Crystal and Toni of OOSA Book Club Step Into the Book Blogger Spotlight!

Recently I chatted with Crystal & Toni from OOSA and I am so excited to have them here in the Book Blogger Spotlight!!! Get to know Crystal & Toni and about their blog:

1. When and why did you decide to become a book reviewer/blogger? We started out as just a few friends reading and sharing thoughts about books with each other. Eventually we decided to put some structure to it (January 2005) and from there we have flourished. The rest is now. (Crystal)

2. What’s the hardest part of being a book reviewer/blogger? The decline of the industry. We’ve watched things change and not all for the good. While technology and self-publishing have certainly given a voice to many who would have otherwise gone unheard, it’s also made room and opportunities for the unsavory. There are many “authors,” “publishers,” “editors,” “designers,” “promoters,” and “reviewers” who have no respect for the craft or business. They are unprofessional, lack standards, and are simply out for self and a quick way to make money. Their behavior, practices, and attitudes have a ripple effect on the industry as a whole. We are all affected by what they do or don’t do. (Toni)

3. What are your hobbies that you do when you’re not reading? Most of us are wives, mothers, grandmothers, so we enjoy activities with our families. We have a few amateur chefs and bakers among us. (Toni)

4. What are your favorite genres to read? Because we’re a book club, there tends to be an interest in almost every genre. (Crystal)

5. How did you come up with your blog name? Believe it or not, we came up with a list of names and voted. OOSA is an acronym for Only One keyStroke Away Online Book Club. Being that we all met online, it was the one that fit the best. (Crystal)

6. What about your blog design? What inspired it? We wish we had a great story to tell of inspiration but we don’t. Because we do so many things such as features, interviews, reviews, etc., it’s best for us to do many things our self. As such, we needed a simple blog that’s easy to navigate and change. (Toni)

7. As an avid reader, what do you look for in a book? Creativity and quality. We enjoy well-written stories. Great character and plot development. Memorable dialogue. Some books are informative while others are strictly for entertainment. We look for books that show the author/publisher respect the craft and their readers. (Toni)

8. What are your biggest turn-offs about a book? Lack of editing. Poor character and plot development. Lack of creativity. Stories that don’t end. (Crystal)

9. Who are your three favorite authors? This is always a hard question to answer, mainly because we’re a book club and we have MANY favorites. We have been fortunate enough to read a multitude of authors who we enjoy reading and highly regard. It would be impossible for us, as a book club, to narrow it down to only three. (Crystal)

10. Which author (dead or alive) would you most like to meet? Just as we can’t narrow down our three favorites, we can’t possibly come up with one name of an author we’d like to meet. In our close to ten years as a book club we’ve been very fortunate to meet many authors as well as bring several to our annual Pajama Jam. (Toni)

11. How big is your TBR list? How do you go about tackling it? Bottomless! There is no beginning and no end to our TBR list. We tackle them one book at a time. (Toni)

12. What are your top 3 books so far this year? One book that stands out above all so far this year is Pamela Samuels Young’s “Anybody’s Daughter.” It’s a book we recommend to all. Very important subject. The year is not over, so we look forward to adding more to this list. (Crystal)

13. How can readers/authors/publishers connect with you?

• Blog Link: http://oosaonlinebookclub.blogspot.com/

• Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/oosabookclub

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/OOSABookClub

• Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/wwwgoodreadscomoosa

• Website: www.oosaonlinebookclub.com

OPJ

Saturday, October 25th, we will host our annual Pajama Jam. Featured authors include: Eric Myrieckes, Rickey Teems II, Damon ‘Amin’ Meadows, William Fredrick Cooper, and Jason Poole. Join OOSA as we party like BOOK STARS for a night of dinner, dancing, games, giveaways, and fun.

Visit www.oosapajamajam.com for event and ticket information.

Thank you so much Crystal and Toni for chatting with the readers of Reading in Black & White. 

OOSA

 

Anastacia’s Reviews steps into the book blogger spotlight!!!

Today I chatted with Anastacia whose blog is titled Anastacia’s Reviews and it is great to have her here featured in our Book Blogger Spotlight. Get to know Anastacia and about her blog:

1.       When and how did you decide to become a book blogger? 

Gosh, I don’t think I ever really decided to be a book blogger. I always read way more than normal, but never reviewed books. I started reviewing on goodreads, mostly really short reviews like “must reread again” or “read other books by this author” – you know, notes to myself more than formal reviews. I started getting comments from other goodreads members, wanting to know more than what I wrote, so I started writing more. At the same time, my craft blog was really slowing down. I didn’t really have time to do the crafts like I wanted to & was running out of things to say, so I started publishing my reviews there, too. Earlier this year I made the decision to stop my craft blog, and I started a separate book review blog.

