Life as a Book Blogger with Christi of Smitten With Reading

What is life like for a reviewer? What does it mean to be a book reviewer? How does book blogging impact their lives?… These questions tell a reviewer’s side of the story, and that is a side we hardly get to hear (compared to authors, that is). To bring a balance and to ask these and many more questions of book reviewers, we’ve started the weekly interview series – Life as a Book Blogger.

This week we have Christi from Smitten With Reading; a reviewer turned author, Christi answers questions about life, book blogging and becoming an author. :)

403558_10150842625976526_202392755_nChristi started out as a book blogger and reviewer in 2010 with the intention of sharing her views on the books she read. Though she mostly reads for fun, she has accumulated tons of reviews on her blog over the years. Christi enjoys books in the chick-lit and romance and reads most anything within romance genre.

Apart from reviews Christi is also one of the hosts of the Tuesday Bookish Meme – Top Off Tuesday that is all about finding a gorgeous cover featuring a gorgeous male specimen. :)

An avid reader all her life Christi dreamt of someday writing books that would bring readers joy, the kind she felt when she read. Over the years, she jotted down ideas and scenes but never did really write that book until she turned 41. When she finally did start she wrote 150,000 words in four months! And hasn’t stopped since.

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8 Famous Cats in Literature

The other day I talked about dogs, – dogs as characters in stories and even dogs as narrators of stories. But what about other animals? What about cats? Are there a lot of famous cats in literature? Do they play prominent roles?

With these questions in my mind, I thought I’d do some digging around and research to find notable cats in literary history. I didn’t find a few but rather quite a few!

However out of the rather long list, I’ve selected 7 cats who I remember from books over the years…
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5 Spectacular Libraries From Across the World

Libraries are the treasure houses of book lovers. They hold secrets and stories untold, fables and legends undiscovered, sagas and epics unknown, folk-tales and traditional-lore unheard-of, little-known fairy-tales, obscure romance and fantasy, uncharted faraway worlds, unexplored mythology, – just so much yet to be read and discovered.

But it isn’t just books in a library that are the talking point, sometimes it’s the library itself. Looking around the internet for 5 spectacular libraries, I found lots – some thought-provoking, some breathtaking, others magnificent and sensational, – they made me stop and stare.

Here are 5 libraries from across the world that I thought were just spectacular!

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Life as a Book Blogger with Aloi of Guiltless Reading

What is life like for a reviewer? What does it mean to be a book reviewer? How does book blogging impact their lives?… These questions tell a reviewer’s side of the story, and that is a side we hardly get to hear (compared to authors, that is). To bring a balance and to ask these and many more questions of book reviewers, we’ve started the weekly interview series – Life as a Book Blogger.

Aloi from Guiltless Reader answers our many questions about life and book blogging this week. :)

 

header-guitless3-transAloi is a Guiltless Reader :) , she reads books from the quirky to the obscure; always on the lookout for that unforgettable read. She will read almost anything – from Classics to Fantasy and Chick-lit to Non-fiction!

Aside from reading Aloi also enjoys all things bookish. You should check out her collection of bookshelves and bookmarks, you are sure to want some of these!

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Top 5 Book Fairs Across the World for Book Bloggers

Across the world there are a lot of book fairs that happen every year. Some are annual, some seasonal, others are specific to genres or have have a specific agenda. What they all have in common though, is a love for the printed word.

A book fair, book exhibition or book expo is a space organized for author and publishers to showcase their books and work and to examine what other authors and rival publishers are doing. Each fair has it’s own set of rules and activities. Some are open to public on all days, whereas some will have entry by invitation only.

If you are a book blogger, at some point you are going to start hearing about popular book fairs and wanting to attend them. Here’s are 5 book fairs from across the world that have had the highest number of visitors over the years…

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8 Books for Dog Lovers

Last week I talked about 8 of my most beloved dogs in literature, but dogs are sometimes more than just characters. Sometimes they are the narrators, main characters and the heros of the story.

Writing from another person’s point of view is difficult as it is, but the challenge really gets intense when you try to write from a dog’s perspective. Writing a story from the view point of a dog requires the author to not only have an intense love of dogs I think, but also a deep understanding of them, their behavior, their mind; it takes a lot of time, study and observation to get their voice right.

Here are some books you just shouldn’t pass up if you are a dog lover…
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8 of My Most Loved Dogs in Literature

I have dogs on my mind this week. One of my dogs is ill and I can’t seem to see or think beyond dogs for now, so I figured I might as well write about them this week. :)

Before I got any dogs of my own, over the years I fell in love with so many dogs I met in books and stories. They stole my heart with their naughtiness, courage, strength and loyalty. They each had personality and oh, how it shone through.

Here are eight dogs I have loved over the years…

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Life as a Book Blogger with Julie from ChapterBreak

What is life like for a reviewer? What does it mean to be a book reviewer? How does book blogging impact their lives?… These questions tell a reviewer’s side of the story, and that is a side we hardly get to hear (compared to authors, that is). To bring a balance and to ask these and many more questions of book reviewers, we’ve started the weekly interview series – Life as a Book Blogger.

This week we have Julie from ChapterBreak answering our many questions about life and book blogging. :)

 

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Julie is one half of the dynamic duo behind ChapterBreak (the other half being Rose). An environmental engineer by day and a book blogger by night, Julie loves to read books in the paranormal genre, whether they are paranormal romance, paranormal YA, urban fantasy, or sometimes horror; but she also enjoys dystopia, YA and NA contemporary. Sometimes she also does read regular fantasy and sci-fi. ;)

Aside from this Julie is also the co-creator of the popular ‘That’s What He Said Thursday’ Meme.

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10 Hilarious Someecards For Book Lovers

On Monday I shared 10 Hilarious Book Memes For Book Lovers here on the blog. Shortlisting 10 had been tough considering the number of cool memes out there. But as I searched for image memes across the internet, I came across a lot of postcards from Someecards, some so-so but others just plain hilarious.

Someecards is a site that allows you to make funny ecards and send them to people. You can customized almost everything on your card and even share them in the User Cards section from where the funniest ones are chosen and featured on the homepage.

Here are 10 Someecards that I think other bookish folk will enjoy too. Don’t forget to tell us which ones made you laugh in comments. :)

 

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10 Hilarious Book Memes For Book Lovers

Last week we talked about Bookish Memes – features or posts that run on specific days and are all about a specific topic. But memes started out as pictures – photos that had text added to them before they were made into greeting cards in the 1870′s, a time long before the internet.

Over a century later, there are a lot more types of memes but the one that catches the eye the most and is still the most popular is the image meme. These are usually photos, drawings, cartoons or images on which when you change the text, the image still makes sense. Just change the words and you have an all new meme.

Take a look at these memes of the Literary Husky….

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Meme directories are overflowing with memes. The fact that the same image can be made into so many memes, makes for infinite possibilities, but, we braved the meme ocean to find these 10 gems that will resonate with all book lovers! Don’t forget to tell us which ones you loved best in comments. :) (more…)

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