Bloggers Made Of AWESOME: Drey @ Drey’s Library


Another AWESOME blogger! Drey of Drey’s Library is a blog I started keeping up with months ago. Why? I never knew what to expect at Drey’s blog- 1 day it’d be a fantasy type book, another a chick lit- maybe some historical fiction- and on and on!

Drey’s Library was like walking in a candy store and being able to sample all the goodies in one place!

So I approached Drey about an interview- and I’m so glad she said “yes!” Even better- I found out she was totally Team Peeta (I knew I liked Drey!)


Bloggers Made Of AWESOME: Drey @ Drey’s Library

Drey- when did you begin blogging?

I started in November 2008, so it’s been a few years now. O.o

How did you come up with the name Drey’s Library? Did you consider other names? Or did you want something simple and to the point?

Well, my real name’s Audrey, and a lot of friends shorten it to “drey”. And when I started blogging, I wasn’t sure if I was going to stick to books, or if I wanted to chat about movies, TV shows, and music too. I did the others for a bit on my other blog, but it’s probably defunct now – I haven’t updated it in over a year, I think. *hides in shame*

What are your thoughts on blogging today in an ever-changing book-ish world? Are blogs helping other readers connect with good books?

Bloggers do help readers find good books, and vice-versa – I’ve had quite a few awesome titles recommended by readers. I’m also glad that publishers work with us – I wouldn’t be reading as much as I do now if they didn’t. And while not all the books sent out are out-of-this-world awesome, there’re still gems to be found. I’ve been introduced to so many new authors (new-to-me, that is), and I’ve had the pleasure of sharing these with my readers. Hopefully they feel the same!

When you are not blogging (or reading!)- what do you like to do?

I don’t have much time to do anything else! I work full-time, and between that and running my son all over (school, sports, etc.) I’m happy to be able to blog and read! J

Do you have any #literaryconfessions? 

Hmm. Do I really want to share? I’ve had a copy of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five sitting on my shelves for YEARS. I want to read it, I really do. One of these days…

Do you have a #literarycrush? 

Ah, how does one pick and choose? I read a lot of fantasy, and while I love the characters, I wouldn’t say I had a crush on them… On the other hand, I also read a lot of romance novels, and it would be fair to choose one (or two). Now, if you’d asked Team Peeta or Team Gale, it’s Peeta all the way. 😉

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2013?

I can’t wait for Max Gladstone’s follow-up to Three Parts Dead – TWO SERPENTS RISE comes out in October. And add me to the list of fans waiting for Veronica Roth’s ALLEGIANT (Oct.), Jay Kristoff’s KINSLAYER (Sept.), Maggie Stiefvater’s THE DREAM THIEVES (Sept.), Margaret Atwood’s MADDADDAM (Sept.), Seanan McGuire’s CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (Sept.), Kiersten White’s THE CHAOS OF STARS (Sept.), Julie Kagawa’s THE IRON TRAITOR (Oct.), Devon Monk’s HELL BENT (Nov.), Cherie Priest’s FIDDLEHEAD (Nov.)… The list goes on. And on, and on, and on…

In your opinion, what book has been the best book you have read (so far!) in 2013?

Well, let’s see. I loved Stephen Dobyns’ THE BURN PALACE, Susanna Kearsley’s THE FIREBIRD, Sandra Byrd’s ROSES HAVE THORNS, Rod Rees’ THE DEMI-MONDE, and R.S. Belcher’s THE SIX-GUN TAROT. But my favorite has to be Elizabeth Chadwick’s SHADOWS AND STRONGHOLDS. I love her historical fiction, her characters are always three-dimensional and real.

You have a beach vacation planned. What are the 3 books that you must bring?

Beach vacations are for books yet unread. And so it’ll have to be 1 contemporary romance (Jill Mansell, Jill Shalvis, etc.), 1 urban fantasy (I have tons of favorite authors, so it’ll be whomever has just released a novel), and 1 funny, no-thinking-required mystery or chick-lit.

Are you an e-book or tree book lover? Or does it not matter?

It doesn’t matter, I’ll read both. I do prefer review copies in print though, because then I can arrange them in the order I need to read them in. J

Drey, your blog is an eclectic mix of books that you review.  Did you consider narrowing your blog to focus on only 1 or 2 genres- or is variety the spice of life?

Ah, if only I could narrow it down! I think genre-specific blogs are more popular than the eclectic mix on mine, but I cannot bring myself to drop genres. I read EVERYTHING – well, almost! I skip the memoirs (though I’ve reviewed a couple of ‘em!), biographies, and all non-fiction. If I dropped mysteries and thrillers, I never would’ve read Elizabeth Haynes. And how can I not pick up multi-cultural fiction? There’s just no way. Variety is definitely the spice of life!

If you could best friends with a character from a book- who would you pick? And why?

I couldn’t. Don’t make me – I might spontaneously combust!

If the books on your book shelves could talk, what would they say about you?

Either that I’m very eclectic, or that I can’t make up my mind! There’s everything from fantasy to YA to thrillers to President Obama’s The Audacity of Hope and Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture. Folk tales from China and Malaysia. Amy Tan and Gail Tsukiyama share space with Neil Gaiman, Ian Tregillis and Scott Westerfeld.


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