Book Blogger Q&A: Magic of Reading

Leanne from Magic of Reading kindly agreed to answer some questions about books and blogging for The Book Base. In doing so, she became the 29th contributor to our Book Blogger Q&A series of posts.

Here are her responses:

How long have you been a blogger?

I’ve been blogging for just over a year now, only just celebrated by first Blogoversary.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

Last year I read over a hundred, but because of how busy I seem to be this year I think it’s more likely to be around the 60 mark, although I’d be thrilled to hit 100 again.

What were your favourite books as a child?

I clearly remember reading the Topsy and Tim books and a lot of Enid Blyton. But I remember the book that first got me hooked into reading and that was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when I was 11 years old.

What are you reading at the moment?

Ah, at the moment I’m reading a mix of books including Defiance by Lilith Saintcrow and A Great Place for a Seizure by Terry Tracy. I have lots to get through though!

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

Hmmmm, I’m torn between several, but at a push I’d say City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. It’s romantic, pacey, frightening and it had me laughing at loud in public places. One word: Awesome!

Who are you three favourite authors?

Once again this is a difficult question to answer because I tend to base my love of reading on the books rather than authors so it’s difficult to say. But recently, I have gotten  attached to works by Shelley Workinger, Jenna Burtenshaw and I will always be in love with Cassandra Clare’s books!

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

Definitely Before I Die by Jenny Downham. I was feeling very low when I read this and it gave me an amazing outlook on life. Phenomenal book, and a must read for everyone if you get the chance.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

Ah, I’m looking forward to the release of Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (how will it end?), The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan and Immortal War by Justin Somper.  I have been awaiting the release of these books since the release date of the previous books in the series. Oh, and Vanish by Sophie Jordan.

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

Fred and George from Harry Potter simply because those two make me laugh.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

  • Keep blogging! If at first you don’t seem to get many followers try new things. In my case I was stuck with 10 followers for ages until I started asking for advice. I rearranged my blog, changed the font and many other things to make it more user friendly and I now have 150+.
  • It also helps if you start reaching out. Contact other bloggers on websites such as Book Blogs and Goodreads. Contact authors and ask if they would like to have their books reviewed or if they would like to do an interview. With regards to that, make sure you have your contact details on your blog so that others can contact you.
  • If you’re unsure on anything always ask, I’m never afraid to ask for advice and I don’t mind people asking me for it either.
  • But above all else, make sure your having fun as blogging should never be a chore 😀

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

Rather than name a few I’d say click on my blog and on my account to see all the blogs I’m following, since I have followed a lot. What I would suggest is to explore them yourself and to find ones that you think are fun to read and are right for you. Some blogs just will not appeal to some people, in the same way some readers don’t like a book that others like.

Many thanks to Leanne for taking the time to answer our questions.

Check out her blog and follow her on Twitter.

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