Book Blogger Q&A: Readaraptor

Raimy from Readaraptor kindly agreed to answer some questions for The Book Base about her reading habits and favourite books. She is the 45th book blogger to contribute to our Q&A series.

Here are her responses:

ReadaraptorHow long have you been a blogger?

I started Readaraptor in Janurary this year but I was blogging on a Tumblr site from September last year. I made the change because Tumblr wasn’t working out for me and I’ve never looked back!

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

I actually don’t know. I’m into my 80s for this year but last year I probably only read around 50 and the year before was probably about 20! I went through a good few years where I just wasn’t interested in reading and found myself doing anything other than reading!

What were your favourite books as a child?

The Animal Ark series and anything Jacqueline Wilson… The Illustrated Mum was one of my favourite books of all time as a child and I actually did my dissertation on it for university!

What are you reading at the moment?

I just started Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’m hoping to get it read today though so I can start on the four books I’ve pulled out to read and review as a part of Portrait Of A Woman’s Lesbian In YA Literature week – Running from the 25th – 31st July. I think the first I’ll be reading of those is Huntress by Malinda Lo.

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

Oh no… one?! can I not give you my top five? I love them all for different reasons and I can’t choose between them! Entangled by Cat Clarke, Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott, Rockoholic by CJ Skuse, Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce and Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton…. and thats only since the beginning of 2011!

Who are your three favourite authors?

This is going to sound really strange but Irvine Welsh, Nick Hornby (even though my blog is YA lit and Welsh and Hornby are definitely not YA at all!) and Malorie Blackman.

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

There’s got to be two. I’m sorry! Harry Potter definitely had a huge impact on my life and my relationships and Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman made me view life in a completely different way and helped my grow up to appreciate everyone and everything life throws at you.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

To be honest… Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma and Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) (HB USA version not UK PB version!) by Sarah Mlynowski are in my boyfriends wardrobe right this minute… just waiting for my birthday to come and they have to be my most anticipated books right now!

Which book character is most like you?

I’m not sure… I’m a few all rolled into one I think… Grace from Cat Clarke’s Entangled really hit me hard.. I could totally see myself in her but not to the same extent, and also a bit of Della from Della Says OMG by Keris Stainton and Jody from Rockoholic! I think I would be a blend of all three of them! lol

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

Molly Weasley, just to cook for her for a change!

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Just go with it. There are times when it’s tough and you kinda think… why am I doing this, no one is even reading what I say, but to be honest… there are people reading, even if its just your mum for a while, there is someone reading and you have to put in effort to read and comment on other blogs, show your face and more people will look at what you do! Also Twitter is like a time warp which sucks you in and spits you out six hours later with not a lot been done in the meanwhile, but its worth it to speak to some amazing people out there!

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

I don’t often go a day without checking out:

http://www.bookangelbooktopia.com

http://www.serendipityreviews.co.uk

http://www.theslowestbookworm.com/,

http://www.heavenhellandpurgatory-bookreviews.com/

and http://chicklish.co.uk/.

Also http://bookalicio.us deserves a shout out as Pam was the one who got me into YA book blogging!

Many thanks to Raimy for contributing to The Book Base. Check out Raimy’s blog and follow her on Twitter.

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