Today is the second day of Book Blogger Appreciation week, and I was lucky to be paired with Jackie of My Ever Expanding Library to do an interview swap. I hadn’t been to her blog before but when I headed over, I was impressed. Looks like we have some overlap in tastes and reading preferences, and I’d recommend you check out her blog.
1. Tell us about yourself and your blog.
Hi, I’m Jackie from My Ever Expanding Library. I’m a single mom of a wonderful 9 year old girl. We live in Bowmanville, Ontario which is about 40 minutes east of Toronto. I started blogging just over two years ago for a couple of reasons. First, I had won a book on Goodreads.com that mentioned a review of the book being greatly appreciated, so I needed a place to put said review. And, second, I had this to-do list of things I hadn’t tried, like MMORPG’s, and blogging. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and, well, here I am, still blogging 🙂 I’m also part of the team at Bookloversinc.com. I picked my blog name because I don’t really get rid of books. The growth is now exponential….to a scary degree.
For the day to day operations at my blog, I teeter between pro-meme and con, sometimes feeling like I’m selling my soul to get followers, sometimes striving to find my unique voice in the blogging world. I chose Blogger way back in the beginning because I had heard of it, plain and simple. In retrospect, in appears WordPress has the better reputation, but I’m unwilling to make the switch just yet. My weeks are up and down with my blog, depending on how much reading I’ve completed or if I’m working on an online course, etc. I’m inconsistent with posting and feel that’s an area I need to address in the future.
2. Tell me something in a story that you’re sucker for. What do you just plain love and look for in a story?
I never really sought out this element, but the more I read satirical books, the more I do source them out now. I’m working on the complete collection of Christopher Moore’s books at the moment. I’ve also enjoyed Molly Harper’s Nice Girls series, Victor Gischler, and… that’s all I can think of right now. I am looking forward to finally reading Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker trilogy, Douglas Coupland, and hopefully more funny writers’ names will cross my path. I love the intellectual quality of these writers. It’s my theory that you have to know an awful lot of stuff to be able to make fun of it effectively.
3. We’ve taken a look at each other’s blogs, and I think there’s overlap in taste. And I love book recommendations! What are three books you’d recommend I read, and why?
Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay – I am a huge fan of GGK and, as such feel, that everyone should read his books. They are nothing short of epic (I say that a lot)! Under Heaven tells a tale of a man in a time and place akin to 7th century China. He has taken on the task of trying to quiet the ghosts of a past war, then all hell breaks loose. Kay writes stories that have so many elements at play that you really get invested in the writing. It’s devastating when they end.
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore – I tell everyone to read this book. I’m not the most religious person but I know enough to understand all the chaos that Biff creates for the Son of God in LAMB. Mr. Moore writes in his notes that even people more devote (than myself) have read and loved this story. For me, it made me laugh till I cried, from beginning to end.
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones – This was a debut novel, full of humour and interesting characters. I listened to it on audio, and really liked the telling of it in that format. This novel has a different take on what a “grim reaper” actually does. There were a few mysteries going on, some human interest, as well as some potential romance.
4. Give us four random facts about yourself
- I am a diesel emission tester.
- I was once asked to fit a man for a bra (no judgement here, but I didn’t feel comfortable being the one to do it.)
- I’m a 2nd year university student trying to work off the academic warning I received 20 years ago :-p
- I live in an 840 sq. foot, 2 bedroom condo and have 6 bookshelves in my small space (and I need lots more…)
5. What are your go-to blogs that you visit most frequently to get inspiration for future reads?
The blogs I visit for inspiration vary depending on the type of book I’m looking for. My YA source is my best friend, Mel at He Followed Me Home; she tells me all the great YA reads, for sure. When I need romance, I ask Caroline at Book Lovers Inc. (and The Secret HEA Society.) For Urban Fantasy, I ask Melissa at My World…in words and pages. Audiobooks are a relatively new thing for me, but I find great recommendations from Caroline (again) and Sheila at Book Journey. Goodreads and my Google Reader have also added more titles to my TBR than I care to admit.
Lamb has been on my TBR list forever! And wow, that’s a little condo for so many bookshelves…but I can totally understand the need for more!
Yes, a pretty small space – I think she’s going to have to get tricky. Like use under bed bin storage or double stack her books. 🙂
Lamb is a great book if you’re in a slump or feeling down; it’ll totally pick you up!
If you’re curious to see, there are pics of my shelves here. It’s proof I’m not talking about little 2 shelf units, lol.
Wow, you have neat looking shelves. I like the dark wood. Makes the books pop. I particularly adore the ones with the glass fronts. Makes me want to upgrade from my $40 each target shelves.
I’ve never read anything by Guy Gavriel Kay but I already copies of Tigana and the first two Fionavar books, I’m hoping I can bump them up my TBR soon. I also have First Grave on the Right on my wishlist.
I want to fill up my room with more bookshelves too! I’m out of free space and I don’t like keeping my books in boxes because sometimes, I forget that I have them. 😛
I want to get a tall bookshelf for the bedroom but so far husband is against. We shall see what I can do. In the meantime, I do tryyyy to keep the number of books I own from growing faster than the space I have by putting them up on paperback swap. It’s not quite working though. Since I use the credits for other books.
Oh! Tigana is my fave of all his books (did I mention I own them all? And that most of them are signed now? *crazy fangirl swoon*)
I have one Ikea shelf that has a double row of books. I get all eye twitchy not being able to see them all at a glance :-p Thanks for stopping by and coming to my blog too!
It’s nice to meek Jackie. 🙂 I love the name of her blog and the image of her small condo packed with books. I’ve always wanted to read some Guy Gavriel Kay so I will add Under Heaven to the TBR.
Great interview, Janice.
Hi Holly! It’s nice to meet you too 🙂 i’m glad I was able to help add to your TBR, lol.
And thanks again to Janice for the awesome interview experience!
Ooh. Good questions! And it’s lovely to meet you, Jackie. I’m a big GGK fan as well. The Fionavar Tapestry is my favorite, though TIGANA is incredible too.
Nice to meet you too, Angie! I really want to re-read all of his books soon, but that is a huge time investment. The Fionavar Tapestry was how I discovered him (I think my books are 20 years old?). I’m a fan for life.