BBAW – Book Blogger Interview,
September 13, 2011 36 Comments
I’m participating in the Book Blogger Appreciation Week. There are Book Blog nominations, giveaways and blog posts as part of the BBAW celebrations.
The blog post for today is about : Interviewing a fellow book blogger
BBAW Central has assigned each of us an interview partner. My partner is Shelleyrae of Book’d Out. She’ll be interviewing me today, too. So hop over and check out her blog.
I’m so pleased that I was teamed up with Shelleyrae! We’ve known each other and each other’s blogs for quite a while now and this is my chance to ask some questions – things I always wanted to know but never asked…
Please tell us a bit about yourself…
Hi my name is Shelleyrae, I’m a 30 something married mother of four aged 5 to 15, living in a small coastal town in New South Wales, Australia. I do some freelance design work and I teach digital photography and editing part time, I have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education but haven’t taught children for a while. I have always been a voracious reader and I started Book’d Out a year ago to share my obsession with other people and because I wanted to become involved in this wonderful book blogging community.
What is the focus of you blog?
I’m pretty unfocused really, LOL. My blog simply reflects what I read which is a mix of genres including contemporary fiction, urban fantasy, mysteries, thrillers, the odd romance or horror and some non fiction too. I rarely read books of the same genre back to back unless they are part of a series, otherwise they have a tendency to blur.
Do you post everyday?
I try to post most days but I never really seem to get ahead – I read faster than I can write reviews (which usually takes me two to four hours) so I am always at least 3 or 4 reviews behind and since I read a book a day most days, I rarely catch up. I thought when my youngest son started school this year I would have more time but that didn’t seem to happen. The six hours my children are in school seem to disappear in moments between work and the blog and I try to keep my afternoons and weekends for my family otherwise both the children and my (non reading) husband start making heavy sighing sounds.
Do you post anything else than reviews?
Primarily I post reviews because I find it difficult to find the time to do much else and my schedule is such that I have a review I’m commited to posting almost every day. I generally reserve Tuesdays for guest posts/author interviews and I participate in the Book Blog hop and Follow Friday meme every other week. I started ‘Stuff on Sunday’ a few months ago where I share book related things I come across – anything from fun bookish objects to sites of interest. I would like to include more discussion type posts and have a list of ideas ready to write about, some half written but I just don’t have enough time to flesh them out. I plan to though – soon!
What is your favorite book published this year so far?
You have made it easier for me by specifying it has to be published this year! There are two books that that I have to mention. They have nothing in common except that I loved both of them. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a contemporary fiction novel that I found very touching, it’s a compelling story of tragedy, redemption and the power of love.
Hounded by Kevin Hearne is the first in the urban fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. This book captured my imagination and before I had even finished it I had ordered books 2 and 3, Hammered and Hexed, which were also released this year.
What are the challenges and charms of book blogging from Australia?
I love living in Australia for a lot of reasons but there are a couple of things that make book blogging a challenge. The time zone difference restricts real time interaction with the large majority of book bloggers who are in the US/Canada. I don’t have the same opportunity to enter blogger or publisher giveaways since they don’t post overseas (petty of me I know) and Australian publishers have yet to recognise the value of book bloggers so access to review copies is very limited though that is starting to improve a little.
The biggest issue is the pricing of books here – a trade paperback is usually around $32-$35 as a new release, hardcovers are in excess of $50, mass paperbacks are between $15 and $22, as are ebooks, so reading is an expensive habit. It’s difficult to not feel bitter at the pricing and variety available in the US and UK. Australian bookstores tend to stock bestsellers, popular commercial titles and little else so my love of cosy mysteries and urban fantasy was often frustrated by unavailablity. Book blogging is really all about what’s new so until bookdepository.com, netgalley and e-books at Amazon, I relied soley on my library and thrift stores for reading material, and even my local thrift store charges $5 for secondhand, donated paperbacks!
Do you find that blogging takes away time from your reading or that reading takes time away from your blogging?
I read mostly at night so one doesn’t really affect the other, though too often I’m working on reviews, or surfing through other book blogs when really I should be doing the work I actually I get paid for LOL. It is hard work to balance eveything sometimes.
Do you ever feel stressed about not reading as much as you would like?
I’d love to do nothing but read, but since I actually do have a life filled with family and friends and work I am resigned to reading when I can. For me that often means sacrificing sleep – I rarely get more than four hours a night, as well as stolen minutes as I wait to pick up my kids at school or while I am cooking dinner. I sometimes look at my review commitments for the month http://bookdout.wordpress.com/would-you-like-a-review/reviewed-by-request/ and wonder if I am going to get through it, but so far I have!
Shelleyrae, thanks for answering all these questions. Have a fun time at BBAW!
Go to the BBAW hosting site to find links to other blogs taking part in the BBAW. These will also have book blogger interviews today!