Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Armchair BEA: Interview of Allison from Reading Everywhere

Today during Armchair BEA we are practicing the art of networking! I love getting to know bloggers I previously hadn't met before. I think this is such a fun concept and I hope you do too!

I am being interviewed by Carrie over on Books and Movies all about audiobooks! Please go check it out and let me know what you think!

Please join me today in welcoming Allison from Reading Everywhere to my blog! Allison is a fellow Californian who works as a librarian and is the mom to two sweet children. She started her blog in January of this year and I had a blast getting to know her better. I hope you do too!

1. It looks like you started your blog Reading Everywhere in January of this year. What made you decide to get into book blogging?
I'd been reading other people's book blogs for ages- in fact, as a librarian, I occasionally use blog reviews to help make purchasing decisions for my library's collection. Bloggers often post reviews of books earlier than professional review sources, which is really helpful. So I'd been admiring all these great book blogs, and I thought-- I want to get on this bandwagon! I read ALL the time, and it's good for my brain to sit down and compose some substantial book reviews. Plus, I like the community aspect of it. I wanted to jump in and be part of the fun!

2. I was reading book blogs too before I decided to jump into the swing of things so I totally get that! Since starting your book blog, what has surprised you most about the book blogging community or book blogging in general?
I've been surprised by how much people take the time to visit other blogs and comment when participating in memes like "Top Ten Tuesday" and "Waiting on Wednesday." Sadly, I'm usually late to add my link to the meme's hosting blog, but even so, one or two people will STILL stop by with a nice comment. Even though there are, like, 200 other blogs participating! I'm amazed by that. I really appreciate the good will, and enjoy the opportunity to check out other people's blogs, too.

3. I agree, it is wonderful how friendly everyone is! You are the mom of two and a librarian! How do you juggle everything?
Ha, good question! Most of the time, I feel like I'm flying by the seat of my pants. But it's a fun ride! I've discovered that I can do more on less sleep than I ever thought possible. And even if I'm exhausted when I get to work, hopping on the reference desk to help people with their information needs really energizes me. I also set my iPhone to beep at me whenever I need to remember something. Thank goodness for technology, huh?

4. Remind me to never complain about being tired again! You have way more on your plate as a mom than I do :)  As someone who has only dabbled in YA, can you recommend some of your favorite YA titles that you've come across this year (all links send you to Allison's reviews)?
If you're just dipping a toe into YA, don't miss The Hunger Games. It's like THE thing right now, and well worth the hype! But as for this what I've read this year, I can't stop raving about Starcrossed, by Josephine Angelini. It's a new twist on Greek mythology and forbidden romance, and it's sooooo good. I'm also loving White Cat, by Holly Black. It was a 2010 release, but I only got a chance to read it this year, and I love that it appeals to both male and female readers. The plot is a clever mashup of mafia and magic- very original, and tightly written. Just pure awesomeness.

5. I will definitely be looking into some of these titles as they sound great! Thanks for the recommendations! Are you someone who only reads one book at a time or do you juggle multiple titles at once?
I'm always reading a few books at once. I usually have a book at home, a book at work for my lunch hour, and an ebook on my iPhone to read while nursing the baby. I like to have an audiobook for my commute, too. Reading a lot is easy; it's finding the time to review that's a challenge for me!

6. Wow, that is impressive! That's a lot of books going at once!  You seem to get to meet a lot of cool authors in your role as a librarian! Any particularly great/memorable experiences you'd like to share with us?
Oh my goodness, I love hosting author visits! Sometimes I can't believe how cool my job is. I've been fortunate enough to hang with Meg Cabot, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (who brought along Sarah Rees Brennan, even though she wasn't officially part of the event- such an awesome surprise!). Oh, and I was extremely pregnant when I helped host a signing for Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series. He offered to deliver my baby if I went into labor, and then told me the most amazing story about his own wife's labor with their second son- I was really touched that he took the time to share a personal story with me. Authors are awesome!

7. That story about Colfer is a hoot! When not reading or blogging, what do you like to do in your free time?
Besides anything book related, my hobbies are... oh. Well, oh dear, I seem to have lost my hobbies. I think my two adorable children may have eaten them. But I have HOPES and DREAMS! When my children are a bit older, fully weaned, fully verbal, and a little more self-sufficient, I'd love to take ballet and photography classes, join some kind of volunteer group, and sing in a choir. Oh, and yoga!  And regular spa visits! Also, wine tastings! Ambitious? Just a bit. For now, I guess you could say my hobbies are the typical stuff-- hit the gym, take walks with the kids, cook, try out new restaurants with the husband... and enjoy the occasional pedi when I can.

Oh, and even though this is sort of reading/blogging related, please allow me to share my latest hobby obsession! I co-host a podcast about YA books at, where we feature an author interview every month. It combines two of my longtime interests: voiceover and reading, and I'm having a blast with it. 

I will definitely be checking out your podcast in the future, Allison! Thanks for sharing it with us. And no, I don't think your hopes and dreams are ambitious as I share many of them as well! 

Thanks everyone for stopping by and don't forget to swing by Allison's wonderful blog and say hi to my new blogging friend!


  1. Nice to get to know you :)

    Mafia..huh,ok then I must have a look at that book

  2. I love posts like this, we're this little community where we share our thought on books and the most many of us share about ourselves is done in 140 characters so I think finding out a bit about other bloggers is great!


  3. Great interview! Thanks to you both.

  4. What a great interview! I'm celebrating the third day of Armchair BEA with a list of my favourite blogs and you're on it! A little award awaits you:

  5. Great interview! Thanks for participating in our round-robin interviews! They are randomly assigned, so one of my favorite things is seeing who gets matched up with whom. Sometimes the bloggers are complete opposites, and others find a ton of similarities. I hope you had fun and were able to make some new blogging friends!

  6. Thanks again for the great interview, Leah! I had so much fun answering these questions.

    And thanks for reading, everyone!

  7. Great interview! Off to check out her blog.

  8. I love author stories. Very nice to meet you.


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