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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Photo Credit: Goodreads

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.

Author Spotlight: Angela Correll

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Today Angela is back to reveal her #literaryconfessions and her #literarycrush (it’s 1 that readers of Traveling With T have seen before- but no one ever complains 🙂

Author Spotlight: Angela Correll

What are some of your favorite books, Angela?

So many! Wendell Berry’s Port William novels, Jan Karon’s Mitford books, the Believers by Janice Holt Giles and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

 

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

Dorothy Gilman’s Emily Pollifax.  Mrs. Pollifax is always getting into something while traveling the world.

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

A history detective. I love unsolved mysteries and history is a passion, so what could be better than combining the two?

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

I must confess I am a southerner who has never read William Faulkner. Absalom Absalom! Is on my bedside table, does that count?

Do you have a #literarycrush?

I wish I could be more original but it’s always been Fitzwilliam Darcy.

What is your favorite song?

Have I told you Lately by Van Morrison

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

I love the reality show, Flying Wild Alaska!

 

*Special thanks to Angela Correll for agreeing to this author spotlight!

 

Want to connect with Angela Correll? Here’s the information: website, Facebook and Twitter.

Literary Friday ya’ll…..

It’s Friday! What are your plans for the weekend?

 

1. Deep South Mag and their #literaryfriday: Flannery O’Connor and money, James Franco and “As I Lay Dying”, Gatsby Companion Reading List, Top 10 references to Faulkner in Pop Culture and much more!

 

2. Book-Alicious Mama has posted Week 3 Questions for Astor Place Vintage, our September Book Lovers Unite selection.  Join in the fun ( it’s a great book!) Don’t forget, Book Lovers Unite fans- we’ll be back at Traveling With T in October for The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman!

 

3. Bookmagnet’s Fall for These October Titles is filled with interesting sounding books! Two have caught my attention even before she posted her list- The Last Winter of Dani Lancing by P.D. Viner and Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding.

 

4. Another AWESOME blogger- Rhiannon @ Ivory Owl Reviews! See Rhiannon’s #literaryconfessions for 2 #literarygiants she cannot stand!

 

5. Reviews posted this week on Traveling With T: A Seaside Christmas by Sherryl Woods, The Stranger You Know by Andrea Kane,  and The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore.

 

6. My #fridayreads: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty ( from Sept 30-Oct 6th, come discuss at She Reads!), Wedding Belles by Beth Albright, and  Grounded by Angela Correll (look for my review and interview next week with Angela Correll!)

 

Happy Reading!

 

 

Bloggers Made Of AWESOME: Rhiannon @ Ivory Owl Reviews

Rhiannon @ Ivory Owl Reviews is a fellow She Reads blogger. So, naturally, I adore her for that. But she’s quick-witted, charming and knows the importance of finding a good pair of jeans. I think Rhiannon would be an excellent person to sit down and talk with for hours while enjoying a glass of wine!

Bloggers Made Of AWESOME: Rhiannon @ Ivory Owl Reviews

Rhiannon- when did you begin blogging? 

I began blogging about three years ago and was posting such a crazy variety of topics (lipgloss ratings, coupons, book reviews, recipes, my academic work.) I decided last September to streamline and focus on just one of my passions, book reviews. September 17th is my 1 year blogversary for Ivory Owl Reviews and I have learned A LOT!

 

 

How did you come up with the name Ivory Owl reviews?

Last summer, my mom and I were shopping in downtown St. Charles and she found this ceramic, ivory and blue, owl that I thought was so adorable. I sat it on my nightstand next to all my books and joked that he was going to help me with my book reviews.

 

 

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 being able to create my own community of readers. I believe anyone who loves to read has a connection but not everyone likes to read the same style of books. With blogs, I’ve been able to see what people generally like at a glance and decide if I would like to follow them. I personally like having my blog so that when someone asks me to recommend a book to them I can simply direct them there instead of trying to rack my brain on the spot to give a good recommendation.  I also like knowing other bloggers to direct someone to when I don’t think our styles are similar.

