Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
I recently had one of my most fun blog-inspired experiences, attending the Rochester Teen Book Festival and getting to meet many of the authors whose YA books are getting rave reviews from bloggers. It was amazing! I loved meeting the authors, the other book lovers, and the adorable small children already in love with reading. However, I was surprised that I was so excited about meeting authors when I generally don’t get excited about online interviews. So today I’m pondering why that might be and wondering which author interactions you find most meaningful.
Personally, I like reading author interviews at the back of books more than I like reading them online. And I like meeting authors even better, especially if I get to hear them speak about the beliefs or interests that influenced their writing. I think there are two things that shape these preferences: immediacy and a feeling of personal contact. If I’m reading an author interview, odds are good that I haven’t read that author’s book and if I have, it wasn’t that day. An end of book interview however, is immediate feedback and feels somewhat personal since it address a book I just experienced. Although I’m not likely to meet an author as immediately, the personal contact is bumped up enough to make this even more fun. I feel like I can appreciate a book more after I’ve met the author and it somehow enriches the experience of reading for me. I might have to muse more about why later . In the meantime, I’d love to hear what kind of author contact is your favorite and why 🙂