How is your week so far? Don't fret! The weekend is almost here! In the meantime, meet Kathy from I Am A Reader and congratulate her for being one of our Top 10 Reviewers this year!
What made you decide to start reviewing books?
I began using Goodreads back in 2008 as a way to track the books I had read. In June of 2010 I started my book blog: I Am A Reader. The main reason I started my blog was to be able to get Advanced Reader Copies of upcoming books I didn’t want to wait to read. One of the requirements to do so was to have a blog where you regularly posted reviews. Thus began my life as a book blogger.
What is the best thing about being a top reviewer?
First being able to request and receive copies of books from fabulous authors and publishers. Second being able to interact with my favorite authors. I also love when I find a great book and am able to influence others to read it too.
What is your worst experience in dealing with an author or publisher?
Thankfully almost all my interactions have been positive. It’s been 5 years since I’ve had a negative experience with a publisher. In that experience I felt like the publisher had no appreciation for the work that a group of bloggers did for them. My interactions with authors have been almost all positive.
What is the most memorable book review or author interview you have ever done?
Most memorable would have to be when I was flown to the set of the movie The Best of Me and got to interview Nicholas Sparks and the lead actors in the movie. Second would be having breakfast with Stephenie Meyer when she released her book The Host.
What books are you currently reading now, and what is your favorite genre?
My favorite genre is clean romance, specifically clean romantic comedy. A close second is clean historical romance. My Goodreads “currently reading” shelf says I’m reading 36 books right now. Every time I start a book on my Kindle it automatically gets added to my currently reading shelf. Obviously I am not reading that many at once. I start a lot of books but if they don’t hook me in the first page I start something else. I finished a book last night and will start on a new one tonight, most likely Amy Harmon’s upcoming book The Queen and the Cure.
How much time do you spend on reviewing a book, on average?
Depends on how much time I have had to read. This year I’ve read only a fraction of what I usually do because life has been busy. I write fairly short reviews because I hate spoilers. Consequently I don’t write a lot about each book, basically just whether I liked it or not and why. I also include if there is any content readers might find objectionable such as language, sex, extreme violence or triggers subjects.
How do you deal with book requests?
I accept books that appeal to me and read which ever title calls to me when it is time to start a new book. I no longer guarantee reviews because there are too many great books to spend time reading one that doesn’t hold my interest or that I just don’t love.
Do you see yourself writing your own book? If yes, what would it be about?
My blog was originally titled I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. Writing a fiction title is not something I ever see myself doing. However, I have written a piece that will be published in an upcoming book titled: The 40/40 Rules...Wisdom from 40 Women over 40.
If you had to choose one book that reviewed to be turned into a movie, which one would it be? Why?
It would have to be something by author Amy Harmon. Likely her book Making Faces or The Bird and the Sword as I think those are my favorites of hers. I’m not sure how they would translate into movies but the books are phenomenal.
What is your ultimate favorite book of all time?
Narrow it down to just one? I have 5 children and you wouldn’t tell me to pick a favorite of my children so how can I pick just one book?
Have you ever received gifts to thank you for your review?
Rachael Anderson has sent me a couple gifts as a thank you for the work I have done helping to promote her books.
How do authors react when you give their books a negative review?
I rarely give negative reviews because I won’t keep reading a book that I do not like or enjoy. There have been a few reviews where I’ve complained about unnecessary language, crude innuendo and graphic sex. I can think of 2 instances where the books I reviewed were ARC copies and both had changes made prior to the book being released based on my feedback.
Finally, tell us a little bit about yourself. How do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I was born and raised in Southern California, and now call Southern Utah home. Two weeks before the birth of my first child, I graduated from BYU with my degree in Elementary Education. I am a work from home mother of five who enjoys reading, blogging and practicing yoga. I am an Amazon Top Reviewer and SimplyHealed Practitioner. I believe that if you look for the good in others you will always find it and claim kindness as my superpower.
5 years from now I will have just one child left at home. It is likely that one or more of my children could be married by that time. Other than that I don’t foresee much changing between now and then. Although I do know that life is unpredictable and we never know what is coming around the next bend in the road. No matter what the future holds I will follow my personal mantra: “Come what may and love it!”
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