One of the best things about events like this is meeting new book bloggers. I was lucky enough to get to meet Holly from Book Harbinger– a reader after my own heart. She loves YA, fantasy, urban fantasy, and the occasional literary fiction and nonfiction books. Like me, she is mommy to a boy and a girl and unlike me, she is an assistant librarian! One of my dream jobs! And most importantly, she loves Patrick Ness as much as I do! And she watches Chuck!!!
So, without further ado, allow me to introduce you to Holly, the Book Harbinger.
1. Why did you start book blogging? What do you love about it?
After joining Goodreads a few years ago I started writing reviews, which started out very short (3-4 sentences) and grew to 3-4 paragraphs. I’m not a creative writer, but I enjoy technical writing and since leaving university, a full-time office job, and becoming a mostly stay-at-home mom I missed exercising those skills. I was also interested in articulating my response to books and honing my analytical skills in that way. After I was consistently writing book reviews and I’d started following a few blogs, starting my own blog seemed a natural step. I’m not going to lie and say that receiving ARCs and review copies wasn’t on my mind, but I also wanted a place where my reviews would be read more widely and appreciated.
After blogging for a year I can say that I don’t always enjoy writing book reviews like in the past but I’m still very glad I started a blog. I enjoy writing a variety of different posts. Discussion and thoughts posts have been some of my favorites of late. Mostly I love being part of a large online community, where I’m accepted and where I can talk about my love for reading and books in a way that doesn’t exist in real life.
2. What are some of your favorite books so far this year?
I just wrote a post this week of my best reads so far. (Here’s the link.) As for the rest of the year, I’m hoping and predicting that either Magic Slays and Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews, either Forever and Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, and The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan will make the list.
3. If you could only bring three books with you to a deserted island, which ones would you bring?
If we’re not including the boring, practical stuff like the Bible or other religious books and journals I would say see question 4. I would be totally happy with those three books or substituting Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre.
4. What is your absolute most favorite book ever? How about your favorite author?
I hate this question (don’t we all) but going by how many times I’ve reread it, I would say my favorite book is Persuasion by Jane Austen. No matter how many times I read it, I always feel swept off my feet by Anne and Captain Wentworth’s romance. I’ve always connected to Anne but as I’ve gotten older, I feel like I connect to her maturity and regrets more and more. Naturally Jane Austen is also a long-time favorite author.
If we’re going for something more modern, I have no hesitation in saying that Juliet Marillier is a favorite author. Her writing style never fails to please me on a deeper level. I would also have no problems saying that the first two books of her Sevenwaters series, Daughter of the Forest and Son of the Shadows are two of my absolute favorite books as well.
5. Do you have a favorite place to read?
In bed, but it changes when I’m pregnant and has been the couch in other homes.
6. What other hobbies do you have?
Other hobbies?! Blogging and reading pretty much take all up all my free time right now, but DH and I do have a few TV shows we watch religiously (Parenthood, Community, Chuck, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, The Office). I also sneak in yoga every once in awhile and would love to be an instructor someday. I enjoy running outdoors too and hiking, traveling, visiting museums, listening to music, and going to concerts. I like watching movies but I don’t take the time to see the latest releases like I used to. I’d rather be reading. 😀
7. If you were going to BEA this year, what is the one thing you could not miss?
Book Blogger’s Convention, definitely. More than anything I want to meet bloggers I interact with in person.
It was so great to get to meet you Holly! Everyone, add her to your feed readers. She’s a blogger to watch!