For the 50th Book Blogger Q&A I’m really pleased to say that Lenore Appelhans from Presenting Lenore is the blogger in the spotlight. Presenting Lenore was one of the first book blogs I came across and admired, so it seems fitting that it is featured in the 50th post in this series. (I can’t believe we’ve hit the half-century already!)
Here are Lenore’s responses:
How long have you been a blogger?
I’ve been blogging for over 4 years.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
Before blogging I probably read about 50 a year. Now I read about 150 a year, though this number will probably go down as I am busy with my own writing.
What were your favourite books as a child?
I loved those illustrated classics for kids, especially Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper.
What are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading a bunch of dystopian novels in preparation for my Dystopian August theme month next month. And I just ordered the books in my bracket for Nerds Heart YA.
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
Can’t pick just one – sorry! But I really enjoyed the last four books I read, and such a streak doesn’t come around very often. Those books were: Legend by Marie Lu, All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin, The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer and Ashes by Ilsa Bick.
Who are your three favourite authors?
I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to three. I’m not really the type of reader who finds an author and then reads everything they write.
Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?
The Bible. But that’s the easy answer isn’t it? So, probably I’d have to thank Uglies by Scott Westerfeld for being my gateway book into modern YA. And YA has definitely had a huge impact on my current life situation. 🙂
Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?
I’d love to get my hands on Pandemonium, the sequel to Lauren Oliver’s Delirium. And of course, I am ridiculously excited for my own debut novel Level Two to come out in Fall 2012. (Simon & Schuster BFYR)
Which book character is most like you?
I’ve never met any book characters that were very much like me. But I love it when I come across a character that has one of my quirks. I can’t think of any book characters right now, Seinfeld and I are very much alike in that we both think a bowl of cereal counts as dinner.
If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?
Thursday Next from Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair – because she can jump into books, and maybe later when I think of more characters she can help me bring them to the dinner. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games – he’ll bring the bread. Noah from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – he’ll bring the swoon.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
I prepared a New Book Blogger FAQ that I send to new bloggers who contact me with questions.
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
I can recommend all the blogs on my blog roll. I never miss a post from Forever Young Adult. They are hilarious! Also, for in-depth, honest book reviews, you can’t go wrong with Stacked, Steph Su, Galleysmith and The Book Smugglers.
Also look out for Lenore’s debut novel, Level Two, which is out later this year.