How did you get into blogging? I think I’ll start with question #2. I got into blogging because my sisters their kids and my kids were all blogging. My kids had to really beg me to try it but I finally caved and made my first blog entry a year ago on August 24th. My family blog is private, and last year when we began it was a family blog with 3 family members contributing. I am an avid reader and so I kept adding “book stuff” to my side bar. The kids complained that I had the longest sidebar ever! So after spending some time crawling through the blogosphere I decided to be brave and venture out on my own.
Explain the title of your blog: So I started my own public blog where I could post all the bookish stuff I wanted too and my side bar could be as long as I pleased. I actually ended up starting two public blogs. This blog, The Road Goes Ever Ever On is my main blog. I chose the title because my favorite books are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. When Bilbo starts out on his adventure he sings a walking song by the same title. I can’t remember the quote exactly, but he says something to the effect you have to be careful stepping out onto the road because you don’t know where it will take you. When I started blogging by myself I felt just like Bilbo, I was stepping out onto a new road and I had no idea where it would take me. My second blog, Kaye’s Book Review Page, is mainly a record keeping page and a place where my bookish friends can read my reviews if they want to. I also post for the reading challenges on this blog.
What do you like best about blogging? I like the people, I like trading comments and catching glimpses into their lives through their writing and through the pictures they take. I love playing the meme’s because of the interaction with so many people from all over the world.
What are the five books you would recommend to anyone?
That is the hardest question. Over the last 45 years I’ve read so many good books of all genre that I can’t even remember all I’ve read.
Soooo… I’ll just recommend The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, and after that I’d just say read whatever tickles your fancy!
Explain the title of your blog: I think I was lucky when it came to naming my blog. Reading Adventures was one of the very early names I tried. I wanted something that indicated that it was mainly a book blog, and reflected the fact that I read different genres.
Part of my About Me blurb is "My adventures through time and place, all without leaving the comfort of home. Reading is what I do to relax and escape" and I think that the name Reading Adventures encapsulates that quite well.
How did you get into blogging? I started off on a couple of different forums where I was naturally attracted to groups that talk about different books. I can't remember exactly why I started reading blogs, but the first couple that I started reading regularly were Rosario's Reading Journal and Rambling's on Romance. What prompted me to start a blog was that I read a book that I just HAD to write something down about and I just HAD to talk about with someone, anyone. Now when I read that review, I totally cringe, but I leave it as it is because it shows where I have come from. That book was The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
What do you like best about blogging? I love that you can connect with people and it doesn't matter where I live or where they live! I now have people who I consider friends who live all over the world. No one in my family gets my love of reading and most certainly don't want to talk about the books that I read, so to find a whole community of like minded people is heaven sent!
What are the five books that you would recommend to anyone?
Tough question, but I will give it a shot!
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow
- The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Arrival by Shaun Tan
- The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
I am going to cheat and add one more, and that is Outlander (Cross Stitch) by Diana Gabaldon. I hadn't read any books for a number of years, and whilst it wasn't the first book I read when I started reading again, it was the first book that really reignited my love of reading, my love of historical fiction, and it is still one of the books that I recommend to other readers regularly.
Thanks, Kaye and Marg, for letting me visit with you!