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BBAW: Interview

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Continuing in my unprepared state I do not have anyone to interview for today’s BBAW event, so I thought I would buck the trend. The following is meant to be taken in jest, and the set up is fictional.

Today I will be interviewing Bo Red of The Reluctant Book Blogger.

How did you get into book blogging?

I clicked the sign up link accidentally when I was browsing WordPress, well ok, not accidentally per se, there was this big orange button saying “sign up now” and it was staring at me. I had to press it.

Ok, so why books?

I love them, I think they’re great inventions. I got into reading when I was four years old. My mum used to put the biscuit tin on top of the cooker and I didn’t know how to reach it until one day it hit me – all those books Mum had on her shelves! With a bit of practice I came to be quite the expert at picking the right books to pile on top of each other as a leg up, and I learned to identify the letters so I’d find the ones I was looking for quicker. I’m well versed in which books make the best choices, and can still recommend you a good step or two. For example The Passage by Justin Cronin is a brilliant book, it’s thickness means you don’t have to gather so many others together and you can only get it in hardcover right now, which means extra padding. Shogun by James Clavell is even better, and if you can find a bind-up of The Lord Of The Rings you’re sorted!

Your reasons are quite, unique. What do you talk about on your blog?

Oh I do read the pages in a book. It’s important really, because sometimes you’ve one that is just that little bit too thick. I advise on which parts of the stories are bad so that readers know which pages they can cull from their volumes. I’m surprised to find that a lot of the people who first moaned at me for standing on books appreciate my knowledge of the tales, one reader recently thanked me for helping her get through Breaking Dawn in double-quick time. If I can be so bold as to promote myself, I’d like to invite all the bloggers I see who’ve read books they couldn’t finish to check out my blog.

How long do you foresee yourself blogging for?

I have to be true to myself, I’ve been blogging for a week, and I don’t like reading as a hobby. Quite frankly it bores the pants off me, and I can no longer really partake in experimenting with pile heights because I’m now 5 foot 11. People expect more of a book blogger, some ask me where my reviews are, and of course there are the disapproving questions about where I stand on literature. But it’s helped me to find my calling, which is what books are all about really. All my life books have been a means to an end and now I’ve reached that end.

I’m setting up a business in ladder design and have bought my own domain for a Typepad account.

This ends the interview, thank you, Bo Red!



September 14, 2010, 8:34 am

I love your selfconfessed unpreparedness and this interview was funny and original!

Charlie: Thanks, Iris!


September 14, 2010, 8:59 am

very cute.

Charlie: Thanks, Simcha!


September 14, 2010, 10:10 am

I love the reasons for starting a blog, I started my first personal blog for pretty much the same reasons.

I can’t find a link anywhere for the blog, sorry if I missed it.

Charlie: Hi Violet, the blog is fictional, though I did think of creating a site for it. I may decide to continue the idea at a later date.

Jackie (Farm Lane Books)

September 14, 2010, 11:30 am

LOL! I love it! So original and funny :-)

I’m impressed that Red managed to read so many books during only one week of blogging ;-)

Charlie: Thanks, Jackie! A week sounded better than saying a month so I thought I’d let the improbability of the situation go.

Sheila (Bookjourney)

September 14, 2010, 2:01 pm

AHHHH! That is awesome! :)

Charlie: Thanks, Sheila!


September 15, 2010, 12:20 am

I love it! Now if only someone really would set up a blog that told me which parts of a book I could skip… !

Charlie: Oo, ideas, ideas…!

Miz Tipsy

September 15, 2010, 12:39 am

Wonder what books Bo Red recommends makes the best bonfire.

Charlie: I think because he always required them as step ladders he’d probably say all books are useful!


September 15, 2010, 2:03 am

Well, I’m so glad I stumbled on over here to visit you after seeing your comment on my interview on Tony’s blog. (Lord that sentence was confusing!) I think Bo would just love Infinite Jest and A Suitable Boy … both would get you towering above the heads of others with just a few short steps.

And I myself kind of accidentally clicked on “Create Blog” while absentmindedly visiting a friend’s blog two years ago and have never managed to escape yet!

Charlie: Hi Jenners, that’s alright, the sentence made sense! I searched for those books, you’re right, they’d be perfect! I haven’t clicked create blog accidentally before but I’ve accidentally started the process to setting up social media accounts a few times!


September 15, 2010, 3:13 am

I love it! It did take me a while to realize that it wasn’t real though. :)

Charlie: Thanks, Alyce! I thought after I posted it that with a little more editing it would’ve made the perfect April Fool post.


September 15, 2010, 4:24 am

haha ofcourse, I think I skipped the first 2 lines and jumped directly to the questions. Love the idea. And here I was wondering how you came up with questions to ask someone who was just blogging for a week and someone who doesn’t like reading.

I am such a dud :)

Charlie: No worries, Violet! I actually had trouble coming up with the questions, I was trying to think what everyone else was asking their interview partners.


September 16, 2010, 10:32 pm

Such a fun idea!

Charlie: Thanks, Marg!



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