Yes, surging onward after its hiatus, this week brings another Book Blog Spotlight, continuing its vital role of exploring the book blogosphere to bring you new and interesting places to find great books.
Review blogs are well established by now as one of the best and most popular routes by which readers find recommendations for good quality books in the endless slush pile of new and otherwise unknown authors. This is word of mouth, made grand and far-reaching by the power of the internet age, and in this column we will spotlight a different blog each week to talk about what they review, how and why.
This week is the lovely Alexa, here to talk about her review site, Alexa Loves Books.
CQ: To start us off, can you tell us a bit about your site and what new readers can expect?
CQ: How big is your to-be-read pile at the moment? Is a large TBR pile exciting or daunting?
Having a TBR pile that’s large is both exciting and daunting. It’s daunting because of the sheer volume of pages and books you’re going to have to consumer. But it’s also exciting because starting a new book always means entering a new world and discovering new characters and stories to fall in love with!
CQ: Who are your favorite authors – both lifetime friends and “flavor of the month“?
As for “flavor of the month”, well, I’d prefer to think of these authors as newfound favorites: Cayla Kluver, Jessica Therrien, Michelle Madow & Jodi Meadows. I recently read and loved their books and cannot wait to continue seeing more work from them!
CQ: You were recently part of the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon. What was it about and what were your experiences with it?
It was such a fun experience! I loved meeting and visiting a number of new sites, as well as getting to share and promote the bloggers that I absolutely adore. I certainly loved the level of interaction and the response to the event and I am so proud and grateful to Katelyn for hosting!
CQ: Among your various posts (memes, reviews, etc), do you find the reception different in terms of comments or do all your posts get similar reactions?
(But on a side note, I’ve been getting more responses to my reviews lately. This is something I’m absolutely loving and extremely grateful to my readers for.)
CQ: You crosspost your reviews to other sites (i.e. Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc). What are your opinions on these kinds of sites?
CQ: Which two novels would you recommend to someone new to the Historical Romance genre?
AY: I absolutely love historical romances, so this is both an easy and difficult question to contemplate. Easy, because I know which authors give a great experience to first-timers; difficult, because I would love to highlight so many different titles.
Alas, since I can only choose two, I would go with The Duke & I by Julia Quinn and Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean.
CQ: What was your hidden gem of 2011 – the book you hadn’t heard of until an author/publisher asked you to review it or a friend shoved a copy under your nose?
CQ: And lastly – promote a book blog!
Great to have you back on the site, Alexa!
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