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Hello December, hello Friday, hello book bloggers!
It's time for a winterish book talk with a lovely bookish miss behind the Leigha's Little Library blog.
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When have you read your first book? What was it?
This is a hard question, because I had some learning developmental problems and could not read on my own or write very well until I was around 9/10 years old.(4th Grade) Reading was still a huge thing in our house. My mom read to my sisters and I every night at bedtime. I loved reading and wanted to read independently so much. I got some extra help at school and one day, everything sort of clicked. I was reading everything, even traffic signs with pure joy and wonderment. It sounds exaggerated, but it really isn’t.
What made you start writing about books?
Books have always been a huge deal for me. They were my escape when I was sad or lonely. It was only natural that I would want to start writing reviews and other things about the books I read. I don’t have a huge following, I’m pretty much the new kid on the block, so to speak, but I hope maybe someone will see some of the stuff I write and find something they like, and maybe a new favorite book.
3)Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?
I feel like since I started to blog, do YouTube and write reviews, that I have become a lot more critical with the books. I’ve always been too nice when it comes to ratings, probably giving things more than it deserves. So since I started this, I realized I’ve gone back and changed a lot of my rating and reviews. I’m thinking more now.
What are you reading now and how do you like the book?
At the current moment I am reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It is actually a buddy read I am doing with a friend I met on YouTube. Now we chat over Goodreads and do buddy reads every now and again. I’m really liking the book so far.I love the magical feel to the book.
I’ve noticed that you enjoy fantasy books. Do you stick to one genre or do you enjoy all of them?
I’m not so picky when it comes to genres. I feel like there are good books in all of them. I might be biased, but if it gives me a Harry Potter vibe, I will probably like it a lot.
What are your three favorite book covers?
Jackaby (I love the blues in this and the silhouette.), Sabriel (I like this cover a lot. I’ve heard some people don’t, but I love it.), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (I find this cover perfectly creepy.)
You’re also a youtuber. Do you prefer talking or writing about books? How different is it?
I do find that writing about books is a lot easier, because I have some social anxiety and it is harder to get in front of the camera and properly express myself. In the videos, I think I have a higher chance to ramble too much, but when writing, I can edit and edit my post over again, until it is how I like it. Even after posting on my blog (Facebook, Goodreads..etc), I can still go back and clean up the post if I ended up rambling too much. I love doing both though. It is nice to get out of my comfort zone.
How do you pick your next book to read?
Good question. That is like asking a mother how does she pick her favorite child. I do not have a system or anything when picking my next book. I pick whatever book sounds interesting at the time. I am a huge mood reader, so that plays a factor. I also participate in readathons and follow the challenges and prompts, so that might help narrow down the book I read.
Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this fall/winter season?
I just read Lucy's Book Club for the Lost and Found by Emma Davies and found it the perfect sort of book for this time a year. I can imagine reading it while curled up next to a fireplace.
What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)
It isn’t the most comfortable place in the world, but I love reading at my desk. My desk is on a loft and it is my own private little place.
A paper book or an e-book?
I own an ereader, but I much prefer the physical book. However, I do want to use my ereader more often, because there are so many ways I can get books on there, like using Overdrive, free book Fridays on the Barnes & Noble website and a lot of free and low priced ebooks.
Three titles to to warm up a cold evening?
It might sound like a cliche answer, but I’ve always thought Harry Potter is a good wintery read, or any fantasy, really. Another one is Illuminae Files novels. I love the format of those books. The other one I’d pick is My True Love Gave to Me, which is a collection of short holiday stories.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
If you could ask out an author, who would it be?
Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)
It is a big mess. I have books everywhere. Most pictured are unread. I’ve boxed up my read books because we are due to buy some more bookshelves and organize everything.
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