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Interview with a bookworm: Steph from Life According to Steph

You guys liked my interview with myself so much that I turned it into a series! Up first, and it’s fitting since we co-host the Show Us Your Books linkup, is Steph from Life According to Steph. interview with a bookworm

Jana: Thanks so much for joining me. Let’s get started with a simple question. Why do you enjoy reading?

Steph: Reading allows me to go to so many places and meet so many people without ever leaving the couch.someplace to go

Jana: How do you decide what to read?
Steph: In a very arbitrary fashion. If I hear of a book I think I might like, I add it to my To Read list on Goodreads. Then I request them from the library and read them as they come
in. I don’t place a lot of weight on what to read because I’m a fast reader and if I don’t like something I will put it down. 
  
Jana: Who are some of your favorite authors and/or genres?
Steph: I feel like I used to have favorite authors and genres but I don’t anymore. When someone says favorite authors my mind reverts to 12 and shouts out Judy Blume! Christopher Pike! When I do find an author I like, I will systematically go through most of their books. I tend to read more literary fiction and mystery/suspense than anything else, I guess. I read Young Adult if it speaks to me.
  
Jana: What’s your favorite book or a book you always recommend?
Jana: A resounding second to The Martian and You. I just started Saving Francesca this week. Yesterday, in fact.
 
Jana: Do you watch movie adaptations of books? What do you think of them?
Steph: Rarely. I’d rather read a book than do anything else entertainment-wise. I seem to watch less andless movies and TV as the years go by. I will say I liked the film versions of
Gone Girl and The Great Gatsby. The only movie I’ve seen that I’ve liked better than the book is Cider House Rules.
 
Jana: Ebooks, paper books,audiobooks, or a combination? Why?
Steph: Strictly paper books.I don’t enjoy ebooks as much and find them easier to put down and walk away from than an actual book. I haven’t listened to audio books but I don’t really
retain information well that way – my mind wanders and I end up not listening. I recently saw Toni Morrison read from her latest novel and I actually had to get the book out and follow along reading.
 
Jana: Do you use the library or buy books?
Steph: I use the library.libraries
 
Jana: Does it offend you when people call you a bookworm or book nerd? Why or why not?
Steph: No. I don’t care what people call me period but I would consider that a compliment anyway.
 
Jana: How do you find time to read?
Steph: We find time for the things that are important to us. Reading is integral to my life. There is never a day when I don’t find at least 10 minutes for it.
 
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?
Steph: If you don’t enjoy reading, I’m sorry. That’s about all I can say. If you don’t have time to read,I’ll say that it’ s not that important to you and that’s okay.jk rowling
  
Thanks again to Steph for taking the time to hang out with me today, talking about books. Here’s a little more about her if you’re not already familiar. 
 
300x250Life According to Steph – telling it like it is live from Philadelphia.
I blog about life in general – recipes, books, my three pugs, things that annoy
me, my card of a husband, and whatever else catches my fancy. Loves: a clean
house, cooking, vacations, lists, framily, coffee, nail polish, creative curse
words, fresh sheets, Dirty Dancing, family, reading real books over e-readers,
being beside the sea, flip flops, laughing raucously, and organizing. Dislikes:
poor grammar, whining, talking on the phone, being patronized, weak people,
heels, entitlement, and tardiness. 

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30 Comments

  1. Linda Sheridan

    That’s my girl. I always feel bad that my dad is only a sight reader.
    He was sickly as a child and his dad made him quit school at 12, when his mom passed, to go to work. God love him, he supported 6 kids & a wife who was financially foolish. The ability to read is priceless!
    Gone With the Wind, The Thornbirds, the Agatha Christie books, Nancy Drew as a child. Magazines. Newspapers. Book nerd IS a compliment!
    Love to infinity and beyond and am very proud of my Stephanie!
    Love,SMD’s Momma

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    1. Jana (Post author)

      My daughter is starting to get into Nancy Drew. Makes me so happy!

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  2. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    I love this series and cannot wait to read more. Thanks for including me!!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      THANK YOU for participating 🙂

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  3. Kristen

    yay, love this series already!!! that library picture quote is spot on. i totally agree about the people who don’t like to read or don’t find time for it. i have only read the martian out of the books you’d recommend, the others are on my list!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      You’re next 🙂

      I thought that answer was spot on, too.

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    2. SMD @ Life According to Steph

      I mean, we make time for the things that are important to us. That’s simple!
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  4. Kate

    I do the same thing with finding an author I like then reading a bunch of books they wrote at once.

    And Judy Blume has a new book coming out!!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      She does?! >>>runs to Goodreads

      I binge read authors as well. I have a few on my binge list that, once I finish the ones I currently have, I’ll start on. John Sanford, Jojo Moyes, and Liane Moriarty. I’m excited!

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    2. SMD @ Life According to Steph

      I freaking love Judy. I can’t wait.
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  5. lisacng @ expandng.com

    Great interview! My answer to the last 2 questions are very similar :). I’ll add Saving Francesca to my list!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      You should! And then, when you are done, send your responses to me so I can schedule your interview 🙂

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    2. SMD @ Life According to Steph

      I was surprised how much I liked that book. I thought the writing was excellent.
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  6. Kateri Von Steal

    🙂 Reading is an amazing vacation you can always give yourself.

    Love this – Love Steph – love you!
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    1. Jana (Post author)

      Aw, thanks 🙂

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    2. SMD @ Life According to Steph

      Thank you!
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  7. Christina

    I love the library! I’d be broke if I had to buy all the books I read. That said, it’s hard when a hyped book has a list of 550 people. I’m still waiting for The Martian! I’m going to look into those other recommendations too.
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    1. SMD @ Life According to Steph

      I’ve been waiting for Pioneer Girl since freaking January. LOL
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  8. kathy @ real talk

    don’t you just love steph? that girl keeps shit real.

    i just put You on hold at the library! thanks for the reco.
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  9. Karen

    Great interview! I always love Steph’s point of view of things, especially reading. As much as I love paper books I still read e-books as well. Don’t have to wait as long!
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    1. SMD @ Life According to Steph

      Thanks Karen! I might need to use an e-reader for travel next year.
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  10. Erin @ TexErin-in-SydneyLand

    I’ve fallen in love with this series already. I saw Shotgun Lovesongs at a bookstore yesterday. I think I’ll go back and buy it 🙂
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    1. SMD @ Life According to Steph

      You won’t be sorry!
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  11. Nadine

    I love this series!!! I started working on my interview questions the day you emailed them and got distracted and this reminded me to go back to them!!! I remember Kristen recommending The Martian. Clearly I need to get on that! I feel sorry for people who say they dont like to read. I automatically assume they must not have much of a personality or imagination.
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    1. SMD @ Life According to Steph

      hahahaha. That too.
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  12. Amber

    I love Judy Blume. I am so excited to read her new book in June.
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  13. Kerry

    I love Steph’s answers and this series. I feel sad too for people who don’t make time to read. I can’t imagine my life without unlimited books.
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  14. alyssa

    Love her answers—hurrying to make time to finish up my own for ya! I actually already mentioned Judy Blume in mine too…is there a girl on earth who Blume doesn’t speak to!? Also good to hear another recommendation for Shotgun Lovesongs. That one just shot a bit farther up on my list now! (No pun intended, ick.)
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  15. Kay R.

    I love Steph’s answer for why she loves reading. That about sums up why I love it too. Also kudos to her for using the library. I can’t remember the last time I used a library other than a law library … and thats no fun is it?
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