Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tanya from Mom's Small Victories



Please welcome Tanya, who blogs at Mom's Small Victories. Tanya's blog is known for a mixture of book reviews and recipe reviews.  She's also super nice and fun to talk to. :)


Questions:

1.      NAME OF MY BOOK BLOG(S):  Mom's Small Victories 

2.      I HAVE BEEN BLOGGING SINCE: 2011 on my old blog, 2012 on this blog

3.      GENRES COVERED MOST ON MY BLOG:  Contemporary Fiction, Classics, World Fiction, Historical Fiction but I read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction.

4.      MY EARLIEST MEMORY OF READING:  I don't really have one from childhood. I became an avid reader as an adult.  I read the book Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda and was so enthralled and moved by it, that I wanted to find more books I enjoyed as much as that one.  That sparked my obsession with books over the past couple of years.

5.      FIRST BOOK I READ OVER AND OVER:  I don't typically read books more than once, there are too many great books I haven't read even once yet! 

6.      THE BOOK I HAVE RE-READ THE MOST TIMES:  If I did re-read book, I would totally re-read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain.

7.      MY FAVORITE PLACE TO READ:  Tucked in my comfy bed.  

8.      MY MUST-HAVE READING ACCESSORIES:  My Kindle.

9.      MY BOOKSHELVES ARE:  The one in my room is full of books I need to read and we won't even start on the Kindle books that I don't even realize I have.  I am obsessed with collecting books! 

10.   MY TBR LIST/PILE IS:  way too long, I'm a sucker and can't say no to good books.

11.   A BOOK THAT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE IN SOME WAY:  I wrote a whole post about that during Armchair BEA, the books that earned my Thanks for Changing my Life Awards. On the top, The Book Thief. I was captivated by Death, the narrator, and it made me question what Death really might be like.

12.   A BOOK I LIKE THAT NO ONE ELSE SEEMS TO:  I don't really have one.

13.   A BOOK I DON’T LIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO LOVE:  Twilight. I know don't shoot me. I just felt it moved too slowly with unnecessary long....dramatic...pauses.  I watched the movie but couldn't get through the first book.

14.   A BOOK THAT INTIMIDATES ME:  Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett even though it's on my Classics Club list.

15.   IF I COULD GO TO ANY LITERARY DESTINATION I WOULD CHOOSE:  A previous blogger had mentioned but I totally would choose it too...Hogwarts!

16.   MY FAVORITE NON-BOOKISH ACTIVITY:  cooking, watching movies, going to the park or pool with my kids

17.   MY FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION:  I usually don't both read the book and watch a movie, I feel like it detracts from my enjoyment of either the book or the movie when it doesn't live up to my expectations.  The only one I have read the book and watched the movie was The Hunger Games and I didn't care for the movie.

18.   MY BOOK BLOG STANDS OUT FROM THE CROWD BECAUSE:  For now, I focus on what I want to read and completing challenges.  I am an avid library reader so the books I review are often free and easily accessible.  I also cover other topics on my blog including reviewing recipes my family enjoys and positive ways to deal with my chronic illness.  

19.   MY MUST-READ BLOGS:  For books: Love at First Book (www.loveatfirstbook.com), The Relentless Reader (www.therelentlessreader.blogspot.com), and The Book Wheel (www.thebookwheelblog.com)

20.   MY READING PERSONALITY (http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/) IS: well cool..but I could've told you I am very "eclectic" when it comes to what I read/enjoy.


Thanks so much for joining us today, Tanya!

Remember to check out Tanya's blog, Mom's Small Victories, and leave a comment or question for her below!

15 comments :

  1. Hi Tanya! I'm glad to see you here ;) Thanks for the shout-out too!

    The Pillars of the Earth is a MAGNIFICENT read. Seriously, I can't even tell you how much I love that book. Read it, read it! (Peer pressure...is it working?)

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    1. Peer pressure isn't working yet, I might have to dedicate 2014 to the year of Harry Potter and Pillars of the Earth!

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  2. Yay Tanya! Love your blog :) agree with Jennifer about The Pillars of the Earth being wonderful. You'll have no problem with it...and when you're done read World Without End. They are kind of companion novels.

    Oh and Death in The Book Thief is my favorite all time narrator, reading in bed is my favorite, and I don't usually reread either because my TBR is so long! We have a lot in common when it comes to reading :)

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    1. Thanks so much Jennine, I love your blog too! Glad to hear we have so much in common when it comes to reading. I love sharing my bookishness on my blog, in real life, my hubby thinks I am nuts how much I love to read and discuss books. At least my oldest son is a bookworm too, so he's always ready to talk about books.

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  3. Glad to see Tanya featured! Love your choices of must read blogs, too!

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    1. Thanks Monica, they are a great bunch of must read blogs and very different but interesting in their personalities.

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  4. Hi Tanya, lovely to discover your blog! You sound alot like me as a reader. I completely agree with you on re-reading books, I just want to jump into the next world.

    I am 100% with you on Twilight!

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    1. Hi Alice, glad to hear you're with me on Twilight. Thanks for stopping by my blog, it's lovely to meet you!

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  5. The Book Thief... TOTALLY! :) You will love Pillars of the Earth... so no more avoiding that one, k? Happy Blogging!

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    1. Lol, looks like I am going to have a few people to answer to until I read Pillars. Just PLEASE don't ban me from Bloggiesta until I read it, I love that event way too much :) happy blogging to you too Suey!

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  6. I totally thought you were in my feed reader and you weren't! That is now fixed!!

    Just curious ... what about The Hunger Games movie did you not like? I thought it stuck pretty close to the book, but it was years between my read and my watch!

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    1. Thanks for adding me to your feed reader Tif! Apparently I didn't subscribe to BBI via email like I thought I had, because I missed the features over the past month, including my own...yikes!

      As for The Hunger Games, I didn't like the costuming of the Capital characters, they were creepy and too heavily made up for me. It was also too violent for me (of course, I was watching it from the perspective of letting my middle schooler watch the movie). Although I know it's about a game to the death, my mind didn't imagine it quite as grotesquely. It didn't quite live up to the mental film I had playing when I read it, I still need to read the next two books and will avoid the movies until I have.

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    2. Thanks for answering my question! I can actually see where you are coming from. Though my kids are not that old yet, I think I would look at movies from that standpoint as well as they get older. (I am already strict with what they can watch!)

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  7. Woo hoo! Love seeing you here, Tanya!!!! And of course, thanks for the shout out!


    -Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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    1. Thanks Rebecca, you're welcome, you know I am a big fan of your blog!

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