Bloggers Made Of AWESOME: Krysta @ Pages Unbound

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The last Bloggiesta that I participated in- I worked my butt off on my blog. Creating new things. Cleaning the blog up. NETWORKING. This is when me and Pages Unbound crossed paths! Pages Unbound is run by 2 people (Krysta and Briana) and they love to blog (plus read!) This AWESOME post is from the perspective of Krysta as Briana had been getting the opportunity for other interviews- and they want the blogging world to know them as a unit- but also as their own personalities! I was happy to oblige and give Krysta some bloggy love! Psst.. Just in case you missed it- HERE is an interview Pages Unbound did on little ole me!

 

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Krysta @ Pages Unbound

Krysta- when did you begin blogging?

Briana and I began our blog in May 2011, so I’ve been blogging for about two and a half years now!

How did you and Briana come up with the name Pages Unbound?

We threw around quite a lot of names, but Pages Unbound seemed to capture the spirit of really taking apart a book to look at how and why it works. I also think it reflects the magic of books—how they sometimes seem to come alive in a way you might not expect.

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

Blogging is a really exciting experience because it exposes you to a world I think many avid readers still do not know exists. It can be fun getting ARCs from publishers and things like that, but the real draw for me are the connections I can make both with authors and with other readers. I’ve read many books I might never have heard of if it were not for the blogging community. If I tend to agree with a blogger about what constitutes good literature and what books I think are good, I am definitely more willing to try a title I’ve seen reviewed on that blog, even if it is not a genre I typically read.

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

I like to watch movies, bake, and try to teach myself foreign languages. I think if I got lost in Italy at the moment, I could ask for the train station and maybe buy a newspaper. That’s totally useful, right?

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

I’ve never read The Iliad or The Odyssey. And I’m completely ashamed of myself.

Do you have a #literarycrush?

I don’t really have a literary crush. When I see a really great character, I want him to get together with his destined literary crush!

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

All of them! I am trying to get through my complete Shakespeare, however, so that’s my number one goal for 2014!

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

I can’t think of any book in particular, but I do have a fondness for novels that oftentimes have a bit of a sentimental element to them—A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter, for example. Though that’s a classic and well-beloved by many.

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

No contest—Dante’s Divine Comedy. But John Freccero’s commentary Dante: The Poetics of Conversion was a close second. The two just go together.

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

J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Chaim Potok’s My Name is Asher Lev, and something light and fun. Maybe a Jessica Day George book or a fairy tale retelling.

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

I love paper books! The weight, smell, and texture of the book are all a special part of its bookishness.

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

I mostly find blogs when people come to comment on our blog. As for recommendations, there are so many great bloggers out there. I really like Simoa’s blog at http://animatedholiday.blogspot.com/, though. She talks about Pixar films, classic movies, and the always wonderful Audrey Hepburn.

Pages Unbound has a feature IF YOU LIKE. What is your favorite thing about this feature?

I like that it is the perfect feature for me! Whenever I read a good book, I want to know where I can find more books like it. Unfortunately, the recommendations generated by algorithms on various websites are often not close to what I want. You sometimes need the human element to discern what books have the same feel and spirit and that’s what we provide.

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

For years I’ve wanted to read Shelby Foote’s classic Civil War trilogy, but each book is about 800 pages and I never made it past the first few battles. But this upcoming year will be the year! (That’s what I’m telling myself, anyway.)

 

Want to connect with Pages Unbound? Visit blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Bloggers Made Of AWESOME: Ashley @ Closed The Cover

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I heard about Closed The Cover from a fellow blogger that I sing the praises of regularly (Hi Rebecca @ Love At First Book!) and after emailing Ashley- I fell in love with her straight-forward, no-nosense ways. I’ve participated in SEVERAL tours with different tour groups and fellow bloggers- and while I wouldn’t  say  I have a favorite- I do like when a blog tour coordinator makes you feel welcome and appreciated- which Ashley does in SPADES. She tweets and uses Facebook to support her tours- not only for the authors, but for the bloggers that are participating. Ashley is BIG PICTURE person- she doesn’t just think about next week- she’s got plans for next year!

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Ashley @ Closed The Cover

Ashley- when did you begin blogging?

When did I begin book blogging or when I did I begin blogging? I began blogging in general in 2007 on a general WordPress blog about anything and everything. Eventually I realized my poor beloved husband was becoming bored to tears with my constant chatter about books and I decided to create a book blog. Now I talk a little and blog a lot about books! I started book blogging in 2010 but didn’t begin blogging as Closed the Cover until the end of 2011.

