Romancing the Blog: Once Upon a Book

Hey y’all! My name is Angieleigh, and most of you know me already as I’m a staff reviewer here at Romancing the Book, but I also have my own review blog, Once Upon A Book, where I review books along with several of my friends.

A short bio: I have lived in Upstate New York nearly all of my life except for a brief stint in California where I met the love of my life. We have been married for a little over sixteen years and have two teenage boys. Our oldest is Autistic and Bipolar.

Jen: How did you get into blogging?

Angieleigh: I was invited ten years ago to join Livejournal, where I have been blogging for about ten years under various usernames. Writing has always been a passion of mine, but it wasn’t until nearly a year ago that I decided to take my former graphic design site and turn it into a book review blog. Reading is my second passion, and I’m forever recommending books to my friends; having my own review blog just seemed to make sense.

Jen: What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a part of the blogging community?

Angieleigh: First and foremost, it’s the people that I have met. I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated at first to introduce myself into a community as close-knit as the blogging community is, but I’ve been accepted by everyone I’ve talked to. I have made quite a few friends who share the same intense love of reading that I do.

Jen: What’s been the highlight of your blogging experience?

Angieleigh: The authors. Oh my goodness, I have met so many wonderful authors. While the rest of my friends were mooning over the latest teenage heartthrob, I was dreaming of meeting authors such as Danielle Steel, Lurlene McDaniels, Francine Pascal, and Ann M. Martin!

In the last few months I have become friendly with several authors whose books have changed my life for the better. Whether it be the way a wife treats her husband or a conversation topic that I found interesting, I have fallen in love with so many characters!

Jen: If you had to recommend one book to our readers, what would it be and why?

Angieleigh: Er, just one? Really, Jen?! Yikes, this is a hard question to answer!

I guess I’d have to say The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux. A woman I used to be friends with sent me her copy about – wow, ten years ago! It had just come out and she thought I might like it. At that point I wasn’t really reading a whole lot and had two young sons to take care of, but I decided to give it a read anyway. That book made me fall in love with reading again. Really, to be honest, anything Ms. Deveraux writes causes me to fall in love with reading all over again, but The Summerhouse really opened my eyes as far as genres go. I have reread it several times and I swear I learn something new EVERY TIME. I used to scoff at time-travel romance novels, but after reading The Summerhouse, I changed my mind and eagerly anticipated it’s sequel a few years ago.

Thank you so much, Jen, for the opportunity to share my love of reading with everyone beyond the reviews I write, and thank you, readers, for giving all of us bloggers a reason to keep posting up our reviews.

You can find me at @Angieleigh on Twitter, Once Upon A Book is my blog’s Facebook page, Angie Eads is my personal Facebook where I’m known to flood timelines with all the games I play, and is the link to Once Upon A Book. I’d like to also thank Jessa, Falon, and Krystal, three of my closest girlfriends, who not only write their own reviews alongside me, but have encouraged me every step of the way.

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7 thoughts on “Romancing the Blog: Once Upon a Book

  1. Jen B. says:

    I love meeting the authors, too. I am not a blogger but I have attended a couple of conferences . It is so nice to be able to put a face, a voice and a personality with the writing when I read. Congrats on being a blogger for 10 years. That’s great! jepebATverizonDOTnet

  2. Robin says:

    As a new author, I also, have enjoyed the expericence that comes with reviewing, meeting and getting the chance to read ARC books.
    Some of my favorite authors have given me the inspiration to try my hand at writng, you never know until you try. Just by submitting a few things I am now published and on my way.
    I love getting the chance to do something that I have always loved on a broader scale now. I get to read, review and write and I really am having ‘the time of my life’. I just had to be paitent and wait.
    I have started a blog and hope here in the next month to get it up and running.
    Great Job! Angie.

  3. Barbara Elness says:

    I enjoyed the post and I’m definitely going to check out Once Upon a Book. I think it’s so interesting to read about how a blogger got started reading, as well as blogging. I know it takes a lot of time to keep up a blog and I admire anyone who dedicates that much time and effort into it.

  4. JoAnne says:

    Great interview and interesting questions.
    It’s great you get to meet authors you like to read.
    Since reviewing and facebook it has been wonderful to connect with authors I like and get to know them a little.
    Haven’t read The Summerhouse – will have to add it to my TBR pile.

  5. Crystal Newman says:

    Thanks Angie for telling us how you started blogging. I’m trying to get into it but haven’t got the hang of it yet. There is a lot of author’s that I would love to meet. I probably wouldn’t say much because I’m pretty shy. I also always wanted to be an author but just didn’t have the imagination to do it.

  6. Maureen says:

    I hadn’t read an adult book for years when my kids were little but one day in the library with my kids I picked up a book by Lavryle Spencer and have always had a book with me since.

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