Lights Camera Blog Action

This is a special feature dedicated to spreading the word about the other great blogs that are out there! I have found a lot of great blogs through such features and I want to be able to share some book blog joy too!

Today I am featuring Kathy from The Literary Amnesiac. I only discovered this blog very recently, but I am enjoying reading the reviews very much and I hope that everyone else enjoys them too. 

Tell us something about yourself
My name is Kathy and I am a reading addict. I like some other things too, but I'm pretty sure my only addiction is books. And chocolate. And sleep. I used to take everything literally (that's my mom's fault) but my husband helped me realize that if someone says their old car "ran like a scalded dog," that doesn't mean it tucked its tail between its wheels and dove under a bush while pitifully bawling, "yipe yipe yipe" . . .

What was your favourite book as a child or young adult, and why?
I have always loved the Chronicles of Narnia. My parents gave me the set for my 9th birthday and I've read all 7 so many times that I've lost count. I will never forget how once, when reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe aloud, I misspoke and said that Father Christmas "crapped his whip" . . . much hilarity did ensue.

Why do you love to read?

I love to read for the same reason that I love the Chronicles of Narnia. This certainly doesn't happen with all books, but when I find a really good one, it's almost as if I become a part of it. Books transport me. I love it when books absorb me completely. I love it even more when books make me think. Funny how someone else's writing can teach you more about yourself.

How do you choose your books?
I select books like a starving man at an all-you-can-eat buffet. I always have my eyes and ears open for new titles and authors. On the other hand, I'm somewhat picky. I will almost always read a synopsis before deciding whether I want to read a particular book, and if I don't think I'll like it based on that synopsis, I'll rarely give the book a chance. Many of my TBR books came from the BBC's "100 Best Loved Books" list, and quite a few of the more recent additions have come from other book blogs. 

 If you had to narrow it down - who would be your 3 favourite authors and what would be your 3 favourite books?
Three favorite authors: Sam Taylor (I've only read two of his books, but they were both thought-provoking and absorbing), Henry James (I love the way he delves into the varied incarnations of the Victorian psyche), Geraldine Brooks (she has an incredible way with words and weaves a story masterfully). Three favorite books: (I'm going with my 3 favorites of the past year, as I'm really bad at superlatives and I just don't think I am capable of choosing three all-time favorites) The Amnesiac by Sam Taylor, Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, and The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. 

When and why did you start your blog?
I started my book blog almost exactly one year ago, mainly to serve two purposes. First, to help me remember what I have read and what my thoughts were on each book. Second, in hopes that I would find other people who have read some of the same books, so I can hear what they think too.

How did you choose the name for your blog?
I first called my blog "Books I'm Reading," until I noticed how boring that was. Then I went with "Reading Frenzy," not being bloggishly suave enough to realize that someone else already had a blog by that name. "The Literary Amnesiac" is part shout-out to one of my three favorite reads of the past year, part reference to how easily I forget what I have and haven't read.

What do you love about book blogging?

My favorite thing about book blogging is gathering my thoughts on a book into a cohesive form. Who would have ever thought I would come to love writing book reports?? It's also super-cool and pretty exciting when I get comments.

What tips do you have for other bloggers?
Oh gosh, tips for other book bloggers? I would think you all have way more tips for me than I have for you. I do have certain things I look for in a blog I'd like to follow, but I may be the only one, so don't go changing your blog just for me. BUT if you are looking to please me, here are three things I like in a book blog: #1, posts (which are not too short, but not too long!) are mostly about books you've read, and the posts about your Great Aunt Margaret's crock-pot recipes are kept to a minimum; #2, the layout isn't so busy that it's confusing and scares me away; and #3, you have a brief but descriptive section that explains what you're up to, which makes it easy for me to figure out if I'll be interested in the majority of your posts. It certainly doesn't hurt when I see a blogger has good taste in books (meaning we've read a lot of the same ones, of course). ;)
The Time Travellers Wife is one of my all time favourite books as well. I cry every time I read it, even though I know what's coming. I can also identify with what you say about changing the name of your blog. I changed mine a few times before Page Turners was born.

Thanks for participating in Lights, Camera, Blog Action, I hope everyone takes the time to have a look at The Literary Amnesiac. 

If anyone else is interested in participating in Lights, Camera, Blog Action then please send me an email to the I would love to hear from you.


  1. Hi Becky,

    Nice post--I would love to participate but I am getting ready to sign off soon (heading to an author appearance in town by Charlaine Harris!). Also, I would love to add your button to my blog. Can you send me the html code so I can add it to my list of Faves?


    Julie (Reading Without Restraint)

  2. I do like Literary Amnesiac's blog too. I have been following her.

    You have an award here:

  3. Hey Becky,

    Sorry I haven't been around a lot this week. I was out bush and had really crap internet reception where I was staying.

    I LOVE what you've done to your blog. It looks absolutely fantastic!

    I also loved this interview especially, these bits:

    three things I like in a book blog: #1, posts ... mostly about books you've read, and the posts about your Great Aunt Margaret's crock-pot recipes are kept to a minimum; #2, the layout isn't so busy that it's confusing and scares me away ...

    A general ban on Aunt Margaret's crock pots! Hear hear to that!


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