Sophie Waters from So Many Books, So Little Time is the second blogger to take part in the Book Blogger Q&A, a series of posts on The Book Base featuring the people behind some of the web’s best book blogs.
Over to Sophie!
How long have you been a book blogger?
I’ve been blogging since January 2009. Sometimes I can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for nearly two and half years as it just becomes a part of your life so completely and effortlessly. Not to say that it isn’t hard work…
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
Well, this depends. In my first year of blogging, I read nearly 200 books. But then last year I had my A-levels and began university and my total slipped to 99 and so far this year (still at uni) I’ve only read a hugely pathetic 17 books. As amazing as university is, it doesn’t seem to mix well with voracious reading!
What were your favourite books as a child?
The first book from my childhood that I have to mention is Roald Dahl’s Matilda. It was the book that made me fall in love with reading when I discovered that these words on the page created such vivid pictures in my head. For the first time I felt that I was inside a book with the character.
I was also a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan-girl. I read every single one of her books; she was kind of my hero for a while. I also loved Karen McCombie’s Ally’s World series and in my early teens I discovered a series, and an author, that would begin a love affair: The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison.
What are you reading at the moment?
Unusually for me, I’m reading two books at the moment. The first is My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent. With all of the same-y books in paranormal YA at the moment, My Soul to Save is a breath of fresh air with its plot revolving around the trials and tribulations of a banshee.
I’m also reading Patrick Ness’ The Knife of Never Letting Go. I’d had it on my shelf for months and in the face of a really long train ride I grabbed it. It’s SO good; I’ve never read anything like it. In only a few chapters I feel able to recommend it.
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
Oh man, what a question! I’ve read so many amazing books in the last year that it’s extremely difficult to choose one. So I’m going to cheat! Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins has to be on my list along with Melissa Marr’s Darkest Mercy and Richelle Mead’s Last Sacrifice. But I think that the title of best book definitely goes to Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. All I can say is don’t overlook it because of the synopsis, stick with it and you’ll have a read that you’ll never forget.
Who are you three favourite authors?
This was a surprisingly easy question. My very favourite author isn’t hard to decide at all: Sarah Dessen. She’s my hero and I pretty much want to be her when I grow up. She’s a seriously amazing woman who writes characters like no other author I’ve come across.
Next would Sarra Manning. She has always been the UK’s edgier version of Sarah Dessen to me. As well as being a lovely lady, she writes funny, engaging and heart-warming YA that is so distinctly hers.
Finally, Scott Westerfeld. He blows my mind with every book. Everything he writes is so utterly new and original and beautifully written. He, along with Sarah Dessen and Sarra Manning, will be one of those authors that I’ll read everything they ever publish because I know that I’ll love it.
What is your favourite book about books?
Well, I have to confess that I haven’t read any books about books that I can remember.
Which book has influenced you the most?
All of Sarah Dessen’s books have hugely influenced both my writing and my outlook on life and love. She writes about situations that real girls get into, things that life throws in your way and how everything can be healed with the right ingredients. Her books are inspiring and beautifully written. My personal favourites are The Truth About Forever and This Lullaby. I recommend them all.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Most importantly, don’t do it for the free books. You have to love blogging because it’s time consuming and can pretty much take over your life! You need to build a good reputation among other bloggers, publishers and authors through being polite, professional and friendly because otherwise you won’t get anywhere. Another hugely important aspect of blogging, especially in the YA blogosphere, is the community. Comment on other blogs, strike up conversations and make friends. I’ve made some amazing friends through blogging.
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
So many! There’s Wondrous Reads, I Was a Teenage Book Geek, The Crooked Shelf, Once Upon a Bookcase, Fluttering Butterflies, Chicklish, Writing From the Tub, Books 4 Teens, Narratively Speaking, Portrait of a Woman and dozens more.
Many thanks to Sophie for her great responses and reading recommendations. Make sure you check out her fabulous blog, So Many Books, So Little Time.