For my Book Blogger Appreciation Week interview partner, I was lucky enough to be paired with Emily of Emily’s Reading Room, a new-to-me blogger. Emily mostly blogs about children’s and young adult fiction, and she does it with a style and class all her own. She is a very sweet person with an absolutely gorgeous baby daughter. Please visit her if you haven’t already!
I think my blog started out like so many others. I wanted to keep track of the books I was reading. Also, I had a lot of friends that were asking for book recommendations. I have such bad book retention that I needed a way to keep them straight. I honestly had no idea what an ARC was or that there was a book blogging community when I first started.
When I was in college, I had this crazy notion that I had to read all these “important and influential” books. But, I had a friend that said that she read young adult and middle grade novels as a way to remove herself from her life. It was how she unwound. I knew I had always liked those kinds of stories. She gave me the courage to shop in the children’s section again.
I haven’t received a lot of strange questions. Sometimes I think people don’t think their question all the way through, and make it very unclear to read. But, other than that, they have all been pretty awesome. The most difficult to answer by far was the one that involved image mapping. I didn’t even know it was possible until a commenter pointed it out to me. I am the master of google. If I don’t know how to do something, I will find it out.
This was the first book I read after my great book awakening that I mentioned before. Once I realized that it was okay for adults to read young adult fiction, I was introduced to Shannon Hale’s work. I fell in love with the characters. I love all of Shannon Hale’s work, but Goose Girl is my favorite probably because it was my first.
Oh yeah, everyone knows about my blog. My husband is very supportive of it, in fact, he often designs graphics for me for it. He watches the baby while I go to events and such. My friends also love the blog. I often get comments from them in real life like, “Okay, so I checked out/bought a book that you recommended on your blog and I loved it!” That is so wonderful to me.
I don’t. Well, that’s not true. Some days I do better than others. I went through a period this summer where I was beating myself up trying to post every single day. Now, I have weeks where I post every day, and other weeks where it’s only twice during the whole week. I’ve allowed myself to become flexible with my schedule and have realized that my baby is only a baby once. I only blog while she is asleep. Period.
Goose Girl by Shannon Hale because it was my first love, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins for the survival tips, Harry Potter (any of them) by JK Rowling to keep a little bit of magic, The Book of Mormon because it is my scripture and the most important book in all of history, Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery for the beautiful, yet simple story.
Playing with my daughter, and talking to my friends. I don’t have a lot of spare time, but I do try to make sure that I keep in touch with my friends. My daughter gets a lot of attention from me while she is awake.
The people. Readers, fellow bloggers, publishers, and authors. I would not have done this as long as I have without the wonderful relationships that I have developed over the last year.
How much everyone supports each other. Even if they don’t win any awards or prizes, people are so kind to one another. I think we all recognize how hard it is to stay active in something that we don’t get paid for. I also enjoy finding new blogs to read.