 

How did you come up with the name Closed The Cover?

It was tough. I wanted a blog name that associated with books but I wanted to avoid a lot of the commonly used words and phrases. A quick Google search told me there were a lot of book blogs using the words “bookworm, book, novel” and the term “avid reader” so I wanted something different. One night my husband said to me, “Have you ever realized that when you finish a book you don’t close the cover, you slam it?” I opened the book back up and gently closed it then said, “There. I “closed” the cover.” The light bulb went off and my blog name was born! It also seems fitting to me since I do talk about books after I’ve “closed the cover.”

 

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

I definitely thing blogs help readers connect with good books. It’s funny because I follow a few bloggers that I never agree with on books. I actually watch their blog for books they criticize and then I pick those books up because I know I’ll love them. Different people love different things, you know? There’s actually a blogger I follow who I seem to always agree with on books. I’ve picked up books I would have never looked twice at after reading that he liked it.

 

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

Surprise! I’m also a martial artist. 🙂 I’ve earned up to my 2nd degree brown belt in Okinawan Kenpo Karate and I’m a trained staff fighter. I fight with a 5” burned bamboo bo staff. I’ve been doing it now for about 11 years. No one would ever think it of me when they meet me or talk to me but other than reading it’s probably my greatest love (not including my husband or puppies of course).

 

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

Great Expectations is the only Charles Dickens novel I have ever read. Isn’t that shameful? I’ve never read any of his other works even though I know the stories. I can even quote lines from the books because they are so well-known but I’ve never actually sat and read them myself. Great Expectations is also one of my favorite novels which makes it even more surprising that I never pursued other Dickens’ novels.

 

Do you have a #literarycrush?

Actually, I don’t. I read so much history, historical fiction, memoirs, autobiographies and biographies that it’s hard for me to develop and literary crushes. I read a lot of WWII fiction and they discuss Nazi’s and German politicians. I just finished two books about the JFK assassination. I just read a lot of book that don’t really lend themselves to literary crushes or book boyfriends.

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

ALL the books! I actually read a lot of indie authors and I have the tendency to just grab books on a whim. I never really know what is coming out when or what the next big anticipated release is so it’s hard for me to get excited about future books. Sometimes I discover a new book, love it, rave about it, then find it was published in 2010. It’s just how I read. I know I have a lot of books on my to-read list that I will get to in 2014 but the pile is about 3 dozen books deep and I’m too lazy right now to look through it. 🙂

 

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

Hmm…I don’t know. It usually goes the other way for me. I usually find myself disappointed in a book but then look to find it has GREAT reviews from other people. I find myself feeling like, “What am I missing??” It happened to me with An American Bride in Kabul, Rise of the Governor and In the Company of Secrets.

 

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

Ahhh! How can you choose?!!! ONE book? That’s mean. I can tell you a book I read and really loved was The Iranian Scorpion by William Peace. It’s a terrorism thriller and it seems that almost no one has heard of it. It’s really good. I also loved Of Blood and Brothers: Book One by E. Michael Helms. It’s a Civil War fiction and I love war fiction! On another note, I just finished I Am Malala about the girl who was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for standing up for the right for girls’ education. It’s a pretty great book too.

 

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

Well, I live near the beach so this is kind of a regular weekend for me. I like to read light-hearted books on the beach – ones that aren’t going to be heavy or complicated. If I could choose three right now I would take A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn which I loved and two books from my to-read list: Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back (it’s about the baseball player Josh Hamilton) and Beyond the Western Sun by Kristina Circelli.

 

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

It doesn’t matter. I don’t take my iPad to the beach so I prefer tree books for outdoor reading and eBooks for indoor reading. I donate a lot of the paperback books I receive through Closed the Cover to the Friends of the Library program here locally which supplies youth programs, prison books, women’s shelters and homes for the elderly. Since I can’t donate eBooks I require a $5 donation to the literacy Room to Read for any eBook submissions to Closed the Cover. As far as my reading goes, I can read either one and enjoy it. I have no preference.

 

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

I meet a lot of other bloggers on Twitter. I also will Google for reviews of books I’ve enjoyed and then follow the blogs I find that also enjoyed that book.

 

Closed The Cover organizes blog tours for authors. Do you have tips or recommendations for other bloggers who might be interested in one day being a blog tour organizer?

