Hello everyone, this year I am taking part in Book Blogger Love-A-Thon co-hosted by Kate & Alexa. My interview partner for this was Liz of Along For The Read. We asked each other 10 questions and this is what Liz said.
1. Why did you get into book blogging?
It was a spur of the moment decision that seemed to stick. I had wanted to write a blog for a while, but book blogs were something that I didn’t even know existed. I had toyed with a bunch of different ideas, but none were ones that I was overly inspired to stick with. When I was working in a bookstore during the holidays one year, I started to really get back into reading, and started doing online research about which books were worth reading. That’s when I really discovered Goodreads as a tool, and started exploring the online book loving world. When I realized that there were a ton of people online who loved YA like I do, I got really excited, and started exploring blogs, and on a whim set my own up to post reviews of books I had recently read. There was no amount of organization involved, and there still isn’t, but somehow, two years later, I am still here!
2. How long have you been book blogging?
Just over two years.
3. What has been the best part of book blogging?
I think finding a community of people who see teen fiction as something that can be worthwhile and valuable has been the best part. It has taught me to never be ashamed of what I read, even if there are people out there who may look down on it. There are so many intelligent and wonderful people who read and write YA, and book blogging is a way of interacting with those people.
4. What was your favorite book of 2013?
I think overall that would be Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. I found myself wanting to go back and read it again right away. It had everything I love in contemporary YA like a solid romance, and a delicate but strong family relationship.
5. What genre did you read the most of in 2013?
I always love the contemporary YA best, and that is what I read most of.
6. What do you like best, hard copies or e-book copies?
Definitely hard copies. E-books are convenient for travel and easy access, but I way prefer the experience of having the book in my hands.
7. What was your favorite book as a child?
Harry Potter for the obvious choice, but I loved so many books. The ones that left most emotional impact were Mama’s Going to Buy You a Mockingbird by Jean Little, and A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry. I also loved the big series like Baby Sitters Club (And Little Sister!) Nancy Drew and Goosebumps. I was big on mysteries and scary stories. I’m going to stop there, really I want to write a list of about 100, but I need to cut myself off before I get out of hand.
8. Was there ever a point in your life where you just stopped reading?
Yes, definitely. I had trouble transitioning out of my teen years while still reading. I had a few authors that I loved in high school, like Sarah Dessen, but had trouble finding a ton of books that I loved. I think I had this idea that I had to grow out of the teen section, but there was never much in Adult fiction that I loved. So through university I didn’t read much, and it wasn’t until I found the blogging world and rediscovered YA as a genre, that I really got back into reading. I think that to read, you need to know what works for you, and that took me some time.
9. Are you a re-reader?
Very much so. I have my favourites that I love to re-read, and for a long time, re-reading was pretty much all I did. Since finding blogging and having so many new books I want to read, I haven’t done as much repeating, but I still find myself wanting to go back to the really good ones. Some books are meant to be enjoyed over and over. I find that really good books have something new to give every time. Like Sarah Dessen’s The Truth About Forever, which I have re-read so many times, but seriously I find something new in it with every read.
10. Do you have a reading spot in your house?
Usually I read in bed, but when I am really into a book and not putting it down, I tend to move around, find couches and chairs, places without distractions.
If you aren’t familiar with Liz’s blog, go on and check it out here.