Today's treasure is a New Treasure - the Interview Swap!
I had the great pleasure of interviewing MamaKitty from Mama Kitty Reviews! Her answers were so much fun!
Brizmus Blogs Books: Tell us a little bit about your blog, MamaKitty Reviews. It's new to me, so it's probably new to my readers as well.
Mamma Kitty: I started MamaKitty Reviews last year because I'd had so many book reviews and "OMG I WANT THIS BOOK!" posts on my personal blog that I figured it was time to devote one special blog just for all things books. I still have a personal blog, but I don't update it nearly as often as I do MKR. Funny how that works, isn't it? On MKR, I review whatever books I've just finished, talk about books I want to read (I need to do that again... haven't posted one of those in a while), have a weekly HottiePants post, occasionally I have guest bloggers, interview authors, and give books away (because I love to share the love).
BBB:It seems to me from your site that you blog with 3 other people. How is that? Do you guys collaborate and talk about things going on in the blog, or is it more of a to each his own thing?
MK: When I started school again, I realized that I wouldn't have nearly as much time as before to read and review, so I asked my cousin MamaDee to review the book she was reading. Then, my goddaughter BabyK asked if she could review a book for me. She's only 13, so I don't allow her to come onto the site (since it's Rated R), but she's working on 2 YA books for me. Recently, I found out that my boss's daughter likes to read almost as much as I do, so I started giving her assignments too. She's almost 15, so she's not allowed on the site either, but she just turned in her first review. I have to type it up and post it.
I basically run the site as though I'm the sole reviewer, but if I have a back log or they have a book they're particularly excited about, I ask them to review for me. They're all in school too (MamaDee is pre-law, BabyK just started 7th grade, and BabyChica is in 9th grade), so we all have a lot on our plates.
BBB: Do you listen to music while you read? If so, what's your favorite reading music? If no, why not?
MK: Sometimes I listen to music while I read... mostly when I do, it's my "chill" playlist, which includes music by Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Erykah Badu, Duffy, Adele, Ben Taylor, Leona Lewis, Melody Gardot, Anthony Hamilton, James Morrison... There's a lot more, but I could go on forever. I like music almost as much as I like books. :)
BBB: Now, I know that you mostly read romance, but what is your favorite out of genre book?
MK: Is Chick Lit out of genre? LOL I mostly stick to romance and all its sub-genres (PNR, UF, HR, & Contemp). I've recently started to like YA again, but mostly of the Romance variety. What can I say? I stick to what I know... I think the furthest out of the Romance genre I've truly enjoyed in the past decade or so was a non-fiction book I had to read for my history class. I'm a big history buff.
BBB: Since you started blogging, have your found yourself wanting to read more books out of your normal comfort zone?
MK: I've ventured pretty far out of my comfort zone in reading BDSM and M/M books... I'm actually doing a M/M reading challenge where I have to read 5 books by the year's end. I've read 3, and am working on the 4th. I already have the 5th as well (a signed copy by the author that I won in a fellow book blogger's birthday contest), and will likely read more.
BBB: What's your favorite color combination?
MK: I love pink and chocolate brown. I also love teal and chocolate brown (my bathroom color scheme). And light green and chocolate brown (my bedroom color scheme). The funniest part? I'm not a big fan of chocolate brown on its own.
BBB: That Cat in the Hat story on your blog is the cutest story ever! Do you remember some of the books that you read to your Twin?
MK: I can't remember any of the other books I read to him in the hospital, but when we were in... uh.... 6th or 7th grade, I had to read The Giver by Lois Lowry and I made him sit down so I could read it to him. That's the only book I actually finished for my Pre-AP reading class that year (I still have no idea how I managed to pass that class). I didn't hate reading at that time, I just hated the books we were being forced to read. Anyway, we both cried at the end of the book. Just don't tell him I told you that.
BBB: If you were stranded on a desert island for a year and only allowed to bring 3 books with you (which you would of course read over and over again), what would they be?
MK: OMG, only 3 books for a year?? Um... The first book would have to be Dirty by Megan Hart. My favorite author in the entire world and I luff her so. Then i'd have to bring Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between by J.A. Saare because I have to have my Disco fix. And finally, Remember When by Nora Roberts/JD Robb. Ok, I cheated on that last one, because it's technically 2 books in one. But it was my first introduction to the In Death series and the love of my life: Roarke. (lol!)
BBB: You're allowed 3 other items on your desert island. What are they?
MK: A notebook, a pen (that never runs out of ink, of course), and my hair straightener.
BBB:And that's it! Unless there's anything that you'd like to add that you think readers reading about your blog from my blog would like to know about.
MK: Um... I'm not very funny when I try to be, so the idea of saying something witty just went out the window. LOL.
BBB: Now, that was fun! And now I've got a few after interview comments I'd like to add. First, I'm sort of dying to check out this HottiePants feature! Second, me, too, I like music almost as much as I like books! And last, my favorite color combination is super pinky marroon with creamy mint green (sort of like the colors on my blog), and at first I didn't actually like creamy mint green by itself that much, but now I love it. So maybe you will soon love chocolate brown! :-)
Anyhow, thanks SO much for stopping by Mama Kitty, and readers, if you haven't checked out her blog yet, and you like romance, be sure to stop by Mama Kitty's Reviews!!!!