Book Bloggers Abroad (8) – USA

Book Bloggers AbroadWelcome to the weekly guest post in the Book Bloggers Abroad series. Every week a book blogger from a different country will be featured who will talk about what it’s like to be a book blogger where he or she lives.


Our guest blogger for today is Mari from USA. Her book blog is called Bookworm with a View. She reads and reviews mainly literary and contemporary fiction. She also likes memoirs, historical fiction and classics. So, go and have a look and discover some new books! Mari lives in Washington Valley, NJ where George Washington and his army camped for two winters during the revolutionary war!

2010 has been filled with excitement for me. My husband and I moved 1,200 miles this summer, from ‘middle America’ to a small town in northern New Jersey (for my husband’s job).

"The green" in my hometown

A little about my life: I am a dog loving, marathoner, wife, mother, organizing fanatic who practices yoga, and loves to read. I’m also addicted to my iPod. If I’m not listening to podcasts I’m usually listening to an audio book. It’s my ‘must have’ gadget!

I get most of my reading done on the weekends but try to find time everyday to relax with a book. It’s not unusual for days to pass without getting time to read which is why audio books are important to me (some days I listen for hours, while running, grocery shopping, etc.).

Until a few years ago I was lucky to read a book a month. Now that our son is older I seem to find more time to read. I read 2-3 books a month these days and have plenty of time to blog in the morning before walking ‘down the hall’ to my office.

We have one son who is away at college and two dogs, Sadie and Jessie keep me busy and fill the house with noise.

Work: During the day I work fulltime as a financial analyst in an international role. I also manage a book club for the Manic Mommies. We are a virtual book club that meets monthly to discuss books with authors.

Books and blogging: Most of the books I read fall into the literary/contemporary fiction category. I also enjoy memoirs, historical fiction and have been reading classics this year.

There is a wonderful bookstore about 25 miles from home that I adore. If you have watched the movie ‘You’ve Got Mail’, the bookstore has the same feel but they sell all types of books. With the demands of life… I usually buy my books from the Barnes and Noble which is across the street from the grocery store. Earlier this month I bought a Nook, I wonder how this will change my book purchases…

If I were to suggest a few books written by American authors that have International appear I would pick, The Poisonwood Bible (by Barbara Kingsolver), The Blue Notebook (James Levine) and both novels by Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife, and Her Fearful Symmetry). They are not new titles but each book is different, well written and unlike anything else I have read. I believe all of these titles are available globally.

Until recently my blog has been a book blog. Since announcing the move earlier this year, I have enjoyed blogging about more than books, sharing bits of my crazy life occasionally. Come visit and leave a comment, I would love to learn about you!

Click on the world for a Google Maps picture!

Thanks Mari, for letting us have a look at your life as a reader and blogger.

Don’t forget to take a look at Mari’s blog. If you have any questions or comments for Mari, just leave them in the comments section.

Next week Mystica from Sri Lanka will be visiting us for the ninth Book Bloggers Abroad guest post. Don’t miss it!

About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

9 Responses to Book Bloggers Abroad (8) – USA

  1. Wallace says:

    Mari, since you have listened to so many audiobooks, are there any that you would recommend that you thought were particularly well done?

  2. Carin B. says:

    Oh a marathoner! I am very impressed! I feel like I’ve accomplished something if I can job to my mailbox! I will definitely have to check out your blog!

    How are you liking New Jersey? Where are you from in Middle America?

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  4. Tes says:

    I think you blog has been a community for talented women. This is another great guest post! I wish I visited the book store like the one in “you’ve got mail”!

  5. Miel Abeille says:

    Another Jersey girl! I’m near Washington Crossing, where Washington crossed the Delaware River to defeat the British in the Battle of Trenton on Christmas Day! Small world!

  6. Novroz says:

    Hi mari 🙂 your life sounds fun.

    I try listening to audiobook once but I always ended up sleeping. I stay awake only if it’s a short story….I don’t why audiobook didn’t work for me.

    Yeaaa you have the same kind of blog as I am…not focusing on books only…I’ll go and check your blog now

  7. gnoegnoe says:

    What an interesting post, Mari! Coincidentally I am currently reading The Poisonwood Bible and it’s great — I won’t be surprised if it ends up in the top region of my 2010 favs! So I can only second your recommendation. Listen to Mari, people! 🙂

    I also loved The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, although I prefer the first. Yeah well, it made me cry… 😉

    Greetings from a cat loving but fellow eclectic blogger! 😉

  8. Kris says:

    I just hopped over here due to Scene of the Blog and happened to start reading the book bloggers abroad posts. I’m excited to see another book blogger who also runs! My hat’s off to you for running a marathon, the most I’ve ever done is 10 miles and that over 10 years ago! Lol! However, I’m currently in training for a 10 mile race in November and if my foot survives, I’ll work towards a half marathon this coming April. yikes!

  9. I’m embarrassed to see that I haven’t commented to this post. I clicked through after reading about the 2011 challenge.

    Audio book recommendations: Her Fearful Symmetry, Julie and Julia, Every Last One, My name is Memory, I’d know you anywhere and Hapiness sold Seperately are all very good. I also enjoyed The Help and Olive Kitteridge… I recommend all of them.

    Moving: I like to say I lived in Minnesota for 30 years, took a pit stop in Omaha Nebraska before moving to NJ. There is nothing to do in Omaha if you are active (no trails, lakes or outdoor activity groups, and not a lot of culture). We LOVE New Jersey! I run in Jockey Hallow all the time.

    Running: I’m training for an ultra marathon in January and will ‘retire’ from long distance running after crossing the finish line. I will cross… even if I’m crawling! HA. I can’t wait to get back to the gym, take yoga classes again, etc…

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