It is an honor to be a guest on Jill’s blog today. My name is Laurie Iglesias. Jill’s been a loyal supporter of my mostly-book-reviews blog, Cozynookbks, practically from its inception a few years ago. (Thank you, Jill 😊)
Welcome, Laurie! I’m thrilled to have you as my guest today. Since we met, I’ve been envious of all the wonderful books you have time to read. Tell us a little about your reading habits.
I’m an avid reader, depending on the length, I average about 50 books per year. I enjoy a wide range of genres from mysteries to contemporary fiction, sweet romance to thrillers, historical fiction to true crime. (No paranormal though please.) My mood drives my selections. I’m fond of books set abroad, particularly in the U.K., and have many favorite British authors. I never leave home without a physical book or my Kindle e-reader, and I read whenever the opportunity arises. One of my favorite places to read is in my car when I’m taking a lunchtime break in between running errands. I listen to audiobooks mostly while dressing, cooking, doing household chores and driving. I’ve loved books since I was a young girl. I was the one who didn’t like parties but preferred to stay at home and read, or watch I Love Lucy re-runs and marathon episodes of Unsolved Mysteries. Yup….I was that girl. Still am.
At the end of your reviews, you often mention where you received your free copies of a particular book. Tell us how that came about.
A few years back I discovered Goodreads, which is a website comprised of books, book groups, authors and readers. That’s where it all started for me. While reading other Goodreads members’ reviews I observed that some reviewers indicated that they’d received their book free from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review. “How did they do that?” I wondered. I noticed that Goodreads hosts tons of giveaway opportunities and I started entering some and even won a few. Shortly thereafter I joined the sweet romance Harlequin Heartwarming group on Goodreads. I won books through their giveaways too. I wanted to share my thoughts on the books I was reading so I started a WordPress book blog. Slowly I began gaining followers and as my book reviews grew, so did offers from authors and publishers to review books they’d provide for free. I was thrilled when fairly recently I was offered the opportunity to review free audiobooks too. Having an active book-review blog affords me this luxury. I follow authors and publishers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Bookbub, and regularly receive free ARC copies of books when I win contests, or at times when I simply request a book with the promise of a review. Some authors offer opportunities to join their street team. I’m on a couple of those, and receiving ARC copies of books is one benefit. Netgalley is also an excellent resource for receiving e-book ARC’s from publishers. It’s been a privilege to be provided with so many fabulous books in exchange for my time and efforts as a reviewer.
I think I can speak for everyone here, we love to blog and the connections and friendships we’ve made. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?
Blogging is a way for me to connect with other book lovers—young and old, near and far. I find it tremendously rewarding and diverting. (And who doesn’t need a little diversion from life’s anxieties at times?) I’ve met so many wonderful people and have learned so much from fellow bloggers. I’ve done buddy reads, hosted giveaways, participated in blog tours and interviewed authors. It’s all been a tremendous experience in the short few years since I created my blog.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read about this humble book blogger and amateur reviewer. 😊
Thanks for sharing with us today, Laurie. You are far from being an ‘amateur reviewer.’ What I love best about your reviews is you don’t just summarize the book. You throw in your own personal touches and humor. You’ve definitely made my TBR list longer!
Do any of you have questions for Laurie? Please share with us your favorite place to read.