Welcome to day 2 of Book Blogger Appreciation Week! Interview day is always a favorite. It’s so much fun to meet new bloggers as well as learn something new about bloggers you’ve been reading for a long time.
I’ve been reading Lit and Life for close to a year, and though I always enjoy Lisa’s insights, I never knew much about the blogger behind the blog, making Lisa a perfect BBAW interview partner!
Before we get to my questions, here’s a bit about Lisa, in her own words:
I’m a lifelong Nebraskan and will proudly tell you that I love it here (except for a couple of months in the winter!). My favorite genre is literary fiction but I’m pretty open to anything, I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction this year. Besides reading, I love watching football, volleyball and swimming and cooking/baking for my family and anyone else who wants to pull up a chair. You don’t even need a reservation at Cafe Shepp!
I have to start with the classic question: how did you come to be a book blogger?
My friend, who was at the time the leader of our book club, started doing a blog about 8 months before I did to track her own books and to try to develop connections to help us connect with great books and authors. I started following her blog and then discovered the wide world of book blogs. It looked like so much fun and I thought it would be a great way to record my thoughts on books for my own records. It has turned out to be so much more!
I think it’s safe to say you enjoy participating in challenges. Why do you think you are drawn to them? What are some of your favorites?
I’m kind of a challenge junkie when it comes time to sign up but I’m getting worse and worse about completing them! One of the reasons they appeal to me is that they give me the incentive to read books I already own, books I already own or have an interest in reading. I always enjoy the challenges that have me reading more classics; I love the classics but sometimes, particularly as a blogger, it’s easy to get caught up in reading just the most current books.
One feature of Lit and Life that I particularly enjoy is Fairy Tale Fridays. Can you explain a bit about what Fairy Tale Fridays is and how it came to be?
Fairy Tale Fridays came about after I attended the Omaha Lit Fest last year, the theme of which was fairy tales. The fairy tales that I read my kids growing up were nothing like what the panelists were talking about and I became fascinated with what fairy tales had been and how they have changed over time. When I decided to do Fairy Tale Fridays, it really was just something I was doing for myself; I’m so excited that so many other people really seem to enjoy it!
Do you have any odd or quirky bookish habits you’d like to share?
I don’t think so–not that I don’t want to share but I don’t think I have any. My family just thinks it’s odd that I read so much and that I keep a dish next to both of my favorite reading places that have sticky notes, note cards, book marks, pens and my reading glasses. But we all do that, right? I am seriously considering adding one of those setups on my kitchen counter for when I’m reading while I eat breakfast. Would that be odd?
What books do you find yourself recommending again and again?
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, City of Thieves by David Benioff, all of Jane Austen but only to those readers I know like the classics, and The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar.
Thank you, Lisa, for sharing a bit about yourself! To anyone who hasn’t yet seen Lisa’s blog, I highly recommend you head over and check it out. Perhaps you’ll learn something new about me while you’re at it!
In the spirit of getting to know one another, what fun or interesting things might I not yet know about you?