Lights, Camera, Blog Action!
01 July 2010
If anyone would like to participate email me at email@example.com.
Today I am featuring Melanie from The Book Nook. This a relatively new blog that I have really been enjoying since it started. Melanie is a fellow Australian who has really good taste in books and can write a really good review. There's barely a book she's read that I haven't though to myself "I want to read that too". So please make sure you have a look at this great blog.
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1. Tell us something about yourself
I live in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. I love reading books, talking about books and now blogging books.
2. What was your favourite book as a child or young adult, and why?
I remember when I was 13 I absent mindedly selected a copy of Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca” from the shelves of the school library. I could not put the book down, and remember most of it to this day (some 23 years later). It gave me a sense of great satisfaction when I started blogging, a couple of months ago, to learn that many book bloggers cited Rebecca as one of their all time favourite novels.
3. Why do you love to read?
Hmmm that is tricky isn’t it? I know I do a lot of it. I guess I read to recapture that same sense of exhilaration I experienced when I read that first “grown up” book all of those years ago. I read for the sheer joy of being transported to another place and time and some other human drama. But then the really good fiction also reveals something to me about myself and the common human experience. Too deep? Well, I also just really love the look, smell and feel of books.
4. How do you choose your books?
Now that is a somewhat random affair. I still indulge in the ad hoc perusal of book covers and blurbs for inspiration, but probably less so these days. I like to read equal amounts of new publications and books that have stood more of a test of time. The typical “classics” but also novels that made a splash in their day and are no longer much discussed. I do read a lot of reviews and make some selections from these.
5. If you had to narrow it down - who would be your 3 favourite authors and what would be your 3 favourite books?
Well, du Maurier of course, I have read everything of hers just about, including her short stories. Sue Grafton for her reliable and charming alphabet mysteries and Tim Winton, an Australian writing master.
My three favourite books, goodness this is difficult, let’s just say that the following three would feature strongly in the top ten: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert and Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. And I am going to mention one other (naming three is impossible for someone as imprecise as myself) which I have just read and has catapulted into top ten status, The Master, by Colm Toibin.
6. When and why did you start your blog?
I started my blog in April of this year. I wanted an outlet to put down my impressions of books I am reading. I don’t think it was a real plan. I am also currently fascinated with this apparent explosion in different ways to enjoy books, from ordering services like Book Depository, to digital print books and audiobooks. Like most things with me, starting the blog was a bit of a whim and I found I really enjoyed it.
7. How did you choose your blog's name?
The Book Nook is a common enough bookish expression but derives from a quote by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.”
8. What do you love about book blogging?
Everything!!! I really enjoy reading posts on other blogs. Finding out what people are reading and enjoying.
9. What tips do you have to offer to other book bloggers?
I am not sure that I have been doing this long enough to offer advice. I can say that I pretty quickly decided to write my reviews in my own voice, using a format I am comfortable with. Some of the book blogs are spectacularly good and I think starting out it can be a bit intimidating to set something up in comparison. So my advice would be not to compare and just have fun with it.
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I am one of those people who lists Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier as one of their favourite books as well. I was of a similar age when I read it for the first time, maybe 14 or 15. It was actually a school text and I devoured it faster than anyone in the class. I re-read it at least once a year usually, it really is a great book. I do find it a bit strange that you list Wuthering Heights as one of your favourites. I read it earlier this year and have to admit to having mixed feelings about it. Everyone was so horrible I didn't know what to think! I also choose my books randomly. I have never been able to plan what I will read next like I see a lot of people do. It all comes down to how I feel.
Anyway, thank you for participating Mel, it was great to learn more about you and I hope that everyone else takes the time to have a look at the wonderful Book Nook.