Today, I am hosting one of my favorite book reviewers, Melanie with Christian Bookshelf Reviews. Melanie loves to share her views on the books she reads. But her blog is devoted to so much more than just giving her opinion. She makes being an author and being a reader fun! She brings two worlds together. Join me for a peek into the mind of a book reviewer.
As an added bonus, if you leave a comment below with your email address, you could win an eBook of my first novel, To Dance Once More!
Thanks, Melanie, for joining us today!
You’re welcome! Thanks for having me on your blog, Sherri! 🙂
You obviously enjoy reading good books. What made you turn this love into a book review blog?
I do enjoy reading! Many things led to my starting my book blog, including the fact that I like to read and (I admit) hoped to get books to review someday. It has turned out to be so much more than I had anticipated! I’ve found a lot of great books from new-to-me authors (including you) that I might not have heard of had it not been for my blog. 🙂
How did you get started doing it?
Well, first came the name – I wanted to choose something I’d like long-term – and I decided on “Christian Bookshelf Reviews”.
Writing book reviews was difficult at first; my first reviews were really short and even though I ended up rewriting most (if not all) of them, they still weren’t that good. With time, though, I’ve seen my writing grow and hope my reviews are helpful. There is still a lot of room for improvement, and I (at times) deal with writer’s block.
Your reviews are very helpful! What is your favorite part about it?
Oh! There are so many things I love about blogging, but I think my favorite part is the readers and commenters. The fact that people actually take the time to read my blog still shocks me sometimes and it is so nice when they leave a comment!
Another one of my favorite things is getting to know authors better. I was even able to interview a few of my favorite authors! That was so exciting! 🙂
And, of course, there is the added bonus of getting complimentary books to review. I love that! 🙂
I have had the pleasure of interviewing some of my favoriite authors on my blog, as well, and it is such a thrill! Do you have a favorite genre and what is your least favorite?
I’m eclectic in the genres I read (as long as the book is clean), but my favorite is suspense/thriller – I love a good suspenseful page-turner!
My least favorite genre would probably be contemporary.
Well, I’m going to have to force you to read Song of the Meadowlark when it comes out then because it’s contemporary. But it does have mystery in it so hopefully you’ll like it. You do author interviews and giveaways in addition to reviews. You play a big part in helping authors spread the word about their books. You also share Jesus with people through your sweet heart and fun personality. Do you consider your blog as a ministry? If so, in what way?
Awww, that is so nice of you to say. I do consider my blog a ministry in a couple ways. I hope that by things I say/do people who aren’t believers will see their need for salvation and how that is only possible in Jesus Christ. In my bio, on my blog, I have a summary of my beliefs, but I’m thinking about making a page that states what I believe as well.
Another one of my goals is to help readers find good, clean books. While I, personally, don’t mind a little violence in books, I don’t like it when they have curse words, use God’s Name irreverently, or sleazy scenes (to name a few things). So I hope in sharing my thoughts on books, I will help fellow readers.
Amen, sista! What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?
Besides what I mentioned already, I hope to introduce readers to books and authors they might not have heard of before.
Do you have anything else you’d like to say to readers and also to authors about the world of Christian fiction?
I hope authors of Christian fiction novels will keep their books clean. I read recently about how Christian fiction is becoming more edgier and that curse words are showing up more. That disappoints me because if I wanted to read an edgier book, I’d read mainstream and I just think Christian fiction books should be set apart from non-Christian books.
And for readers of my blog, I thank you! It means a lot that you visit… it would be awfully lonely without your comments. J
Thanks again for interviewing me, Sherri! It has been really fun!
Thanks again for sharing with us,, Melanie! Keep up the good work!
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Where you can find me:
My book blog: http://christianbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com/
My other blog: http://lovebeingvegan.blogspot.com/