BBAW Interview Swap: Marla at Starting the Next Chapter

Hey y’all! My interview partner is Marla, who has an awesome blog called Starting the Next Chapter. I’m so glad we got a chance to get to know each other, because we definitely have a lot of book interests in common!

Marla is 28 and lives in Tennessee. She has a two year old daughter and still manages to go to school – working on a major in literature. So, check out the Q&A to learn a little more about her and then take a peek at her shelves…

1. Why did you start your blog? 

Ever since I was a kid, I have been known to have my nose in a book most of the time, no matter the occasion.  Precious few of my family and friends really got it, so I’ve never had many people to talk to about books.  My husband reads, as well, but he reads drastically different books than I do, so I’m still on my own unless my best friend is available to chat.  We both  hen I answered a simple Goodreads poll.  The question was along the lines of, “Do you have a book blog?”  From that point, I started looking at the different blogs out there and thought, “Why don’t I have a book blog?”  I had been blogging in other capacities since 2003 or so, but it just never occurred to me to start a blog about books.  I decided to go for it and the rest is history.  I started my blog in February 2011 and am now approaching my 7 month blogoversary.
2. What is the most beloved book on your shelves?

I think “books” would be the better term in my case!  My first ever “I will never part with this book” book was The Illustrated Jane Eyre.  It has some great illustrations that really play up the overall atmosphere of the book and add to the experience of reading it.  Jane Eyre is one of my favorite novels ever written and I love the addition of the drawings in this particular edition. Second, I have amassed quite the collection of signed books.  Some I’ve won, some I attended signings to get, and one I even bought by accident in the clearance section of my local bookstore.  There are some awesome authors there: Julie Kagawa, Maggie Stiefvater, Amy Plum, Rachel Hawkins, Myra McEntire, Cassandra Clare, and Tara Hudson.  I’ll be adding to the collection when I attend the Southern Festival of Books next month.  It’s just a very cool thing to look up at my shelves and think about all of the great books I’ve gotten to read, as well as knowing that some of them have been in the hands of the person who actually wrote them.

3. What are your “guilty pleasure” reads?

My most guilty pleasure would definitely be what Rachel Hawkins referred to as “bodice-rippers” at the Ash2Nash signing.  You know what I’m talking about: those novels with embracing couples on the front that are full of steamy love scenes and that whole boy-meets-girl-girl-despises-boy-boy-annoyed-by-girl-boy-and-girl-fall-for-each-other-and-can’t-keep-their-hands-off-each-other types of books.  I actually have a few Johanna Lindsey novels on my shelf that I go to when I’m in a rut and need something I don’t have to think about too much.

4. How are your books organized?
I have a somewhat odd system.  My top 3 shelves are dedicated to my YA library and are arranged by publisher.  Then, because I am just compelled to do so, hardcover books come before paperback books, with the exception of series for which I have both (yes, I know, it’s a bit neurotic).  Then come the adult paranormal romances (mostly P.C. Cast), fantasy, and horror.  Then I have a shelf dedicated to Nora Roberts.  I have nothing on the bottom shelf of that particular bookcase at the moment, but do have things on my second bookcase.  On that, I have ARCs to read and review, classics, finished ARCs, and middle grade novels.  That’s about it.
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