Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Becca @ I’m Lost in Books

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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! Continue reading

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Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Wendi at H2O Bungalow

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Today, I have Wendi from H2O Bungalow hanging out and answering questions. Wendi is a blogger than I ran across thanks to Rebecca @ Love At First Book- and found myself visiting Wendi’s blog when I needed a jumpstart to my creative process. Essentially, I sit at Wendi’s blog and drool over her creative genius self!

But enough about why I like Wendi- read her Bloggers Made of AWESOME interview and become a fan of her as well (I just know you will!) Continue reading

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Lisa @ Southern Girl Reads

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Lisa @ Southern Girl Reads is a member of She Reads and that was how I became acquainted with her. As I began checking out her blog, I found that I really enjoyed her writing style and that we had similar tastes in books. I think Lisa is pretty fab- and I’m pretty sure ya’ll will agree!

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Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Katie @ Doing Dewey

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Katie @ Doing Dewey is a fellow She Reads blogger (which def makes her 50 shades of AWESOME), but even more AWESOME- she is so supportive- and her blog always has some great reviews!

I knew I liked Katie because we’re both She Reads peeps- but reading her 50 Bookish Things Bucket List just put the cherry on the sundae!

 

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Katie @ Doing Dewey

Katie- when did you begin blogging?

I started blogging in December 2011, during my first semester of grad school.

How did you come up with the name Doing Dewey?

I’d just gotten back into reading since my hiatus in under graduate and I’d discovered that I loved non-fiction a lot more than I remembered. I loved the idea of learning new things on a wide variety of topics and had just read in Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project where she makes a goal of learning about new things, so I decided to try reading my way through the Dewey Decimal system. I started blogging to track my progress, so Doing Dewey seemed appropriate.

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

I certainly hope so 🙂 I know I get so many great recommendations from other book bloggers, I’m never short of new book to pick up. I do think most of my readers are book bloggers, but I suspect that bloggers also reach a lot of non-bloggers through review sites like amazon and goodreads.

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

I love photography and would really like to make more time for it than I have been lately. I also enjoying gaming with friends. Recent favorites include Guildwars 2, Payday 2, and Battlefield 4.

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

I’m pretty sure I didn’t read any Austen until grad school and the gap in my reading experience I’m currently most embarrassed about is not having read anything by Neil Gaiman or Brandon Sanderson. Hopefully I’ll be fixing that soon though 🙂

Do you have a #literarycrush?

You know, the phenomenon of literary crushes is something I’ve never really understood. I’ve very rarely come across a guy I would date in a book (although I think William in Someone Else’s Love Story is probably an exception), but even the swoon-worthiest or most datable guys aren’t something I think about after I finish a book.

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

Oh, all of them, really! I guess the ones I’m most excited about right now are Michio Kaku’s The Future of the Mind; Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers; and The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa.

 

In your opinion, what are the 3 best books of 2013?

I actually have as easy top choice, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. This is one of those books that I wanted to start handing out to people as soon as I finished it! I also loved The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern and The Book Thief, which was one of the only books that has managed to make love it despite making me cry.

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

Now that’s just crazy talk. On a beach vacation, I bring at least two non-fiction options, at least two fiction options, and probably a half dozen “light” books like chick lit or thrillers. Then I fill up any space I have leftover with more books. Haha, actually this could be one of my literary confessions – I always, always pack as many books as I have space for, just in case.

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

I will always prefer a tree book, but I’m getting a lot more comfortable reading ebooks. My least favorite thing about ebooks is the lack of finality when I finish one book and move onto another. It feels weird to still be holding the same physical object even though I’ve moved on to a new story!

You are a member of She Reads- an organization that helps women find great books. What is the experience like- helping authors get the word out about books and connecting women with great books?

I love it! For starters, the women such as yourself who pick the books we read must have impeccable taste, because I’ve given 5 stars to every book I’ve read for She Reads. And the author chats on twitter are one of my favorite blogging events. Both the bloggers and the authors have been completely fantastic to interact with.

Do you watch the movies before you read the book? Or vice versa?

The book, if at all possible. I generally expect the book to be better, so I don’t like to have it spoiled for me. Plus it makes me enjoy movies more when I can be excited to see a book I read brought to life.

How do you organize your TBR shelf? Stacks? Nicely organized?

I organize my books that I’ve read and decided I love enough to keep, but my TBR books are just in piles. Fortunately, I only have room for so many piles on my dresser, so my rule is that once that’s full, no more ARCs for me. This makes ebooks somewhat problematic in terms of keeping my TBR pile manageable.

What is a popular book that you were just not that into?

