BBAW miscellany, featuring The Book Blogger Interview: Bermudaonion!

One of the activities Amy arranged for Book Blogger Appreciation Week is an interview swap, in which she paired up two participating bloggers to interview each other via e-mail and post the Q&A. Today, those interviews are posting across the BBAW participant blogiverse, so it’s a great chance to get to know some book-blogging folks a little better.

Please welcome Kathy of Bermudaonion’s Weblog to The 3 R’s for a little blogger-to-blogger Q&A! She’s a relatively new arrival to the book-blogging world, but from the looks of her blog, she has jumped right in and embraced it all. She  lives in South Carolina with her husband, her college-age son, and their dog. Aside from reading, and blogging about reading, she enjoys travel, games, and time with family and friends.

Your “about” page says you’ve moved 11 times(!). Where have you lived? Is there one of those places that was your favorite of all? Is there one that you would never want to return to, even for a visit?

I’ve lived in Bermuda, Mississippi, Virginia (2 places), South Carolina (3 times in the greater Greenville area), Alabama (2 places), North Carolina and France (2 places).  I’ve liked every place we’ve lived.  I’d like to say my favorite was Bermuda, but I don’t remember living there, (I was 3 when we moved from there) only visiting.  I guess I would say my favorite would be Charlotte, NC or Greenville, SC.
How long have you been blogging? What made you decide to start doing it?

I started blogging in June.  There were several blogs that I read on a regular basis, and I kept thinking, “I can do this,” and finally took the plunge this summer.

Has blogging about books changed your reading habits? How – the kinds of books you read, the amount of time you spend reading, the things you pay attention to while reading, and/or some other way?

I’ve always been an avid reader, so I don’t think I read any more than I did before.  I do pay attention to some details more so I can write a review after I’m through with the book.  I’m trying to expand my horizons by participating in a reading challenge.

I can never name just ONE favorite book or author myself – do you have an “all-time” answer to each of those questions? How about your favorite book and author you’ve discovered since you’ve been blogging? Just in this year?

I would have trouble naming just one book, but there are 2 that I read over again every few years – To Kill a Mockingbird and Little Women.  A few of my favorite authors are Ferrol Sams, Adriana Trigiani,  Barbara Kingsolver and Joshilyn Jackson.  Recently I discovered Jayne Pupek’s Tomato Girl.  It’s a little early to add her to my favorite author list, since it’s her first novel, but I think it’s a wonderful book.

Do you blog about subjects other than books? What are some of them?

I blog about food and my life in general, as well as books. (There are some tasty-sounding recipes in that “food” category on Bermudaonion’s blog, I must say!)

Do you frequently participate in any of the book memes or carnivals? Which ones?

I participate in Tuesday Thingers.

What do you think of reading challenges? Are you participating in any – which ones?

I like reading challenges, but don’t have enough time to get involved in all of the interesting ones.  I’m currently participating in the Book Awards Challenge II.

Where is your favorite place to read?

I like to read everywhere.  When it’s nice outside, I go out on the front porch with the dog to read.

Do you usually buy books, get them from the library, trade them, or get them some other way?

I do it all – I buy, trade, check them out of the library and receive ARCs.

Are you on LibraryThing, GoodReads, both, or neither?

I’m on both, but use LibraryThing more. (Something we have in common!)

What do you like best about book blogging?

Reading all of the other great blogs, getting to know other readers and getting ARCs.

It was great to get acquainted with Bermudaonion and find another addition to my “books” blogroll. She had some questions for me, too – this was an interview swap, after all – and I’ve answered them at her blog, so please head over there if you’re curious about what she asked me!

In other BBAW news, there are giveaways galore this week – and I was a winner in TWO of them yesterday! I had the first correct answer to Chartroose’s “Guess the Novel” riddle/rhyme at Bloody Hell, It’s A Book Barrage!, and my prize is a $25 gift e-card from Lush Cosmetics. I’m a sucker for stuff like that, so I’m really looking forward to using it – thank you, Chartroose! (And maybe I should get this book out of TBR Purgatory soon…) I also won a $10 Amazon gift certificate and a batch of homemade brownies (donated by Trish of Hey Lady, Whatcha Readin’?) in My Friend Amy’s BBAW daily raffle!

My Friend Amy officially kicked off BBAW yesterday with an invitation to write a post thanking or highlighting some of our favorite book blogs. I have 45 book blogs currently listed in my “books blogroll” – you can see them listed in my blog sidebar – and as I comb through the BBAW participant list, I’m sure I’ll be adding more. Meanwhile, I would heartily recommend any blog on that list – but I’d like to single out a couple for special mention.

I’d like to give a public thank-you and a “right back at you!” to Literary Feline for the nice things she said about me. She’s a finalist for a couple of BBAW Awards, and I hope she wins them, especially the one for “Best Commenter,” because commenting is really how we’ve gotten to know each other! She’s a fantastic book blogger, a great community member, and a very good friend – if you haven’t met her yet, please make sure you do!

This blog also made Just a (Reading) Fool‘s book-blog highlight reel, and I want to thank him publicly too! He’s another one you should definitely know – with his five (!) blogs, he’s The Hardest Working Man in the Book-Blog Business. I’ll be checking out his other favorites as soon as I can.

***Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win a personally-autographed copy of the paperback edition of Joshua Henkin’s novel Matrimony – the deadline is Sunday 9/21, and the details are here!****

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  1. Great interview! I am glad to get to know Kathy better. I only recently discovered her blog. To Kill a Mockingbird is a fantastic book. I really should reread that one.

    Thank you, Florinda, for the compliments!

  2. Bermudaonion – It was fun interviewing with you too! Congratulations on your BBAW winnings.

    Tara – BBAW is turning out to be a LOT of fun. Nice to meet you :-D!

    April – It’s an “Advance Reading Copy.” Basically, it’s a softcover galley/”proof” copy of a book scheduled for publication soon. Because it’s not a final edit, it may have typos and other little errors that still need to be corrected, but otherwise it’s what will show up in bookstores. Authors and publishers like to get them out to reviewers prior to publication to get buzz going.

    Anna – I’m enjoying it too – and finding new book blogs along the way!

    Literary Feline – You’re welcome :-). I didn’t say anything that wasn’t 100% true, you know!

    Amy – I’m Florinda on LT. Look me up over there! Actually, that widget in my sidebar should take you straight to my LT library.

  3. Kathy is wonderful! She’s a very loyal commenter on my blog. I didn’t realize that she and I have been blogging for the same amount of time. I started in June as well, but I thought she’d been blogging longer than I have. Great interview! I enjoyed learning more about Kathy.

    Florinda, I’ve added you to my Bloglines subscription. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts!

  4. Bluestocking – I’ve lived in five different states, but Kathy definitely has me beat!

    Ruth – Welcome! I just discovered your blog via your interview with my friend Literary Feline, and I have added it to my Google Reader feeds.