I don’t know about you but I’m loving this series and all the new book bloggers I’m coming across. Today I have Lisa from Bookalicious Traveladdict for you. Below is what she says about herself;
My name is Lisa and I work for the Police as an Intelligence Officer. I love my job. I am married but sadly have no children, but two adorable fur baby cats.
Apart from reading my passion is travel. I was a travel agent for 20+ years and have been lucky enough to travel the world. I love the US and have a lot of family and friends there.
My love of reading was born before I went to school. My parents read with me all the time and taught me to read before I even started school. This is where my love affair with books began. Whenever my Dad went away with work, he came back with a book for me. Weekly trips to the library happened too. My Mum is still an avid reader.
I read books by well-known and virtually unknown authors. I am keen on crime thriller books by French Authors, which have been translated into English. I have no favourite genre, but I’m not into sci-fi books. I love blogging and have met some wonderful people through it, from fellow bloggers, readers, travellers and authors. Blogging is a wonderful modern day social experience.
Welcome to the blog, thanks for stepping away from yours for a few minutes to answer some questions about book blogging.
We’ll start with the easy questions and then see where we go from there!
How long have you been book blogging and what prompted you to start?
14th March 2011 was my first blog post. I had been following a few pages on Facebook and saw some great blogs and thought “I could do this”. I didn’t know where to start or how to start but I figured it out slowly. My first post had 8 views!
Tell us a little bit about your blog, what will blog readers find there?
I blog about my two loves, Travel and books, hence the title of my blog. They mostly tend to be book blog posts and I did start a travel only one, but it became too much so thought I’d stick with the one blog. I blog about book reviews, general travel reviews and invite others to guest post too, especially about their travels.
What’s your favourite part about book blogging?
I like to share my reviews, be it on books or travel and I like to hear others points of view. I’m not worried about having hundreds of followers or anything like that. I just enjoy sharing my reviews to anyone who wants to listen.
What has been your highlight since you’ve started?
Having well-known authors thank me for the review of their book and being included as a character in a crime novel by Simon Gould!
If you could carry on blogging but could stop doing one thing (that’s maybe a necessary part of the process now) what would it be?
Hunting around everywhere for author bio’s. I wish they could all be in one place! Maybe they are so if someone would like to share that with me that would be great!
What advice would you give to anyone who is considering starting a book blog?
Don’t try and please other people. Don’t compare yourself to those who may be more articulate as you get hung up on it. Just write what comes from your heart and is your opinion and no one else’s.
How much time does it take up?
Sometimes it takes too long. I’ve had a break for a while as I work 60 hours a week and find it hard to fit reviews in sometimes. Also I can’t read as quick as others so it may take me three weeks to finish a book before I can even contemplate reviewing it. My blog is not full of constant entries like some. It has wilderness patches.
What are your reading habits like?
I like what I like. I’m not always influenced by amazing reviews in newspapers and magazines. I flit between crime novels, chic lit, autobiographies, travel guides. There is no pattern at all! I read anywhere and everywhere I can.
What state is your TBR (To Be Read) pile in?
I couldn’t even begin to describe it. I have two floor to ceiling bookcases in my study and maybe more than half are books to be read. My kindle has almost 500 books on it, and I take the ones off I’ve read and leave them in my amazon account. I would therefore say e-books and tree books combined, almost 800.
What do you drink while reading?
Tea or coffee or water, depending on the time of day.
Where’s your favourite place to read?
Curled up on the sofa, or in bed.
What book would you recommend, that gets little attention, that you haven’t really seen talked about? And why, what is it about this book that you love?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows. It’s a lovely little novel in a wonderful setting with a good plot line and endearing characters. It’s one of the only books I have read more than once!
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these. It’s been a pleasure having you.
You can find Lisa on her Blog | Facebook | Twitter
You can find all previous book blogger posts, HERE.
If you’re a book blogger and want to take part then do let me know.
Alex J. Cavanaugh says
That’s cool she got to be a character in a book!
Annalisa Crawford says
I would be geekily happy to have a well-known author thank me!
Margot Kinberg says
What an interesting life! Intelligence Agent, travel agent, and now a character in a book! Fascinating. This is really a fabulous series, and I’m so much enjoying meeting different book bloggers. Thanks, both.
Lisa Hardy says
Thanks. It’s been fun being involved. My life sounds exciting how you’ve written it there, but it’s really not. Ha ha.
Marina Sofia says
I really enjoy this series as well, always discovering new bloggers to follow. It seems that Lisa has something in common with me: a weakness for French crime writers. Will have to check out her reviews!
Lisa Hardy says
Thanks for having me. This has been fun and I’ve enjoyed reading about other bloggers too.