Meet Our Writers–Q&A with Carrie Schmidt

Carrie

Considering that her first word was “book”, it was pretty much a given that Carrie would be a voracious reader. She did not disappoint. Though her favorite genres are romantic suspense and historical fiction, she will read just about everything legible within her viewing area. In fact, if you catch her reading stuff on your desk, just ignore her. She promises she’s only being mildly nosy. Mostly, she’s reading because she just can’t help it. Carrie’s to-be-read list threatens to overtake her on a daily basis, and she says that it’s likely she will be found one day buried beneath a collapsed tower of books… but what a way to go!

In her other life, Carrie lives in Kentucky with her husband Eric and their quirky dog Zuzu and is the long-distance cool aunt to 9 wonderful nieces and nephews! Though she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Carrie teaches English as a Second Language to international adults in her community – something which she freely admits has changed her life.

When she’s not teaching or reading (or doing silly things like sleeping), Carrie’s over at her blogReading Is My SuperPower where she’s making progress on that TBR tower – one book at a time!

SOTP: When did you start reviewing, and what is the first book you remember reviewing?

Carrie: I’ve always reviewed informally – by word of mouth, occasionally on Goodreads or Amazon. But I officially began reviewing books in April 2015 when I started by blog. The first book I formally reviewed was Jaded by Varina Denman.

SOTP: Have your reading tastes changed since you started reviewing?

Carrie: I don’t know that my tastes have changed necessarily but I am exposed to many more genres and many new-to-me authors. Perhaps it would be safe to say that my reading tastes have expanded.

SOTP: What book has surprised you the most in your time reviewing? (Perhaps something you wouldn’t normally have picked up, outside of your comfort genre, etc.)

Carrie: I somehow signed up to review a nonfiction book from Bethany House called How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird. Despite the fact that I am almost strictly a fiction reader/reviewer, the title must have intrigued me. By the time I received it in the mail, I honestly dreaded the read and thought I would have to drag my way through it. I mean, there’s no story! Well, the joke was on me because this book became one of my favorites this year – possibly one of my favorite books ever!

SOTP: What’s the first book you remember reading? (It still counts if someone else read it to you if you were too young to read!)

Carrie: The first book I can remember is Cinderella, and boy did I know if you “ ‘kipped a page”! I actually started reading by being read to – long before I started school – and first read aloud on my own from one of those old Dick and Jane primers. The next day, I read the second chapter of Philippians to my dad while he shaved haha! Parents, read to your kids!! It makes a difference! 🙂

SOTP: If you’re stuck at home on a sick day, what comfort book can you count on to always cheer you up?

Carrie: Oh goodness… too many to choose from. Probably either The Best Man by Kristan Higgins or Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

SOTP: If you could only read one book for the rest of your life (I know, the horror!), which book do you think you could read a hundred times without getting bored of it?

Carrie: Ummm… how can I possibly pick ONE BOOK? Lol. I can think of many books which would never bore me but to be without every other book for the rest of my life??? Inconceivable! Sighhhh… if I must choose, I would have to say A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin. Or wait – maybe Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz. Or…

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