BBAW: Interview with Jill from Rhapsody in Books
blogger interviews , blogging , interviews / September 13, 2011

This week (September 12-17, 2011) is Book Blogger Appreciation Week! BBAW is a week long festival celebrating the community of book bloggers and their contribution to preserving a culture of literacy through book reviews and recommendations, reading reflections, and general bookish chat.  Events include daily blogging topics, blogger interview swaps, special guest posts, and so much more! Today’s posts for BBAW are interview swaps – bloggers have been paired up with other bloggers to interview each other about pretty much anything we want! I really love interviewing other bloggers, so this is probably my favourite topic for this week. This year, I’m interviewing Jill from Rhapsody in Books, which has been shortlisted for the Best Eclectic Book Blog category. Let’s take it away! How many book blogs are in your reader? I have almost 300 blogs in my reader, although not all of them are book blogs.  Every time I try to pare them back, there is some event, like BBAW, that exposes me to a slew of new, wonderful blogs, and my reader gets swollen again!  It’s too big though and very discouraging – whenever I leave to do some reading, when I come back, the reader is full…

Reading Roots: Jen from The Introverted Reader
blogger interviews , interviews / September 13, 2011

Posted weekly on Tuesdays, Reading Roots features a variety of book bloggers talking about their early reading influences and experiences, letting us catch a glimpse of the “roots” that each person has built upon in forming their identity as “a reader”. Today, I’m interviewing Jen from The Introverted Reader. Let’s explore her reading roots! What is your earliest memory involving books or reading? How were books, reading, and literacy approached in your childhood home? Were your parents or other family members “readers”? I can’t say that I have one “earliest memory.”  I just always remember books and reading being a huge part of my life.  My parents never pushed anything on us.  They are both still readers, and I would say that is what shaped us into readers more than anything else.  I’m sure they read to us as well, but what I really remember is seeing them both reading.  My mom has always loved her romantic books and my dad loves his westerns.  I remember that they subscribed us to Weekly Reader (anyone else remember that?), so we got some books that way, and I remember being so excited to choose books through the Scholastic book order forms we…

Reading Roots: Chelsea from Coffee and Cliffhangers
blogger interviews , interviews / September 6, 2011

Posted weekly on Tuesdays, Reading Roots features a variety of book bloggers talking about their early reading influences and experiences, letting us catch a glimpse of the “roots” that each person has built upon in forming their identity as “a reader”. Today, I’m interviewing Chelsea from Coffee and Cliffhangers. Let’s explore her reading roots! What is your earliest memory involving books or reading? How were books, reading, and literacy approached in your childhood home? Were your parents or other family members “readers”? I remember, even before I could read, carrying around a milk crate full of books. I would pull one out at a time, running my hands over the words and pictures and begging my family to read (and reread) books all the time. When I finally could read by myself, I think my parents were pretty happy. It earned them back maybe five hours each day. My family has always been encouraging of my reading. My aunt was really the only one who read as much as me, but my parents would always buy me books. Did you enjoy language arts/English classes as a kid, or were you more of a reluctant reader? When did you first consider…

Reading Roots: Lauren from Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf
blogger interviews , interviews / August 30, 2011

Posted weekly on Tuesdays, Reading Roots features a variety of book bloggers talking about their early reading influences and experiences, letting us catch a glimpse of the “roots” that each person has built upon in forming their identity as “a reader”. Today, I’m interviewing Lauren from Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf. Let’s explore her reading roots! What is your earliest memory involving books or reading? How were books, reading, and literacy approached in your childhood home? Were your parents or other family members “readers”? One of my earliest memories involving books would be the weekly library trips my mom used to take me on when I was just about three or four. I clearly remember being so excited to find brand new books, which at that time usually had to do with some of my favorite types of animals (like pandas and monkeys), to read, because even then I was a big reader and read nearly everything in sight. Books, reading, and literary were always approached in my childhood with lots of enthusiasm. While my dad has never been a big reader, my mom was and still is an ardent book lover, so she always has supported my reading addiction- even when…

Reading Roots: Lenore from Presenting Lenore
blogger interviews , interviews / August 23, 2011

Posted weekly on Tuesdays, Reading Roots features a variety of book bloggers talking about their early reading influences and experiences, letting us catch a glimpse of the “roots” that each person has built upon in forming their identity as “a reader”. Today, I’m interviewing Lenore from Presenting Lenore. Let’s explore her reading roots! What is your earliest memory involving books or reading? How were books, reading, and literacy approached in your childhood home? Were your parents or other family members “readers”? I don’t remember a time when we weren’t reading.  Both my parents loved to read, so we had books everywhere.  I learned to read (and to hoard) book very early! Did you enjoy language arts/English classes as a kid, or were you more of a reluctant reader? When did you first consider yourself “a reader”? I loved English class until 7th grade when I had a teacher who tried her best to get me to hate it.  She had these multiple choice opinion tests about the book we were reading, so for example, when we read Dickens A CHRISTMAS CAROL, she would ask “How do you think Scrooge felt when ….” and then she would mark our answers as wrong if…