Tuesday, September 13, 2011

BBAW Interview Swap - Meet Misty from Hawaii Book Blog

Welcome to day 2 of Book Blogger Appreciation week, and the always fun Interview Swap.

This year I am happy to be paired with Misty, from Hawaii Book Blog.   Hawaii Book Blog is somewhat different from a "traditional" book reviewing site - they feature books, articles, and literary events specific to Hawaii. You can read their Mission Statement, but here is the short version:

"The main purpose of this blog is to provide people with a comprehensive platform to learn and discuss books about Hawaiʻi and the Pacific, books by local authors, or books published by local companies."

Cool, right? I wonder if anyone has a blog like this for the Midwest - it's a great idea.

 Anyway, meet Misty - she's a cool girl, and also the older sibling in a set of boy/girl fraternal twins. This is especially interesting to ME, because that's what I have at home, and I feel like I should also be interviewing her mom to get tips on how to keep two babies alive into adulthood! =) 

(Edit - I've since learned that I misunderstood - she is the older sister TO a set of boy/girl fraternal twins. I suppose that would be slightly different....*grin*)

On to the interview ---

1 - What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I really enjoy the sense of community in book blogging--meeting new people and discovering new authors. It's exciting to find a new book or series to obsess about or lose sleep over. The best way to do that is to follow and support book bloggers! I'll spend hours going from blog to blog, reading reviews and comments - and of course my "to-read" list gets longer and longer!

2 - If you could put any two fictional characters in a room together, who would they be?
I may have said this before, but I would love to put Mr. Darcy in a room with Draco Malfoy. Then I could watch them bicker over whose family was more aristocratic. It would be interesting to see if one could out patrician the other (yes, I used "patrician" as a verb). Oh the blue blooded battle of wills! And both of them with such sharp tongues! Obviously, I would also ogle them and perhaps flash them my stockings. I don't know if that much hotness can be contained in one room, fan-girls everywhere might just combust (this one included)! Luckily, their combined snobbery would suffice in keeping it under control.

3 - What are some of the challenges you face as a book blogger?

Hawaii Book Blog is in a unique sort of niche. We're more regional than other book blogs and because of that it's hard for us to participate in some of the fantastic book blog events and memes that are out there. Mostly, I wish I had more time to read and post. Creating new and exciting content is sometimes daunting and I'd love it if we would be able to get more comments, but overall being a book blogger is a blast!

4 - What one book can you remember reading as a child that helped you to fall in love with reading?

"Charlotte's Web" was one of the first books I ever picked out for myself. My mom was always very supportive of me choosing my own books, even if they were a bit advanced for me at the time. I must have been only 5 or 6 and the idea of a spider and a pig being friends enchanted me. So even if I couldn't read the whole book myself, with a little help from Mom, I fell in love with "Charlotte's Web" and all its wonderful characters - including grumpy, smelly old Templeton.

5 - What book or books have you read that everyone else just LOVED, but you couldn't stand?
For me it would be the Twilight series. I can honestly say that I tried. I wanted to like it, I read all the way through the third book and just couldn't put myself through the torture anymore. :)

Thanks for hanging out with Misty and I today - be sure to visit Hawaii Book Blog to see my end of the interview.  And then visit the BBAW main page to read LOTS more fun interviews!


Zibilee said...

I think that a lot of the bloggers out there really love the community around blogging, which is one of the reasons that I love blogging so much. Very cool interview today!

Julie @ Read Handed said...

Great interview! I love this opportunity to get out and experience blogs I haven't seen before. (And I, too, am not a fan of Twilight).

bermudaonion said...

I wish I could fly out and meet Misty in person! I love that her blog serves her community.

Lenasledgeblog.com said...

WOnderful interview. How great to be in Hawaii. It's nice learning about so many new bloggers.

CHarlotte's Web was one of my favs too growing up.

Thanks for sharing and happy BBAW!

Erin said...

Haha, I love the Darcy/Draco pairing! Charlotte's Web was a childhood favorite of mine, too. Great interview -- I loved meeting Misty!

Anoop H said...

good stuff!

Misty said...

Thanks Elizabeth for interviewing me, I had a great time! And thank you all for your comments... this is what is so amazing about being in the book blogging community. :)

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

These interview swaps are my favorite part of BBAW!

I didn't "know" Misty before I read your post - thanks for the introduction; her very focused blog is cool.