I was completely not impressed by Divergent. I don’t buy that the world would ever end up the way it is in the book and there was a lot of that annoying plot device where people refuse to explain something for no reason but to draw out the story. Especially after the mixed reaction to Allegiant, I don’t plan to continue the series.

If you could be best friends with an author- who would you pick? And why?

I would be best friends with Marianne Morea (http://www.mariannemorea.com/). I recently wrote a review that was mostly positive but included some constructive criticism of her independently published re-telling of the Sleepy Hollow legend, Hollow’s End. She was nice enough to comment on my review and asked me to e-mail her if I had any more specific suggestions. She has generally been a pleasure to communicate with and I’ve got to imagine that anyone who can take criticism so sweetly and try to learn from it has got to be a nice person.

 

Liked Katie @ Doing Dewey? Visit her blog, Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter pages.

 

 

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Crystal in Bookland

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Another week of AWESOME! Crystal in Bookland is a person that I met through Meredith @ Pandora’s Books (actually Crystal started following me- and I began checking her blog out!)

Crystal’s blog has a good mix of reviews and giveaways (and ya’ll know how I LOVE when blogs have giveaways!)

 

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Crystal in Bookland

 

Crystal- when did you begin blogging?

August 4, 2013

 

How did you come up with the name Crystal in Bookland? Is it a play on words like Alice in Wonderland?

It is definitely a play on words like Alice in Wonderland! That is my all-time favorite book, one of the very first that got me started reading.

 

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

I believe so. Most of the books I add on my TBR are definitely recommended from other bloggers, whether it be something they posted about on their blog, twitter, facebook, or goodreads.

 

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

Mainly I’m spending time with my family and doing whatever my kids are demanding me to do….which I totally love!

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

Ahhh I haven’t read Divergent trilogy yet.

Honestly I haven’t read a TON of old classics either. For some reason my school never made us read things like that. I haven’t read anything most people had to in high school. So when people reference them…I’m in the dark. I keep saying one day I will read them….but you know how that goes.

 

Do you have a #literarycrush?

ADRIAN IVASHKOV <3333 He is my numero uno book hubby for life! Yes, while everyone is claiming their book boyfriends I got serious and snagged him up for the long haul…HA! 😉

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

OH MY!! I REALLY don’t think you want that list SO let me just name a FEW. I’m a HUGE Richelle Mead fan so I’m definitely looking forward to Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5), The Immortal Crown (Age of X #2), Nil by Lynne Matson, The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings, Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes, & Unhinged by A.G. Howard to name a FEW!

 

What is a book (or 2!) that you’ve read and LOVED- but did not get positive reviews?

Oh this is a tough question….I can’t really think of any I loved that the majority of people didn’t like it. BUT I’m currently in the middle of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and noticed that it seems to be a toss-up between if people love or hate it…so far I’m on the loving side. Also The Host by Stephanie Meyer seemed to be a tough one for a lot of people but I loved it.

 

In your opinion, what book was the best book you read  in 2013?

OH GOSH! I don’t even know how to begin to choose….you can’t make me choose Tamara!!! How about this….I will give you my favorite debut author read of the year….The Prophecy by Erin Albert. It is a high fantasy, fans of Game of Thrones and Falling Kingdom series will love it.

 

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

The Golden Lily by Richele Mead, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Crash Into You by Katie McGarry, got a little bit of mixed genres to keep me happy 🙂

 

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

Definitely tree book lover! I’m pretty bad about buying both print and eBook BUT I will choose a print, hands down, every time. I just LOVE the convenience of an eBook when going somewhere.

 

How do you find other blogs to read? Recommendations of other bloggers?

Mainly from Twitter. I will talk to people on there then follow their blogs. I have followed several from recommendations from other bloggers also.

 

Crystal, what are your favorite types of books to read?

Young Adult definitely, more specific….I’ve been one a big contemp and fantasy kick lately, but I’m really not picky and if you tell me to read something 9 times out of 10 I will 🙂

 

What is the best thing about the book- the cover, the first line or the last line?

The cover, I’m a complete cover snob and I have no shame!

 

What is a book that you’ve wanted to read, but just haven’t found the time?

There are SO many, off the top of my head because it’s staring at me right now…Shadow and Bone.

 

In your Twitter bio, you mention you are a contributor to Fresh Fiction. What, exactly, do you write for Fresh Fiction? Reviews of books?

Yes I am a reviewer for them. Shortly after I started my blog I also filled out a form with Fresh Fiction to become a reviewer for them. It’s sometimes hard balancing between reading books for them and the blog but I enjoy it.

