So! Both Joy and Katrina nominated me for a Liebster award, it’s a fun little meme, answer questions, nominate more people, ask more questions. So I thought I’d… have some fun. After all, my favorite topic is myself. Also, I know that the Readers at large are also dying to know more about moi. More than the fact that I’m a crazy, narcissistic, reader that is.
See? I can’t even pick just one picture.
What place is on the top of your vacation wish list and why?
China. No, India. No, Japan. CRAP.
I have crazy wanderlust. I’ve seen most of Europe thanks to my military days. So it’s really the rest of the world. Right now, at this second, gun to my head I have to pick? Let’s go with South Africa. I desperately want to cage dive with the Great Whites.
Where did you grow up? How has that influenced who you are today?
My family was never a part of the military but my dad was a defense contractor – so we moved like we were a part of the military. (Joy, these questions look easy, but they’re hard!) I feel like I spent most of my formative years moving up and down the state of Florida. We settled in the panhandle when I was in fourth grade and moved to Tampa when I was in tenth, where I graduated high school.
I think the constant moving influenced my love of travel and my willingness to explore new places with little to no fear. Even before GPS I could enter into a new city and within a few hours navigate to the sites I wanted to see.
The fact that I lived in Florida is my best guess for why I dislike the beach. (Pale is sexy, people!)
What song do you listen to most frequently or put on the most playlists?
I listen to a lot of Broadway musicals. I think that Defying Gravity from Wicked is perhaps the most excellent first act finale that has ever been written. Because I was a music major in a past life I have a fondness for jazz artists like Miles Davis and John Coltrane and I like old standards, usually performed by Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald.
What’s your favorite television show?
RuPaul’s Drag Race, hunties!
What was the last movie you watched? Did you like it? Were you at home or in a theater?
Thanks to The Girl, Frozen is on constant repeat in this household. I’m gonna need her to let it go so that for the first time in forever we can watch something, anything else.
When did you start your book blog and why?
I started my blog last September while my mother was going through an illness that required me to stay with her. Monika from A Lovely Bookshelf – who I was friends with in college, encouraged me to start a blog, because she saw the million Goodreads updates that I was making.
What’s your favorite post, ever, on your blog?
What author would you most like to have a cup of tea with? What would you talk about?
I love Stephen King, but I think that I’d have more to discuss with Margaret Atwood. She’s an amazing writer, a feminist, and also is an activist. I’d want to discuss ideas with her on how to alleviate suffering women in our own communities, what led her to ‘becoming’ a feminist, and how her personal politics were shaped.
What book do you wish everyone would read?
At the moment The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon. … but you probably guessed that. Solomon the Peacemaker was an unsung piece of magic dystopia published by a small press last year – I think people should read that one too. I’m working on Sam Harris’ The End of Faith, if people can read it with an open mind – I think it (so far) is turning out to be a very important book.
How do Advanced Review Copies of books end up in your hands?
Mostly through the magic of NetGalley. Sometimes through Edelweiss. Also, I have the occasional author/publisher direct request to review – most of the time I will accept them unless it just looks totally outside anything that I might enjoy.
Print books? E-books? Audio books? Or some combination thereof?
eBOOKS, baby! Most of the ARCs I get are eBooks and when a publisher gives me a choice of an eBook or a print copy, I invariably choose the eBook. I’ve been using the Kindle since it was first released in 2007(?)-ish. I’ve had four models of it – most recently the Paperwhite, which is simply magical for reading in bed after lights out. (Never the Fire, though. I have an iPad for that.)
That being said – I’m trying to cut my book spending by using the library, so I am reading more print books these days than I have in years. I also like audio for commuting, but never really any other time. (I think that listening to audio versions of poetry collections is something that most of the reading world is missing out on, though.)
If you could be a book character, who would you be?
This is a HARD one, because all of my favorite characters are in terrible situations. I’m going with the vampire Lestat from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. He’s just too cool for school.
Which country would you most like to visit?
Since this echoes Joy’s question I’m going to tell you which country I’d most like to emigrate to. While the Scandinavian countries are nice, I think I’d live in England, given the choice. (I’m not just saying that because you’re English either.)
What is your favourite food to eat?
Very expensive ones, preferably that come over multiple courses. (Usually French) More specifically – curries. All of them.
What about blogging do you find the most challenging?
Most recently, real life/blogging life balance. I think my husband is starting to get jealous of the books.
Who is your favourite author?
Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, John Irving. (I blame public schools for my lack of ability with numbers.)
What is your proudest achievement?
Finishing law school.
Do you have any pets? If not, would you ever want one?
Two cats that appear to be seal point siamese. I say ‘appear’ because one came from a flea market (I KNOW KITTY MILLS) and the other came from the shelter. I wanted little matching siamese cats ever since I saw Disney’s Lady and the Tramp as a kid.
What do you do in your spare time other than blogging?
Read. Cook. I’m going to try to make my own cheese. It’s going to be a disaster.
What sort of films, if any, do you enjoy?
Dark comedies. Anything satirical. Honestly, I worked for years in movie theatres and video stores – I’m still recovering from the burnout of watching every movie that came out for 6 or so years.
When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?
Today. I went to a luncheon for legal professionals. I’m an introvert around people that I don’t know – but if I ever want a job, I have to get out there and meet and greet the legal community here. It’s never comfortable for me, but I struggle through.
What is your current occupation?
Attorney, unemployed. 😀
So. Who gets it now? And what questions do I ask?!
- Who writes the best vampires? Alternatively, who is your favorite vampire?
- Are you a cat person or a dog person?
- You are leaving Earth forever. You get three books to take with you. What are they?
- Special talents. I know you have them. What are they?
- Who’s your favorite historical figure? Why?
- How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?
- You must emigrate somewhere. Where are you going? Why?
- What is your all time least favorite book? Any reason?
- What’s your least favorite thing about humanity?
- What makes you happiest in life?
- Why do you blog?
EVERYONE feel free to play in the comments! (You can pick and choose what you want to answer.)