Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ArmchairBEA DAY 3 : Blogger Interview


I really enjoy the Interview portion of Armchair BEA!
The reason I sign up for events like this is the opportunity to "see" and be "seen" by fellow Bloggers. Today I'm pleased to have an interview with Carrie from BOOKS AND MOVIES I really like the neat style of Carrie's Blog and the fact that she combines two of her passions together. She also has one of the most detailed lists of posts and contests! Scroll down to learn more about Carrie and visit the above link for her BEA posts:

1) Tell me about your Blog History: what inspired you? How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging in 2005, mainly as a way to record my parenting and homeschooling experiences. I live in a very small, rural town, and so the online homeschooling community was essential to my sanity! After a few years, when homeschooling had simply become part of our life, I discovered I wasn't blogging about it as much - but I was blogging about my reading, and enjoying the wonderful book blogs I had discovered over the years. I decided to start my own book blog - and the rest is history! In fact, I love book blogging so much, that I very rarely post anything at my personal-slash-homeschooling blog anymore.

2) If your books could talk what would the say about you? :)

That my personality is all over the place! :) I am fascinated by both the past (historical fiction) and the future (dystopian fiction). I have a teenage daughter and enjoy sharing books with her (YA fiction). I sometimes long to escape reality (fantasy). I have a morbid interest in the seedier side of human nature (mysteries and thrillers). When I like someone, I'm loyal (series fiction). I cherish my faith (christian fiction) and family and friendships (contemporary women's fiction). I value the things that last (classics). And, I'm not very organized, since there is no method to the way my books are shelved.

3) I love how you organize your series reading!

What factors determine if you continue with a particular series?

If I love the first book in a series, I will almost always continue with the series. In fact, the subsequent books would have to be pretty bad for me to give up - that loyalty thing. If I simply like the first book, I'll give the second a try, and if it still doesn't wow me, I probably won't continue. The main reason I'll continue a series - especially a long one - is that I love the characters. For instance, the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich: not every one is a winner, and they are all a bit similar, but I adore the characters, so I'll read to the very end.

What's your favorite series right now?

You're going to force me to pick just one? I'll go with the first one that popped into my head: the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie R. King. Book one is The Beekeeper's Apprentice - and it is amazing.

Is there any series you are struggling with ?

The Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I really liked the first book, but the second one didn't have the same impact. I'm still not sure if I'll give book three a try or not.

4)Have you ever attended BEA, ALA or any other large book event?

No - and I'm dying to! I live in a rural area about an hour and a half north of Spokane, Washington - not exactly the hub of literary activity. Spokane does have a great independent bookstore - Auntie's - that has author events, but they almost always happen on weeknights, which means driving home late at night, and that doesn't appeal to me much. When the kids are older and (hopefully) finances aren't so tight, I will attend BEA so I can meet all my online blogging and author friends.

5) if you were attending BEA this year what would you be most excited for?

I think I already gave that away in the previous answer! While all the book events and review copies, ARCs, and swag would be amazing, the main thing that has me dying to go to BEA is the chance to finally meet my fellow book bloggers in person. I am blessed with some wonderful online friends, and one of the best things ever would be to get to meet them in real life.

Thanks so much, Kai - I am happy to meet you, and I plan to spend some time clicking around on your blog!

Thanks so much Carrie :)
I'm being interview by the lovely MICHELLE of True Book Addict HERE go tell her hello :)


Mariya said...

I agree that the ARCs are awesome when going to BEA. But I want to meet and hang wit so many of my onlines blogger buddies. So bummed I couldn't go this year. I'm so jealous of all the pictures they are teasing me with =DDDDDDD

Carrie K. said...

Thanks for interviewing me, Kai - it was nice to meet you. :)

Carrie K. said...

Thanks for interviewing me, Kai - it was nice to meet you. :)

Lieder Madchen said...

Great interview. :) I love The Beekeeper's Apprentice, too! It is my favorite mystery novel and I may like it even more than the original Sherlock Holmes stories. :)

Chrisbookarama said...

I agree, Carrie, I'd want to meet the bloggers at BEA, including you. Great job guys!

Kaitlyn (Kaitlyn in Bookland) said...

I agree that one of the best parts of BEA would be meeting all of the other bloggers! Thanks for a great interview :)

Mickey @ imabookshark said...

I completely feel you on the series thing! On my blog, I have a page dedicated to the series I've read, which ones I liked, and which ones I had to stop after how many books it took. Like you, I love Stephanie Plum and I'm struggling with Fallen! I read the second one, and ehh. We'll see :o)

I interviewed Bob @ The Guilded Earlobe. Check it out? Thanks!

Mickey @ imabookshark