Book Blogger Q&A: Read This Instead

Kathy from Read This Instead kindly agreed to take part in the Book Blogger Q&A series. She’s the 57th contributor so far.

Here are her responses:

How long have you been a blogger?

I started blogging in 2007, about a mix of things. But I started Read This Instead in March of 2011.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

Last year I read around 70. This year I think I’ll hit 100. There are so many good ones!

What were your favourite books as a child?

I actually wasn’t a big reader growing up. I remember my mom reading the Little House on the Prairie books to me, and loving that. In school I liked the Choose Your Own Adventure books, especially The Secret of 13. Does anyone else remember those?

What are you reading at the moment?

Supernaturally by Kiersten White. So bleeping good.

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

That’s a hard question! I’ll go with Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I cried. A lot.

Who are your three favourite authors?

I don’t really have a favorite. (I tend to like whoever wrote what I’m currently reading.) But you can’t go wrong with anything by Sara Zarr, Ally Condie, or Neal Shusterman.

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

I wish I had something deeper, but probably The Hunger Games. That was the series that converted me to reading. I had to read a lot of things for school that I didn’t like or couldn’t relate to. That was the first series that reminded me reading could be fun. And now I’m hooked.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins and The Death Cure by James Dashner.

Which book character is most like you?

Katniss from The Hunger Games, sort of. Her character was one of the first I’d read in a long time where I felt like I would think or react the same way that she did. I think I had most of her character flaws when I was that age, and a fair amount of her strengths. 🙂

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

Todd and Viola from the Chaos Walking books, Brewster from Bruiser by Neal Shusterman, Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games, Anna from Anna & the French Kiss, and Kat from Heist Society by Ally Carter. There’d be a bunch of kick-butt girls and some of the nicest boys in YA lit. Which would either be really awkward or a lot fun.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Have fun! And comment away on other blogs. It’s so fun to get to know other bloggers that way.

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

Forever Young Adult (for adults who like YA books)
Jenny from Alternate Readality

Many thanks to Kathy for taking the time to contribute to the Book Blogger Q&A series.

Make sure you check out her blog and follow her on Twitter.

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