I would like to thank Susan Kicklighter, my Twitter friend and writer, for tagging me for this Sisterhood Blog Hop. Check out Susan’s blog at http://www.writing4kix.tumblr.com, to find out more about her and the projects she’s working on. Follow her on Twitter @writing4kix.
The rules for this blog hop are:
- Link your blog back to the blogger who tagged you
- Post the Sisterhood logo in your blog post
- Answer the 10 questions you were asked
- Nominate up to 10 bloggers to answer 10 questions of your choosing
I am thrilled that Susan tagged me for this blog hop. I love to read, and I have been told I write a lot, and talk a lot. My friends sometimes say, “Don’t get her started about books; she’ll go on and on.” I pinned the picture below on Pinterest via Misty Star. It can be found on http://www.eatsleepreadlove.wordpress.com. I have been waiting for the right blog to post it.
Below are my answers to the questions Susan asked in her Sisterhood Blog Post. Enjoy!
1. What’s your least favorite book?
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is my least favorite book. Callie discovers she is a hermaphrodite, and I felt that she was portrayed as a freak. I wanted to know more of the history of her grandparents and the setting of the story as the author took us from the Ottoman Empire to Detroit and the Motor City.
2. What’s your favorite book from childhood?
There are so many it is hard to choose. The ones that came to mind are Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, The Once and Future King by T.H. White, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. I read all four books in her Arthurian Saga. The story continues with The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, and The Wicked Day.
3. What author(s) inspired you to become a writer?
I would like to thank Diana Gabaldon and the writers of the television series Outlander. I started my blog because I was inspired by the Outlander book series and television series on Starz. Reading is second nature, but it never occurred to me before October to write anything.
4. How do you feel about eBooks?
I read books on my Kindle and “traditional” hardback and paperback copies. I think I have read more books because of the eBook format than I would have if I were reading only hand-held copies. I could spend my whole paycheck on books. I have discovered new authors through the “Free Book” feature on Kindle. However, I would like to offer some tips I’ve learned along the way as my Kindle is now a constant companion.
Pro Tip 1 – A Kindle Fire’s graphics are so much more detailed and prettier than the basic Kindle. My husband received a Kindle Fire for his birthday one year, and I was happy with my original black and white version. When I downloaded Accidentally Married…to a Vampire, by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, I honestly couldn’t see the thumbnail version of the picture on the cover. My husband said, “What are you reading?” as he showed me a picture of a shirtless man who could be Fabio’s twin on his Kindle Fire. Oops!
Pro Tip 2 – Do Not share a Kindle account with your husband. Between vampires and grey silk ties, I answered the question, “What are you reading?” frequently. Unfortunately, my husband’s device suffered an untimely death, not by my hands. He chose not to replace his, and I am the proud owner of a Kindle Fire.
5. Are you a compulsive reader or do you take your time getting through the story?
When I read, I read every word. I don’t usually skip ahead in the story. If I’m really interested, I increase my pace. I’ll reread if I think I missed something important.
6. Which book(s) have you reread the most?
I started rereading Outlander to get ready for the beginning of season 1B which will air April 4th on Starz. I read the first three books in the series three years ago based on a friend’s recommendation. I’ll reread in order before moving on to the rest of the series. I’ve also reread all of the books in the Twilight series. I really enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I reread that book as soon as finished it the first time.
7. If you could live in any world depicted in a book, what would it be?
One choice would be 18th Century Scotland with Jamie Fraser. As evidenced by my response to question 2, I would also like to be transported to Camelot.
8. If you could kiss any book character, who would it be?
Obviously, I would kiss Jamie Fraser. I must quote Diana Gabaldon from Outlander, “Where did you learn to kiss like that?” I said, a little breathless. He grinned and pulled me close again. “I said I was a virgin, not a monk,” he said, kissing me again. “If I find I need guidance, I’ll ask.” As Jamie is Claire’s, I am also intrigued by Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series.
9. Do you communicate with your favorite authors on Twitter?
I follow Diana Gabaldon, @Writer_DG, she is so witty. I would also recommend following Denise Grover Swank, @DeniseMSwank. I am a huge fan of her books, and was so surprised when she followed me back. I’m always looking for new books to read so I follow several authors on Twitter.
10. If you could have dinner with four literary characters, who would you choose?
I would be thoroughly entertained at the dinner table if Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Skeeter from The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and Vivi Abbott Walker from The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells joined me for the evening.
I know I am only supposed to nominate 10 bloggers, but I now nominate any sister bloggers to join me in this Sisterhood blog hop by answering the questions above on their blogs. I love talking about books, and getting recommendations for new books to read. I look forward to your responses!
Thanks for reading!
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