Thursday, October 3, 2013

Kelsey from Ketch's Book Nook

Today please welcome Kelsey, who blogs at Ketch's Book Nook.

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NAME OF MY BOOK BLOG:

The name of my book blog is Ketch’s Book Nook. My review schedule, interviews, and guest posts are mainly posted on Wednesdays and Fridays. Book hops, tours, blitz, cover reveals, and giveaways I participate in are throughout the week. I also post on Mondays on a group blog called YA Bound.

I HAVE BEEN BLOGGING SINCE:

May 30th, 2010. Yeah, hard to believe it’s been that long. LOL.

GENRES COVERED MOST ON MY BLOG: 

I mostly read and review Young Adult novels, but recently, I have been doing a bit of New Adult as well. Within these, I focus mainly on Fantasy—I especially love anything involving Egyptian and Greek Mythology—Science Fiction, Paranormal, or anything that’s a Mystery/Thriller. I’ve also read a few pure contemporary romance, but not as many.

FIRST BOOK I READ OVER AND OVER: 

Ah, that would be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I was in high school, the first movie was about to come out, and I wanted to know if it was worth watching. So I picked up the novel and ended up reading all the HP books available. Then I read them again. And again. And again. I think by the time the seventh book came out, I had read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone four times. It’s still one of my favorites.

MY FAVORITE PLACE TO READ: 

Right now, my soft, brown, comfy chair with my Union Jack pillow. It’s my favorite spot to read in the entire house.

MY MUST-HAVE READING ACCESSORIES: 

Ah, do my cats count? LOL. Whenever I’m reading in my comfy chair, one always drapes himself over my shoulders and purrs in my ear while the other curls up beside me, loving the natural spectrum reading lamp. Otherwise, I just need my novel (or nook), a bookmark, and my Goodreads App so I can update my status.

MY BOOKSHELVES ARE: 

Too few and too small. LOL. I live in a townhouse with a flatmate, and really, we don’t have much space. So to make space, one of the things I feature on my blog is a monthly raffle where a winner can choose two books from my Book List.

MY TBR LIST/PILE IS: 

Piled high. I have 85 novels on my TBR, and with my average of reading 53 novels a year, I might not get to all the novels I want to read. But I do my best with the time I have.

A BOOK I DON’T LIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO LOVE:

I just did a review like this recently. I LOVE Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series (<3 Daemon!), so when people started recommending the Covenant series and sharing how much they loved all the books, I thought, “Hey, why not?” Well, I enjoyed reading Half-Blood, but Pure? Yeah, I just wasn’t that thrilled with it. I found the characters a bit annoying or disappointing, especially Seth. And I was sick of all the inaccuracies. I even had to put the book down for a while, I was getting so frustrated. In the end, Pure averaged out to be a 2 star, and I do still plan to continue the series, but it definitely did not appeal to me.

You can read my full review on my website.

IF I COULD GO TO ANY LITERARY DESTINATION I WOULD CHOOSE: 

The Eagle and the Child tavern in Oxford, England. It’s were J.R.R. Tolken, Charles Williams, and Hugo Dyson met as a writer’s group to chat about their novels. Even C.S. Lewis was there, later, in the 1950’s. I got to visit once for a short time, but I wish could’ve stayed for a while, read a novel and/or wrote in my journal.

MY FAVORITE NON-BOOKISH ACTIVITY: 

I love art, and my skills lean toward graphite sketches, watercolor paintings, and now, I'm even trying oil pastels. Most of my inspiration comes from scenes in my favorite books. I even sent a few pieces of my works to my favorite authors and friends.

MY FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: 

StarGate!! Ha, bet you thought I was going to say Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Hee Hee. Well, I liked that one too, but StarGate was my first love. I know, I’m such a geek!

MY MUST-READ BLOGS (PLEASE LIMIT TO 3): 

Hmm… That’s really a tough one. I have a lot of Must-Reads, including YA Bound, but since I blog for them, and if I was going to choose my top three, I would say: Jenna{does}Books, The Cover Contessa, and Mostly YA Book Obsessed.

Jenna is awesome! I’ve been following her blog, Jenna{does}Books, for over a year and a half now, and we always seem to have the same tastes in Young Adult novels. So if I start hearing hype about a book I want to read, I visit her blog first to see what she thought of it. She hasn’t steered me wrong, yet, and I totally trust her judgment.

The Cover Contessa, Brooke, is a blogger I met through one of my posts and have been following her ever since. She’s totally a cool person, and I love reading her posts, especially her reviews. A lot of times, they’re on books I never heard of before, which I love. I like exploring new authors and novels and branching out.

Mostly YA Book Obsessed is run by a fellow YA Bound blogger: Nereydra. I first met her through a mutual friend on twitter, and she is another blogger who has tastes similar to mine in young adult. Though, lately, I notice she’s branched more into contemporary New Adult.

MY READING PERSONALITY (http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/) IS: 

LOL. Apparently, I’m an All-Rounder! My personally fits equally into all four categories:

Involved Reader: You don't just love to read books, you love to read about books—This is true! I do love learning more about a book and discussing them with people.

Exacting Reader: You love books but you rarely have as much time to read as you'd like - so you're very particular about the books you choose—Definitely! But not only do I not have as much time as I like, I’m a slow reader because of my trouble reading during my younger years. I never quite caught up.

Serial Reader: Once you discover a favorite writer you tend to stick with him/her through thick and thin—Mostly, yes, but as you can tell with Jennifer L. Armentrout, I don’t necessary love all their work.

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—Again, true! I love discovering the new and unusual.
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Thank you for joining us today, Kelsey! Remember to check out Kelsey's blog, Ketch's Book Nook, and leave a comment or question.

6 comments :

  1. Thanks so much for having me! :)

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  2. Thanks for stopping by Kelsey! I got the same results on my book personality quiz, so you are not alone! And, I had no idea that Stargate was even a book first! Crazy!

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    1. Yeah, I have a copy of the original StarGate novel as well as the sequel, which actually was written by a different author. :)

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  3. Wonderful interview, Kelsey! I have to say I fit in all 4 reader types as well. Too many books, too little time. I need to read a Jennifer Armentrout book.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I can definitely recommend her Lux series. I haven't read any of JLA's New Adult fiction yet.

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  4. Great interview, Kelsey! It is always great to learn more about my favorite book blogger!

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