The 30th post in our Blog Bloggers Q&A series features Michelle from That’s What She Read.
Here are her responses:
How long have you been a blogger?
I started blogging in January 2009.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
Last year was the first year I ever kept track, and I ended up reading 164 books last year. It looks like I may beat that this year.
What were your favourite books as a child?
Little Women is probably the book I remember the most fondly, and I still have my worn copy to prove it. Other favorites include the Anne of Green Gables series, and pretty much anything else by L. M. Montgomery.
What are you reading at the moment?
I am currently working on five different books right now. Blood Red Road by Moira Young, The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (on audio), Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Alaska by James Michener for my classics book club, and The Convert by Deborah Baker.
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months? There are SO many good books that have been recently released, I would be hard-pressed to pick just one. I recently finished S. J. Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep and found that to be a breath-takingly excellent suspense novel.
Who are you three favourite authors?
L. M. Montgomery because she never really wrote a bad novel, Ayn Rand for having the guts to write and remain true to her beliefs, and probably Charles Dickens for just being a great storyteller.
Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. The summer during which I read this tome was life-altering in that I finally started to define who I am, my values and consider myself worthy of happiness. I may not agree with all of her ideology but I do agree now that we all have a duty to ourselves to seek happiness. It is the first time I have ever considered this. That and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I first read it when I was eight years old, and it started a love affair with vampires that continues unabated to this day.
Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?
There are so many I cannot wait to read – The Mistress Contract by Anonymous to be released by Unbridled Books, Crossed by Ally Condie, and the rest of the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth.
Which book character is most like you?
As much as I probably should not admit it, Scarlett O’Hara is most like me. I am not a nice person, and I do not take well to defeat. I am not as manipulative as she is, but I certainly know how to put up a good fight. I’d rather be a bit more like Melanie Wilkes, but my tendency to bully those who I see as weaker than me prevents me from channeling my inner Melanie.
If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?
Oh, I hate this question. I tend to avoid small-talk so the idea of gathering strangers of any sort for a dinner party fills me with dread. Therefore, I would have to pick outgoing personalities – Anne Shirley because she talks constantly, Rhett Butler for his snark, Alice Cullen for her ability to tell the future, lending instant party entertainment to the entire affair, and John Galt because anyone who talks nonstop for sixty pages has things he wants to say.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Be yourself and have fun. Do what you like, and the rest does not matter. This is a hobby, and we aren’t getting paid to blog, so it needs to remain fun and stress-free otherwise what is the point?
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
Jen from Devourer of Books is a personal friend and remains my go-to person for interesting literary and historical fiction. Michelle from my life. my books. is also a personal friend who has remarkably similar tastes in novels as I do. Amy from Amy Reads has completely opposite tastes, but I love her honest reviews and the fact that she reads such different novels from most of the other bloggers I know.