As part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, we bloggers were given a chance to interview each other about our blogging experiences, favorite reads, and so on.

I was paired up with Lucy at Enchanted by Josephine! Lucy translated her love for historical fiction into a beautiful blog for “historical fiction reading, writing, reviewing, and more”. Lucy says that she loves “to read historical fiction and [is] fascinated and curious about anything that happened with past royalty”. In addition to her great book reviews, Lucy hosts a multitude of giveaways for books like Cleopatra’s Daughter and Melinda and the Wild West.

Our Interview

1. What are the best and worst things about blogging?

Let me start with what I believe is so fantastic about blogging…the people!I’ve met the most wonderful like-minded souls here in Blogland.Their interest, kindness, information, insight and ocean of knowledge have been such an inspiration for me. I’ve learned so much through blogging and have shared my passion with people who don’t think my history and reading obsession are too much to handle;)

As for the worst thing…besides the time consumed at the computer where I should be getting a bit more exercise and sunshine, there’s the fact that I can’t always get to comment on all the sites I want to.I try so hard to read them all, but often fall behind in my commenting.I just wish I had more time.

2. Was starting a blog a spur of the moment decision, or did you think about it for a while?

I do a lot of research online, so I read tons of stuff daily- and I do quite a bit of writing as well.Because of questions I’m often asked in terms of history and book suggestions, I was incited to interact with various bloggers for info and added interest.This led me to naturally want to share my own info accordingly…So then it finally dawned on me that this would be the obvious reading-writing and communication outlet. I haven’t looked back since!

3. What attracts you to the type of genre you review?

I love anything that has to do with history, especially European history. I review both history and historical fiction mainly because of my complete and total interest for the lives, customs, behaviours, fashion, trends, opinions and attitudes of people throughout the times.Historical fiction embodies both the accurate and creative elements that bring the past to life.There’s nothing better for me than to read memoirs of a specific royal, intrigues of forbidden love between a king and his mistress, battles and wars of the religious past, triumphs of incredible women throughout the ages…or the simple tale seen through the eyes of a lady-in-waiting- it’s part of history and I’m completely fascinated by all aspects.

4. What are your 3 favorite books of all time?

Off the top of my head: Dante’s Inferno (which I read too long ago); Josephine B. Trilogy by Sandra Gullan; Queen of this Realm by Jean Plaidy- my top favorites.

5. What makes you pick up a particular book – the cover or the content/description?

Lately I’ve noticed that many of the historical fiction novels have the same or very similar covers (take many of the reprints as well as new ones of historical ladies posing without their head..hmm- I guess it could be topic appropriate for some of them….I digress)- so, no, the cover doesn’t usually do it for me; unless the cover shows a real portrait of the person the story is about.

I think that even before I get to the description, it’s usually the title that captures my attention.If it’s catchy or somehow intrigues me, or if it’s about a topic or person I’m interested in reading about, then I pick it up and read the description.I also browse through the book to get a feel for it.If the first 4 or 5 pages engage me, that’s a worthy indicator that I’ll probably enjoy the book.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog Vera. You have a wonderful place and I’m so glad we’ve been able to explore each other’s sites and tastes in books.

To get a feel for the kind of books I enjoy reading, here’s a review of one of my favorite books I mentioned. Part of the Josephine B. Trilogy: The Last Great Dance on Earth.

My reviews are not normally this detailed, but in this case, the book being a favorite, was deserving of every particular emotion it induced. Enjoy! I highly recommend this book.