Casey from The Bookish Type is the 67th book blogger to take part in our Q&A series.
Here are her responses:
How long have you been a blogger?
I’ve been blogging since February of 2010.
Approximately, how many books do you read every year?
I only started keeping track when I started blogging. In 2010, I read 100 books. This year I’m already approaching 100, so I suspect it will be much higher. I’ve always been an avid reader though, so it’s hard to say how many books I’ve read each year in the past.
Do you own a Kindle or a Nook (or another electronic book reader), and do you prefer it to reading a traditional book?
I have a Nook. I’m not sure if I’d say I prefer it to a traditional book. Each has its advantages. I wanted a Nook so I didn’t always have to lug around a thousand pounds of books, and so I wouldn’t have to drive the 45 minutes to the bookstore when I wanted a new release. However, there’s nothing like holding a solid book in your hand, or seeing its pretty cover sitting on your shelf.
What were your favourite books as a child?
I was a HUGE Nancy Drew fan, as well as The Babysitter’s Club. And, of course, Harry Potter goes without saying, though I started it in my early teens.
If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?
This is quite possibly the hardest question ever. I think I read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins this time last year, which is my all-time favorite book — so I’ll go with that. Absolutely brilliant.
Who are your three favourite authors?
Suzanne Collins, Sarah Dessen, Jane Austen — I tend to read a lot of women authors, for some reason.
Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?
That’s a good question. I wish I knew which book first got me into reading, because that would probably be it — but I’ve been a bookworm for as long as I can remember, so I have no idea which book started it all. I think I’d have to say To Kill A Mockingbird had the greatest impact. First of all, it’s just an amazing, powerful book. I’ve written a lot of school essays about it, and it’s inspiring to see how much of an impact Harper Lee had on people’s prejudices. It was also the book that made me realize classics were classics for a reason — and now I’m an Austen, Bronte, Dickens, Shakespeare, etc. junkie.
Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?
Oh, I’m always excited for about a million books — especially since I’ve started blogging and am constantly discovering new releases. I think the book I’m most excited for right now is Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare. Clockwork Angel blew me away — I LOVE Victorian England, and combining that with the fantastic Shadowhunter world totally sucked me in. And that ending! There are quite a few books I’ve read recently with killer cliffhangers, so I’m in desperate need of the sequels — Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand, Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins, Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver, Endlessly (Supernaturally #3) by Kiersten White, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer #2 by Michelle Hodkin, and Shades of London #2 by Maureen Johnson. Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard also sounds like a beautiful, powerful book.
Which book character is most like you?
Probably Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. I’ve always been That Girl — the one who actually enjoyed school and books and “nerdy” things like that. Nerds rule the world, so it’s all good.
If you had to invite some book characters round for dinner, who would you choose and why?
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games), Katsa (Graceling) and Tris (Divergent) because they’re my heroes — girls who kick butt and take names. Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) because I bet she has some good stories to tell. Puck (The Iron Fey) because he keeps things interesting, and I’m totally in love with him. Actually, scratch that — maybe it’ll just be me and Puck 😉
What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Have fun! I know it’s intimidating to see established blogs with a bazillion followers when you’re just starting out — but it’s like Field of Dreams, if you build it, they will come. You started your blog because you love to read and you love to talk about books — and you’ve just found a whole community of people just like you! Everyone is friendly and glad to answer questions and talk books with you, so if you just relax and do your thing your way, you’re well on your way to success.
Which other book blogs do you recommend?
There are a few blogs I stalk regularly: Pure Imagination, 365 Days of Reading, Reading Teen, YA Book Shelf, The Book Worms, A Tapestry of Words and The Nerd’s Wife, to name a few. All of those blogs are run by friendly, intelligent bloggers whose opinions I trust.
Many thanks to Casey for taking the time to answer our questions.