Book Blogger Spotlight: Just a Lil’ Lost

We’re excited to bring you our October Book Blogger Spotlight! This is where we chat with one of our bloggers, ask them to share some of their favorite authors, the books they can’t live without, and find out how they came to book blogging.

This month, we bring you our chat with the wonderful Michele from Just a Lil’ Lost. You can follow her on Twitter @JustaLilLost.

What made you want to start a book blog?

I have always loved blogging, and used the Post a Day Challenge on WordPress last year to get back into the swing of things. A friend noticed that I often wrote about books that I was reading so she suggested I look into book blogging! I’m surprised I didn’t immediately think of doing that to begin with, since I always wanted my blog to have a main topic… this was really just inevitable!

What’s your favourite reading spot?

Anywhere! I will always have a book with me so anywhere I can get a chance to read is a favourite spot. I actually enjoy reading while commuting. It makes the trek go by faster, and if it’s somewhere further I have to go, I just figure it’s more reading time for me!

Your favourite book in the last year?

My favourite book of last year was The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I absolutely loved that book, and quite enjoyed the movie as well.

Favourite book of all time?

Favourite book of all time would have to be the Harry Potter series. I know, I know… it’s not ONE book but those really are my favourite. I don’t re-read books except for this series. But, if I absolutely had to pick a favourite from the series, I’d say it’s #6 – Half Blood Prince.

Favourite author?

Going along with my previous answer, it would have to be J.K. Rowling – for sure. It’s so inspirational how she started writing, while sitting in a coffee shop and having publishers turn down her manuscript before it finally got published. Rags to riches… it’s amazing.

Favourite movie adaptation of a book?

That’s a tough one… at the risk of sounding repetitive and saying Harry Potter again (even though they are my fave) I’ll say The Notebook. I thought the book was okay but I absolutely loved the movie. I joke that I tend to have a cold heart towards sappy movies or books but this film had me bawling!

What do you do when you’re not working on your blog?

When I’m not downing Starbucks’ caramel macchiatos at my day job in marketing or out with friends for brunch, I can be found with a book and my laptop, near a TV. Besides reading, I am also a bit of a TV junkie and, like I am with books, there are way too many good shows that I don’t get a chance to check out. There is just not enough time in a day to read all the books, and watch all the shows, that I’d like to!

Do you seek reader engagement on your blog? If so, how does this affect your ideas about books and authors?

Hmm yes and no.. I welcome comments and thoughts on reviews or other posts that I may have up on the blog. It’s more when I’m reading reviews that I tend to be more selective. There was a highly-anticipated book last year that I was very excited about. In passing, accidentally, came across someone’s thoughts on it and the one thing they had a problem with it. The entire time I was reading the book, I couldn’t get that issue out of my head because the seed had been planted. I hate spoilers, so I tend to stay away from reviews on books that I plan on reading soon, just so it won’t taint or bias my own view of it.

Do you read other blogs? Which ones?

I read many other book blogs – which would be too numerous to list. Other than that, I frequent Entertainment Weekly‘s site, and sometimes Wired, Gizmodo and Jezebel.

How has your blog developed or changed since you first started?

When I first started it, it was a blog about anything of interest that came to mind. It developed into what it is now, a “mostly-book blog” where I still can use it to discuss particular topics that I find interesting, share my photographs and – of course – discuss all things book related

Book Blogger Spotlight: Serendipitous Readings

We’re excited to bring you our June Book Blogger Spotlight! This is where we chat with one of our bloggers, ask them to share some of their favorite authors, the books they can’t live without, and find out how they came to book blogging.

This month, we bring you our chat with Marci, from Serendipitous Readings. You can find her on Twitter @SerendipReads.

What made you want to start a book blog?

I wanted to see if there were people out in the blogosphere that had the same taste of books I had, as well as opinions – and how they differed.  I have come to find that not only are people opinioned about books they are just as or more than I am!

What’s your favorite reading spot? 

Favorite reading spot in the summer has to be outside – in a chair, on the grass, on the beach, have book will travel!

Your favorite book in the last year? 

I just read one called The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye absolutely could not put it down for the 12 or so hours it was glued…wait I was glued to it!

Favorite book of all time? 

I would have to say The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Favorite author? 

Just one ?!? I have so many!  Lawrence Hill, Philippa Gregory, Scott Westerfeld, Vincent Lam,  Andrew Pyper..the list could go on, and on and on!

Favorite movie adaptation of a book?

I would have to say The Soloist by Steve Lopez.  Some or most of the political issues weren’t included in the movie, but still a fabulous book!

What do you do when you’re not working on your blog? 

I take our dog Remington out for walks, I talk about people about books, I am on twitter, facebook, and because I’m a single parent, doing all of the running around that needs to be done!

Do you seek reader engagement on your blog? If so, how does this affect your ideas about books and authors? 

