What are you like outside of blogging?
I’m pretty shy until you get to know me. Once that happens though, I’m completely different- most people are shocked that I curse quite a bit, sometimes for no real reason other than it’s fun to curse. I love to make people laugh and do have an irreverent sense of humor (by the way, Family Guy never offends me, so that tells you something about my own humor, lol). I’m also quite nerdy and am a media whore (aside from having a ton of books, I have a ton of CDs and DVDs). I love to sing and dance too, though have never done it outside the privacy of my own home (unless you count choir in high school, but it’s not like I did solos or anything). I don’t really know what else to put… so if there’s something else a reader wants to know, leave a comment and I’ll answer there!
What book changed your life?
I guess I’d have to say The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot because it introduced me to YA and opened me up to a wonderful new genre of books. And also Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt in a way, which I’ll explain in the next question.
What made you decide to start your blog?
Lauren Barnholdt was trying to do some online promotion for her then-upcoming book Two-Way Street and asked her blog followers (of which I was one since I’d read and loved her debut Reality Chick, now re-published as Watch Me) to help her out. She said she was open to doing interviews and I jumped at that chance because I thought it would be cool. Well, I was right and I loved coming up with questions for her. I decided that I wanted to do more interviews and post my thoughts on books so I created a Myspace account in late June 2007 and did a blog there, which I moved over to Blogspot in 2009 and have been there ever since. So going back to the last question, Two-Way Street changed my life by inspiring me to create a blog.
What blogs/bloggers inspire you?
It’s a bit hard being inspired when you were one of the first book bloggers, but one of the bloggers I look up to is Kristi from The Story Siren. She helps out so many bloggers with her Dear Story Siren/Dear Publisher and Building a Better Blog posts and is a part of so many different things, like the Debut Author Challenge. And she does all this with a job! I’m unemployed currently and I barely have the time to just do a post a day! It’s crazy.
I also look up to blogs like Presenting Lenore, Steph Su Reads, and Persnickety Snark because of the amazing discussions they have on their blogs. They’re so insightful and intelligent and I wish I could have discussions as great as theirs.
What are your goals for your blog in the future?
I don’t really do goals for my blog. Maybe I should, but I don’t. I just keep reading and reviewing books, interviewing authors, doing my current features Meandering Monday and Cat Friday, and participate in memes like Waiting on Wednesday and In My Mailbox. My goal, I guess, is to just keep blogging and doing the best I can.
Do you love or hate your mailman?
I actually don’t really know my mailman because I live in a townhouse complex and the mailboxes are all together at the top of the hill so I have no contact with him/her. But I guess I do love them because they deliver the fabulous books that publishers send my way. 🙂
-Book of all time– Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (if you haven’t read it, GO GET IT!)
-New release- Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble and Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith
-Genre- I love and read all kinds, but I think romantic comedies are my favorite.
-Place to Read- I prefer my bed but the downside is that then I get tired and have to nap, lol. But really, anywhere comfortable will do- the couch is my usual place.
-TV show- OMG SO MANY! But I’m particularly enjoying Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Cougar Town, Family Guy, and Parenthood. I figured I should stop at 5. But as for shows not on anymore, Gilmore Girls, Charmed, Golden Girls and Newsradio are my faves.
-Candy- Anything chocolate, like Milky Way, Kit Kats, Twix, though I do also Skittles and Starbursts every so often.
-Drink- Chocolate milkshake and Wild Cherry Pepsi.