Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sunday Spotlight - Melanie's Musings

Today we have a great blogger who wants to share her love of reading with you all. Check her out!

Name: Melanie
Blog Name: Melanie's Musings

Tell me a bit about yourself.
I'm fifteen and currently live in the mostly sunny state of Florida, although I plan on moving north as soon as possible. You can always put on more clothes when it gets colder, but when it's hot, you can only take so many off!

When I'm not reading or blogging, I can most often be found:
-Riding my horse, Ranger. I currently ride Western, but I'd love to try out English one of these days.
-Playing the piano. I started when I was six, but I still have so much to learn.
-Knitting, cross-stitching, or crocheting. I almost always am doing something with my hands.

When and why did you start your blog?
I started my blog on May first. I had been lurking and leaving the occasional comment on a few book blogs since sometime during March. I was hooked within a couple of weeks and knew that I definitely wanted to start one, but I gave myself a little more time to figure a few things out. I set May first as the launch date sometime in mid-April so that I would have a specific goal to work towards. If I'm not very specific with myself I'll procrastinate when I'm a bit nervous about something. Thankfully, a few people gave me a very nice welcome to the community within the first couple days which soothed my nerves.

What is your blog all about? Any cool features you want to share?
My blog is about almost all things bookish, with a few random things thrown in between. I post book reviews, author interviews, blogger interviews, and the occasional contest.

One feature that I do is post a review on a movie that was based on a book. I have a lot of fun with these, as movies are my second favorite form of entertainment. It's always interesting, and it's cool to see how many movie adaptations there are. Also, a few things are in the early planning stages for the upcoming year, but I don't want to give anything away. ;)

What are some of your favorite genres and/or books currently?
Historical fiction is definitely my favorite genre, at least for right now. I think it's intriguing that no matter what time period a story is set, human emotions stay the same.

As far as my favorite books, I have two for right now. This list is forever changing. A Season Of Eden by J.M. Warwick was really good. It took a different look on forbidden teacher/student relationships. That's one book that I'd love to see a sequel to. And I loved the setting of Matters of Faith by Kristy Kiernan. Even though I live in Florida, I've never visited the Everglades, oddly enough. What really made this book stand out to me was is one character's experimentation with different types of religions. I was curious to see how that would end, as well as the other intriguing plot lines, the entire time I was reading it.

How do you find out about the books you read?
Recently, a lot of books that I have been reading are books that I've heard about through book blogs. I also am endlessly finding books at the library, as well as whenever I step into a book store.

Any tips or advice for those starting or thinking about starting a blog?
I'd say the most important thing is to have fun. You put a lot of time into your blog, so make sure you enjoy it!

Thank you Melanie for taking time out to answer my questions!

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 dragonzgoil (at) gmail (dot) com.


  1. Very neat. SO true about having fun with the blog

  2. It's always fun to learn about a new blog. Will have to check her blog out.

  3. I already follow her blog - but so cool to learn interesting things about her! I love learning more about fellow booklovers!

  4. Wow, what a crafty teenager! That's amazing. I'm pretty sure I wasn't that awesome in high school. :) Great to see another good book blog out there.

  5. I like this feature of yours. I'm a follower of Melanie's Musings and it's always good to know a bit more about the bloggers we know and love.

  6. Thanks for another great Spotlight :)

  7. If Melanie hadn't mentioned her age, I would not have pegged her for a 15 year old.

  8. I love Mindful Musings!! It was one of the first blogs I started to follow.

  9. I had no idea there were so many book loving blogs. Very cool.


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