I do seek reader engagement.  I believe that everyone has a valuable opinion and it usually doesn’t affect the ideas – thoughts I have about books and authors.  When I’m reading a book for review, I try not to read other reviews until I am finished.  I don’t want their interpretations of the same book I’m reading to skew my opinion.  Even on social media websites there is the occasional scuffle which either includes a blogger, an author, both or something /someone else.  In the beginning, it was exciting to hear all of the drama (right?) Now I’m more of the thing about all of us getting along and supporting one another, trying to work things out.  Life is too short, wouldn’t you agree?   But, there have been times when an author has gone all up and down someone and I thought wow, how can I make this not happen to me or to someone else? Or what has made the author so angry to make them explode on a public forum like that, it must have been bad if they have gone and done that!

Do you read other blogs? Which ones?

Sure I do, mostly when there is a book I haven’t heard about or a geek blog such as Mashable, Good E-Reader.  Like I had said earlier, I don’t really read book blogs unless there is a book that I haven’t heard of, or it has had a fantastic review of one I have already read and adored.

How has your blog developed or changed since you first started?

I guess in the beginning it was all new and exciting, I created a blog on Blogger.  After about a year or so after that I moved to WordPress and just last year I created my own site now that I pay for out of my own pocket, which I hope that will stay as relevant as any other blog out there.  I try to look beyond what the person is trying to say in the comments or when they send me an email about an issue I have covered and try to help them as much as I can.  There are the usual ups and downs, but I try not to let that get to me.  Everyone has their own opinion and they are welcome to share it, even though I may or may not agree/disagree with it.

Book Blogger Spotlight: A Bookworm’s World

Welcome to the second month of Book Blogger Spotlight, where we chat with some of our bloggers, ask them to share some of their favourite authors, the books they can’t live without, and find out how they came to book blogging.

This month we’re bringing Luanne Ollivier out from between the pages to chat about her blog A Bookworm’s World.

What made you want to start a book blog?

I’ve always loved to read. I thought a book blog would be a great way to keep track of what I’d read and my thoughts on books and authors. Initially I had no idea that there was such a large book blogging community out there. I started connecting with other bloggers, publicists and authors and it grew in a way I never imagined!

What’s your favourite reading spot? 

That’s a seasonal decision! In the summer I love reading in the hammock hung between two massive maple trees in my backyard. In the winter I curl up in a comfy chair in my library at home. (Yes I am lucky enough to have one room all to myself and my books. I think it was my husband’s attempt to contain all the books in one place!) And my favourite spot is a little snug at the end of my upstairs hallway.

Your favourite book in the last year?

Oh boy, that’s hard to pin down – I enjoy reading many genres. I really enjoyed Left Neglected by Lisa Genova, The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby and the Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich so far this year. But I like a good thriller as well -Linwood Barclay is a favourite. And the year’s not over yet…

Favourite book of all time?

Ahh! Another hard question. I wanted to live with The Borrowers in their little tiny world and join the Ingalls in the The Little House on the Prairie when I was younger. (Funnily enough I did work as a historical interpreter in a living history museum at one time) I wanted to be Nancy Drew too. As an adult though, I’d have to say Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens.

Favourite author?

Again, hard to pin down to just one. Lansens of course, but again, it depends on the genre. There are many mystery/thriller authors that I follow regularly. But it’s a thrill to discover a debut author or someone I haven’t sampled before.

Favourite movie adaptation of a book?

I rarely will go see a movie based on a book – adaptations always seem to fall short for me. However, I thought Shutter Island was well done.

What do you do when you’re not working on your blog?

I’m lucky enough to have a job I love – I work in a large public library, so I’m surrounded by books day and night! One of my favourite parts of my job is reader’s advisory – coming up with book suggestions for patrons. I also enjoy quilting and have a large vegetable garden. I collect odd pieces of bric-a-brac and enjoy combing through antique malls and flea markets for unusual finds.

Do you seek reader engagement on your blog? If so, how does this affect your ideas about books and authors?

I enjoy each and every comment that is left on my blog and try to respond to each one as well. I enjoy hearing someone’s thoughts on a book we’ve both read and respect differing opinions. But no, they don’t really affect my ideas.

Do you read other blogs? Which ones? 

I have to ( need to, want to!) know what books are coming soon, what’s newly released etc, so I read publisher blogs pretty much every day. My google reader is overflowing, but I try to stop by to visit blogging friends I made right at the start – BermudaOnion, Serendipitous Readings and I participate in a Canadian Challenge at The Book Mine Set and many more. I also stop by LibraryThing and Good Reads regularly.

How has your blog developed or changed since you first started?

In the beginning, I really just posted whenever I got around to it. Now I usually have a review post on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. Many times I hold a giveaway or author guest post on Tuesdays. I started a new feature over a year ago on Thursdays called Over the Counter, focusing on new, unusual or just plain quirky books that pass over my library counter that catch my eye. My good friend Julia contributes guest posts every so often and Ella, a teen friend, has just started contributing as a YA guest blogger. What hasn’t changed is the layout of A Bookworm’s World and that probably needs to happen sooner rather than later -suggestions gladly taken!

Make sure to check out A Bookworm’s World. You can also follow Luanne on Twitter @LuanneO.