Hawthorn – Meet Our Reviewers and Win Prizes

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Why did you become a reviewer?

When I read a good book I love to share it with others because I think it’s a shame a lot of good reads get overlooked. Being a reviewer with LASR enables me to reach a wide circle of readers.

What are your favorites genres to read in and why?

I love to read diverse genres, such as crime stories, suspense, romance and young adult. In short, as long as the book is well-written, I’ll love it.

What book in your youth made a big impression on you and why?

I read a lot as a youngster so it’s hard to pick one story that stayed with me. Perhaps, the author that stands out is Enid Blyton and her Famous Five series. I loved those adventures and I re-read them several times.

What is one thing we would be most surprised to learn about you?

That I’m a heavy metal fan? 🙂

What is something that makes you stop reading a book?

Poorly-written characters or characters that are so unlikable that I can’t identify with. If the characters are good, I’ll stick with a book even through slow pacing or bad plotting, but if the characters aren’t compelling … Characterization is the most important factor for me.

What books have most influenced your life? Why?

They were probably many, but the one that I remember most clearly is Blindness by Saramago. I was amazed at how skillfully Saramago uses language and style to create an illusion. Incredible. I had a book hangover for days after that one.

What book do you think should be made into a movie? Why?

I rarely like movie adaptations, so I don’t particularly like to see my favorite books made into movies.

What would you choose as a superpower? why?

I’d love to be invisible because then I’d be the ultimate spy.

Describe your perfect reading space.

Anywhere that’s quiet enough for me to focus on the book.

If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?

I’d love to chat with Zadie Smith about her books, writing habits and her view of life.

What were your top ten books you reviewed for LASR in 2014?

Played to Death / BV Lawson
Chasing the Flames / Cheryl Adnams
Share the Moon / Sharon Struth
Secrets, Lies & Homicide / Patricia Dusenbury
Right Kind of Wrong / Chelsea Fine
Play / Kylie Scott
Dangerous Territory / Emmy Curtis
Blue / Lisa Glass
Paradise Point / Dana Volney
Once Upon a Wager / Julie LeMense

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  1. I also enjoy a book that keeps me reading regardless of minor editing issues. Character and plotting rule!

  2. Salisa Waheed says:

    Enid Blyton and the famous five!!!! Wow! It’s been years since i’ve read one of those, the famous five were what got me into the mystery genre…. 🙂

  3. Thanks for your interview today. I have to say I am really enjoying this giveaway. It’s interesting to meet a new reviewer or two each day. BTW, what exactly is a book hangover? I got a kick out of that phrase.

  4. Rita Wray says:

    My love of reading started with Enid Blyton and the Secret Seven Series.

  5. I’ve never heard of Enid Blyton, so I’ll have to look this author up. I so agree that characterization is important. I’ve read some series where the characters were so generic or bland, that I had a hard time caring about them.

    • Enid Blyton wrote in mid-20th century for children. Her books are full of adventures and as a kid I was in love with her stories.

  6. Where would you go first with your superpower?

  7. Barbara Elness says:

    I think invisibility might be fun to play around with, but since I already feel invisible a lot of the time, I wouldn’t want that as a permanent super power. I’d go with teleportation, no more sitting in traffic for me. 😀

  8. lori faires says:

    I agree that invisibility would be a great superhero power. I think mine would be to read minds. Blessings & Thanks to All.

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