Thursday, June 19, 2014

Featuring Suzy of Fiction Dreams

suzy from fiction dreams
Today please welcome Suzy Turner, who blogs at Fiction Dreams.

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

Fiction Dreams was about day dreaming about books and fiction. Dreaming about all those wonderful stories out there.

How long have you been blogging?

Probably about 8 years or so but Fiction Dreams is still in its infancy - I created it last summer (2013)

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

Fiction Dreams specialises in books by women and/or for women. I've always loved women's fiction, whether it's chick lit, YA urban fantasy, romance, drama, historical or even horror and more! I've always tended to be drawn to books written by women so I wanted a place to celebrate those awesome women.

What genres do you write about most, and why?

I am actually an author as well as a book blogger so I tend to read and write the same genres - chick lit and YA. However, since starting Fiction Dreams, I have read a lot more different genres and I find my tastes are far wider today than they were before. I've recently been introduced to the New Adult genre and I love it! 

What's your earliest memory of reading?

I remember reading a book called Z for Zachariah when I was a kid. It had quite an impact on me at the time. In fact, I've just ordered it. I can't wait to see what I think of it so many years later!

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

The book I've re-read the most is actually Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Surprisingly it's not the kind of book I would have imagined enjoying but whenever I pick it up, I can't put it down!

Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?

No, no no no no!! A book should be cared for and looked after. The only writing I agree with is an autograph!

What's your favorite place to read?

If it's not too hot or cold, I like to sit in my hammock in the garden and read. But otherwise, I love to curl up on the sofa. We are building a new summer house at the moment and I have a feeling that might become my new book nook :)

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

Well, my Kindle of course! I'm obsessed with it. What a fantastic invention. Note: I still adore my paperbacks too though. Oh, and my special Kindle cover which has a light attached to it so I can read at night and not bother my husband!

Finish the sentence: My bookshelves are...

... full of books I haven't read yet. Since starting Fiction Dreams, I've been reading so many books on my Kindle that I haven't had time to read all those lovely paperbacks.

My TBR pile is...

... HUGE! And I'm so happy about that. I just adore having all these awesome books piling up reading for me to review :)

What's a book that's changed your life?

I'd actually say Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Not because it was so utterly spellbindingly amazing (which I admit to feeling at the time!), but because it kind of encouraged me to get off my butt (or on my butt) and start my own writing career.

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

The Time Traveller's Wife. I just could not get into it. Everybody else was raving about how awesome it was and when I read the synopsis, I figured it would totally be my kind of book. But nah... just wasn't, for some reason. *shrugs shoulders*

To DNF or not to DNF?

Life's too short to do stuff you don't enjoy so if I'm reading something that just isn't singing to me, then I'll stop reading. I used to feel guilty about it, but not any more. It's my time... I want to enjoy my time :)

What's one book that intimidates you?

War and Peace. Say no more.

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

Hogwarts and Diagon Alley, no question! In fact, I've just booked my next holiday where I get to visit them in Orlando!! YAY!! So excited... *almost falls off seat*

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

Watch my favourite TV shows and movies. At the moment I'm obsessed with Elementary, The Hart of Dixie, Castle. I'm even obsessed with Say Yes to the Dress!!
I'm also a huge yoga fan. I started 4 months ago because of a bad back and I'm like a new woman! I LOVE it :)


What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?

The Devil Wears Prada was pretty awesome - it was just as good on screen as off, which is unusual. The Bridget Jones books too.
I recently watched Vampire Academy (I haven't actually read the books yet though) and I was very disappointed.


What are 3 of your must-read blogs?




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

The All-Rounder


Thank you for joining us today, Suzy! Remember to check out Suzy's blog, Fiction Dreams, and leave a comment or question.

2 comments :

  1. I love the idea and concept behind your blog!

    I read Memoirs of a Geisha so many years ago. It was so different from what I usually read and I adored it! It really opened my eyes to other genres and cultures, and I haven't gone back since!

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  2. Thank you so much for having me! Its lovely to be here... I'm sorry for the late comment though... I was away celebrating my 16th wedding anniversary in Lisbon for the weekend :)
    Thanks Tif! That's exactly what happened to me. In fact I've just read another boko based in Japan and it did the same thing!

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