BBAW Day 2: Interview Swap


Happy Book Blogger Appreciation Week! I have so much fun doing this every year, though this year I’m scaling back and just doing a couple of the daily topics so that I don’t die of typing fatigue.

This topic was a definite do from the time it was announced — I love Interview Swap Day because I get to make a new friend and maybe so do you! You can also learn potentially interesting things by popping over to my interviewee’s post and seeing what questions she asked of me!

Now, please allow me to introduce Sandy, from You’ve GOTTA Read This!

SandyBrief biography: I’m a stay-at-home mom with two teenagers, and not only spend my time chauffeuring them to all of their events, but cooking, cleaning the house, doing yard work, golfing, running, and volunteering at the kids’ school. And partaking of a fine wine now and again. I’ve been blogging for four years, and read all genres.

1. I note that you read a good mix of audiobooks and “regular” books… how do you decide which format to read in? Audio books were a great discovery for me, since I almost never sit down during the day. It allows multi-tasking! In almost all instances, if a book is longer than normal (generally anything over 400 pages), I will get it on audio because I just don’t have the time to read the print version. I also have some narrators that I adore, and will only listen to those books on audio. I get some audios sent to me by publishers for review, and obviously those make it on to my iPod as well.

2. I also note that you have a movie feature every week. Are your movie-watching and book-reading tastes similar, or do you find yourself watching different things than you would read? That is an interesting question! I’ve never thought about that. I do read all kinds of books, and usually have the best luck with ones that are very different…books that stand out from the norm. I tend to be slightly intimidated by dense historical fiction, and my “brain candy” or comfort reads are murder mysteries. This would totally apply to my movie tastes as well. I stay away from period movies, but will basically watch anything that is unpredictable and well-acted. But a good horror flick? Love it. I think I’ve rubbed off on my daughter. She has watched every horror movie known to man (even the B movies)!

3. Where do you get the books you read? For audios, I get review copies, and the rest come from our library in Orlando. It is such a phenomenal library, and get just about everything possible in the audio format. For print books, I do occasionally participate in a bookstore binge (ha!) but many come from publishers, my blogger friends, or the library. I think I have enough books right this moment to last me until I die. And let’s not even talk about my Kindle! E-books are perfect for the closet hoarder!

4. What one book, if it were just you and that book on a desert island, would convince you to try to swim home instead of reading it? Haha! I love that question. Well I did read the first Fifty Shades of Grey for my book club. So my first response would be the next two books in the series. Lord that book was awful. The things I do for my book club! Coming a close second would probably be some huge doorstop of a book about the Tudors. Like Wolf Hall or something. Those books are very intimidating to me.

5. What is your favorite post that you have written? Oh, I think by far my favorite was one I wrote in conjunction with Jenners (Life With Books) to review “Middlesex”. I can’t take credit for all of it…Jenners is a comedic genius. But it was SO MUCH FUN to write with her. Here is the link: http://sandynawrot.blogspot.com/2010/09/jenners-and-sandy-cook-up-great.html

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17 thoughts on “BBAW Day 2: Interview Swap

  1. lamaryanne says:

    I hope you told her that Wolf Hall is the next pick for your book club… 😉 Which… I should probably get to reading since it’s a dense historical fiction nightmare.

    • Alison says:

      Back in my long-commute days I, too, could not be without an audiobook in the car! Now my trips are too short — I’d never be able to remember what was going on. 🙂

  2. sandynawrot says:

    I figured I might get some tomatoes thrown at me for bringing up Wolf Hall. Hee hee. Actually my book club picked it for our read in two months. I shan’t be participating. I even read Fifty Shades and Freedom for book club, but I just don’t think I can do it!

    • Alison says:

      I would not have read Fifty Shades; you must love your book club. 🙂 Wolf Hall is going to be a looooong book because I expect I’ll have to have our club historians clue me in on, oh, everything that happens because I am not a history person at all.

  3. Literary Feline says:

    I adore Sandy and her blog. 🙂 And what a great interview! I understand where you’re coming from re: 50 Shades. I still can’t believe I actually read the first two books. LOL

  4. Amy says:

    Haha, I had the exact same thought Mary did about Wolf Hall. Which, now that I’ve sort of figured out how the dialogue works is moving a little quicker. (not much, but a little)

  5. farmlanebooks says:

    I’d join you in swimming away from Wolf Hall and it sounds like a lot of bloggers feel the same way! If your book club have picked it I’ve been informed that the audiobook is very good and makes it easier to understand – there are multiple narrators so you can work out who “he” is – one of the most confusing aspects of the text. I still haven’t been tempted to try it this way (I abandoned the text version) but as you are an audiobook fan I thought I’d at least let you know there is an option.

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