It’s a lot of fun but it’s a lot of hard work if you want to do it right. For one, it’s important to remember that the tour is about the author and the book not about you as the blogger or organizer. I hate when I see tour posts that emphasize the blogger who organized it more than the book itself. I’ll see banners and buttons for the organizer but only a small book cover for the book itself. I find that frustrating. I put special emphasis on making sure that the book and the author take priority. I also never restrict the number of stops on a tour. The goal is to get the most exposure possible. All I could tell someone who wanted to organize tours is this: Be organized. Be honest. Be fair. Remember – this is about promoting books not about promoting yourself.

 

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

I’ve wanted to read the entire Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay. There are about 7 books in the series which is a big time commitment. I’ve read the first one but I haven’t had time to read the others yet.

 

Want to connect with Ashley @ Closed The Cover? Visit her website, Twitter and Facebook.

Bloggers Made Of AWESOME: Samantha March @ Chick Lit Plus

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Several weeks ago, I began participating in blog tours for Chick Lit Plus- thanks to a fellow blogger passing some information on to me. At the time I did not realize that Samantha of Chick Lit Plus was the same Samantha that I knew from She Reads (but she is!) Participating in Samantha’s tours is easy and wonderful for bloggers who want to do more social blogging like tours!

 

Samantha @ Chick Lit Plus: Bloggers Made of AWESOME

Samantha- when did you begin blogging?

I started Chick Lit Plus in 2009.

How did you come up with the name Chick Lit Plus?

I wanted a name that showed my love of chick lit, but I also wanted to include more genres than just chick lit, and I wanted to be more than just a book blog. CLP also features celebrity news, beauty reviews, and health and fitness articles.

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 blogging is just about the coolest thing ever. Not only are blogs helping connect readers to books and authors, but blogging gives bloggers a community, helps them interact with people who love books and reading just as much as they do. It is so thrilling to have chats online or via email with someone you’ve never met, but it doesn’t feel that way because you have so much in common. I think that’s really special.

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

I am a published author and an independent book publisher. My company is Marching Ink, and I also run CLP Blog Tours. I do also have a “real” job, and I worked for my local VA Hospital helping veterans get enrolled into the system. Coming from a military family the job means a lot to me.

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

This is so embarrassing, but I’ve never read The Great Gatsby! And I’m the biggest fan of that era, so it makes zero sense! Nor have I watched the movie…going to hide in a corner now!

Do you have a #literarycrush?

I’m sure this is a different answer, but I honestly don’t crush on a whole lot of literary characters. Or actors. Or musicians. I’m strange. Talk athletes and we have a different story 😉 But honestly, my literary crushes are the authors themselves. Ann M. Martin of The Baby-Sitter’s Club sparked my interest in reading and writing and creating stories, Francine Pascal continued that with Sweet Valley High, and Emily Giffin’s novels inspired me to start my blog and get serious about writing.

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

Emily Giffin has a new one out in May I believe, that I’ll be looking forward to!

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

Eek so many! I loved Zoey & The Moment of Zen by Cat Lavoie, but another one that really got me going was The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes.

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

How did you know? My honeymoon will be here in 3 months 🙂 Honestly, this answer is so boring, but I’ll be bringing whatever is on my review docket! But if I could pick and choose, I would like to bring a romance novel, a chick lit, and a mystery – a good range!

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

I enjoy both, but reading on my Kindle is a lot more convenient. It’s easier to travel with, but I’ll never get tired of cracking open a “real” book!

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

I find a lot of blogs online, or from CLP Blog Tours. And I think it’s great to support, share, and comment as much as you can!

Chick Lit Plus organizes blog tours for authors. Do you have tips or recommendations for other bloggers who might be interested in one day being a blog tour organizer?

It’s a lot harder than it sounds. It’s a full-time job that doesn’t pay like it, and you can lose your patience about twenty times a day. It’s not just finding blogs, it’s communication and organization, and willing to put in the work each day to truly help authors market their books. But if it’s something you truly love doing, it won’t feel like work.

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

The Great Gatsby!

 

Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has two published novels – Destined to Fail and The Green Ticket. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

 

Want to connect with Samantha? Visit her website, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, CLP Twitter, and Chick Lit Plus.

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Kerri @ Turn the Page Reviews

 

bloggers made of awesomeThis week’s AWESOME blogger gets to debut my new blog button (created by yours truly!)

Kerri at Turn The Page Reviews is a member of She Reads!

 

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Kerri @ Turn The Page Reviews

Kerri- when did you begin blogging? 

I started blogging in late February of 2013.

How did you come up with the name Turn the Page  Reviews?

