Here are her responses to our questions.
How long have you been a book blogger?
It will be two years on May 18th 2011 (Wow! Feels just like yesterday…)
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
Last year was nearly 150. This year…might just be higher. I don’t necessarily set a goal though, so it fluctuates based on available time.
What were your favourite books as a child?
I remember a book called Mrs. Muggs though I can’t recall the author…it was a simple early reader that my Mom used to read with me as a child and it always brought a smile to my face. I also enjoyed Shel Silverstein’s works of poetry. Lots of imagination used there.
What are you reading at the moment?
Now see that changes based on the literal moment. LOL. Yesterday I finished The Violets of March by Sarah Jiho. Today I finished Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis…and I’m reading through Juniper Berry by M.P. Kozlowsky right now. The safest answer is ALWAYS SOMETHING.
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
Oh no. The dreaded ‘favorite’ question. I read books from many genres and that’s such a hard thing to narrow those down to. How about a few favorites that come to mind right off the bat in no particular order? Textual Healing by Eric Smith… Wither by Lauren Destefano… The Lady of the Veils by M.L. John… The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern… The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver.
Who are your three favourite authors?
Again…such a hard question! Let’s see…a few again in no particular order but picked based on consistency because if we get into all of the great authors with potential for more worthy works, this list would be SO much longer. J.K. Rowling… Stephanie Meyers… Melissa Marr… Gillian Shields… R.L. Lafevers.
James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell would rank as my ‘old favorites’ simply because I don’t read them as often anymore, but the past works I have read were good.
What advice would you give to new book bloggers?
Be yourself…let your personality shine through on your site. After all, there are SO many book blogs out there and more each day, it will be what helps define your site in the end. Don’t go stalking folks for ARC copies…those opportunities will come eventually. Instead utilize the books you currently own, buy, or borrow. Post an honest review…but remember, that book was someone’s dream come true. Try to strike a balance in your review, after all SOMETHING drew you to the title in the first place so it has to have some redeeming qualities…even if it wasn’t your cup of tea in the end.
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
Again with the hard questions! There are oh so many that you would do well not to miss…and which conveniently I follow either through GFC or Twitter so you can always check them out there. For the sake of this question, I will mention a few…There’s A Book… Tales of Whimsy… My Love Affair with Books… Red Headed Book Child… Petty Witter.