Monday, October 29, 2012

Interview With New Literary Maiden Blogger, Miss Bethany W.

Dear Readers,
As you all probably know, we have recently added a new book reviewer to our team! We decided to ask her a series of questions so that you can get to know her better and understand how she thinks as far as books are concerned. So here we go!

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The Literary Maiden- What's your full name?
Bethany- My full name is Bethany Ann W. My Mom and I share the middle name Ann. :)

The Literary Maiden- What was the first book that you ever read?
Bethany- Hmmm...well to be honest I don't remember! :P But I do remember learning to read. I have been homeschooled all my school-age life, so my Mom taught me to read using the book Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons. {And you know, now I'm using the same book my Mom used, to help teach my soon to be 5 year old little brother to read! But, since we've used the same book to teach all my parents 6 kids to read, we have resorted to duck tape to ensure it from falling apart. :)}I vivdly remember not liking it or even having a desire to learn to read. But once I did get interested in it, and started to read books on my own, I was crazy about books. Get me in a library, and their was no stopping me. Now, I'm a total book-nerd and I jokingly tell my friends that theirs no hope for me in my book-craziness. :)

The Literary Maiden- What is your favorite book?
Bethany- Tough question! I once heard this quote that said "Having to choose a favorite book is like asking a mother which child is her favorite." :) I've got many favoriote books, but some of my top favs include The Holy Bible {My family reads the New Internation Version}, The Life of Faith Series by Martha Finley, The River of Time Series by Lisa Bergren, Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss, The Kincaid Brides Series by Mary Connealy, The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund, The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden, and countless of other books.

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The Literary Maiden- What is your favorite book genre? 
Bethany- Easy, anything Christian fiction. :) But more specifically, Amish fiction, fantasy, contemporary, and I also enjoy Christian memoirs.

The Literary Maiden- Favorite Author?
Bethany-  Some of favs are Lisa Bergren, Jody Hedlund, and Elizabeth Prentiss, and Mary Connealy, though I have lots.

The Literary Maiden- What was the last book that you finished reading?
Bethany- The last book I read was The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden {I LOVED it!} and I'm currently reading Tributary by Lisa T. Bergren, which I'm also loving.

The Literary Maiden-  Explain how you rate books. Here at "The Literary Maidens" we use the five star system, how would you describe your use of one, two, three, four, and five stars and what they mean?
Bethany- 5 stars= Amazing book, one of my absolute favs, would totally recommend it. 4 stars= Really good read, really enjoyed it. 3 stars= Nice one time read, enjoyed it. 2 stars= Didn't really like this book. 1 star= Hated it and recommend you stay far away from it.
Miss Bethany

The Literary Maiden- How many books do you usually read a week?

Bethany- It depends on the length of the book/s, how interesting it is, and the amount of extra time I have. :) But usually on average 2-4.

The Literary Maiden- We understand that you contribute to a few other blogs, how long have you been blogging?
Bethany- I have been blogging for a couple years now and have had several blogs. The ones I am still blogging on are of Reflection of Grace, which is a ministry blog I do with a friend who lives in California were we encourage ladies in their walk with Christ and Giveaways of Blessing where I host product reviews and giveaways regularly. Feel free to check them out!

The Literary Maiden- Is there anything that you would like to share about yourself?
Bethany- I will be 16 on November 17th, 2012 and live with my wonderful parents, five younger siblings, and two spunky dogs in East Texas. I've been homeschooled my whole life and love it! I've known Madi, the main Literary Maiden, since I was three, and we have always been good friends and fellow book-nerds. :) I enjoy reading {You probably had no idea :)}, letter writing, hanging out with friends, car rides, cooking, crafting, computer stuff, and photography. I am a follower of Jesus Christ and love Him so much, I am not worhty of His love, yet He proceeds to abundantly bless me in more ways than I can imagine. If you are interested in visiting me on the Web, then check out my Good Reads, Twitter, and Pinterest pages! I hope and pray that my book reviews posted here on The Literary Maiden would be helpful to you ladies, I've experienced the blessing of hearing what other ladies have to say about certain books before they read them and hope that I can pass that on to you readers!  Have a blessed day! Bethany 

We hope you will check in every so often to see reviews from Bethany and the rest of our team, have a wonderful day! ~The Literary Maidens

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Giveaway Winner

And the winner of "The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club" by Wanda E. Brunstetter is . . . Carol Wong! Congratulations! I have e-mailed you about shipping details. If we don't hear from you in seven days, the prize will go to another follower. Have a great day!

~The Literary Maidens