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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  1. Great interview, Wendy!

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

  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!

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

    Diary of an Eccentric

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

  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 :)

  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!

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

  8. What a great introduction to Kristie!

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

  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. :)

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

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

  13. This is a great interview, Wendy!

    Hello, Kristie! :D

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

    And thank you to everyone for stopping by!

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


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