2.       What’s the hardest part of being a book blogger?

Getting my husband to give me time to read! LOL (he’s not a reader) No, seriously, the hardest part for me is staying organized, which has always been my weakest link with any project I take on! I use google calendar to schedule my tours and promo posts, but really struggle to keep my review books organized, and I’m awful at remembering to read books in time for a tour. I’m often found reading until 2 am, so that I can get the review up on the right date, keeping hubby up!

3.       What are your hobbies that you do when you’re not blogging?

My biggest hobby is also part of one of my day jobs – knitting and crocheting. I also teach and I’m a professional crochet designer, been published in several different books & magazines with lots more due to come out in 2014! I live and breathe the fiber arts. I also enjoy weaving, which I started doing this year, and spinning, and pretending I’m a sewer and a quilter… LOL Pretending because I actually don’t know how to sew, but I keep telling myself I’ll learn someday! I also keep a vegetable garden with my folks, love to go letterboxing and I also took up canning for the first time this year! In my “free” time, I also love photography, camping, history, and animals. Yeah, I’m busy!

4.       What are your favorite types of posts to do and/or read?

Coming from a craft blog background, where so many of my posts included “personal” information, I definitely like my memes where I can include some personal touches about my life. People don’t read book blogs to get to know the book blogger, but to get to know the books that they read, so it’s a fine line between keeping your readers happy and keeping true to yourself, too. Memes are a good way for me to do that – I can do a write up of my book reviews and giveaways and stuff, but also talk a sentence or two about what I’ve done the past week.

5.       What are your favorite genres to read? 

Paranormal / sci-fi YA and historical fiction, but I also read a lot of Christian fiction, children’s books, non-fiction (especially on those hobbies above!), etc. Dystopian is a new genre of mine that I’m a bit obsessed with. And zombies! Which I guess is considered horror, though I don’t consider myself a horror fan.

6.       How did you come up with your blog name? 

My “designing” name is Anastacia Knits (because I’m not very original) so when I started the blog, I took the only thing that made sense that was related.

7.       As an avid reader, what do you look for in a book?

I’m very character drawn, just as I am with TV shows and movies. I want to know all about the characters, what drives them, what gets them excited or happy or sad. I don’t like long winded discussions about the scenery or the shoes someone is wearing, unless it’s a) historical fiction and b) really helps the plot

8.       What are your biggest turn-offs about a book? 

I read a lot of indie books, and I really hate seeing a lot of typos that could have been fixed with a good editor. Don’t hire a friend, authors, hire someone with experience. And then get some good beta readers to make sure your plot makes sense too!

9.   Who are your three favorite authors? 

Oh, gosh, that’s a hard one. Robert Heinlein (a wonderfully prolific sci-fi writer), Diana Gabaldon, and JK Rowlings. And Allison Weir. LOL You did say 4 authors, right?

10.   Which author (dead or alive) would you most like to meet?

Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables

11.   How big is your TBR list? How do you go about tackling it? 

I’m rather afraid to count. My personal TBR shelf is around 300 books, and probably about 100 or so in my review pile. One book at a time!

12.   What are your top 3 books from 2013? 

I’ve finished 89 books as of this writing for the year, not bad for a part time book reviewer and certainly the best I’ve done in years! The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel is a recent favorite and I have to say, probably one of the best books I’ve read in years, so that’s number one for sure. I also really liked Ellie Topp’s preserving book called The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving: Over 300 Delicious Recipes to Use Year-Round. I also really liked the 9th and 10th Sookie Sackhouse books.

13.   How can readers/authors/publishers connect with you?

Thank you so much Anastacia for chatting with the readers of Tiffany Talks Books. Now, everyone go right over to Anastacia’s Reviews and show your support. Make sure to tell her that Tiffany sent you!

AR

2 Bookaholics Steps into the Book Blogger Spotlight!!!

Today I chatted with Jammie & Lisa from 2 Bookaholics and I am so excited to have them here in the Book Blogger Spotlight!!! Get to know Jammie & Lisa and about their blog:

1.       When and how did you decide to become a book blogger? When, well that took us forever, I (Jammie) wasn’t the biggest fan of doing this but Lisa finally talked me into it. And I have to say that I am really glad that she did. I love it!

