Hooray for blog awards! Thanks to the Book Girl from South Carolina, I am now the proud recipient of the Liebster Award, which means that I get to partake in a fun little Q&A about blogging, books and celebrity crushes!
Here’s how it works: Once a blogger is presented with the award, they must pay it forward to 10 bloggers, then they nominate 10 more, and so on. It’s like chain e-mail, but without the threat of a year of bad luck if you don’t play the game. It’s a fun way to connect with other bloggers, make new friends and attract more followers.
Without further ado, here are my bookish ramblings:
What made you want to start blogging?
I tear through so many books, and it’s hard to remember them all. So it made sense to keep track of all my reads in a blog. Plus, I do a lot of science writing in my day job and there’s only so much room for creativity. So this is a fun way to hone my creative writing skills without having to deal with a committee of editors. Not only do I get to be my own boss, I’m also making quality friendships with authors and fellow book bloggers. Starting up Chick Lit Café was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I’m so happy to be a part of such a wonderful book blogging community!
What book has influenced your life more than any other?
The most treasured book on my shelf is The Secret Garden. I read it back in second grade when my teacher praised my reading skills and urged me to read a book above my grade level. I doubt she even realized how those few words of encouragement inspired my passion for reading.
What author would you want to meet if you could choose anyone?
Oh that’s an easy one. Stephen King!
When you’re reading, what is your craziest bookish habit?
Well let’s see here…I have a lot of OCD reading habits. I guess if I had to pick one, I’d say that before I fall asleep at night, I roll over in bed with my Nook and read at least 10 pages.
How many hours a week do you typically spend blogging?
Ballpark, I’d say a couple hours. I wish I had more time, but I’ve got a LOT going on in my life!
What is your favorite literary series of all time?
This is tough. I’m the most faithful to Carolyn Haines’ Bones Mysteries. I love the zany characters, the atmospheric Mississippi setting, and the puzzling whodunits. Plus there’s ghosts and fuzzy, four-legged sidekicks!
What is your favorite book to movie adaptation – now or coming soon?
Well it’s not a movie per say, but I’m going to have to go with the Dexter series on Showtime. Of course, the books are better, but I’m thoroughly entertained by the complex characters, the cliffhanger endings, and the bizarre serial killers. Oh and I’m also a big fan of a shirtless Michael C. Hall!
What is your absolute favorite song right now?
Currently I’m in love with Kate Voegele’s version of Hallelujah. It’s breathtaking.
Who is your #1 Book Boyfriend and someone you would totally date in real life if you could?
Definitely Eric Northman in the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries.
What is the most frustrating thing about being a newer blogger and trying to get your site up and running?
Aside from getting people to post comments, the most frustrating thing about blogging is not having enough time to read review copies from up-and-coming authors. I hate to say no, but I can’t please everyone – and reading should never become a chore.
Now it’s my turn to spread the love! Here are my 10 nominations:
Here are my 10 questions they must answer:
1. What do you love most about blogging?
2. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one book, which one would it be?
3. What is your favorite genre and why?
4. If you could be any literary character, which one would it be?
5. Do you prefer e-books over print books?
6. Do you have a favorite reading spot?
7. Be honest, do you sometimes buy a book based on its cover?
8. Which book would you like to see turned into a big blockbuster movie?
9. Do you have a favorite book series?
10. Do you like to listen to music when you read?