Another installment of Bloggers Made Of AWESOME! This time it’s Laura @ A Novel Review. I discovered Laura through Twitter, we liked many of the same books- so I always kept an eye open to see what she was tweeting or blogging about. We are also both members of She Reads. Laura’s blog is interesting, cute (it recently went through a remodel- and I really like the new look!) Plus, she’s involved in many book-ish things. Add her blog to blogs you must read!
Bloggers Made Of AWESOME: Laura @ A Novel Review
Laura- when did you begin blogging?
I started blogging in March of 2011, wow I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for over two years! It goes so fast!
How did you come up with the name A Novel Review?
Well, I sat down with a notepad and started with a list of possible names for my blog. A Novel Review wasn’t really one that I thought was great, lol but there were so many blogs with similar names I was looking at. I also wanted to make sure I could add other bloggers down the road if it ever grew (and it has!). The name pretty much tells you what the blog is about—simple and straight forward.
On a side note, I did find out after the fact there is another blog called A Novel Review, but the blogger no longer blogs.
What are your thoughts on blogging today in an ever-changing book-ish world? Are blogs helping other readers connect with good books?
I believe bloggers are becoming more and more important to the book-ish world. I know I check other bloggers to see what they say about a book before I buy a book. Personally, I’ve never read newspaper reviews. But bloggers are just a click away, blogger reviews are at my fingertips when I’m looking to buy on my nook—right there and I can read what they are saying about the book.
When you are not blogging (or reading!)- what do you like to do?
Well I’m a busy mom. I have four kids (three still at home) ranging from a junior in high school, a first grader and a little one in pre-k. So besides reading and blogging, that keeps me really busy. I also volunteer at our church working with kids, I love to crochet and make hair bows for my youngest daughter, and I write. I have a novel I’m working on, a short story and I try to write for Yahoo Contributor now and then (gotta build those writing chops).
Do you have any #literaryconfessions?
I’m a book hoarder. I have a serious…let’s call it an issue. I can’t read nearly as fast as I need to in order to read all the books I get in a month. I try not to take on too many reviews, but if there is a book I think will be amazing I try really hard to win a copy. I have an entire shelf of books I really want to read, but no idea when I would actually be able to read them. We won’t even discuss the books I purchase.
Do you have a #literarycrush?
Oh goodness…tell me you didn’t ask this! Ok this is a throwback, but Ponyboy Curtis from THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton! I will never forget the book, or the movie. I loved both. I loved how the greasers were this rough group of bad boys, but Ponyboy was golden. He seemed so perfect to me. I’ll be honest and say I could never get how Cherrie preferred a Soc or even Dallas. Ponyboy just seemed like enough bad boy, but still had a soft side.
What books are you looking forward to reading in 2013? So many!
My tops are MORNING GLORY by Sarah Jio, THE GHOST BRIDE by Yangsze Choo, THE BUTTERFLY SISTER by Amy Gail Hansen, and THE FIRST PHONE CALL FROM HEAVEN by Mitch Albom. I’m still trying to get my hands on some of these!
In your opinion, what book has been the best book you have read (so far!) in 2013?
This is a really hard question. I’ve read a multitude of truly amazing books this year, but I would say the best of the best this year has been SEDUCTION: A NOVEL OF SUSPENSE by M.J. Rose. It is a stunning novel.
You have a beach vacation planned. What are the 3 books that you must bring?
Honestly, whatever books are next in my review pile. Let me be honest, I get very little reading done on the beach with two young children!
Are you an e-book or tree book lover? Or does it not matter?
I’m a tree book lover, I just love the feel of a real book. Silly, but I love the sound of ‘breaking the spine’ of a new book and oh the sweetness of a book with deckled edges! I enjoy seeing how far I have to read—sometimes I also dread this when coming faster than I want and I like seeing how much I’ve read.
I don’t mind e-readers, I can see the space saving appeal and always having an extra book with you.
You are a member of She Reads- an organization that helps women find great books. What is the experience like- helping authors get the word out about books and connecting women with great books?
Oh love being a part of She Reads! It is run by some really lovely ladies and I love helping to share about fabulous books! I love the community of readers being brought together. When I began blogging/reviewing I did it with the desire to expand the genres I read and the authors I read. With She Reads I have been introduced to a number of great authors and had the pleasure to get to know them a bit more. I can’t wait to have more time to be even more involved in the group.
In your opinion, what do you think is more important- a good opening line or an ending that leaves you wanting to discuss the book with everyone?
Hmmm, I think for me it’s the ending. I don’t expect a book to draw me in the first line, but a great book leaves me wanting more.
If you could go on a literary road trip- where would you go?
Well, I used to want to go down to New Orleans after reading a few books set there. I’m thrilled I was able to go. I loved seeing the entire area, it was very cool. I also always wanted to go to the East Coast to experience the Ocean, beaches, light houses and Cape Cod homes with weathered siding. So I was over the moon when we moved to New Port, RI. I would say now a trip to England would be my choice of literary road trip. To not only get a sense of England today, but to get to tour real castles! See some of their beautiful English Gardens!