Sunday, 3 March 2013

Book Blogger Spotlight: Rinn Reads

My name is Rinn, and I'm from the UK. I graduated with a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology this summer just past, and am hoping to do my Masters degree in a years time. Right now, I'm working so I can actually afford it... and hopefully I'll be off to the Netherlands to study! I absolutely love Doctor Who (and Matt Smith...), Horrible Histories, Community, Mass Effect and Skyrim.

When and why did you become a book blogger?

I started blogging at the end of August 2012. I decided that since I wasn't in education anymore, I wanted a project. I also wanted to work on writing proper reviews for Goodreads, so the two together turned into an idea for a book blog.

How did you come up with the name of your blog?

It's not very original at all. I just wanted to come up with a name so I could make the blog. I like the alliteration though.

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

The community, and finding all these people who are just as passionate about books as me. I don't have enough of those types of people in my life, but through the book blogging community I do!

What do you find the hardest about blogging?

Finding the time. Sometimes after I get home from work, I really don't want to sit down and type up a post. I'm also pretty forgetful about all my features except Weekly Roundup...

Does your blog participate in any weekly features and if so which is your favorite?

I occasionally participate in Top Ten Tuesdays hosted by The Broke and the Bookish (it depends on what the top ten is), but most of the time I just have my own features.

What has been your favorite moment since you became a book blogger? Which review, interview or giveaway have you been most proud of?

Well getting to interview one of my favourite authors (Marianne Curley) was amazing. I wasn't even expecting a reply to my email, let alone a yes to an interview! I absolutely loved her Guardians of Time series the first time I read it, and it makes me sad that I don't know many people who have heard of it. If you like fantasy and time travel, go read her books now!

What kind of genres do you enjoy reading and reviewing the most?

My favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, but I actually find Young Adult books the easiest to review. I think it's because I tend to make notes when reviewing, and so many of these sci-fi and fantasy books are rather heavy - it's difficult to stop frequently to take notes, especially when I'm so immersed in the worlds they create. Not that the YA genre isn't as immersive, but it's more to do with the writing style I guess.

What is your favorite individual book or series? What makes you love it so much?

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I read it every year, and absolutely love it. I just wish I could live in Middle-earth...

Who is your favorite fictional male character, why and from what book or series are they from?

Tyrion Lannister, from George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Purely because he doesn't let other people's opinion of him get him down, and he's just all round cool.

Who is your favorite fictional female character, why and from what book or series are they from?

Matilda, from Roald Dahl's Matilda. Her passion for books inspired me as a child.

Who are your favorite three authors and why?

J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and Marianne Curley. I can't imagine my reading life without those three.

If you could turn one book or series into films, what would you pick and who would you cast as the main characters?

The Hyperion Cantos would make some amazing films. Apparently Warner Bros (I think) have had the rights for a while, but nothing has been done about it so far. I honestly have no idea who I would cast in it, that's a tricky one. I'd love to hear if anyone has any thoughts on that!

What books are you most looking forward to in 2013?

The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett. Although it will be out by now! Also, Dr. Sleep by Stephen King.

Paper books or ebooks?

Paper books all the way. Can't beat them.

Where is your favorite place to read?

When it's cold or rainy, in my bed. When it's warm and sunny, on the balcony or in the garden.

Milk chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate?

Milk chocolate - especially if it's Cadburys.

Coffee, hot tea or hot chocolate?

Tea, tea, tea! I drink it a LOT.

Would you like to give any other details about yourself? How can others find you around the web? Such as Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc...



  1. Thanks for featuring me, Christine! =D

  2. OMG I cannot believe I forgot Matilda, she too inspired me when I was young :) Love her!!!

  3. I've just stumled upon your blog after typing in Safe Haven book review onto google and after reading through that post I followed you and clicked on Home, and am pretty happy your latest post is one summing you up!

    Really enjoyed reading some of your posts and you may just guide me into the direction of what book to read next after finishing Safe Haven! (Which I am absolutely loving!!!)

    Hope you have a fab week.

    Jade (passionate blogger, aspiring author, book-worm, travel addict, wannabe chef and more!) :)

  4. Great interview! I identify alot with Rinn's answers - especially how I got into book blogging! I look forward to checking out the Guardians of Time series!


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