Today please welcome Joy Weese Moll,
who blogs at Joy's Book Blog.
What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?
You will not believe how hard I worked to come up with a name for my blog. Multiple brainstorming lists, requests for input from as many people as I could get to help, and checks to see that the names weren’t already being used. Of course, the best ones were being used and I got conflicting advice from my peeps about the best names from my brainstorm. So, in the end, I decided to go with what I thought search engines might like, the oh-so-basic “Joy’s Book Blog.”
How long have you been blogging?
My book blog just turned 3. Before that, I had a library blog for a few years starting in 2005.
Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?
As a librarian, I follow the tenets of librarianship including “Every book its reader” and “Every reader his or her book” (See The 5 Laws of Library Science). Rather than rate books that I review, I think about the appeal of the book for different types of readers.
What genres do you write about most, and why?
Nonfiction. I read more novels, but I don’t always have that much to say about them, so I often cover them in a Sunday Salon or Monday reading post. With nonfiction, I enjoy pulling out things that may make a difference in how I approach life or the world.
What's your earliest memory of reading?
I found a photo of myself “reading” as a toddler. According to my mother, I came home from school one day early in first grade and said, “Mother, you said I would love learning to read and I really, really, do!”
What was the first book you read over and over, or the book you've reread the most?
Going on Sixteen by Betty Cavanna. For several years running, it was the book I checked out of the library on the first day of school because it eased the transition from summer to school year for me.
Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?
I’m a librarian. Need I say more?
What's your favorite place to read?
Do you have any reading accessories you can't do without?
I may have the world’s largest collection of bookmarks.
Finish the sentence: My bookshelves are...
…at the library. Isn’t it nice of them to store all my books for me?
My TBR pile is...
…all over the house.
What's a book that's changed your life?
The End of Overeating by David A. Kessler started me on a successful journey to read 70 healthy lifestyle books and lose 70 pounds.
One book you like that no one else seems to, or vice versa?
I like books by authors like Mary Jo Putney and Sharon Shinn where I can really sink into the world of the story and stay there for a long time. Other readers describe these as “slow.”
To DNF or not to DNF?
I follow the 50-page rule by Nancy Pearl, the librarian’s librarian, because there are too many books and not enough time. Now that I’m over 50, I’m also following her corollary to subtract a year (because there are too many books and even less time). So, this year at age 51, I only have to read 49 pages before I decide if I’ll finish a book. When I’m one hundred years old, I will have earned the right to judge a book by its cover!
What's one book that intimidates you?
All those long Russian novels, even though I suspect I would like them.
If you could go to any literary destination, where would you go?
London. I hope, this fall.
How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?
Gardening, cooking, traveling, photography, exercising
What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
Right now, I'm loving the series that is a modern adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories: Sherlock. London, itself, is practically a character.
What are 3 of your must-read blogs?
The Steadfast Reader
What is your reading personality? (via quiz at http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/)
The 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. (Yep! That describes me well!)
Thank you for joining us today, Joy!
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