I'm pleased to welcome Shelley Giusti to the blog today. Shelley is a fellow blogger and writes at Shelley's Book Case. She also has a corresponding Facebook page!
Kathy: I come from a family of readers and cannot remember a time when I wasn't reading (once I learned how-and I was read to before that). Were you a reader as a child?
SG: Surprisingly I wasn't a big reader as a child, I didn't start getting into reading until in my 30's. I read some in school, and as I look by on it now, I often wonder why I never did.
Kathy: What books were some of your favorites as a child?
SG: As a child I didn't have a favorite but now I think Agatha Christie , Maggie Sefton and Cleo Coyle are my top favorites..
Kathy: How did you get your start as a blogger?
SG: I had wanted to start blogging so I could tell about the wonderful books I have been reading and started off blogging once a week, then a friend of mine told me all about the blogging world and how much of a difference it would make to go and post something every day and now almost four years later it has been an amazing journey.
Kathy: Cozy mysteries have many subgenres-culinary, animal, paranormal, and so on. Do you have a particular favorite?
SG: Knitting and crocheting for starters and I love the coffee shop mystery series and a new found one is the brew master series that is coming out soon. There are so many that it is hard to pick one, but these are the ones that no matter what I am reading when they come out I drop everything to read them.
Kathy: Do you read more than just cozies, indeed, more than just mysteries? What is your favorite genre? Are there any genres you don't read?
SG: My favorite are cozies, then mainstream mysteries. I am not a fan of Horror and won't read any of that. I tend to have crazy nightmares when I do so I just don't subject my mind to that.
Kathy: When reading a book is there anything that's a big turn off for you?
SG: Just one and that is when the author goes on for pages sometimes chapters describing a particular thing. I once read a book that was four pages of telling me about one thing, (can't even remember what it was).
Kathy: Do you have any advice for book bloggers or reviewers?
SG: Be true to yourself and whatever you write , a review or blog post, remember that it is your opinion and not someone else. What I mean by that is, when you read a book, your review is what you experience, so you write about that. And I have always found it to be intimidating when I write reviews, mine are never long but they get my point across. So just be who you are, don't try to make your reviews like someone else.
Kathy: How do you deal with the ever increasing amount of books you own. Are you organized?
SG: I have OCD so I tend to be very organized, however I don't keep all of my books. I have a book club that I host and the ones I part with go to the ladies of the club and also the little free library.
Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?
SG: Just four? Let's see, Agatha Christie , Edgar Allan Poe, Cleo Coyle and Jane Austen
Kathy: What are you currently reading?
SG: I'm reading Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron. It's the start of my Christmas reading.
Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?
SG: I knit and crochet, and love to cross stitch.
Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.
SG: coffee creamer ( holiday flavors this time of year) , orange juice, eggs and yogurt
Kathy: What's your favorite part about being a blogger?
SG: My favorite thing about blogging is getting to know the authors that are out there and I have been blessed to meet most of them. And spreading the word to my readers about books and new to them authors, I always feel that if I reach one person than I have done something important.