This week on Novel Newcomers, I'm going to be featuring two bloggers: Aimee from Hello Chick Lit and Joan from Fiddler Blue. (Also, the questions have changed... Majorly... But in my defense I felt questionably inspired.)
Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Joan: I love traveling, especially to places with gorgeous scenery and beaches. I love walking in the woods, swimming in the ocean, and sleeping under the stars. I dabble with photography too, especially during my travels. Aside from nature and wildlife, I also enjoy visiting museums and galleries to learn more about history and art. I could spend hours in those places, really.
I love anime, Asian dramas, video games, and Zumba. I’ve never been sporty, but I’ve grown to love cycling these days and try to do it weekly.
Aimee: I'm a mom of 3 teens, wife to one and a writing working on completing my first novel. :) I also obsessively clean and love to fill my online shopping carts then never buy LOL
What is your most unusual accomplishment?
Joan: I think I did plenty of things during the past year that I never did before which struck me as unusual, lol. I’m a person who prefers routine and the familiar, but moving to a new country forced me out of my comfort zone. Cooking meals, baking cakes and pastries, driving a car, knitting scarves, and growing vegetables are some of the things I did that I’m quite proud of. I know they seem so mundane and ordinary but I never imagined myself doing them before!
Aimee: The fact that I have 3 thriving kiddos, ages 18, 17 & 12 and I've homeschooled them all. They're smart, funny and responsible!
What is your favorite food?
Joan: Ramen. Japanese cuisine is my weakness.
Aimee: Can coffee be a food? Even coffee flavored food. Yum!! I also love pasta salads, chocolate and bbq chicken! YUM
If bookish worlds were parallel to the current world, what kind of worlds would you like to see exist as a parallel to our world? (That probably didn’t made sense…)
Joan: Harry Potter, of course! It would be amazing to receive an invitation to attend Hogwarts.
Aimee: Right now I dream of a non-racist, non-judgmental world where everyone doesn't spout of crazy opinions and only care about themselves!! (too bad that seems like a 'bookish world')
What kinds of books would you like to see more of/about in the future of books?
Joan: I want NA books that will sweep me away with complicated world-building like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. I want a book that I can be completely immersed in. I want a book that challenges me and makes me think.
Aimee: I love Chick Lit & Rom/Com. I love the 'feel good' books, because when I escape into a book, I wanna feel like it's a vacation!
Name five countries you never see being featured in books that you would like to see more of (and possibly hope to visit).
Joan: Morocco, New Zealand, Tanzania or Kenya, Cambodia, just SEA in general lol.
Aimee: Romania, Iceland, Greenland, New Zeland & Brazil - I've never left the US and have so many places I'd love to go, but I've not read many books in these countries and would love to!
What books would you love to see on screen and does not have its rights sold already?
Aimee: There are SO many but I'll stick with these three...
Chelsey Krause - Can't Always Get What You Want - this so needs to be a movie!
Meredith Schorr - The Blogger Girl Series - this would make a fabulous TV show!
Anything Camilla Isley... love all of hers.
It’s always fun to have one song associated with a book or a character. What song would you associate with some of your most recent reads?
Joan: This is actually difficult for me, since I have limited music choices. Anyway, I love listening to instrumental music and I discovered this YT channel called Brunuhville which has a lot of beautiful fantasy-themed pieces. I think it will go well with books like Nevernight and The Republic of Thieves, which are the books I just recently finished.
Aimee: I'm going to admit, I'm old... I don't listen to a ton of music and when I do it's 'RatPack' music, Sinatra, Durante... you get it. So I put those songs spins on books all the time. It's like the soundtrack to my life. lol
Aimee is a blogger over at Hello Chick Lit. She can also be found on Twitter (@HelloChickLit).
Joan is a blogger over at Fiddler Blue. She can also be found on Twitter (@fiddlerblue).