Actually it’s a funny story. I tried and tried for a few weeks to come up with a good one, but almost everything I liked was already taken.  So my 12 yr old daughter suggested Turning the Page, which we changed to Turn the Page reviews.  When I get really into a book, my hand has the page ready to turn constantly.

 

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

I am amazed everyday at the quality of reviews and posts that I read from my fellow bloggers. I definitely think blogs help people choose books- I know it helps me.

 

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

I just started running-yikes. I did a 5k last week in NYC.  It was amazing.

 

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?        

I am quick to put away a book if it is not working for me.  This isn’t something I am proud of- I have gone back and read books that I have ended up loving.

 

Do you have a #literarycrush?

Sirius Black (and of course Mr. Darcy-wouldn’t it be great to find someone that was the two combined?)

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2013?

I am going to try to read some of the books that have been on my TBR- The Secret History, The End of The Affair, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.

 

Any books that you are looking forward to read in 2014?

I haven’t looked that far ahead- any suggestions?

 

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

That’s a real hard one, since I feel there have been SO many amazing books out this year- but I did really love the first book I read for the She Reads Book Club- The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow.

 

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

Harry Potter, Pride & Prejudice, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy- I love rereading while I am on vacations, so I can give some attention to the family also.

 

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

I prefer a paper book, but am finding it necessary to read some on the e-reader.

 

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?

It is such a great organization.  They do such a wonderful job of highlighting women authors.  I love their online Book Club selections.

 

In your opinion, what do you think is more important- a good opening line or an ending that leaves you wanting to discuss the book with everyone?

I think a good opening line, since I need to really be pulled in.

 

If you could go on a literary road trip- where would you go?

To Hogwarts and Narnia.

Real place?  Then Paris- like Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

 

Want to connect with Kerri? Visit her blog!

Author Spotlight: Kelly Harms

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Today, Kelly Harms is back to reveal her #literaryconfessions and #literarycrush!

 

Author Spotlight: Kelly Harms

 

What are some of your favorite books, Kelly?

All the usual suspects in the dead girl canon, and a list as long as my arm amongst the living. It’s nearly all fiction that trips my trigger, with an exception made for the dear departed Laurie Colwin’s Home Cooking.

If you could choose to be a character in a book- who would you choose?

Jane Bennett. I’ve always wondered if it would be possible to be both completely beautiful and completely good. Also: Bingley’s my type, and I’ve already mentioned my interest in owning a big house.

If you were not an author, what would you like to be?

A financial planner. I like telling people what to do with their money. I’m also a fiscal voyeur.

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

Of course I do! I couldn’t finish Ulysses. I just had to lie down and quit it. I think back on that day as a moment where I chose life.

Do you have a #literarycrush?

Walt Longmire—both on the screen and in the books. Oh my, my, my in his duster coat and clink, clink, clink cowboy boots. Whew.

What is your favorite song?

The Water is Wide. I can play it pretty well on my ukulele.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Hot dogs. Baked inside a pretzel. Sold at the mall by surly teens. Dipped in ranch dressing.

 

*Thanks Kelly Harms for agreeing to the Author Spotlight!

 

Want to contact Kelly Harms? Find her on Twitter and Facebook or at her website!

 

 

Author Spotlight: Suzanne Redfearn

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Earlier this week, I interviewed Suzanne Redfearn, author of Hush Little Baby. Today she is back to reveal her #literarycrush and what literary character she would be!

Author Spotlight: Suzanne Redfearn

What are some of your favorite books, Suzanne?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Power of One by Bryce Courtney, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would you choose?

Okay, I thought about the obvious amazing literary protagonists like Jane Eyre and Katniss, but let’s be real here.  If I could choose to be anyone?  Wonder Woman of course.  I mean let’s face it, the woman looks great, she hasn’t aged a bit since 1941.  She has bullet-deflecting bracelets, a deathly tiara, and the amazing lasso of truth.  She kicks butt on injustice and looks great doing it, every woman’s dream.

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

I am not well read in the classics.  Always on my to do list, but they never quite make it to the bedside table.

Do you have a #literarycrush?

I’m in love with Jean Valjean from Les Miserables, a quiet beaten hero like no other.

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

My secret guilty pleasure it watching cheesy reality television with my kids!  I especially love Survivor and Love in the Wild  (it’s so bad, it’s irresistibly good).

Are you a hardback, paperback, or e-book kind of reader?

When I’m writing and doing research, I use my iPad because I need to access a lot of books quickly, but for pleasure, there is nothing better than a real book.  Hardback is a rare treat, mostly I read paperback.

What are some of the books in your TBR (To Be Read) list?

