I'm really pleased to have Michelle from The True Book Addict at One Book At A Time. I'm so glad we were paired for the interview swap. I love her blog and look forward to discovering more historical fiction through her reviews!
Tell us a little about yourself?
I'm a stay-at-home mom of two boys. Until recently, I was a part-time student majoring in history and English, but I capped out on student loans so I was unable to go back this semester. I've turned this bad news into good by deciding to focus full time on writing my novel. Now...if I can just stop procrastinating! Five things I love: my boys, books, cats, history and Christmas!
When did you start blogging and why?
I actually started dabbling with blogging about books on MySpace two years ago. Then, last summer I met some book bloggers on Twitter (namely, Ryan at Wordsmithonia) and was introduced to the book blogging world. I had no idea that the community was like this and I was so enamored of it. I launched my blog early in August of 2009. And the why? I live, breathe, and eat (just kidding) books! I just love talking about books, whether anyone is listening or not. It's cathartic and it helps me to enjoy books all the more.
I see you have 7 different book blogs? Do you update each regularly?
The True Book Addict is my main blog, my book blog, and I update it many times per week. Historical Fiction Connection is a historical fiction hub for authors and bloggers that I co-produce/edit with Marie from The Burton Review...updated whenever we receive content from authors/contributors. Challenges of the True Book Addict is where I keep track of the reading challenges I'm participating in...updated as I finish and review books (ideally). The Christmas Spirit is my year round Christmas blog (Christmas fanatic here!)...updated every 25th of the month, throughout July, and from Thanksgiving week through 12th night (or Epiphany). 101 Fantasy Reading Challenge and The Michener Challenge are dedicated blogs for two perpetual challenges I host...updated as needed for the challenges. Finally, The Story Inside Me is my writing blog that I am planning to use for writing updates, inspiration, and accountability. Sorry you asked?
How much time do you spend on your main blog? How about the others?
I spend a lot of time on my main blog. It's hard to gauge in time, but I am constantly posting and changing things there. When I update my challenge blog, I usually spend a large block of time because I made the mistake of joining too many challenges and it takes me forever to update. Believe me, I've learned my lesson! As for the other blogs, pretty much what I said in question 3.
What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
I love the book blogging community. I have made some great friends on the blogs. It's amazing that there are this many people who are of the same mind as me, at least when it comes to the love of books!
When is your favorite time to read?
My best time for reading is night time because I'm such a night owl. I tend to drowse while reading during the day, unless I'm reading away from home.
Do you have any family members that enjoy reading as well?
My mom, my sister, and my dad. My mom and I are the ones with HUGE home libraries, although mine is more huge than hers! My sister and I probably have the most in common in our reading tastes. My sons also love books, although sometimes laziness rears its ugly head. But I think my love of reading has rubbed off on them enough so that when they are really comfortable with reading, they will love it for life. *fingers crossed*
I counted 32 current challenges and 1 complete! How do you keep up with them all?
It's very difficult and I do not recommend it. Last year was the start of my first year blogging and when I found out about reading challenges and saw all the new ones coming out in the new year, I was like a kid in a candy store. I just recently updated my challenge blog and I have conceded to failure on several. So, again, lesson learned. I will be much more selective next year.
Do you read anything that wouldn’t fit into a challenge (besides the page count and 100+ challenge)?
Not really. I can usually manage to even fit review books into challenges since most of them don't require you to list your books ahead of time.
What’s been your favorite challenge so far?
My favorite challenge is the R.I.P. Challenge hosted every September/October by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. Second would be any historical fiction challenge.
Do you have a favorite genre? I would say historical fiction based on your blog and some of your challenges, but I could be wrong?
Yes, historical fiction is my favorite. Followed by horror and fantasy. I'm a pretty eclectic reader, but I'm drawn to historical fiction.
Is there a genre that you’ve recently discovered?
Dystopian, which I have read and Steampunk, which I have learned about, but have not had the pleasure of reading yet.
Do you have a favorite book of all time?
This is such a hard question because I have so many favorites. But the book I have read the most times is the one I feel is my favorite and that is Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. I have read it four times!
How about favorite of this year?
This is going to sound funny, but I can usually judge how much I loved a book on whether it made me cry or not. While I will read a sad book, I'm not fond of sad endings so it seems kind of a contradiction, but tears do not always mean sadness for me. Tears are often a release or a sign that I've felt something deeply. Two books have had this effect on me so far this year....The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show by Frank Delaney.
What book that is on your to-read list are you looking forward to most?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. No, I have not read it yet! Shocking, huh? I read the books each time within six months before the movie was released. The first part of the last movie comes out November 19th so I'm looking forward to getting the book read before I see it.
Thanks Michelle for answering my questions! And if your interested I answered some question for Michelle which are posted on her site!