{Author Spotlight} Sonja Yoerg, author of House Broken

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Hey darlings! 2015 is already starting off really great- with a great author spotlight for your reading enjoyment!! Today, Sonja Yoerg, author of HOUSE BROKEN, is here to give us the scoop on the person she is when she’s not being all serious and author-ish!

Look for her interview about HOUSE BROKEN to post on January 7th and for her book to be in stores on January 6th! Continue reading

{Author Spotlight} What Book Character Would Carrie Sparks McClain Like To Be?

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Carrie is back ya’ll! And she’s talking #literarycrushes, #literaryconfessions and other bookish goodness! Continue reading

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Wesley @ Library Educated

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This week, I have Wesley from @ Library Educated as the Blogger Made of AWESOME! I can’t take credit for finding Wesley- Ashley from Closed the Cover introduced me to Wesley and a bloggy friendship was quickly made. Read on for the details of how Wesley named her blog and much more!

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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: Lisa @ Books in the Burbs

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Lisa and I are relatively new Twitter buddies. We started chatting some in 2013, talking about blogger things, why our Netgalley approval rating wasn’t at 80%, and more. Lisa is fun and charming- and her blog is cute as a button.

 

 

Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Lisa @ Books in the Burbs

Lisa- when did you begin blogging?

I started blogging in December, 2010. It’s hard to believe that I have been blogging over  3 years!!

 

How did you come up with the name Books in the Burbs?

I wanted a name that reflected who I was and what the blog was about. Living in the suburbs means different things for people, but for me, as a woman-it means to me: married, busy mom, kids, driving kids to their activities, minivan, dogs, etc. So, I thought it was a good word to use. I love books, so I started playing with it, and it evolved into: Books in the Burbs.

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

In the 3 years that I’ve been blogging, I have noticed a huge change in the world of books!! Before, to read a review about a book, readers were limited to print reviews in magazines. However, with the internet, readers have turned to everyday people, who blog their opinions on books read. Bloggers don’t have to be politically correct or cautious about what they write, because their job isn’t at stake over a bad review. There is a high level of trust between bloggers and their readers, and the reading world is taking notice.

Bloggers have the opportunity to connect authors with readers, without having to travel anywhere. Authors and readers can connect via Twitter parties, FB chats, interviews, and guest spots. It’s a fantastic way for authors and readers to connect in ways that weren’t always possible before blogging.

 

 

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

I usually have non-reading time when my daughter is at school, so this gives me an opportunity to meet up with friends for lunch, shopping, and getting manicures/pedicures (which I love!). It’s also my time to connect with close friends and family, because I find that human connection is so important to me! I think my kids would agree, as they get snuggle attacks when they get home from school!

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

What?!? You haven’t read Pride & Prejudice???? I LOVE that book!!! I’m a huge Jane Austen fan, so that’s a book that is a must read for everyone! LOL! My literary confession would be that I haven’t read any Harry Potter books, even though people rave about the books. I don’t have any desire or interest in them, so it’s not a series I have even considered reading.

Do you have a #literarycrush?

Mr. Darcy, of course! He’s the romantic character that charms Ms. Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice. See…you have to read the book! 😉

 

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

Oh, there are so many great books that are continuously being released. I love Sarah Jio’s writing and am looking forward to her book, Goodnight June. I’m also a huge fan of Julie Klassen and can’t wait to read: The Dancing Master. There are a few more, so I’m really excited about 2014!

 

 

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

Oh, that is sooo hard!! Because of the different genres I read, it’s hard to just pick one. The first one that comes to mind is: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. It’s not very often that I carry a book with me to the dinner table, but with that one, I just couldn’t put it down. Then, after I finished the book, I had to reread the last couple of chapters!! It was a storyline that stayed with me for days!

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

1. Definitely the Holy Bible-NLT version. I don’t know why, but I always carry it with me on vacation. Opening it up and reading verses just lets me know I’m not alone and His peace covers me.

