Book Blogger Q&A 49 features Jessie from .bibliophile. .anonymous.
Here are her responses:
How long have you been a blogger?
I started blogging in late April of 2011 after a friend of mine IRL started her own and inspired me.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
Usually between 110 and 150. This year I am on track to read about 160ish but we’ll see! I get distracted easily.
What were your favourite books as a child?
- Lois Lowry was a big favorite – The Giver, Number the Stars are still favorites of mine to this day.
- J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter – ubiquitous nowadays but I first fell in love with Harry when I was 11.
- Judy Blume, still loved but I could not have made it through adolescence without her funny, insightful novels.
- Louis Sachar’s Wayside School is yet another I loved.
- Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is bloody brilliant and a favorite since I read it at 12.
What are you reading at the moment?
I just finished George R. R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons and am now contemplating a reread of the first four or beginning The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
I might have to go with Heartless by Gail Carriger, the fourth in her Parasol Protectorate series. I’ve loved the whole series, and reviewd this last past and just simply adore them. If not that, The Crippled God by Steven Erikson. Despite this being the tenth and concluding volume of my second favorite epic fantasy series, I loved and treasured every page.
Who are your three favourite authors?
Steven Erikson, Sarah Dunant, George R. R. Martin
Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?
Probably The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings or Dune. Both were given to me in 6th grade (about 11) by my father and those novels set me on a path of love of fantasy/sci-fi/high imagination I’ve never put aside.
Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?
Now that I’ve finally got my hands on both Dance and Heartless, I’d love to read Scott Lynch’s next: The Republic of Thieves. Due out soon (I hope!) his Gentlemen Bastards series is another must-read.
Which book character is most like you?
A mix of de Lint’s Jilly Coppercorn whimsy, Jordan’s Aviendha fondness of weapons and martial arts, and Hermione’s insufferable know-it-allness.
If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?
Paul Atreides from Dune because he inspired a galaxy-wide fanatic war, Eddard Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen from A Song of Ice and Fire series so I could definitively answer all the riddles these two men were privy to, Yossarian from Catch-22 for sheer absurdity, Lord Akeldama from The Parasol Protectorate for all the witty repartee I could stand.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Blog because it’s fun, because you love it, blog because you have thoughts that you need to express. I love bookblogging because reviewing and analyzing these books has lead me to refine my taste in books and learn more about what I truly like to read and what I hate.
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
- Unabridged Chick has wonderful, insightful reviews with frequent giveaways.
- Libby Heily has an excellent mash-up of reading, writing and frequently posts her own original fiction.
- Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist is a must read for fantasy lovers.
Many thanks to Jessie for taking the time to contribute to The Book Base’s Book Blogger Q&A series.