Being A Book Blogger | Interview with Jackie aka Bookworm Mom

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

It's been a little while since our last Being A Book Blogger post but the series is back today to introduce you to Jackie who blogs over at Bookworm Mom!

BB: Hi Jackie! Could you tell us a little bit more about you and your blog 'Bookworm Mom'?

Hello! So, about me. I'm 31 years old and live in North Carolina with my husband Eric and our two sons, Chris and Logan. We are a house full of bookworms! My husband doesn't get much time to read with his crazy work schedule, but my sons are starting to devour books faster than I do. I love it! I work part time in childcare at my church. When I'm not reading or blogging, I love spending time with family and friends and catching up on my favorite TV shows. As for my blog, I started Bookworm Mom about a year and a half ago. I post book reviews and promo posts for my favorite authors like cover reveals, release blitzes, and things like that. There are also some weekly features I participate in sometimes and am going to start writing some discussion posts as well.

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BB: How did you get into book reviewing and what is your favourite thing about being a book blogger?

When I first started my blog, I wanted a place to be able to promote my favorite authors. I started with the cover reveals and things like that. Not long after that I started to discover posts from authors saying they needed reviewers for their upcoming release, so I started signing up for ARC's and it just took off from there.

My favorite thing about being a book blogger by far is discovering new authors. I've found so many new authors that I've come to love that I probably wouldn't have discovered without being a member of this community. I also love making new book friends.

BB: Which books have been your favourite reads of the year so far? Are there any upcoming releases you can't wait to read?

My favorite books that I've read so far this year are A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole (this one absolutely wrecked me!), Trucker by Jamie Schlosser, and Switch by Adriana Locke.

There are so many books coming out this year that I'm looking forward to. Out of the Ashes and Blue Balls by R.C Boldt are at the top of my list. Also on my list are Swear by Adriana Locke, Dropout by Jamie Schlosser, Edge of Brotherhood by Molly E. Lee, and Rebel by Rebecca Yarros. There are just so many! <3>
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BB: On your blog you mention that your two sons are also fans of reading. Do they have any favourite children's books or series?

My sons are 11 and 9 and pretty much have the same taste in books. Logan, my 9 year old, reads the books that his older brother used to read. Logan enjoys the Magic Tree House series, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, the I Survived... books, the Geronimo Stilton series, and books along those lines. Chris, my 11 year old, read all of those books also but he has started to expand on what he reads. He loves the Goosebumps books while Logan finds them scary and creepy. Chris also enjoys reading the Harry Potter books, the Percy Jackson series, and the middle school series by James Patterson, and has recently started reading the Eragon books.

BB: Just for fun, if you could invite five fictional characters to a dinner party who would you choose?

Oh wow, that would be fun. Let's see. I would invite Lawson Briggs (Laws of Attraction, RC Boldt) for entertainment for sure. He is hilarious and would be a blast to have as company. Layken (Slammed, Colleen Hoover) would also make good company and I'm sure we'd have a lot to talk about. Lincoln (Swing, Adriana Locke) would make the list as well. He is very charismatic and goofy. It'd be really interesting to have him and Lawson in the same room. Rimmel (#Nerd, Cambria Hebert) would also be invited. She and I have so much in common. It would be a lot of fun to get to know her and talk books together. Josh (Full Measures, Rebecca Yarros) would be invited, too.

<3>BB: Finally, we would love some recommendations, which book blogs are your favourites to read?

Book Reviews by Di
Bookworm Brandee
Lisa K's Book Reviews 
Because Reading
Bookmark Lit
Lola's Reviews

Where To Find Jackie Online: Bloglovin' | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads

We'd like to say a huge thank you from all of us here at BB to Jackie for taking part in this interview. If you are a booktuber or book blogger and would like to be featured in a similar post we'd love to hear from you - just email us at bloggersbookshelf@gmail.com for information!

Group Collaboration | Favourite Female Authors

Saturday, 25 March 2017

This month's group post coincides with Women's History Month, so we thought it'd be a good opportunity to highlight our favourite female authors. We asked our contributors to list off their favourite female authors from any genre, debuts or veteran, cis or trans, LGBTQ authors, and women colour.

Here are some of their answers...


These are just a some awesome female authors who deserve to be celebrated, but we'd love to see more. So feel free to leave more names in the comments!

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Next month we'll be discussing how we choose our next read. If you'd like to be involved with this and future group posts drop an email to bloggersbookshelf@gmail.com or keep an eye out on our Twitter for updates!

