Saturday, August 16, 2014

Utah Book Month Blogger Interview: Penelope

You might not know it around my blog, but August is Utah Book Month! And today I get to feature the awesome Penelope from The Reading Fever. Come learn more about her!

What are some of your favorite genres to read?
My favorite genre is fantasy--any and all fantasy. Urban fantasy is fun for me, but so is high fantasy. I just love escaping, and pretending there are entire worlds out there we don't even know about. And when fantasy doesn't do it for me, I like to escape into the past, with historical fiction.
What's your favorite book(s) in that genre? Outside of it?
My favorite fantasy books are: The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson (or literally ANY of his books), and the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. Outside of the fantasy genre, I love Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory, and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.
What is your favorite book-to-movie adaption? Are there any coming out soon that you're looking forward to?
My favorite book-to-movie adaptation has to be The Lord of the Rings. I don't think I have ever come across another adaptation where I felt the book was so fully brought to life. So much so, that some days--but not always--I think it is better than the book. *gasp!* Except for the few things that never happened in the books...but that's a story for another day. I just think it was something fans had been waiting for for a long time, and it delivered on every level. As for one I am looking forward to: I am absolutely looking forward to Mockingjay, which comes out in November! I love The Hunger Games, and have loved the movies, as well. I'm excited for Katniss to accept her role as the Mockingjay.
What books are you looking forward to reading during Utah Book Month?
This month I plan to read Bree Despain's The Dark Divine series. It has been on my to-read list for a long time, and for some reason I haven't gotten around to it. I also have The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson sitting on my side table, waiting to be read, and The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen coming in the mail. Add a few books by Utah authors that are available on Kindle Unlimited, and this month's reading is going to be great!
What do you like to do when you're not doing bookish things?
When I'm not doing bookish things, I'm either working, teaching, or learning. I work at drug & alcohol rehabilitation center for teens, where I get to learn exactly how long it's been since I knew what was hip, and cool. ;) It's a fun job though, and I love working with teenagers. When I'm home, I homeschool my son, so our days are filled with lessons, and field trips around the state. We like to learn out in the real world, so we're always going places. I also do photography, which is my ultimate dream job. I'm going back to school this fall, with the intent to pursue that path.
Ketchup, fry sauce, both, neither?
Fry sauce! Every time. In fact, my son participated in a culture swap with a family in Australia last year, and we made sure to include a bottle of fry sauce in the package. Because it is just that great.
You've taken a bit of a break from The Reading Fever. What have you been up to lately? Do you think you'll be back?
Oh, how I've missed blogging! I've been working a lot, and switched positions earlier this year, so I no longer had copious amounts of free time while at work. Now I've got to squeeze things in here and there, in between teaching and work, but I'm learning to manage my time better. I will definitely be back! In fact, planning posts for Utah Book Month is the boost I needed to get me back to blogging. I plan to continue after the month is over, so never fear! :)

Thanks to Penelope for answering my questions. Find her online:


  1. Kathy and Penelope! Great interview. I had no idea that Penelope's favorite genre was fantasy. I probably should have figured it out by now, but there is nothing like a good interview to bring insight to someone I already "know." And yay for the return to blogging!

  2. Yay! I'm glad that Penelope is coming back. I've missed her!

  3. I've missed Penelope! Awesome interview!

  4. Thanks so much for interviewing me, Kathy! I have definitely missed the blogging world!

  5. We missed you too Penelope!!! Fry sauce for the win! I loved that question, so random! We all need to go see Mockingjay together!