Read in a Single Sitting was one of the very first book blogs I discovered - and Stephanie was the first ever commenter on my blog! So I'm definitely honoured to have her as my guest today. Stephanie always posts insightful, thoughtful and in-depth reviews for a range of books, from The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum and Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery to We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver and Tantony by Ananda Braxton-Smith. She also does some great, informative features like her themed lists and publishing news. If you want to stalk her like I do, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Now on with the fun...
What are we eating and drinking at this
Double espressos and
chocolate so dark that it's positively astringent. Or we could have
the best of both worlds with chocolate-covered coffee beans!
part of the world do you hail from, and what's something not many
people would know about that place?
from Melbourne, Australia. You might not know that Melbourne has a
flourishing tango scene, a market that's reputed to be haunted, a
wonderful art deco cinema with its own special cinema cat, and that
it was once the home to a chocolatier whose fame and achievements
were not unlike those of Willy Wonka! I could talk about Melbourne
all day—it's probably dangerous to get me started.
us one random fact about yourself.
absolutely cannot stand the smell of bacon and egg McMuffins. And for
some reason, whenever I'm in a lift, someone is always
eating one. Why, world, why?
do you do when you're not reading/blogging?
a freelancer and author, so I'm basically here at my computer! You
can also find me dancing tango several nights a week, or catching an
arty movie with my poor long-suffering husband.
kind of books do you read, and what is your ultimate
Literary fiction and
middle grade fiction are my two great loves, but I'll happily dip my
toe into most genres. There are many books that I adore, but the one
that I keep forcing on to others is The Three Loves of Persimmon
by Cassandra Golds. I can't help but feel that that book was written
just for me.
your blog in three words.
is your favourite thing about your blog/blogging?
love that blogging has opened up so many avenues for me as a writer
and author. I'm always amazed at the relationships that I've been
able to develop, and that people have a genuine respect for and
appreciation of bloggers. I also love that I have a record of
everything that I've read over the past few years—it's fascinating
to be able to go back and see how I've changed and developed as a
post or review are you most proud of, and why?
quite fond of my The Story Girl and Anne – Why We Need MoreQuiet Books post;
my post on whether buying second-hand books makes us bad people; and my post on culling my book collection.
These seem to have resonated with other readers, which is always
are your top three favourite book blogs, and why?
enjoy The Uncustomary Book Review for its, um, uncustomary book
reviews. I love that the reviews are written as a given book is being
read rather than after, as I think that it lends them a certain sense
of curiosity and discovery.
BrainPickings isn't a review blog as such, but I adore the curious tidbits
that Maria Popova manages to dig up and share with her readers. If
you're after strange and wonderful pieces and extracts on all sorts
of arcane topics, you'll love this site.
TheWalker Books Walk-A-Book blog is wonderful as well. It features a
variety of guest posts from authors, editors, and other bookish
people, and it's utterly inspiring.
you think of a time another blogger's review made you actually
buy/borrow/read a book?
not a particular review as such, but I've definitely bought, borrowed
and read books based on recommendations from fellow bloggers over
Twitter and in the comments on my site. I have I
Capture the Castle
to read thanks to Violet from Still Life in Books, and I'm thoroughly
looking forward to it. :)
was the last book
that made you...
not quite cry, but I was definitely feeling pretty emotional by the
edge of Michael Kimball's Big
it across the room in fury. The
Lisa M Stasse. My review of that one is just a wee bit grumpy...
it onto others. The
Emperess of Ireland
by Christopher Robbins. I have a friend who's enjoying it as we
up til 2am reading. Robert
Am The Cheese. Cormier
always keeps me up late!
Thanks for joining me Steph! Here is the embarrassing part where I admit I've never been to Melbourne. It sounds delightful though, hopefully I get down there this year!