Today please welcome Julianne, who blogs at Outlandish Lit.
What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?
My intent was just to be super clear about what kind of books I read! Sometimes I read pretty run of the mill adult literary fiction, but what sets my heart aflutter is stories that are weird, surreal, quirky, experimental, and/or dark. Or, for lack of a better work, outlandish!
How long have you been blogging?
Oooh, this is a good question haha. I want to say 2 years or so, but I had to stop for like a year early on due to school. So really only 1. I still feel like a new blogger.
Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?
I try to introduce people to books that they might not otherwise read. Books that are a little stranger, or aren't hugely popular (though I do like to read some of those books too). I love contemporary fiction, but I also review backlist books! And I try to keep my posts interesting and fun to read (like reviews in the form of chatlogs with another reader, or the occasional youtube video).
What's one book you think everyone should read?
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer!
Do you judge a book by its cover, or its lover?
I'm veeeeery partial to pretty, modern covers. I can't help it. Looking at books is almost as good as reading them, kind of.
To DNF or not to DNF?
I want to say that I can DNF, but like can I in practice? Hard to say, because I never do haha. It's not that I CAN'T, I just don't want to. I can stop whenever I want, I don't have a problem. I just sometimes get caught up in spite reading. Once I start saying "blah blah blah" out loud as I'm reading, it's probably a good sign that I should stop, though.
What's one book that intimidates you?
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I started it a couple years ago, but it's too hard to commit to!
How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?
I go to school for CGI and visual effects, so I'm generally doing some sort of 3D modelling or compositing on the computer. Otherwise, I'm watching horror movies, camping, drinking Angry Orchard, playing the bagpipes, knitting, going to thrift stores, performing in live lit shows, or eating $2 tacos somewhere in Chicago.
What is your reading personality? (via quiz at http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/)
Thank you for joining us today, Julianne! Remember to check out Julianne's blog, Outlandish Lit, and leave a comment or question.