Welcome to Book Blog Love November! All this month, I’m featuring book blogs that I love and the fabulous female(s) behind them. (Curl Up with a Good Book Sunday and my regular posts resume in December.) Each day in November, I’ll spotlight a different blog whose content ranges from reviews to author interviews and events to book tours. All the bloggers graciously agreed to answer 7 questions about themselves. YA features predominantly in some, and in others is merely part of what they cover. So stick around and get to know these great chicks and the blogs they pour their hearts into. I bet you’ll see some old favs and make some new ones.
Presenting: Jaime and Erin and Fiction Fare
1) Describe your blog and tell us why you chose that name for it?
Fiction Fare is for the most part a book review blog. What we read and review is kind of all over the place as we both have different interests, but you’ll definitely find books in both the Young Adult and Adult Fiction categories. But within those categories we usually read a lot of Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Historical, Dystopian and Sci-Fi … so pretty much everything but westerns and biographies!
I chose that name mostly because it really worked well with that I was doing at the time in the way of writing fanfiction, but also because I wanted to use the word fare in the way it’s used to describe food (I love food)… The official definition according to google is “a range of food” i.e. “hearty fare” so… basically we offer a wide range of fiction and hopefully you’ll find something here that will feed your heart, mind and soul and maybe you’ll even come back to us for seconds and thirds!
2) What are 3 things about you that would surprise people?
This is a hard one because we’re not really secretive about things!!
- Occasionally people are still surprised that we’re twins… and another little piece of trivia, our mom is also a twin!
- Neither of us like any kind of fish or seafood….as a matter of fact, some of our friends would say that we are picky eaters (I say we are just choosy).
- We have two cats who happen to be named after cartoon characters (Gumball & Darwin)…although we like to say that we watch cartoons because of the 9 year old in our house, that isn’t completely true.
3) Why do you love YA? And conversely is there anything that drives you nuts about it?
I love YA because the stories are so diverse. I wasn’t really much of a reader in my younger days, but I wish I had been because I think that I may have been missing out back then. Within the YA genre you can find pretty much anything you might be looking to read about … from a contemporary. light-hearted story, to a nail biting dystopian, to a unique high fantasy and I love that I can find all that in one place.
The thing that drives me nuts about it isn’t so much about the books, instead it’s more about the constant questioning of people who are reading it. I think people should read what they like and the critics of the world should simply be happy that people are reading and not question what they are choosing.
4) What book would you fight a zombie horde to save?
Jaime: OMG WHUT!! You can’t make a book hoarder like me save only one book – you know I’d leave everything of importance and simply fill my backpack with my signed treasures! I suppose if I had to pick one, it might be my signed copies of The Sea of Tranquility. Maybe.
Erin: This is a ridiculously difficult question to answer…I’m pretty sure I would save my Throne of Glass books (all of them…that counts as one, right??). My Raven Cycle series just happens to be right next to those on the shelf so I would probably just grab them all.
5) If you had a theme song, what would it be and why?
I think we’d go with the Jon Stewart theme song just because we’re occasionally snarky and fun but definitely informative! J
6) What fictional character would you want to date and who would you want for a best friend?
Erin: GAH…another hard one! Ok…after consulting my bookshelves I have decided on the following. Date: Josh Bennett – The Sea of Tranquility (Katja Millay) and Best Friend: Caymen Meyers – The Distance Between Us (Kasie West)
Jaime: This isn’t hard at all – I’d want to date Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I heart him madly and I probably always will, though lately, Jason Brody from Whatever Life Throws At You has been piquing my interest as well. But Jase… Jase is the boyfriend I wish I had in high school and the boyfriend I want my son to be when he’s older. *sigh*
Best friend is a little harder… Erin took my first choice because I adore Caymen, but second pick… probably Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. She and I would bond on so many levels and her boyfriend works at Starbucks. Perfection.
7) What has been the biggest surprise/delight of your blogging career?
I think the biggest delight is just how great the blogging and author communities are – we have met so many great people through blogging and reviewing and I hope we continue to do so. It really is true for us when we say authors are our rockstars…I still get tongue tied and excited when I meet authors whose books I have fallen in love with and they are always so friendly.
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