Tuesday, September 13, 2011

BBAW: Interview of April from Good Books and Good Wine

Welcome to day two of Book Blogger Appreciation Week everyone! Building off of this year’s theme of Cultivating a Community of Bloggers and Readers we got the chance to interview other bloggers. I am thrilled to be able to share my interview with you today of April from Good Books and Good Wine! I have been reading her blog for well over a year and relished the experience to get to her better as I think her blog is just great. The interview is below. Also, check out April's interview of me, at her blog!

1. April, how did you get into blogging and what is the best experience you've had since doing it?

I got into blogging via a Goodreads friend, fell in love with the scene and decided to start my own blog. My best experience was definitely BEA 2011, where I connected with so many awesome people.

2. I still need to go to BEA! I just went to BBC and loved it. How did you pick the name for your blog? (Which I LOVE, btw!)

Why thank you! Well, I was thinking about things I really enjoy, which are books and a nice glass of wine, and thus Good Books And Good Wine was born.

3. Well that sounds like the perfect blog name then! Describe a typical day in the life of April?
Ha, my days are so boring. I get up at 6 a.m., shower, amble downstairs for some coffee, read for a little bit and check blogs, then head to work from 8-5, where I answer the hotline sometimes, sometimes give presentations, and supervise interns. After work, I head home and cook dinner - usually spaghetti since I don't know how to cook anything else and then I wind down with a book for the night. If I'm feeling ambitious, I blog.

4. Sounds pretty similar to my days :) How many books do you own and where do you store them all?
I own over 1,300 books (mostly from library book sales). I have 13 book shelves and keep expanding. It's crazy, I feel like I need to find a house or apartment with a separate room for my books, ha ha.

5. Ok, now I don't feel so bad (boyfriend are you reading how many books April has?!) Haha! What is the best advice you can give to book bloggers just starting out? 
I would say, don't do it if you are in it for free books, because it's not worth it. Seriously, book blogging is a lot of hard work and dedication, but the ultimate pay off is not in the swag but the genuine connection with other book worms.

6. I couldn't agree more! The free books are not worth it for the amount of work you have to put into it. It's gotta be for the passion! And finally, what are some of the best authors/books that you have read this past year?
I absolutely loved Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, it's a beautifully written story mixing past with present pertaining to the French Revolution. I also recently finished reading the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, which was amazing. I found Divergent by Veronica Roth to be a wonderful dystopian debut. 

I've been wanting to read Revolution, glad to know it's so good!

April, thanks again for letting my readers and I get to know you a little bit better! It's been a great experience.


  1. I love April's blog! Great interview.

  2. I love April's blog's name. And I usually cook spaghetti too, even though I know how to cook more. I just love it.

  3. I've never been to April's blog but she sounds delightful! I'm going to go check it out. Thanks for the interview!

  4. Great advice! When you really think about it, the books aren't free.

  5. Nice to meet you :) I have to go and have a look your blog now

  6. Yes, library sales are the best! Most of my own sizable collection is from the same source. Great to learn a little more about April!

  7. I've seen April around before and it's good to know more about her.

    13 bookshelves? OMG, I have to check out her blog to see if there is a tour somewhere :)

  8. Love April's blog and I think her blog name is really unique. Wish I was as creative as she was in coming up with a blog name. And whoa, 1,300 books? So many! I've been meaning to read the Mistborn books because I really enjoyed Sanderson's Elantris.

    Thanks for the interview and Happy BBAW to you both!

  9. Library sales are addictive, aren't they? I've added so many books to my shelves since I discovered them. Thanks for introducing me to April's blog!

  10. I discovered April this week through BBAW. I immediately loved her forthrightness. She has a distinct blogging voice and an inviting nature. I enjoyed learning more about her in your interview.


  11. I don't feel so bad about all of my bookcases now! Off to check out her blog (as I enjoy a nice glass of wine).


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