Book Blogger Q&A: Once Upon a Bookcase

Jo, the blogger behind Once Upon a Bookcase and Ink and Paper, kindly agreed to take part in our Book Blogger Q&A series. She is the 31st contributor.

Here are her responses:

How long have you been a book blogger?

I’ve been running my YA blog, Once Upon a Bookcase, for two years this month and my fantasy blog, Ink and Paper, for two years and three months. However, before Ink and Paper was officially set up on Blogger, I had been reviewing for a few months on Livejournal before realising it wasn’t a platform that worked for me. So in all, about two years and seven months.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

I don’t like this question, because I don’t read as many as I would like, lol. I’m quite a slow reader, and each year I try to make my target of 100 books, but it doesn’t really happen. Last year I read somewhere between 70 and 80, and I think that’s pretty much typical for me, unfortunately.

What were your favourite books as a child?

I wasn’t a massive reader until I was about 11, but I remember being at school and really enjoying Fantastic Mr Fox and The Magic Finger, both by Roald Dahl. They both just captured my imagination. And I remember feeling proud that I could read The Magic Finger in one day. 🙂

What are you reading at the moment?

At the moment I’m reading Bite Club by Rachel Caine, the tenth book in the Morganville Vampires Series. I absolutely love these books! I am blown away with each new release at just how intricate the plot is, and also how Caine can still come up with these brilliant, unpredictable unique plots book after book!

What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?

This question is so unfair! There have been far too many! Off the top of my head, I have to mention Delirium by Lauren Oliver,  Torment by Lauren Kate and Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Who are your three favourite authors?

Another tough one! I would say David Eddings, author of high fantasy series The Belgariad and others, Lauren Oliver, author of Before I Fall and Delirium, and… J.K Rowling!

Which book has influenced you the most?

Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings, the first book in a series of books I have come to adore over the years. I am a huge fantasy fan, and the first in the Belgariad series, Pawn of Prophecy is the start of everything I could ask for from a fantasy; a world of powerful sorcerers, sword fights, intense wars, terrible monsters, an evil god, and a mission to save the world – with the added bit of humour. It’s completely thrilling!

It’s the book that officially made me a reader, and no matter how many times I read it, I am taken right back to the first time I picked it up, and the wonder I felt at discovering how completely lost in a book I could be, and how it could evoke such powerful emotions in me. Before I had only read the first three Harry Potter books, but this book has a slightly more grown up feel to it; the danger is much more intense, the magic much more fantastic. Although it was originally published in 1982, Pawn of Prophecy is completely timeless. I enjoyed it as a child, and I enjoy now as an adult. And what’s even better, there are four other books in the series, and a second follow on series, The Mallorean, to enjoy too once you’re done!

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

It’s your blog, run it how you like. There’s no right or wrong way of doing it. Long reviews, short review. Star rating or none. You’re a reader, so start off with the books you already own to build up your reviews, and I’d suggest signing up to Twitter to talk with other bloggers and let people know when you’ve updated your blog. But mainly, just go with what’s right for you. It’s supposed to be fun, not a chore.

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

There are far too many to name! And I don’t want to leave anyone out. There are so many brilliant UK blogs out there, and you’ll soon find them all on the UK Book Bloggers Directory

Thanks to Jo for taking the time to answer our questions. Check out both her blogs (see above for links) and follow her on Twitter.

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