Welcome to Book Blogger Q&A number 21. This post features Alex from A Girl, Books and Other Things.
Here are her responses:
How long have you been a blogger?
I just had my three year blogversary!! I started in April of 2008.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
I just started counting last year, and it was 120. This year I’m closing in on 80 already.
What were your favourite books as a child?
Oscar Wilde’s complete works, my aunt had his seriously lovely edition of it and I loved it. I read it cover to cover when I was 9. Other than that, mythology for kids.
What are you reading at the moment?
I got several going. Audiobook for workout- Tall, Dark & Hungry by Lynsay Sands. Bus-book: The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart. At home: A Lot Like Love by Julie James. For Retro Friday: Boy Meets Girl.
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
The Piper’s Son, hands down. Melina Marchetta is one of the most awesome authors ever and she hit such a note with Piper’s Son. It’s about family and loss and how grief can tear up a family, and how love can re-build everything. It had me laughing one moment and crying the next.
Who are you three favourite authors?
Right now, today I say: Meg Cabot, Melina Marchetta and Lisa Kleypas.
Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?
Wow, that’s a hard one. I’m going to say The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, because I remember the first time I read it how I was racing through the pages both wanting to know what happened next and dreading the end. It was the first time it ever happened to me. And then, definitely, The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot because it showed me reading could be just about fun, that I didn’t have to read all classics all the time to read good stories.
Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?
Paranormlacy by Kiersten White and Overbite by Meg Cabot.
If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?
Jonah Griggs (from Jellicoe Road) because I have a huge crush on him. Suze Simon and Jesse de Silva from Mediator because they are one of my favorite couples ever. Elaine of Ascolat from Song of the Sparrow because she’s awesome. and Molly Gibson from Wives & Daughters because I always thought she was funny.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
- Comment -it’s the easiest most basic way of networking. If you see a blog you like, just comment on it!
- Always be polite – doesn’t mean you have to be meek or hid your opinions, just be polite.
- Don’t be afraid to ask – most book bloggers out there are the nicest people you’ll ever meet, if you need help with anything, just ask about. 9 out of 10, other bloggers will be glad to help.
- Don’t make a blog your life. I know it’s a lot of work, and that we all are very invested in out blogs, but don’t make them the center of your life, don’t live, breathe and eat blog 24/7, just have fun with it.
Which other book blogs do you recommend?