Literary Friday ya’ll…..

Friday, Bloggiesta, and lots of reading! What’s your Friday plans?

1. Deep South Magazine and their #literaryfriday: News of James Franco as Faulkner, SoFest of Books in Nashville, 11 scariest mothers in books, upcoming book signings, what Erin is reading now (some good looking books that *may* be on the upcoming Fall Reading list!) and much more!

2. Bloggiesta is happening this weekend! Basically, it’s a 3 day weekend to work on your blog, make connections and visit the other blogs hosting the mini-challenges. It’s blog love, baby! I don’t always participate in Bloggiesta- but I try to do some work when I can during these 3 day blog-love weekends! This time, I’m REALLY trying because 2 of my fav blog buddies- Rebecca @ Love At First Book and Allison @ The Book Wheel are both hosting mini-challenges (Whoo, Rebecca and Allison! Proud of you girls!)

Here are some interesting Bloggiesta-related things I’ve found today:

Love At First Book: How To Host (and participate) in a Digital Book Club & Giveaway!

The Book Wheel: 50 Bookish Things

Always With a Book: Bloggiesta.. My To Do List and Updates

Books Speak Volumes: Ten Things Every Book Blog Needs


3. Did you know that I’ll be co-hosting the Hank Phillippi Ryan chat with Literary New England on September 25th at 8pmEST? You didn’t?! Well, I am! Be there as we talk about THE WRONG GIRL and giveaway some books! Use hashtag #LNEChat to join I the fun! This will be the first of 2 scheduled Literary New England/She Reads chats- and everyone is very excited!

My blogger friend, Always With a Book, got to meet Hank Phillippi Ryan this week (and was kind enough to pick me up a signed book!) Read about K meeting HPR- Author Meet and Greet: Hank Phillippi Ryan


4. This isn’t Bloggiesta related, but Ivory Owl Reviews blogged this week about what she learned in her first year of blogging- and it’s worth a read!


5. #giveaway: Have you heard of The Returned by Jason Mott? The blog-osphere is all a-twitter about this book! And you are in luck! Luxury Reading is giving away a copy! Need more of The Returned? The Book Wheel was lucky enough to get an interview with Jason Mott (that girl is a mover and shaker- folks!)


6. 2 reviews posted this week on Traveling With TBeautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand and What A Mother Knows by Leslie Lehr.


7. Holly Goddard Jones, author of The Next Time You See Me, stopped by Traveling With T this week for an Interview and Author Spotlight.


8. Book Lovers Unite September read Astor Place Vintage is still going on at Book-alicious Mama and October’s book has been announced for when it returns to Traveling With T: The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman I’m very excited for this discussion- and I hope you will join in the fun! Reading schedule to be posted next week!


9. Catching up on posting about 2 fab authors I met over the summer: Meeting Anton DiSclafani and Meeting Susan Crandall


10. Another Blogger Made of AWESOME: Drey @ Drey’s Library!


11. My #fridayreads: Astor Place Vintage, Wedding Belles by Beth Albright, and maybe 212 by Alafair Burke! What are you reading for #fridayreads?


Happy Reading and good luck with Bloggiesta if you are participating!






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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