Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saturday Spotlight - The Lateiner Gang Book Review Spot

Saturday Spotlight is where I feature another book blogger, for you to check out! You should take a look at their site and leave a comment. (: [I got this meme from Kristen's site.]

Name(s): The Lateiner Gang (David, Mara, Lauryn, and Sami)
Age(s): combined 86! (33,33,11,9)
Blog Name: The Lateiner Gang Book Review Spot

Share a little bit about yourselves:
We are a family of 4 (obviously) who LOVED reading books. We used the "blogging" community to find some good books and post our opinions on other sites. We had never seen one before, so we all decided to do a "family" style book review site as a family project. From an idea, came The Lateiner Gang Book Review Spot.

How long have you been blogging and what made you want to start?
We created the site about 3 months ago, but really put up our first "real" post about 2 months ago. The idea to start a book review site was really just that, an idea. We loved to read, and discuss the books with each other. One day, Dave was playing around with and called us in and said, "hey guys, look what I just did". Up on the screen, was a blank web page the title at the top that read "The Lateiner Gang Book Review Spot". From there on, the rest is history.

What does your site have to offer?
First off, we try to give the site a personal touch. We want our readers to feel our different personalities as individuals as well as a family. Although some bloggers will disagree, we decided to only post reviews of books we really loved. Some bloggers do the whole rating system, but not us. Our readers know by know that if a book isn't reviewed on our site, it doesn't mean we didnt like it, but if it IS reviewed, you know that we loved it! We try to each do reviews, author and other interviews, as well as contests. We LOVE to do contests and we try to do awesome ones. Our goal is to ALWAYS have at least 1 contest running at all times. Next up, we are going to give away either an ARC or a hard cover of Suzanne Collin's "Catching Fire" and also a separate contest giving away a $200 Apple store gift card! That one will be for a special occasion and we are not so sure exactly when, but it is coming!

What are your favorite things about book blogging?
There are 2 things that we LOVE about blogging. First of all, we absolutely love when people read our reviews and comment on how they liked them, or how it helped them decide that now they were going to consider reading the book. That is an awesome feeling for us all. Second, what we love is the fact that this has become such a "family" thing that brings us all together quite often. Before we post each review or for the most part, anything on the site, we all get together and read our reviews out loud or go over our ideas together. Mainly that it the site and all of it's content's decisions are made as a family.

What are your favorite books and/or authors? What about genre in general?
Obviously a difficult question. Since there are 4 of us, we will name a few favorites each, but that doesn't mean we do not LOVE others...we just don't want your "Saturday Spotlight" to turn into the "Weekend Warrior"!

Dave- James Dashner, James Rollins (totally out of his normal genre of YA/FIC/Fantasy), "Alvor" by Laura Bingham, Scott Saveage, anything engaging really.

Mara- favorites include "The Accidental Billionaire", "The Hedge Fund Wives", "Style Smart", "LA Candy"...mixed genres but biographies like "Candyland" by Tori Spelling.

Lauryn- Thats easy....ANYTHING TWILIGHT!!! Lauryn also likes YA/FIC/Fantasy like her Dad.

Sami- "39 Clues", "Artemis Fowl", and she is open to really reading any boo that just looks cool!

Now for the fun/random questions!

If you could be any Disney character which would it be?
Lauryn- Cinderella
Sami- Tinkerbell
Dave- Goofy
Mara- Belle

What's your favorite TV show?
Lauryn and Sami- American Idol, Big Brother, Wizards of Waverly Place, Jonas, and Hannah Montana
Mara- House Husbands of Hollywood, Real Housewives, Dancing with the Stars, Cake Boss
Dave- Warehouse 13 and whatever the 3 women in his house are watching (outnumbered!)

What kind of music do you like best?
Mara and Girls- Pop
Dave- Showtunes and Oldies(50's,60's/Acapella), and again, whatever the 3 women in his house are listening to (outnumbered again!)

What is your favorite holiday?
That's easy....we love our Birthdays, all four of ours!

What are you going to be for Halloween?
The Lateiner Gang--- Is it that close already??? We don't know yet, but whatever it is has to be special because Halloween is on a Saturday this year and we are going Trick or Treating ALL DAY!

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions! Any of you who aren't followers of their site yet - what are you waiting for!?

If you would like to be featured on a Saturday Spotlight post, shoot me an email at booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

It doesn't matter how long you've been blogging - I'll interview anyone!

1 comment:

  1. Ashley,

    Thank you so much for interviewing us! We really appreciate it and we had a lot of fun answering your questions!

    Dave, Mara, Lauryn. And Sami
    The Lateiner Gang


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