This month’s featured book blogger is Rissi from Dreaming Under the Same Moon. She is a prolific reviewer of books, movies, and television shows, and always has her finger on the pulse of geek culture. Rissi is a regular contributor to The Silver Petticoat, has written for Femnista, and serves on the advisory board of the INSPY Awards. She is also the owner of Baubles, Beads & Stuff, an Etsy jewelry shop.
First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are some of your interests outside of blogging?
I’m pretty much an average Midwest girl living no kind of extraordinary life, but is living a full, happy and satisfying life. By extension of blogging, writing is really my “big” interest. When I was a young kid, I wrote cheesy “chapter” stories that I’d mail to my grandparents (I cringe to think of those days!) and then, as a teen, I was an avid scrap booker, and eventually found my way back to writing through film reviewing and blogging. Writing is really what I’m most serious about so it’s what I work hardest at but besides that, I love to read and jewelry design, creating book or film graphics – really, almost anything creative.
How did you discover the blogging world and what made you decide to start a blog of your own?
I read a handful of blogs prior to beginning my own, all of which I found because I “knew” a few friends who blogged (through Femnista). It looked like fun so I began to investigate. When I found blogs (like Ruth of Booktalk & More) that were superbly written while being entertaining, I began to wonder if it was something I’d enjoy. Needless to say it was.
I think what finally pushed me to start blogging was realizing there was a community of people who blogged about things I was interested in. I had always assumed blogging was more of a journey style pursuit which I wasn’t totally comfortable with – I’m not the kind of girl who can or wishes to write about my personal story in detail on-line. I’ve enjoyed every minute of this blogging journey including the shift in my mindset of what blogging is and the readers/friends I’ve met (it’s them who challenge me and have brought me out of my blogging-shy mentality).
I hate it when people ask me what my favorite book is–such an impossible question! So give us your top five…or ten.
I hate it when we are pinned down to list our favorite book too! 🙂 That’s an impossible question to answer with one title. So… a few of my favorites are:
- Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You
- C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia
- Becky Wade’s Meant to be Mine
- Jenny B. Jones’ There You’ll Find Me
- Joanne Bischof’s To Get to You
- Katherine Reay’s Dear Mr. Knightley
- Kiera Cass’ The Selection
- Sarah Sundin’s Through Waters Deep
…and so many more!
What are some of the best books you’ve reviewed in the last year?
Most likely too many than we have space for. Every year matches or surpasses the year before. But in the interest of conserving page space, here are five stellar (or just really fun) novels I’ve have a chance and the pleasure to read and review in 2015.
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay
- Just One Summer: A novella collection
- The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea
- The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
…and as a last bonus, I’ll throw in my current read (review soon!) which is Kristen Heitzmann’s Told You So. It’s fantabulous. (You’ve not read rom-com yet until you read this one.)
If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
I don’t know that I’d wish to have a power so much as a kind of integrity. I’d like to think as a superhero, while there may be something supernatural to accompany the mantle, I’d be the kind of superhero who always chose what was right over what was easiest.
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Name two famous people, living or dead, you would most like to meet and why.
This has always been a tough question for me. Mainly because I didn’t grow up in an “idol” minded household, meaning I really didn’t have any kind of “teen idol,” so I suppose I never really developed that approach of desperately wanting to meet someone who maybe meant something to the world or on a more personal level.
I’m not sure why, but Amelia Earhart’s story has always been of fascination. I think primarily the reason meeting her would be interesting is because her story is shrouded in mystery: there’s no certainty about what actually happened.
Also, having recently watched Testament of Youth, I’m quite fascinated by Vera Brittain’s story. I don’t agree with all she stood for, but she sounds like and seemed like a very interesting woman.
One of my guilty pleasures is Dancing with the Stars so for another name, I’ll pick Sadie Robertson. The year she danced on the show was one of my favorites. She was not only a fabulous dancer she didn’t shy away from her faith or step down in her convictions. In the mired world of Hollywood, I admire that.
If you had to choose three books you think everyone should read, what would they be and why?
Good question. I’ve not read any philosophical books much to my shame. I’m more of a pleasure reader than study reader. However I would recommend C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. This has to be one of THE best fictional allegorical books there is on the market. It’s powerful and beautifully alludes to the sacrifice of God and Christ in a very real and profound way. The ability it has to touch the reader is inspiring, and because it’s fantasy, I think it can be recommended to those who might not otherwise pick something like it up.
I can still remember reading the book with my family and then seeing the film. Seeing it come to life so true to the book was almost awe-inspiring because the story is pure like the faith of its heroine Lucy.
Lightening round! Name your favorite…
Song: Today, first song that pops into my head is Carrie Underwood’s “Heartbeat.” Tomorrow it might be “Violets and Roses” by Alexander Jean (Ask me tomorrow and it’ll be something different same as with all of these next questions.)
Movie: Pride and Prejudice (2005)
TV show: Blindspot
Comfort food: Homemade Mac and Cheese
Celebrity crush: Chris Evans (because Captain America!)
Thanks so much to Kate for the invite to join her on Parchment Girl, and for featuring Dreaming Under the Same Moon. Answering these questions was great fun – not to mention finding a few a bit of a challenge!
Keep up the fabulous blogging here at Parchment Girl.
Thanks for stopping by, Rissi!