Book Blogger Q&A: Addicted 2 Novels

The 17th post in our Book Blogger Q&A series features Lena from Addicted 2 Novels.

Here are her responses:

Lena (Addicted 2 Novels)How long have you been a blogger?

I started blogging in October 2009, so about 1.5 years.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

That’s a great question.  Right now, I’m trying to read 100 books in one year.  I tried the same thing last year, but only succeeded in reading 87.

What were your favourite books as a child?

Where The Wild Things Are, Where The Sidewalk Ends, The Stinky Cheese Man, The Giving Tree, Corduroy, Green Eggs and Ham…honestly, I could go on and on.  I had a very awesome mom who read to me almost every night.

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m almost finished with The Eternal Sea (Everlasting #2) by Angie Frazier (GREAT SEQUEL!), and I’m starting Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski.

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

One?  ONE?!  I don’t think I can pick just one!  Umm…I’m going to go ahead and say Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.  I love that book something fierce!

Who are you three favourite authors?

LOL!  Wow, these are some tough questions.  I think I have a million favorite authors, BUT narrowing it down, I’m going to say Melissa Marr (I would read anything she wrote, even if it’s about pork chops and green beans), Sarah Dessen, and a tie between Jennifer Echols and Maggie Stiefvater.  Sorry I couldn’t pick just 3!

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.  Gosh, I remember reading this in high school.  It taught me a lot about morals, inner strength and dreaming big.  In fact, I still have the same highlighted, very beat up copy I had way back when.  I took it to college with me, to my first apartment, and still have it now.  I don’t think I’ll ever let it go.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

I would do ANYTHING to read Forever by Maggie Stiefvater, Shut Out by Kody Keplinger, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, The Death Cure by James Dashner, and The Pledge by Kimberly Derting.

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

Easy, Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games.  I would just want to talk to them about the games, their families, the districts and everything in between.  I’d also want to cuddle with Peeta for at least an hour.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Read as many books as possible, and be true to yourself.  Don’t let what others say change what you’re doing.  If you like it and it works, keep it up!

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

Wow, there are lots of fabulous blogs out there, but the first two that come to mind are For What It’s Worth and All-Consuming Books.  Karen and Tiger write the most fantastic reviews with loads of details and personality.  And they’re both quite possibly two of the kindest, sweetest, funniest girls out there.

Many thanks to Lena for contributing to The Book Base. Be sure to check out her blog and follow her on Twitter.

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Book Blogger Q&A: Another Book Junkie

Amanda from Another Book Blogger is the featured blogger in part 14 of our Book Blogger Q&A series.

Here are her responses:

How long have you been a blogger?

I’ve had various blogs throughout the years, but I suppose you mean a book blogger? My one year blogoversary was May 1st.

Approximately, how many books do you read every year?

Not as many as I’d like. I wish I could say a hundred or two, but unfortunately I don’t have the time for that. I’d say 30 to 50 for pleasure. Double that if we’re counting bedtime stories for my kiddos.

What were your favourite books as a child?

Dr. Seuss and these Bible stories are all I remember reading as a child. They weren’t Bible stories straight out of the Bible, but they were about a little girl who went on these little Bible type journeys and I cannot for the life of me remember what they were called. As I got older, Goosebumps.

What are you reading at the moment?

Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal, and Wildefire by Karsten Knight.

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

Oh dear this is hard. There have been so many wonderful books in the past few years. I have to break the rules here because I can’t choose. Honorable mentions; Wither by Lauren DeStefano, The DUFF by Kody Keplinger, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, Enclave by Ann Aguirre, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Peeps by Scott Westerfeld, Penitence by Jennifer Laurens.

Who are you three favourite authors?

Another hard one. Sarah Dessen and Jennifer Laurens for their ability to rock my socks through contemporary YA. Hannah Moskowitz for her lack of sugar-coating and tackling of subjects most don’t dare to touch. (This list would probably change a bit if I wasn’t keeping it YA oriented, but since my blog is YA only, so are my answers.)

Which book has had the greatest impact on your life?

Honestly? Twilight. I know what you’re thinking, and I cringe any time I think of the book anymore. But I had never given YA a chance before Twilight, reading only romance and mystery/suspense. (With the exception of required reading in school) Twilight is responsible for opening me up to another world of fiction.

Which books are you most eagerly anticipating?

Fever by Lauren DeStefano, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, Shatter Me by Tahareh Mafi.

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

The Harry Potter clan. Could make for an interesting meal.

What advice would you give to new bloggers?

Don’t ever feel obligated to do anything with blogging. Obligation takes the fun out of it. Do it for yourself. Do what feels right, and don’t worry about what other bloggers think is right or wrong. There is no book blogging handbook, and I don’t care who started it all, who has been around the longest, what anyone else says really doesn’t matter. It’s your blog. Do what you want with it.

Which other book blogs do you recommend?

I think this is going to boil down to your taste. There are so many great blogs out there, but I tend to gravitate toward those that I most generally agree with: Book Faery, Good Choice Reading, La Femme Readers.

Thanks to Amanda for taking the time to answer our questions. Check out her blog and follow her on Twitter.

Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chobosky

Publication Date: 1999

Why did I choose to read this book?

This has been on my to-be-read pile for ages. I can’t even remember when I bought it.

After reading Hangover Square and having started to re-read A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin, I was looking for something a bit less demanding. The Perks of Being a Wallflower seemed to fit the bill.

Summary

From the blurb of the Pocket Books paperback:

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years, yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what life looks like from the dance floor.

Review

I enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Although I’m nearly old enough to be his father, I really identified with Charlie and his struggles to understand the world around him. His relationship with his best friends, Sam and Patrick, a really important element of the storyline, was dealt with very well by Stephen Chbosky -it was both touching and believable.

I’ve read quite a few coming of age novels. Whilst reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower I was reminded of Naive.Super by Erland Loe, Train Man by Hitori Nakano, and, of course, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The Perks of Being a Wallflower wasn’t as good as these other titles, but it held up surprisingly well.

One of the things that I liked most about The Perks of Being a Wallflower was that it referenced other books. Throughout the story, Charlie’s English teacher, Bill, gives him books to read, such as: To Kill a Mockingbird, On The Road and Naked Lunch. Twelve classic books are mentioned in total, and these become Charlie’s favourite books. At some point I’d love to read all of these books. Most would be re-reads for me, but some of the titles (Walden, for instance), I’ve never read before. Perhaps I’ll run it as a reading challenge on The Book Base.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is being made into a film (due to be released in 2012). Emma Watson, Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, will play the part of Sam, and Charlie is to be played by Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson). Luckily, the film is being directed by the book’s author, Stephen Chbosky, so the source material shouldn’t be tampered with too much. However, as is the case with most book to screen adaptations, it’s probably a good idea to read the book first.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is not the best coming of age story I’ve ever read, but it is both poignant and well-written. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I regret leaving it on my to-be-read pile for so long.

Rating: 8 out of 10