Tuesday Ten – Allison of Well-Read Reviews

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This week’s feature interviewee is Allison of Well-Read Reviews!


It’s your time to shine! Tell me a bit about yourself:
I am a stay at home mother to my 15 month old daughter, Carli. Before motherhood, I taught kindergarten for three years and taught other people’s children how to read.
What book do you constantly recommend?
I find myself constantly recommending Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I read it in college and it was the most romantic, passionate book I have ever read – but not the cheesy ones you find in grocery stores.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I am pretty sure it’s illegal, but I was 16 and I wouldn’t want it immortalized for my own daughter to follow suit when she becomes of age. I’ll just say – it was a lot of fun but very, very, stupid.
Who is your literary/fictional crush?
Jamie Fraiser from Outlander, for sure. I also love Joe Morelli from the Stephanie Plum series. They are both hot, sexy, literature men whose metaphorical bones I wouldn’t mind jumping.
If you could have dinner with any author who would it be and what would you eat?
It’s a tie between JK Rowling (who is a brilliant author) and Janet Evanovich (who just seems as if she would be a hoot). As for what I would eat.. maybe with Janet, a peanut butter and olive sandwich (as it sounds absolutely hideously disgusting but she talks about it a lot in the Stephanie Plum novels). With JK, probably something English.. with wine!
Do you drink any beverages while reading?
Usually I have a Diet Dr. Pepper handy. This evening I am drinking it with Diet Dr. Pepper (hey no judging!) I hardly drink.
What is your earliest memory pertaining to books and reading?
My dad used to read to me every night. There was this one story in an anthology of “moral” stories (written in the 50s) so they were all religious centered. This one kid was in the hospital after a car crash and shared a room with another child. One of them told the car crash victim that if he wanted God to pick him up, to fall asleep with his hand raised. He died peacefully in his sleep with his hand raised. It was a sad story, and I don’t know why I remember it so well. But because of my father, I learned to read at age 4, and haven’t stopped ever since.
Did you enjoy the books you had to read for school? Why or why not?
Not always. I always enjoyed the part of receiving a book to read, but I hated the deadlines. I hated how they made it homework, rather than – I hope you guys will read this because of this reason: [enter life relevance reason here]. I did enjoy a few though: The Old Man and the Sea, Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby and 1984. The worst book that I hated and refused to read was “The Scarlet Letter”. I just couldn’t get past his entire chapter of describing a tree (at least that is how I remember it).
What genre is your bookcase full of?
It’s a mix. You can find a lot of Janet Evanovich (Mystery), New Age, Manga, VC Andrews (What category does that even fall under?), and horror.
Tell me a joke:
Talk about pressure. All my jokes are probably not appropriate. Plus, I don’t know any. Not ones that are in good taste.
Finally, how do you feel about banned books? Have you read any, if so what are your favorites?
Have you heard of the phrase, “You always want what you can’t have?” So just knowing a book is banned, means I want it more! People truly need to lighten up a little. Freedom of speech. I loved the Harry Potter series (of course!) Flowers in the Attic is also one of my all time favorites. Sure, it includes some incestious scenes but if you think of the psychological aspect of how it became such as that, it’s a fabulous read from a literature and psychological (character development) standpoint. It was actually one of the first adult novels I ever read.

Thank you so much
!No problem 🙂
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. i friggin love virginia andrews, and hers was one of the first 'adult books' i read when i was 11….I read "Heaven" but quickly followed it up with the Dollanganger Flowers in the Attic series.

    Love finding a fellow V.C. Andrews fan!

  2. A Bookshelf Monstrosity says

    Thanks for the interviews! I love reading about what's going on with other book bloggers.

  3. Well-Read Reviews says

    It was fun!

    Well-Read Reviews

  4. Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) says

    Hi Alison,
    Good to get to know you a bit.


  5. bookjourney says

    Great interview!

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