Romancing the Blog: Reviews by Molly

Today we are pleased to welcome one of our staff reviewers, who happens to have her own blog — Molly!  I’ve enjoyed getting to know her through her work at RtB and can’t wait for y’all to meet her and learn about Reviews by Molly.

Jen: How did you get into blogging?
Molly: Well, it started out with a simple Amazon review of a Linda Lael Miller book I read back in 2009. I did a little internet surfing and saw some really interesting blogs out there that were dedicated to book reviews. I hunted a little deeper and found that Blogger.com offered free blogs, so I started my blog out. Back then, however, the name was Book Reviews By Buuklvr81. Crazy name I know. Then after it was established for a year, I changed the name to Book Reviews By Molly. In March 2011 I purchased my own domain and shortened it to Reviews By Molly. 🙂

Jen: What makes your blog unique in a large sea of book blogs?
Molly: Hmmm….that’s difficult because each and every book blog is unique, in that the owner has gives it their own special touch. Mine would have to be that I offer a wide variety of books on one sole book blog, I suppose. Their are folks out there who offer 2, 3 and 4 different book blogs, all dedicated to a single type of book. I could do that, but I would find it very difficult to keep up with, so I have different pages where I list certain books, like I have a page for my Christian Reviews, and one for Young Adult Reviews, and then one for Erotic Romance Reviews. That way, the folks that enjoy just those specific types of books can jump right to them without hunting and running across the books they may not want to see. I do read suspense books and horror as well, so I may get pages dedicated to them in the future, but for now, that’s how I separate them. But, again, there are other book blogs out there that do those types of things, but it’s all about the ownership and whose behind the scenes, that makes the blog unique 🙂

Jen: What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a part of the blogging community?
Molly: Making new friends and learning about all the different types of books out there. Plus, getting a note or email from an author saying they appreciate the help in spreading the word, always makes for a brighter day in the long run. Knowing that you have a hand in helping the author become a success is always gratifying!

Jen: What’s been the highlight of your blogging experience?
Molly: Growing in my friendships with authors and other bloggers, for sure. Someday, I would love to meet them all!

Jen: If you had to recommend one book to our readers, what would it be and why?
Molly: Do I have to pick just one? Well, I would have to say that The James Miracle by Jason F. Wright is my all time favorite. It’s a wonderfully moving book and one that the author wrote for his wife. It was gripping, moving and absolutely breath taking. I had it finished in less than one day. It makes you laugh, cry and want to cry out in turmoil, but in the end, it leaves you feeling whole and loved.

Jen: Do you have any news about your blog that you’d like to share with us?
Molly: No, none at the moment. Though that could change by tomorrow. I’m always doing new things and trying stuff to improve my blog that will appeal to my followers (I’m always open to suggestions!).

Jen: Will you tell us a little more about the people behind the blog?
Molly: I’m just me :). I grew up as a military brat until my dad retired in ’91 when I was 12. We moved a few more times while he was looking for a job, then we finally settled in the Garner area of North Carolina. I’m a divorced, single mom of two amazing boys, Jakob (almost 10) and Jonah (8). They are my life and keep me on my toes, that’s for sure! I love the colors purple and black, though I tend to lean towards pinks and teals a lot, too. Butterflies and wolves are my passion. I totally addicted to Twix candy bars, Sweet Tea and Mountain Dew. Totally addicted to Flashpoint and Psych on ION Television. Dude, those shows are amazing! One is so serious you might cry, while the other can be so hilarious you’ll pee your pants! If you’ve never watched them, you must make it a priority! They rock. Finally, where ever you see me, you can bet your bucks that I’ll have my Kindle or a book in hand or in my purse :).

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Molly: What are some of your favorite books? Do you prefer print copies of them or eCopies? If you stop by my blog, is there anything that you love, hate or want to see added to it?

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Molly has graciously offered up two prizes for our readers. To enter you must leave a comment answering her question(s) and follow both of our blogs via Linky Followers. Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. And after you’ve entered her contest, continue to the second form, because your comment will count again for the event long contest.

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39 thoughts on “Romancing the Blog: Reviews by Molly

  1. Maria D. says:

    Great interview! I do visit Reviews by Molly pretty faithfully and I really can’t think of anything that Molly would need to add to the blog – I pretty much like it the way it is – it’s very user friendly which is really a huge plus!

    As far as books – I don’t really have a preference for ebook or print – I read both thought lately I am leaning a little more towards ebooks because of storage space issues…lol

    I am really loving this “Romancing the Blog” segment that has been going on all week – I’m getting to know more about blogs I’m either already visiting or have never visited. Great idea:)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Jeanne Miro says:

    Hi Molly –

    Just to let you know the “website” link wouldn’t take me to your blog but I just clicked on your Facebook page (Liked you while I was there) and went to one of your posts there and got to your blog! It was worth the trip! Love your site!
    As far as my “favorite books” it depends on my mood at the time! I read just about any genre but if you asked my “favorite” I guess I’ve have to say historical romance. One of the reasons for that is my husband reads historical fiction and history books and I’ve got him conned into thinking that I’m doing research to help him! After 42 years of marriage you learn to become creative!

