This week’s Blogger Made of AWESOME is the amazing Becca from I’m Lost in Books! Becca is something else- she’s the owner of the Google Plus Group Book Bloggers Do It Better, she blogs at I’m Lost in Books, and one of the people behind the blog Book Bloggers International. So, Becca has tons of balls up in the air and she is a juggling master!
Becca is also super-cool because she loves The Baby-Sitters Club- so she’s earned a spot in my bookish loving heart!
Interview with Becca @ I’m Lost in Books- Bloggers Made of AWESOME
Becca- when did you begin blogging?
In January 2009. I had just quit teaching and moved back home to be a caregiver to my father and I needed an outlet to take my mind off things. Little did I know how much I would love blogging!
How did you come up with the name I’m Lost in Books?
To me, books are not only a fun hobby to pass the time, but an escape from the realities of everyday life. I live in chronic pain and books give me the opportunity to forget about life for a while, give me the opportunity to travel to places I won’t get to, and to live lives I might if I were able to. Getting lost in a story is one of the best medicines I have found!
What are your thoughts on blogging today in an ever-changing book-ish world? Are blogs helping other readers connect with good books?
I think book bloggers are more relevant than ever. Readers get to know a blogger reading their blogs every day. They learn how closely the blogger’s reading tastes run with their own and they grow to trust their recommendations. You don’t get that kind of relationship with a professional critic or an automatic recommendation machine.
When you are not blogging (or reading!)- what do you like to do?
I am big into art these days – drawing, painting, art journaling. I sometimes post my artwork on Instagram or Facebook. It’s not amazing, just mostly doodling and I am teaching myself as I go along. I like to do yoga, swim, and go for walks when I am healthy enough to. I also love to binge-watch TV shows on Netflix. I impatiently wait for the day when all shows come out in seasons instead of one episode a week.
Do you have any #literaryconfessions?
My #literaryconfession is that I have no qualms whatsoever about DNF’ing a book. None. Life is too short and there are too many books out there to be bothered with books that are just meh.
Do you have a #literarycrush?
Mr. Darcy still holds a special place in my heart, but as a rule I go for the warrior/alpha male type with the hidden soft side, much like my boyfriend of 5 years. Two faves are Heller from Heller by J.D. Nixon and Hawke from Lila Felix’s Burden. Strong, protective, and bad-ass, without being possessive- just letting you do your thing, too. HOT.
What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?
I can’t wait to get my hands on Chasing Before (The Memory Chronicles #2) by Lenore Appelhans, The Appetites of Girls by Pamela Moses, Zodiac by Romina Russell, Goodhouse by Peyton Marshall, and Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel by Tiphanie Yanique.
What is a book (or 2!) that you’ve read and LOVED- but did not get positive reviews?
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. People say it is boring, but hidden beneath its simplistic prose and plot is a meditation on devotion, persistence, and overcoming limitations.
Becca, I know we share the same feelings on The Baby-Sitters Club series (Becca and I LOVE it!) What other books did you like growing up?
The Baby-Sitters Club books RULE! Those were my go-to books growing up. If I wasn’t reading them, I was reading books about growing up during the Holocaust, which fascinated me – The Diary of Anne Frank, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, and The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss all made impressions on me.
You have a beach vacation planned. What are the 3 books that you must bring?
This summer they are: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Free Spirit by Joshua Safran, and Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley.
Are you an e-book or tree book lover? Or does it not matter?
E-books are essential because carrying 250 print books around in my purse or suitcase would be heavy and take up a lot of room. Print books will always be important to me, though, because I love the weight of the book in my hand, turning the crisp pages one at a time, the smell of them, looking at them sitting on the shelves whispering “Read Me!” Yea, I can’t choose one or the other!
How do you find other blogs to read? Recommendations of other bloggers?
When I first started it was by word of mouth or by the blogrolls that used to populate everyone’s sidebars. Now I find most new blogs via BBI, Book Bloggers Do It Better, or through people re-tweeting posts on Twitter. I also find them via guest posts and interviews on blogs I know.
How do you balance life/social media/blog? You have quite an active presence on social media- do you ever feel overwhelmed?
If I ever feel like I need to take a step back, I do just that. I don’t want to burn myself out by trying to force myself to keep up with something that I just don’t have the energy for at the moment. I have taken a couple breaks from blogging and when I came back, I was welcomed with open arms. That is one of the myriad of reasons I love the book blogging community. I love interacting with you guys. I have met some amazing people- and indeed some of my dearest friends- through book blogging. That is why I love creating spaces in which bloggers can interact with one another and develop friendships. The book blogging community is the envy of other blogging communities and it is because we support one another, we encourage one another’s new ventures, we constantly re-invent ourselves, and we spread the love and promote one another instead of competing with one another. I am so proud to be a part of this community. We totally rock.
What is a book that you’ve wanted to read, but just haven’t found the time?
Just one book?!?
Well, one that has been on my TBR list the longest is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, which, given my fondness for dystopian literature, is surprising to even me. I need to pull this off the shelf and read it right now!
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T