Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tanya from 52 books or bust

Today please welcome Tanya, who blogs at 52 books or bust.


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

For years the footer at the bottom of my emails was '52 books in 52 weeks or bust'. People really seemed to respond to it, so when I started my blog I decided to go with it. The only problem with it is that I started the blog after becoming a stay-at-home mom and since then I read way more than 52 books a year. Oh well, someday things may change and I will be reading less.

How long have you been blogging?

I've been blogging for almost a year (November). It's a good way for me to talk about books to people who care and keep track of what I've read.

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

I do almost exclusively book reviews on my blog. I try to end each review with recommendations for other books to read if you liked this one and suggestions for who would like the book even if I didn't. I'm very open to the fact that every book has it's audience and it might not always be me!

What genres do you write about most, and why?

I write mostly about literary fiction. This had always been my passion. It makes me a bit of a book snob, a habit I'm trying to break. 

What's your earliest memory of reading?

I remember snuggling on the love seat in our living room when I was 5 or 6 and reading Charlotte's Web with my mom. Even now that is my favorite place to read.

What was the first book you read over and over, or the book you've reread the most?

The Anne of Green Gables series is one that I always have come back to. I can't wait to read it again with my daughter. In stark contrast to that is Franny And Zooey by JD Salinger. I read it so many times in high school and university. I always carried a copy with me. A bit pretentious, I know.

Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?


What's your favorite place to read?

In bed, for hours past my bedtime.

Finish the sentence: My bookshelves are...

really quite empty. We just moved to the UK and most of my books are in boxes back in Canada.

My TBR pile is...

overwhelming. So many books, and more are published every day. I will never catch up!

What's a book that's changed your life?

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Sometimes the right book at the right time can make a real difference.

To DNF or not to DNF?

Tough question. It is in my nature to always finish. It's another habit I'm trying to break. There are just too many good books out there to spend time reading one that isn't working.

What are 3 of your must-read blogs?

River City Reading
The Gilmore Guide to Books
Literary Hoarders


Thank you for joining us today, Tanya! Remember to check out Tanya's blog, 52 books or bust, and leave a comment or question.


  1. I love your recommendations section :) And I agree completely that writing in books is for heathens, haha.

  2. I've heard really good things about A Prayer for Owen Meany. Someday, I will have to check that one out.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your blog with us!


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