 

 

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

I love to cook. Some people dread the time it takes to make a meal but I like having a glass of wine, listening to an audio book and whipping up dinner. I try new recipes I collect from Pinterest and my family gives me their critiques. I even like cleaning up dinner because no one comes in the kitchen (knowing they’ll be put to work) so I take my time and maybe have another glass of wine while I load the dishes and wipe down the counters. I also like to go walking at the park. It helps me clear my head and get my creativity flowing. I’m also a crazy coupon lady! Not like the ones on TV but I love saving money and would say I’m intermediate/advanced not full blown crazy!

 

 

Do you have any #literaryconfessions? 

I’ve not read Fifty Shades and I can’t stand Henry James or Hemingway.

 

 

 

 

Do you have a #literarycrush? 

This one stumps me. I don’t think I’ve ever swooned over any characters. I love Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in the movie version of “Gone with the Wind” but I didn’t read the book so I’m not sure if it is the character or Gable himself I would have my crush on (Maybe not reading Gone with the Wind should be a #literaryconfessions!)

 

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2013?

My number one most anticipated book of 2013 is Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood. It is the third book in the Maddaddam trilogy with Oryx & Crake and The Year of the Flood as the first two books. I squealed and did some seriously goofy dance moves when I saw that my request had been accepted for an ARC. I’m currently re-reading Oryx & Crake and then The Year of the Flood to be fully refreshed before I dive in. My close second is Joshilyn Jackson’s Someone Else’s Love Story. I love anything she does but read an excerpt at the beginning of the year and am especially excited because it is set in Atlanta.

 

 

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

I can never just pick one! Can anybody? My Top Four: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara. A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White. The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

 

 

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

This summer I loved Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky, On Grace by Susie Orman Schnall, and The Wishing Tree by Mary Beth Whalen.

 

 

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

I like them all. I read paperbacks in the bathtub, listen to audiobooks and read on my Ipad, and listen to books on CD in the car. I like all formats but I do love the smell of a physical book.

 

 

Rhiannon- you are a member of She Reads. To you, what does that mean for women readers? Does She Reads give them a voice in this book world? A place to go and say “These are the kinds of books I want to read?” 

I think we are able to give praise to books and authors that may not have gotten the attention they deserved. That makes me feel good. I enjoy the sense of comraderie on the site. I’m a Twitterer (Twitterholic?) and I can chat about anything I’m reading at any time and someone is sure to join in or respond. Since we are all reading the book at the same time (kinda) we can all chime in. I find it easier and more enjoyable than a physical book club. We don’t have to get out of our pajamas or find a sitter to participate.

 

 

 

 

What is your favorite line/quote from a book?

“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.”

― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Roughly translated to “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

 

 

Do you judge a book by it’s cover?

I am drawn to certain covers so “yes.” Unless I am searching for a particular book, the one with the best cover is the one that usually gets picked.

 

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Author Spotlight: Peggy Sweeney-McDonald

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Monday, Peggy was at Traveling With T for an interview. Today, she’s revealing her #literarycrush ( a “Grey” literary crush!), showing her Southern roots, and telling us what type of food she would be (if possible!)

 

Author Spotlight: Peggy Sweeney McDonald

Peggy, when not working- what do you like to read? 

New Age Spiritual books (anything by Marianne Williamson, Wayne Dyer and Neal Donald Walsh) and any Oprah picks.

Do you have any #literaryconfessions? 

I’m a magazine junkie! I have to keep up on Hollywood scoop as I live in L.A.!

Do you have a #literarycrush? 

Christian Grey – Fifty  Shades of Grey (I can’t believe I am admitting it! Don’t tell my husband!)

What are some authors you really enjoy?

Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Kate Chopin – my southern roots are showing!

If you could meet anyone (living or dead) who would you pick? 

Judy Garland. I’m a huge Wizard of Oz fan!

If you could be any food in the world, what would you pick? And why? 

