Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Featuring Marie of The Boston Bibliophile

Please welcome Marie, who blogs at The Boston Bibliophile!  I'm so excited she is visiting today!

What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?
I picked Boston Bibliophile because it describes where I live- Boston, a city I love- and who I am- an inveterate book lover! 

How long have you been blogging?
I've been blogging since 2007 or about 7 years in August.

Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?
I think what makes my blog unique is my own voice and point of view. I have a strong personality and strong opinions and I'm not afraid to share both. I think readers come to me first because there's a book I reviewed they want to read about, and stay because they like my style. I blog the way I live- pulling no punches!

What genres do you write about most, and why?
I mostly write about literary fiction and works in translation, because that's what I most enjoy reading and read the most. I have occasional forays into crime fiction and nonfiction too.

What's your earliest memory of reading?
My mother saw me reading to a group of nursery school children when I was 3. I don't remember that but I love the story.

What was the first book you read over and over, or the book you've reread the most?
The first book I read over and over was Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans. I'm a redhead so I loved a book about a mischievous redhaired girl. I've probably read Jane Eyre the most times, and Jane is like an adult version of Madeline without the red hair.

Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?

What's your favorite place to read?
My favorite place to read is the coffee shop near where I work. It's quiet (when I go) and they serve great lattes. I can't read at home; I fall asleep!

Do you have any reading accessories you can't do without?
Just that cup of something hot and caffeinated.

Finish the sentence: My bookshelves are...

My TBR pile is...

What's a book that's changed your life?
Possession, by AS Byatt, introduced me to modern literary fiction. I wouldn't be the reader I am without it.

One book you like that no one else seems to, or vice versa?
I love the book Gestures by HS Bhabra. I think no one else has ever read it!

To DNF or not to DNF?
Definitely DNF. I don't do it often but when it's called for, it's called for.

What's one book that intimidates you?
The Bible intimidates me.

If you could go to any literary destination, where would you go?

How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?
I love to sew at home and exercise at the gym. I have an Etsy store called Pandora's Craft Room and I sell bookmarks and other things there.

What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
I loved the most recent adaptation of Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. I didn't anyone could be a better Rochester than Timothy Dalton but Fassbender gave him a run for his money.

What are 3 of your must-read blogs?
You've Gotta Read This!
Diary of an Eccentric
Care's Online Bookclub

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.

Thank you for joining us today, Marie!

Remember to check out Marie's blog, The Boston Bibliophile, and leave a comment or question below!


  1. Thanks for stopping by for an interview!

    You know, I have never read Jane Eyre. It is sitting on my shelf though and I am determined to make this the year that I read it. I think I would really like it.

    Congrats on almost 7 years! I celebrate my 7 year blogiversary in May!!

  2. I haven't read Jane Eyre either. One of those "always meant to get to" books! I liked Possession, too, though I know some people struggle with it. It is a bit of an odd format. I need to check out Gestures!

  3. Marie is one of my favorite book bloggers. She was mentor when I first started blogging. She was wonderful answering any dumb question I had.


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