It’s Tuesday so that means it’s Interview with a Bookworm day! Today’s guest is Lisa from Expandng. When you’re done with her interview, make sure you read the others.
Lisa is the writer of Expandng.com, which is a play on her last name Ng (pronounced “ing”). She is the proud mother of a 4.5 year old boy, 1.5 year old girl, and two bichons. In her spare time, she loves to take photos and devour books. You can subscribe to her blog via email or Bloglovin’ and find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Jana: Why do you enjoy reading?
Jana: How do you decide what to read?
Lisa: I add books to my Goodreads account based on Jana and Stephanie’s awesome monthly books linkup. I also get great recommendations from the Book Riot Podcast, as suggested by Jana. Then, I put a few on-hold at the library and just wait to see what comes in first.Though, in the future, I might buy more books since my husband bought me a Kindle and specifically said “it’s the gift that keeps on giving.”
Jana: Who are some of your favorite authors and/or genres?
Lisa: I like to read contemporary fiction, sci-fi (as evidenced by my love of Michael Crichton books and The Martian), and anything by Rainbow Rowell. I’m also a big fan of reading books before they get turned into movies. Lastly, I like books that relate to my background and culture as a Chinese American (e.g. Everything I Never Told You, The Joy Luck Club, and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? The last one’s a surprise, huh?).
Jana: What’s your favorite book or a book you always recommend?
Lisa: I’ve recommended books from my book club with DIY Mama (shameless plug) — Wonder, and The Martian. Other books I’d recommend are Everything I Never Told You, Nickle and Dimed, The Giver, Eleanor and Park, and Digital Fortress. (Jana’s note: I’ve read all of these except Digital Fortress and definitely second the recommendation on all of them)
Jana: Do you watch movie adaptations of books? What do you think of them?
Lisa: It depends. I couldn’t wait to watch to see The Hunger Games and Divergent. However, I refuse to see The Host because the book was actually good, and the premise hard to portray on screen. I also won’t see Wonder or The Giver. I was disappointed by Gone Girl. BUT, you bet I’ll be first in line to see The Martian!
Jana: Ebooks, paper books, audiobooks, or a combination? Why?
Lisa: No audiobooks yet because I’m a visual person and need to connect with words. I’m 50/50 with ebooks and paper books because I’ve used the library a lot in the past. I’d put a book on hold in both formats and wait for the first one to become available. However, with the gift of a Kindle, I’ll be reading more ebooks.
Jana: Do you use the library or buy books?
Lisa: Before I had a Kindle, 100% the library. Now with a Kindle, I think library for backlists and Amazon for new books.
Jana: Does it offend you when people call you a bookworm or book nerd? Why or why not?
Jana: How do you find time to read?
Lisa: I get a bulk of my reading done after my kids go to bed. Sometimes it’s an hour, sometimes it’s 3 hours. I also read while exercising on the elliptical or stationary bike. I know my workout isn’t as effective, but I don’t want to give up my reading time.
Jana: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to people who say they don’t enjoy reading or don’t have time to read?
Lisa: If you don’t like reading, try audiobooks. You can multitask while listening to a book. And don’t get discouraged if you pick up a book and don’t like it. That doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy reading. You maybe haven’t found a genre you like yet. Like me, I’m not a big fan of memoirs except for Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
And if you “don’t have time,” let me tell ya. I stopped reading in 2010 when I had my son and had no time to read. In reality, I didn’t make it a priority, and that was ok. I owned it. Well, now I have two kids and less time for myself, so I made reading a priority. I cut back on blogging and scheduled other responsibilities around reading. Just like anything else you do – exercise, start a vegetable garden, learn to cook – you have to MAKE time for it. PS. I also liked Steph’s answer to this!