Last week we had a bit of a technical hiccup, so I apologise for the lack of drinks last week. Sandra, from BookLoverWorm will be appearing on a future date. This week, normal service has been resumed and I am delighted to welcome another blogger, the fabulous……Sarah Swan from Sarah’s Vignettes.
Sarah, it is a joy to have you on the blog, thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?
Thanks for inviting me, Julie. I’ll have an Aperol Spritz, please. I’m trying to carry on that summer holiday feeling for as long as possible!
Looks delicious, I’ll have one too. If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
Definitely, a country pub with a log fire. Good food and chatting about books over a bottle or two!
Oh, you’d love my local, only tottering distance away if we over-indulge! If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
Only two?! This is a tough choice. Winston Churchill would be one. I’ve always been fascinated with him. Have you visited Chartwell, his home in Kent? It’s a wonderful place with a happy atmosphere. I’ve recently visited Bletchley Park so I would love to invite along one of the WRNs who worked there. I have so many questions!!
So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
I started Sarah’s Vignettes back in April 2017 to share my love of books. I work full-time and have a commute, so running the blog alongside that can get a bit busy, but I love it! My blog has grown quite a lot already in those in two years. I’d just like to see where it goes.
What has been your proudest moment since you started writing/blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?
It’s more a series of moments for me. I’m really proud that the blog is still going strong after two years. Through blogging, I get to shout about great books, I have met several of my favourite authors, made some good friends and been to fab events.
I was also asked to talk about book blogging at my local college. It was a publishing event for the adult education creative writing class. I was with authors Juliet West and Daisy White and publisher Kim Nye from Maverick Books. It was an honour to be asked.
The biggest challenge is not having enough time to read all the books I’d love to read! You have to be realistic about how much you can take on.
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
I’d like to write a bit more and maybe write a book one day. I’d like to think that being an insightful reader would stand me in good stead if I do decide to take the plunge.
What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
I’m not really working on anything at the moment, except trying to reduce my TBR (to-be-read) pile of books! I’ve cut down on the amount of blog tours I am committing to, mainly because of time. I love taking part in them but reading to deadline can get a bit crazy sometimes. I have some beautiful books waiting patiently on my book shelfs to be read and discovered.
I completely understand, I am exactly the same! I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
My favourite place to visit was La Reunion/Reunion. It’s a little island in the Indian Ocean, situated between Mauritius and Madagascar. It is an overseas department of France and it is paradise.
There are so many places I want to visit. Depending on the day, the top of my list might change but I would love to visit Iceland. I changed planes in Rejkavik when I went to Canada and the landscape was fascinating as we landed. A friend has recently been on holiday there and loved it.
Iceland is on my bucket list too. Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
I am fluent in French, having lived and studied in Paris for 3 years. It was a wonderful experience. Give me a novel set in France any day!
Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
Oh, this is painful! One book is hard as I recommend favourite books for different reasons. The one that springs to mind right now is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Have you read it? If you haven’t, it is written in the form of letters between an author, her publisher (we all need a Sidney in our lives!) and members of the Society. It is a heartwarming and delightful book.
To give them hope she must tell their story
It’s 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer’s block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island, their love of books – and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.
I haven’t read it yet, it is on my endless TBR! So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
I’m not a big drinker, so I rarely have a hangover but drinking lots of water is key to avoid a hangover! On the occasions I do have a hangover, I always have a hankering for carbs and the fattiest food you can find. A good cooked breakfast and large pot of tea usually fixes it.
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
Reading books and drinking tea! Whether that’s curled up at home or sitting outside – at the park, by the sea, in the garden.
Gorgeous photo, looks like the perfect reading spot for this time of year! Sarah, thank you so much for coming on the blog, it has been an absolute pleasure.
Sarah Swan has been reading books from a very early age and before she could read, she was always flicking through picture books. She’s sure she was born with a book in her hand! Books are a big part of her life and she started her blog, Sarah’s Vignettes in 2017, to share her love for them. By day, she can be found working in marketing and engagement and by night, she can be found shouting out about books on her blog and social media.
Please join me next week when I will be having Friday Night Drinks with author Morton S. Gray.