Some of you may recognize this feature from 25 Hour Books. I was in the market for a feature to showcase the bloggers I simply can’t live without, Tara usually lets me do whatever I want if I pester her enough, and Who Am I Stalking? seemed appropriate. Win-win. But please, no restraining orders are necessary. I stalk with love, people. It is a badge of honor. Wear it with pride!
I first heard of Ruby through Missie’s When I’m Not Reading feature. Ruby’s guest post made me laugh, so I, of course, started following her blog and Twitter. Lo! A stalker is born. And not only that, but I continued to comment and pester Ruby until she fell deeply and madly in love with me. Also, I give her #NakedWerewolves. Ruby and I have conspired to cause shenanigans on our blogs and Twitter. We’ve had a joint review, started a #NakedWerewolf demesne, and taken over your Twitter timeline. And that is just the BEGINNING. Be afraid. Be very afraid. And take some #NakedWerewolves.
1. Describe yourself in six words. (X2)
Real life introvert, strangely not online.
An easy menage pioneer huggle slut.
2. What has been your most exciting moment as a book blogger?
When I scored an interview with Nalini Singh. Also, the fact that it came with an ARC of Kiss of Snow. That was major, and I really felt like I’d made something out of my blog.
3. What is the best book that you have read in the past year? The worst?
The worst would probably have to be Starcrossed and Until I Die. I’m answering this question first because it’s easier. It used to be, before I was a blogger, that I DNF’d books that I hated. Now I feel like I have an obligation to review the bad as well as the good. And that means reading them.
As for the best…I dunno. I loved Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari. Kiss of Snow was pure, decadent chocolate cake. I completely glommed Cryer’s Cross–which was a complete surprise–as I’d picked it up on a whim. I also loved The Name of the Star. Wonderful setting, fantastic characters and fawesome writing. But then, Maureen Johnson has been rocking my world since she came out with Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes. I’m sure I could list a dozen others but I love you all enough not to bore you.
4. Why is reading important?
Um, are you kidding? How is it not important?
There are a number of ways that I can answer this question. I’m a teacher, so there’s a part of me that wants to talk about how important reading is to self-esteem. But, then the other part of my brain butts in to point out that that encourages reading for self-esteem and not for readings’ sake.
The thing is, reading opens up the world. I’m lucky enough to see this firsthand with children. As they learn to read, they better understand the world around them. It’s kind of like having cataract surgery. Or, I imagine it is. You could get along without reading, I suppose, but no one should have to. It enriches, it enhances, and it builds connections between people.
You’re just going to have to trust me on this one. It’s important like whoa, if I may borrow an expression from Kelly.
5. What are some of your favorite reviews (or memes, features, discussions, etc) that you have written for Ruby’s Reads?
Oh, writing my review for Bloodlines by Richelle Mead was awesome. I was offended by the body-image stuff in the book and it was great to get it off my chest and talk to others about it. I also really enjoyed writing and discussing the Bragging Rights post. Guest posting at Supernatural Snark was great fun, though not technically for Ruby’s Reads. The times I publicly dare you and Smash. Good times.
6. Let’s talk your cherry red KitchenAid mixer and recipes! What is your absolute favorite recipe to make with your mixer?
Oh, crap. Um. I love my mixer more than I’ve actually used it. For one thing, it took me a while to remember to use it. Which got kind of embarrassing, really, since I walked around for days after I got it telling people I was never going to so much as mix the sugar into my coffee by hand EVER AGAIN. Whoops.
Things it’s great for:
- Whipping cream (so much better than from a can)
- Pizza dough
- My chocolate chip walnut cookies. In fact, I made some today. I’ll email you a picture.
- Black bottom cupcakes. Chocolate bottom, cream cheese (and chocolate chip) heaven on top. Delish.
You didn’t want actual recipes did you? Go here if I’m wrong. I’m a devotee. Don’t buy the cookbook. I have it, but everything in it is online. They have a great baking blog, too.
And the picture, as promised.
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