Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Meet Kay of What Me, Read?

Today please welcome Kay, who blogs at What, Me Read?

What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?
It's a play upon Alfred E. Neuman's "What, me worry?"  My friends and relatives know that I read all the time.  "What, me read?"

How long have you been blogging?
Since January 2012

Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?
I read all kinds of things, fiction and nonfiction.  I mix it up to keep my various readers interested.  I also try to write reviews for ordinary people while still mentioning concepts that a person with a background in literature might be interested in.

What genres do you write about most, and why?

I don't purposefully read and review in any one genre, but I do tend to pick up a lot of historical novels, not usually the romances, and mysteries.  I also love the Victorian novels.  Lately, I've been picking up more postmodern novels.

What's your earliest memory of reading?
I don't actually remember this, but my mother said I used to try to read my books upside down in my playpen.  I remember distinctly when I was about four thinking I couldn't wait to find out what all those mysterious marks were in a book.

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

Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?
No, I don't write in books.  When I was in college, I thought for awhile that I was supposed to highlight things, but then it bothered me too much that I was marking up my books.  So I stopped.

What's your favorite place to read?

Do you have any reading accessories you can't do without?
Special bookmarks.  I have one beaded one that my ex-sister-in-law made me that I especially like.  Otherwise, I just need the book, or my iPad!

Finish the sentence: My bookshelves are...

My TBR pile is...

To DNF or not to DNF?
I usually finish books, but as I've gotten older, I refuse to invest that much time in something I am not enjoying.

What's one book that intimidates you?
Moby Dick was one, but I read it this year!

If you could go to any literary destination, where would you go?
The Brontes' house

How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?
Genealogy, cataloging family pictures, writing novels and plays

What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
Sense and Sensibility, or To Kill a Mockingbird

What are 3 of your must-read blogs?
Vulpris Lupris 
One Little Library
You're History

Thank you for joining us today, Kay! Remember to check out Kay's blog, Who, Me Read?, and leave a comment or question.


  1. The Secret Garden was the first book I read over and over as well...still to this day one of my favorites!

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  3. Congrats on being featured, Kay, and I really enjoyed reading your interview! You have a great blog and I love the diversity of the books that you feature. Congratulations, too, on reading/finishing Moby-Dick. I am reluctantly putting it on my to-read list...I really want to read it but also find it intimidating.


  4. Good for you on reading Moby Dick! I have yet to read that one, but hope to someday!

    And, I loved that you said "mysterious markings!"

  5. Thanks everyone, for your nice comments and congratulations! I do want to clarify, I'm pretty sure I didn't make this mistake, but it is "What, Me Worry?" and "What, Me Read?" not with the comma in the other place. I didn't want anyone to think I was misquoting Alfred E. Neuman! On Moby Dick, when I quit reading it the first time it was because I was outraged that there was an entire chapter on a rope (or a knot, I forget which). However, when I finally finished it, I found that what bothered me more was the "dialogue," i.e., Ahab's rants. But if you can listen to books (I have a problem with it so had to move on to the book), it was fairly painless for me to get started by listening to the Moby Dick Big Read: http://www.mobydickbigread.com/. You might try that if you want to have another go. The first part of the novel, in any case, is quite enjoyable.

    1. I think it was in the form that way and I didn't double check, so sorry! I will fix it right now!

  6. So sorry I put that in incorrectly! I will fix it, Kay!

    Also, I still highlight in nonfiction books that I want to keep. I want to go back later and just re-read the good stuff. :)


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