Book Blogger Q&A: Book Rat

Part nineteen of the Book Blogger Q&A series features Misty from Book Rat.

Here are her responses to our questions:

How long have you been a blogger?

Going on 2 years now.  I started blogging near the end of July in 2009.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

Generally, about 100.  Some of them are pretty fluffy, though, and take hardly any time at all.  If I didn’t have to work, I would read pretty much non-stop.

What were your favourite books as a child?

I was a big classics kid.  I loved Oliver Twist, Anne of Green Gables, Little Men, etc.  Younger, I was obsessed with The Velveteen Rabbit (still am a little bit) and Where the Wild Things Are.  I also read an unhealthy (according to my mom’s friend) amount of Goosebumps and Fear Street, etc.

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m about to start an event called Jane in June, so right now, I’m reading all Jane Austen adaptations and sequels.  I am going back and forth between  Elizabeth Eulberg’s Prom and Prejudice, Victoria Connelly’s Weekend with Mr Darcy, and an anthology that comes out later this year called Road to Pemberley. After my Janeite reading, I have a sizable stack of review books and things that are calling my name…

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

Oh lord, what a question. There have been a lot of things I’ve liked and highly recommended, but its been awhile since anything truly blew me away.  I generally read YA, but I think I’m  actually going to have to go with a piece of adult fiction, Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, which is the sequel to The Name of the Wind.  I find that most series usually suffer from the Sophomore Slump, and the first book was so stunningly brilliant that I was worried the 2nd wasn’t going to live up.  But guess what – it was stunningly brilliant.

Who are you three favourite authors?

Jane Austen and David Mitchell are always listed as my faves.  The 3rd one…well, that vacillates, depending on who I may be reading or digging at any given time.  There’s basically a very long list of authors who would, could and have taken that third spot. 😉

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

Probably Pride and Prejudice.  I sound like such a girl saying that, and I think Persuasion is probably my favorite Jane book, but I’ve read P&P more than any other, and when people say things that have absolutely nothing to do with Jane Austen, I sometimes respond with P&P quotes, like some pretentious ass.  I mean, I host Jane in June.  I have a Jane Austen action figure.  So yeah, that pretty much says it all.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

I neeeeeed the final book of the Kingkiller Chronicles (after The Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear, which I mentioned above).  I also really want to get my hands on Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore, Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott, and The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon (I want that cover!)

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

Ooh there are a lot I’d like to have dinner with! I tend to think side characters are the most fun, so I really want to meet:

  • Stefan from the Mercy Thompson series: a vampire who drives a Scooby Doo Mystery Machine = what’s not to love?
  • Lord Akeldama from the Parasol Protectorate series.  He would have all the best gossip to keep the conversation going.
  • Ari and Janco from Maria V. Snyder’s Study series would be good (if boisterous and likely inappropriate) dinner compantions.

On the not-side-characters front, I’d like to have dinner surrounded by the men of Jane Austen (Darcy to my left, Wentworth to my right)…

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Find your voice and don’t be afraid to be yourself.  No one wants to see you imitate someone else (if they want to read that someone else, they will). They want to know what you have to say and how you want to say it.  It will be more enjoyable for you that way too.  Also, always remember that it’s YOUR blog, and you’re doing it for fun.  Don’t be afraid to shake things up and doing something completely different, and if it stops being fun, it’s time to take stock and make some changes.

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

I’m a very busy person, so I don’t have as much time to read other blogs as I would like.  But there is a list of them that I ALWAYS check out, and a few that are a great way to kill a day, laughing my ass off.  I always read:

And there are also a few bloggers who I was friends with before the whole blogging thing, so I always read theirs:  Bookworming in the 21st CenturyBooks from Bleh to Basically Amazing, Consumed by Books, The Allure of Books, and Good Books and Good Wine.

Many thanks to Misty for completing our Q&A.

Check out her great blog and follow her on Twitter.

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