2. Anything Jane Austen. She’s my go to author and I love reading her books when I’m in a reading slump.

3. Anything that I’m needing to write a book review for that month! LOL! I’ve got to keep my reading up, even when I’m on vacation! 😉

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

I’m definitely an e-book lover! I love the Nook Glowlight and Kindle Paperwhite because the backlight is not as harsh as the ipad. AND-the charge holds for a very long time. With the amount of reading I do, I have to charge about every 10-12 days. I do love paperbacks, but I find that when I’m reading them, more people will stop me to ask what I’m reading than when I’m reading an e-book. Because that’s a pet peeve of mine-to be interrupted while reading-I definitely like the privacy an e-reader provides. However, the biggest reason I love e-books is because I know I’m a book hoarder and having everything on an e-reader hides that secret!

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 being a member of She Reads. I was hugely honored to have been asked to join the team, and just feel like I’m a part of a really awesome woman’s club. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, and the books we get to read are a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I love how a book of the month will get so much publicity that the Twitter and Facebook feeds blow up with that particular book and author!! It’s a great opportunity for authors to garner a lot of exposure and for them to have reviews on so many fantastic blogs.

What is a book that you LOVED that did not get great reviews?

I had to look through my Goodreads book list to see how each book was rated overall. One that was quite dramatic of a rating: Between You & Me by Emma McLaughlin. I gave the book a 5 star rating, but the overall rating is a 2.87!! It’s a huge variation and I’m not sure why it didn’t get the positive recognition it deserves!

Do you have advice for book bloggers who are just starting their blogs?

1. Don’t hold back-create your blog!! Look at other blogs, read them, and from there-figure out your style. Otherwise, you will be overwhelmed if you wait and see and how you want to format your blog. It will change anyway, as you streamline your blog, so getting started is the hardest part!

2. Buy your domain name!! Nothing is more of a bummer than when you choose a blog name, only to see that someone else already has it.

3. Reach out to other bloggers and network with them. Book bloggers are so helpful, resourceful, and extremely supportive. We all love books and love sharing what we know. So, reach out and don’t be alone!

 

Want to connect with Lisa? Visit her blog, Facebook and Twitter!

**Editor’s note: Not reading Pride and Prejudice has been a previous #literaryconfession of mine from 2012. I did read it and enjoyed it!

 

 

Author Spotlight: Julie Kibler, author of Calling Me Home

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Yesterday, the interview with Julie Kibler posted. Today, it’s about the fun side of Julie- #literaryconfessions, #literarycrush, and more!

 

Author Spotlight: Julie Kibler

Julie- who are some of your favorite authors?

As a kid, my favorites were, of course, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Frances Hodgson Burnett. From young adulthood on, I always loved Maeve Binchy and Rosamund Pilcher. In recent years, I’ve been especially engrossed by books written by Chris Cleave, Chris Bohjalian, Elizabeth Berg, and too many others to name. I actually hate to name favorites, because tomorrow I’ll remember a different one and think, “OOPS.”

Do you have any #literaryconfessions?

Many more than I’ll ever admit. Maybe one is that I am a Bronte girl, much more than an Austen girl. I always enjoy movies made from novels by any of them, but I have never made it all the way through a Jane Austen novel! Ack!

Do you have a #literarycrush?

Recently I was painfully, heart wrenchingly in love with Will Traynor, right along with Louisa Clark in Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You. Longstanding crush? Probably Rochester from Jane Eyre. I always seem to fall for the complicated, difficult heroes.

What books have you been looking forward to reading in 2014?

I have a stack of books calling my name, but a few from friends I’m especially looking forward to. Ellen Marie Wiseman’s What She Left Behind is burning up the charts since it released a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to get started. Lydia Netzer’s second novel, How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky, will be out this summer. I loved Shine Shine Shine! I want to read other books by Rainbow Rowell (I LOVED her YA novel Eleanor & Park in 2013).  I could go on and on.

What was 1 book in 2013 that everyone was buzzing about- but you have not read?

Probably Elizabeth Gilbert’s Signature of All Things. I would like to read it, but haven’t yet.

If you could be best friends with a character from a book- who would it be? And why?

This sounds morbid, but if I’m ever diagnosed with a terminal illness, I hope I’m surrounded by friends such as the characters in Elizabeth Berg’s Talk Before Sleep. Berg has a way of writing characters that just seem to “get” life — and me! I read the things they think and say and nod and smile and say, “Yes.”

 

 

*Thanks to Julie for sharing her #literarycrush and #literaryconfessions- among other things! Connect with Julie via Facebook or website!

 

 

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Bloggers Made of AWESOME: Kerri @ Turn the Page Reviews

 

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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!