Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Katie from Doing Dewey

Today please welcome Katie, who blogs at Doing Dewey.


What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?

I read the Happiness Project about 18 months ago and was really inspired by the author's idea to learn about a bunch of new topics. I wanted to do the same myself, so I decided to try to read a book for every number in the Dewey Decimal system and started a blog to keep track of the process. And voila - Doing Dewey was born!

Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?

Well, I'll read nearly anything (the only genres I avoid are the polar opposites, erotica and christian lit) so you'll get great variety at Doing Dewey. I like to pair fiction with relevant non-fiction, so it's easy to find some non-fiction that might be interesting to you if it's not really your thing. And I do a pretty good job letting you know anything that influences my opinion of a book, so you'll know if you share my tastes in books when reading my reviews. And that's Doing Dewey :)

Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?

Sacrilege! Especially since I started blogging, I've really appreciated books as beautiful objects as well as fun things to read so I try to keep my books looking nice. The one exception is text books which I'll write in if I can learn better that way.

What's your favorite place to read?

Just like I'll read most genres, I'll read pretty much anywhere. I'm an equal opportunity reader :)

Finish the sentence: My bookshelves are...

one of my favorite things! There are few things better than a well-stocked bookshelf.

How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?

I love online gaming with friends. I've found it a great way to keep in touch with friends from college now that we're scattered all over the country. I also enjoy photography and try to get out to take pictures at least once a week.

What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?

Actually.... (shameless plug alert!) I'm currently hosting a book to movie reading challenge because the one I participated in last year was canceled. The best book to movie adaptation I've seen is the new Anna Karenina. I've seen movies that stuck more closely to the book, but I adored the theatrical style of this movie. It was just so well done!

What is your reading personality? (via quiz at http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/)

I'm an Eclectic Reader. "You read for entertainment but also to expand your mind. You're open to new ideas and new writers, and are not wedded to a particular genre or limited range of authors.". Spot on!


Thank you for joining us today, Katie! Remember to check out Katie's blog, Doing Dewey, and leave a comment or question.

17 comments :

  1. I agree, sacrilege!!! :)
    Enjoyed reading your responses!

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    1. Thanks Monika :) Especially since I started blogging, I love to keep my books nice and would hate to write in them.

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  2. I'm the same way when it comes to writing in books! But oddly, I love it when I get a used book with writing in it. I must be strange.

    I got involved reader, but totally thought I would get eclectic. Now I'm thrown for a loop!

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    1. Interesting! I don't usually buy used books (I mostly get books from the library), but I think I would enjoy getting one with writing in it too. It might let you see what someone else thought about what you're reading, which is actually something I love getting from reading other blogs :)

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  3. I love the premise of your blog! Very cool idea.

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    1. Thanks Jennine! I've enjoyed non-fiction a lot lately and it's been very fun to read on a wide variety of topics.

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  4. I liked reading The Happiness Project. Good for you to start a project that's making you happy, along with your followers!

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    1. Thanks Laurie! It really has made me happy to get back into reading and I definitely appreciate all the people who take the time to read my blog :)

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  5. I am in still utter awe that you are following the Dewey Decimal system, that is a love of reading combined with a dedication to learn more if ever I saw it :)

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    1. Thanks Alice! I think it's also doing a good job of not thinking about how long it's going to take to read all those books, haha. I suppose it's one of those things where it's really about the journey...

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    2. Also, I can't get comments on your website to work, but I love that you're sharing sonnet 116. Not only do I like it, but I recently read Sense and Sensibility, in which it's quoted :)

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  6. Katie, I totally love how you were inspired by The Happiness Project. You make me want to read it next. Maybe I'll start it tonight, actually! I have a copy on my Kindle.

    -Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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    1. I would recommend it! I found it very relatable and liked that there was some scientific backing for a lot of the things she tried :)

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  7. Hi Katie :D Glad to see you here! I loved hearing the story about why you started blogging. I should really read that book!

    For those of you that don't follow our lovely Doing Dewey you should totally remedy that ;)

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  8. I love the concept of your blog! I have not yet read The Happiness Project, but you have me intrigued!! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your awesomeness today! :)

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    1. Thanks Tif! I really appreciate you featuring me :)

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