Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Featuring April of The Steadfast Reader

Today please welcome April, who blogs at The Steadfast Reader.


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

Honestly, this is going to come off as weird. I'd been following a number of blogs on Facebook and I always really enjoyed the content from Jennifer at The Relentless Reader.

When I finally decided to open up shop for myself I had that idea of The [insert adjective here] Reader just stuck in my head so I plugged 'relentless' into a thesaurus and just started looking for words that would have some sort of catchy ring to it - steadfast was the first one that I settled on.

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

It's quiet. I post regularly but I don't participate in too many memes. I've yet to wade into the world of giveaways and some of the more flashy stuff that other bloggers do. 

What genres do you write about most, and why?

My favorite genres, when well done, are horror, dystopian, and apocalyptic fiction. I read what I like and subsequently write about it.

That being said I read a little of everything so there are reviews of biographies, literary fiction, YA, and memoirs. I go where the books take me.

What's your earliest memory of reading?

I don't remember ever not having books. It's like I came in to consciousness loving books and loving to read.

As early as second grade I would walk home from school while reading a book, in middle school I would conveniently 'forget' my gym clothes so I would be relegated to walking around the tennis courts, that way I could read while I walked. 

Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?

Hells to the yes! Though I read so few 'analogue' books anymore that this point is nearly moot.

Related: If I purchase a book as a collectible either because it's a signed first edition, rare, or just signed by an author that I like, I don't even READ that copy. I buy ANOTHER copy to read, the collectible copy goes straight to the shelf.

What's your favorite place to read?

Bed. Bath. Public transit.

Do you have any reading accessories you can't do without?

I've been using a Kindle since its inception. While I moved to the iPad for a period of time, now that I have a Paperwhite I'm back on the Kindle. I don't care if Amazon is taking over the world, I love my Kindle.

Finish the sentence: My bookshelves are...


My TBR pile is...


One book you like that no one else seems to, or vice versa?

Shakespeare. We just don't get along.

To DNF or not to DNF?

I don't take a hard line on DNF. I try to finish every book that I start but I also believe that there's a time for every book and sometimes it's not on my schedule.

A book has to be really terrible for me to DNF it - most of the time I just wander away from it and come back to it later on.

What's one book that intimidates you?

Zorba the Greek, The Last Temptation of Christ, anything by Faulkner, any history book that has more than one volume... wait, just one? 

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

I used to be a runner. I've tried knitting. I'm sick of movies. I like to eat. I can cook. I will binge watch shows on Netflix. I guess I mostly just waste inordinate amounts of time on the internet. 

What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?

Les Miserables in all of its variations. I really disliked the book but all of the movie and stage versions are generally excellent.

What are 3 of your must-read blogs?

A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
The Relentless Reader
Words for Worms

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

The All-Rounder

Your responses showed you fitting equally into all four reading personalities:

Involved Reader: You don't just love to read books, you love to read about books. For you, half the fun of reading is the thrill of the chase - discovering new books and authors, and discussing your finds with others.
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.
Serial Reader: Once you discover a favorite writer you tend to stick with him/her through thick and thin.
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.


Thank you for joining us today, April! Remember to check out April's blog, The Steadfast Reader, and leave a comment or question.


  1. Replies
    1. 'The Sound and the Fury' is the only one I've ever finished and that was under the close watch to a college professor.

  2. Dude, I fail at reading Shakespeare. I've tried, I just can't. I tell myself that it's meant to be performed, not read, so I don't feel like such a bonehead.

    1. Kindred spirits, again. *fistbump* :)

    2. Oh my gosh ME THREE!! I feel so much less guilty now.

      Loved reading your responses. I'm honored to be one of your faves. :)

    3. But I wouldn't be here without you. :)

  3. "I guess I mostly just waste inordinate amounts of time on the internet." THIS IS MY FAVORITE HOBBY.

    High five. Internet time waters unite!

  4. Also, I love that you got "all around reader."

  5. Yes! To the buying another copy and not reading a signed/collector copy! I do the same thing! My husband didn't understand why I had three copies of Allegiant. I told him one was for my classroom and one was signed, so I had to buy a third to actually read and place with my hardback collection of the trilogy on my shelf. He just shakes his head.

  6. Wow, I love how you came up with the idea for your blog name! Thanks for sharing!!! :D

    1. I'm pretty sure Jennifer is going to get totally creeped out and de-friend me on Facebook. :)

  7. Binge watching on Netflix is a great hobby. I'll just keep quiet about the times I watch Shakespeare.

    Joy's Book Blog

    1. Kenneth Branaugh does a mean Hamlet. :) I can't fault you there.

  8. Thank you so much for stopping by for an interview!!

    I am so glad that I am not alone in spending ridiculous amounts of time on the internet. I swear that is where all my spare time and then some goes these days!!

    1. I open my laptop and my day just evaporates. I have no idea where the time actually goes.

  9. I'm not creeped out at all, I'm completely flattered and I totally dig your blog name! Also, I think I could have nearly written this word for word about myself. Time wasting on the internet? YES. Binge watching Netflix? YES. Intimidated by Shakespeare? That too. :D

    1. Haha! I submitted the form, thought about it, decided it was a little weird, but it was too late. :)

  10. The only way I can read Shakespeare is with a book that explains Shakespeare hahaha. I think he is a toughie for just about everyone. Speaking of Netflix...I've been binge watching Vampire Diaries for days lol


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