Today you have the pleasure of gleaming a little more information about one of my very best friends. Enjoy!
My name is Ashley! I am a stay at home mom of 3 boys 4 and under, so basically I’m insane. I live in the great state of Texas and have been married for nearly 5 years. My social life consist of Facebook and Instagram and my hobbies include living vicariously through others.
She’s also an amazing poet. Hop over to the “Poetry By” tab and check them out
How many books do you usually read in a month?
How do you pick what to read next?
Before kids, I would PROBABLY say I read an average of 2 books a month. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Now, I’m lucky if I make enough ‘me time’ to read a book every other month. I like to pick books my friends recommended usually. Otherwise, I’ll look for something from my favorite authors.
What are your favorite genres to read?
My favorite genre would have to be mystery/thriller. There’s nothing quite like trying to figure out the puzzle before the book ends. However, I do love books that toy with my emotions. If a book can make me feel all the things, I’ll probably enjoy reading it.
Would you like some book recommendations(with links) in a particular genre?
Absolutely! Throw those mysteries my way!
What’s something that really bugs you in books?
I’m probably an odd one out here, but I actually don’t like when authors are OVERLY descriptive. I prefer minimal description and letting my brain paint it’s own picture. When I’m reading a paragraph that is describing every little thing in a room, I tend to subconsciously skim and sometimes end up having to read that same paragraph three times. Don’t get me wrong. Go ahead and tell me how beautiful the sunset is, but sometimes less is more.
What sets books above others and makes them stand out to you?
For this, I’m going back to all the feelings. A book should not just tell a story. A book should pull you in and make you part of it. I want to be left wanting more.
What type of covers do you love? Which do you avoid and why?
I truly don’t pay my attention to covers. Sorry. I love hardbacks, so most of those don’t have pictures. And tons of my books are second hand, so they don’t even have the dust jackets.
If you could recommend us ONE book, which would you pick? You can link to it if you’d like.
Omg. That’s so hard. Recently, The Culling series. My favorite was book 2, The Fracturing. A book that I’ve read a million times is Little Women.
Which characters in the book did you like best?
We’ll go with The Fracturing since it’s most fresh in my brain. Definitely Reagan and Lyncoln. I loved seeing the story through Reagan’s eyes, and Lyncoln’s character was just a delicious mystery. But I also love Sarge and Jaime! Too many amazing characters.
Do you have any favorite authors?
Ted Dekker for sure. Lois Lowry, Shel Silverstein, and you! I haven’t read anything that you’ve written that I didn’t love.
Aww shucks. 😀 Do you have a favorite of Dekker? I like Boneman’s Daughter the most and The Giver by Lowry.
What about book to movie adaptations? Do you like them or no? Any you really like or hate?