Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Book Blogger Appreciation : Day 2

Welcome to Book Blogger Appreciation Week Day 2!

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!!!!


YA Book Queen said...

Awesome interview! =)

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Nice to meet Mama Kitty, I'm away over there now.

Simcha said...

Now I have to go find out what the Cat and the Hat story is all about. Great job on the interview!

MamaKitty said...

Thanks for having me today! It was so nice to meet you and what a great interview!! I'll definitely be back to read more of your reviews. :)

Michelle Santiago said...

great interview! i haven't heard of mama kitty but it sounds like she and i like the same genres--am off to check out her blog. happy bbaw!

Reena Jacobs said...

Great interview. I'm fond of Mama Kitty Reviews also. :)

Cecelia said...

Interesting interview. I like her answer for favorite color combo, even though I'm very hesitant to try brown. *grin*

Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

Really enjoyed the interview. Gotta say how much I love Mama Kitty's button!!

Had to go check out her blog too. I think I'll have to become a frequent visitor there =)

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