Today we're chatting with Joy, a mom, book blogger and Canadian. The tagline for Joy's blog, which is delightfully named Joyous Reads, is "Reviews. Recommendations. Rants." That's awesome because books can be a source of pleasure, but they can also make you crazy. I like a person who isn't afraid to rant. Joyous Reads covers a wide variety of books, and I really appreciate the number of female authors that appear on the site. Also, Joy is a self-proclaimed hoarder who often posts pictures of new additions to her book collection. As you'll see below, she has bookshelves to die for.
Read on to get to know Joy!
What is your all-time favorite book, and why?
This is a really tough question, but I’ll have to go with On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This woman has a way of flaying me to pieces only to put my delicate pieces back together again. The problem is, I’m almost, always never the same person from when I started her book. Any book, of her book, for that matter.
What meal do you love to cook, and why?
Once upon a time, I’d endeavored to create a food/book blog. I think I only managed to cook, and post one recipe. But it’s one that I’m proud of: garlic shrimp scampi. You can’t really go wrong with pasta…unless you’re one of those, gluten intolerant folks. My family is not very receptive to any food containing seafood of any kind, but for some reason, they adore this!
What is your favorite food scene from a book, and why?
I can’t say I have any. From my immediate memory, I guess a scene from The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley where Lord Anthony finally showed his true madness whilst he was sharing a meal with Rebecca Bradley. Here, he proposed to the beautiful American actress, who looked uncannily like his grandmother, Violet. The creepy factor was definitely through the roof when he insisted that they were meant to be. The thing is, she’s only half his age, and there’s an allusion to Rebecca being poisoned (I feel there should be an ominous sound effect inserted here).
Coffee or tea?
Iced coffee when I’m reading. Tea when I’m indulging on a scrumptious dessert.
What is the last book you abandoned, and why?
Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead. About halfway through the book, I realized that I was just going through the motions. It was a hefty sci-fi, which is not a favourite genre to begin with. But in an effort to expand my reading horizon, and since I was familiar with the author’s previous work, I thought I’d give it a go. Unfortunately, it was just not for me. I was unable to ascertain what the book was about even after quite a few chapters.
Author you'd most like to meet for dinner, and your order?
Leonard Cohen. I’ll order moon cake and tea.
Where do you go to find new recipes?
Dinners at my house are so predictable, it’s not even funny. Since my family is full of picky eaters, I tend to be unadventurous in the kitchen. But when an inspiration to cook something strikes, I find my recipes from Food Network (avant-garde, I know!).
Where do you go to find new reads?
Goodreads, book blogs, social media recommendations. I also follow Huffington Books. They have lists!
Tell us about your blog — the inspiration for it, why you blog, and your favorite aspects.
I’ve always been a reader. Unfortunately, no one around me reads as voraciously as I do. I was frustrated. Why can’t I talk to anyone about a book? Why do they laugh at me when they see me sniffling in a corner because of a book? I thought about joining a book club. But I’m not a social butterfly. I’m an introvert who most rather spend all her nights buried in a book. Four years ago, I found this book loving community in Goodreads. The more time I spend in there, the more I realized that there’s an alternative outlet for my thoughts.
I’ve been blogging ever since then.
What are your favorite blogs, and why?
Bookswept [ATTW] writes lovely reviews accompanied by wonderful pictures. It’s been an inspiration.
Bookshelf Porn shows pictures of the prettiest, awe-inspiring bookshelves.
A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook inspires me to write better book reviews.