of the other fantastic blogs participating. ^^

Interview time!

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?

Sometimes. If I do, I love having Cheez-Its, trail mix, or pretzels. I like salty snacks best. Bad, I know! Guilty pleasure. I definitely don’t sit and read when I’m eating an actual meal though.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

Not. At. All. Yes, writing in books horrifies me. And I’ve bought used books before, ordered them, to find later that the previous owner had written throughout the entire thing with notes and scribbles on every page. It was upsetting. If I need to make notes about something I’m reading, I have a notebook I keep specifically for that purpose.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?

Bookmarks! I have tons of them. If I really can’t find one at the time, I’ll use whatever I can: a piece of torn paper, receipt, etc. If I still don’t have anything, I will memorize the page number.

Laying the book flat open?

Honestly? It depends. I do know a lot of people that find this act horrendous, but I don’t. If I’m in the middle of reading a chapter and I get called into another room to do something in a rushed manner, I might. I don’t do it all with hardbacks, but if it’s a paperback, I generally don’t see the problem. I still try to always grab for my bookmark and avoid it, but I can’t every time.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?

Both. Mostly fiction. But I do read some non-fic, and I have read some very good non-fic at that. I still prefer fiction though because I like to escape reality.

Hard copy or audiobooks?

Hard copy, definitely. I’ve never had an audio book before. I have a bit of a pet peeve actually. It kind of annoys me to be read to out loud, so the idea of audio books do bother me on a personal level. However, I’m going to try them out. At least one. I plan to get my first one soon all thanks to one of my favorite men reading for audio books: James Marsters. He recently narrated one of my anticipated reads, which just released, Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr. I want to hear it for sure. (P.S. he also narrated Macbeth, which I might consider getting as well--haha!)

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?

I have to read to the end of a chapter. If I can’t, at least to the end of a page.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?

No, I’m generally good at figuring it out on my own from the context.

What are you currently reading?

The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen and about to finish up Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick

What is the last book you bought?

I’m on a book buying ban. I didn’t even get to go out and buy any books for my birthday this last weekend. Sigh. It’s been a few weeks since I bought a book, and even then I kind of snuck it when I wasn’t supposed to even buy one in the first place. I bought it while I was buying groceries. I love “sneak buying”. Ssshhh…
Anyways, it was The Great Gatsby, which I’ve surprisingly never read before.

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can
you read more than one at a time?

I can read several at a time, depending on my schedule. If I time things right and things aren’t too crazy, I usually read anywhere from 3-4 books at a time. And I read about 20-25 pages or more from each book a night. It just depends really.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?

I like reading during the afternoon when all of my step-kids are in school, and late at night when everyone is asleep. Ha!

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?

Both! I love them both so much for different reasons. Series are fantastic because you have these characters you can hold on to for a long time (but of course, you have to wait for each installment, which sucks) and get attached. But stand-alones are just as great because they pull you in and leave you wanting more, even when it’s all resolved, when you know you’re not going to get it.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?

I think I pretty much tell everyone I meet to read Richelle Mead, Melissa Marr, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, and Markus Zusak.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)

My organization has been a bit lost for a while now. My shelves have gone crazy. There’s piles and stacks everywhere. I have no more room. The books are overflowing onto the table beside the bookshelf because I have nowhere to put them.

The ones actually placed on the shelf and not randomly stacked, are organized by series. I have a shelf dedicated to some of my top owned favorites (series and stand-alones included), a TBR shelf, classics and historical on bottom shelf, and signed books grouped together on a shelf.

Wednesday’s Q:

What does book blogging mean to you?

Book blogging means more to me than I think most of my family and friends give it credit for. It’s not taken very seriously around here, and sometimes that hurts. I get picked on sometimes or I see the flash of someone rolling their eyes as if I’m wasting my time. For me, this is more than a hobby. This is totally me, and I love doing it. The day I started blogging, I realized just how much I’d been missing out. This community is amazing and works hard with everything you all/we do.

I don’t have bookish peeps around me. I don’t go to a library. My closest bookstore (Books A Million) is almost an hour away. It feels good being in the book blogging community with a bunch of like-minded individuals to share my love of books and literature with! I’ve made some wonderful online friends because of this and I’m so thankful.

Also, as a side note: I’m an author. I always appreciate and respect book bloggers and everything that is put into this community. Without book bloggers and blogging, I don’t know where I’d be today.

Thank you for visiting and happy BBAW!



  1. I don't even conduct my blogging activities when my husband is home - he lies to read, but he takes his own sweet time. And most of the people I know read Literary Fiction, which is cool, but my tastes tend to run to genre fiction. So I'm excited there is such a strong vibrant book blogging community.

  2. Book blogging means more to me than I think most of my family and friends give it credit for. <~~ Ahh yes, I know just what you mean here! Thankfully there is this GREAT community right? We get it! :D

    The Relentless Reader

  3. I understand too, I almost hate to bring up that I book blog but I enjoy it soooo much and I want everyone to read what I read and thought was good!

  4. I am pretty much the same on all of these! So funny. Cheez-its are delicious. Also, I totally try to keep my books pristine and have a big ol' pile of bookmarks. I too don't look up words in the dictionary. :-p

  5. Nice to meet you! I understand what you mean about people not taking you seriously about book blogging, my hubby just doesn't get it.

  6. I love Cheeze-its too, but don't normally snack as I read.

    I can't read more than one book at a time. :) bloggers are AWESOME.

    Blogging is all about the wonderful bloggers who make it happen. Stop by to see my post if you like.

    Have a fun day.

    Silver's Reviews

  7. Oh! What day was your birthday? Mine was this past weekend too. I had hoped someone would give me a book, but everyone I know knows I have so many books already . . . Why I might want more is beyond them. Haha!

    I am fortunate that my husband is a blogger too and so he gets it. My family or friends don't, however. (My mom doesn't even know I have a blog.)

  8. I too think blogging is so much fun. Hell I've been sitting here for an hour reading all these posts for the Book Blogger Week!!!


  9. Couldn't agree more with your comment about not knowing where you'd be today without blogging, as I feel the same way! The book blogging community as a whole is incredible, and I'm so very, very glad I found you all! Love BBAW!

  10. I would surely give 10 on 10 for such incredible content.
    Blogskinny Bookmarking


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