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This month’s featured book blogger is Sarah from Sarah’s Book Shelves. I love reading Sarah’s reviews and I regularly stop by her blog to find new books to add to my Goodreads TBR list.
Welcome, Sarah! First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are some of your interests outside of blogging?
I’m a Human Resources consultant turned stay-at-home mom and my two toddlers (boy, 5 and girl, 3) take up most of my time. When they’re at school, I train for Sprint Triathlons and play a little tennis. My youngest’s nap time is when I get most of my reading and blogging done. My husband and I also love to watch sports and we all love the beach. Though I currently live in the Northeast, I’m a Southerner at heart.
I love that! I live in the South, but I’m a Northeasterner at heart, so I feel like we’re perfect opposites. Give us some insight into your psyche. What’s your Myers-Briggs type?
ESTJ, but these test results are from high school. I think I’ve since become a firm Introvert (but an outgoing I, which I now know is a real thing thanks to Susan Cain’s Quiet), made even more firm by the chaos of being a mother of toddlers.
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How did you discover the blogging world and what made you decide to start a blog of your own?
I actually started my blog before I really knew about the blogging world. I’d never read a single book blog before starting my own…I just loved to read. Sarah’s Book Shelves was originally a regular website with categorized recommendation lists (which are still a huge part of my blog now) and it was at least six months before I turned it into a blog and discovered the blogging world. I don’t remember how exactly I discovered it, but I remember the first two blogs I started reading were Bermudaonion’s Weblog and Bibliophile by the Sea.
I hate it when people ask me what my favorite book is–such an impossible question! So give us your top five…or ten.
This is like asking my favorite NYC restaurant!
Some old ones that have stood the test of time:
- The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
- The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
Some more recent faves:
Time for some either/or…
Print or ebook? E-books…100%
London or Paris? Paris…for the food.
Pirates or ninjas? Pirates..because they hang out on boats.
Austen or Brontë? Haven’t read either (this is embarrassing…sorry, Mom!)
Fiction or nonfiction? Fiction…although nonfiction has made a serious comeback in my reading this year.
If you could have any superpower, what would you pick and why?
The ability to create time – because it’s the one thing you can never get back and the biggest thing I don’t have enough of!
Has there ever been a time when the film was better than the book? (It’s okay; you can be honest. We won’t judge you!)
What are some of the best books you’ve read this year so far?
- Shelter by Jung Yun
- Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
- Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
- Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington
If you could choose three books you think EVERYONE should read, what would they be and why?
- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed: I only read (actually, listened to) TBD this year and could relate to so many of the situations in the book. And I wished her wise, non-judgmental advice had been around when I was in high school. I think most people could find something to relate to in this one.
- Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein – Eye-opening look at the new sexual landscape among young people. A must read for parents of boys (despite the title) and girls.
- The Wife by Meg Wolitzer – A novel that takes a hard look at women’s role in marriage and career…and how it can feel for women that give up a career to stay home with their families.
Lightning round! Name your favorite…
Song: I truly don’t have one…I listen almost exclusively to podcasts and audiobooks. Currently listening to lots of The Ringer’s podcasts (Jam Session, Bachelor Party, Keepin’ it 1600).
Movie: Literally haven’t seen a movie in 5 years (I fault the little kids).
TV show: All-time = Friday Night Lights. Right now = Unreal or The Affair.
Comfort food: I AM a food person! I’ll go with soup with a grilled cheese sandwich on perfectly buttered bread. Or a cheesy, melty panini sandwich. Maybe the right answer is cheese?
Fictional crush: Coach Eric Taylor of Friday Night Lights (the TV show, sorry it’s not a book crush…)