Today I’m sharing a recent interview with avid reader, and my older sister, Raquel!
- Howdy! Please introduce yourself and share any social media you’d like us to find you at.
Hi! I’m Raquel. I am 35 and currently live in Nebraska, a couple hours south of where I grew up.
I have been married to my soul mate, Stephen, going on 15.5 years now.
We met online, in a chat room and got married within 4 months of our first chat. He was from Central Florida, so we spent part of our married life there. We have moved across country several times. Now we own a house and are enjoying putting down more permanent roots.
We are crazy cat people and have 7 cats. We also have 2 little, senior dogs. All of our animals are rescues.
I am also Jensen’s oldest sister.
I have a ferocious appetite for books, that I inherited from my mother, and she inherited it from her mother. I’m also a movie and TV junkie. My other hobbies include, collecting rubber duckies, making jewelry, and general crafting.
You can find Raquel on Instagram, or follow her jewelry-making page on Facebook.
- How many books do you usually read in a month?
It depends. If I get addicted to a series, I am known to devour them quickly. But then I can go months without reading any. If I were to average, I would say 1 – 2 books a month with 300 – 500+ pages each.
- What are your favorite genres to read?
I mostly read Teen and Young Adult fiction, dystopian, fantasy, and Christian historical fiction.
- Would you like some book recommendations(with links) in a particular genre?
I have a never ending pile of books I want to read, so what’s a few more?
(Leave some links in the comments if your book or you know a good one in a genre she likes!)
- What’s something that really bugs you in books?
I have a hard time reading books that are written in the first person perspective and in the present tense. I have been know to stop reading books because I can’t get past it. I also don’t like when an author is too vague with descriptions. On the flip-side, I don’t like when an author writes every little detail, robbing your imagination of filling in some details and making the story drag on and on. I do not like vulgarity and crude things in books. That’s why I stick to the YA and Christian books.
- What sets books above others and makes them stand out to you?
My favorite books are the ones with original and unique stories, grab you right away and hold you captive as you turn each page, paint a colorful, complex picture in your mind, linger on in your imagination, and leave you craving more long after you have closed the cover. A good book will be like each delicious bite of a decadent dessert or the best comfort food, evoking feelings of joy and contentment, making you so glad that you partook of its divine deliciousness.
I know a book is good when it makes me literally laugh out loud (which doesn’t happen very often), or makes my eyes leak in happiness or sadness, or sometimes when I have an urge just to hug it after I’m done because it was THAT good. Those are the books I cherish and give precious shelf space to on my bookcase.
- What type of covers do you love? Which do you avoid and why?
I enjoy covers that give you a visual summary of the book. Or, that look like something you’d want to frame and hang on your wall, because they are so colorful and unique.
I don’t like covers that just have the title and author’s name on them, or are just dull and boring. I want to be stimulated and excited by the cover. It’s what piques my interest and makes me pick it up.
- If you could recommend us ONE book, which would you pick? You can link to it if you’d like.
GAH! That’s an impossible question to answer! I have TOO many favorites! But one that I love, that not many people have read, is Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
It tells of a father and daughter, Mo and Meggie. Mo is a book binder and a book restorer. Meggie is an avid reader and loves to get lost in a book. Meggie finds out that father has a secret ability. He is a “Silver Tongue”. When he reads aloud, he has the power to literally bring things to life. Man and beast suddenly materialize in our world, looking exactly how they’re described in the book, but Mo has no control on what will come to life.
What happens when a villain is unintentionally read to life?
Well Cornelia Funke, takes us on a colorful, imaginative, and wondrous journey, that spans over the course of 3 books, full of magical creatures, rotten villains, valiant heroes and heroines, and beautiful realms.
Really they are a must read. They’re written for kids 9 years old and up but, as an adult, I really enjoyed them.
- Which characters in the book did you like best?
Mo is my favorite, because when Cornelia Funke imagined him, as she was writing him, she pictured the actor Brendan Fraser. I didn’t learn this piece of trivia until after I first read Inkheart. Knowing this, when you read the books, you can totally see him in that role. What’s also neat is, there was actually a movie made of the first book, and guess who played Mo?
What other books by this author have you read? How did they compare to this book?
I have read one of her other books, called The Thief Lord. It was a good story, but wasn’t as complex as the InkWorld books. She has many books that she’s written for children. There’s a newer YA series she’s written. It’s another trilogy, called the MirrorWorld trilogy. I have it on my wish list.
- Do you generally read traditionally published or indie books? Is there a reason?
Usually I read traditionally published books. Mainly, it’s because I wasn’t introduced to Indie authors before Jensen starting her writing and publishing.
Aww shucks. 🙂
- Do you prefer to shop in actual book stores or on Amazon?
Most of my books have come from thrift shops actually. I would rather have a physical book than a digital one any day. If I really like a series, and I can’t find all the books through thrifting, then I turn to Amazon.
We hope you enjoyed my first reader interview! Feel free to drop book links in the comments in reference to #4 or leave a question/comment for Raquel. You can stalk her on social media too.
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