Here are her responses:
How long have you been a blogger?
I have been blogging for three years. I started book blogging in October 2010.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
120 books. Not as much as I would like to!
What were your favourite books as a child?
My family weren’t big book buyers when I was a kid, so I would re-read nearly all my books. The ones I remember liking very much are Kid Power by Susan Beth Preffer, Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan, Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Homer Price by Robert McCloskey, and Class President by Johanna Hurwitz. They are still in my family’s bookshelves.
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Its UK publisher gave me the uncorrected proof copy for review. It has an amazing story. This debut novel was the subject of a 9-publisher auction and rights were sold in 31 countries.
Who are your three favourite authors?
Jane Austen, Eloise Jarvis McGraw, and Nicholas Sparks.
Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It was after reading this book that I begin to actively seek out other books. The book cover of the edition I own isn’t really attractive, so it was initially quite a daunting read for a 10-year old. However, I was quickly hooked on to reading it.
Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks and 11/22/63 by Stephen King. The Best of Me because I enjoy Sparks’ books and 11/22/63 because it seems like a pretty thrilling read. I have not read any of King’s books, and I always enjoy reading books by authors not familiar to me.
Which book character is most like you?
Ginger from The Fine Art of Insincerity by Angela Hunt. Like Ginger, I am the eldest in my family. I don’t know if this has to do with the eldest kid personality, but the way she communicates with her younger sisters is very similar to the way I communicate with my younger sisters.
If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?
The first book character I would invite over for dinner would be Victoria from The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. There are just so many questions I have for her… questions pertaining to the meanings behind flowers and how she dealt with her life issues. Another book character I would really love to meet over dinner is Anne from the Anne series by Lucy Maud Montgomery. She leads an intriguing life and I would love to learn how she manages six young kids.
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Network and maintain a state of professionalism in your blog.
Networking is vital in blogging, especially when you are a new blogger. It helps you get word about your blog out in the huge blogosphere.
I’ve always considered professionalism important in blogging. You don’t have to write like an attorney, but you do need to keep from getting over casual by putting in LOLs and dotting your posts with many smileys. A too casual blog doesn’t give a good impression to a first-time blog visitor.
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
The Parchment Girl – Kate’s blog was one of the few blogs I continually stalked when I first joined book blogging. Her review policy is one of the best I’ve seen so far. She writes insightful reviews and she always has interesting questions in her author interviews. (Kate has also taken part in the Book Blogger Q&A. Check it out here.)
Backseat Writer – The main reason why I love Amy’s blog is the humor she writes with. Her short and sweet Take 5 posts are a must-read.
Books I Recommend – I have not been following Noah’s blog for long, but it has quickly become one of my favorites. He posts book reviews regularly and his blog layout is pretty neat. Most Blogger-using book blogs I’ve visited tend to have cluttered and over-colored layouts, but it isn’t so with this blog.
The Book Fae – Mirriam’s blog is the first book blog I visited that has an age recommendation in reviews. I absolutely love this feature.