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  • Lesley Williams A Canadian who now lives in the southern United States, Lesley has been writing about books on her blog, A Life in Books, since January 2006. She also works at public library, where she gets to connect readers to books every day. Mark Thwaite: What first drew you to blogging Lesley? Lesley Williams: I'd wanted to keep a reading diary for ages so I could keep track of what I'd been reading and my thoughts on those books. I've lost count of how many times I've wondered if I've read a book or not, what a certain book was about, how long ago I read a given book, etc. At the same time, I had several people telling me I should start a blog, with my response invariably being that my life wasn't exciting enough to write about on a regular basis! However, the online format seemed a perfect means of keeping a reading diary, and thus A Life in Books was begun. MT: What do you most get out of it? LW: Besides the personal gain of being able to look back over time and see what I've read and my thoughts on those books, what I really enjoy is being able to connect with other readers. When I started my blog back at the beginning of 2006, I didn't even know "book blogs" existed. Since that time, I've come to realize how many like-minded folks are out there, fellow bibliophiles who also look to the Internet to talk books -- which has turned into one of my favorite things about being online. I have discovered authors and books I didn't know about, been turned onto genres and books I might otherwise have overlooked, and have had some really fantastic reading experiences thanks to other book bloggers. MT: What are your favorite blogs? LW: Wow, this is almost like asking a reader to name their favorite book - there are so many! I have the blogs I visit most frequently listed on my site, but some of my favorites are Bibliolatry, who I can always count on to make me laugh and think; Tripping Toward Lucidity, because she doesn't hold back on what she thinks about books or life; Bookfoolery and Babble, where I never leave without adding at least one book to my wish list; and A Guy's Moleskine Notebook, because we seem to share similar reading tastes and I enjoy reading his thoughts on books and reading. 9781905294770.jpg
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