 

Like Crystal in Bookland? Check her blog and Twitter!

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Meredith @ Pandora’s Books

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Over the summer, Meredith @ Pandora’s Books and I “met” on Twitter. Both having won a book from Publishing Agency XYZ- and neither receiving them- we started chatting on Twitter and promising the other when/if the book arrived to contact each other. While the book never did arrive, we kept in touch. Meredith, being a YA blogger, and myself being more of a women’s fiction blogger- you would think we don’t have much in common- but I’ve been so impressed with watching her support other bloggers- that she’s become a person I like to check in on from time to time- even though I don’t read YA that much.

 

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Meredith @ Pandora’s Books

Meredith- when did you begin blogging?

I started blogging on June 24, 2013

 

How did you come up with the name Pandora’s Books?

I really love Greek Mythology and the story of Pandora’s Box is one of my favorites. I thought it was a fun play on words!

 

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 blogs are great. They help readers connect with books that they might have otherwise never heard of. I know, personally, I’ve gotten a ton of book recommendations from fellow bloggers in the last four months. Had it not been for blogging, there are authors I never would have even heard of.

 

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

I’m a huge animal lover, so I love playing with my dog. I don’t watch a lot of television, but when I do, it’s usually on Netflix or DVD – old shows that I loved growing up and that are now off the air. Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, Roswell, Angel, Sabrina the Teenage Witch – Basically, every 90s teen show you can think of (and some early-2000 shows, too). I also love to write, so I do that when I can!

 

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

I don’t know if this is really a confession or not.. But I didn’t like Harry Potter when it first came out. My friend tried to get me to read The Sorcerer’s Stone, but I found the first chapter so dull! I also hated the hype around it, so I sneered at the idea of reading it. And then my 6th grade teacher started reading them to us at snack time. At first, I ignored it and read my own book at my desk. But I would catch snippets of what she was reading and slowly, oh so slowly, I got pulled in and it got to a point where I was the first person to rush over, waiting for her to start reading every day. And then I was just hooked. Now it’s one of my favorite series of all time. I’m so thankful my teacher decided to read them to us. If it weren’t for her, I don’t know when – if ever – I would have given Harry Potter a chance.

 

Do you have a #literarycrush?

I had no idea what people meant when they talked about Book Boyfriends until I read Splintered by A.G. Howard and was introduced to Morpheus *Swoons!* He is totally and completely my #literarycrush, hands down!

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

Oh gosh, so many! Burning Kingdoms by Lauren DeStefano, Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott, The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa, Magnolia Springs by Kristi Cook, Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard. Rachel Harris has at least two coming out in 2014 I can’t wait for, and Heather Lyons has at least two coming out, as well. I could go on – there are so many amazing books coming out next year!

 

What is a book (or 2!) that you’ve read and LOVED- but did not get positive reviews?

I really enjoyed The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White. I read some pretty awful reviews about it. When I first started reading it, I could get why people weren’t crazy about it and I wasn’t crazy about it either. But the second half of the book was amazing and I stand by the 4-star rating I gave it.

 

In your opinion, what book has been the best book you have read  in 2013?

Definitely Shadowlands by Kate Brian. I read it way back in January… And it is STILL my favorite. The ending was insane and I did NOT see it coming. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. I’ve been a fan of Kate Brian for a long time now and I’ve read almost everything she’s written – both her Private series and Privileged series – and Shadowlands was my all-time favorite book from her.

 

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

Pivot Point by Kasie West, Unhinged by A.G. Howard and The Collector by Victoria Scott – I haven’t read any of these yet and they are ALL on my immediate TBR.

 

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

Tree book lover, all the way! While I have occasionally purchased eBooks and I’d never say no to an eARC or a review book in eBook format, I still much prefer being able to hold a book in my hand and flip the pages.

 

How do you find other blogs to read? Recommendations of other bloggers?

Pretty much every single blog I’ve found, I’ve found through Twitter. I’ve been on Twitter for years, way before I started blogging. I would just tweet about the books I loved and chat with my favorite authors, people would follow me, I’d follow others. I followed and “met” a lot of bloggers about a month before I made the decision to blog. And the blogs I follow have expanded from there. But it’s always through Twitter and usually at the recommendation of other bloggers or authors.

 

Meredith, you are a YA Book Blogger. Do you find yourself interacting the most with other YA book bloggers or do you like to mix it up and chat with bloggers who focus on non-YA books?