    I PREFER print copies of of books because I love holding a “real” book in my hands, turning the corner of my favorite pages and re-reading my favorite passages. On the other hand since they closed our local bookstore (Waldenbooks/part of the Border chain) I’ve learned to love and appreciate my Kindle! It really is great to be able to pre-order a story and have it “magically” appear the day it’s released! I also love the convenience and ease of having plenty to read whether it’s waiting in lines at the grocery store or a docter’s office an also for when I travel. Now I don’t have to pay the airlines for an extra suitcase for my books when I go on vacation! With the advantages of both I’ve decided the best of both worlds is to HAVE both of each world!

    Thanks for the giveaway and thank to Romancing The Book for “introducing” me to you! See you soon on your blog – I signed up for emails to keep in touch!

    • Jen @ RtB says:

      The broken link was my fault… darn typo. I believe it’s fixed now. Thanks for pointing it out!

    • Hiya Jeanne!

      Thanks for following the blog event. Super glad you made it to my blog:-). I hope you enjoy. I’m always excited to gain new followers:-).

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who reads in line at that store.
      I really enjoy historical fiction too! What a great way to be able to read ;-).

  3. I think your blog is great!! I loved The Hunger Games Trilogy. I also like to try new authors! I love print books but the last couple of weeks I have read about 15 books on my kindle so I am starting to like reading on it. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  4. Maureen says:

    I like the variety of reviews from Molly’s blog. It’s nice that you can easily look up the reviews that interest you. Some of my favorite books include Dream Man by Linda Howard and Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas.

  5. Jen B. says:

    My favorite books are many and varied. The top of the pile is Jacqueline Carey – everything she write – but specifially Kushiel’s Dart. Just plain WOW! I also love Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, White Heat by M.J. McGrath, Flirting with Forty by Jane Porter, the Mercy series by Lori Armstrong, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, anything from Lisa Kleypas….an so many more.

  6. June says:

    Some of my favorite books are PNR series (including the Demonica & Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione, the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands, the Love at Stakes series by Kerrelyn Sparks, and a new to me is the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian). I also really love some BDSM series including those by Cherise Sinclair and Kallypso Masters.

    As for print vs eBooks? I love the convenience of ebooks but there are some books that I have already started collecting the print books that I really have to have print versions.

  7. Mary Preston says:

    I find I am reading a wider variety of books these days, so have many favorites. I still prefer tree books over e-books. It’s part of the reading experience for me.

  8. Margay says:

    I really enjoyed Abandon by Meg Cabot, which I just finished, and According to Jane by Marilyn Brant, which I think is her best book so far.

  9. Amy Medeiros says:

    I have too many favorite books to pick just a few, but i do prefer an actual print book to a ebook. I like holding a book and being able to place it on my bookself with all the others 🙂

  10. Crystal Newman says:

    Great interview Molly. I used to be all about books and could never see getting ebooks. I loved going to libraries and book stores to look at books and get a hot chocolate and just sit down and read a book. Since I have four kids I have found out that my books take up a lot of room and that’s not something that I have much of.

    I’ve come to realize that I love ebooks. I have a kindle fire so I can go to bed and not bother my husband and read because I don’t have to have the light on. Also love having all my books on hand. Sometimes though there is nothing like holding a book.

    • Crystal,

      You are so right with the Kindle 🙂 I love having all my books at my convenience no matter where I’m at. 🙂

      When I have my print books in hand though, I find myself sniffing them….*shhhhh* that’s top secret 😉

  11. Lovely interview!! I am a HUGE lover of Judith McNaught and JD Robb books! Paradise, Whitney, My Love, Until You, A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught.

    I LOVE real print books! Since my eyes can’t take staring at a screen for too long, eBooks are out of the question for me for now.

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  12. JOYE says:

    I like print books-I just have to open a new book, smell it, and hold it in my hot hands.
    I have a lot of favorites so just picking out one by Sandra Brown-Mirror Image.

  13. I prefer a paperback copy over an ebook, but I have no problem at all with digital books =)
    Thank you for the giveaway, Molly!

  14. Molly, I’ve followed your blog for a while now and adore everything about it! The quality (and content!) of your reviews, the design, your style.. 🙂

    Oh and I prefer print copies, mainly because I don’t have an eReader, but also because reading from a screen isn’t easy on the eyes.

    Loved the interview!

    • Thanks, Stephanie!!! I am so glad that you like my blog…it’s my third baby and I truly want it to be all it can be 🙂 Glad you liked the interview…I’m always nervous with what I write, wondering if someone will like it or not like it. But, it seemed to be okay! Thanks again 🙂

  15. Marlene Breakfield says:

    My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. I prefer print books for keeper copies.

  16. Lynn K says:

    Great interview! I like both, both print and ebooks. It’s very convenient to load the ebooks into my iPhone/iPad but nothing beats the feel of an actual book!

    I’ll add The James Miracle to my list, it sounds good!
    Thanks for the recommendation and giveaway!

  17. I have too many favorite books to answer that question – some of the more recent favs are Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Obsidian. I think your blog is great! Have been a follower for a while now. Like the color scheme and cute little buttons. It’s a bit busy for my taste, but I know there’s a lot to pack in there! Thanks for the giveaway!

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