I am Emily (AKA Mrs Mommy Booknerd) I am the Founder of MMBBR, site manager and lead blogger of Mrs Mommy Booknerd's Book Reviews.
About me: I admit it, I am a booknerd. I love books: the feel, the smell, everything.I love to talk about books, search for books and collect books. It is one of my few passions. I like to share the gift of a good read with others. I marvel at writers and the journey they can take you on through the pages of a book. I also want good authors to get the credit and exposure they deserve.
I am a mother of 2 fantastic young boys, a booknerd, a wife, a growth and development teacher for children ages 2-5 and a fitness instructor. I am passionate about being a mother and about books. I feel instilling the love of reading in my children (and anyone else I can connect with) is giving them a lifelong gift. My husband jokes that I love books more than him. Although that is definitely not true I do love books a lot.
I am so pleased to be here today, sharing my love of all things books!!!
2. When and why did you start book blogging?
I started my blog in April 2011 on a whim. I wanted to talk to books...all the time, so I thought why not start a blog. I wanted to spread my love of reading with anyone who cared to listen. It was a slow start and has now grown drastically and I feel that I have made some wonderful friends, have read some amazing books I may not have discovered and have been able to grow my blog and add two more reviewers. It has been my hobby and passion every since the first post.
3. Name your favourite book/s and why.
I often ask this questions when I interview authors and now I know how impossible it is to answer. I always say "That was the best book ever." after I close a book and then I start another one with the same end result. I find that I get lost in each and every book I read...from 3 stars to 5 stars. I always seem to connect with some aspect of the book...the setting, a character, the dialogue, something. I feel lucky to be exposed to so many different authors and so many different genres.
I can say that I cherish my signed book collection. I sometime sit down with all my signed books and read the inscriptions, remember what I was doing when I read the book and reliving the moments in my life that each book represents. I feel like my books are snapshots of my life.
4. What do readers look for in a book?
I think that readers are naturally first drawn to a beautiful cover. It is one of the few things that visually set one book apart from another book. After the cover, I would say that readers are then drawn to the setting. It is my opinion, that if you have a great setting the characters just seem to belong there and the rest falls into place.
Reading can be quite a personal experience, so I guess it is hard to say for sure what every reader looks for. I know that I read a lot based on mood and based off what I just finished reading. But overall, I think a story with rich characters, a great setting and dialogue that is believable and relatable with create a big hit.
5. If you could pull an ‘Inkheart’, which book would you slip into and why?
Let me think....
Man, that is hard too! I am not sure I can answer with specific books. Like I said before, the answer would change based on my mood and life circumstances. There are times I would want to escape to somewhere far away and partake in a grand adventure. Other times, I would want to hang out with amazing female characters and go get into some shenanigans. Other times, I would love to travel throughout history and experience some historically significant moments. Isn't that the beauty of a book...you can go anywhere and be anything your little heart desires!
6. What do readers absolutely despise?
Again, I can only speak for myself. But, I get very upset when I see a negative reviews, for the sake of it. I have seen reviews that say things like "I really don't like chick lit, so this books was just terrible". Why read a book you already know you won't like because of the genre and then run off and write a bad review? It seems so counterproductive to me. I feel very upset when I see people being vindictive towards an authors work without a solid basis for the opinion. I can understand that not everyone is going to love every book they read, but to take the time to write a bashing one star review seems so strange to me. I always feel that my reviews are my humble opinion and I will never intentionally go out and attack an author for writing what comes from their heart. That is why I have a policy that I will only review books I have enjoyed. My goal is to spread the word about great reads and great authors. I know the love, heart and work behind the pages of any book, so I always choose my words carefully.
7. Do you have any recommendations for authors or readers who are thinking about starting their own Blogs?
Here are my titbits of knowledge I have learned along the way:
•reach out to authors and readers
•join blog hops
•BACK UP your blog regularly
•keep a posting calendar
•make it our own
•make it about what you love
Thanks so much Emily! It’s really great to meet people who love and respect books as much as I do and I’m honoured to be writing for readers like you. Hey people…if you enjoyed this interview, please go to the links below to see what else Emily is up to.