Here are her responses:
How long have you been a blogger?
Since February 2011, so not that long but I’ve been a lover of books for as long as I can remember.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
Last year I read over 200 books, not counting re-reads. (I am a big re-reader.) So far this year I’ve read 75 books, which also doesn’t include re-reads.
What were your favourite books as a child?
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Oresteia by Aeschylus (really just the second play in the trilogy but they’re all good.)
- Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
- Addie Pray by Joe David Brown (the book was the basis for the movie Paper Moon),
- Semi-Tough by Dan Jenkins
- The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton
- The Boys in the Band by Matt Crowley,
I also loved reading anything written by Diana Wynne Jones, Roald Dahl, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Edward Eager and Charlotte Lamb.
What are you reading at the moment?
The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
Oh boy. I really tried but I can’t just pick one. I did manage to narrow it down to two, though. The Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin and City of Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, Book 3) by Stacia Kane. I loved how the magic system in Griffin’s book was formed by the urban setting. Until her book, my experience with urban fantasy was that the magic was it’s own closed system and the story happened to be set in a city. But in The Madness of Angels, Griffin’s magic system could not have existed anywhere but a city. And Kane’s book, really the whole series, was one I just fell in love with. Fast paced, excellent story and world building, plus a tormented, junkie heroine – what’s not to love?
Who are you three favourite authors?
Right now, I am loving Ilona Andrews, Meljean Brook and Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant. Ask me again in six months and that may change. There are quite a few authors I am enamored of.
Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?
I don’t think I can pick just one. I will say that just about every book I have ever read – the good, the bad, the mediocre, the awful – has shaped the person I am today.
Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?
- One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
- Heartless by Gail Carriger
- The Infernals by John Connolly
- Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane
- Shadowborn by Allison Sinclair
- Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook
Which book character is most like you?
My father told me that Lisbeth Salander from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy reminds him of me… I don’t really see it myself.
If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?
Irene Adler – from the Sherlock Holmes series, Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin – from the Nero Wolf series, Scarsdale – from Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series, Lord Akeldama and Alexia Tarrabotti – The Parasol Protectorate series and Tybalt – the October Daye series. I’d choose them all for their amusing and intelligent conversation. I think the evening would be a laugh riot. (I might leave out Nero Wolf – not sure if he’d fit with this group.) I’d also invite Ric Van Holtz – from Shelly Laurenston’s Beast Behaving Badly – so he could do the cooking.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
- Have a clear idea of why you are blogging and what your goals are.
- Don’t be afraid to be opinionated.
- Don’t take it personally if someone disagrees with you.
- Enjoy yourself. Don’t worry about playing to a crowd. Do it for yourself. Have fun. Fun!
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
Many thanks to K for taking the time to respond to our questions. Check out her great blog.