Book Blogger Q&A: The Book Heist

Michelle from The Book Heist kindly agreed to contribute to our Book Blogger Q&A series. She’s the 56th book blogger to take part.

Here are her responses:

The Book HeistHow long have you been a blogger?

It’s actually been almost a year now. I started my blog last October when I first discovered book blogging and all that came with it.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

This is actually a really tough question to answer, because I read a lot. (Read: too much). So far this year I’ve read around 90 books. So in a whole year, I read about 160 books.

What were your favourite books as a child?

As I child, I was deeply in love with the Bearenstien Bear books. I would read them constantly, over and over.

What are you reading at the moment?

At the moment, I’m reading the YA novel Hereafter. So far, it’s amazing, and I would recommend it to anyone.

If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?

This is a hard question too, as it’s difficult to pick just one. I would have to say the best book I’ve read in the last twelve months is The Iron Knight by Julie Kawgawa. I don’t usually read books from the male perspective, because I find it harder to relate. But this book blew my mind and took me away.

Who are your three favourite authors?

Hmm… I’m going to say Richelle Mead, Beth Revis, and Daniel Waters.

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

I enjoy reading books that I can relate to, whether it be through age, feelings, or circumstances. This makes this answer an easy one.  I once read this book called Hate List, by Jennifer Brown. I had gone through a lot of the same things as the protagonist (bullying, death, depression), that I find this book haunting me even now, over a year since I’ve read it.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

The second book in Richelle Mead’s new series, Bloodlines. (The first was ah-mazing.) The third book in Ally Carter’s Heist Society series. (I can’t get enough of Hale.) The last novel in the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow, Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey, and So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev. (Just to name a few.)

Which book character is most like you?

I’m going with Anna Oliphont from Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss. I’m pretty normal (compared to book standards’). I have friends, I can speak a little French, and love the name Etienne St. Clair.

If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?

I really love strong, empowered female characters, if that’s now cliched enough. So first and foremost I would chose Rose Hathaway from Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy Series. She’s Badass. ‘Nough said. Another tough female I would love to meet would be Dru Anderson from Lili St. Crow’s Strange Angels series. She’s tough, can handle a gun, and doesn’t let anyone push her around. Last, but not least, I would want to meet Amy from Beth Revis’ Across the Universe. Mostly because she was cryogenically frozen, and ever since reading the book, I’ve been interested in cryogenics.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

I would say to not worry about how many followers you have, or how many hits your blog gets. It just distracts you. Just worry about putting out the best material you can.

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

I actually don’t follow a lot of other book blogs, because I’m afraid of unconsciously taking something from them and adding it to my blog. One book blog I do love, though, is Presenting Lenore. She writes wonderfully. (Lenore has also contributed to the Book Blogger Q&A series – check out her answers here.)

Many thanks to Michelle for taking the time to answer our questions. Make sure you visit her blog and follow her on Twitter.

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