It’s been so busy in the lead up to Christmas I’ve been running a little behind on posting interviews. So today I’ve got not one, but TWO fabulous book bloggers in the spotlight…
I am talking to Leah (left) who writes for Chick Lit Reviews and News, and Rea (right) who blogs at Rea Book Review.
They have both been so supportive of me from the start of my writing career.
Between them they have reviewed around ONE THOUSAND books, so they really know their stuff!
You can find out more about them below…
1) Hi Leah! Thanks for taking part. Please tell me more about yourself. What are your three favourite things?
Hello! My name is Leah, I am 23, I live in sunny Tenerife. I work at Iceland, the supermarket. My three favourite things are dogs, books, and American TV shows.
2) Where can we find your blog and how long have you been reviewing?
I blog at http://chicklitreviewsandnews.com and I’ve been blogging since 2009 – I’ll be celebrating five years blogging in March 2014 and I cannot believe I’ve been blogging in that time! Also during 2014, I will go past the 1,000 books read mark and I’ve reviewed more than 500 novels. Stats like that scare me, mind. I’ve only been reading since 2007/2008.
3) Wow! Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because at the time there weren’t any chick lit blogs around, except for Chick Lit Club and Trashionista. I loved chick lit and wanted to get the word out. Now, there are chick lit bloggers everywhere you look and more are appearing on a daily basis.
4) What’s the best and worst thing about being a book reviewer?
The best thing about book reviewing is probably knowing that publishers trust in you, and send you their precious proof copies to review, that’s an amazing thing to know. The worst is probably the fact that there are now so many chick lit book bloggers that we all end up posting the same stuff at the same time. There’s no originality any more. Also, when you come up with an idea that’s unique to you, to your site… and someone takes it, and tries to pass it off as their own, because they cannot be bothered to come up with something of their own.
5) What’s your favourite book of all time and why?
Ooh, this is a tough question. I’ve read so many books, and love so many authors, but there’s always one book I say whenever asked this question and it is Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. It was her debut novel, and no novel she’s written since then has compared. I adore it. I’ve read it so many times, and it’s a book I think every chick lit fan should read.
6) What is it about books that you love so much?
I love that books let you get lost in a fictional world. I have the most boring real life ever, spent either at work or at home reading books, and I love that authors can take me to far-flung destinations, or just make me yearn for England, and home. You never know what’s going to happen in a book, the only thing you know for sure (and that is REALLY what I love about books) is that there will be a happy ever after. That’s what I adore. Happy ever afters in real life are rare, and there’s just something so happy about the certainty that a happy ever after in a book is a real, proper, these-people-won’t-divorce happy ever after.
7) Who is your favourite fictional character of all time, and why?
My favourite fictional character of all time has got to be Becky Bloomwood. I love her dearly. Everyone who meets Becky falls in love with her, because Sophie Kinsella has just made her so relatable and so easy to love. I always get super excited when there’s an announcement of a new Shopaholic book, because being with Becky never gets old.
8) How do you feel about books being made into films. Do you think this is a good thing?
It honestly doesn’t bother me. I think some books translate better than others, but for the most part I’ve had a happy experience with books being made into films. The only one that’s disappointed me is Confessions of a Shopaholic. But, there are others that do work. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Something Borrowed, all awesome. The Hunger Games movies are EXACTLY as I imagined they would look, and that is just the most bizarrely weird feeling because I walked out of the first movie and I said to my cousin ‘That is exactly how I saw it’, it was like the movie makers had gone into my head and took all my ideas and just made it PERFECT. If I was an author and someone wanted to make my book into a movie, I’d be chuffed. That’s the dream, isn’t it?!
9) Do you prefer print books or ebooks and why?
I like both. I will always be loyal to the paperback, because I love the feel, the smell, the fact I can put them on my shelves with their pretty covers, but ebooks are the future. My Kindle allows me to read at night without a light because my Kindle is backlit. It means I don’t have to carry a massive 600 page novel in my bag, I just need my Kindle. Ditto if I go on holiday. I love my Kindle, and wouldn’t be without it, but I will always prefer paperbacks. Many times after loving an ebook I will buy the paperback for my to-keep bookshelves.
10) Do you read books quickly, or slowly, and why?
I’m a super quick reader. I worry a lot that most of the books I read go in one ear and out the other, I read that quick, but I have to use my days off wisely. I get three days off a week and I’m disappointed in myself if I don’t finish at least three physical books and one ebook. I just have to read, read, read, read, read, because I have to try and keep on top of my TBR shelves. (Not that I am on top, I’ve still got over 300 to read and I still buy more…)
That’s a lot of books to get through… Good luck Leah!
You can connect with Leah on Twitter – @ChickLitReviews
1) Hi Rea. Welcome to my blog! Can you tell me more about yourself? What are your three favourite things?
I’m Rea Sinfield. I’m 28 years young! I live in Orpington in Kent and my three favourite things are books, chocolate and handbags.
2) Where can we find your blog and how long have you been reviewing?
I started my book blog in May 2011 in that time I have reviewed 403 books.
3) Amazing! Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I went shopping for books one day and came back with six nice new books! The problem was because I had been ill and read a hell of a lot of books I lost track of what I had read and when I began reading these books I thought I was very clever because I knew what was going to happen next ! It turns out I wasn’t very clever at all I had already read four out of the six books! So I decided to start a blog to keep track of what I had read and also to keep track of particular authors I liked. I never dreamed that my little blog would end up being of interest to other people!
4) What’s your favourite book of all time and why?
This has got to be JoJo Moyes’ Me Before You, I very rarely re-read a book as my attitude is too many books too little time but I have read Me Before You three times now. It has everything that you could hope for in a book, it’s unpredictable, fun, romantic, and emotional and it is one of the few books that has made me cry real tears not just brought a lump to my throat.
5) What is it about books that you love so much?
It is the one and only thing that makes me switch off from day-to-day life and actually relax. To be able to stick my nose in a book and stop stressing and worrying about normal life and get lost is someone else’s world is just heaven!
6) Do you prefer print books or ebooks and why?
100% paperbacks. I do own a kindle and I read books on them, but it is that age old thing that there is nothing like the feel and the smell of a paperback and also I love to share books I love.
7) If you don’t like a book, do you have to finish it? If so, why?
No, there are so many books out there waiting to be enjoyed so if I get to around 50 -100 pages and I really am not enjoying it I stop.
8) Do you read books quickly, or slowly, and why?
I read books really quickly so I am told, I think this is because I get so engrossed in the story line I seem to fly through the pages eager to find out what happens next.
9) Do you prefer a genre? If so, why?
Chick lit. I love this genre because it is easy, feel good reading that is pure escapism.
Thank you so much Rea!
You can connect with Rea on Twitter – @bookreviewbyrea