Q: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?
A. Hands down, my favorite assigned summer reading was ‘In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote. Looking back, it was the start of my fascination with true crime, mysteries, and police dramas. I mostly read YA now, but I still enjoy watching these kinds of shows when I can find a few spare minutes.
And although I loved In Cold Blood, I have to be honest and say that I’m a little jealous of kids today. Rumor has it summer reading now includes The Hunger Games! How awesome is that? I can’t recall ever being *required* to read a best seller that also happened to be an international blockbuster movie. *sigh* Kids today have it so good! 😉
Q: What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?
A. I wish I could say I had some great noble desire to share my love of books, but it didn’t exactly start out that way. I stumbled across GoodReads last year (I can’t even remember how I found it) and OMG! I coudn’t believe my eyes. A whole website dedicated to books? And book reviews? And these oh-so-friendly book bloggers who not only like to read, but actually talk about books? Oh, GoodReads, where have you been all my life? I quickly told my closest friends (who also happen to be avid readers) about this wonderful site where you could track all of your books, find new books, and get reviews for books you were thinking about buying. They quickly signed up as well, and long story short, my blog just sort of snowballed from there! I’ve met so many great people and have discovered books I might never had the opportunity to read otherwise!
Q: Birthday Wishes — Blow out the candles and imagine what character could pop out of your cake…who is it and what book are they from??
A: This is going to be one heavenly cake! I’m wishing for Patch from Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. I probably wouldn’t complain if Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrouts Lux series popped out either! Just sayin…
Q: Go count the number of unread books sitting on your shelf. How many?
A. Sadly, this is going to be one of those weeks where I have extreme blogger envy! Since most of the books I read are e-books which I download as I go, I’ve only got one actual book on my shelf to be read! So, instead, I’m going to focus on my TBR list which currently has 29 books on it!
The one I want most desperately? Incarnate by Jodi Meadows.
Letter to Santa: Tell Santa what books you want for Christmas!
Tis the season! Since I’m sending my wish list to Santa, I figure the books don’t have to be released just yet, right? Maybe he’s got a little Christmas magic up his sleeve!
Outpost (Razorland #2) by Ann Aguirre
Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White
Blood of Eden by Tami Dane
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
And just in case he can’t get me advance copies of the books above, I’d settle for the complete Vampire Academy series. I haven’t read any of the books yet, but I always hear wonderful things. Besides, there’s something about starting a series when you know you can get your hands on all of the entire collection that I just love! (Probably the lack of endless waiting to see what’s going to happen next!)
Q: Today’s Question is something new, an activity. We want to see what you look like! Take a pic with you and your current read! Too shy? Boo! Just post a fun pic you want to share.
Me, my polkda-dot pajamas, and my Kindle with Sophie Jordan’s Vanish. In retrospect, maybe I should have waited until tomorrow to do my post…. when I was properly dressed!
Q: If you could have dinner with your favorite book character, who would you eat with and what would you serve?
A. Just one? Can we make this a dinner party? No? Then I guess I’ll have to choose Four from Divergent. He’s hot, sensitive, and totally kick ass. And honestly, who cares what we eat as long as I get to drink in his super hot hotness? Food is sure to be the last thing on my mind!
Q.If you could have characters from a particular book meet and form an epic storyline with characters from a particular TV series, which would you choose and why?
I really had to think about this one, but eventually, it came to me. For me, it’s go to be Buffy (The Vampire Slayer) meets Evie (Paranormalcy). Why? Both of these chicks are smart, sarcastic, well accessorized, and completely able to kick butt. Between Buffy’s right hook and Evie’s Tasey, the creatures of the night wouldn’t stand a chance! Just imagine the fun they could have bagging and tagging?
Q. Do you have a favorite series that you read over and over again? Tell us a bit about it and why you keep on revisiting it?
For me it has to be the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series. Although book 17 left me sorely disappointed, the early books were a riot. If I’m having a bad week or just need something light and frivolous to read, Evanovich delivers. With crazy characters (some of which vaguely resemble my own family) and outlandish misadventures, it’s hard not to appeciate the series.
Another reread for me (as I suspect it is for many bloggers) is Harry Potter. I enjoy reading the books again before seeing the movies to refresh my memory and give myself a better basis of comparison! And while the movies are generally pretty true to the books, they’ll never be a replacement!
Q. If you could change the ending of any book (or series), which book would you choose? Why and to what?
I would absolutely change the ending to The Hunger Games. I was disappointed that Katniss basically retired into obsolescence living back in the district with Peeta and raising children. In some ways, I got it, but overall, it just left me wanting more for her. She’d been through so much and inspired so many that it was difficult to accept such a quiet ending to the tale. It made me feel that her spirit really had been broken.
Given the choice, I would have liked to see her take on a greater role in reshaping the Capitol. Katniss wasn’t quiter and returning to District 12 smacked of retreat. I also would have kept Gale in her life (as a friend) despite the obvious changes that severed their friendship. While Peeta was absolutely the right companion to balance her, Gale would have kept the spark alive!