I love the interview swap! It’s one of my favorite parts of BBAW, simply because you really get to know a blogger that you, usually, have never met before. This year, I get to interview Sheila of Book Journey. Before this year’s BBAW, Sheila and I have never crossed paths, but we both signed up to help Amy and Danielle of There’s A Book coordinate the interview swaps. (That’s right, if you’re not happy with your partner, blame one of us! But I sincerely hope everyone is happy, of course!) It’s been a blast working with Sheila and getting to know her a little better.
I recently did a character interview with my buddy Ryan (Wordsmithonia) and said I would totally love to be Mia from Nora Roberts Three Sisters Trilogy. Now it is really weird as I do not read Nora Roberts – but hear me out…. the Three Sisters Trilogy (Dance Upon The Air, Heaven and Earth, Face The Fire) would stand up to any Paranormal reads of today. 🙂
I would also love to live on the island that they talk about in this book…. set me up… I am there.
2) Has blogging made you a more adventurous reader? If yes, what’s one book that you’ve read because of blogging that you otherwise might not have picked up? Are there books you’ll still avoid?
Yes – TOTALLY. I love that. Blogging about books led to comments suggesting other books I may like, as well as reading book blogs and finding books that I wanted to try – yes yes yes… I am way more adventurous in my reading than I was three years ago.
My one book example would be Hunger Games. Based on the synopsis… kids killing kids? Uhhhh…. I’ll pass. But the blog raves, I had to read it…. then I became an evangelist for the series and sold other people on the book. I think thats what we do as book bloggers…. we spread the book love.
3) What made you start blogging? What do you like to do when you’re not blogging or reading?
I started blogging before I knew I was blogging. I thought I was just keeping an online journal of what I was reading. I tend to read so much occasionally I will read a book that I have already read and I thought by journaling I may avoid that. When people started commenting it kind of freaked me out. Now I love the comments and feel I have made many friends (some I have met!) through this crazy world of book journaling… errr…. blogging.
When I am not reading and reviewing I love to ride my bike in Minnesota bike tours. I enjoy meeting people and have a lot of fun. I do several 75 – 150 mile bike rides a year. I also enjoy rollerblading, traveling, Mission trips to Honduras, crazy events, and hanging out with friends and family.
4) Book favorite basics: Favorite book? Favorite author? Favorite series? Favorite genre?
This one is tough. I used to be able to easily tell someone my favorite book… now there are so many, same goes for author, series, and genre. I am a diverse reader. I would say that I have a place in my heart for The Harry Potter Books because they are so amazing and have made so many readers. J K Rowling is amazing. I always read anything by Harlan Coben, Denis Lehane, Deen Koontz, like many genres too.
I dont know if I have any influences to my reading. I have read since I was a young girl… and neither of my parents were readers, nor do I have any fond memories of anyone reading to me… its just what I did. I have always found so much in books. In fourth grade I received the class bookworm award… one I still hold on to fondly.
6) What’s the meaning of life? (Steph of Steph Su Reads asked me this in my first ever BBAW and I can’t help but keep including it in my interviews)
The meaning of life? Hee hee…. I wish I knew. I think life is training for something bigger. Here we learn how to handle different situations, some hard lessons, some not too bad… I think we learn to love one another, treat each other, ourselves,and the earth with respect and be the best version of ourselves that we can.
Thanks so much Sheila! I’ve loved getting to know you today.