Thursday, January 7, 2016

Featured Blogger: Celticlady's Reviews

Today please welcome Kathleen Kelly, who blogs at Celticlady's Reviews.


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

I am Irish of course and the name comes from my love of anything Irish. I have been to Ireland twice and loved it.

How long have you been blogging?

I was deemed disabled in 2009 after a second spinal fusion and had some residual affects left from that. I was also diagnosed with Parkinson type symptoms.  I have always been an avid reader so to keep myself busy and not get bored since I could no longer work, I decided to try my hand at blogging. So I know have three blogs, Celticlady's Reviews being the main one I maintain.

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

Celticlady's Reviews started as a book blog but has evolved into sharing on social media, reviews of books, spotlights of indie/self published authors and I now do product reviews as well.

What genres do you write about most, and why?

My favorite genre is Historical Fiction but I will write about most any genre although I do not read westerns, fantasy, dystopia or erotica. I also love a good mystery or thriller. I also read women's fiction.

Every blogger feels pressure at some point. What's something you feel pressured to do or not do on your blog? How do you deal with it?

Most people think that blogging is just a hobby. Well it can be I guess but sometimes it feels like a full time job. I am not really pressured into doing anything I chose not to. I have worked with some wonderful authors and tour companies. Rarely do I have an issue.

What's one book you think everyone should read?

There are so many options but I think that the classics should be read, Gone with the Wind, Tom Sawyer, Black Beauty, anything by Charles Dickens. etc.

Aside from that, as far as historical fiction, anything by Anya Seton, Norah Lofts. My favorite contemporary author would be Barbara Erskine and her book The Lady of Hay.

Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?


What's your favorite place to read or blog?

I have three computers, an iPad and a few Kindles. I still love to read print books. I read in bed at night, almost every night.

Our youngest daughter had moved back in with us a few years ago and recently moved out. I took the room she was using and turned into a mini library/office. I needed a place to put my expanding library and also a place to keep all the products I receive for review and a place to read. If I do not get off the computer, which is hard for me to do, I am never able to read. So I force myself to go in my sanctuary. My favorite place to work on the computer is the desktop I have in the kitchen, I can do chores, baking and cooking and still be able to get back to whatever I was working on.

Is the evil empire? Discuss.

No I do not buy into that. Amazon provides a valuable service to consumers and authors alike.

What have you learned from other bloggers or your readers?

I learned how to do reviews and be part of social media.

Do you judge a book by its cover, or its lover?

Actually I do judge a book by it's cover, which is not fair I guess. I figure that if an author takes the time with the cover to make it appealing, then what is inside must be good.

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

I refuse to read Fifty Shades of Gray. Period.

To DNF or not to DNF?

It depends, I finish more than I don't. If I can not get into a book by at least 100 pages and since I am on a strict schedule to finish books, that is the best I can do.

What's one book that intimidates you?

Lord of the Rings, I read The Hobbit years back but could not get into the rest.

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

Anywhere in Dublin. So many greats came from Ireland.

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

I bake and cook. I received a Kitchenaid a few years ago and it is a godsend. This year I received a food processor. Needless to say both of them are put to good use. 

What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?

I can't really say, I do not watch a lot of movies as I have to spend my time reading.

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

Was Prince Eddy Jack the Ripper?
Of honeymoons and death by starvation

What is your reading personality? (via quiz at

I am an all rounder:

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 and eagerly await the next in the series.

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, Kathleen! 
Remember to check out Kathleen's blog, Celticlady's Reviews
and leave a comment or question.


  1. Thanks for having me today! I appreciate it!

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