Book Blogger Q&A: Stephanie’s Confessions of a Book-a-Holic

This is part ten of our Book Blogger Q&A series. I can’t believe we’ve reached double figures already. I hope you’re enjoying these posts as much as I am. I love finding out about my fellow bloggers’ reading habits and favourite books.

Today’s post features Stephanie from Stephanie’s Confessions of a Book-a-Holic.

How long have you been a blogger?

I wrote my first blog post right before Christmas in 2006. I blogged solidly for over 3 1/2 years before I took a little break. As much as I loved my blog, I had some personal issues that took my head out of the game. But I’m back and it feels so good!

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

I would love to be able to read all the time. I would love to be able to crank through hundreds of books a year. In reality, I just don’t have the time. I have 3 kids, and goodness, they take up a lot time!! I usually average between 60 – 70 books a year. I’d love to hit the 100 mark this year. But I’m afraid with school, I’ll never be able to find the time. If I could just figure out how to forego sleep…..

What were your favourite books as a child?

I was a weird kid. I started reading at a young age. I was a sick kid, and spent most of my Kindergarten year in the hospital. They set me up with tutors to make sure I didn’t get behind. But in actuality, I ended up miles ahead of the others kids in my class. I don’t even remember reading picture books. But in second grade my Grandma bought me a Nancy Drew book, and I was hooked. I became a mystery queen! Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Bobbsie Twins. I loved all those series.

What are you reading at the moment?

Well…school just ended yesterday, so I’m finally able to read for myself for awhile. I’m almost finished with John Greene’s An Abundence of Katherines. I also just started Colleen Gleason’s The Vampire Voss, and Nina Sankovitch’s Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading.

If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve reaad in the last twelve months?

That is such a hard question! I’ve read quite a few books in the last 12 months that were good. But surprisingly few that were spectacular. I’d have to the say the best this year would be Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte (a reread for me) and The Erye Affair by Jasper Fforde. Both were assigned in my Lit Class this semester and I loved both of them! Jane Erye is such a classic. Amazing. And Fforde is just extremely clever.

Who are your three favourite authors?

Just 3? I’d have to say Neil Gaiman, Stephen King & Kurt Vonnegut. (But I have a special place for Suzanne Collins, Charles de Lint, Patrick Ness……)

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

A reading group I was in chose The Little Country by Charles de Lint. It was the first fantasy book I had ever read and I fell in love.    Then I read American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I was completely blown away. It literally took my breath away. Those 2 books changed the way I read forever.

Which book are you most eagerly anticipating?

I’m really looking forward to reading Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer (sequel to Nightshade). And I just got an ARC of The Sisters Brothers by Patrick De Witt that looks amazing! I’m also so far behind in my reading that I’m really looking forward to reading Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. It is the conclusion of the Walking Chaos trilogy.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

First of all, blog for yourself. If you get caught up in all the drama about blog stats and trying to get publishers to notice you, blogging loses the purity. It makes it a lot more stressful and a lot less fun. Blogging is meant to be fun, at least from my perspective. If you want people to read your blog, you have to make an effort to visit other blogs. Leave lots of comments. And HAVE FUN!

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

Oh…I have a lot of blogs that I visit. But here are a few of my favorites:

Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

Stainless Steel Droppings

Things Mean A Lot

That’s What She Read

Booked on a Feeling

The Written World

Check out Stephanie’s site – it’s fantastic, and follow her on Twitter.

One Reply to “Book Blogger Q&A: Stephanie’s Confessions of a Book-a-Holic”

  1. Hi James and Stephanie….great questions/answers and advice…..that’s been so true in my experience too, even though I am a new comer to blogging…been active since Oct last year. Most days I feel like I’m talking to myself…but when I look back, and see what I’ve learned, I am amazed. And still so much more I want to learn about and do! Great post and James, I’m a new follower. 🙂 Stephanie, I’ve been one of your minions for a while already. 🙂 Best Regards to both of you!

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