2.       What’s the hardest part of being a book blogger? Keeping up with everything, has to be the hardest part. And then there is the fact that no matter how fast you read, its still not  fast enough.

3.       What are your hobbies that you do when you’re not blogging? Kids, Reading , Music  & oh wait More Kids!

4.       What are your favorite types of posts to do and/or read? Anything giveaway related is always fun! And we have to say we love cover reveals! Its always so exciting to put something totally new out there!

5.       What are your favorite genres to read? Ok, the easiest way to answer this questions is to ask us what we don’t’ read. And that’s just flat out horror. We try not to scare the crap out of ourselves and since we are  both pretty easy to scare we try and stay away from that. I (Jammie) don’t mind suspense but we don’t do Horror! We both like Romance anything! (Well most anything)

6.       How did you come up with your blog name? Hours & Hours of thinking and searching around. We wanted something that was catchy, but yet was still who we were. And there then was the whole aspect of finding something no one else had. Everything we came up with we found somewhere online. And then finally it just all came together and 2 Bookaholics became 2Bookaholics.COM!

7.       What about your blog design? What inspired it? The design I can say was inspired by anything in particular we just went with something that we liked. But the Heart & The Star that we sign before our name and you see everywhere is what we are. They are the 2 things that have the most significance. They both separately represent something special to us and then together they represent us as a whole. And then after that it would have to be the banners with all the names of the couples and books.

8.       As an avid reader, what do you look for in a book? For us its always the story, We can read through the bad editing and all of that. But ultimately it’s the heart of the story that keeps us in it! Whether is grit, love or flat out anguish it’s the journey that the characters go on that draws us in. Some where deep inside both of us those characters story comes alive, and I’m pretty sure we somehow keep a little piece of them with us.

9.       What are your biggest turn-offs about a book? Pettiness, we can take drama but don’t make it petty!

10.   Who are your three favorite authors? 3 really, that’s all we get! I could give you list upon list of favorites. We love reading Tara Sivec for so many reasons, I have never read another author as funny as her, Molly McAdams always keeps us on our toes, and Colleen Hoover makes us both Ugly Cry for hours. We could both go on and on. But those are the ones we agree upon together.

I (Jammie)  would have to say R.D Cole, were to start with her, hmm she writes stories that you can’t predict. No matter how hard you try you can’t see the turn that is coming. Her books have the ability to leave you beaten but not broken. I think those were my exact words for Learning to Live. She has an amazing ability to write beautifully tragic stories and make them work.. Jen Frederick, well I fell in love with her first book (I admittedly do that a lot) but then I read her 2nd on and it held me even tighter, She writes about real topics that I love! And then her 3rd and it blew me away and it was so totally different but still brilliant. Now I’m sitting her waiting for #4 and I cant’ stand it. CM Hutton has a way to her books, she’s almost so honest in the stories she creates you can’t see the lines blur from fiction to reality. The next thing you know you are there on the page living and breathing the story.

My (Lisa) 3 favorite authors, hmm this is so hard, Lisa T. Bergren because she writes powerfully and uninhibited about faith! Jessica Park because she is awesome and her books make me think. she doesn’t do pretty romance and her characters don’t play games its raw and messy and I love it!Cassandra Claire because she can create a whole other world I want to live in. I read because I want to lose myself in the story. What better way then with a world that lives in our shadows.

11.   Which author (dead or alive) would you most like to meet? We would have to say Tara Sivec, she cracks us up every freakin time! (Hurry up September!!)

12.   How big is your TBR list? How do you go about tackling it? Umm, well where to even begin with our TBR list, we both read all the time, during the week we try and devote our reading time to blog related reading but on weekend it’s a free for all, that’s when we try and fit in our personal reading. Which by the way we are both way behind on.

13.   What are your top 3 books from 2013?  Again what’s with this top 3

Infinite Possibilities by Lisa Renee Jones
Carter Reed — Crow’s Rows (It was a tie!!) by Tijan — Julie Hockley
Sometimes It Lasts by Abbi Glines

14.   How can readers/authors/publishers connect with you?

·         Blog Link: http://2bookaholics.com/

·         Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/2Bookaholics

·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/2Bookaholics

·         Goodreads: Jammie https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7357059-jammie  https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7142833-lisa-2bookaholics

Thank you so much Jammie and Lisa for chatting with the readers of Tiffany Talks Books. Now, everyone please go over to 2 Bookaholics and show your support. Make sure to tell these wonderful ladies that Tiffany sent you!!!

 

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