This is my favorite part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week… the interview swap! Today I am introducing you to Robin, of My Two Blessings. She was kind enough to answer some questions for me about her hectic life, and I talked with her about library science and my undying love of Jasper Fforde, which you can read over at her site! Without further ado…
1) I note that your blog started off with much less talk about books… when and why did you decide to add more books to your posts and/or life?
I’ve always been a reader, but when I started my blog didn’t know anything about book bloggers. It was home school bloggers that influenced me to start blogging. I have to give the credit to Katrina from Callapidder’s Days for getting me started blogging about books. Up until that point I never even thought of blogging about what I was reading. I heard through some home school bloggers about the Fall Reading Challenge 2007 and decided to join in. Through the challenge, I discovered the beautiful world of book bloggers.
2. In your most recent posts, I see a couple of books I’ve read and enjoyed, but mostly books I have never even heard of. How do you hear about the books you read?
I’ve discovered quite a few books through the book and author blogs. Mental Multivitamin was a big influence and got me started thinking outside my book box and trying authors I normally wouldn’t have read. And it just sort of snowballed from there. Then, I started following some of my favorite authors who post on group blogs such as Murderati and started checking out some of the other authors books. I have a lot of my favorites that I read such as J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts, Stuart Woods, Ted Dekker, Charles De Lint, Patricia Briggs, no matter what they write.
3. What genres draw you in?
I’m a pretty eclectic reader but the main genres that pull me in are thrillers and suspense, paranormal, fantasy and science fiction and romance.
4. What components of a book (dialogue, writing style, font face, whatever) are important regardless of genre?
The writing style is important to me. I prefer 3rd person point of view but am branching out a bit and discovered there are a few writer who do 1st person point of view really well. The writing really has to pull me in from the very beginning. I’m a very visual person so if I can’t visualize the story, I lose interest.
5. Are your son and husband readers, too? Do they share your tastes (or your tastes as a kid) in books?
My husband loves to read, except he only reads non fiction and loves war and spy stories. I usually pick him up a couple books whenever I’m at the bookstore. I’m working on my son. He has a room full of books but seems to gravitate to graphic novels and is into bionicles right now. He finally expressed an interest in Harry Potter, so we are reading the first novel together.
6. How easy is it for you to find time to read as a homeschooling parent and student yourself?
Schedules! We’ve got a good routine down for lessons and my studies. After all there are 16 hours in the day when I’m not sleeping. It’s easy to find time to read when you love it. I read while eating breakfast, during lunch, and in the evening when James has gone to bed. I don’t watch much tv so that isn’t an issue.
7. In fact, how easy is it for you to find time to eat and sleep?
LOL! I need my sleep. If I don’t get my 8 hours a night, I’m a very grumpy mom.
8. What is your favorite activity to do outside of reading?
9. What is the one book you would least like to be stuck with on a desert island?
The least? Hmmm! Does Captain Underpants counts as a book?
10. What is your favorite post that you have written?
Yikes, that’s a hard question, since I’ve written over 900 in the past 3 years. I think it would have to be a personal one – How our Life Together Began. Every time I read or think about it, it reminds me of how blessed our lives have been. Still gives me goose bumps to this day.