For today’s blogger interview we’re welcoming Sharon from Obsession with Books.
Hi and thank-you so much for having me!
Can you tell us a little about yourself and the blog you write?
I am a full-time mum to 2 beautiful children and live in Sydney, Australia. I started my blog Obsession with Books in March 2011 and mainly focus on book reviews, author spotlights, weekly memes and giveaways.
What prompted you to start writing it and was there anything particular you wanted the blog to achieve?
I originally started Obsession with Books as a way to collect my thoughts on books and series that I love to read, I was updating Goodreads constantly but never reviewing so once my children both started school it was an outlet for me to keep track of what I read and loved (or disliked). It also gave me an opportunity to interact with other bloggers with the same interests.
What’s been the best part of running the blog? Any particular highlights for you?
No-one I know in real life has the love of reading that I do so it has been absolutely wonderful to interact with fellow bloggers, publishers and authors alike who share my passion. The biggest highlight for me would be knowing people are stopping by and reading my thoughts on the books I have read.
And the hardest parts?
Writing objective and informative reviews without them each sounding the same, also writing reviews on books I didn’t particularly love – I find that tough and admit at times to avoiding it.
What’s an ideal day for you – and how do you fit the blog into that?
My day revolves around my family and school commitments, being a mum to two young children can be quite full-on so I work my day around them. Fitting in a review or two or working on my blog is generally done when I get a spare 2 minutes.
You must meet a lot of authors – what do you like best about the engagement you get with them writing the blog?
I have had contact with a number of wonderful authors who have written some amazing books and I try to help promote their book/s in any way I possibly can on my blog whether it be by doing an interview, guest post or review either directly through the author or as part of a tour. I thoroughly enjoy the interaction and introduction to books I wouldn’t have normally looked into.
And what’s the best bit about connecting with fellow readers?
Learning about new releases. Same dislikes and likes and receiving feedback on what I am doing.
What genres/authors do you love to read?
I enjoy a variety of genres, I am going through a YA phase at the moment but I also enjoy Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian, Contemporary Romance and Sci-Fi. My all time favorite author is Karen Marie Moning, I became obsessed with her Fever series.
Any ‘must have’ books that you want to get hold of in 2012?
The first book which popped to mind is Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I read the first book in the series, Half-Blood last year and absolutely loved it. Karen Marie Moning is also releasing another book from the Fever world this year titled Iced which I am also pretty eager to get hold of.
If you could be a character from any book – who would it be and why?
Anna Oliphant from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – perfect location, perfect boyfriend.
Favourite fictional world – where would you live?
Again, it would be Anna and the French Kiss – France would be pretty perfect for me. Otherwise Hogwarts would be truly magical and wonderful!
Best super-evil baddie?
Ooh, Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series I think tops my list.
Thank-you for taking time to talk to us today!
Thank-you kindly for having me!!
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Twitter – @SharonBooks