One of my favorite bloggers, Lee from She-Wolf Reads is taking over here at Girlxoxo.com during Book Blogger Appreciation Week - answering a few questions about her blog & blogging style.
Q1. A little background about you & your blog - how long have you been book blogging, why a book blog, what genre do you focus on (if any).
I'm an avid reader, a film buff, a knitter, a wife and mother, a California transplant living on the east coast, who's lived in Africa and speaks Italian and bad French.
I started my blog, She-Wolf Reads, in February of this year after realizing several things: (1) none of my friends were reading the same things I was and I really wanted a place where I could express my love for the types of books I enjoy, (2) as a new mom, I was feeling pulled in different directions both personally and professionally and wanted a place that was totally mine where I could self-express and have fun with no expectations or pressures, and (3) I admired so many book bloggers and the work they were doing that I thought it would be wonderful to be a part of that reading community.
The books I normally review are in the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genres (werewolves anyone?) though I'm starting to feel the itch to include different types of reading into the blog...
Q2. Where does most of your reading take place?
All my light reading takes place here on the couch, but in my mind, I'm actually at the beach.
Q3. What'cha blogging with - i.e. give me some details of what kind of computer you're using.
I'm a Mac person all the way. It really does have the most stable operating system I've used. Yes, I've sipped the Apple Kool-Aid. When working on the blog, I tend to hijack my husband's Mac Pro laptop. If I'm not working on that, I'm on my own system (MacPro tower) which I use for work. I don't think I clutter the desktop, but my husband may disagree.
Q4. Which author's books are the most abundant in your collection.
I have all of Jane Austen's books and all of the Bronte sisters' books (I was obsessed with them for while). If you look on my Kindle, I would say Patricia Briggs dominates. Below is a picture of my bookshelf, totally unorganized. Austen and the Brontes are in there somewhere.
5. What are 3 of your favorite books read so far in 2012?
* Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson - wonderfully quirky and sexy paranormal romance.
* Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson - Great new urban fantasy series.
* Furious Love by Sam Kashner and Nancy Shoenberger - A biography about the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton love affair. I didn't review this on the blog but I really enjoyed the book. Brad and Angelina have NOTHING on these two.
6. I love your Shelf Candy posts - what are some of your favorite covers of books published in 2012.
* Joey Hi-Fi's cover art for Blackbirds and Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig - gorgeous.
* Pye Parr's cover art for Blood and Feathers by Lou Morgan - dark and just very cool.
* Anything by Chris McGrath and Daniel dos Santos
Q7. Share 3 of your favorite book blogs.
Well, honestly, Girlxoxo is one of my faves (*yay*). I love your mix of genres, your lists and I have serious blogger envy with your photos and graphics, plus your food posts make me hungry. Besides you, here are some other bloggers I read every day:
* I love the work Wicked Lil Pixie does - the reviews and the rants are fantastic. Most importantly, the honesty of all the ladies involved is wonderful. Reminds me to continue to find my voice and express it without doubt.
* I'm also a big fan of My Bookish Ways. This blog has wonderfully written and thoughtful reviews on anything under the umbrella of speculative fiction.
* I love Booked and Loaded, too. This was one of the first bloggers to reach out and be so welcoming to me when I first started She-Wolf Reads. She writes fun, honest reviews and just started sharing her beautiful original poetry on the blog.
* Finally, The Akamai Reader. Her site is awesome. This is another blogger who made me feel incredibly welcome when I first started my blog. Her reviews are thoughtful, concise, and honest. She is also a big supporter of indie authors. I learn about a new author or book with every one of her posts.
Note from Tanya - She-Wolf Reads is a seriously fantastic blog, so please go check it out. One of my favorite posts at her site is A side of diversity with my UF/PNR, if you please!. She is also interviewing me today.