Today there’s an interview of me up over at The Book Base, a blog run by James who highlights others bloggers with his feature Book Blogger Q&A. He’s interviewed some other bloggers I know so go over and have a look around, and for those of you who are braving Black Friday sales or eating leftover turkey, Happy Thanksgiving!
Meet Steph of Paper Cut Reviews! Besides blogging about books, Steph reviews film, music, and media products on her blog and is an active member of the Goodreads group Book Bloggers Anonymous, a proponent of diverse reading (she is part Irish, Puerto Rican, and Cherokee Indian) and shares the film reviewing duties with her husband Rufino. You can also find Steph on Goodreads and Twitter.
Why did you become a book blogger and what do you love about it?
I simply love books! *lol* Well to explain this in a bit more detail I joined a few book blogging sites (Book Blogs, Blood Bank and Goodreads) and realized I really wanted to share my thoughts about the books I loved. My favorite part about book blogging is being able to share my love of books with like minded people. I have met so many wonderful bloggers/reviewers/authors who are just so supportive and willing to always help out with my random projects. Just a fantastic community to be apart of.
I love the name of your blog. How did you come up with it and what special meaning does it have for you?
Aww Thank you Holly! Let me say choosing your blog name is just about one of the most important decisions when starting a blog. So with saying that it took me weeks of bouncing names back and forth with my hubby before I decided on Paper Cut Reviews. Then all the other things just fell into place like the band-aid rating system, reviewer name *Paper Cut Reviewer*, movie reviewer name *Film Cut Reviewer*, music reviewer name *Audio Cut Reviewer* and it went on from there. For me Paper Cut Reviews is more then a book blog it’s a review resource site for a variety of media such as books, movies and audio products and it makes my day when someone finds my site useful.
Your reading covers the speculative fiction gamut from paranormal romance to sci-fi. Which books have been your favorites this year and what can you recommend to someone who doesn’t usually read those genres?
I mostly read/review a lot of Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Sci-Fi and Horror books on my blog. Yes! I have read so many great books this year but to narrow it down a bit I will list only three otherwise we will be here all day *lol*. My three favorite books this year are The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross *YA Steampunk*, Working Stiff by Rachel Caine *Urban Fantasy* and Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison *Paranormal Romance*. All three are fabulous reads that I truly enjoyed so if you have not read them please do so and then let me know what you thought.
Well if you are new to any of these genres I recommend reading the more popular books first. That way you can ease into each genre and see which ones you enjoy. Here are some suggestions.
Paranormal Romance: Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cloe, *Erotica*Demonica series by Larissa Ione, Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward, and Psy-Changelings series by Nalini Singh.
Urban Fantasy: Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost, Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells, Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong.
Young Adult: The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa.
What are your current goals for reading and your blog?
My current readings goals are to read at least half the amount of books on my TBR pile in order to lighten my poor bookshelves. To put it simply I have no more room on my book shelves so I might consider going on a book ban until I have read and given away half of this out of control pile of books. So that means more RIPI *Read It Then Pass It* Giveaways! As for my personal blog goals I will in the near future be moving Paper Cut Reviews to WordPress where I will finally have my very own .COM! I’m very excited! Also I will feature more product reviews, bring back Film Cut Fridays and have more guest posts by bloggers. I thinks it’s always good to set goals for your blog in order to keep it interesting =).
When you’re not reading, watching films, or writing reviews, what else would we find you doing in your spare time?
You mean there is more to life then reading, watching films or writing reviews…lol! Well a huge part of my time is spent doing these three things and working a full-time job but here are a few things you may not know about me. I LOVE to listen to vinyl records *mostly jazz and blues*, cook and try new recipes, take photographs of landscapes, visiting antique shops to add a new edition to my vintage camera collection and after a hard day drink tea and chat with my husband.
And for fun, describe yourself and your blog using two titles from books you’ve read this year:
I L-O-V-E this question! Well it was a two-way tie both times, lol. Two book titles I’ve read this year that describe myself are: Working Stiff by Rachel Caine and Chick with a Charm by Vicki Lewis Thompson. Two book titles that describe my blog: Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke and Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton. Why you may ask did I choose these titles and here are my wacky answers. Well I thought Working Stiff right away because I’m a work-a-holic and I’m extremely pale *lol* so I thought it was pretty fitting. The other title Chick with a Charm well I think I’m charming at times and since I’m a chick *shrugs* seemed to work good.
Okay now to describe my blog I first picked Guilty Pleasures because I feel that blogging alone is a guilty pleasure and when you add books and band-aids well that is just bliss! *wink* So now the last title I picked to describe my blog is Flying Blind and you are probably wondering why.Well I think at times *more so in the beginning* I do fly blind when it comes to my blog. For example when I try new features and read books out of my specified genre or just random thought posts. I never know what someone will say about my posts or if they will say anything at all and I think that is part of the fun when blogging…the uncertainties.
Lol, Steph! I loved your witty answers to my questions, especially the book titles that describe you and your blog. Thank you for the great interview!