Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Leah @ Leah’s Thoughts

Leah @ Leah’s Thoughts is a relatively new blog to me. One day, through that magical place called Twitter, I saw a tweet about Leah interviewing Erika Robuck. Since I think Erika is adorable- I checked out the interview, then the blog. Leah’s Thoughts is not about just books- it’s more of a mix of things- but, it’s definitely a cute and AWESOME blog!

 

Bloggers made of AWESOME: Leah @ Leah’s Thoughts

Leah- when did you begin blogging?

I started blogging in December 2009. It was my New Year’s goal to write more and blogging was my strategy.

 

Leah- your blog is a mixture of things. Books . Cooking. Crafts.  Did you consider starting another blog at one point so that you could have blogs focused on 1 thing? Or do you like having a blog with multiple subjects?

I like having a blog that reflects who I am, which is a mixture of someone who loves writing, reading, cooking, crafting, and spending time with my family. I think the variety keeps the content fresh and my readers seem to respond to that, which is why I think they continue coming back. I have considered starting another blog for my writing and marketing business, which would focus on writing and social media for business. But that’s a project for another day!

 

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 how blogging has opened up new books and made authors more accessible to lay readers. I have found so many great books and writers just from reading other blogs. Truth be told, that’s how I find most of my books these days. I love that this new blogging world gives authors/writers a chance to market their work to readers when they are not getting the same marketing support from publishers they did in the past. I also love how supportive the blogging/author community seems to be. Writers are genuinely touched and happy to promote their books on blogs. And now I can actually converse with my favorite writers through blogs and afterwards on social media.

 

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

When I’m not blogging or reading (or reading other blogs!), I am usually spending time with my 5-year-old daughter, Sophie. I also like to cook and bake. And when I’m not doing all those things, I’m working on my writing and marketing business.

 

Do you have any #literaryconfessions? 

I have not read Pride and Prejudice! This isn’t so much of a concession, but more of a rule. If I don’t like a book – or cannot get engaged with the story in the first 25 pages – I stop reading. Life is too short to read a bad book. And I have a HUGE stack that needs reading.

 

Do you have a #literarycrush?  (One of  mine is Peeta from the Hunger Games)

I haven’t read Hunger Games either! Shameful, I know. I don’t have crushes so much as there are characters I admire. I always find myself thinking of Jo March from Little Women. I so respect her strength and courage to move beyond what is comfortable and take a chance in life.

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2013?

I have Khaled Hosseini’s new book (And the Mountains Echoed) in my TBR stack.  I loved his other two books. I am also dying to read Jeannette Walls’ The Silver Star.

 

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

That’s a tough question because I’ve read some really good ones! I really liked Julie Kibler’s Calling Me Home. I just finished The Outcast, by Jolina Petersheim, who is a phenomenal blogger. We’ve been following each other’s blogs for years, so it’s really exciting to see her publish her first novel. And it was really good too!

 

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

My husband and I say that our ideal vacation is going away to a beach house or cabin to just read books. Lucky for me, I’m married to a fellow bookworm too. The next three books on my list are: The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey), Sisters (Nancy Jensen), and The Other Typist (Suzanne Rindell). Of course, there are dozens more waiting when those are done!

 

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

I’m still a tree book lover. I love the feel of actual paper and a book in my hands. And since I’m on the computer all day working, I like to turn off the electronics to enjoy my books.

 

If you could have dinner with a collection of characters from books you’ve read- what characters would you pick? And why?

I would love to have dinner with the March sisters (Little Women) or watch one of their plays. I’ve always been partial to that book because I’m one of four sisters as well. But I have to admit that walking the halls of Hogwarts with Harry, Ron and Hermione makes me pretty excited too.

 

 

*If you enjoyed reading about Leah- check out her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

Thursday Mashup

Mashup, Mashup, Mashup!

 

1. Leah’s Thoughts is giving away a copy of The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim. Jolina is adorable on Twitter- she’s so excited about her novel!

 

2. Amy Sue Nathan is featuring Mia March today on her website (wonder what those 2 smart and wonderful women are talking about?!) Come find out and read Mia’s post: Author Mia March Edits As She Writes, Loves Women’s Fiction, And Celebrates Her Kinship With Authors

 

3. Book-Alicious Mama is still in Week 1 of discussing The Painted Girls! Come, join my adorable Book Lovers Unite co-host, and let’s chat about The Painted Girls!

 

4. Deep South Magazine is chatting with Susan Rebecca White, author of A PLACE AT THE TABLE, Fri, July 19th 2-3pm EST. Use #southernlit to join in! Can’t wait? Here is my interview with Susan Rebecca White!

 

5.  For more #giveaway information- check out my Wednesday Mashup!