First, I haven’t gotten a review out in awhile because I was sick and unable to focus my eyes sufficiently enough to read, but now I’m all better and will try to keep them coming as my new semester starts!
I got this tag from Ashleigh’s blog “For the Love of Books” at ashleighbekkah.wordpress.com so thanks to her for providing the questions for me!
WHY DID YOU START THIS BLOG?
Fair enough, I’ve never had a blog before, but I’ve always loved to read and was constantly trying to talk to people about the books I had read. I was the girl, and people I went to High School with can confirm, who took a book to the “Back to School Dance” and sat and read instead of actually participating (it was put on as a fundraiser for the cheerleading squad, which I was a part of so attendance was mandatory). However, (shocker) no one was really interested in what I had to say. I guess this is a way for me to use my voice and put my thoughts on digital paper for anyone who may be interested, whether that’s people I know personally hand-selecting what they consume or someone within the bookish blog/twitter/goodreads community who wants to have a discussion or connect with me. (Let’s be friends!) The internet is pretty neat, in that I can find people who share my interests instead of talking the ears off of people who are too nice to say that they’re just not into it. But, I mostly started this blog because I wanted to see how it would go and now I keep going because it’s fun.
WHAT ARE SOME FUN AND UNIQUE THINGS THAT YOU CAN BRING TO BOOK BLOGGING?
Well, no two people have the same voice and/or opinion so I’m just here to offer mine. The books that I read/review are books that I wanted to read. I buy them with my paycheck from my student job, read them, and tell you what I think. That’s really it. I have not received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) or a book from a publisher for review for free (but that would be pretty rad) and I certainly will never let something like that stifle my sincere opinion (not that I know of any reviewers who do). Plus I’m always changing and learning what works best, so it’s probably fun to watch me struggle.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEW BLOG?
I’m really liking the community and I hope to make more book blogging friends. I never have to think about finding a new book to read; I have a list a mile long!
WHY DO YOU LOVE READING?
I can get completely engrossed in a book. It sounds cliché, I know, but a book really is a window to another world for me. When I read (especially in English) I don’t have to think about whatever I was worried about that morning or whatever. I can be in someone else’s head and worry about their problems and experience their world as they see it. It’s an escape.
WHAT BOOK OR SERIES GOT YOU INTO READING?
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events hooked me. I used to read them with my childhood best friend (we’re still close), Taylor, and we just completely ate them up. We even talked about writing our own mystery with the Baudelaire children after Snicket’s series ended. I wonder if I would still love these as an “adult”.
WHAT QUESTIONS WOULD YOU ASK YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?
I’m not a writer by any means so it’s pretty amazing to me how authors can create such a real experience for their readers. I have favorite authors across multiple genres so that’s tough, but I want to know where the ideas come from. How does Jodi Picoult come up with such twisting stories that make you question your own morality? How did Suzanne Collins create the world of The Hunger Games that had me addicted after 3 pages? I also want to ask the risky question to Veronica Roth: Why did you write Allegiant with switching views between Tris and Four? That just ruined that book for me. Speaking of switching character views, for George R.R. Martin: you have set the bar to impossible heights, how do you write in so many voices and manage to keep them completely different?
WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU THINK STARTING A BLOG WILL BE THE HARDEST TO OVERCOME?
Time management. I’m balancing graduate school, work, my health, social life, and my blog so I might fall off the face of the earth on occasion, but I’ll be back.
WHEN DID YOU START READING?
I started as soon as I could. I remember always wanting to learn as a kid. I made my brother read this book to me, I think it was called Arthur Gets a Baby Sister or something like that, anyway, I would make him read it again and again until I had it memorized. Then I would “read” it to other people or to myself. My parents were always encouraging too. My dad used to read Disney books to me and my brother and my mom works at a book bindery for children’s books, so we always had access to books and could get them for pretty cheap if they had slight damage from production.
WHERE DO YOU READ?
I read on the subway and train every day, but mostly at home, I guess. I have a little reading corner with a comfortable chair. I always have my book with me in case I have to wait somewhere or the opportunity arises naturally.
WHAT KIND OF BOOKS DO YOU LIKE TO READ?
I’m into a lot of different genres and I like to switch it up so I don’t get bored. I recently have been liking Young Adult fiction/fantasy (YA), memoirs, high fantasy, and fiction. I especially like diverse books. Give me unique characters I haven’t seen before!
Let me know!
What is your favorite book/series? What was the first book you remember reading?
Thanks for reading! – xo Amber
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