For the most part, I seem to gravitate toward other YA bloggers. Not intentionally, but since I follow a lot of YA authors and I read mostly YA, I seem to find other YA bloggers through my current friends. I’ve met a few bloggers who do a little bit of everything (some YA, some NA and some adult) and I’ve seen a few bloggers around who do just NA. I think I’ve interacted the least with full-time adult book bloggers.

 

What is the best thing about the book- the cover, the first line or the last line?

Hmm. That’s a tough question! Because, the cover is usually what draws me to a book and the first line is a big part of what makes me buy it – Whenever I pick a book up in the bookstore, I always have to read the entire first page. This is BAD when buying the second book in a series when I haven’t read the first book, as that first page can often have spoilers for book one. But it’s just one of those book buying quirks I can’t help! So, I guess I’d have to say the best part is the cover, because if the cover doesn’t demand attention, I won’t even pick the book up!

 

What is a book that you’ve wanted to read, but just haven’t found the time?

That’s such a long list and it’s so hard to narrow it down. If I REALLY had to pick just one, though, I’d have to say Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead. I’m a HUGE Richelle Mead fan and I’ve read and loved everything she has done – except Gameboard. I really want to read it as soon as possible!

 

Liked reading about Meredith @ Pandora’s Books? Check her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads pages out!

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Britney @ Buzzing About Books

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Britney @ Buzzing About Books is a blog that found me! Britney started commenting on several of my features and we began chatting off and on. The more I chatted with her, the more I liked her. Then I started checking her blog- and her blog is so cute. It’s like a sunny day at Buzzing About Books! Britney does review more historical fiction and Christian fiction- but I like that. I always find books that are interesting sounding at Britney’s!

 

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Britney @ Buzzing About Books

 

Britney- when did you begin blogging?

I started blogging in July 2013.

 

How did you come up with the name Buzzing About Books?

I knew if I tried to use my name in some way, it would often be misspelled and hard for people to find me. So I was thinking of my first initial, B. Playing off that, I chose Buzzing About Books. I didn’t really know what direction my blog would take, but I knew it would be a place for me to share my thoughts and reviews and other book related buzz.

 

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

I love book blogs and think they are a wonderful way to connect with other book lovers. As a blog follower, I have discovered so many new-to-me authors and read books that I would not have read otherwise. I also love the dialog that is now available between writers and readers through blogs and other social media.

 

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

I love spending time with my family and traveling. I am married to an amazing man and we have three precious children. Being a stay-at-home mom, my kiddos keep me very busy and I love every minute!

 

Do you have any #literaryconfessions? 

I can think of quite a few, actually! I have a little issue with book hoarding collecting. I am notorious for reading about a great book, ordering it or downloading it, and then leaving it on the shelf as the TBR stack continues to grow. I have so many wonderful books on my shelves just begging to be read. I will read them all…..eventually!

Another confession is that I have never listened to an audio book!

 

Do you have a #literarycrush? 

My husband is my only true crush. However, I will admit to using the word crush after hearing author, Reavis Z. Wortham, speak about his writing journey and his books. Reavis writes a murder mystery/thriller series set in Northeast Texas along the Red River. I have had the opportunity to visit with him on two different occasions and he is a delight; full of humor, wit, and wisdom!

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

Any that I can! 🙂 Back to that first confession, I have so many books waiting to be read that I will still be reading through my stacks well into next year. I need to Conquer The Book Stacks more often!!

 

In your opinion, what book has been the best book you have read  in 2013?

Oh, that is a hard question for me. I have read so many wonderful books this year and can’t choose just one! When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell is one of the books that comes to mind. It is the sequel to her debut novel, Into the Free. I think these books were magnificently written. The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate is truly an extraordinary story in which an accidental discovery brings an amazing life into view. Joanne Bischof’s Cadence of Grace trilogy is heart-wrenching and heartwarming; simply amazing! I could certainly go on!

 

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

I would grab three that I haven’t read yet. Looking at my shelves right now, I’m going to pick The Wishing Tree by Marybeth Whalen, Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole, and Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter.

 

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

I love having a book in my hand and almost always choose a physical copy over digital. That being said, I do enjoy my Kindle Fire. When we’re traveling, I love the ease and convenience of e-books. At home, I love grabbing a book off the shelf and turning the pages.

 

Do you stack your books on the nightstand or are you more of a bookshelf person?

I have books on my nightstand, bookshelves, and stacks beside my bookshelves. So many books, so little time!

 

What genres are your favorites to review on Buzzing About Books?

I love books and am a reader of several different genres. I always enjoy discovering new books and authors. The majority of the books I have reviewed so far have been historical fiction and Christian fiction.

 

 

Liked Britney’s interview? Get in touch with her by visiting her blog, Buzzing About Books.