Today please welcome Violet,
who blogs at Booksatvioletcrush.
What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?
Honestly it doesn't mean anything. I just started the blog for fun and I was sure I was going to delete it after a couple of days. That was in 2007 and here I am. A few bloggers might know me from violetcrush.wordpress.com. I recently decided to self-host but I kept violetcrush since it was associated with me for a long time.
How long have you been blogging?
Since 2007. Initially I posted about anything and everything but eventually bookish things started to creep in as reading was and is a huge part of my life. Today, I still occasionally blog about my personal life but it's mostly about books.
Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?
hmmm...I don't know. I guess people who read my blog would be able to answer that better. But I do read a lot of different genre's from memoirs to Young Adult.
What genres do you write about most, and why?
I read a lot of different genres but if I have to narrow it down I would say romance, YA and memoirs. The previous two I read whenever I need a quick or a light read. The later I read because I love to experience what kind of lives other people lead, even if it's through pages.
What's your earliest memory of reading?
Interestingly I never read when I was a child. My first book was a 10 page children's story which my father bought for us. That was the first and last book my parents ever bought. But somehow I turned into a bookworm.
What was the first book you read over and over, or the book you've reread the most?
I would say My Girl by Patricia Hermes which also has a movie made on it which I haven't seen till date. I borrowed this book from my friend and I read it at least 5 times before returning it to him. I remember I cried a lot too...every single time.
Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?
Definitely yes. I feel books are meant to be read, bookmarked, written on and dog-eared. I call it getting every ounce of knowledge, pleasure, information or whatever else you want from it.
What's your favorite place to read?
I would say in the bus while commuting to work. Since I work full time I don't get a lot of time to read, so that 45 min in the bus is my reading time.
Do you have any reading accessories you can't do without?
None. A bookmark maybe but then I just dog-ear it if I can't find one.
Finish the sentence: My bookshelves are...
the best decor in my house. Since we rent our house, I can't have too many bookshelves. I make do with whatever I have but even a small bookshelf overflowing with books looks beautiful.
My TBR pile is...
something I don't want to think about. Let's do it 'one book at a time.'
What's a book that's changed your life?
hmmm...I always have no answer to this question. I guess all the books I've read over the course of time have changed me in some way or the other. Although I can't really give you one name.
One book you like that no one else seems to, or vice versa?
The Blue Notebook. I hated that book, I gave it one star. Everyone seems to have loved it.
To DNF or not to DNF?
Sometimes you don't really have a choice. If I feel guilty I just have to look at my TBR pile once. There are too many good books out there to waste time on one that isn't for you.
What's one book that intimidates you?
All classics I guess.
If you could go to any literary destination, where would you go?
I would go to Green Gables.
How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?
I love dancing. I do kathak which is a classical Indian dance. I love watching movies, documentaries. I love listening to music. I love cycling, going on a trek. And traveling.
What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
Twilight? I think.
What is your reading personality? (via quiz at http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/)
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, Violet!
Remember to check out Violet's blog, Booksatvioletcrush,
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