We ask this question in the shows and the book to all our storytellers and it’s always so much fun to see their personalities shine through.  I say I would be a Godiva chocolate, sometimes bitter or sweet or nutty or a tasty combination, but always a treat!

 

*Special thanks to Peggy Sweeney-McDonald for agreeing this Author Spotlight!

 

To connect with Peggy, please visit her website or Twitter page!

 

Meeting Anton DiSclafani, author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

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The Yohnalossee Riding Camp for Girls was on many people’s lips over the summer. Quickly catching the hearts and attentions of various book clubs, Yohnalosse for debut author Anton DiSclafani was a book that was enjoyed by many. I met Anton at Lemuria Books in Jackson over the summer- and enjoyed listening to her talk about the writing process. Anton and I may not have met, though, if her book signing tour had not been extended past the original 14 locations- but as the summer went on, her tour was extended! I was super excited to see that Lemuria made the list for the extension because everyone had been telling me “you have to read this”! Confession: I’m blogging about meeting Anton- and yet still haven’t read her book. However, it’s coming up fast in my TBR list!

Anton talked of how she was interested in the Great Depression after doing a bit of research on YRCFG. When asked if she has read the book since she wrote the book, she confided that she had not read Yonahlossee in over a year (since final edits).  Someone in the crowd questioned Anton on the best parts of the book tour- and Anton says ” The audience, the interaction is the best part. The traveling is the annoying part.”

Anton has started writing a new book- but talks of how different the writing process is since she’s published. When she was writing YRCFG, she did not get many opinion of feedback (well at least till the editing part). Now, she has people that have opinions and suggest feedback- which makes writing a different process for her.  Anton started YRCFG when she was 24- she’s now 32. Writing YRCFG was a process- and one Anton enjoyed!

When asked if she had a #literarycrush or #literaryconfessions- Anton confessed that her crush is Mr. Rochester and that her confession is that she did not like War and Peace (however, she loved Anna Karenina). Anton’s pick for best book of 2013:  Brewster by Mark Sloulka.

Author Spotlight: Holly Goddard Jones

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Today, Holly Goddard Jones is back to reveal her #literaryconfessions and #literarycrush!

 

Author Spotlight: Holly Goddard Jones

What are some of your favorite books, Holly?

Felicia’s Journey, by William Trevor, anything by Margaret Atwood, several Stephen King novels but especially The Stand, Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses, Cloud Atlas, State of Wonder, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Serena, by Ron Rash. A recent favorite is Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life.

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

Most characters in books have it pretty hard—much harder than I have it. If I’m being realistic, I’d choose a boring character with a nice life, which would mean someone on the periphery of a good story. But if I mean a character who has qualities I admire, and I wish I could respond to adversity with the wisdom and grace that they do? The first two to come to mind are Elizabeth Bennet and Daenerys Targaryen. Ha!

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

I have a layperson’s interest in criminal psychology, which is pretty analogous to what I do as a writer. Or I’d like to be in some zoological field and work with primates.

 

Do you have any #literaryconfessions? 

God, too many to own. I haven’t read tons of things I’m supposed to have read, like Moby Dick and Mrs. Dalloway.

Do you have a #literarycrush? 

I’m still smarting over the fact that Cassandra spurned Stephen Colley in I Capture the Castle.

What is your favorite song?

It depends on the day. But because I love The Beatles best overall and have a sentimental attachment to it, I’ll say, oddly, “You Never Give Me Your Money.”

Do you have any guilty pleasures? 

I don’t feel guilty about any of my pleasures, except the time I waste on the internet. Just because it’s more habit than pleasure.

What books are in your to be read (TBR) pile?

I just started Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. I’m also in the middle of the fifth book from A Song of Fire and Ice. I’d like to read Alyssa Nutting’s Tampa and Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings. Oh, and Stephen King’s Joyland.

 

* Thank you Holly Goddard Jones for the author spotlight!

 

To connect with Holly, please visit her website or Facebook.