Hello biblios! And welcome to another “A Cuppa with a Book Blogger”, where we get to learn a little bit more about some of our favourite book bloggers! Before I introduce you to my next guest I thought I’d use this time to catch up a bit…
I am currently reading Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Ever since I started this blog and became more active on #bookstagram I’ve seen nothing but incredible reviews of Murakami’s work. So naturally I wanted to give his books a read to find out what all the fuss is about. I picked up Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki a few weeks back and was waiting for the perfect time to read it…
And then I happened upon The Bibliotheque’s Comfort Zone Reading Challenge and knew I needed to take part. I signed up to the challenge and immediately used the opportunity to start this book that’s been intriguing me for so long. This book drew me in from the get go and I seriously cannot wait to share more of it with you! But let’s leave that for another time.
Today’s guest is RaeAnne, the bookworm behind Lavender Prose. As it so happens, I am a guest contributor for RaeAnne’s blog and I’ve already posted my first piece a couple of weeks back – which you may read over here. RaeAnne is an eclectic reader who loves classic novels as much as fantasy and horror books. She won NaNoWriMo two years in a row and she is also the proud co-host of the #letsreadindie Reading Challenge! As you can see, she is quite the busy bee – without taking into consideration that she is a beta-reader and runs her very own online business providing proofreading services!
I’m so excited to get to know RaeAnne better, so let’s see what she has to say to the questions provided…
So, let’s get the obvious question out of the way – who is RaeAnne? Tell us a bit about the book lover behind the blog.
I’ve been a booklover my entire life! But you know that already. And I’m such an eclectic person that it would be a shame not to tell you more. XD
I love music; I taught myself how to play the piano when I was younger! I bought a gorgeous red electric cello . . . but I still need to learn how to play it. I am not picky about what I listen to, at all . . . though I’ve been listening to a bunch of Pink Floyd lately. XD
I’m one of the biggest foodies you’ll ever meet and you’d have a hard time finding a food I won’t try!
Another fun fact about me is that I’ve flown an airplane . . . yep! XD (My grandpa used to own one!)
Everyone has a story and I’m positive you do too. What inspired you to start blogging? And how did you come up with the name for your space?
I had a personal blog probably about a decade ago and I really loved it. I met amazing people and just really had fun with it! Then I stopped blogging for a while. But it gives me an excuse to do something that I love—which is write—and the community is just such a great thing to be a part of. I think I have my friend Kayla to thank for inspiring me to start blogging again, really, just because I saw her book blog and realized how much I missed blogging. Plus who doesn’t want to talk about books all day long?
From one book blogger to another, I know how much time goes into crafting a post that you feel comfortable enough posting for the world to see. Looking back, what was your favourite post to write? (You may list more than one if you want)
My favorite posts to write have to be my unboxing posts! I’m always so excited to share my new bookish goodies with you and, though it’s time consuming, I also love taking pictures for them!
Getting a lil personal; what is your biggest achievement to date? Is there a moment you are especially proud of when you look back on all you’ve accomplished so far?
Personally? Can I say designing my website? Because I’m super proud of the way it looks! (I had lots of help along the way, but I did design it! That’s a lot of decision-making, which I’m not the best at.)
Do you have a bucket list stashed away somewhere with some daring (or more subdued) activities that you’d like to complete? Name 5 items on your list.
I don’t really have a bucket list—well, not written down.
I’d LOVE to travel more; I’m a huge geek, so I’d love to go to New Zealand and see the Lord of the Rings stuff there!
Oh, and go to Highclere Castle (which isn’t in NZ, but oh well)!
I want to write a book.
Go to all 50 states. (Can you tell I like to travel?)
I’d love to meet one of my favorite authors . . . it would be intimidating, but really neat!
Name one of your most cherished life experiences.
The adoption of two little brothers into my crazy wonderful family! <3
What’s some of the best advice you’ve received and who was the wise human who shared this bit of wisdom with you?
Oohh . . . which one do I choose? XD
Don’t apologize for liking things.
I’m a self-conscious and quiet person, but if you ever bring up something I’m passionate about, I get loud and will talk for hours! The geekier the subject the better!
It’s something I usually apologize for—but there’s no real reason for that! A friend of mine has said so multiple occasions, and there are plenty of geeky celebrities out there who say the same! As long as your passions won’t hurt anyone, why apologize?
“HakunaMatata – it means no worries, for the rest of your days.”Do you have a motto in life? If yes, let us know what it is.
Just kidding. That’s not me at all.
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Let’s talk books for a bit… How did reading become such a big part of your life?
It always has been! But my mom has a huge part to play in this—she used to read to me (and my siblings!) all the time! <3
What would you consider your “most reached for” genre? And is there any special reason for this preference?
At the moment . . . I think I can say that it’s horror. I’ve amassed quite the collection of Stephen King books lately and can’t seem to get enough of them. I can’t really pinpoint a reason.
But I also have been a fan of fantasy for as long as I can remember, and I’m finding myself reading more sci-fi, too. 😀
On the other side of the spectrum, what genre do you hardly reach for and why?
I never pick up romances—like, ever. Romance in a book is just fine, but I don’t find it enough of a problem to drive a whole story. It’s just not my thing.
As a major book nerd, I know how overwhelming– or let’s just call it IRRITATING – it can be when someone asks you what your favourite book is because there’s never a black ‘n white answer. So here’s my question: What is your ideal ending for a book?
My ideal ending? I want the main character’s life to have changed in some major way; good, bad, or both. I don’t need a happily ever after to enjoy a book.
What are some of your most cherished quotes from books?
HOW DO I CHOOSE?!
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” – J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit)
“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.
“First, let no one rule your mind or body. Take special care that your thoughts remain unfettered. . . . Give men your ear, but not your heart. Show respect for those in power, but don’t follow them blindly. Judge with logic and reason, but comment not . . . Hold fast to your beliefs and others will listen. . . . Of the affairs of love . . . my only advice is to be honest. That’s your most powerful tool to unlock a heart of gain forgiveness.” – Christopher Paolini, Eragon
“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.” – Andy Weir, The Martian
(Hey, I never said I wasn’t an eclectic reader!)
What bookish franchise do you tend to fan and fawn over most?
LORD OF THE RINGS!!!!!
If you’re anything like me then you’ll have a long list of bookish pet peeves. Can you name one of your biggest bookish pet peeves?
And cracking spines before reading the book—WHHHYY?!?!
Also, paperbacks getting bent when you read them.
I think one of the biggest problems us bookish folk face is our never ending TBR pile that gets longer and longer no matter how many books we tick off as ‘read’. What book has been on your TBR the longest?
To Kill a Mockingbird.
I am a fan of the classics, but I just haven’t gotten around to this one yet. I don’t know why—I know I should, and I really want to, I just haven’t made the time for it!
Stressed Reader or Relaxed Reader?
Favourite Subject in school?
Quiet night in or a night out on the town?
Quiet night in!
Paperback or EBook?
Pretty dress or jeans and T-shirt?
Yoga pants! XD (If I had to answer, I’d say pretty dress!)
What advice do you have for anyone who would like to get into proof-reading or beta-reviewing?
Remember that there’s a person behind all of those words and respect their feelings. J Also, read—lots and lots.
About Lavender Prose:My blog has all of the bookish fun you could hope for! Interviews with authors, bookish goodies, reviews, and more! Some inspiration for fellow writers out there as well!
Thank you so much to RaeAnne for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions. I hope you’ll go ahead and give her a follow!
If you would like to have me feature your blog on A Cuppa with a Book Blogger, please drop me an email so we can talk more. Don’t forget to come back next week Monday to meet another Book Blogger Friend!