Lights, Camera, Blog Action!
22 July 2010
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Today I am featuring Sarah from Loving Books. I discovered Loving Books some ago and have really enjoyed reading Sarah's posts. It's a very simple, easy to read blog and at the moment she is hosting a great Harry Potter Summer at Hogwarts Read-a-Long.
1.Tell us something about yourself:
I'm Sarah. I'm about to start my last year of college. I'm an American in love with British comedy, history and of course books!
2.What was your favorite book as a child or young adult, and why?
As a child I had a hard time with reading. It turns out all I really needed was glasses, and badly! Unfortunately I didn't get a real eye test until I was 11. At that point I was a little too mature for children's books and was at a loss for what to read. About a year later someone recommend that I read Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. I was only about 12 but I fell head over heels in love with it. I picked up everything else Tracy Chevalier had written at the time and followed her to other historical writers. I started Harry Potter later that year and haven't stopped reading since.
3.Why do you love to read?
For me one of the best parts of reading is being transported somewhere else. I like being able to put myself in someone else's life for a few hundred pages and just go with the flow. With books you can move through time and space with just a turn of a page, and can use your imagination to fill in the blanks.
4. How do you choose your books?
I'm a picky eater but when it comes to books I'm pretty open. I am a member of a few communities on Livejournal and follow enough blogs here on blogger that when I see a review that peaks my interest I put the book on my TBR list. I do read a lot of historical fiction, and lately a lot of books inspired by fairy tales, but I try to keep a good balance between general contemporary fiction, historical fiction and classics. Pretty much the only thing I stay away from is Science Fiction. I just can't get into it.
5.If you had to narrow it down - who would be your 3 favorite authors and what would be your 3 favorite books?
I change my favorite authors ever few months depending on what I've been reading and what mood I'm in, but a few have stood the test of time and keep me checking amazon for new releases.
1. Jonathan Safron Foer - I have yet to find something Foer has written that hasn't mesmerized me. From short stories to Everything is Illuminated I'm just in love with him. I saw him speak about Eating Animals (which I haven't read) at the Harold Washington Library last November and I was so impressed. He really is an amazing man. His wife, Nicole Krauss is also an amazing author, but she doesn't make my top 3.
2. Milan Kundera - I'm not sure what it is about Kundera that makes me love him. In fact he has written some things I have flat out hated, but when it comes down to his work there is always something haunting and memorable. After I read The Unbearable Lightness of Being I was in a daze for days. Immortality gave me a hard time, but some of his ideas still make me think over a year later. He's really not for everyone, but I'll still pick up anything with his name on the cover.
3.J.K. Rowling - I'm a Harry Potter geek, as my blog these past few months clearly shows. I love how Rowling created a world. Not just a few places and characters but an entire world. There isn't much I can say about her that hasn't already been said, but I grew up with Harry Potter - the last book came out the summer I graduated high school - and she'll always be on my list.
1. Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier - wonderfully written, about 2 girls living by a cemetery in turn of the century London. My favorite of Chevalier's books
2. Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger - I love the Glass family. I have big plans for a future dog named Zooey (to go with the one I currently have who is named Buddy)
3.Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - by far my favorite of the incredible series. It has love, history, horcruexs! What else could I ask for?
6. When and why did you start your blog?
Loving Books was started in September of 2009. I started it because I wanted a place to keep all of my reviews so I could look back over what I've read. Before I was posting all of my reviews in my livejournal, but since I am in the middle of a 10 year blog everyday project my reviews were getting lost because i'd forget to tag them. I didn't start actively trying to be a part of the book blogging community until earlier this year, but I'm very glad I did!
7.How did you choose your blog's name?
My blog is called Loving Books. Really it just shows my lack of creativity when I created it a little under a year ago but I like it. It's simple and to the point. My blog is really all about loving what I'm reading so I think it still fits.
8. What do you love about book blogging?
I really love the community atmosphere. There are so many awesome bloggers out there with interesting takes on books I love and on books I've never heard of. I feel like I can always find a fresh perspective on a book or just fun little tidbits by looking through the blogs I follow.
9. What tips do you have to offer to other book bloggers?
Really, the best advice that I can give would be to keep blogging. Find meme's and challenges and blog about them or create your own events - just something to break up book reviews. And of course to have fun. What's the point of blogging if you're not having fun with it!
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I hear so many wonderful things about Tracy Chevalier, which I noticed is the author of one of your favourite books. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I do have The Virgin Blue sitting on my TBR shelf just waiting for me. I also like that you say one of your favourite things about reading is being transported somewhere else. That is one my favourite things too. I feel like I'm not here when I am reading, I am in the place that I am reading about and that is a really nice feeling.
Thanks for participating and I hope everyone takes the chance to discover another great blogger.