Through writing books, I’ve met loads of interesting people. I want to share the awesomeness with you, so I’m starting something new. I’ll be asking 7 Questions of book peeps I think you’d enjoy virtually meeting. I’m really excited (REALLY REALLY!) that Denise from Shh Mom’s Reading agreed to be first.
Brenda: The blog has nearly 23,000 likes on Facebook. Did you and your blog partner Christine think when you started it that it would be so popular?
Denise: Christine and I had no idea or expectation that Shh Moms Reading would grow to its current size. We founded the blog with the desire to spread the word about books we love, and with the goal to be seen as professional and honest.
Brenda: What trends are you noticing in books lately? Is there anything you’re particularly excited about and hoping to see more of?
Denise: Christine and I often read different books, so I will just speak for me first. I read a wide variety of books in the romance genre. As far as trends, I think the first one that comes to mind is that there are so many books being released on a daily basis, a lot more than in the past. With that being said, often times we see that it is the same story over and over. I hope that authors continue to try to tell me stories, to open readers’ eyes and to craft unique stories outside of the formula. Other trends that we have seen are more serial books. Serials are interesting in that they are fun, quick reads that you can fit in between books. Speaking for Christine, who reads them more than I do, yes they are fun but often times a full complete read is more worthwhile as it envelops you into a book and you become so captivated that you don’t want to stop reading. Depending on the serial, this could be a hit or miss.
Brenda: My nightly ritual is to read in bed. Sometimes it’s for ten minutes, and other times it’s for an hour. When do you like to read, and what’s your favorite place to read?
Denise: My husband will tell you I read whenever and where ever I can. I prefer to read on my own in quiet which rarely happens, hence the name of our blog. Credit to Christine for the name Shh Moms Reading (yes I adore her – we are real life friends who met when our boys were on a travel hockey team together).
In all seriousness, reading a book I am engrossed in, with characters I feel connected to, with characters who feel real, written with such clarity and with dialogue that makes me feel like I am in the room with the characters; that is my favorite place to read … so it’s not about the location but the words on my kindle.
Yes, I am kindle reader, Christine often laughs because I struggled to read paperback though I do collect signed ones of books I love.
Brenda: What part of the blog do you find most gratifying?
Denise: I feel most gratified when I introduce readers to a new author, when we help them find a new book that touches their soul, one they might not have tried but gave a chance because of what we posted.
Brenda: Sometimes readers tell me they don’t think they’re “good” at writing reviews of books, even if they loved them. What’s your advice to someone who is inexperienced at writing reviews, but wants to try?
Denise: Sorry I am not comfortable giving advice to others on what makes a good review; I am not an expert. Shh Moms Reading is just our voice.
Brenda: With the popularity of the blog, you must get more requests for reviews than you can accommodate. What makes you decide to take a chance on a book from an author who is unfamiliar to you?
Denise: First thank you for the compliment, yes we get more requests than we could ever accommodate even if Christine and I could read all day. (Shh is just the two of us).
This is an interesting question, it varies from book to book, it is almost like a gut response, I will say there are a few bloggers and readers whose recommendations I truly take to heart. Often it is the blurb, I think a blurb is so important.
Brenda: And finally – what are you currently reading?
Denise: Sorry, Brenda, Shh that’s a secret.