I’ve interviewed many authors as I enjoy hearing about them and their experiences, who they are and their perspective. I’m also curious about how bloggers think and do things. There are so many great blogs and bloggers so I thought I’d actually do something about it and interview a blogger who’s reviews I enjoy so much. Michael of Literary Exploration said yes to the request, I’m pleased because I love his blog. His reviews are smart, well written and insightful. He enjoys literary works and thanks to his blog I’ve discovered some great reads. Thanks to Michael for allowing me the chance to interrogate.
Please tell me about yourself
What kind of question is that?! I never know how to answer that.
I’m a nerd that only start reading in 2009, when I discovered my autodidactic tenancies. I currently work in telecommunications and studying for my BA in English lit. A book and a cup of tea is my idea of a great night in. I love talking critically about books but it is hard to find like minded nerds
What are you reading now?
- The Ways of the World by Robert Goddard
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- Middlemarch by George Eliot (with the aid of a study guide; Eliot’s Middlemarch by Josie Billington)
- Difficult Men: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin
I like to read multiple books at the time, one is normally an audiobook but not at the moment (currently listening to some bookish podcasts)
Some favourite books and authors?
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
- The Machine by James Smythe
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
- The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
I prefer to name favourite books over authors, I’m still looking around for favourite authors. I could say Mary Shelley but does it count if I’ve only read one of her books over and over again?
Do you have any literary confessions to make?
- I only started reading booking in 2009
- I’ve never read Harry Potter in my life
- I secretly enjoy ‘hate reading’ books like Twilight so I can enjoy writing tweets/reviews full of rage
- I’m not very organised when it comes to my reading/blogging schedule
- The books on Jess Resides Here look really weird (but I like discovering weird and wonderful books)
- I book blog because I want to talk about books and people in real life are sick of me always talking about books
Is there an author you’d love to meet?
Gary Shteyngart, he is so funny and always interesting to here speak.
What prompted you to become a blogger and why focus on books and not something else?
I do focus on something else, I started blogging at Knowledge Lost about my autodidactic adventures and found I had a passion for books. I write more in my book blog but I still try (and fail) to keep my other blog active.
What do you enjoy the most about book blogging?
I just love talking about books, I treat my book blog as my bookish journal.
What do you think is your biggest book blogging regret?
That I didn’t start sooner, I would like to have a record of books I read years ago. I will reread my favourite just to have that record.
In what areas do you believe it needs improvement if any?
Do you mean my blog or book blogging in general? I think my book blog is always evolving and getting better, I would like to review more critically but that is just a learning process. The book blogging community can be improved by removing blogspot having more male bloggers
What have you learned from when you started out?
- That practice makes perfect
- Self Hosted WordPress is the best solution for a serious blogger
- The Ultimate Book Blogger plugin is the best time saver for a book blogger
Where do you do most of your reading?
I normally read in bed or if it is an audiobook, while working
What is your blogging work space like?
It’s my work computer while I’m at work and it is my Macbook pro when at home
Do you have aspirations to write yourself?
I think my writing aspirations are all non-fiction related nowadays, which I pour into my blogging. After reading so many great novels, I doubt I could ever reach that skill level.
Do you think you’ll ever not blog?
I can’t see it, I’m addicted and I love having the output/record of all my thoughts. I even dream about blog posts.
Does family/friends know about your blogging? What do they think?
My wife has been the biggest supporter of my blogging, she even edits my posts for me just to make sure I don’t look like an idiot. I hope all my friends and family like my blogs Facebook page and follows my progress.
Much is said about the publishing industry and its future, what are your thoughts?
I’m so sick of hearing that the novel is dead, there will always be a place for literature in this world and I’m always going to prefer paperbacks over ebooks. If the publishing industry is dying, I better start buying more books.
What and who are some of your favourite blogs and bloggers?
There are less male book bloggers than female, what are your views on this?
Women seem to be bigger readers then men but I would love to see more male book bloggers. I think men and woman often have different tastes and opinions and and it would be nice to see a balance. I also think there needs to be more literary criticism in the book blogging community; since it is taking over from newspapers.
What book would you recommend I try and why?
I think you should try something by James Smythe, maybe The Explorer
Did you read The Explorer? If so make it The Machine
What book are you surprised you haven’t gotten to yet?
I have a whole TBR bookshelf full of books I’m surprised I haven’t read yet. I keep getting distracted by other books
Is there a genre out there you’d like to try but have yet to? Say bizarro?
I’ve never tried bizarro, not sure where to start. But I do try to read all genres
What is your preferred book of choice physical, ebook, audio?
Physical books, always physical books. Audiobooks are great for when I’m at work and ebooks only when I’m travelling