Today is Day 2 of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, so we are interviewing each other to get the scoop on everything you always wanted to know about book blogging. I got to chat with Julianne of Outlandish Lit. We are probably literary opposites - Julianne adores anything weird and creepy, while scary books make me want to sleep with all the lights on. She reviews lots of weird and unexpected stories and you know, does makeup tutorials in her spare time because she is awesome.
How do you pick your next book?
Oh god, a question I've never known how to answer haha. I mostly tend to decide based on whether or not it's an ARC that's going to be published soon or if it's a library book due back soon. Boring answer, I know. I make my decisions based on fear.
Where do you like to read?
I used to do most of my reading on the subway in Chicago. It was super hard to adjust to a life without a 80 minute commute every day, because I had to start actively making time to read. So now I like to do most of it on my enormous couch. Or outside when it's not winter (and it's always winter in Minnesota sooo).
I like literary fiction that's a little weird. I also like science fiction and horror, and some fantasy every once in a while. I really appreciate books that are speculative and that really utilize the form of writing to create slightly unreal realities to comment on how things actually are. Genres I shy away from... Romance, because my heart is cold and just listening to Prince songs makes me blush.
How do you go about writing a review?
Begrudgingly haha. I spend approximately 30 minutes whining to whoever is nearby about how I don't want to write a review. Then I focus for a second and start writing about why I did or didn't want to read the book in question. After that, the review just kind of starts to flow. Then, of course, I make somebody read it to make sure it is just the right amount of rambly.
Why do you blog?
I blog because I've always tried to create spaces for myself when I couldn't find any already available to me. At first I just wanted to encourage myself to read more, but then I saw a pretty big void in spaces where weird adult literary fiction and science fiction is talked about (plus reality TV every once in a while). So I went ahead and created the kind of blog I wanted to see. And I don't want to be cheesy and say if you build it they will come or whatever, but I've met so many like-minded people through my blog and that's all I could have ever hoped for when I began.
I'm so glad I got to know Julianne a bit better. Go check out her blog or say hi to her on Twitter @OutlandishLit!