Monday, September 13, 2010

BBAW Interview Swap with 'Entomology of a Bookworm' & 'Papercut Reviews'

Celebrate your favorite book blogs September 13-17 during Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW)!

Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways is participating in the BBAW Interview Swap.

We are interviewing two wonderful bloggers - Kerry Serini at Entomology of a Bookworm and Stephanie McKeehan at Papercut Reviews. They in turn are interviewing me over on their blogs. So on September 14, click on the links to hop over and take a look at what I had to say in response to their questions.


with blogger, Kerry Serini

1. In 2010, what is the best book you have read?

Much to my shock and surprise, I would say The Passage. And I didn't expect to even like it, let alone love it. Next to that would be Letter to My Daughter, by George Bishop, because it has stayed with me all year.

2. How did you come to blog about books?

I'm very opinionated, and I read an absurd number of books in a pretty wide range of genres. I found my friends and family coming to me for recommendations. I also found myself constantly emailing people links to interesting articles, etc. It seemed natural to put it all in one place. When I started, I had no idea that such a rich book blogging community already existed.

3. How did you decide on a name for your blog?

Entomology of a Bookworm plays on the common mistake of mixing up "etymology" (the study of words) with "entomology" (the study of bugs). As a self-proclaimed bookworm, it seemed natural to offer up a study of a particular kind of bug and play with the wording a bit.

4. What is your strategy for attracting blog readers?

I wish I had more of one! I tweet (@ofabookworm) most of my posts, and put them on Facebook, but that's about it. I guess I read and comment on a lot of other blogs, which in turn has gained me readers, but that was never my intention - I just like to follow what other people are up to!

5. How do you determine which books to read?

I wish I knew! My non-existent "to-read" list (I recently posted my rant against strict what-to-read-next lists) is haphazard at best. I find books through other book blogs, perusing the shelves in my house/my parents' houses/the library, reading magazines, etc. I keep track of books I'd like to read in Goodreads, Librarything, post-it notes, my iPod, and various scribbles in my day planner. I read pretty much whatever strikes my fancy at any given moment. The exception are books I've committed to reviewing for either a publisher or another site (I also review books at www.bookgasm.com). Those I try to read in some timely fashion.

6. Why do feel compelled to share your opinions on books with others?

Excellent question. I guess I'm just opinionated, and I enjoy recommending books to people whose book preferences I know and understand, so it turned out to be fun for me to just recommend all of the books I like (or not recommend those I don't, I suppose).

7. What are your favorite book blogs that you follow?

The New Dork Review of Books - Greg always writes interesting, insightful posts, and the discussions in the comments section are lively, lively, lively.

The Book Lady's Blog - she just figured out what works. And she's a good writer. Powerful combination, that.

Bookish NYC - great assortment of interesting quotes, great photos of libraries/bookshelves, reviews and book spotted on the subway.

This list could go on forever, so I'll stop there.

8. How long does it take you to write a review from start to finish? What is your process?

My writing, whether for articles, reviews, or (when I was a student) essays and research papers, never really follows a process. I rarely, if ever, use outlines, and when I do, I find that I end up re-organizing the entire flow of my argument anyway. When I am reading a book that I know I will be reviewing, there are times that the review literally starts to write itself in my head - some of my ARCs are covered in scribbled beginnings of sentences/paragraphs, etc. When I finally sit down to type it all out, it generally takes me less than 30 minutes, but that's because I've had it growing in my head since I started reading the book.

9. What do you want readers to get out of your reviews?

I hope that I can provide some insight into both the content of the book and the writing style of the author. I'm tired of reading reviews that talk only about the plot... I've read enough books with good plots and poor writing to last the rest of my life, and with so much talent out there, I think writing style is as important as plot - if not more so. I hope that that is reflected in my own writing, and that readers can find a few books that catch their interest.

10. Why did you sign up for the BBAW interview swap?

I love the idea of BBAW, and spreading the word about the growing community of book bloggers. And I always love getting to know another blogger, so it seemed like the perfect fit!



with blogger, Stephanie McKeehan

1. In 2010, what is the best book you have read?

Well the best book I read this year has be Total Eclipse by Rachel Caine! I am a HUGE Weather Warden fan and this being the last book in the series definitely makes my number one book for this year with out a doubt! Although I am sad to see my fav series come to an end it was most definitely bitter sweet:) I recommend reading this series if you have not already. Heck contact me at papercutreviewer@gmail.com and I will send you the first book! ;)

2. How did you come to blog about books?

Wow well I always loved reading books since I was a wee lass, lol! I guess I just took it to another level when I started blogging then I started writing reviews for Bitten by Books for a few months and had a blast!:) Of course by this time I was completely hooked on Reading, Reviewing and Blogging so I decided to start a review blog of my own called Paper Cut Reviews.

3. How did you decide on a name for your blog?

Believe me it took weeks before i could finally decide on a name, lol! You never really realize how hard picking a name can be! After bouncing names back and forth with my husband Paper Cut Reviews was born! I fell in love with this name instantly and knew the gimmick would attract attention:)

4. What is your strategy for attracting blog readers?

Okay the name and color of my blog *yellow* was one way then opening my reviews to books, movies and comic books helped as well. My husband *Film Cut Reviewer* handles the movie reviews and I do the book and comic reviews. So any age and gender can relate to at least some aspect of my blog.

5. How do you determine which books to read?

Actually I read at least one popular book a month and the rest are what I feel like reading. Mostly Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, YA, Science Fiction and some Horror.

6. Why do feel compelled to share your opinions on books with others?

I love to share my opinion with others about books! What better way to connect with people then by being honest and open about a book you may like or dislike. I have actually found a lot of new authors by just talking with other bloggers so you can imagine how large my TR pile is...LOL!

7. What are your favorite book blogs that you follow?

Let me first say I love so many different blogs and these guys and gals that put all their time and effort into maintaining a very informative and interesting site are simply amazing! Thank you! Here are a few I follow on a daily basis:

8. How long does it take you to write a review from start to finish? What is your process?

Well it takes me at least three days to write a review. When I read I write notes constantly! So After I'm done reading a book and before I start the review process I go through my notes and pick out what I would like to add to my review. Then I hand write the review out on paper and then by the third day I'm typing and revising the review for posting and rating:) Then voilĂ  a book review is born.

9. What do you want readers to get out of your reviews?

I just want readers to use my reviews as a aid to hopefully help them decide on what books they would want to read. If I can point someone in the right direction then I am Happy. Pretty simple really.

10. Why did you sign up for the BBAW interview swap?

The main reason I signed up for BBAW is to connect with other bloggers. I love finding out about new blogs and interesting bloggers so this seemed like a great way to do that:)

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting these interviews....always enlightening to read about other bloggers, even if different type books are reviewed from what I review. Happy reading to all!

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  2. Thanks Nicole! I had a great time with BBAW interview swap:)

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  3. It was interesting to read both of these interviews -- reading about two different type of bloggers at once!

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