Here are her responses:
How long have you been a blogger?
Technically I’ve been spouting bookish thoughts into the blog-o-sphere since late 2008, (soon after I started my family blog,) although that was mostly for my own record-keeping-purposes. I didn’t really join the book blog community until June 2010.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
I go through phases, but the last few years it’s been around 110-120. I try to not be so concerned about the numbers, but you know how it goes: so many books, so little time.
What were your favourite books as a child?
Beverly Cleary is an all time favorite, but I also read (and re-read) Little House on the Prairie, The Little Princess, and The Secret Garden…to name a few.
What are you reading at the moment?
Gone With the Wind (Scarlett is driving me a little nuts but I’m trying to remain focused) and Choosing to SEE—a memoir by Mary Beth Chapman.
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
That is a crazy-hard question. I could pick a favorite reread like Persuasion, but maybe a better choice would be a new favorite like Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor…I loved the topic, the characters, the format he used for telling his story, and above all the gorgeous writing. It’s a book that grows in my estimation as time goes by.
Who are your three favourite authors?
I suppose I’d have to say Jane Austen for her wit and observations, Leo Tolstoy for having one of the most fascinating minds I’ve ever encountered, and Willa Cather for truly understanding the torment and conflict that often goes hand in hand with love and aspirations.
Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?
As far as novels go, I’d have to say A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It just puts life into perspective. I’ve read it twice, at very different ages, and both times I’ve absolutely loved it.
Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?
I’m counting down the days until August arrives and I get to dive into a gorgeous stack of [somewhat] obscure classic literature with the Art of the Novella Challenge (novellas published by Melville House Publishing). They may not be New Releases in the strictest sense, but I’m pretty excited about them.
Which book character is most like you?
I’d like to say either Francie Nolan (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) or Anne Eliot (Persuasion) although that may be wishful thinking…in any case, those are the two girls that I deeply identify with.
If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?
Without a doubt it would be Anne Eliot, Captain Wentworth, and Admiral & Mrs. Croft from Persuasion. They are some of the most honest, enjoyable, and comfortable characters I’ve ever spent time with…not to mention the sense of humor. Good music, good conversation, good laughs—what more could you ask of dinner guests?
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Not that I’m qualified to dole out advice, but I think that it’s vital to enjoy yourself. Try to keep the reason why you are blogging in focus, make friends with other bloggers, but most of all—just have fun.
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
There are so many brilliant book blogs out there. A few that I enjoy visiting are Thomas at My Porch, Joanne at Lakeside Musings, Wallace at Unputdownables, and Jill at Fizzy Thoughts…who pretty much always makes me giggle.
Many thanks to Melody for taking the time to contribute to The Book Base. If you haven’t done so already, check out her blog, Fingers & Prose.