Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ask the Bloggers - Charlene from Horror After Dark

Today's guest is Charlene from Horror After Dark.

What made you want to be a book blogger?
There was no one moment, really. I was asked to participate at Horror After Dark and soon realized that I liked sharing my opinion and thoughts on books, so I started my own blog.

What have been your best book blogging experiences? 
Meeting new people and being turned on to books I might otherwise have never discovered.

What has been your worst book blogging experience? 
People, other bloggers sometimes, posting snide comments on my posts. I mean really, if you don't like something I post, don't look at my blog. I'm bitchy like that.

How many books do you own?
In paper, probably only 100-200. I have about 1500 e-books.

Who is your favorite author? 
My very favorite authors are Stephen King and Robert McCammon. If I had to choose between them, I would go with King, only because he is a little bit more prolific.

What is your favorite book of all time?
My favorite book sort of rotates around between 5 books or so, depending on the day. Today it is Boy's Life by Robert McCammon. This is a book that's so magical I recommend it to everyone. Tomorrow, my favorite could be Lonesome Dove. Or The Stand. Or Ghost Story by Peter Straub.

What are your thoughts on ebooks?
I'm torn about them. One one hand, they are a godsend for people that have issues with their hands, fingers or eyes. No more lugging around huge tomes or struggling to read small fonts. On the other hand, I hate purchasing something that isn't actually mine. E-books purchased from Amazon are not yours. You are purchasing a license to read the book, not the book itself. On some basic level that bothers me. It also bothers me a little bit that I can't hold e-books, smell them or turn their pages, but the convenience of them has trumped all those things.

What are your thoughts on self-publishing? 
My thoughts are mixed. At times, I'm all for it. I have discovered a couple of great authors through their self-published books. A few of them have since been signed to publishers, and I get so excited for them. At other times, I get extremely aggravated and insulted when I read a self published book that exhibits incorrect grammar, editing problems, misspelled words, etc... I feel that if the author has no pride in their work they have no business asking readers to dish out their hard earned dough.

Any literary aspirations? 
No. :)

What's your favorite joke of all time?
I hope not to offend anyone, but I do have a fondness for blonde jokes. If those offend you, do not read on!
Three blondes walk into a building. You would think at least one of them would have seen it.

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