Hey there Bookwyrms! Its Friday and that means *drum roll* It’s time for … Meet the #Bookstagrammer, #Blogger & #Bookshark!
Without further adieu, let’s put our hands together for my next guest!!
Name: Alex Lopez from @TheReadingCornerForAll
Alex is a #bookstagrammer, #blogger and #BookShark!
City: I’m from sunny Imperial, California near San Diego. Whenever I’m not in Imperial, I’m off to Narnia!
Favorite Genres: Young Adult Fiction and Biographical
Who are your top 3 bookish villains?
1.Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
That man is just dastardly!
2. The White Witch from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The White Witch makes for quite the chilling villain. Not only does she turn her enemies to stone and terrorize Narnians, her reign represents a depravation of hope. For me, this makes a villain of the highest order!
3. Uriah Heep from David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Through his works of realism, Charles Dickens has been able to convey the best of human nature through characters such as Nickolas Nickleby. What makes Dickens’ villains particularly outstanding is how they reflected the darker elements that reside in each human being. For me, Uriah Heep is a particularly haunting villain because he reflects a great crux of humanity: greed. Uriah’s complete abandon of reason causes his single-minded nature to employ blackmail and treachery against his victims. Talk about a villain most vile.
What do you think is the most time consuming (taking photos, typing up posts, coming up with captions, reading ARCs etc.) thing in the book community? Why?
Ah! This is definitely a great question. Coming up with the captions generally takes up the most of my time. I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to writing my book reviews and captions. My audience is very important to me so I always keep them in mind during my writing process. I aim for my captions and reviews to be like an ice cream cone: short and sweet. There has to be just enough to keep readers engaged, so balancing your writing to convey the spirit of the book, along with your own personal outlook, is quite the formula.
Interviewer Interruption: I know what you mean. Although I tend to write more now, I’m a fan of short sweet and to the point but having enough information so that the reader is genuinely interested!
What’s your favorite childhood book?
I have so many fond childhood memories of reading Black Beauty by Anna Sewell with my mother. This is my favorite book from childhood, because whenever I read Black Beauty, I can still hear my mother’s voice narrating it through the pages and it brings me so much nostalgia.
Do you re-read books? What are some of your favorites/go-to’s?
I quite enjoy re-reading books. If I like the world-building or am absolutely boggled by an ending, I sometimes re-read the book immediately. Finale by Stephanie Garber was the latest book where I flipped back to the beginning after the last page. Also, each year I make it a goal to re-read The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. This work of historical fiction, justice, and blended revenge is my absolute favorite book of all time. I’ve now read it nine times!
Apart from books, what do you love to do? What are some of your hobbies?
Aside from bookish voyages and working, I love volunteering at my local cultural arts center where we engage the young- and the young at heart- through painting sessions, gardening projects to beautify neighborhoods, and other forms of creative expression. It’s such a gratifying feeling when members of the community come together and build on positive, shared experiences.
Tying into this, some of my hobbies include: photography, filmmaking, solving jigsaw puzzles, and calligraphy.
Thank you for allowing us to get to know you Alex! Your hobbies are maybe some of the most interesting I’ve seen so far. It has been quite a while since I solved any jigsaw puzzle lol.
Check out Alex’s photos and blog by clicking down below!