Guen from Ezine of A Random Girl kindly agreed to answer some questions for The Book Base about her reading habits and favourite books. In doing so, she became the 60th contributor to the Book Blogger Q&A series.
Here are her responses:
How long have you been a blogger?
I’ve been a blogger for almost a year now. On August 9, my blog will turn a year old. I started last year on August 9, 2010 mainly because I wanted to share my thoughts on books I read, movies I’ve seen, and songs I’ve heard.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
Honestly, I usually don’t keep track of the books I read every year. It’s only now that I’ve began to keep track of them, thanks to Goodreads. I’d like to think that I read hundreds of books every year, but juggling school and my own life is a pain in the butt, it messes with my reading schedule. I do notice that read most of my books during summer. I don’t think I’ve ever read this many books before I started blogging.
What were your favourite books as a child?
When I was younger, I loved reading Gail Carson Levine’s books. Whether it be Fairy Dust and The Quest for the Egg or Ella Enchanted, Fairest, and Ever. My favourite books as a child would be the Geronimo Stilton books, just because it had crazy fonts. Then as I grew up I favoured the Melanie Martin Novels, then shifted over to the The Spiderwick Chronicles, then the The Edge Chronicles. I also fell head over heels for The Wanderer by Sharon Creech.
What are you reading at the moment?
A couple of days ago I finished reading Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Right now, I’m reading Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines and Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt. I’m mentally kicking myself for not finishing these books faster because I really would love to move on and read the other books on my TBR pile. Plus, my friends tend to be surprised if I don’t finish a book within a few days.
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
Oh gosh, I always squirm in my seat whenever I’m asked questions like this. I’ve read a lot of great books the past twelve months and it’s always hard to pick just one. So from the top of my head, I’m going to pick three of the best books I’ve read. The first would be The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen. I loved the concept of the book, the characters, and basically everything about it. It had me after the first few paragraphs, especially when the main character, Amy, was introduced. The second book would be Divergent by Veronica Ross. It’s gotten a lot of praise, and I couldn’t agree more. It deserved all the praise it got because it was that good. No. It was amazing. The third would have to be Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play by Ridley Pearson. I’m a die-hard Kingdom Keepers fan and not a lot of people recognize the series to be Young Adult. I’m one who always fangirls, but how much I love this series just takes my fangirling to the next level.
Who are your three favourite authors?
Oh my gosh, this tends to be another question I find hard to answer. I’ve read books of so many great authors that it’s really hard to choose one. But the authors that I’ll never forget, along with their books, would be S.E Hinton, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Suzanne Collins.
Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?
This probably is the easiest question for me. In my case, though, I have two books that have had a great impact on my life. The first one would be hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. If it weren’t for her and her book I would’ve never found paranormal romance or YA, and therefore my blog wouldn’t ever have been created. I wouldn’t have found such great books if it weren’t for hush, hush. The second would be The Outsiders by S.E Hinton. If I had to pick one book that I would really push my kids (in the future) to read, it would be this. A great and moving coming of age story. It will forever be in my heart.
Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?
Gosh, there are so much books I’m eagerly anticipating right now. A few of them would be Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick, which won’t be published till October 4, 2011; Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game by Ridley Pearson, it’ll be published in April of 2012, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith to be published on January 2, 2012, The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting, to be published on April 17, 2012, and Everneath by Brodi Ashton which will be published on January 3, 2012.
Which book character is most like you?
Aha! The book characters that are most like me would have to be Willa from the Kingdom Keepers series and Amy from The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen.
If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?
If I could invite some book characters to have dinner with it would be…Johnny Cade from The Outsiders…but that would mean bringing him back from the dead, Patch from hush, hush who I will keep to myself the entire night…he’s just so darn irresistible!, the Kingdom Keepers (yeah, all of them) because I just want to, and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games because she’s so bad ass. Of course I’m not letting them see the mess that is my house, so we’ll all be heading to Hogwarts for dinner. How out of place, I wonder, would we be?
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
From a newbie to another, my advice for new bloggers would be…remember the reason why you chose to start up your blog. It’ll be what will motivate you each and every time, especially when things get stressful and you begin to feel that no one seems to be passing by. Because everything will work out. Of course, there are things that are beyond what you can do and there are things you can do, for example, advertising your blog and making friends. Things like followers, comments, and views–you can’t force them, they’ll come eventually. Another thing is, be YOU. It’s your blog, it’s your voice, it’s your thoughts. Write what you think, yet be mindful of others. You are your own person, and sure you’re not perfect–who in the world is?–but there’s always room for improvement. Cliché, I know, but it’s true. Most importantly, have fun. That’s all I have at the moment, because I’m still navigating my way too.
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
Many thanks to Guen for taking the time to take part in the Book Blogger Q&A series.