Tuesday, February 16, 2016

#BBAW (Book Blogger Appreciation Week): A Conversation Between Two Bloggers


Today for the fabulous Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW), we are interviewing a fellow book blogger that was assigned to us.  I had the pleasure of chatting with Kami of Kami's Library Thoughts.  We were already familiar with each other, but I had such a fun time learning more about her and realizing how much we have in common.  We decided to go with an interview on the run, so read on for our little conversation!


Kami posted PART I of our interview, so before you read everything below you need to click on over and read Kami's post first!  If you don't, you may get a bit confused.  Don't worry, I will wait.

**READING, READING, READING, READING**

Kami

I hear ya! We are working on remodeling my daughter's bedroom! It is crazy! I hope you get all your projects done.

I love your dogs name!! I have a dog too. His name is Chewy.

Okay, I have a lot of favorite authors, so I'll just mention a few that I think needs more attention. Maria V. Snyder books are SO much fun! I also love John Flanagan. He has great characters and enthralling stories. I'm a big fan of Charles Dickens, Lloyd Alexander, and other old school master storytellers.

One of my all time favorite author events was seeing Markus Zusak! He had amazing stories to tell, and he really loved our library and audience. He got a little emotional because of the love and support he had here. He was so charming and sweet! The director of our library said they would bring him back sometime. I can't wait!


Kami and Cary Elwes

I also have to brag that I've met Cary Elwes! He was also very charming, and I got a bit star struck while talking to him.

Do you have any authors or books you love that you think deserve more attention and hype?

To wrap up my questions for you, what advice would you give to other bloggers and readers?

Tif

So amazing! I'm always a bit jealous of you and your author events. I used to live in St. Louis and frequently attended amazing author events. I now live in Montana and few authors come to my neck of the woods. I miss it so much!

Books or authors that I believe don't get enough attention? That's a hard one! Speaking of Markus Zusak, I think his novel, I Am The Messenger doesn't get as much attention as it deserves. I absolutely adore this book, but everyone else swoons over The Book Thief. I still like the latter and more popular title, but Messenger struck me as phenomenal and possibly even life-altering. I know that there are so many more authors and titles out there that deserve more attention, but I can't think of anything else right now. I will as soon as we publish this interview though!

Lastly, my advice for other bloggers and readers . . . Read whatever you want. Read the fluff. Read the chunksters. Read the improbable stories. Read as much as you can. Because reading is important. Stories are important. And, for my fellow bloggers, just be you. Post what you want, when you want. Let YOU shine through!

Okay, my final questions for you . . . what advice do you have? And, last but not least, what are your inspirations (for blogging, for reading, for life - you choose)?

Kami

My advice for readers and bloggers is about the same as yours. Don't worry what others think or how many followers you have. Read and blog for you! Don't feel like you have to apologize for the books you like, and don't get caught up in numbers. If you love it, shout it out loud! If you are in a reading slump, take a break! Remember that this is all for fun.

I get inspired from other bloggers and authors. I love great dedicated bloggers that do fun things, and I love being a part of a great literature community. I feel very blessed to live in Utah where we have such a great and supportive book community. Our book stores are awesome, our libraries are awesome, we have a plethora of local authors, and I have lots of blogger friends. All of them inspire me and make me feel happy that I'm a reader and a blogger. I also have to give a shout out to my husband and daughter. They are SO supportive of me. My hubby is always willing to take care of our kid and our home while I dash off to do bookish things. I love my little family!

Tif 

Thank you so much Kami!!  I think your answers to these last two questions were my favorite of this entire interview!!  Some day I hope to take a road trip into your bookish community to experience a little bit of it myself!!

22 comments:

  1. Soooo true. Blog for yourself and read for yourself. If you're not enjoying either, why bother. Don't pay attention to what you "should" be reading.

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    1. Beth F ... Exactly! And, speaking of pictures from your comment over at Kami's ... Love your pictures!! I think I need to get back to posting some Wordless Wednesday posts.

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  2. You guys did this in such a fun way! I love it. I'm glad Kami got to interview you because now I can stalk...er...follow your blog. ;)

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    1. Jenny ... Stalk and follow away! And, I need to check out your's as well!

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  3. I love the message y'all are sending. Read for YOU. Blog for YOU. Life's too short. And don't be ashamed of the fluff :).

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    1. Words for Worms ... Yes, yes, and yes!!

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  4. I look forward to that road trip you plan to take! Great answers guys! Loved it!

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    1. Suey ... Me too! I need to get through this class and I will finally have more time on my hands to plan it!

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  5. Awesome interview! My favorite of the whole day! I love your advice, it resonates with me because I love to read what I want and not apologize for it! Great job!

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    1. Kristina Patton ... This is so exciting to hear! Thank you!

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  6. I'm delighted that Markus Zusak was nice in person! I love his books so much!

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    1. Jenny @ Reading the End ... I think this can make a huge difference when appreciating an author's work. Some day, I hope to meet him myself!

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  7. I love the advice that the two of you give! I think that's exactly what book blogging comes down to at the end of the day. :)

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  8. Yes to I Am the Messenger! Thanks for sharing your conversation. I'm really enjoying the interviews with everyone!

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    1. Laurie C ... Glad to see a fellow Messenger fan!

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  9. I totally agree with your tips. Such good advice. And meeting Cary Elwes! I would have been star-struck totally. Love it!

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  10. You guys did a great job with the interview. I enjoyed reading your conversation. It was fun to get to know you and know a little more about Kami. And, come join us in Utah any time. We don't bite ... much. ;)

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    1. Jenni Elyse ... The weird thing is ... that makes me want to get that trip planned sooner rather than later! ;)

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  11. Thanks for doing this with me! I had a lot of fun!

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