My favorite day of BBAW is already here! It’s the interview swap, a great chance to meet new-to-you book bloggers. Last year I was introduced to the wonderful Steph, of Steph Su Reads and this year I get to introduce to you Melissa, of One Librarian’s Book Reviews! First of all, Melissa is a librarian, which is pretty much the coolest job I can think of. She’s also a lovely artist and a fabulous book reviewer. Please go check her out! I got to ask her some of my favorite questions from last year’s interview swap, so let’s get on with it!
Tell us about your blog.
My blog essentially started for a way for me to keep track of what I’ve read and what I thought about it. I tend to be one of those who forgets very quickly what a book is about and if I’ve read it or not. I also started including ratings on swearing, sex, and violence, since I usually like to know if a book has a lot of stuff like that in it before I pick a book up. I’m currently an academic librarian, but I seem to have an unusual fondness for middle grade and teen books, perhaps to escape from all that boring adult content.
This is a hard one for me. I have a fondness for dystopian and post-apocalyptic books, but really would never want to live in them. I guess I have to go for an old favorite. I’d like to live in the Shire from Lord of the Rings. It seems like a simple, happy, and beautiful place to live (after the rebuilding of course). A simple existence sounds very good when life gets crazy.
I know one of my sisters reads it regularly, since she often talks about books I suggested that she liked. I don’t think anyone else from my family reads it regularly. I know I’ve had a few friends check it out before, but I also don’t think they are regulars. I guess I don’t have many friends who are as crazy about reading as I am!
Try not to worry about followers or having a lot of readers. Worry about just the content of your blog and how you can make it even
better. It’s hard lots of times not to think about it, but it is much more fun and less stressful, when you only have to worry about what you think of your blog.
In five words, tell us what you think makes a great book.
Exciting plot, realistic characters, style.
What is your favorite thing about reading?
Entering a new world or life and seeing things from a different person’s perspective. I like that we can, in a way, really see the world through someone else’s eyes. Fantasy for me is all about imagination and all the things that we wish were real or are glad they aren’t real.
What genre of books do your favorites (generally) come from?
Most of my original favorites (the ones I’ve had for a long time) were classics – Count of Monte Cristo, Little Women,Anne of Green Gables, Bleak House, Lord of the Rings. Most of my newer favorites are teen books (which I read a lot of) and are either fantasy or dystopian in nature.
I work at my little college library and keep track of resources and a whole lot more there. I’m the only person who works in our library, and even though it’s small, it seems like a lot for one person to do. I would like to start painting and drawing again – I haven’t done it in a really long time, but I used to enjoy it a lot.
Thanks, Melissa! (See, I told you she is a fabulous artist! And she has an adorable nephew!) If you head on over to her blog, she’ll have my answers to some of these questions and more. I’m afraid I sound very inarticulate in most of them, but they’re there!
PS. I can’t find the photo credit for the photo of the Shire, so if anyone knows where it came from, I would really appreciate it!