Meet our writers–Q&A with Sara Shoop

SaraShoopMeet our writer, Sara Shoop.  Sara has loved to read for as long as she can remember. Her favorite books include The Little House on the Prairieseries, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and anything by Janette Oke or Michael Crighton. She likes to read Christian historical fiction the best, but also enjoys science fiction, mysteries, and occasionally a contemporary book or a biography.

When she is not reading, you can find her watching college football. Sara loves the Lord, is a wife to her wonderful, dashing husband, and a mother to her beautiful, clever daughter.

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

Sara:  I started a blog to do book reviews back in 2010 when I was searching for books for my book club to read. I happened upon Bethany House Publisher’s review request site, and from there I started a blog and started requesting books for review. The first book I reviewed on my blog was Really Woolly Bible Stories, a children’s Bible story book from Thomas Nelson.

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

Sara:  I still review mostly historical romance, but reviewing has caused be to branch out in my reading more.

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)

Sara:  Probably a book that I reviewed for The Christian Manifesto in 2011 called Snitch by Booker T. Mattison. It was not something I would have normally picked up, but my husband and I both really liked it. It was very eye-opening.

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!)

Sara:  I remember my mom reading The Night Before Christmas to me when I was really little, and we read it so much that I had it memorized!

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

Sara:  Any Janette Oke book.

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?

Sara:  My first choice (and the Sunday School answer) would be the Bible, but as for fiction books, it would have to be Jane Eyre. I pick up something different from that book every time I read it.

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