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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Better Know A Blogger: Jonesy & Bex - Aurelia

Today I'm welcoming the blogging duo of Jonsey & Bex.

*What is your name/blogger name? Jonesy & Bex (aka Leslie & Rebekah) @ Aurelia

*What is the name of your blog? Aurelia

*Do you have an auto-buy author, someone whose writing is so good, you have to read every single thing they write?
Jonesy - NO

Bex - I probably did a lot more when I was younger. I might get hooked on a series now, but that still doesn’t mean I will buy everything they write. A few exceptions would be Nick Sagan, and Neil Gaiman. I may be adding Lauren Oliver to that list as well.
Karen: I have both Before I Fall and Delirium in my TBR pile and have heard wonderful things about Lauren Oliver - I hope to get to them both soon.

*Who is your all-time favorite couple in literature, and why? (Or favorite male/female character)
Jonesy - Buffy & Spike, (Come on, you gotta give me the graphic novel angle!)

Bex - “All-time” is a scary sentence. But the first to pop in my head is Anne and Gilbert from the Anne of Green Gables series.
Karen: You can have the graphic novel angle because I ADORE Spike!!

*Do you have an e-reader? Do you prefer e-books or regular books, or use both?
Jonesy - Yes, I have a Nook. I use both, honestly in this economy it’s whatever I can get cheaper, that’s the bottom line. Unfortunately money rules all at this point. I would never say I prefer one over the other, they are both great!

Bex - Ditto on the Nook. I love the convenience, but if I’m at home, I’m probably going to be reading a physical book. Comfort food.
Karen: That is exactly how I feel about my iPad - whatever is cheaper wins but I still buy a physical copy of my favorites because as you said Bex - comfort food!

*What are your Top 5 picks for the best books of 2010?
Jonesy - I was way behind, so most I read this year didn’t come out in 2010, but

1.The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak,
2.Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert,
3.Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4.Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
5.Pope Joan by Donna Cross
(About a girl who disguises herself as a man and becomes the pope. It’s really cool.)

Bex - who is also always running behind.

1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
3. Idlewild by Nick Sagan
4. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
5. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

*What book or series has been sitting in your TBR the longest?
Jonesy (who was just alerted that there is a challenge for this and will be checking it out) - Harry Potter.

Bex - There are a lot of unread books in my house but probably something by Shakespeare, who I adore in general but - the histories, can’t say those have worked their way anywhere near the top of my TBR pile yet.
Karen: Nothing like a challenge to clear out that TBR pile!

*What's the best thing about blogging and reviewing books?
Jonesy - I get to find out about a lot of cool books that I probably wouldn’t have heard about otherwise. As far as reviewing books, I just like talking about what I liked and didn’t like about most everything. This helps me believe that people might care what I think.

Bex - I enjoy getting to know some of the authors. I write as well, so it’s nice to talk to them as human beings and remember that this thing I’m trying to do is not elevated and unattainable. I also like just seeing how creatively people view the same thing. It’s fascinating to me to read other reviews of books I’ve reviewed, some times I’m blown away by the truth of what they have to say, other times I wonder what book they were actually reading.
Karen: I agree - sometimes I read reviews and I wonder if we read the same book! but that's the beauty of reading - we all get something different out of the experience and we get to share it with people who have the same passion for books as ourselves.

Thanks for stopping by!! Aurelia was a new blog to me, so I had a great time reading through their reviews and exploring the blog. Nice job ladies!!

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