Hey there Bookwyrms! It’s Thursday and I’m doing another special back to back week of *drum roll*
Meet the #Bookstagrammer, #Blogger or #Bookshark!
Name & @handle: Claire, @bookloverspizza
Claire’s a #bookstagrammer, #blogger and #BookShark
City: Dallas, Texas
Favorite Genres: My reading truly transcends genre, and I am forever trying to assign rhyme or reason to it. For now, I will say that I am an eclectic reader who loves: literary fiction, mystery, thriller, historical fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, memoir, horror and especially humorous or snarky-toned books or most anything with a strong but complicated female protagonist.
What are you currently reading? How is it so far?
At any given time, I am ideally reading an ebook, a physical book and also am listening to an audio book. I tend to get through ebooks faster, but I do love the feel of a real book (plus the bookstagram photo ops!). Right now, I am actually reading two paperbacks and listening to one audio book. The first paperback is Raven Black which is a mystery and is the first book of Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series. (I watched and fell in love with the BBC series.) The second is The Gown which is historical fiction about the creation of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown. I am listening to The Stranger in the Woods which is nonfiction about a man who lived in the Maine woods for 27 years with little to no human contact. Raven Black is a slow-building and dark mystery that is extremely well-written with interesting characters, and I am loving the remote Scottish setting. I am only a few chapters in to The Gown but so far, it seems like it is going to be a charming read. I love reading about people who are more on the fringe of society, so I am enjoying The Stranger in the Woods. It really is fascinating and the author is weaving a compelling and interesting story so far.
Who are your 3 auto-buy authors? List a favorite book from each.
Maybe it is odd, but I don’t usually like an author’s backlist or subsequently written titles. I almost always read a book by an author and then am disappointed when I seek out his or her other books. There is one clear exception and that is Jane Harper. I have loved all three of her books so far, but my favorite is The Dry. Another author I love is Lisa Lutz. I have not read all of her books but have read most of them and have really enjoyed them all. Her Spellman Files series is one of my all-time favorites. She has a new book which came out this August, The Swallows, and I recently acquired an advance copy that I plan on reading and reviewing soon. Here’s hoping she stays at the top of my list after reading that one!
Apart from books, what do you love to do? What are some of your hobbies?
I love cooking and especially coming up with new and fun recipes that are easy and healthy. I live outside of town so sometimes it is hard to find the best and freshest ingredients. We sometimes grow our own but normally, I have to make do with what I can find locally and coming up with nutritious, inventive and yummy meals that will please my guests and family can be a challenge. I am often inspired to cook a dish from the books I read and will post both a recipe and a book review together on my own blog. I also love writing, running, crafting, entertaining and watching movies (mostly from the comfort of my couch with a glass of wine in hand).
What genre interests you the least? Why?
For sure romance is the genre that interests me least, but it is also a genre I think has changed immensely in recent years. I am collecting a list of titles from trusted sources that I want to read soon. This is not a genre, but I am always intrigued by most people in my demographic and how they are so drawn to incredibly sad books. They will praise a book and say, “you have to read it, this book will wreck you,” or “it is so good, this book destroyed me.” Hmm, I understand that some sad or moving parts of a book can make it very good but why would I seek out such intense depression or sadness? I think I am missing that gene.
And finally, what’s your favorite childhood book?
This differs depending on when in my childhood you are talking about. From the younger years, I loved Anne of Green Gables, Where the Red Fern Grows and The Secret Garden and in middle school it was probably The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. In high school, I read and loved Helter Skelter and the Last of the Mohicans.
Thank you Claire for letting us get to know you! To see more of Claire’s gorgeous photos and in-depth book reviews and recipes click the links down below!