"Reviewing the Sweet, Sinful and Fantasitcal...." Barbara has a beautiful, relaxing blog - go visit her after reading her Better Know A Blogger Q&A!
* What is your name/blogger name? Barbara - Basia's Bookshelf
*What is the name of your blog? http://basiabooks.blogspot.com/
*Do you have an auto-buy author, someone whose writing is so good, you have to read every single thing they write? It always was J.D. Robb's In Death series until she went hardcover (then I just lost track, but now I'm picking it up again). Now definitely Nalini Singh and Larissa Ione. I have a lot of "nearly always buy every single thing"s.
*Who is your all-time favorite couple in literature, and why? (Or favorite male/female character) Without a doubt, Eve and Roarke from J.D. Robb's In Death series. She's this fascinating combination of a total kickass loner and a woman who's always trying to adjust to this huge love she has for this almost impossibly perfect guy. He's..freaking Roarke.
Karen: Ooh - sounds intriguing! Must go check out this couple and "impossibly perfect Roarke"
*Do you have an e-reader? Do you prefer e-books or regular books, or use both? I have a Kindle. I'm starting to like e-books better, more for convenience and comfort than any other reasons. It's a lot easier to grab my Kindle and curl up in the corner of a chair with a blanket than it is to fumble with a book sometimes. I do still buy print though and I have bought print versions of e-books if I've really enjoyed them and want copies for my regular library.
Karen: I have bought books in print after reading them on my Kindle. My favorites are still better in print.
*What are your Top 5 picks for the best books of 2010? The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant, Kraken by China Mieville, Ruthless by Anne Stuart, The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook and The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
*What book or series has been sitting in your TBR the longest? The Stieg Larsson trilogy. I really don't know if I'm ever going to get to it. I may have to give it to my grandchildren.
Karen: LOL - I have read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo but it made me so sad I could never bring myself to move on to the next one.
*What's the best thing about blogging and reviewing books? It sounds simplistic, but I just love books. I drive my family nuts when I start talking about them, so blogging is my outlet. Even if no one ever read anything I typed I'd get to jabber on about what I read and what I thought about it. I like finding a community of people who are just like me - who just love reading and want to talk about what they read and what's coming out soon. To be able to connect with authors and some of the people behind the scenes is just a huge bonus with a bow on top.
Karen: Great answer and fantastic attitude. Sometimes we bloggers tend to get caught up in numbers and ARC's but it is a great community to make friends and share our obsessions :-)
Thank you so much for joining me today Barbara.
(Barbara was also kind enough to donate to the Ultimate Reviewer's Challenge prize pack - so thank you again!)