2. Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader?
I enjoyed reading as a kid and was *that* preteen trying to show off by reading books far beyond my reading level. I thought people would see me as sophisticated. During high school I didn’t read much other than assigned reading. It was while I was working on a special research project my senior year at University did I get back into reading for fun.
3. How did you get involved in the online book community?
For me, it all started with a book. haha, isn’t it all book related? Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Inferno was recommended to me back in 2012 and I had no idea it had been former Twilight fanfiction, but I loved Reynard’s writing! His publicist at the time created a Facebook group for readers to discuss the book.
4. How did you choose your primary platform (blog, Instagram, YouTube, etc)? How did you come up with your blog name?
Going back to Gabriel’s Inferno, a group of us decided to start a book blog. I had no idea what to do and how to go about it. A few months blogging with them, I had creative differences with a few members and I went my own way. The name they are using, I came up with and I was sad I had to let it go. In the end, it all worked out for the better.
I decided regular blogging would be better for me because it would give me the opportunity to be a little creative with graphics and also allow me to write. Besides, I’m camera shy! As for the name, I decided on Literary, etc because it would be a blog about all things books and whatever I wanted to talk about. In hindsight, I would’ve gone with something more unique.
5. What’s your favorite thing about the online book community?
I love how if one of our own is being attacked or singled out, that we unite and support the person being attacked. Overall, I just really like how reading lets us come together and form friendships. If I need a recommendation, I can look to all of you and you’ll give me what I want.
6. What sort of posts can readers expect from you?
Right now, just reviews, but I’m really trying hard to get my blogging mojo back and start posting more discussions about books and life.
7. What book genres do you talk about most?
Mostly historical and comtemporary romance. You’ll also see reviews from mysteries / thrillers.
2. Favorite color?
I love pink and navy blue.
3. Favorite things to do apart from reading?
I’ve always wanted to paint and am starting to do painting with acrylics.
4. Favorite tv shows?
I really like Veronica Mars and Mad Men! I like to watch costume dramas (currently enjoying Poldark and Victoria). Right now, I’m watching The Royals (King Liam!), The Americans, Outlander, The Big Bang Theory, and Scream.
5. Favorite movies?
Gone With the Wind is my favorite movie of all time! I also really like PS I Love You, 300, Made of Honor, While You Were Sleeping, Rebecca, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Dogma. As a kid, I loved Space Camp, Troop Beverly Hills, and ET.
6. Favorite musical artists?
I listen to different kinds, but really like James Blunt, Jason Mraz, Bryan Adams (so bummed the concert I went to for him was canceled after 5 songs because of a storm), and The Avett Brothers. I can’t say no to classic George Strait or Garth Brooks. Haha. Friends of mine say I tend to like folky type of music.
My favorite Musicals would be The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Hamilton.
7. Favorite places to shop?
Does online shopping count? LOL!
2. Favorite books read in the last five years?
I’ve really enjoyed the Davis Way series by Gretchen Archer as well as the Nichelle Clark series by LynDee Walker. One of my ultimate favorite books from the past five years is Marisha Pessl’s Night Film. I love the whole question of what we just read took place as the hero believes it or if there was a logical explanation to it all.
3. Favorite genres?
My go to is always historical romance (mostly Regency set), but I love to read mysteries / thrillers. Contemporary romance has grown on me, but if it’s romantic suspense, I’m down. On occasion, I read literary fiction. And, I’ll confess, I really don’t like non-fiction all that much because I like to fact check sources!
4. Underrated book, series or author you love?
Favorite Underrated Authors for contemporary romance would be Jessica Lemmon and Kate Meader; Charles Finch for mystery and even literary fiction.
5. A book you want to see made into a film or tv show?
I’d really love to see Charles Finch’s Charles Lenox series made into a show-Victorian tv show about a gentleman detective who is in love with his next door neighbor and childhood friend.
6. Book boyfriend/girlfriend? Book BFF? Book family?
I have too many book boyfriends, but Will Thatcher (Lauren Layne’s Made for You) owns my heart!. As so Mayor Eli Cooper (Kate Meader’s Playing with Fire) and Landon Downey (Jessica Lemmon’s The Millionaire Affair). I do wish I could spend my time with the Jill Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay series crew.
7. Books you want to read in 2017?
I really want to read more of my to be read books. I feel as if I’m neglecting them. I’d like to tackle the Outlander series, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to make that commitment.