Book Blogger Q&A: The Well-Read Wife

The 69th post in the Book Blogger Q&A series features Mandy from The Well-Read Wife.

Here are her responses:

How long have you been a blogger?

I started blogging at The Well-Read Wife in June of 2010. I started my other book blog, Young Adult Smash, in June of this past year.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

I’m not sure, because I don’t blog about everything I read. My goal for this year is to read 75 books.

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

I own a Nook, but I prefer reading a physical book. I’ve had a lot of technical issues with my e-reader, but I never have any problems with a good old fashioned book!

What were your favourite books as a child?

My favorite book as a very young child (4 yrs old) was The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, and in elementary school I liked mysteries such as the Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene and Trixie Belden series by Julie Campbell.

If you had to pick one, what’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months? Bedbugs by Ben H. Winters is one of the scariest books I’ve read in recent years. So, if I can only pick one then I’ll go with Bedbugs. I also loved A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness and The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz.

Who are your three favourite authors?

This is a tough question!

1. Charlaine Harris- She is best known as the author of the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries. However, she is quite prolific and has written a number of different series. I have read every book she’s ever written, and I’ve never been disappointed! As far as commercial fiction goes, she is the best. She puts out at least a couple of quality works of fiction each year. She is amazing.

2. Chuck Palahniuk- Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Diary, and Survivor are some of my favorite books of all time. I got to meet him at a signing at BEA and for me it was like getting to meet one of The Beatles. The man is a God in my book!

3. Sylvia Plath – This might sound very “stereotypical female English major” but The Bell Jar is one of my all time favorites. I also love her poetry. I collect original copies of journals and magazines where her poems first appeared. I am a little obsessed with her…

If I could choose a #4 it would be Ernest Hemingway.

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

Uhmmm…. My answer to this question changes depending on my mood. Right now I would have to say The Bell Jar.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

Damned by Chuck Palahniuk. I have an ARC of it, and I’ve been forcing myself not to read it. I know if I read it now I will go ahead and write about it, and I want to post closer to the pub. date.

Which book character is most like you?

In my teen years I was a lot like Lauren from The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis. Currently, I’m probably more like Bridget Jones after she marries Mark Darcy and has a couple of kids.

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

  • Marie from Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky. I would really want to give Marie a good talking to about the havoc she wreaked in Bad Marie.
  • Tyler Durden from Fight Club – although he might be a little scary!
  • Sookie Stackhouse – I would want to ask her about life in Bon Temps and why she stayed with that dork Bill for so long.
  • Edward Cullen from Twilight by Stephanie Meyers. Yes, I am one of those nerds that loves Twilight! I would have Edward at the table so I could stare at him. He’s dreamy! haha
  • Haley Joel Osment and Dakota Fanning from Richard Yates by Tao Lin. I would really just like to see them interact with Edward and Sookie. I think it would be funny.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Try not to let yourself get frustrated. Be patient and keep blogging. You will make friends with other bloggers and develop PR contacts eventually. Believe in yourself…

Which other book blogs do you recommend? There are so many that I love! The following are just a sampling of the blogs I enjoy:
The Book Lady’s Blog
Jenn’s Bookshelves
Beth Fish Reads
The Literate Housewife
Bermuda Onion
Bookslut
The Story Siren
Good Books and Good Wine
Bookalicio.us
CiCi’s Theories
Between The Covers
Pop Culture Junkie
And there are many, many more.

Many thanks to Mandy for taking the time to give some great answers to our questions.

If you haven’t already done so, check out Mandy’s blog and follow her on Twitter.

Book Blogger Q&A: Things Mean A Lot

The 64th post in our Book Blogger Q&A series features Ana from Things Mean  A Lot.

Here are her responses:

How long have you been a blogger?

I started in March 2007, so four and a half years now. I can’t believe it’s been so long!

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

It really depends on my life circumstances. In 2009 and 2010 it was over 200. But ever since I started grad school I’m averaging twelve a month, so it definitely won’t be as many this year.

What were your favourite books as a child?

Grimm’s fairy tales and a collection of retold Greek myths. My access to books was somewhat limited, so what I’d do was read the same collections again and again.

What are you reading at the moment?

I have a bunch of books going, mostly because my attention’s scattered and I have trouble concentrating on just one thing. Two are fiction (Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld) and two are non-fiction (Myths of Gender by Anne Fausto-Sterling and The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson). I’m enjoying them all so far!

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

It’s really hard to pick just one, but probably The 10pm Question by Kate de Goldi.

Who are your three favourite authors?

Argh, just three? I can’t pick a definite list, but Sarah Waters, Margo Lanagan and Neil Gaiman are certainly three of them.

