Jen from Devourer of Books kindly agreed to answer some questions for The Book Base about her reading habits and favourite books. In doing so, she became the 54th contributor to our Book Blogger Q&A series.
Here are her responses:
How long have you been a blogger?
I’ve been blogging since February of 2008, so about three and a half years now.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
As I’ve been more deliberate about my reading (and more aware of just how many amazing books are out there) I have found that I am reading faster and faster. Pre-blogging, the number was probably around 50, but now it is in the 200-250/year range.
What were your favourite books as a child?
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster was a big favorite of mine.
What are you reading at the moment?
I’ve got at least two books going at any given time, plus often a third as well as well. Right now I’ve got going White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey in audio, This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park in print, and Rules of Civility by Amor Towles on my Nook.
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
I’m pretty sure that there is no way I can pick one book out of the 200+ in the last twelve months, but here are a few notables that immediately spring to mind from 2011 thus far: You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon, The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht, Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close, Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman, Faith by Jennifer Haigh.
Who are your three favourite authors?
Steinbeck is my favorite dead author. Beyond that, I really can’t play favorites!
Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I think that was the first book that caused me to really think about the interplay of language, plot, and character. Reading it still gives me a wonderful, floaty feeling.
Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?
Some things on my fall wishlist are The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (Oct), The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta (Aug), The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian (Oct), and The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern (Sept).
Which book character is most like you?
I think that if I found a character too much like myself, I wouldn’t enjoy the book. Part of why I read is to learn about the different people with different personalities and how they react in different situations.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Just get in there and start writing about what you are reading. Don’t worry about review copies or any of that, there will be plenty of time for that, you should read your own books and stuff from the library while you still have a chance! Providing quality content is what will get you noticed. Beyond that, Twitter is a great place to start “meeting” other bloggers, as well as authors and publishing professionals.
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
Well, I think I might be contractually obligated (not really) to mention Linus’s Blanket. Nicole and I partner together on a bunch of different projects including BOOK CLUB and our podcast What’s Old is New, plus another project we’re hoping to launch this fall. Plus, of course, Nicole has a fabulous blog, as do some of my other best blogging friends: Jennifer from Literate Housewife, Michelle from That’s What She Read and Michelle from My Books. My Life.
Thanks to Jen for taking the time to answer our questions.