Book Blogger Q&A: Reading or Breathing

Kelsey from Reading or Breathing kindly agreed to contribute to our Book Blogger Q&A series. She’s the 58th book blogger to take part.

Here are her responses:

Reading or BreathingHow long have you been a blogger?

I started in February of 2010. So about a year and half!

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

Usually around 50, with the majority of those being read in the summer. College doesn’t allow me as much time to read as I’d like.

What were your favourite books as a child?

The Thoroughbred series by Joanna Campbell and Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m actually reading several books at the moment which isn’t like me. There’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Love Story by Jennifer Echols and then I’m also in the middle of rereading The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han because I love it so much!

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

I’d have to say Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

Who are your three favourite authors?

Jodi Picoult, Cassandra Clare and JK Rowling.

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I owe a lot of my love for reading to that book.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and Fever by Lauren DeStefano.

Which book character is most like you?

I think Hadley from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (AMAZING book by the way).

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

Well if I’m inviting book characters over for dinner, there is obviously no line between fiction and reality. In which case, I’m dining at Hogwarts!

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

To have fun and stay true to yourself. We became bloggers in the first place because we love reading and wanted a way to share our thoughts with others like us. If at any point it starts feeling like a job, that’s where you need to take a step back and think to yourself, “Okay, do I really want to keep doing this? Do I want to take a break? Do I need to take it in a new direction?” YOU make the decisions. I personally think it’s more of a tragedy to see someone’s love for reading fizzle out than it is to see a blog bite the dust. I personally have taken several long absences from my blog because of college and lack of inspiration, but I know it’s always there when I want to come back to it. There are no rules. Another thing I think is important is finding your own voice. The reason we’re able to have so many book blogs is BECAUSE everyone has a different personality and can offer an entirely new perspective. Don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re not “doing it” right. And more importantly, don’t let anyone pressure you into posting about a topic that you’re not comfortable talking about.

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

Novel Thoughts, The Crooked Shelf and Books, Sweets and Other Treats.

Thanks to Kelsey for taking the time to answer our questions.

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

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