Thursday, April 4, 2013

Kelly of The Well-Read Redhead

Please welcome Kelly, who blogs at The Well-Read Redhead. Today Kelly is answering 15 questions about her blog and her reading habits.  Welcome, Kelly!

NAME OF MY BOOK BLOG: The Well-Read Redhead

A LITTLE ABOUT ME (I added this question, hope that's OK!): I'm a 20...(okay, almost 30)-something voracious reader, living and working in upstate New York.  I'm a part-time employee at a university, a part-time stay-at-home mom, and a full time book lover.  When I'm not reading or blogging, I'm usually keeping my toddler out of the toilet, watching reruns of Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives with my husband, and trying to get my dog to stop chasing the neighborhood cats.  Which all sounds rather hectic, but I love every second.


GENRES COVERED MOST ON MY BLOG: I love contemporary fiction in general, but I do pay particular attention to women's fiction.  I also dabble in YA, historical fiction, nonfiction (especially bios and food-related memoirs), mystery/thriller, and literary fiction.

FIRST BOOK I READ OVER AND OVER: Probably lots of kid books (Goodnight Moon, anyone?) but the first chapter book was definitelyMatilda by Roald Dahl.  What 10-year-old girl DOESN'T want to push people around with her eyes?

MY FAVORITE PLACE TO READ: Number one is the beach.  Number two is the pedicurist's chair.  But I don't get to go to either of those places as often as I'd like, so more realistically, it's my big ol' comfy brown couch in our living room while wearing my Snuggie and drinking wine.  YES.

MY BOOKSHELVES ARE: FULL.  I am always trying to give books away and make room for new ones, because I hate clutter and I'm determined not to have more books than I can fit on the shelves.  (I know, not normal for a voracious reader...but organized-me and reader-me had to find a middle ground.)  It doesn't help that my 1-year-old son's book collection is growing quickly, so he's taking over some of my shelf space!  The things we do for our kids.

MY TBR LIST/PILE IS: Total insanity.  I have 784 books on my Goodreads TBR list.  And I swear I would read all of them, if given the ten lifetimes it would require.

A BOOK I LIKE THAT NO ONE ELSE SEEMS TO: I don't think people necessarily dislike it, but What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson is on my favorites list, and I don't think many others rate it that high.  It's a very emotional book for me, and I'm stingy with my tears, so anything that makes me cry gets considered for the favorites list.

A BOOK I DON'T LIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO LOVE50 Shades of Grey.  Don't even get me started.  A close second:Twilight.

IF I COULD GO TO ANY LITERARY DESTINATION I WOULD CHOOSE: Does the destination have to be fictional?  If so, Hogwarts. DUH.  But if we're considering real places too, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo books made me want to go to Sweden SO BAD.

MY FAVORITE NON-BOOKISH ACTIVITY: Primarily, spending time with my son and husband.  Mommy and Wifey are my favorite job titles.  Beyond that, I love traveling, running, scrapbooking, hiking, and snowboarding.

MY FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: There are so many good ones, but I think Martin Scorcese totally nailed Dennis Lehane'sShutter Island.  Especially the ending.  SO AWESOME.

MY BOOK BLOG STANDS OUT FROM THE CROWD BECAUSE: I spend a crazy amount of time perfecting my book reviews.  I've heard some other bloggers say that they don't do loads of review posts because they get the lowest number of page views, but I haven't found that to be true.  And even if it was, the whole reason I started this blog was so I could share my reviews...other bookish musings are fun (and I love reading some of the blogs that specialize in that), but they are secondary for me.  So I really try to craft my reviews well.  I always want them to be a combination of informative, critical, and funny...with maybe some ridiculous Mean Girls gifs thrown in for good measure.

MY MUST-READ BLOGS: I can only pick THREE?  Oh man.  Okay, I'll go with Words for WormsThe Relentless Reader, and Girlxoxo.  They are, all three, amazeballs.

Kelly can also be found on Twitter @TheWRRedhead, and Goodreads.

Thank you for joining us today, Kelly! Remember to check out Kelly's blog, The Well-Read Redhead, and leave a comment or question below!


  1. I love Kelly's blog, it's in my favorites folder on Bloglovin'! Glad to see her featured here. :)

  2. Thanks for the feature, y'all! This is a great new blog idea.

    1. Thank you so much for joining us by featuring your blog!

  3. Thank god there is someone else out there that can't stand Twilight! It's always a relief to find someone sane when it comes to that subject.

    1. I am fully prepared to be drawn and quartered by the YA reviewers for that comment. lol

    2. I don't like Twilight, either! Anti-Twis unite!

  4. So fun to get to know you better!

  5. I actually liked Shutter Island the book better, but enjoyed the movie too. Just two different animals to me. As for going to Sweden after reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo or any of the other Swedish crime fiction, I don't know. It seems sort of desolate there. :) However, just so you don't think I disagree with everything you say, I'm completely with you on 50 Shades of Grey and Twilight: blech!

  6. There are so many things I want to comment on! First of all, YAY for Kelly. I love her blog :)

    Now I want to go to the beach and/or get a pedicure. Both of those things sound dreamy right now!

    I'm with you on 50 and Twilight. Haters gonna hate. ;)

    Thanks for mentioning my blog darling, you're a peach!

  7. Kelly, I love Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives! But I've learned not to watch it when I'm hungry because I'll be starving by the end of one episode. ;)

    As for Twilight, I have a confession. I loved it the first time I read it. But it does NOT stand up to repeat readings. At least for me. The first read, I was all into it and wanting to find out what happens next and all, so I didn't have time to truly think about what I was reading. Now I do. So yeah, I agree with you now.

    Anyway, thanks for introducing this lovely place to me! Think I'll stick around. :)

  8. People keep trying to get me to read 50 interest in that at all. I have not heard of Kelly's blog, so this is another fun one for me to check out...when I can find time between the full-time job, the toddler crazy girl, the hubby, the reading, and the dog.

  9. I agree my favorite posts are reviews by you girl because they are so well thought out!! You are always dead on for books! :)

  10. I love Kelly's blog and glad to see her featured here. I agree with you Kelly, I spend a lot of time trying to perfect my reviews and why not everything I read is reviewed (although that's my goal) and less time doing the other cute "bookish musings." You've got a great list of top 3 blogs and I'm following them all. Thanks for sharing your story with us, i was already a big fan of yours :)

  11. It has been such a pleasure to meet you Kelly! I follow you on Twitter, but your blog is not in my feed yet. Rectifying that right now! :)

  12. Congratulations, Kelly!!!! You're amazing! :)


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