Book Blogger Q&A: The Bookish Type

Casey from The Bookish Type is the 67th book blogger to take part in our Q&A series.

Here are her responses:

The Bookish TypeHow 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.

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

Book Blogger Q&A: Book Harbinger

The 66th post in the Book Blogger Q&A series features Holly from Book Harbinger.

Here are the answers she gave to our questions about her reading habits and favourite books:

Book HarbingerHow long have you been a blogger?

For just over a year.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

Around 60 before I started blogging but if I’m able to keep up my pace this year I’ll probably reach 75.

Do you own a Kindle or a Nook (or another electronic book reader), and do you prefer it to reading a traditional book?

I got a Kindle last year for Christmas and I’ve enjoyed using it, especially to read egalleys, bargain ebooks or books unavailable in the US but I would prefer to read a traditional book almost every time.

What were your favourite books as a child?

Hatchet, Tuck Everlasting, A Wrinkle in Time, and the Sweet Valley Twins series.

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

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Who are your three favourite authors?

Juliet Marillier, Deanna Raybourn, and Ilona Andrews

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

I’ll have to go with the boring but very true answer: The Book of Mormon, followed by the Bible. If we’re talking strictly fiction, I would say anything by Jane Austen.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

Which book character is most like you?

Well, according to the Jane Austen heroine quiz, I would be Jane Bennett. But honestly I don’t know if anyone else does this but I’m always comparing myself to many of the characters in the books I’m reading and I always come up as a good but ultimately boring.

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

I would love to have Finbar from Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series over for dinner. He’s part-man, part-swan, part-shadow, completely dedicated to his family and just plain cool.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Blog because you love it and you want to discover other blogs. Sharing your love of reading and developing relationships with other bloggers are going to be the most rewarding things you can do.

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

Angieville, Chachic’s Book Nook, See Michelle Read, and Inkcrush.

Thanks to Holly for contributing to the Book Blogger Q&A series.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you check out her great blog and follow her on Twitter.

Book Blogger Q&A: All The Books I Can Read

After a few months break, the Book Blogger Q&A series is back! The 65th installment features Bree from All The Books I Can Read.

Here are her responses:

How long have you been a blogger?

I started the book blog in late May 2010

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

It depends – last year I read 129, this year I’ve read over 130 already. I’m having a baby next month though so I expect that my reading pace will slow down quite a bit after that!

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 Kindle – I’ve had it for almost a year now. I love it but I see it as more an accessory to my physical book collection, not a replacement. It has lots of advantages, such as making it very easy to read eARC’s (I can’t read on my laptop) and also it’s so convenient for holidays. I love the fact that I can take so many books away with me and have such a wide reading choice but yet not take up any room in my luggage!

What were your favourite books as a child?

I loved anything Enid Blyton – the Famous 5, the Magic Faraway Tree books, the Wishing Chair books, etc. I also read quite a lot of Babysitter Club books when I was probably aged 7-10

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

Only one? That’s hard! I think The Post-Birthday World, by Lionel Shriver

Who are your three favourite authors?

Another hard one! I read so many books it’s really hard to narrow it down. I really like Jennifer Echols for YA Romantic Drama/Comedy, Lionel Shriver is a recent favourite and…John Irving.

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

I think The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johan David Wyss. It got me interested in writing stories, which fuelled my interest in reading further… so it was a cycle.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

The Sending, by Isobelle Carmody which is the next in the Obernewtyn series, which I’ve been reading since I was 14, Matilda Is Missing, by Caroline Overington, The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Which book character is most like you?

To be honest I’m not real sure I’ve ever come across a book character like me – maybe a tiny bit of Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables. I felt the same way about being tormented for having red hair as she did!

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

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, Nicholas Brisbane from Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia series, Ranger Manoso from the Stephanie Plum novels and Rob Ryan from In The Woods, by Tana French

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Do it for yourself – read and review the books you want to and be honest. It should be as fun and as enjoyable as possible.

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

Shannon has a great blog over at Giraffe Days – one of the first book blogs I discovered when I started mine. Books I Done Read has lots of humor in its reviews and I also love to visit The Broke And The Bookish.

Many thanks to Bree for taking the time to contribute to The Book Base.

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