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May 27, 2015

#ArmchairBEA: The Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? How did you get into blogging?

Hi! I'm Donna, the founder, owner, reviewer, writer, editor, and formatter of Girl Who Reads. I've been blogging for a little over 4 years and still love it. I started blogging when I was working with an indie publisher and discovered book bloggers. I really liked the community, but it was reading Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian and wanting to tell others that really spurred me to start this blog.

Why do you loving reading and blogging?

I love reading because I get to explore new places and meet new people that I might never know even if I traveled to the ends of the earth. It allows me to consider different view points and cultures. I learn knew things about myself and the world around me.

Blogging gives met the opportunity to discuss some of the ideas, cultures, and people that I encounter when reading. I also get to meet real people that understand my obsession with fiction.

What is one book everyone should read?

Anyone who is writing anything should read Eats, Shoots and Shoots by Lynne Truss. It is a fun read that will also remind you of some of the grammar rules that we all forget from time to time.

What book are you reading right now?

It is rare that I'm only reading one book. I'm currently in the middle of two.

On my Nook, I'm reading In the Blood of the Greeks by Mary D. Brooks.

In print, I'm reading Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind by David J. Linden. Yeah, I'm a bit of a science nerd.

Take a picture of your bookshelf and share it with us! :)

I built this bookcase last year so I love showing it off.

Today's other topic is Library Love.

I do love libraries. I thought when I went to college that I get a student job in the library. During orientation, the librarian said if we had library experience then we were more likely to get a job there. So I went home that summer and started volunteering at the local library. I did lunch time relief so that there would always be two people in the library. While I didn't get a job in the library at college, I continued to volunteer at my local library when I was home on breaks.

A couple of years ago, the library in the town I now live in got a new librarian so I stopped by to meet her. Lo and behold it was the librarian who "hired" me to be a volunteer.


  1. Oh if only my bookshelves were like yours! Mine are double deep and still overloaded! How do you keep yours so tidy (or is there another wall of books hiding behind you and the camera?)

    My bookshelves can be seen over on my intro page and they dont show the books that are on the coffee table, the bedside table etc...(

    1. This is just one set of shelves. It's the newest one so I've slowly adding books to it as I reorganize the other shelves in the house.

  2. I love libraries, too. In fact, I'm a librarian!

    Welcome to Armchair BEA!

  3. Lovely to meet you and to get you know you a little. Awesome job on the bookshelf building! x

  4. I hardly ever have just one book going also. I usually have a print, kindle and audiobook going at all times. lol Love your shelf. You've reminded me that I need to organize my shelves.

  5. It's nice to meet you! I love your answer to why you love to read and blog. It's so true. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

  6. Hi, Donna. It is a pleasure to meet you. You built that bookshelf?! That is amazing! I am not talented in that sort of way.
    Happy ABEA week! I look forward to your posts and to seeing you around this week.