Saturday, September 5, 2009

Saturday Spotlight - Tales of Whimsy

Woot for another awesome weekend of awesome new bloggers! Today I have a blogger who was highly recommended to me by TWO people and was sweet enough to share about her blog today.

Name: Juju

Nickname and/or blog name: Tales of Whimsy…

Blog URL:

Tell me a bit about yourself.

During the day I'm a grown-up; a mature responsible financially savvy secretary who enjoys traveling and exotic food. But by the time the sun sets, I'm a tween bookworm who enjoys board games, movies, and reading about far away places and magical abilities. Thankfully, I've been blessed with an amazing husband who is my Prince Charming, never tires of Scrabble, and consistently encourages me to stay among the very young at heart.

When and why did you start your blog?

3 things really propelled me (back in June) to start blogging:

  1. Finally reading the Twilight series (earlier this year) reminded me how much I love stories that bring magic to our everyday lives .
  2. When I told my husband I wanted to join the forces of bloggers who are brave enough to give a voice to their passions, he suggested I write about something that passionately moves me, books.
  3. Amazing blogs like Twicrack Addict ( and Today's Adventures ( really finally gave me the courage to stop thinking and start typing.

What is your blog all about? Any cool features you want to share?

At Tales of Whimsy you can find reviews of books that are fantasy, sci-fiction, or contain magical realism. I keep it simple and happy while allowing the books to shine.

Most unique feature is the Kiddie-o-meter. With it I try to make readers aware of any questionable content they may wish to be aware of before selecting a book.

My favorite feature is My Final Say. With it I get to say whatever my last thoughts are about the book. No matter how silly they are.

Do you have a review system? If you do, would you like to explain it for us?

I stick to the 5 star scale system that Netflix has me completely and unequivocally addicted to:

1 star = hate it

2 stars = didn't like it

3 stars = liked it

4 stars = really liked it

5 stars = loved it

Any tips or advice for those starting or thinking about starting a blog?

  1. Just do it. I know it's lame and it belongs to Nike but it's true.
  2. Be kind. Whether I am reviewing a book or commenting on a blog, before I allow my hands to brush the keys, I try to remember that the pen is mightier than the sword and writing isn't easy, so cut people some slack.
  3. Love what you're writing or talking about.

Who is your current literary crush?

Besides Jacob Black it would be Tamani from Wings. Talk about love and patience.

What book are you most looking forward to reading?

Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

I could not put down Lament. I adore Luke but my heart aches for James. I can't wait to read from his prospective.

Contest Alert!

Juju is currently holding a contest for a copy of My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel. It ends on the 7th, so make sure to stop by in the next day or two to enter!

Thanks Juju for spreading the word about your awesome blog. If you haven't yet, take a gander at it and leave her some comment love!

Are you a new blogger too? Or just getting back into the swing of blogging? Do you want to be featured on my blog? Shoot me an email at

The Neverending Shelf is doing a similar type of spiel over at her website. So check it out to find out about a different blogger!


  1. First comment!

    You're really hitting the interview circuit this week, Juju. I'll be expecting to see you on Regis and Kelly next. lol

    Great interview!

  2. I really love fridays! Always have some awesomes blogs!

  3. I also enjoy the introductions to bloggers I may not already be familiar with. Juju sounds like fun and her husband sounds fantastic!

  4. NotNessie girl you crack me up. :D

    Thank you Pam & Krista :)

    But most of all thank you Kristen for this awesome opportunity.

  5. I just became a follower of JuJu's blog! I really like it, and the layout :-)

  6. Nice interview. I reading these and checking out new blogs.

  7. I'm already a follower of her blog and I love it. I think that's really cool how supportive your husband is.

  8. Very nice Blog Juju!
    I also started reading after I read Twilight.

  9. Ooh this is a new blog for me to check out. Thanks for spotlighting her blog. She now has a new follower. =]

  10. I love reading interviews!
    She seems so nice, I'll have to check out her blog soon.

  11. Great Spotlight Kristen.
    Juju - your blog sounds awesome - I'm heading over there right now!

  12. I love Maggie Stiefvater! She is awesome. I am now following Juju!

  13. I love Juju and I loved this interview! :D

  14. Her first reason she started a blog is one of my reasons for starting my blog!

  15. Wow, we have a lot of similarities. We both started reading again for the same reason, visited the same Twilight sites, and love Jacob!! That must be why I like her blog so much :)


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