Lights, Camera, Blog Action!
27 May 2010
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Today I am featuring Stacy and Shannan from Girls in the Stacks. It's nice to see a two person team doing some blogging, so make sure you stop by and see what these two are doing.
1. Tell us something about yourself
Stacy and Shannan, i.e. the girls, love reading and have turned their obsession for books into book reviews that are passionate, opinionated and often quite humorous. In addition to traditional book reviews of adult and YA fiction, the girls also have lively book discussions via podcasts and fun (fresh, offhand, original, novel, juicy, bracing) author interviews.
Stacy: A levelheaded and quite predictable person until the wee hours of the night when she is reading, writing and stalking other blogs. It is during the level headed hours she pines for her days as a youth librarian amidst diaper changes and carpool. When not doing all the things listed above you can find her playing soccer (yes, librarians do play) and wondering how her fish survive despite all their odds.
Shannan: Shannan is funny. I mean it. She really is. Incredibly funny. She loves to read and daydream about Eric from Sookie Stackhouse novels. She has a business degree but likes to teach 3-year olds in preschool instead. That is, when she isn’t taking care of her own two kids. She would like to list a multitude of hobbies, but most of what she does revolves around what her kids are doing.
2. What was your favourite book as a child or young adult, and why?
Stacy: I loved (and still do) Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. There was just something about that redheaded orphan that I connected with. Could be the fact I had (still do) red hair and was teased merciless about it. I think those books ignited my zeal for reading and my secret passion for historical fiction.
Shannan: My favorite books growing up have to be The Babysitters Club, Sweet Valley High, and R.L. Stine books. My mother was a wonderful role model for reading as she read a book a day (and that is while she was taking care of five kids!). So, I just read all the time!
3. Why do you love to read?
Stacy: For me reading is an escape. A chance for me to immerse myself in another world, in other people’s shoes, seeing things from other points of views. That, and I liked to be entertained.
Shannan: I love to pick up a book and discover what mystery will be inside. Will it be good? What will happen? Will I want to read it again, share it with my friends, or fall in love with the characters? I enjoy being drawn away from the real world and transfixed in an imaginary one. Ohh…this makes me excited to start my next book right now!
4. How do you choose your books?
Stacy: I mostly choose by reading book summaries along with reading one or two reviews, but I also, at times, admit that I still judge books based on their covers.
Shannan: I hate to admit it, but I do judge a book by its cover. I read the back and try to see if it seems like something that I may like. Here is something that many people don’t know about me. I like to pick up most books without knowing anything about them and be surprised. I just love surprises!
5. If you had to narrow it down - who would be your 3 favourite authors and what would be your 3 favourite books?
Stacy: lol! That is like asking a mother of 10 to name her favorite three children (they secretly do have favorites but obviously can never admit it out loud!)
Let’s see…three favorite authors are Charlaine Harris, Suzanne Collins and Jane Austen.
Three favorite books are Hunger Games/Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, The Strongbow Saga (Viking Warrior, Dragons at Sea & The Road to Vengeance) by Judson Roberts and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.
Shannan: My three favorite authors are Suzanne Collins, Charlaine Harris, and I just adore Lauren Oliver (and one more, please?) Maggie Steifvater.
For girls who have such different opinions, I agree with much of what Stacy says about favorite books. I LOVE Hunger Games/Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (think book 4) and The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. (Of course, Stacy and I love the Bible too.)
6. When and why did you start your blog?
We started our blog about six months ago to share our thoughts, opinions, frustrations, excited-ness (is that a word?), ideas and theories with others. All with the hope that maybe, just maybe we can make some stack lovers out there too. That, and we are book nerds who talk way too much about books.
7. How did you choose your blog's name?
I (think Stacy) really wanted the blog to be “Paperback Princess”, but sadly it was already taken. Then I remembered my friend use to have a job in stacks management (fancy way to say page) so I wanted to go with “Into the Stacks,” but it too was taken. Then I thought long and hard and decided to add “girls” to “stacks” and came up with “girlsinthestacks.”
**For those interested, we have gotten lots of flack for our name. Remember the TV show with Pam Anderson, “Stacked?” dirty-minded people…lol.
8. What do you love about book blogging?
Stacy: I love having a good excuse to buy and read so many books. I also enjoy “talking” with other book bloggers. So many we have met have been extremely nice and helpful. Oh, we have also had the wonderful fortune to have meet and talked with so many amazing writers. Writers are our rock stars.
Shannan: Yes, my passion is reading, so I truly enjoy talking about books! Fiction authors are brilliant and have a wonderful, adventurous imagination. I love to connect with them and find out how they have such zeal to write a novel.
9. What tips do you have to offer to other book bloggers?
We are still pretty new, just learning the ropes of the blogging world, and not sure how sage our advice would be, however here goes, in list format since I (think Stacy again) am a list maker:
* have fun and never take it too seriously
*try new things
*always be polite, remember the saying “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar,” it’s true.
*Accept help when offered
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RL Stine! I forgot all about those books, I loved them as well, along with Anne of Green Gables and the Babysitters Club. Thanks for those tips too. Politeness is important (something that was particularly reiterated to me when I watched the Survivor grand final the night before last).
Thanks for participating!