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Blog name: From the TBR Pile
Blog URL: http://fromthetbrpile.blogspot.com/
Your name: Kari Boardman & Autumn Crochet

What genre(s) does your blog focus on?

Kari– The great thing about our blog is that we review a lot of different genres. Autumn and I both have our preferences. I am more of the romance & New Adult reader.

Autumn– Between the two of us, we really cover a broad spectrum. I like to read the crime novels and the psychological thrillers. I’ll check out adult literature, especially books that have a lot of buzz and the one’s that are up for prizes. We both do a lot of YA reading too.

How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?

Kari– I started blogging a few months after Autumn started From the TBR Pile. We have been on-line friends for years and she knew I loved to read a lot, so she asked me to join her. It’s been about 4 years for me.

Autumn– I started a little over 4 years ago. I saw a blurb somewhere that publishers were looking for book bloggers and that was something that I had never even heard of, but I had been blogging about other things for several years so I thought I could do that! I tried it on my own for awhile and decided it would be more fun and less stressful to do it with someone else.

How often do you blog?

Kari– We like to have a new blog up every day. I definitely blog more than Autumn right now. She is in nursing school, so I have more time to read. I probably do about 5 out of 7 days a week.

Autumn– Thank goodness for Kari right now! We like to have meaningful, new content every day. Since I started nursing school I’ve been less able to contribute because I’ve been so busy. I listen to audiobooks on my way back and forth to school and I write up my reviews to fill in around Kari’s posts.

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What is your favorite cover on NetGalley right now?

Kari– That a really hard question. There are so many creative covers on there right now, it’s hard to pick just one!

Autumn– I am such a sucker for a good cover. I can’t tell you how many books I pick on cover alone. People do judge books by covers. I promise you, they do! One of the ones I like right now is Denton’s Little Deathdate by Lance Rubin. That cover would make me pick the book up.

 

Which review that you recently submitted via NetGalley is your favorite?

Kari– My most recent review for a book that I loved was A Single Kiss by Grace Burrowes. It’s a really sweet romance! (Read Kari’s review here)

Autumn– The Young World by Chris Weitz. There are so many dystopian YA books out there and it seems like the genre would be played out by now, but every now and then there’s a book that comes out keeps me excited about the genre. This book had some clever ideas and a fantastic ending. (Read Autumn’s review here)

How has being a NetGalley member impacted your blogging?

Kari– With NetGalley, I’ve been able to try new genres that I never would have tried before. I have discovered some great new authors as well as reconnected with old favorites. It’s been fun to introduce our readers to debut authors that they may never have found on their own.

Autumn– NetGalley has broadened my reading interests. I’ve been able to try out some authors that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. It’s helped me tap into some book trends ahead of the crowd.

What is the most gratifying thing about being a book blogger?

Kari– For me it really is about sharing my love of books and reading. The possibility that I could help someone find their next favorite read is exciting to me.

Autumn– I enjoy when a new author or book gets really popular when we featured it on our blog early on. I like to think that maybe we had a little hand in the success.

What is your favorite aspect of your blog?

Kari– I like our “Books We Didn’t Finish” posts that we do every month. Autumn and I choose 3-4 books that we stopped reading and give our reasons why. I love doing those.

Autumn– Mine is the “Joint Review”. Maybe once or twice a month we’ll both read the same book or listen to the same audiobook. We each give our opinion of it. Sometimes we agree on it, sometimes we don’t.   I always like to see what parts we each like and don’t like.

As a team, do you often have the same opinion on books you’ve read?

Kari– I would say it’s about 50/50. We sometimes read and review the same book in a “joint review” post. I like that we differ on our opinions sometimes. It keeps things interesting.

Autumn– We tend to agree on the “big issues” like YA trilogies have got to go and Fifty Shades of Grey was terrible. I’m always surprised when we disagree about something, but when we do it always leads to a pretty good text messaging discussion.

What one piece of advice would you give book bloggers who are just starting out?

Kari– Blog the books you love, but also blog the books you don’t. Just be honest in how you feel about a book. Also, don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone and try a new genre.

Autumn– Get a game plan, get organized, and network. Also, be professional. As a blogger, I don’t like seeing sloppy, distasteful posts and I’m sure publishers and authors don’t either.

If you were going on a long journey and could bring no books or devices, but you had time to commit just one book to memory, which would it be?

Kari– This is like asking me to pick a favorite child! What a hard choice! If I really had to choose, it would probably be The Stand by Stephen King. It is my all time favorite good vs. evil book.

Autumn– I’ve thought more about this question than any other. One of my most favorite books, that I’ve read over and over is The Alienist by Caleb Carr. I think I’d pick that one.

Thanks so much Kari and Autumn! We hope everyone took away a tip or two, and maybe a new book to request. Please make sure to check out From the TBR Pile and stay tuned for our next Blogger Spotlight!

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*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret

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December edition

The year is almost at a close, and we’re excited to celebrate by sharing some more beautiful covers, including YOUR top-loved cover this month–GOLDEN SON by Pierce Brown, available for request!

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November Edition

We are so thankful for beautiful covers! Here are some that you may want to pick up after dessert, plus YOUR top-loved cover this month–THE WITCH OF PAINTED SORROWS by M.J.Rose, available for request!

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Blog name: herding cats & burning soup
Blog URL: www.herdingcats-burningsoup.com
Your name: Anna Cade

What genre does your blog focus on? 

Oh I’m a Romance girl all the way. From very sweet and innocent to full out kinky 🙂 And then a little UF and mystery thrown in now and again

What is your favorite romance sub-genre?

At the moment historical romance. Something about the prim and proper exteriors with a little wild spirit tucked inside. It’s just a fascinating combo. And then…all the dresses and accessories. Loves! Continue reading “Blogger Spotlight – Romance”

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Blog name: Chapter by Chapter
Blog URL: http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com
Your name: MaryAnn and Gabby

What genre does your blog focus on? 

MaryAnn: We primarily focus on Young Adult books, but also review some middle grade, New Adult, and some adult reads. Of course, due to the content of most of the New Adult and Adult titles, I’m the one who reads those for review.  Just a couple more years, and I’m sure Gabby will possibly want to venture into those genres.

Gabby: Young-Adult and all the many subgenres that fall into YA.
Continue reading “Blogger Spotlight – Teen/YA”

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The New York City School Library System will be celebrating their 25th Annual Fall Conference: Libraries are Elemental at Citi Field on Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Special guests include Dr. Antero Garcia, an Assistant Professor from Colorado State University and Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor!

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