For those of you who don’t know, Mondays are the day I spotlight all the fabulous book reviewers who help writers do our jobs. Today’s spotlight is a very special one, because not only is Mickey Reed of I’m A Book Shark a great blogger, but she’s also my editor! Mickey just finished editing Camouflaged (add it on Goodreads Here), and she is an absolute joy to work with. Here’s all about I’m A Book Shark!
I decided to become a book blogger in April 2011. My husband asked why I wasn’t looking into getting a job as a reviewer for a magazine or newspaper since I was reviewing every book I read (over 200 a year) on Goodreads. When I searched on Google for something like that, I found a few book blogs and knew I had to try it.
2. How did you come up with your blog’s name?
I needed a new Twitter handle one day, and I wanted it to be about books. For whatever reason, card sharks came to mind and I thought book sharks could be fun. They probably devour books, which is what I was doing! Thus, I’m A Book Shark was born. I wish it had a better story because it’s kind of an odd name!
3. What makes your blog unique and/or different?
My blog is unique and different because I’ve just started spotlighting all vegetarian and vegan authors and bloggers on Mondays for Meatless Monday. Being vegan is part of my life, so I’ve combined it with books to give my blog something different.
4. What is your “philosophy” regarding book reviews?
Honesty is the best policy, but so is kindness. I’m always honest, even if I am a little stingy with my stars. I also believe in reviewing the book and not the author. All of my reviews have a bottom line (or the ultimate summary of whether or not you should pick it up) and a star rating that provides you with an idea of my overall feeling towards the book.
5. What are your favorite genres to read/review, and why?
I really enjoy contemporary novels. Doesn’t matter if it’s adult, YA, or NA, but contemporary is my preferred genre because it’s real to me. It gives people hope in the darkness, because everything happening in the book could really happen in real life. But I do enjoy a good paranormal romance as well.
6. What are your biggest turn-offs in a book? How about that special thing that always wins you over?
Turn-offs would be poor editing, insta-love, weird love triangles, and creepy sex. A great love story, good humor, and anything that might make me ugly cry always win me over. I’m fairly easy to please!
7. Where do you see your blog a year from now?
I’d love to still have my blog a year from now. Reading is a huge part of my life, seeing as it’s part of my job. And I truly enjoy helping authors reach new audiences, so I see my blog still being a part of my life in a year and beyond.
8. What do you think the next “big” thing in fiction will be?
It’s so hard to tell. We don’t really know until we’re in the thick of it. The New Adult age range has really taken off, so something else is coming soon. I’m looking forward to seeing what it is! I kind of hope it’s something we haven’t even heard of yet.
9. If money were no object, how would you spend your days?
Ooh, good question. I think I would wake up in the mornings, sip some hot green tea, and watch the sun rise. I’d do a little yoga, go for a run, check in with the internet and friends, and snuggle with my puppies and husband. I’d read for fun for a while, but I’d probably still edit because I love what I do. I’d help spread the peaceful message, do some traveling, volunteer, and catch up on some TV shows because I have the time. I’d also love to have a lot of land, grow my own food, never need shoes, and save a lot of stray animals. That’s a big dream of mine, and if money were no object, I’d have the time and funds to do all that as well. :o)
Make sure to add I’m A Book Shark to your list of blogs to watch, and if you’re a writer, keep Mickey’s email handy. You never know when you’ll need an edit or two 🙂