Also, if you’d like to read previous interviews, click on the Reader Interviews Part Deux tag at the bottom of this post.
Today’s interviewee is Katy Brand! (And she’s talking about a book that’s among my personal favorites, too!)
It is the story of a man named Jess who lives in a small community in the Ozarks and his developing relationship with a local widow. It’s hard for Jess to learn things and you see examples of this throughout the story, but he is also a man of common wisdom. The story revisits a community where other stories have been written, so you also get lots of side tales and old friends to meet again.
b) What do you love most about this story?
I love the realism of this story. Jess isn’t the brightest, but he has learned strategies and routines throughout his life and he uses them to make the most of his life. He sets out to win the girl, but goes up against men who have seemingly much more to offer. I love the fact that he’s not a superhero or mega-rich or a genius. He’s just an ordinary man with drawbacks and with strengths. The heroine is also someone trying to make her way in life. She is a mother and has realistic view on life. She and Jess’s relationship is a struggle that has you rooting for them the whole book. It’s hard to describe why I love this book so much. It just feels so pure and fun and wonderful to me. It makes me want to meet these people and visit this town.
c) How many times have you read this book?
Too many to count. At least once every couple of years since it was released. I still keep it in my nightstand drawer in case I want to pull it out and re-read it again.
d) Who would you recommend it to?
I recommend it to any and all!
e) Anything else you want to add?
Though this book is different from Nalini’s, I think that one of the things I like about both is the well developed characters. They have quirks and faults. They have idiosyncrasies. They also have a sense of community and justice.
Today is the second post in my new regular series- Blog of the Week. My first BOTW, for those of you who might have missed it, was the beautiful Katy’s brand-new blog Sparkle and Shine. I’ve known Katy since I was a nipper and it’s nice to be able to keep in touch via the internet as we don’t get to see each other as often as we wish in the real-life world (although I am actually seeing her today! Hurrah!).
The other side of this blogging m’lark is getting to discover (and befriend) people from all over the world with similar interests, different lives, beautiful babies, and unbelievable skills. Funny people, thoughtful people, clever people, and talented people. Thank you, internet for being so awesome.
My second BOTW is one of these very people. I have chosen Katie from Color Me Katie (I promise BOTW is not themed specifically to bloggers called Katie- that would be silly and also slightly neurotic).
|Katie- sleeping in a pile of craft stuff. We’ve all been there.|
When I first discovered Katie’s blog I spent an entire evening reading all of her previous posts. She is one of the most generous and inspiring bloggers I have ever found; capable of turning bits of coloured paper, or tiny rubber ducks, into things of beauty and delight. As you might have guessed from her blog title, she’s a big fan of colour (or “color”, as she is from across the pond), and confirmed to me there is no such thing as too much colour when it comes to decorating. Hence our explosion-in-the-Dulux-factory house.
|You can read more about these balloons here|
Her blog is the perfect rainbow-bright remedy for the current grey wintery weather here in the U.K. Katie also does a lot of very sweet, inexpensive things purely to make other people smile, such as hiding things in the street for them to find, or making unusual decorations from nature. I think it’s a really lovely idea, and I spotted a tree stump today that gave me a spark of inspiration. I’m hoping to do a bit of a sneak-attack on it myself in the summer.
|Just catching up on the food shopping…|
P.S. Cat fans- she has a very cute cat called Moo - who gets up to all sorts of adventures!