A Tale of Two Stacys: Book Blogger Appreciation Week

I’m delighted to be participating in Book Blogger Appreciation Week for the very first time. Book Blogger Appreciation was started by Amy Riley of My Friend Amy in an effort to recognize the hard work and contribution of book bloggers to the promotion and preservation of a literate culture actively engaged in discussing books, authors, and a lifestyle of reading.

The first Book Blogger Appreciation was observed in the fall of 2008 and occurs every September. The week spotlights and celebrates the work of active book bloggers through guest posts, awards, giveaways, and community activities. Book Bloggers are encouraged to register their participation for inclusion in a database of book bloggers. As one of the activities, I was able to sign up for an interview exchange with another book blogger. I was tickled that my assigned partner was another Stacy – from Stacy’s Books. Here is her interview below.

1. What made you decide to start a book blog?
Initially, I wanted to improve my writing skills and as a book lover it was a no-brainer that it would be a book blog. Stacy’s Books was born in January 2008. Right now I’m trying to come up with a new name that will better reflect the blog since I now write about more than books.

2. Your Top 100 Fave Books List has a wide range of books, from classics such as Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays, to the Harry Potter series, to Cujo by Stephen King, to The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve. You have a wide range of tastes, but what are some of the common elements that make a book “special” to you?
My list needs a little TLC, haven’t really looked at it since I put it together. As for a common thread between favorite books I think that the characters must touch me in some way for it to really stick with me. That holds true in fiction and non-fiction. As for Emerson, well, he’s just a smart guy and I love smart guys.

Stacy from Stacy's Books with her son, a future reader.

3. Do you read books in print, on an e-reader or both? What do you think of the rise of e-book devices?
At this time I am a paper girl only. I’m in no hurry to buy an e-reader, the only real draw being all the free books available, but since I’ve got at least 800 unread books in the house I think I’m set. I’ll be holding out for awhile longer.

4. I’ve enjoyed seeing many of the movies on your 100 Fave Movies List. You define a favorite movie as being one that you look forward to watching again (and again). Do you find a favorite movie better the first time, when the ending is a surprise, or the second time, when you might see subtleties that you missed during your first viewing? How many times might you watch a favorite movie?
I watch movies that I love more than once, sometimes a dozen times if it’s on TV enough or in the case of favorite teen movies (think 80’s John Hughes) the number could be as high 40. The movies that rely on a twist are usually best the first time, but in general my favorites are like comfort food for me (but much less fattening).

5. Tell us about your Quizzes. How often do you run them and how do they work?
My Tuesday Quizzes are a labor of love. I really enjoy the creativity outlet and the participation. On Tuesdays I post a bookish quiz, readers leave their guesses as a comment before Saturday and then I’ll post the answers and give out points before the next quiz. I give out two prizes for each round, both encouraging participation. The top scorer gets a gift card (equal to the total # of participants) and one randomly chosen participant gets a special prize. Hope you’ll stop by and take a guess or two 🙂

6. What are your goals for your blog?
I want to stress out less about posting. I want to focus on better quality posts instead of trying to post too often. Hopefully make more connections with other bloggers.

7. I’m sure you plan to encourage a love of books in your son. Do you have any advice for parents who want to instill an appreciation of books in their children?
He won’t be two until October so time will tell whether he’ll be a reader, but I do all I can to encourage it. We have books everywhere, every room, bathtub, car, stroller…He is very good about looking through the books on his own. Tonight he was looking at a book and he said “one, two” while pointing to two acorns! He’s never done that for me!

8. Is there anything else you would like to add?
It’s been nice finding another Stacy who spells her name correctly. BBAW interviews are so much fun.

So head on over to visit Stacy at Stacy’s Books, and be sure to enter her Tuesday Quizzes!

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Comments

  1. I love Stacy’s blog–it’s among my favorites and so I thought I’d mosey on over and read your interview with her. She and I share a lot in common, including our tastes in books and movies–and, of course, our toddlers. 🙂

    Great interview!

  2. I love Stacy! And her quizzes are so much fun…even when they’re too hard and I have to make up the answers. 😀

  3. Thanks for coming by! I enjoyed meeting another book lover named Stacy, and the quizzes sound like a blast!