Book Blogger Q&A: Another Book Junkie

Amanda from Another Book Blogger is the featured blogger in part 14 of our Book Blogger Q&A series.

Here are her responses:

How long have you been a blogger?

I’ve had various blogs throughout the years, but I suppose you mean a book blogger? My one year blogoversary was May 1st.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

Not as many as I’d like. I wish I could say a hundred or two, but unfortunately I don’t have the time for that. I’d say 30 to 50 for pleasure. Double that if we’re counting bedtime stories for my kiddos.

What were your favourite books as a child?

Dr. Seuss and these Bible stories are all I remember reading as a child. They weren’t Bible stories straight out of the Bible, but they were about a little girl who went on these little Bible type journeys and I cannot for the life of me remember what they were called. As I got older, Goosebumps.

What are you reading at the moment?

Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal, and Wildefire by Karsten Knight.

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

Oh dear this is hard. There have been so many wonderful books in the past few years. I have to break the rules here because I can’t choose. Honorable mentions; Wither by Lauren DeStefano, The DUFF by Kody Keplinger, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, Enclave by Ann Aguirre, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Peeps by Scott Westerfeld, Penitence by Jennifer Laurens.

Who are you three favourite authors?

Another hard one. Sarah Dessen and Jennifer Laurens for their ability to rock my socks through contemporary YA. Hannah Moskowitz for her lack of sugar-coating and tackling of subjects most don’t dare to touch. (This list would probably change a bit if I wasn’t keeping it YA oriented, but since my blog is YA only, so are my answers.)

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

Honestly? Twilight. I know what you’re thinking, and I cringe any time I think of the book anymore. But I had never given YA a chance before Twilight, reading only romance and mystery/suspense. (With the exception of required reading in school) Twilight is responsible for opening me up to another world of fiction.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

Fever by Lauren DeStefano, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, Shatter Me by Tahareh Mafi.

If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?

The Harry Potter clan. Could make for an interesting meal.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Don’t ever feel obligated to do anything with blogging. Obligation takes the fun out of it. Do it for yourself. Do what feels right, and don’t worry about what other bloggers think is right or wrong. There is no book blogging handbook, and I don’t care who started it all, who has been around the longest, what anyone else says really doesn’t matter. It’s your blog. Do what you want with it.

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

I think this is going to boil down to your taste. There are so many great blogs out there, but I tend to gravitate toward those that I most generally agree with: Book Faery, Good Choice Reading, La Femme Readers.

Thanks to Amanda for taking the time to answer our questions. Check out her blog and follow her on Twitter.

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