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Monday Meet up - Lainy Swanson

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I'm interviewing blogger Lainy Swanson today. Lainy blogs at http://www.alwaysreading.net/ which won the Top 100 Book Blog Award. Congratulations, Lainy.



Thank you for agreeing to guest on my blog, Lainy.Grab a cuppa and take a seat. :)



 Hi Karen, thanks so much for asking me to take part. 

Can you tell us a bit  about yourself, Lainy? Why you blog, what inspired your love of books, what sort of books you like reading.

I am a Scottish bookworm, I have been reading since I was a kid, I started with Stephen King.  I know, not what you would allowed or expect a child to be reading but it hooked me way back then and I have never looked back.  My friends mum took us to the library, I had never been and just loved everything about it, it was quiet, warm, inviting, surrounded by all of these beautiful books and friendly people.

My blog began because I kept buying books I had already read and hadn’t realised, so I made my blog to keep track, really it was just for me.  My reviews aren’t highbrow at all and often I feel very amateur compared to some of my amazing friends blogs. 

I started off with horror and only read horror until I was a pre-teen, then I moved onto Mills and Boons, when back to horror and since joining many book clubs I have now branched into every genre.  I will try any kind of book at least once. 

You sound like an eclectic reader. What is your favourite book of all time?

Oh I always find this such a tough tough question to answer.  I love The Green Mile by Stephen King for so many reasons, the book that has stayed with me the longest has to be A Time To Kill by John Grisham and the book I have bought, gave out the most and one of my all time favourites has to be Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

How many books, on average, do you read a month?

It depends on the month, sometimes as few as 10 and sometimes as many as 15.

Have you ever sat up all night because you were desperate to finish reading a book? If yes, what book was it?

Oh absolutely, more often than not to be honest, doesn’t everyone?

Do you ever cheat and skip to the end of a book?

Good Lord no, why on earth would you.  You know, I only heard of someone doing this for the first time last month in an online book club, I was horrified.

What sort of plots do you dislike reading?

I hate where animals die or are killed.  I am not a huge fan of historical fiction however I have read a few in the last two years and really liked them.  I also hate being left with loads of questions or where the author lets you decided the end!

What sort of things would you like to see in a novel?

I like everything tied up to be honest, I like seeing strong characters and women not fawning all over a man.  I do enjoy romance so I guess I like a bit of everything and it always depends on your mood too.

What is the most unusual place you’ve ever read a book?

Hmm that is a good question, I always have my book with me so I have read just about everywhere.  On the way home, walking.  Waiting in queues, not too sure to be honest, I have been approached in the middle of the street when I was reading outside a pub waiting on my o/h :D

What author would you most like to have a cup of coffee with? Why?

They always say you should never meet your idol and I would hate to wreck my image of him however it has to be Master Stephen King, he is the reason I am hooked on reading and to be honest he has a brilliant mind!

Do you have any other hobbies?

I like taking photographs of just about everything and posting the majority of them on Instagram, it is linked to my blog so tons are of books.  I also like collecting bookmarks, my favs are between magnetic and bookbandz.

Do you write? If so, what sort of things do you write. If not, would you like to be an author?

Not really, I wrote poetry as a kid and I started a few short stories pre-teen but nothing as an adult, excluding academic work for courses.  I do love books and think I would enjoy writing one however I have over 5 bookcases and books lying around the house, my hands are full. 

 You can find out more about Lainy here:

Blog link http://www.alwaysreading.net

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/smbslt/?fref=ts

Twitter - @smbslt


Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, Lainy!


Bring a little sunshine into your life!  Sassy, feel good romance by Karen King. Just right to cosy up with. Published by Accent Press





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  1. Jane Risdon

    Fab blog and so interesting. Fab interview too Thanks. x

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  2. Lainy SMBSLT

    Lovely, thanks for having me. Sharing the link just now :D Lainy http;//www.alwaysreading.net

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