Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
I **hate** coming up with something interesting about myself to share in the 'who are you' q's. Seriously. I probably have maddening subconscious dreams induced by anxiety over these kinds of questions as well as oh so what's your favorite book, who's your favorite author. I figure if I take part in enough "interviews" over the course of my life one of two things will happen: (1) I'll finally develop a knack and be able to answer any spontaneous question or (2) everyone will see just as neurotic I am. I'm guess two is the most likely.
I've been blogging for about three or four years and I think I started because I found my memory is shoddy and I needed to know that I truly had read a book. Then, I started talking to some folks and it made the whole blogosphere warm and fuzzy.
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I am actually reading four books right now. I KNOW! I'm reading The Stand by Stephen King, Wuthering Heights by Bronte, Man's Search for Meaning by V. Frankl, and The House of Night series by P C Cast.
As far as my favorites so far for 2012? The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente (and her next one is almost here!); The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
I have a herd of cats. Well, if you consider four a herd. I wouldn't stop there if I was left to my own devices. I also want a wombat, a meerkat, a goat, and generally anything else that is cute and cuddly. [Why yes, I think goats are cuddly]. Di keeps me in check, mainly because she knows she' d be in charge of the clean up. *snicker*
What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
Yeah, I'm not a 'good blogger' when it comes to these catchy things. I lack consistency and tend to only post my thoughts about the books that I'm reading. And usually not very eloquently. Sometimes I write about teaching.
Where do you see your blog in five years?
Probs doing the same thing I'm doing right now. ;-)
Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
I don't know if I really have one? How about a random list of 25 things about me?
If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
Okay, my initial reaction is Emma from Jane Austen because she is just awesome and I love her and want to chat about books, life, and gossip. But then there's a HUGE part of me that desperately wants to meet up with Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo. Seriously? That man is such a detailed and devoted person I can't imagine all of the stories he could tell about his life and travels.
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
Oh this one is easy too! I would love to travel around Europe and follow everywhere Jane went when she was alive. Hmmm....or Edgar Allan Poe. Seriously. Just send me to Europe. I'll take care of the rest.
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
I love the community itself. I adore doing readalongs because then I have someone to TALK to about what I'm reading. It truly is a BIG DEAL for me to have people to chat with about books.
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
Oh my gosh they sure have. Prior to blogging I had no idea what a cozy mystery was (and now I dig me some Aunt Dimity like no one's bidness), I didn't read classics because I had considered myself "burnt out" from my lit degree... And well, just in general. There's been so many phenomenal books that I've stumbled upon BECAUSE of the book community. It's also been a great help finding decent Tween and YA books for my 100+ kiddos.