Monday, July 13, 2009

A Page in the Life of Kristie from Kristie Loves Books

Please join me in welcoming Kristie from Kristie Loves Books to Musings of a Bookish Kitty! Kristie's blog is one of my favorite places to go for suspense and mystery recommendations. I like her review format; it's straightforward and helpful. With each review, she offers insight into what she'll be reading next. Kristie is one of the nicest bloggers I know.


Literary Feline: Welcome, Kristie! It is great to have you with us today. Inquiring minds want to know: how do you like to start off your morning?


Kristie: The start to my day varies. While I am working, I awake at the very last possible moment (I am so not a morning person), get ready for work and arrive there at least 15 minutes early to sneak in some reading time. During the summer, I awake without an alarm, drink my Diet Coke (a must for me), and read the blogs I follow. Then I run whatever errands I may have, and then settle at home, most of the time reading.


Literary Feline: Besides reading and books, what are some of your other interests, hobbies or passions?

Kristie: Besides reading, I love watching sports, especially my Detroit Red Wings and Tigers. I follow all sports, except for basketball, which is weird since that is one sport I played all through school. I also love working with kids, and watching crime tv shows. Reading has always been my main passion though.


Literary Feline: How did you get started blogging about books?

Kristie: I got started blogging about books after reading many blogs for about a year. At the time, I was keeping track of what books I was reading but not my feelings about them, so I decided to start a blog. It is very helpful to go back and read my thoughts about a book, particularly in a book in a series, when I go to read the next book by the author.


Literary Feline: Has blogging impacted your reading? If so, how?

Kristie: Blogging has definitely impacted my reading. I find so many suggestions from other bloggers and as soon as I read a good review or hear about a book that I may like, I go to my library's website and place a hold on it (right now I am on a no-buying books ban). I really need to keep better track of where I hear about the books though, as I love to go back and compare with how another blogger felt about the same book I read. Blogging has also allowed me to branch out into different genres, though I do tend to stick with what I love.


Literary Feline: What types of books do you like to read? And do you blog about every book that you do read?

Kristie: Most of the types of books I read have some aspect of mystery or suspense in them. I think if I hadn't become a teacher, I would have loved to go into law enforcement and be a detective. While I will read other types of books, like romance, I always enjoy when there is at least a bit of mystery involved. I do blog about every book I read, unless it is something for school. I normally blog about it as soon as I finish it, when everything is still fresh in my mind.


Literary Feline: Do you have any reading routines, rituals or habits?

Kristie: I really don't have any reading rituals. I always have a book with me, because I never know when I may be stuck in traffic, waiting for awhile somewhere, or just have a couple of minutes here or there to sneak a few pages in. I always arrive to work a few minutes early to read a bit before I start my day and also read each night when I blow dry my hair. Other than that, I don't have a spot where I read at home, or anything like that.


Literary Feline: How do you pull yourself out of a reading or blogging slump or what steps do you take to avoid that from happening?

Kristie: When I feel a reading slump coming on, I pull a book out by one of my favorite authors. I rarely go and reread books, so I try and save a couple of books for that reading slump. I haven't had a blogging slump, probably because I don't receive ARCs for review and I review a book as soon as I finish it so everything is still fresh in my mind and I am enthusiastic to talk about it. Blogging is supposed to be fun, as is reading, so I don't try to make it a job or something I feel obligated to do. It works for me most of the time!


Literary Feline: What are you reading right now? Do you have any book or author recommendations?

Kristie: Right now I am reading Dean Koontz's latest book, Relentless It is my first Koontz book and I am looking forward to reading it. Some wonderful authors that I really enjoy include Emily Listfield (a new one to me!), Wendy Corsi Staub, John Lutz, and Lisa Lutz. Again, most have a little mystery involved.

Thanks again for asking me to be part of this! I love talking books, and can go on and on so I will stop now before I ramble too much! If anyone has any great recommendations for me, please let me know!


Literary Feline: Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Kristie!


Be sure to stop by and visit Kristie over at Kristie Loves Books!


© Wendy Runyon of Musings of a Bookish Kitty 2009
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15 comments:

  1. Great interview, Wendy!

    Hello, Kristie! I enjoyed reading your answers. :)

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  2. I love your spotlights! Most times, when I get to know a little more about a blogger, I want to follow them. That must be why I have a billion bloggers on my blogroll! Great job Wendy! Keep those interviews coming!

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  3. Another great interview! I'll have to check out Kristie's blog.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  4. As always, a wonderful interview - I love this feature. It was nice to meet Kristie!

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  5. Hi Kristie & Wendy! It's so fun to read this feature and now I have to go visit Kristie as I'm also a fan of mysteries :)

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  6. Thanks everyone! Wendy is really the sweetheart and I love reading her blog. I will be sure to check out all of your blogs as well. Thanks again Wendy!

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  7. These blogger interviews are fun. Thanks for featuring a blogger I don't know. I'm off to her blog now...

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  8. What a great introduction to Kristie!

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  9. Great interview! I'm going to have to start reading Kristie's blog now! :-)

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  10. Yay Kristie! :) Great interview, Literary Feline. I learned something new - law enforcement/detective. I would have liked that, too, but I settle for reading and watching about it. :)

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  11. I really enjoyed reading about Kristi and now I have to check out her blog because I believe we're fellow Michiganders!!!

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  12. Great interview! I am not familiar with Kristie so I am heading over to check out her blog!

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  13. This is a great interview, Wendy!

    Hello, Kristie! :D

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  14. Many thanks to Kristie for being a part of my page in the life feature.

    And thank you to everyone for stopping by!

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  15. Hi! Thanks so much for listing me as one of your favorites...I'm honored. Love the blog! Best, Wendy www.wendycorsistaubcommunity.com

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