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My name is Lola online (Holly in real life). I am a twenty-something girl who lives in Michigan. I love reading, blogging, cooking, and am totally obsessed with nail polish! I enjoy reading and reviewing books.
How long have you been blogging? What made you want to start a book blog?
Wow…since 2008. I was in my final year of college, on my way home from spring break. I had polished off a few books during my week off, and I remember thinking…I wish I had a way to keep track of the books I read. Thus the idea of a book blog was born. It started out on live journal with a small following (mostly friends). An online friend, who followed by book blog, recommended switching over to blogger. I was so surprised to find a whole community of book bloggers! I was in bookish heaven! Sadly, this past year, due to personal reasons, I had switch my entire blog over to a new site. I love the new look, but lost a good number of followers. I hope to get the new blog up the where the old blog left off!
What do you do when you’re not blogging or reading?
Working mostly. I work as a nurse at a local hospital. When I’m not working, I’m usually reading. If I’m not reading, I’m cooking, creating a new nail polish design, or doing homework. I am currently finishing up my BSN.
What is your favorite part about blogging? Least favorite?
My favorite part of blogging is interacting with other bloggers! I love hearing their comments, reading their reviews, as well as conversing with them through twitter!
My least favorite is getting through a rough book, and then writing a review on it. Sometimes, this proceeds to a reading slump, which can get me pretty down in the dumps.
How did you come up with the name for your blog?
My new name Reading by Lamplight was a group effort. It stems from the design. When I started working with the designer (Rachel from Parajunkee Design
), I knew I wanted a lantern theme. We brainstormed some fitting names for the design. I then took those names to my personal blog and posted a survey. The winning name was Reading by Lamplight.
Do you have any specific book bloggers that inspire you?
Oh heck yes! If I follow a blog on a regular basis, it is listed on my blog roll.
Otherwise, here some bloggers who inspire me:
What do you look for in a blog when following? What are your pet peeves?
I like sites that mostly center around book reviews. I will often stop following blogs when there is more memes than reviews. Don’t get me wrong, I like memes. I am particularly fond of Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Broke and The Bookish
. However, I am mainly looking for book reviews when I follow a blog. I also factor in compatibility. For instance, does the blogger read similar books? Sometimes, I will follow someone who reads completely different books in effort to expand my reading horizons.
What’s your favorite book(s)?
I don’t think I could offer titles. I do however, like the following genres: YA, speculative fiction, science fiction, paranormal romance, and historical fiction.
I don’t think I could answer this either.
What is the biggest turn off for you when you’re reading a book?
Content and dialog. If there is a lack of either, I usually set the book down.
What first draws you to a book to make you want to read it?
1. If I have read and enjoyed previous books from the same author.
2. I am a sucker for a pretty cover.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Ambitious, friendly, and spontaneous.
Name a random fact about yourself.
I’ve worn glasses since I was 12 years old.
Do you have a job? If so, what do you do?
As stated previously, I work as a nurse full-time. Does full-time student count as well?
What did you want to be when you were little? Has that changed?
Rock star. I learned to play the guitar and the drums a little, but haven’t played either in several years. I gave into practicality when choosing a career. :P
Cats or dogs?
White, dark, or milk chocolate?
Ooooh…it’s all good!
Coke or Pepsi?
Favorite TV show?
Probably Gilmore Girls will always be my all time favorite show!
Don’t have one. I am partial to comedies and horror.
Thanks for being here today, Lola! It was fantastic getting to know you!