At least a dozen including The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and The Circle by Dave Eggers.

 

*Thank you Suzanne Redfearn for agreeing to this author spotlight!

 

If you would like to read the interview with Suzanne I posted earlier, please click here.

Bloggers Made Of AWESOME: Gina @ Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

 

Another AWESOME blogger feature! Ya’ll that normally read my blog know how I love giveaways. How I love spreading the news during my mash-up posts. During a looking for giveaways to feature, I found Gina’s blog. I started reading and checking her blog out more frequently. Then I decided it was time to feature Gina here!

I hope you enjoy learning more about Gina @  Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers!

Bloggers Made Of AWESOME: Gina @  Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Gina- when did you begin blogging?

May 18th, 2009 – so many moons ago!

How did you come up with the name Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers?

It was actually a play on words when I was just goofing around, bouncing ideas around…and it stuck. 😉

 

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 the bloggy world of it all is here to stay but I will admit that it takes a certain dedication to stick it out in the long run. You’ll run into highs and lows of readers passing through, comments being made, conversations sparking, even the dreaded writer’s block or reading rut but if you keep it about what you like, keep it personal, it won’t become a chore as opposed to the fun filled hobby it began as.

The “good” or “bad” of a book is really determined by the individual reader so my answer to the connections question is this…it IS connecting the readers of the world with bookish possibilities. Sometimes I’ll run across something highlighted on a site I never would have looked twice at on the shelf…yet I find myself drawn to it.

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

Umm…that’s a hard one! Let’s see, working…spending time with family, including my fur-babies (pups, gotta love ‘em!)…indulging my love of music/movies…and of course, buying more books. I’ve a serious weakness for our local stores, and the library’s bookstore. 😉

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

I have not read, much to the chagrin of my coworkers/friends, and still only have tentative plans to read….THE HUNGER GAMES. Yep. *ducks objects thrown*

Do you have a #literarycrush?

Hmm, not in the sense of one guy above all others, but I usually find one in each read that I prefer in some fashion. I mean there’s Julian from The Forbidden Game series, Edward from Twilight (and no, not the vampire aspect of him either), then almost any of the Sullivan brothers from Bella Andre’s series, most recently Gabe….and the list continues. Guess I’m just a sucker for the idea of a great guy….

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2013?

Too many to name! One of the many….THE GIRL WHO SOARED OVER FAIRYLAND AND CUT THE MOON IN TWO by Catherynne M. Valente. This series, aside from the uber fabulous titles themselves, is FANTASTIC! It’s rated for the Kids Fiction genre, but totally works on a higher level as well and helps build vocabulary strength in all!

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

No fair! I don’t usually pick favorites. If I was hard pressed, my list would include at the very least…anything by Steven Manchester (most recently THE ROCKIN’ CHAIR), LOOKING FOR ME by Beth Hoffman, STORMING THE CASTLE by Christopher Healy, SAND CASTLE BAY by Sherryl Woods, THE SILENCE OF BONAVENTURE ARROW by Rita Leganski….you said this year so far, right?  😉

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

Now see, I’m an equal opportunity reader…my only requirement would be that they be different types of books, different genres if at all possible. Variety IS the spice of life after all.

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

Tree book tree book tree book all the way! It’s true, I read SOME ebooks, but they are on a limited basis. I much prefer the experience of reading with an actual physical book. The chance to unplug and unwind with my favorite past time is just heavenly.

What has been your most liked (or shared) blog post? Why do you think it was so popular?

Well of course the MOST popular are always the ones with contests…let’s face it, almost every reader is out to get more books to feed their habit. 😉 Aside from the contests, it really depends on the day of the week. Guest Posts go over well to some degree as do the book spotlights because they are a quick hit and go, but I gotta say, the classic review posts garner some attention too. My site is not one that garners a lot of comments (*sniff sniff*) but the page counts, time spent and interactions with other readers via other social media outlets make it worth my while.

If you could have dinner with any author (dead or alive) who would you pick? And why?

Seeing as how I wouldn’t have any clue what to serve a dead author (not to mention, how awkward would that be?!), I suppose I’d most like to sit down and chat in person with some of my current author acquaintances. Whom specifically? Again with the favorites! (Jk!) No, seriously, I’d want a dinner PARTY with Beth Hoffman, Marilyn Brant, Dorothy Dreyer, Melissa Marr…hey, was there a fire code limit on the number of attendees?

 

Liked reading about Gina? Find her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+Pinterest, and Goodreads.  Also visit her blog, Bookbrowser, BlogLovin’ and LibraryThing.