Vicious | V.E. Schwab | Review

Friday, 24 March 2017


The Story
Victor and Eli are college students about to submit their proposals for their yearly projects. Eli has this interest in EOs – ExtraOrdinary people. Victor starts looking into adrenaline. But when their interests collide in one of Eli’s theories, they find themselves risking death to see if this seemingly supernatural mix of adrenaline and death make someone an EO.
They succeed.
10 years later, Victor has just sprung himself and one other, a man named Mitch, out of jail. They pick up a girl from the side of the road and together they track down Eli who has turned more into a villain than Victor ever thought he could. Can they stop Eli killing people? Is Victor’s ExtraOrindary gift one that will help or hinder?
My Thoughts
I really enjoyed Vicious, by V.E. Schwab. Definitely not as much as some of Schwab’s other books (I loved A Darker Shade of Magic), but it was still very good. I loved the X-Men kind of idea, and Victor and Eli were a little like Professor X and Magneto: friends with a fall out and general love-hate dramas.
Schwab does this fantastic job of making neither of them really the ‘good guy’. Even though the majority of the time the story is from Victor’s perspective, and you’re routing for him, the things he does are terrible, and you have to disagree with a lot of his tactics and reasons for doing things. Schwab writes it really well, this sort of tension between using their powers for good, or what they think is the good, and using them for destructive endeavours.
The other characters were also really neat. Mitch was this typical muscle side-kick kind of character, and Sydney, the little girl was sweet but strong at the same time.
The plot was a great one, and while I’m not often a fan of flash-back style writing, it worked so well in this book, and when the past finally caught up with the present, it fitted everything together really wonderfully.
If you’re a fan of Schwab’s writing, and you haven’t read Vicious yet, then do pick it up. She has a great writing style and she really draws you in with her stories and characters.

Have you read Vicious? Or any of Schwab’s other books? 

I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live In It: Stories From An Online Life | Jess Kimball Leslie | Review

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

*Review copy & cover image c/o Netgalley

i love my computer because all my friends live in it

In I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live In It, author Jess Kimball Leslie shares a variety of stories all about the internet. From Bette Midler fan forums to working in social media, online dating, the introduction of emails on-the-go and even online pet adoption, the book is a fun and nostalgic look back at how technology has shaped her life.

Whilst I was expecting the book to focus a little more on the history of the internet, including general experiences and examples of how it has changed our daily lives rather than such personal ones, the friendly tone and variety of essays made for an enjoyable read. The book is a fun trip back in time and will be particularly relatable for anyone who, like the author, grew up in the 90’s. Unfortunately the eARC copy I read didn’t include the images which I think will also add a little something extra to the overall experience. As with many non-fiction titles I found some of the sections to be a little more interesting than others but overall the book was a quick, fun read filled with stories that many people will be able to identify with.

Riven | Belinda Crawford | Review

Monday, 20 March 2017

*This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

In the direct sequel to the book Hero we are brought back to the planet Jørn where Hero Regan and Fink are trying to adjust to life after the momentous events of the first book. Problem is, both of them seem to have developed some overly aggressive habits. Hero has occasional "tantrums" and physically lashes out at whoever is around. Meanwhile Fink is throwing his considerable weight around at anyone and everyone. To make matters worse, the Librarian has conscripted Hero for another task that will result in her going to the dangerous, inhospitable planet surface.

Review:

My favorite part of the first book was the technology and the world itself. Fortunately Crawford expands on both of them in this book. We get to learn a lot more about how the biotechnology of Jørn is designed, how it bears the signature of the one who works with it. We also get to learn more about how the cities hover above the surface and, in the last section of the book, what the surface of Jørn even looks like. I was very happy to read these developments.

The character work was a little less appealing in this book than in the first one. Hero and her best/only friend Norah have a lot of arguments that, from my perspective, seem more awkward than genuine. I do appreciate Timon's character being a nice balance to Hero's with, seemingly, no ulterior motive beyond racing. 

Overall, Riven is a good continuation of the series, but, like most second books, it's purpose is clearly to get from point A to point B and nothing else. One character, Timon, is more firmly established. We get to learn much, much more about the world of Jørn. We learn of some of the consequences of Hero's previous actions. But it's not as good as the first book, and probably won't be the best book of the series. 

Still, I enjoyed the read and do look forward to the next book. If you're interested in biotechnology science fiction, mutant species, alien worlds, this is a good series.