Tiger from All-Consuming Books kindly agreed to answer our questions, becoming the 26th blogger to take part in the Book Blogger Q&A at The Book Base.
Here are her responses:
How long have you been a blogger?
Coming up on 18 months. I started All-Consuming Books on January 5th, 2010.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
Whoa, these days it’s up to around 200. I’m a freelance writer, which allows for a lot of reading time.
What were your favourite books as a child?
I was really invested in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series.
What are you reading at the moment?
Storm Front, an urban fantasy by Jim Butcher, and Possession a dystopian YA by Elana Johnson.
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
It’s a /close/ race between Divergent by Veronica Roth and Enclave by Ann Aguirre, but I’ll go with Enclave. Ann Aguirre knows how to write a compelling YA world with action, romance, and great worldbuilding.
Who are you three favourite authors?
Ilona Andrews (Magic Bites, On the Edge), Rachel Vincent (Shifters, Soul Screamers), and Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, Emma)
Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?
I’m a Christian, so the Bible is the big answer here, but if we’re going by fiction, I’d say Shakespeare’s play Henry V. It made me fall in love with words and speeches and drama when I was 15, and it’s still a favorite work of mine today.
Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?
Outpost by Ann Aguirre–it’ll be the sequel to Enclave, and I must know what happens next!
Which book character is most like you?
Emma from Jane Austen’s Emma. She’s creative and tries to be a good friend, but she also has a way-too-high opinion of herself. That’s me, all over!
If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?
Tris and Four from Divergent would be good for starters. I could grill them about what life is like in the harsh Dauntless compound. I’m stealing this couple from Lena’s Q&A (Addicted 2 Novels), but Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games are also fascinating personalities–I’d want to catch them before the third book of the trilogy, though, because in that book, their personalities sort of fracture.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
- Review constantly! Write a review of every book on your keeper shelf and review everything you get from the library. Before long, reviewing will be second nature to you, and you’ll have built up a big portfolio of writing that you can refer to in the future.
- Be kind. Authors and other bloggers will remember if you were nice to them a year ago–they’ll also remember negative behavior.
- Make friends. It takes a while to find people with similar tastes, but once you have a blogger buddy or two or three, they can help you find books you’ll /love/ and warn you off of books that won’t appeal to you.
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
My best blogger friend is Karen at For What It’s Worth Reviews. She’s the person I go to when I need to vent about a bad book or gush about a good one. I also love the lovely and talented Lena at Addicted 2 Novels, Natalie at Mindful Musings (she’s very smart and we share a love for classics) and Julie at My Five Monkeys (she’s really good at writing fair, kind reviews).