This year I had the pleasure of swapping questions with a new to me blog, Page Turners. Co-owners, Pixie & Stacey, both answered my questions. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to get to know these gals and to check out their very cool blog. I am convinced that I have to read Hunger Games and I LOVE that they both chose an 80’s movie as their favorite. You all know how I love my 80’s 🙂 And I might have to add the Dr. Seuss quote to my favorite list.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and why you started blogging.
I am a stay at home mom; life can get pretty boring (especially when the kids are at school). A few years ago, I picked up Twilight and fell in love with the story. I started reading more YA, thanks to Twilightmoms book of the month; and I was enjoying everything I read. My preteen daughter and teenage sister-in-law were also into the books, it was fun to discuss the books with them.
Then at a book signing the Forrest of Hands and Teeth was mentioned. I read it and LOVED IT- for the first time I needed to know what happened next. I started researching how people get ARC’s and found that you can get them from blogging. So I asked around and my friend from Twilightmoms (Stacey) was willing to co-run the site with me. Other Twilightmoms wanted to join in and review for us; so, we jumped in head first and started Page Tuners a little over a year ago. Didn’t get the arc I was originally wanting, but have had an amazing year. The Dead Tossed Waves was worth the wait.
2. As a blog with multiple contributors, how are the posts divided up? How often do you blog?
We blog at least once a day, if not more. I do most of the weekly blog post and Stacey handles our twitter account. We don’t really have a schedule; read a book, post a review is the basic set up. Anything else (contest, promos, interviews) Stacey and I discuss on a daily basis.
3. You list The Hunger Games as your favorite book. I’ve never read it (gasp!), tell me why I need to rush to the bookstore and buy it.
Oh man you are missing out. The lead Katniss is a dream character for a female lead. She shows that she is feminine, strong, and doesn’t lay down a take what her government is doing to her. The story makes you think, it isn’t something you can just read and move on. It makes you ask questions, to pay attention to what is going on around you. This is something that could happen, and possibly is happening in other countries to some extent. Not the games, but how the area is set up, how the country is run.
4. Who are some of your favorite YA authors?
Carrie Ryan, Kami Garcia & Margie Stohl, Cassandra Clare, JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Beth Fantaskey, Julie Kagawa,Kimberly Derting,Kody Kelpinger, Suzanne Collins, Kelly Armstrong
We could go on forever….
5. Aside from YA what other genres do you enjoy reading?
Pixie ~ Usually adult sci-fi or paranormal romance. Basically what I read in YA, only in the adult form. I have read a few Jodi Picoult’s books and have really enjoyed those. Classics like Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice ~ I also like to read the “spoof” rewrites of these books.
Stacey ~ Black Dagger Brotherhood, Sookie Stackhouse Series, Outlander Series, Tom Clancy & Historical Fiction.
6. What’s your favorite movie?
Pixie ~ GOONIES! I love cheesy 80’s flicks.
Stacey ~ Top Gun
7. What’s the last book you read and would you recommend it?
Pixie ~ The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) – Bianca, the lead is a very realistic teen voice; who is an easy character to relate to.
Stacey ~ the last book I “read” was Dead in the Family – and yes I would recommend it – I love getting back to the books after watching True Blood
8. I love quotes. Do you have a favorite?
Pixie ~ Umm. I have a few. I quote a lot of movies, or TV shows.
You’re killing me smalls.
I don’t think so Tim (my son likes to remind me that his name isn’t Tim)
I believe whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you…stranger
But some of my favorite “to live by” quotes are ~
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ~ Dr. Seuss
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Stacey ~ War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill
9. If you were trapped in the life of one fictional character who would you
Pixie~ Man this is a hard question. I think I would choose Wanda/Wander from The Host ~ she has a man who loves her for her. She is able to forgive and see past the bad; see humans for who they really are, loving, caring individuals.
Stacey ~ Claire Randall/Fraser from the Outlander Series
10. What’s your favorite non reading and writing hobby?
Pixie ~ Photography, LOVE IT. I could spend the day driving around taking pictures, if I didn’t have kids to tend to & books to read.
Stacey ~ hanging with friends and a good road trip
Aren’t they great? Head on over to Page Turners and check them out.