1. Who or what inspired your love of reading?
I’d have to give credit for my love of reading to my mother and grandmother. My mom read to me from the time she found out she was pregnant and always encouraged me to read. When I visit my Granny, if we’re not playing games or chatting, we sit and read together. I love it.
2. What do you love most about being a YA blogger? Least?
What I love most about being a book blogger are all the fantastic people I’ve met! My blog is still fairly new, and everyone has been so welcoming and helpful. I know I’ve said it before, but really, my fellow book bloggers, authors, and readers are what keeps me wanting to post. Well, that and discovering new fantastic books of course!
My least favorite part of blogging is how much time it takes! I followed a few book blogs before I started my own (mainly The Story Siren) and I was warned that it took time and work, but I didn’t really get it until I was doing it for a few weeks. I was also surprised that when I started blogging, my reading time was cut in half… I just wasn’t expecting that, I figured with a book blog I would read more! I love blogging, but sometimes I feel like I have to blog, but I’m learning that sometimes I just need to let it go and take a breather, especially when I’m overwhelmed with other parts of my life (career and family)… like now… but here I am, LOL!
3. If you couldn’t blog about YA, what other genre would you blog about?
This is a tough question! If my blog couldn’t focus on YA, then it’d probably be eclectic and feature anything from chick-lit to historical fiction.
4. What is your favorite book of 2011 so far?
There is no way I can answer this question with one answer! My favorite books so far this year are: Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.
5. Being a fellow dog lover, I want to know all about your dog, Koda! How old, what breed, favorite games to play, how you got him/her, etc. Do you have a picture to share?
Koda is 6 years old, and 100% mutt, but most definitely a herd dog. We rescued her when she was five months old, and our lives changed forever (she’s my first pupdog, I grew up with cats). I love her to pieces. We believe she has Australian Shepherd in her, because of her coloring and personality, but people always tell us she’s this or that… we just smile and shrug. I actually wrote an entire blog post about my pupdog, which you can find here, you know, in case you’re interested .
6. Those Colorado Mountains sound amazing! With that in mind, where is your favorite spot to curl up with a book? (Feel free to share a picture with us!)
They are amazing! I feel lucky to live here. I always say/think I’m going to take a book hiking with me so I can read… but unfortunately that never happens… mainly because I always go with other people – my husband and/or friends – and I’m too busy being social and enjoying the view! Here’s a picture of me at the top of Mt. Bierstadt, my first “14er” (elevation above 14,000 ft), which I hiked last August. Errr… not the most flattering picture, but you can’t beat the view .
My favorite place to curl up with a book on the chaise in my home office or in bed.
Thanks so much for having me Jennifer, these questions were fun to answer!
Thanks for answering my questions, Jen, and for sharing your amazing pictures! Those Colorado Mountains are breathtaking! And I love your picture of Koda! What a beautiful girl! I’m so glad I got to know you a little better and I look forward to chatting with you in the future (I’m always on gmail chat, so hit me up anytime!).
Be sure to check out my answers to Jen’s questions over at Jen’s blog - A Book and a Latte!