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Sisterhood of the Bloggers World Award!

Many thanks and good wishes to Diane of FictionZeal for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the Bloggers World Award! Here’s the post she did.

Diane’s blog is new to me, but from the posts I’ve seen, she likes some great historical crime fiction and fantasy-like novels.

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their site
  2. Post the award’s logo on your blog
  3. Answer the 10 questions you’ve been asked
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers
  5. Set 10 new questions for your nominees

Here are my nominees:

Diane’s questions for the nominees:

    1. What’s the last book you’ve read and why did it appeal to you?

I read several books at a time, but the last book I finished was Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming, which is a memoir that is not only about his relationship with his father, but also about his whole family and how his past influenced him as an adult. I have a hard time finding memoirs I love, but since I love his acting on The Good Wife, I couldn’t resist reading this one.

    1. Do you have a favorite book? Please name it.

My favorite book…just one?! That’s tough, but it’s a tie between The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux and Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

    1. I could drink coffee all day. If you’re a coffee lover, what do you take in it?  If not, what do you drink in the morning?

I LOVE coffee, but French Vanilla or dark roasts. I take mint creamer when its available or some kind of caramel creamer.

    1. How do you choose books to review?

I choose books to review based on mood, synopsis, and author. I have authors I love to read no matter what they write and then there are wars that I like to read about — WWII and Vietnam War — but I also like books set in Spain, Portugal, and Asia.

    1. What does your review process look like?

I tend to write up the reviews right after I read the book. I take an hour or so between the end of the book and when I begin writing a review. If there are aspects of a book that bother me, I tend to put notes in my review to go back and look at those things. Sometimes I incorporate those notes in the review and sometimes I don’t, especially if by the end of the book they are no longer as bothersome or important to my enjoyment or lack thereof of the book.

    1. If you could sit with any author for the day (living or dead), who would it be and what would you talk about?

I honestly have no idea who I would choose. Probably the poet Sylvia Plath to talk about her poetry and her work as a poet. Whether she ever struggled to write poems or if they just flowed freely.

    1. Do you have any suggestions for bloggers who are just starting?

Be true to yourself and write reviews that tell the truth about how you felt or liked a book — do not compromise your integrity for a free book.

    1. Do you have any authors that you consider ‘autobuy’?

Some of my auto-buy authors are Stephen King, Yusef Komunyakaa, Anita Shreve, Jill Mansell, Mary Oliver, Richard Blanco, Isabel Allende, Beth Kephart, Billy Collins, Pam Jenoff, Syrie James, Sarah McCoy, Pablo Neruda — there are many more….

    1. What do you find most challenging about blogging?

Time management because it isn’t just writing reviews, but also reading entire books. I have a 3-yr-old who demands a lot of attention, not to mention house work, a full-time job, and a husband. I have to juggle quite a bit.

    1. What was the process in choosing your blog’s name?

There was no process really. It just came to me at first as Savvy Verse (for poetry) and Wit just happened to come naturally — hence Savvy Verse & Wit.

Here are the questions for the nominees:

  1. Why/when did you start to love reading?
  2. Ebooks, Paperback or Hardcover?
  3. Who would be your fictional boyfriend?
  4. What’s the last book you’ve read and why did it appeal to you?
  5. How do you choose books to review?
  6. What does your review process look like?
  7. If you could sit with any author for the day (living or dead), who would it be and what would you talk about?
  8. What do you find most challenging about blogging?
  9. Do you have any authors that you consider ‘autobuy’?
  10. If you could only read series or standalone books for the rest of your life, which would it be?
  • Anna

    Thank you! I’ll try to make time for these questions, but I’ve been so busy lately. That is a long list of autobuys. Some of those authors would be on my list, too.

  • Diane Coto

    Hi there Serena – Great answers to the questions! Didn’t realize you’d have so many autobuys. I fight the same challenges in blogging as you mentioned. Great advice for newbie bloggers, too. Thanks!! 🙂

  • bermudaonion(Kathy)

    Time management is a struggle isn’t it! Congratulations on your award and thanks for thinking of me!