Back in January Shell at Books By The Cup nominated me (and others) for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and now I finally have a chance to answer her excellent questions. The award is given from one blogger “to those who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.” Thanks for thinking of me, Shell!
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 6 months and why?
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton, because he blew me away with his strength, forgiveness, and positivity in the face of unimaginable oppression.
What’s the worst book you’ve read and why?
I suppose this is in the last 6 months, not all time (which would be Billy Budd by Herman Melville because it pissed me off so badly when I had to read it in the 10th grade.) Hmmm… this is hard to answer because I don’t finish books I don’t really like. I did not care for Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker. That was my most recent DNF. It wasn’t the book for me, but I can see how some people would love it. It was just way too much information for me and I realized I didn’t actually care about wine to that level of detail.
What book have you read recently that’s outside your comfort zone?
Probably A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole. It’s a straight-up contemporary romance with steamy sexy parts in it. I haven’t read very many of those at all. But I really enjoyed it and found it to be smart and feminist with a page-turning plot.
What has blogging taught you about yourself and others?
It continually teaches me to stop comparing myself to others! (A very valuable life lesson for me.) It’s taught me to follow my OWN path and believe in who I am right now, just as I am. It has also taught me that book people are the smartest, most encouraging and compassionate people on the internet!
What format do you read the most in?
Paper books. I do not prefer to read on screens because I am in front of a computer at work all day, and I concentrate better reading than listening.
Why is reading an important part of your life?
Why is breathing an important part of my life? 😉 Reading provides me so much: knowledge, vicarious experience, empathy, escape, joy, fun, satisfaction, excitement… it truly is the thing I geek out the most about and the pursuit I can’t imagine my life without.
How many unread books do you have?
Ha! Well, I just did a recount for the #unreadshelfproject2019, and I have 63 unread books in paper or e-book form at my house.
What book would you reread every year (if you like to reread?)
Anything by Jane Austen or Barbara Pym.
What is the most memorable bookstore or library you’ve been to?
The Toronto Public Reference Library is so unique and HUGE!
What’s your favorite genre?
Mysteries and thrillers. I like mysteries on the more realistic side but not totally gruesome or disgusting.
What advice would you give a new blogger to improve conversation and engagement?
Find the blogs you enjoy reading the most and comment consistently on those. Don’t try to follow or comment on a million blogs. If a blogger doesn’t comment back regularly on your blog, then maybe you don’t need to expend a lot of energy on theirs in return. You will find your core group of bloggers over time, and they will bring you so much joy and good energy – and introduce you to so many interesting books!
I enjoyed answering these questions! I’m not going to tag anyone but here’s a question you can answer in the comments if you like:
What’s the book that’s been sitting on your bookshelf unread for the longest time and why haven’t you read it yet?