Bloggers made of AWESOME: Allison @ The Book Wheel

Today, I have Allison @ The Book Wheel as my featured Bloggers made of AWESOME. Why do I like Allison’s blog? She features books that I may not know much about and  her posts are always informative!

After reading the interview, I hope you’ll find Allison @ The Book Wheel as interesting as I do!

Interview with Allison @ The Book Wheel

Allison- when did you begin blogging?

I started blogging on and off in January 2011, but I didn’t start book blogging until July of 2012.

How did you come up with the name The Book Wheel?

I named my blog The Book Wheel for so many reasons! Wheels never end and revolve. My love for books is constant, never ending and my entire world revolves around books. Or, you could say that books make the world go ’round. Or, that books make my world go ’round. Or, that the wheel of invention is dependent on books. Or, that books propel us forward. Or, that knowledge depends on a never ending supply of information. Or, that books provide never-ending knowledge. Or, that the supply of books is never ending. Like I said, there are a lot of reasons!

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

Yes and no. I know that this is probably not the reality of it, but I seem to only meet readers or non-readers. I rarely meet anyone who enjoys reading sometimes. So for those who read regularly, I think that book blogs are a tremendous help in finding the next best thing because the reader is getting advice from an unpaid source (we assume). I don’t know that blogs are very instrumental in helping the sometimes reader, though, because they probably don’t spend much time online researching books and/or reading reviews.

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

There are things other than blogging and reading?! Let’s see. I work full-time, have a literary and digital consulting company, and am starting my Master of Public Policy program in the Fall, so reading and blogging may be my only hobbies pretty soon. But, I’m also married to an incredible man and we have two fantastic dogs. We are big fans of hopping in the SUV and heading out on mini road trips. We recently moved to Colorado and love driving into the mountains at random to see where we end up. Most recently, we trekked it 7 hours to the Badlands to watch the sun rise, which was pretty amazing. Oh, and I watch an abnormal amount of Law & Order and L&O SVU. Some may call it an addiction.

Do you have any #literaryconfessions? 

I may or may not have read a few Jackie Collins books in my day. I also may or may not have a signed photo of her.

Do you have a #literarycrush? 

I know this is cliché, but I love Mr. Darcy. I think this is because I adore Colin Firth and they are one in the same for me. I also recently read A Room With a View so George Is on the list now, too!

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2013?

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and The Know-It-All by AJ Jacobs.

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

Oh! This is such a hard question because I have read so many fantastic books. I’m going to cheat and pick one fiction and one based on a true story! My fiction is Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold and the other is The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber.

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

Whatever I have on my list! The only book that I must have is Where the Red Fern Grows and I read it every summer, so I suppose that I’d bring that one. But when it comes to vacations, I’m an equal opportunist.

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

There was a time when I was torn to pieces over getting a Kindle, but then I had surgery and was bedridden for weeks on end and the Kindle saved me from absolute boredom! Now I’m a big fan of the e-reader and have a Kindle and an iPad mini. I still buy paper books when it’s an author that I love, a limited edition, or if I’m attending the signing (I don’t understand ‘e-book signings’), but I love my e-readers.

*If you want to know more about Allison @ The Book Wheel– check out her blog! And join me in congratulating Allison- last Wednesday, July 24, was her 1 year anniversary as a blogger! Also- looks like the NYT got the memo about how AWESOME Allison @ The Book Wheel is before I could post this! Check out her FANTASTIC NYT news here!

Allison can also be found on Facebook and Twitter!