Book Blogger Q&A: Borough of Books

Iben from Borough of Books answered some questions for The Book Base. She’s the 18th contributor to our Book Blogger Q&A series.

Here are her responses:

How long have you been a blogger?

I have been blogging since I was 15 back in the summer of 2005, so.. some 6 years? Back then it was purely just a semi-private diary-like whiny thing at livejournal. I still have that one, but it’s friends locked (and still quite whiny).

I’ve always been an avid reader and in the summer of 2010 I started writing reviews. Soon I realised I was enjoying myself and in August I started Borough of Books, which has been going strong ever since and I’m loving it.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

Approximately… 75-100 maybe? I only read one at a time and have to balance it out with University homework and work.

What were your favourite books as a child?

I remember being very fond of the Laura Ingalls books. There was also a Danish author called Lars-Henrik Olsen who wrote some amazing books concerning a modern boy and the Norse Mythology. As I reached my early teens Tamora Pierce won me completely (and still holds a tight grip on me).

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m currently reading Priestess of the White by Trudi Canavan. I bought the trilogy almost 4 years ago, but somehow never got around to reading them. So far it’s very good.

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

The Warded Man by Peter V Brett springs to mind immediately. I came upon it by accident but I couldn’t put it down at all. It’s high fantasy, demons, magic and wow. (I have to mention The Hunger Games too though, how can I not??)

Who are your three favourite authors?

Tamora Pierce, David Eddings and George RR Martin

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

I think either Harry Potter 1 or the Lord of the Rings series. I read both when I was 12 and it really opened up a door to a fantastic imaginative realm. I’ve been a huge fan of fantasy books all my life, but both these series really meant a lot.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

There are 3 books I can’t wait to get my hands on right now. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory, The Desert Spear by Peter V BrettĀ  and last but certainly not least, the latest book in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.

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

A good deal of the characters from Tamora Pierce’s book would be very interesting to meet, as well as the trio from Harry Potter (I’m such a child). I’d also love to give Snape a hug!

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Focus on good content. Many bloggers rely very heavily on all sorts of memes and that’s fine, but it can become very boring and silly for a reader. Many potential readers will turn down a blog if all they can find are memes rather than “actual” posts (I know many memes contain thoughtful content, but still).

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

I’d definitely recommend Tiny Library. It’s less YA and often more (in my eyes) advanced literature. The big classics and other masterpieces I’d never dare to attempt, but dream that I could.

Many thanks to Iben for taking the time to answer our questions. Make sure you check out her great blog, Borough of Books, and follow her on Twitter.

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