Friday, August 19, 2011

Get to Know the Reviewer: Babs Hightower of BabsBookBistro

Today's Get to Know You guest is Barbara Hightower (aka Babs) of BabsBookBistro. Welcome, Babs!

JDP: Did your mother read to you as a child?

Babs: Yes, she did, my mom has always been reading as far back as I can remember. The funny part, I did not like to read until high school.  Now, I can’t live with out my books.

JDP: Do you remember a favorite book from your childhood?

Babs: Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.

JDP: Name a favorite author as an adult.

Babs: Even though she has recently passed away, it would be Lillian Jackson Braun.  Her Cat series was the first series I ever read and how I got hooked on mysteries.

JDP: I’ve looked at that series for years but have never read one. I haven't wanted to give my cats ideas, but maybe I should take a chance. ;-) Share a book you’ve read multiple times.

Babs: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. I started reading her work 4 years ago now and love each story, some more then others.  I even have all the movie versions. 

JDP: Kindle, Nook, or good old hard copy?

Babs: iPad for me. (OOO, JOYCE IS SO JEALOUS!) I use to have a Kindle until the iPad came out.  I like having all the versions on my iPad. I still like hard copies and always will though. Sometimes there is nothing like the feel of the pages you are reading.

JDP: I’m with you there. I bought a Kindle in January, but I’m finding I’m too old fashioned to give up print books in a big way. What’s your favorite place to read?

Babs: My bedroom, as the boys will leave me alone and it is cozy.

JDP: What are your three favorite reading genres.

Babs: I have several:  Mysteries, Romance ( Historical, western, any old romance) and Amish.

JDP: What’s the last book you read?

Babs: Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle.

JDP: What are you’re reading now?

Babs: Love To The Rescue by Nancy Lennea.

JDP: What’s next on your reading list?

Babs: What isn’t is the best question.  My TBR list is huge and keeps building each day.  With this TBR I will have to live to be about 200 if not older to get them all read.  I love every minute of it.

JDP: What you would like to read more of? (author, genre, etc)

Babs: I would like to read more of Western Romances.  I have only read a few and love them. 

JDP: Have you read Marsha Ward? I’ve only read two of her Westerns so far, but she is quite good! Share a favorite book that you’ve read in the last 12 months.

Babs: This is a tough one as I have read several good ones so far this year.  I would say Murder by Mocha. Cleo Coyle has a way with her characters that always draw me in and they are like family after so many books.

More about Babs!

 The picture is of my youngest, Marco who is 9 months old and me.  Marco is named after my favorite book character by Kate Collins.  She was excited and shared his photo with everyone.  I digress, I am a stay at home mom to 4 boys.  They range from 9 months to 14 years old.  I have been married to my wonderful husband and best friend TJ for 15 years now.  I love being able to stay home with them as my mom did with me.

I love to read, write (I have 2 novels going), cook, bake and work in the garden.  I love to do crafts when I get the time.

We have 4 indoor cats and 9 Siberian Huskies that are all rescued.

My blog is called BabsBookBistro.  I like to share my reviews of course, along with giveaways, author interviews, recipes and anything else I can think of.  My idea for the blog was to help authors promote their work and help people as I go along.


Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

Babs!!! Great interview! I love that I just got to know a lot more about you!

Danielle Thorne said...

Great interview. Thanks!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Fun interview. Man, if I had to give you a list of the books I've read multiple times, we'd be here a while. =D

S.B.Niccum said...

I love Beatrix Potter too! Nice to meet you, Babs.
PS: Love your new picture Donna!

Marsha Ward said...

Thank you, sweet Joyce, for mentioning my books! I appreciate that. Which one have you not read, The Man from Shenandoah or Ride to Raton?

Marsha Ward
Writer in the Pines

Joyce DiPastena said...

Marsha, I still need to read Ride to Raton. :-)

JoAnn Arnold said...

totally enjoyed reading this interview. I think you would like Marsha's westerns.

Anne Patrick said...

Hi Babs, it was fun learning more about you. Lillian Jackson Braun was one of my mother's favorite authors. She's the one who got me hooked on mystery/suspense :).

Best of luck to you with your writing! Hugs!

Miss Mae said...

It was nice to meet you, and I totally agree -- can't give up print books! :)

~ Babs ~ said...

Hello everyone I had a fun time with Joyce for the interview.
Amazing how I open up at times :). Thank you all for the nice comments.

Lisa don't go telling the sisters my secrets :)

Danielle thanks for stopping by.

Donna I got to thinking there are a lot I have re-read.

Hi S.B. nice to meet you too :)

Marsha I am definitely going to have to check your books and add them to my tar pile.

JoAnn I think you are right I will be a fan of Marsha's.

Anne so good to see you stop by. Your books I re-read wonder why :). I am waiting on more no pressure in writing :).

MIss Mae thank you for stopping by.

Debbie Brown said...

What a wonderful twist- interviewing the reviewer! At least it is not something I am familiar with. Nice to get acquainted with you, Babs.