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!

If anyone would like to participate email me at pageturnersbooks(at)

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Today I am featuring Rachel from And the Plot Thickens. Rachel's blog has been on my favourite blogs for a long time now. There are so many things about it that just click with me - the two main things being the design (which is fabulous) and the content. Rachel reads such good books that I am constantly thinking to myself that I want to read that book as well. Her reviews are also really well written, which is always a plus!

Tell us something about yourself
My name is Rachel. I am a high school English teacher. I live in Sydney with my fiancé and two cats. Besides reading and blogging I love to write, cook, grow my own vegetables, travel and explore new places, listen to heavy metal music and attend the theatre. I am also completing a history degree at the moment as I love to learn new things. 

What was your favourite book as a child or young adult, and why?

Reading was my favourite activity as a child and it still is. I would read whatever I could get my hands on and spent a fair few of my lunch times hunkered down in the school library reading. My favourite book from the school library was called 'Bog Bodies' and it had pictures and details of the mummification process of bodies caught in natural disaster, such as avalanches. Kinda sick right? But I loved it and read that book over and over again. Other than that, my mum is a big reader so she would always read to me, or get me to read to her, from a very early age. Some of the authors I remember loving were Enid Blyton, Paul Jennings and Roald Dahl. 

Why do you love to read?
I guess I find it relaxing and entertaining. Reading is my favourite way to unwind on my days off or before bed after a long day at work. I believe some of the most important things in life are learning and growing as a person, and reading always offers something new – you learn a lot from books, even fiction. Books hold not only a lot of facts and history, but insight into what is it to be human, which I find fascinating.

 How do you choose your books?
I choose my books by recommendations from fellow bloggers, friends and family. If I love a particular author I may use Fantastic Fiction to recommend similar authors. Sometimes I just walk into a bookstore and see what takes my fancy. I have found some really good books this way.
If you had to narrow it down  - who would be your 3 favourite authors and what would be your 3 favourite books?
This is probably the hardest question for a book lover to answer. I am going to go with Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. I love Murakami and am slowly making my way through all his books. Kafka is my favourite to date. Secondly, I would say Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides. I have read this book a number of times and loved it every time. Thirdly, We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. This book blew me away. It was so well written, so touching and emotional. I am yet to read anymore of Shriver’s works as I am not sure they could ever measure up to this masterpiece. 

What are you currently reading and what's been the best book you have read in the last 6 months?
I am currently reading ' The Passage' by Justin Cronin. This may very well shape up to be the best book I have read in the past 6 months. For now though, I am going with 'The Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Brilliant.
 When and why did you start your blog?
I started my blog in January 2010. I was working on the 101 goals in 1001 days project and one of my goals was to read 101 books. I found that my favourite part of my blog became writing book reviews and tracking my reading progress. So with some encouragement from fellow 101 bloggers, I decided to take the leap and start my very own book blog. Best decision ever. I love book blogging.
 How did you choose your blog's name?
Once I decided to start my blog I found coming up with a name to be really hard. I deliberated for a few days and eventually ‘And the plot thickens…’ just popped into my head! I probably read it in a book. I loved it and it stuck!
What do you love about book blogging?
I love the book blogging community. Everyone is so friendly and encouraging. It’s been wonderful meeting people who share my passion for books. I also love discussing books. There is nothing better than writing a review and having people comment and discuss their own opinions of the book. Comments and discussions make my blog worthwhile.

What tips do you have to offer to other book bloggers?
The only advice I can really offer is to be yourself and write in your own voice. That’s what makes a blog special, seeing the person who is writing it come through. Also, don’t be afraid to read new books or try new genres, you will be surprised what treasures you may find if you open up your mind.

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I considered becoming an English teacher when I finished school, but wasn't sure that I had the patience for teaching. I sometimes still think about doing a Dip Ed. I love the thought of studying English at University and have recently been considering going back to do just that. Then I remember how difficult it was studying and working and think about my current HECS debt - and then put it off :-) It must be great to teach English to children though, especially in High School. It was always my favourite subject.

We have so many favourites in common, but I have to admit that I haven't read any of Carlos Ruiz Safon yet, despite all the good things that I hear about his books. I will try to prioritise him when I can. 

Thanks for participating in Lights Camera Blog Action. I hope that everyone takes the time to leave a comment for Rachel and heads on over to her blog. It's well worth it!


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