Book Blogger Q&A: Drey’s Library

Drey from Drey’s Library is the fourth book blogger to answer some questions about her favourite books for The Book Base. Check out her responses for some great book recommendations.

How long have you been a book blogger?

I’ve been blogging about books since around November of 2008, so it’s over two years now.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

I read close to 200 books a year (except for 2009, which was a crazy reading year for me). Most of them I review, some I don’t. I read a mish-mash of genres, but I read to escape, so you won’t find any non-fiction on my shelves.

What were your favourite books as a child?

Charlotte’s Web was the first book I bought, and it’s still a favorite. Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women (I loved Jo). I also loved mystery books and I could hardly wait to get my hands on them – Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series – anything with more than one book if I happened to love the characters.

What are you reading at the moment?

I just finished Cherie Priest’s Dreadnought, and am planning to pick up Daniel Woodrell’s The Bayou Trilogy next…

What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?

Oooh, that’s a hard one. I loved River Marked, Late Eclipses, Mercy Blade and Spirit Dances (the latest Patricia Briggs, Seanan McGuire, Faith Hunter and C.E. Murphy respectively), which all happens to be urban fantasy. I also loved Alden Bell’s The Reapers are the Angels, a book with zombies in it. I guess even though my reading tastes are eclectic, my favourites are pretty one-dimensional!

Who are your three favourite authors?

Hoo boy. I’d have to say right now it’s George R.R. Martin (as I’m re-reading his books), Octavia Butler and Tery Pratchett.

What is your favourite book about books?

Hmm. I don’t know that I read books about books, but I really enjoyed Jasper Fforde’s One of Our Thursdays is Missing. It’s a fun take on what characters in a book might do during the not-being-read times.

Which book has influenced you the most?

If I were completely honest, I’d say The Handmaid’s Tale, which was my first dystopian read. It got me down the road of ‘what if’ and thinking about the world at large and how each of us plays a role – no matter how small – in making others’ lives better or worse.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

First and foremost, to have fun with it. If it’s not fun, then it’s work, and who wants to do work on their own time?

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

There’s a whole ton of ’em. Way too many to list. If you’d like to take a peek, they’re listed on my sidebar.

Many thanks to Drey for taking the time to contribute to The Book Base. Check out her book blog, Drey’s Library, and her personal blog, Drey’s House. You can also follow Drey on Twitter.

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