Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Featured Blogger: Laura of Born and Read

Today please welcome Laura, who blogs at Born and Read.


How long have you been blogging?

I'm a relative newbie - I started my blog in June 2014.

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

Like pretty much every book blogger out there, I love books, and I've worn out all my friends talking about them, so now I'm trying out a new audience. I like to think that what makes my blog unique is me - ok that sounded really conceited. But what I mean is that everyone has their own personal take on things, and that's what makes everyone's blogs unique. 

What genres do you write about most, and why?

I mostly write about literary fiction, because that's what I read the most of, but I'm really trying to broaden my reading horizons, so I've been reading (and blogging about) a bit of YA and romance as well. 

What's one book you think everyone should read?

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, although I am halfway through All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and it is freaking fantastic, so that one as well.

Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?

Hmmm, it depends. Definitely no writing in someone else's books, but I have been known to write in the margins of my own. It's pretty rare though - if I read something I love I usually take a photo of it and type it out later. 

Is Amazon.com the evil empire? Discuss.

Oh man, I really don't know. I have a Kindle and I love it, but I also feel a little twinge of guilt every time I buy a book from Amazon. I also think that living in Australia means I don't necessarily see all of Amazon's reach. We don't have an Australian Amazon (yet), so no one's getting their nappies delivered by drones and the postage charges kind of price them out of the physical book market here, at least for me.  

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

Everyone I come into contact with loves Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and I couldn't stand it! I thought it was a great idea with a complete lack of follow through. 

To DNF or not to DNF?

That is the question...for which I don't have a definitive answer. I lived strictly in the no quit zone for ages, but recently I've realised that life is too short to read something I'm not enjoying. But that doesn't mean I don't feel intense guilt when I DNF.  

What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?

I thought the movie version of The Book Thief didn't suck. I was really surprised with how much I liked the movie, because I loved the book so much and this usually means that the movie will be a gigantic disappointment. 

What are 3 favorite posts or reviews you've read by other book bloggers?

The Best and Worst of Literary Love
Review: How to be both – Ali Smith
Negative Reading Experiences and Second Chances

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

The All-Rounder


Thank you for joining us today, Laura! Remember to check out Laura's blog, Born and Read, and leave a comment or question.


  1. Great interview! I love Life after Life too.

  2. I really need to watch The Book Thief. I enjoyed the book and have been curious about the movie. It's good to hear that you didn't think it was bad.

    1. You should definitely see it - as far as adaptations go, this was a good one. The story was treated with a lot of respect, and the actors were all fantastic.


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