If you’ve been reading the latest installments of the RESIST! series you’ve gotten to read some of the great writing from the Lois Reads Books blog. I’m so excited to have been able to share some of their work with you all. Their posts on 1984 by George Orwell have been fascinating. In particular, because recent events in politics both in the US and in the UK has brought the story into the spotlight again. For good or for ill, we all can see how relevant this book is in today’s world. Thank you Lois & David for shining a light on these issues.
Lois & David are some really great book bloggers that I’ve been able to get to know a little better in recent months and I wanted to share them with you through an interview. I hope you enjoy … please visit their blog then friend, favorite, like, or all of the above, them.
Guest Bloggers – Lois & David
- Please introduce yourselves.
We are David and Lois, we run Loisreadsbooks which began in August in 2016. We both enjoy reading very much and this blog gives us a platform to share our thoughts with others about the books we have read.
- How did you first get the idea to start blogging?
Lois first got the idea to start blogging after she watched a few booktubers. Lois wanted to do something similar but that didn’t require her to speak on camera and this is when she discovered book blogging. Soon after she set up her own blog.
David joined in January of 2017 after being intrigued by what Lois was doing and finally, persuaded by Lois herself.
- What is the first book you remember reading that made an impact on you?
Lois – Matilda by Roald Dahl. This is because I was inspired by how much Matilda herself read and she was somewhat of a role model for me.
David – Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel. Although this was far from being one of the first books I read, this book always had a big impact on me. As a young child, the deep and rich world captured my imagination along with the brilliant illustrations which brought it to life. I also have very fond memories of reading this book with my mother which is why it always has an emotional impact on me too.
- Can you both give me your top favorite books (I know one is hard, so how about 3-5 faves?)
Lois – On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven.
David – 1984 by George Orwell (no surprise there!) and The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien. I would have to say that these two are my favourite. There are many other great books that I have read such as the Bartimaeus chronicles and The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar but not that I would consider favourites as I am very picky.
- What has been your favorite IRL book-ish experience?
David – When I was younger my mother took me to meet Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel and also Darren Shan, who were some of my favourite authors.
Lois – Believe it or not I have never actually met an author in real life, however next week I am going to meet Angie Thomas the author of The Hate U Give and I’m really excited for it.
- I know you are both students, what are you studying at University?
Lois – I was studying Media Production but I have decided to leave university and find a job in the Media industry instead. University wasn’t for me.
David – I am studying a bachelor of science (BSc) degree in Animal behaviour and Welfare which I am really enjoying.
- What has been your favorite thing about book blogging?
Lois– For me it would have to be the community. I have spoken to some nice people who I otherwise wouldn’t have and I just find it really friendly and supportive.
David – For me it would have to be a combination of the community of intelligent thoughtful people (a rarity in today’s world!). I also enjoy being able to use my writing skills for recreational use, not just exams for a change.
- What do you dislike most about book blogging?
Lois – I struggle to find something I don’t enjoy but if I had to pick something it would be ever having to let someone down because something comes up which means I can’t get a post out.
David – For me I sometimes find that I feel guilty for not posting as I feel like I let Lois down. Especially recently as I have been back at Uni and not felt like reading. However, as I have nearly finished I am hoping I will start feeling the desire to read again.
- If you could meet any author living or dead who would it be?
Lois – Roald Dahl as he was the author of my childhood and I would like to ask where he got his whacky ideas from.
David – I think I would probably like to meet George Orwell as he was a man who lived an incredibly rich life and experienced a lot. I think he would be very interesting to talk to.
- Which book character do you feel is most like you?
Lois – Matilda because she enjoys reading and was cheeky in school.
David – At risk of sounding vain, I would say possibly Winton Smith from 1984. That is not to say I think I have a huge amount in common but I do relate strongly to him and his struggle to understand why the world is as it is and why society is as it is.
Thank you guys so much for being so generous with your content and letting me make your posts a part of the RESIST! series. People have really been responding favorably to the posts and it’s exciting!
I’m hoping to include more great book reviews, interviews and guest posts from other bloggers soon. Please stay tuned! Click the RESIST! menu button above to find the listing of available articles. Let me know your thoughts!