Let’s start with the questions:
It feels great! We’re honored to have gotten so far considering the tremendously talented bloggers who write cultural book blogs. It’s also nice to get involved with the blogging community and do fun posts for Book Blogger Appreciation Week.
Our blog is very niche in that we deal with literature about and from Hawaii and the Pacific, but we also read and review anything by local authors. So we end up with a bit everything from nonfiction to romance, but rarely get a chance to read the popular books or bestsellers… unless they take place in Hawaii. We’re also very active in the island community and cover literary events and participate in nonprofit fundraisers that support reading.
I started a blog for one of my grad school courses and tried to keep it going but wasn’t consistent with it. Hawaii Book Blog was the blog I really committed to.
Alex and I went to the same high school. We did a project together and have been friends and partners ever since. I started Hawaii Book Blog by myself and was so stressed trying to keep up with everything I wanted to do. I roped Alex into writing a review or two and eventually he was hooked!
I love meeting new people and discovering new books and authors. I love interacting with readers and writers–sharing opinions, discussing issues, talking about characters.
Well, outside of HBB I love fairytales/folktales and their re-tellings. I enjoy paranormal romances, steampunk, fantasy, Victorial lit., satire and the classics. I am also fairly active in a few fan-fic-doms.
Alex likes to read a lot of nonfiction–history, politics, sports. He’ll also read the classics and hard sci-fi.
Our blog doesn’t focus on any genre at all… which is why it’s sometimes hard for us to make book blogging friends. We’re a little bit of everything and don’t fit into the same categories as other book blogs like “YA” or “Romance” and “Mystery/Thrillers”. We read and review any books by Hawaii authors, published in Hawaii, set in Hawaii, or about Hawaii and it’s history or people. Sounds limiting but it’s really not since there are a lot of great stories and characters associated with the Pacific.
Misty: Draco Malfoy, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Howard Roark, Marvin the Paranoid Android, Paddington Bear
Alex: Howard Roark, Sherlock Holmes, Pinnocchio, Sir Gareth, Winnie the Pooh