One of the things I hope the Book Blogger Directory accomplishes is helping promote new blogs. In furtherance of that, I’m going to be featuring interviews with a number of newer blogs. It’s so much fun to know more about the blogger behind the blog. If you stared blogging in 2011 and you’re interested in being featured, shoot me an e-mail (alisoncanread at gmail dot com).
The first interview is with Al of Magnet4Books’ Reviews. She started blogging in March. She has a very colorful blog and great, thorough reviews. I highly recommend checking her out!
2. Blog link:
3. Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m 22 y/o (23 in June!!), I live in Georgia. I’m in my 3rd year of college: majoring in Psych and minoring in Creative Writing. I also work part-time at a grocery store deli.
4. What types of books do you review on your blog?
I review MOSTLY YA. But I do read occasional adult books if enough (or just certain) people suggest them to me. John Grisham & Nicholas Sparks are amazing.
5. Why did you decide to start blogging?
Well, the thought was something I’d been toying with for awhile because I really have no one in my life that I can talk to about books. At least not as much as I would like. Then, one day, I found a blog, and thought, wow. That is awesome. But I never really thought about people caring what I have to say about them until I read Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. And I fell in love with the book, and I had to tell someone. It was 3 AM, and I just needed to vent. Julie, who ran the first blog I ever found (Bloggers Heart Books) was on Twitter, and it just hit me- I’M GOING TO START A BLOG! and she was nice enough to tweet about it to get me started- before I ever wrote more than the first post. :) I’m not even sure the first post was written at that point. haha
6. What do you like do to when you’re not reading or blogging?
Well, besides work and school, I don’t have a WHOLE lot of time to do much else. Reading is how I destress. Or writing. I love writing! (not that I’ve done much of it outside of writing about books, but I do love it VERY much!
7. Do you listen to music while you read? If so, what do you like to listen to?
It depends. If I’m really into a book, I don’t care if music is playing, but if it’s slow going, I almost always have music on. It helps keep me focused, I think. Or at least actively thinking so I don’t get sidetracked. (Which I do VERY easily!) I usually just put on a playlist shuffle. But Taylor Swift is always on there. Always!
8. Tell us one thing about you that would surprise us
Hm. Surprising? I’m a pretty boring person! haha.. I almost died when I was five because I fell on a set of tea glass/saucers/pot. I have a scar across my face from it. I wasn’t ever supposed to be able to open my mouth at all, even to smile. But I beat the odds :)
-Book(s) you read in the past few years:
Um, can I name a few?
HUNGER GAMES! I can’t even begin to explain how obsessed I became when I read that trilogy. I couldn’t read another book for like at least two weeks. I couldn’t stop thinking about it! I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before. Not even with Twilight (which I consumed like cotton candy at a carnival)!
13 Reasons Why- that book just broke me and healed me all at the same time. It was just… perfection binded together with a hauntingly beautiful cover! I can’t gush enough about the book. Ever.
The Mortal Instruments series. (I know these are all super popular- but you know, sometimes they are popular for a reason!) Epically amazing.
ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen is gold. Like, if someone offered me a chance to meet Sarah Dessen or a brand new car guaranteed to never ever break down. I might possibly choose meeting Sarah Dessen. She. is. my. HERO.
-Book(s) from childhood:
I have always been a reader for as long as I can remember. I consumed the Babysitter’s Club books,and then Karen’s books. And of course, there was Goosebumps.But I moved onto older books pretty early (because I had no choice but to read my Mom’s books. John Grisham is the first AUTHOR I remember ever falling in love with. (Still am.)
-All time author(s):
Grisham & Dessen (as mentioned) Nicholas Sparks. And while it’s still too early to say it, I’m fairly certain that Rachel Hawkins & Suzanne Collins will make that list. Hex Hall series & HG trilogy are just… sigh.
-Book(s) you had to read for school:
Haha, I was a pretty bad student, actually. I guess I was too busy reading my own books to worry about school. But I have always loved To Kill A Mockingbird. I wrote a paper on it in 9th AND 11th grade. The rest were pretty depressing. (I will never understand people’s deep and never dying devotion to Shakespeare. I just can’t.
-Book(s) that made you cry:
Honestly, it doesn’t make much to make me cry when I read books. (More so than movies). But 13 Reasons Why was a heartbreaker. And so was Delirium by Lauren Oliver. and ANYTHING by Nicholas Sparks will have me sobbing buckets. Guaranteed.
-Book to movie adaptation(s):
Um Sparks books’ adaptations have all been pretty awesome (excluding the Last Song- but that might just be my personal dislike of Miley Cyrus). I wasn’t impressed with Twilight (although I watch them). I’m pretty excited about HG! I’m praying they don’t mess it up.
-Place to read:
My bed. I like to have lots of pillows around when I read. Maybe for comfort. Because I will probably be crying! haha
Oooh! That’s hard. I love Delirium‘s cover. I instantly adore Dessen’s too. But i’m prob just impartial. And the Mortal
Instruments covers are amazing. AND WITHER! I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but cover is AMAZINGGGGG!!!!!
Also, it hasn’t come out yet, but I’m seriously in love with the cover of Hourglass by Myra McEntire. I can’t even explain how much I love it. It’s fantastic.
I sadly do not get to visit as nearly as many as I like. But as I said, the Bloggers Heart Books blog is the first one I ever found, and Julie’s suggestions have NEVER led me wrong. I will pretty much read anything she suggests. (Until proven wrong.)
Alison Can Read blog is also really fantastic. Other than that, I tend to just go through my dashboard occasionally, and click on titles that seem interesting! I plan to be better this summer at following blogs though! Everyone has been SO SO supportive of me. I definitely want to reciprocate!!