Finding a new treasure in Literati’s Literary Library (BBAW)

Today’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week activity is to post an interview with an interview partner that was pre-assigned. Mine was Shannon at Literati’s Literary Library. Here is my interview with her. Her interview with me can be found on her blog today.

1. While your bio page at your blog already tells us a lot about you, including one of your favorite books, The Secret Garden, what are some of your other favorite books from your childhood?

I was lucky enough to have access to hundreds of books in all varieties as a child. When I was about 9 years old, I pulled To Kill a Mockingbird off my sister’s shelf and read it. It’s absolutely one of my favorites. I’ve re-read it many times since, but my very first time reading it still sticks out in my mind. I read a lot of the classics at a young age, and I have great memories of staying up into the wee hours reading them. As for true children’s books, I loved all the Ramona Quimby books, The Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and the Redwall series, to name a few. The Chronicles of Narnia have a very special place in my heart, because my dad would sit us on his knee and read them aloud. Fantastic cuddling time, and a fantastic set of books.

2. According to your “label” list on your sidebar on your blog, you mostly read young adult novels. Why? Why not adult novels?

Heh. Well. My blog is a bit wrong. I read plenty of adult novels, but I’ve only been blogging for a short while and I’ve been on a YA kick ever since I started blogging. I was just telling another blogger friend that I’ve been laughing at myself, because I consider my book blog to be an “eclectic” book blog… I just haven’t been living up to that lately. Currently I am reading an adult book, and it feels so good!

3. I also notice you like paranormal, urban fantasy and fantasy. First, for those like myself, what is urban fantasy? Second, if  I or other readers who might not have delved into any of these genres previously, where would you suggest we start?

I do! Urban Fantasy is a subset of fantasy defined by place. For instance, the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews is considered Urban Fantasy because it’s fantasy- warlocks, shapeshifters, vampires, etc.- and it’s in the post-apocalyptic city of Atlanta. Urban Fantasy is exactly what it sounds like: fantasy set in a city. There are other genre subsets for fantasy set in rural places.

Where to start? Hm. Difficult to say, since there are so many great ones out there. My personal favorites are: the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent- Stray, Rogue, Pride, Prey, Shift, and Alpha. And the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews- Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, and more to come.

4. Why are you on Team Peeta?  Personally I am on Team Gale, because he seems more blue collar and rugged to me and is the one Kat should choose (no spoilers for those who haven’t finished the Hunger Games trilogy yet) because he’s always been there, through thick and thin.

I have a few reasons. First, I didn’t feel as though Gale had any right to be all “She’s mine!” when he never told her how he felt about her. You can’t be mad about someone stealing your girl… if you never tried to make her “your girl” in the first place. Second, I just didn’t feel any spark between them. I felt best friend level affections, but not any passion. I love the relationship that Katniss and Gale have, but I never felt that it was a romantic relationship at all, but rather a relationship based off mutual need. True, they cared a lot about each other, but it seemed obvious that Katniss never saw him in a romantic light. Third, Peeta is Katniss’s opposite. She needs his other brand of thinking to balance her hunter mentality. I’m a strong believer in balance, and I feel that if Gale and Katniss had become more than friends, their relationship would be incredibly unbalanced. I could see them starting to be too competitive with each other and resentment would blossom. As always, those are just one person’s opinion. 😉

I’ll toss a few questions back at you that you also gave to me:

5. Describe your blog for us in 6 words. (Any 6 words, sentence not required.)

Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, always honest.

6. What’s your favorite activity, other than reading?

Well, I have loads. Most recently, going out on our little tiny inflatable boat. I love the feel of the wind on my face and the freedom of just zipping anywhere! One activity that I’m excited about starting, is knife throwing. My knives are in the mail! I can’t wait to get them and start learning how to properly throw knives. I also like photography, and I use my kids as my subjects much more than they would like sometimes.

7. Is there anything you want the readers of your blog to know about you that you have not yet revealed? And unlike my short answer of “Nope,” you can expound upon it. 😉

Mostly, that I’m sorry for being so slow on the reading front lately. I was reading up a storm until we had our second child in April. Since then, my reading has slowed down considerably and thus my reviews just trickle in. But I hope you enjoy the reviews I do manage to write. I certainly enjoy writing them! And of course, thank you ever so much for all the love, comments, and support.

Plus a couple of others not related to books:

8. What is your favorite brand of chocolate?

Generally, Lindt. They have fantastic truffles and I can buy them in most stores. Favorite chocolate that I can’t get here on the island, Godiva. Mm. And my newest chocolate discovery is Green & Black’s Organic Milk Chocolate with caramelized peanuts and a pinch of sea salt. So good!

9. What are your favorite foods besides chocolate and anything not asparagus? I ask this since you revealed your two sons’ favorite foods on your bio page?

Besides chocolate? You mean there are other foods?! I kid, I kid. I’m a big fan of pasta, any kind. I like rice, with a little bit of butter and soy sauce. I love a good sub sandwich! Oh and I love, love, love Chinese food. Truthfully… I’m a big fan of food in general. Except, well, asparagus. 😉

5 responses to “Finding a new treasure in Literati’s Literary Library (BBAW)

  1. I’ve been seeing a lot of mention (it seems) about urban fantasty during BBAW, so I’m glad Shannon answered that question of what it is about!

  2. You two win for best interview questions I’ve seen all day–way to think outside the box!!

    Hmmm, so would Neverwhere by Gaiman be considered Urban Fantasy? Totally new concept for me, too.

    Knife Throwing? Goodness gracious!

    • Thanks, Trish, but I really can’t take any of the credit for the questions, even the ones I asked. Most of them came from Shannon.

      Good question about Neverwhere. We’ll have to pose that to Shannon.

      Knife throwing? Oh my gosh. I must have missed that. 😉

  3. Thanks for mentioning my Purple Jesus in your interview with Literati Literary Library. I hope you enjoy the book, and I look forward to your thoughts.

    • Ron: I already read the book and will be commenting as part of the Goodreads discussion group with J.C. Montgomery later in the week. Overall, I enjoyed it, because I have relatives from the South (N.C.) and could hear their accents and colloquialisms in it, for example, the use of “shug” and “buddy roe.” Both are terms an aunt of mine from N.C., who now lives with my parents in Pennsylvania, uses regularly. That wasn’t the only reason I enjoyed it, but I’ll save more of my comments for later for the group and the blog post.