Who Am I Stalking? [10]: Tara @ 25 Hour Books

Posted 20 July, 2012 by Amanda / 8 Comments

Some of you may recognize this feature from 25 Hour Books.  I was in the market for a feature to showcase the book 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.  Here’s what happens: every month, I choose a new victim and bombard them with six interview questions: five standard questions, and one specifically for the blogger the giraffe shifters and I are stalking.  Then I share their answers with you.


If it weren’t for Tara, I don’t think I would be book blogging.  She has been integral in the creation of my blog, from my title to my graphics.  Tara was my book blogging mentor, the one who answered all my questions and introduced me to many of the fantastic bloggers she had already met.  But more than that, she has been my friend.  You see, before either of us were book blogging, we were participating in the 101 goals in 1,001 days challenge and blogging about our progress.  And we found each other.  I don’t remember how, but we did.  And we just clicked.  We liked a lot of the same things (hello, books?) and we are both organizational freaks.  In the three years since I’ve known Tara, we’ve been through a good number of life events together, and even though we’ve never met, she is one of my best friends.

And yes, I nag her.  But I do it with all the love in my heart.

1. Describe yourself in six words.

workout addicted bookworm with procrastination problems

2. What has been your most exciting moment as a book blogger?

Anytime an author has commented on one of my reviews or agreed to do an interview. I was also pretty stoked when I was quoted on a novella cover.

3. In the past year, what is the best book that you have read?  The worst?

Best : I haven’t been reading much in the last year, but of those I finished… The Renfield Syndrome by J.A. Saare.

Worst : I honestly don’t read a ton of books I don’t end up liking… Maybe Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter.

4. Why is reading important?

My parents are readers.  I was read to before I knew what words were.  I’ve been escaping into books for as long as I can remember.  Reading is important in more ways than I could possibly list.  For me, at this moment, reading is important for entertainment.  For the emotional pull and the dramitic twists.  The gasping.  The crying.  And most importantly, for the laughing.

5. What are some of your favorite reviews (or memes, features, discussions, etc) that you have written for 25 Hour Books?

I’m not sure that I have a favorite review.  It seems like no matter whether I love the book, hate it, or anywhere in between, it’s always hard to write the review.  I do love Tattoo Tuesdays.  One of my all time favorite posts is the one on P.A.B.D. :)

6. What do you think is the hardest part about blogging?

Not making it a job or chore!!  Keeping up with blogging seemed easy at first.  As the community grew and I became more involved, it got a little harder.  When I started a full-time job, it became impossible.  I’m constantly trying to work it back in only to find myself overwhelmed.  Right now I’m focusing on reading for fun in hopes that it makes it easy (and fun) again.

You didn’t ask, but I’m going to tell you anyway… What is the best part about blogging?  The people.  While I had the pleasure of meeting Amanda pre-25 Hour Books, through book blogging I’ve found a group of people who  genuinely care about each other.  They’ve picked me up on bad days and have been there to celebrate the good times too.  I’m incredibly grateful to have met each and every one of them.

Thanks to Amanda for featuring me this month! And for being there to nag me when I need a push :)

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8 Responses to “Who Am I Stalking? [10]: Tara @ 25 Hour Books”

  1. Wait…you follow Tara? No way! Lol. And yes…you might have detected a hint of sarcasm in that comment. :)

    I adore that girl. AND I wish she would blog more regularly. **pokes Tara** Though I DO realize real life is important. I guess…**sighs**

    • Heh. So shocking that I follow Tara, right? I wish she would blog more regularly, too, but… I also think it’s hard to come back to it, especially if it feels like a chore, or something that *has* to be done.

  2. My parents were/are such amazing readers, too. They’re the ones who got me reading and kept me reading!

    Tara sounds like an awesome person–love when you just click with someone!

  3. “Not making it a job or chore!! ”

    YES! I struggle with this all the time Tara, I think a lot of us do. You’re so right that it seems easy in the beginning and everything is shiny and new and you’re talking to awesome people who love what you love, but then all of a sudden you’re on a schedule and you’re trying to keep up and it feels like a second unpaid job:) Still, even when I have those moments, I never resent the blog because I’ve met such ridiculously amazing authors and bloggers because of it. I just take a step back and read some books for fun that I don’t have to review to remind myself why I started.

    Also, LOVED the Renfield Syndrome! Rhiannon and Disco ripped my heart out in that one. *dies*

  4. I love that 101 in 1001 brought us all together! Also Tara is awesome – I blame you both for making me buy books but I love that you expose me to new books all the time!

    Also Amanda is the best nag out there! It’s nice having someone to hold us accountable :)

  5. I love Tara! :)

    She is just awesome awesome awesome! She makes my daily mile look pathetic but I forgive her for that LOL