Here are her responses to our questions:
How long have you been a blogger?
I’ve been blogging for about three years.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
I’d say I average about 125.
What were your favourite books as a child?
I loved anything having to do with other worlds or time travel, so I was a fan Madeleine L’Engle’s books like A Wrinkle in Time and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. I also enjoyed the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis and Starman’s Quest by Robert Silverberg. When I reached middle school I started to branch out and read more historical fiction and memoirs about World War II.
What are you reading at the moment?
The Map of Time by Felix J. Parma
The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz
The first is a time travel story and the second is a post World War II memoir, so you can see that my reading tastes haven’t changed that much over the years
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
That is an astonishingly difficult question. I could list one for each genre maybe, but choosing an overall favorite is very difficult, so I’m going to cheat a little bit. My favorite nonfiction so far this year is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The best memoir was Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi. My favorite young adult book was Across the Universe by Beth Revis. My favorite time travel book was Blackout by Connie Willis. My favorite general fiction so far is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.
Who are you three favourite authors?
Connie Willis because she writes amazing time travel stories. Anne McCaffrey because almost all of her books have entertained me and made me smile. Sheri S. Tepper because her books are intelligently written and make me think, even if the strange worlds she creates are beyond bizarre sometimes.
Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?
I don’t know that any one book has made huge changes to my life, it’s more a combined effect of many books put together that has shaped my way of thinking.
Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?
- When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
- Crossed by Ally Condie
If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?
I think I’d have to go with some of my childhood favorites. I’d love to hang out with Anne from Anne of Green Gables, some of the dragonriders (and their dragons) from Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books, and if we’re going all out then I’d have to invite Doctor Who (preferably as embodied by David Tennant). I would also want to include Harry Potter, Hermione, all of the Weasleys, Neville and Luna, especially if they could teach me magic.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Network with other bloggers, but don’t do it in a way that is shallow and fake. Connect with other bloggers whose posts strike a chord with you; find those with whom you would want to be friends and then work on building a friendship if possible. Don’t forget to have fun and let your personality shine through in your posts. If you are having fun it will show. Take time for yourself and your family. Occasional blog breaks are essential to avoid burnout. Don’t get so caught up in blogging that you ignore other things in your life that need attention (like your spouse). Don’t post just to have something published each day, post when you have something to say.
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
Thanks to Alyce for taking the time to complete the Q&A.