Suntag: The Secret Life of A Book Blogger

I’d like to thank Babus at Ajoobacatsblog for thinking enough of me and my little blog to want to tag me. Thank you Babus!

How long have you been a blogger?

Not very long.  I’ve been blogging since 2014.

At what point do you think you will stop? 

I don’t plan to stop unless for some reason I’m unable to read books or type any longer.  I sure hope that’s not in my future.

What is the best part?

The best part is when someone lets me know that they’ve really enjoyed a book review I’ve written, and that it’s encouraged them to read said book.

What is the worst part? 

The worst part is wondering if I’m wasting my time writing these book reviews on my blog because even though I have a few followers, sometimes I wonder if they’re still interested in reading my posts.  Another worst part is not having sufficient time to expand my blog posts beyond book reviews and such to include other aspects of my life that I’d love to share.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

Since most of my posts consist of book reviews with book covers that are not difficult to find, not very long.  On the rare occasion that I post something unrelated to books, I typically find pictures fairly quickly and easily by browsing the web.

Who’s your book crush? 

Hmmm….I wouldn’t say I have an actual book crush, but I did love reading about Hugo Hawksworth in A Man of Some Repute by Elizabeth Edmondson.  He seemed so decidedly British, and since I was listening to an audiobook his swagger was undeniable.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Nicholas Sparks or James Patterson because both men are incredibly good at writing love stories.  Nicholas Sparks’ movies usually bring me to tears.  I keep watching The Best of Me over and over again, and I cry every time.  (I didn’t actually read the book, but I LOVED the movie).  And when I saw James Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas on television I cried my eyes out and couldn’t believe it when I found out it was based on James Patterson’s book.  Do you hear me Mr. Sparks and Mr. Patterson….hello…..???

What do you wear when you write your blog?

Whatever I happen to have on at the time.  Could be a nightgown or dress or jeans.  Nothing in particular.

How long does it take you to prepare a post? 

It all depends on how long it takes me to write a review about a book.  I typically write my reviews directly after I finish reading a book so I don’t forget what I want to say.  I often take notes here and there while I’m reading sometimes and piece it all together when I’m done.  So, it usually takes about a half hour or so, give or take 15 minutes.  However, I finished reading a non-fiction book a few weeks ago called Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin and for the first time in a very long time I had SO MUCH to say about the horrors I read in that book that I’m still trying to piece together a proper review. Every once in a while a book like that comes along and it can take quite some time.  I did post a brief review in the meantime though with a stay tuned for more attached to it.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture? 

I think it’s wonderful!!  I’ve learned so many great things from so many vastly talented people that I look forward to reading posts from many of my favorite bloggers and others that I’m still discovering.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog? 


Write about things that are dear to your heart, and that you think others would enjoy, and try not to be judgmental or narrow-minded.  Include an interesting picture or two and something inspirational if possible. And by inspirational I don’t mean preachy, just something uplifting that would put a smile on another person’s face.  Be kind and generous with compliments and be honest without being brutal. These are things I aspire to with my own blog, and I hope one day I’ll be able to expand it to include other material whereby I can put my own recommendations to good use.

Who do I want to know better?









Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


Thank you Ajoobacats blog for nominating me for this amazing award. Please forgive the delay as I was vacationing.

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
2. Put the award logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Nominate ten blogs.

Ajoobacats blog questions:

1. When did you realize you had a passion for reading?

The earliest memory I have is when I came across the Judy Blume books as a young person.  I remember devouring them.  Are You There God it’s Me Margaret was one of my favorites back then.  Also, it was those little scholastic book club newsletters that were sent home to parents for their young ones to order books.  I couldn’t wait to get my shiny, new books.
2. How does blogging enrich your life?

My blog is made up mostly of book reviews, so blogging enriches my life because I feel I’m making a contribution to the success of good writers.  I try hard to choose books that I’ll most likely enjoy, and when I do I can write about them and expose others to their great books.
3. Are there any films you’ve seen that are better than the book upon which they are based?

I have to admit that most books I’ve read are better than the film version. However, I’ve enjoyed the following films better than, or as much as, the book:

The Help, Without a Trace (I think the book was called Still Missing), Anne of Green Gables

I’ll have to take more time to think about this one.
4. Can you remember the first fiction book you ever bought?

Unfortunately I can’t remember the first fiction book I ever bought.
5. What do you do with your old books?

I keep the ones I can’t bear to part with, some go to my local used book store, some I trade at, and some I give to friends or relatives to read.
6. If you were to write a book, which genre would you choose?

That’s a tough one because I like so many genres, including:  mystery, historical fiction, true crime, romance, literary fiction….  If I had the SKILL, I’d write a historical fiction book or a good mystery.

7. Are you a dog person or a cat person?

Both.  I love dogs for the interaction, companionship and loyalty;  and cats for their quiet reserve, easy maintenance and snooty attitude.
8. What’s your pet peeve when it comes to grammar?

I don’t like to see words misused.  It troubles me to see the word Your (your, you’re) misused; and also To (to, too, two); and There (there, their, they’re).  Quite often I come across social media posts that are grammatically incoherent.  I don’t mind a mistake here and there because nobody’s perfect. I’m no scholar myself, far from it.  However, there’s no excuse for atrocious grammar.
9. What do you do to unwind after a particularly emotional read?

I take time to reflect on and relive the poignant moments.  Once, I sat and cried for a few minutes because a character in a book really touched me. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment.
10. Do you prefer stand alone books or a long running series?

I’m still trying to figure that out.  When I read a great book with a satisfying ending I’m fine with it.  However, it’s nice to read about familiar characters that I’ve loved getting to know.

These were such wonderful questions Ajoobacats.  Thank you for the opportunity to answer them. I enjoyed them so much I want to borrow them to use for the 10 bloggers I select, since they’re very similar to ones I had in mind.  I hope you don’t mind.

My Ten Questions, borrowed from Ajoobacats blog:

1.  When did you realize you had a passion for reading?

2.  How does blogging enrich your life?

3.  Are there any films you’ve seen that are better than the book upon which they are based?

4.  Can you remember the first fiction book you ever bought?

5.  What do you do with your old books?

6.  If you were to write a book, which genre would you choose?

7.  Are you a dog person or a cat person?

8.  What’s your pet peeve when it comes to grammar?

9.  What do you do to unwind after a particularly emotional read?

10.  Do you prefer stand alone books or a long running series?

My Ten Nominees:

1. Meditating Mummy

2.  Jordan Bates

3.  Josbons

4.  Rissi

5.  Anhistorianabouttown

6.  Adopting James

7.  Mary C.M. Phillips

8.  Anoop

9.  Ana Spoke

10.  Lola @ Hit or Miss Books