Literary Friday ya’ll….

Friday 🙂 🙂 🙂


1. Deep South Magazine and their #literaryfriday: Giveaway for RIVERS by Michael Farris Smith, Top 10 Literary Landmarks of the South, SoFest news and LA Book Festival news, as well! Plus much more!


2. 3 reviews posted this week on Traveling With T: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro, The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan, and The Sassy Belles by Beth Albright!


3. How did you do in August for #ctbs (Conquering The Book Stacks)? Here is how I did!


4. 2 features this week on Traveling With T: Interview with B.A. Shapiro and Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Melody @ Read, Baby, Read!


5. My #fridayreads: THE FUNERAL DRESS by Susan Gregg Gilmore, W IS FOR WASTED by Sue Grafton and GROUNDED by Angela Correll.


6. I just got a 2 thumbs up email from the author of the book I selected for Book Lovers Unite October pick! Sorry, sweets, you’ll have to wait until NEXT week to hear the good news- but it’s been a book that I have been raving about lately!


Happy Reading!

Bloggers Made Of AWESOME: Melody @ Read, Baby, Read

Another AWESOME blog! I found Read, Baby, Read because of a giveaway I was interested in- then started tweeting with Melody- a fun and bright person. She’s always tweeting these great books- and her blog is adorable!

Bloggers Made of AWESOME

Melody- when did you begin blogging?

I began in January of 2012, although it seems like it was yesterday!

How did you come up with the name Read, Baby, Read ?

I had originally planned on running a children’s blog that reviewed literature designed for young readers, and that offered insight and tips for parents and families. My goal was to encourage more families to create life-long reading habits, and a passion for reading at home. I created the name because I thought it was catchy.

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

I know that blogs are helping connect readers with great books.  I have had a lot of feedback from readers telling me, “thank you for recommending _______ to me! It was fantastic!” Everyone is so connected through social media, I think blogging is a great way for authors to connect with readers. I also think it is a fantastic way for bloggers to connect with authors. I’ve loved both connecting with authors and readers as a blogger. For me, authors are like celebrities.

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

I am loving Zumba classes. I don’t care how foolish I look, I love taking those classes. If I’m not reading, or blogging, you’ll find me hanging out with my family, or taking Zumba!

Do you have any #literaryconfessions? 

My literary confession is that I have never read To Kill a Mockingbird completely. Bits and pieces, yes, but the whole thing? No. (hanging head in shame)

Do you have a #literarycrush? 

I’m going to break the rules and choose one way off the beaten path. This is the craziest example I think you will get, but my literary crush is Nick from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I mean, who wouldn’t want a man that stuck by you when you have proven yourself to be an absolute NUT?! Always keep them on their toes is what I say!

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2013?

Jane Porter’s The Good Wife, Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret (and many more!)

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

I truly enjoyed Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, Interrupted. So beautifully tragic, but heart-warming at the same time. I also really liked The Yonahlossee Riding Club for Girls by Anton DiScalfani.

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

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams, The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), and The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

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

I am a book lover, but I try to read all of my galleys as e-versions. I am a book lover because I honestly think it uses more earthly resources to power up an e-reader, than it does to print a book. At least that is what I have tricked myself into believing. I love everything about a physical book!

Melody- you are a reading teacher. How does your love of reading impact the student?

It is so important for me to love books, and enjoy sharing books with my students. I have the best job in the world! I get to promote books ALL DAY LONG, and inspire children who would have not otherwise picked up a book to become readers! We run a challenge with our students to read 40 books a year, and we have so many students read a lot more than that! I love getting parents involved in reading as well, as children will look to their parents as reading role models. My “job” is so gratifying, and I get paid to do it. I’m a lucky girl!

What is your favorite line/quote from a book?

“Be who you are, and say what you feel,  because those that mind don’t matter, and those that matter don’t mind.” Dr. Suess

Do you judge a book by it’s cover?

Yes. Every. Single. Time. Truthfully, I have missed out on some quality reads because I loathed the cover.

Do you participate in reading challenges/ virtual blog tours? If so, are there any that you think are just fantastic?

I do participate in both! I have worked with Chick Lit Plus, and have been a part of going on two virtual book tours. I also participate with my students in the 40 book challenge, and I post the book I am currently reading on my classroom door, and tally the number of books I have read this year. The students always try to beat me! It’s adorable to have them look at my number and say, “I’ve read more books than you Mrs. Simons!”


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