For a good long while now, I’ve wanted to introduce you to some of my favorite bloggers in a series of “meet the blogger” type posts. I’ve become friends with some bloggers through various emails or conversations on our blogs, but I never had a good idea to “pitch” to said bloggers (all the really good ones were taken). This spring I finally forged ahead and got in touch with some bloggers, asking if they wanted to put together something they might be comfortable writing – i.e., a topic they wanted to talk about, a random fun and popular book tag. Because of that, this isn’t a traditional “meet and greet” blogger introduction. Rather, it’s blogging friends putting together something they enjoy, and hopefully because of that it reads like you’d be getting together and having coffee with them. That’s what – in my opinion, makes this such fun. Fortunately even without an organized “this-is-what-I-want” plan, they agreed to the invitation. Today, we are here to meet one such blogger.
Unless I miss my guess, “all” of you are likely to have met the fabulous Jamie. But in case you haven’t today’s the perfect opportunity for you to do just that. Jamie’s the owner of Books and Beverages, a unique book review site unlike any other. Aside from her kind, sweet personality, what makes her site unique? Well, for starters she writes about awesome bookish things that we might not be able to resist adding to our shelves (because shelves deserve some fun bookish knick-knacks, right?) or clothing that’s bookish, nerdy and fun, she also hosts authors frequently, and she writes reviews in a unique, stylish fashion by putting her own spin on reviewing formats. She incorporates her love of photography into each review by not posting an image of the book cover and instead uses her own photo of the book she’s spotlighting (you can get a glimpse of Jamie’s photography down below).
I met Jamie through Twitter and have enjoyed getting to know her first through book blogging, then through the INSPYs. We were both “recruited” to join the Advisory Board the same year, so it was fun to have someone I knew being the “newbie” with me as we worked with the veterans of the board, trying to learn the ropes. Today, I’m introducing you to this fabulous blogger. You can meet her through this insightful article she contributed to today’s post about her love of Historical Fiction, and some of the recent favorite historical novels she’s discovered.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
hosting me on her fabulous blog! I love how you’re featuring fellow bloggers
and any excuse to chat about books is a win for me!
is that I have a rather “healthy” obsession with history. I never tire of
learning fun facts and I’ve be known to go on rabbit trails in the world of
Wikipedia. What starts out as a “quick” search of 1830s Native Americans can
quickly turn into a discovery of Scandinavian Vikings and Norse mythology. It’s
just that, well, I want to know all the historical things.
There’s something about history isn’t there? It never changes
and I often find myself asking:
What can we learn from these people? How was it back then?
What was it like for women? Who defied the rules and changed the world? I love
being inspired from people of the past (or learn from the not-so-wise). This is
just one of the many reasons I love reading historical fiction – learning,
laughing and being inspired. Plus, with so many amazing historical fiction
authors out there, my need for history is overwhelmingly met and I absolutely
And if anything, after reading historicals I’m reminded of the
sweet blessing of showers and toothpaste. :)
I couldn’t have a post about why I love reading historical
fiction without including some of my favorites, so here’s a few!
Price of Privilege Series by Jessica Dotta
Longtime favorites from a favorite author (and favorite time
Fire by Night
by Lynn Austin
by Lynn Austin
Two new-to-me authors I read this year and enjoyed
The Baron’s Honourable Daughter by Lynn Morris
Prelude for a Lord by Camille Elliott
What about you? What’s one of your favorite historical reads
or your favorite genre?
Thanks for reading and I’d love to connect with you! I write
over at Books and Beverages (booksandbeverages.org).