BBAW Day 3 – What Book Blogging Means to Me

Book Blogging allows me to “talk” about books! Book blogging is the best outlet I have to share my experiences, opinions, reactions, and general love of books without getting funny looks from people who don’t like to read. If you read book blogs, chances are you’re a book lover, so I don’t need to worry about getting that “Oh, you like to read?” reaction from my readers… I know they like to read. Even if my audience doesn’t care for a particular book that I’m gushing about, I know they are just as passionate about their own reading habits. There is something so wonderful about the book blogging community–we share a love of reading, a love of books both physical and electronic, and the desire to talk about these with others.

 

 

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BBAW Day 2 – My bookish habits

Because I didn’t have time for an interview, here is my alternate BBAW Day 2 response 🙂

 

Sometimes I Nook it, sometimes I Book it.

 
Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
I don’t snack, but I do drink tea. If I’m reading before bed, it’ll be a chamomile or mint tea. If it’s morning, a black tea such as Earl Grey or Scottish Breakfast Tea.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
This depends on the kind of book I’m reading. If it’s a densely plotted, classic novel with dozens of characters, I do. It’s a throwback to my student days. I don’t really markup my margins if I’m just reading for fun.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
Bookmarks! I’ve been collecting them since I was a child. I’ve also taken to using interesting postcards.

Laying the book flat open?
While reading? I tend to hold it in my hand unless it’s a ginormous hardcover, which I will lay down or suffer terrible wrist pain.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
I blog (mostly) about fiction, but I do enjoy non-fiction. My non-fiction genres of choice include historical biography and general history or theory.

Hard copy or audiobooks?
I’ve never tried audiobooks and don’t think I ever really will.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?
I tend to read to the end of a scene.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
I do, but this mostly only happens with foreign words or phrases.

What are you currently reading?
I am currently finishing Cassandra Clare’s City of Lost Souls and Eloisa James’s Paris in Love. Both have taken me far longer than I care to admit, mostly because I haven’t gotten a moment’s peace in weeks!

What is the last book you bought?
A Game of Thrones by George R. Martin. I’ve had a preview on my Nook for months and finally decided to just pick up a paperback copy as it was cheaper.

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?
I am one of those terrible people who jumps from book to book until one is finished… unless the book is soooo good I can’t put it down.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
Mornings, lunchtime, and evenings, because these are the moments I can spare.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
I enjoy both but experience that gut-wrenching disappointment when I finish a series book and have to wait for the next one. This is why I usually wait until the series is at an end before I start one.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
Diana Gabaldon. Her books are the perfect blend of history, romance, and action.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
My books are a mess. My librarian skills do not extend to my personal collection.

BBAW 2012 – showing my fellow bloggers some love

I started book blogging because I wanted to continue thinking about reading as something that could be reflected upon, analyzed, and shared. This was mostly a response to the post-grad school slump, but it soon became an activity that I think of as being an integral part of who I am as a reader and writer. However, I soon discovered that the best part of book blogging is connecting with other readers and bloggers!

Even though I don’t always have time to respond to posts, I do actively read my favorite blogs and wish for their latest great read.

 

These are some of my favorite, semi-daily reads and follows:

Things mean a lot by Nymeth

Nymeth’s posts are intelligent and insightful, and always makes me feel like I’m having an intimate conversation on books, feminism, and literary discovery.

The Story Siren by Kristi

Kristi is the sort of dedicated book blogger I would love to be! I so admire this blog and all that she does to stay current and interactive.

A Chair, A Fireplace, and A Tea Cozy by Liz B

Not only is Liz B an awesome teen book blogger, she’s a librarian!

Austenprose by Laurel Ann

Laurel Ann meets all my Jane Austen needs. She’s always got the latest scoop on Austenesque novels, as well as historical factoids to keep me thinking.

 

My latest book blog find:

The Writer Librarian

I only found The Writer Librarian’s blog last Friday after following a tweet link, but I’m sure it is bound to become one of my regular reads.