Book Blogger Q&A: The Book Scoop

The 38th post in our Book Blogger Q&A series features Rowena from The Book Scoop.

Here are her responses to our questions:

How long have you been a blogger?

The Book Scoop has been open for just over a year but I’ve been book blogging for the last five years on my other book blog, Book Binge.  My book blogging started on my first team book blog, Sanctuary’s Finest.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

Last year, I read 142.  I think I’m going to beat that this year.  On average before last year, I’d read a little under 100 books a year.

What were your favourite books as a child?

The Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.

What are you reading at the moment?

At the moment, I’m reading Wildefire by Karsten Knight and The Bed and the Bachelor by Tracy Anne Warren.

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

Oh man, this is hard. Hmm, Where She Went by Gayle Forman.

Who are you three favourite authors?

Meg Cabot, Julie James and Suzanne Brockmann.

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.  It was the first book in a long time that made me sit up and take a good look at the way that I live my life.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

There’s too many to name but to name a few, I’d say I’m looking forward to a lot of YA books.  Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, Hallowed by Cynthia Hand, the next Julie James book. Really, I could go on and on.

Which book character is most like you?

Daisy from Lisa Kleypas’ Scandal in Spring.

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

I’d invite Mia and Adam from If I Stay and Where She Went, Etienne from Ana and the French Kiss and probably Katniss and Peeta from the The Hunger Games series.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Be honest in your opinions on the books you’re reviewing.  At the end of the day, that’s all anyone wants from you.

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

There are quite a few book blogs that I read for both YA fiction and romance novels.  I’m a fan of both.  If you’re a fan of romance then Book Binge is a good place to find a wide variety of reviews. Ames over at Thrifty Reader writes wonderful reviews as well and she reviews it all. For YA fiction, you won’t go wrong with The Story Siren, Dreaming in Books, The Naughty Book Kitties.  Kristi, John and Brent are all wonderful reviewers and their blogs are great.  Everyone should read them.

Many thanks to Rowena for taking the time to contribute to the Book Blogger Q&A series.

Check out her great blog and follow her on Twitter.

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