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

I swear, I’ve been staring at this question for five minutes and drawing a blank. I think my childhood obsession with myths and fairy tales was life-changing because it made me fall in love with story and define myself as a reader – not to mention the fact that it determined some of my lifelong interests. But to be honest I could come up with ten different answers to this question and they would all be equally truthful. So many books have impacted me in such different ways that it’s hard to compare them.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

I’m absolutely dying to get my hands on The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides, which will be out in October.

Which book character is most like you?

Hmm… the characters I’m drawn to actually tend to be very different from me, but I guess I identify with the unnamed narrator of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. She’s a character a lot of readers dislike for being so insecure, but I recognised a lot of myself in her.

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

I’d invite Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s incarnations of Death. This might sound a bit morbid but it’s not, really! As anyone who has read Reaper Man or Death: The High Cost of Living will know, both are fascinating characters with a real appreciation of life. I think both would be a lot of fun to spend time with, even if in very different ways.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Just be yourself, and most of all have fun. The blogging world was very different when I started out all those years ago, and to be honest I suspect that if I was a new blogger now I would easily get discouraged. But this is a great community to belong to, and being a book blogger can be so rewarding. So don’t let yourself feel pressured or stressed out. Don’t worry too much about rules, being the best, or “making it” as a blogger (unless that’s what you really want, of course). Just do your own thing. You don’t have to fit any specific mould – there’s room for all sorts of voices and approaches. Your individuality is the best you can offer.

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

Amy Reads, Iris on Books, Still Life With Books, Jenny’s Books, BookGazing, Stella Matutina and Booklust – just to name a few!

Thanks to Ana for taking the time to answer our questions. If you haven’t already done so, check out her fantastic blog and follow her on Twitter.

Book Blogger Q&A: Peace Love Books

The 62nd post in our Book Blogger Q&A series features Jessica from Peace Love Books.

Here are her her responses:

How long have you been a blogger?

I’ve been blogging since May but I’ve always been an avid reader. Right when school was about to end, I was messing around on the internet and came across book blogs and decided to start my own! It’s pretty much taken up my whole summer.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

I actually keep track 🙂 Last year I read 142 books. Since this year has been so much busier, I decided to set my Goodreads goal to 120 books. I’m already 13 books ahead!

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

I just got a Nook Color about 2 months ago and I absolutely love it! I do prefer reading the hardcopy better, but having a Nook makes it so much easier to read ARCs from authors and it allows me to review more than I would without one.

What were your favourite books as a child?

In elementary school I loved reading the Madison Finn series by Laura Dower and The Amazing Days of Abbey Hayes by Anne Mazer. I was completely obsessed with these series and I would always buy the new one as soon as it came out.

What are you reading at the moment?

Right now I am almost done with a criminal love story called Brightwing by Sullivan Lee. She asked me to review it and I’m really enjoying it!

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

Hmmmm, I would have to say The Hunger Games. My friend told me about the series and let me borrow it from her. I read all three books within the week and fell in love with them!

Who are your three favourite authors?

This is so hard! But I would have to say Nicholas Sparks, Jennifer Echols, and Cassandra Clare. Their books are so amazing!

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

I actually just answered this question for the Follow Friday meme. My answer was A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. You know why? Because it was the very first book that I’ve ever cried about because the story was so sad. Even though I had already seen the movie before I read it, I still cried because there was just so much emotion in the book! To this day I still only cry when I read a Nicholas Sparks book (or watch one of his movies).

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

I am really looking forward to this book called Juliet Immortal. It comes out later this August and it’s a twist on Romeo and Juliet. Instead of them being in love, Juliet is trapped with Romeo and she’s really in love with someone else. I think that it’s an awesome new take on Romeo and Juliet that hasn’t really been done before. I can’t wait to read it!

Which book character is most like you?

Oooh, I’ve never thought about that before. Thinking about it, I think I’m a bit like a younger, American version of Bridget Jones. I can be socially awkward and a bit crazy at times, but at the end of the day I have amazing friends and I’m perfectly okay with being exactly how I am.

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

First I would definitely choose Jace Wayland from the Mortal Instruments. Why? Because I am completely in love with him!! He’s so awesome and I would love to learn more about Shadowhunters and how their lives are like. Then I would invite Fred Weasley (before his death, which completely devastated me) because he is so funny! Honestly, I love his personality and how he can make anyone laugh and come up with such cool toys for his shop. Then I would probably have to invite Gale from The Hunger Games. I was team Gale all throughout the books because he was always there for Katniss. They were such good friends and I would love to have a friend like him. Not to mention he’s pretty gorgeous 🙂 So yeah, I’d have dinner with my three guys that would keep me entertained for quite a while!

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Make sure you blog as much as you can! The more you blog, the more people are likely to see something they like and comment/follow you. The memes are so much fun to do to and a great way to find followers and other blogs to follow. In My Mailbox and Follow My Book Blog Fridays are my favorites to do!

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

My favorite blogs to read are:

Many thanks to Jessica for taking the time to answer our questions. If you haven’t done so already, check out her blog.