BBAW interview swap

Now that I’ve finished sulking over the Ashes and Spring has bought the sunshine back, I thought I’d come out of hibernation. I’m currently re-reading Cate Kennedy’s short story collection Dark Roots before starting her debut novel and will post my thoughts later this week


In the meantime, as part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week I participated in an interview swap for which fellow book blogger Jenny‘s answers to my questions are below.

My answers to Jenny’s questions will be up on her blog today, and the BBAW site will link to everyone particpating. It’s a good opportunity to get to know people, so take a look!

1. Who are your favourite authors, and why?

Jane Austen: Her accurate descriptions of people, society, and behavior during her time, and her sense of humor. 

Tasha Alexander: Victorian England never sounded so enticing and dangerous.  There are mysteries to be solved.  Her heroine is fantastic with a another good sense of humor.

2. Any authors you really don’t like? If so, why?

Not in particular.  Although, I did read Slaughter House 5 by Kurt Vonnegut, and he is not for me.  Sorry but I just don’t get it. 

3. What is your reading comfort zone i.e is there a particular genre, subject, style that you read a lot of and usually enjoy?

Historical fiction, mysteries, and a good romance book or bodice ripper every now and then.  I do try to incorporate more of the classics, but I have been hit or miss lately on those.
4. Is there anything you’ve read and enjoyed that you didn’t expect to?
 A wonderful little book of short stories by Melanie Haney, titled The Simplest of Acts.  I don’t normally read short stories but the majority of hers resonated with me.

5. Where’s your favourite place to read?

 Oh anywhere really, but probably outside on a bench or on my front step.

6. What do you do when you’re not reading? Any hobbies?

 Knitting and while watching television.  I watch entirely too much television!

7. Do your family and friends know about your blog? If yes, what do they think?

 Yes, they know, but I don’t believe they have ever looked it up.  I share an ignored knitting blog with my one girlfriend, and I know she checks out my book blog, but as for the rest, I believe they think I’m a little out there.  My mom thinks it’s just great I have this wonderful hobby of blogging.

8. I notice you’ve read some ARCs. Do you generally enjoy them? If there were any exceptions, did you find it hard to review them?

I only accept ARCs of books that appeal to me.  If it’s a subject I don’t read, like a biography, then I turn it down.  I have had pretty good luck so far with my ARCs, however I do have one now I just couldn’t finish.  I will write the review saying as much, but it’s still difficult, because the book will probably appeal to others.  It just didn’t work for me.  I try to be tactful and honest.

9. How do you work out what rating you give to each book?

 I am terrible!  I have yet to publish my rating system.  Generally I base it on a 100 point system, with 100-90 representing an A, 89-80, a B, and so on.  I feel I can be more accurate than using a 1-5 point system.  High A versus low A.  Very nerdy, I know, but I use numbers in my job so it makes sense to me.
10. What would you like to improve about your blog?
Oh, I am always trying to fix my blog.  I recently added two tabs up at the top, but now I’m trying to work out some pictures to represent the tabs.  Way beyond my skill set, but I keep trying.  I would also like to become better with my comments back to people.  Sometimes I email them back directly, sometimes I address them right on the post.  Oh yes, and learn HTML, or at least have a working knowledge of it.