Please allow me to Introduce Michelle James, Quintessential Bookie, Reviewer, and lover of words. Michelle is the author of the blog Book Chat, as well as a reliable source of Encouragement, Friendship and Smiles!
About Her Blog:
Tell us about your Blog.
I started BookChat in June 2013 to share the books I love reading through reviews, as well as to promote the authors of those books. To this end, I do not post any review that I give less than three stars.
I have expanded to reblogging interesting posts that fit into the topic of writing. Occasionally, I enter challenges such as the A to Z Challenge (check out my blog to see how much fun I had with the A-Z). As the proud mom of three sons and grandmother to three grandsons and one granddaughter, you will find an occasional, and hopefully not too obnoxious, post about them.
What Inspires you?
People who challenge themselves to complete tasks they thought difficult, if not impossible. A 90 year old completing a marathon, a giant reaching down to help the helpless, or a community coming together after the unthinkable are a few examples of the types of things that inspire me.
How do you choose what you want to review on your blog?
I read other reviews and book blurbs, and by word of mouth. If it is a dark subject or belongs to a genre I don’t enjoy, I don’t read/review it.
What is the Best part about having a blog all about books?
The best part has to be getting to read ARC’s. I love reading something that isn’t available to the general public yet. It’s the same feeling I think many people get when they peek or open a present before Christmas.
What is the Hardest part about doing a review?
When I read a book and don’t get around to writing a review until the last minute. I don’t work well under pressure. My best reviews are the ones I do as soon as I finish reading a book while everything is fresh. Sometimes I am so engrossed in reading, that I feel as though I am part of the story. That is the very best time to review a book.
Describe yourself in Five Words.
Loyal, honest, hardworking, caring, thrifty.
Tell us about You when you were a child.
When I was a child, I was rarely without my nose in a book. If I wasn’t reading I could be found climbing trees (did you know that perched in a tree is a delightful place to read a book?) and playing in the forest. Playing a game of football with the neighborhood guys was always fun (they were almost always short one player), but I had to stop and get cleaned up before my dad came home from work – he would not have been too happy to see his daughter tackling and being tackled. When I wasn’t in tomboy mode, I loved to play with dolls (and still do).
I loved school. Math, English, and foreign languages were my favorite subjects.
If you could go anywhere, do anything, regardless of expense, describe your Perfect Day. ( I LOVE her answer!)
Any day, anywhere I can spend with my family is a perfect day.
If you could invite Five People (from the past or present) to a dinner party, who would you invite and why?
John Glenn has to be my first choice because he is a true American hero. He dedicated his life to our country, as a Marine, an astronaut, and as a Senator. If that wasn’t enough, he helped our middle son with a school project when he was in sixth grade. He is a highly intelligent and gracious person and a true patriot.
Emily Dickinson would definitely have to come. It is though her works that I learned to love poetry.
No invitation list would be complete without Louisa Mae Alcott. I started reading her books as a young girl, and she led me from one book to another, engendering my love for reading.
The Tasmanian Devil would be my guest of honor. Taz would grace my party with his wit, charm, and intelligence. He is so light and graceful on his dainty little feet. Speaking of feet, he swept me off mine the first time I saw him.
Last, but not least, I would love my grandmother to join us for dinner. She loved to read and shared her books with me throughout my teen years and up until her death in 1980. She was not only a wonderful, warm, and caring person, she was my greatest role model.
What is your Mantra in Life?
Just do it.
Thank you. Morgan, for inviting me here to BooknVolume today. It was fun chatting with you.
A bit about me…
After college, I entered the workforce, but soon left that behind when my children were born. While raising my sons, I embarked on a fulfilling volunteer path for such groups as our local children’s hospital, church, neighborhood association, PTA, classroom volunteer, Kindervelt, military academy parents’ organization, and Make-a-Wish. Volunteering enabled me to develop lifelong leadership skills and establish an extensive professional and social network. Of course, I have always been a voracious reader, seeking out books that are both fulfilling and enjoyable.
I am married to my soul mate and have three amazing adult sons and two wonderful daughters-in-law. My grandchildren (three grandsons and one granddaughter) bring me the greatest joy imaginable.
My blog and social media:
Thank YOU Michelle, not only for allowing me to Spotlight you and your amazing blog, but for your Friendship and continued enthusiasm and support. It means the world to me, as do YOU :)
Taz image found on Warner Bros.com