25 January 2012

Blogger/Reader Interview: Janice of Have Book Will Travel

Janice is the blogger behind Have Book Will Travel, a book blog dedicated to her journey Around the World in 52 Books, of which I am also a part of in 2012!  She also plays another role in my reading life, as co-moderator of my favourite Goodreads group, You'll Love This One (or YLTO) for short.  If you're looking for a friendly, fun group with lots of great challenges and themes, you should come by and check it out!

Firstly – a quick introduction – tell me a little about yourself.

That’s a tall order! I live in Northern Alberta on a hobby farm with a few cows and horses, two dogs and one cat. Our son and his family live on 10 acres of our land so I have a lot of interaction with my grandson (13) and granddaughter (10). I’m a self-employed bookkeeper with 15 clients. I’m celebrating 10 years with my little business.

I love quilting and of course, reading. I always used to say that I have a four year attention span because I take on a sport or hobby passionately for about 4 years and then lose interest. Quilting and reading are the exceptions. They are a life time passion.

Night Owl or Early Bird:

Definitely, I am a night owl. In fact, owls are my favorite bird. I have owl figurines and pictures all over my house. They are my “totem animal”.

Beach or Mountains:

Can’t I have them both? I have a vision of living in a little cottage on a cliff overlooking the ocean. When I was in Scotland on the Isle of Raasay, I found the spot. It’s a mix of mild mountainous area with an ocean view. Now, I just need a small fortune to make my vision a reality.

Sweet or Savoury:

Generally, I prefer sweet. I have to have a bit of candy every day.

Sun or Snow: 

There’s no doubt in my mind over that one! Get me away from these snow-bound winters!

Toast or Cereal:

I prefer toast. I love raisin toast with honey.

On Reading

What is your favourite book/author/series?

Gosh, I need to put on my thinking cap. I have to come up with THE perfect answer.

My favourite book of all time has got to be “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier.

Stephen King has long been a favourite author. Amy Tam, James Michener, and John Irving are also high up on my list.

As for series, I loved The Clan of the Cave Bear series, by Jean Auel. More recently, The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins stirred my emotions.

Do you have favorite genres, or is there a genre you would really like to read more of?

My favourite genre is a toss-up between horror, fantasy, and historical fiction. I’d like to start writing, and I would start out with horror. Recently, I’ve read a couple of steampunk novels and would like to read more in that genre.

Where do you typically read? Do you have any particular place/outfit/food or drink requirements for a good reading session?

When I was a kid, I used to read lying across the bed on my stomach with my head hung over the edge and the book on the floor. That doesn’t work so well anymore. Now, my reading zone is my recliner, in comfy clothes, some trail mix on which to nibble and a Coke to sip.

What's the first book you remember reading?

Other than the primer we had in Grade One, there was a book about a fairy and fireflies in a garden. I don’t remember the name of the book or I would try to obtain it. A few years ago, I ransacked my former bedroom at my parents, hoping to find it, but my mother had disposed of all my old books. Shame!

How to do you find your next reads?

I get most of my next reads from friends by word of mouth or on Goodreads. I also find them browsing the books on various sites online including Goodreads, Amazon, Audible, etc. There’s no end to where I might find information about a possible next read.

What are you reading right now?

I just finished reading “The Blood of Flowers” by Anita Amirrezvani on my way into the office this morning. Plus, I’m about half way through “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey”, by Alfred Lansing. I will be starting the audiobook, “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak, on the way home tonight.

On Blogging

When did you start your blog, and why did you start?

I started my blog in December 2011 to blog about my journey in the Around the World in 52 Books Challenge from Goodreads.

What is unique about your blog?

I have decided that I am not going to review the books I read. Instead, I am going to write commentaries based on something arising from the book. For example, “The Blood of Flowers” has many themes that I could write on. The richness of food, spices, and colours has filled my senses. The treatment of women as chattel speaks to my feministic viewpoints. I could even decide to talk about folk lore and the role it plays.

What is your favourite, and least favourite, things about book blogging?

I don’t know. Each blog is as individual as the person writing it and that holds my interest. I’m a little in awe of the sophistication of the blogs that are out there with the inclusion of graphics, animations, photos, links, etc. I’m just a simple blogger who is still a bit confused about all that.

Do you review every book you read on your blog?

No. Initially, the blog was intended to be for the books I read for the challenge. But I will likely blog about other books as well. I might even have the occasion post not relating to books at all. You may find entries about quilting or family.

Where do you get your books from (not just review books!)?

Bookstores have large magnets. I cannot walk past a bookstore without going in and I always end up buying at least one book. I also get ebooks from iBooks and Kindle. Lastly, I love audiobooks and am addicted to audible.com. 

And Finally

Do you have an e-reader? If yes, what do you like about e-reading? If no, why not?

I love being able to touch a word and get the dictionary definition. I find myself trying to do that with a dead tree book now and feeling a sense of disappointment when it doesn’t work. I like being able to highlight and make notes which I don’t like to do on DTB’s (don’t want to mark them up). Best of all is the ease of acquiring the books. If there’s a book I want right now, I don’t even have to leave the house.

Does cover art / design influence the books you choose?

Absolutely! I love covers. I love titles. Those will be the first thing to draw me in.

If you could say one thing to all the authors that you love, what would it be? 

Thank you for enriching my life and my dreams.

Thank you Janice for taking the time to tell us about your reading, your blogging and yourself!  If anyone is interested in joining the ATW in 52 Books Challenge, drop on by HERE and join the Goodreads group.

If you would like to participate in my Blogger Interviews, please click HERE.

1 comment:

  1. Loved to know you more, Janice.

    Thanks for the great idea and interview, Kat.



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