I’ve been so grateful to the Bookish Community. When I opened a form for a contact list for Book Bloggers. 26 Bloggers are willing to participate on my Blogger Spotlight and couldn’t ask for more! As of now, they are still participating and I’m so glad that it work that way. So, let me take this chance, to thank everyone who’ve been with me this 2017. With that, Let’s all welcome Amy from A Magical World of Words!
What book introduces you to fiction novels? Can you name 5 of your favorite books or series?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was the first “proper” book I seriously read. Until then, I hadn’t been much of a reader and basically skimmed books 😉
Oooh hard to choose only 5! I love The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, the Don’t Turn Around trilogy by Michelle Gagnon, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. To name a VERY few!
How did you start to like reading as a habit? Do you have any other habits aside from reading novels?
Reading as a habit probably only happened about two years ago, soon after I joined Goodreads.
I also LOVE writing and acting and singing.
If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?
Ah hard! He would be fictional, and it would either be Damon or Stefan from The Vampire Diaries (yeah, the vampire bit is rather off-putting, but when they’re as hot as that……lol, please don’t listen to me ladies…) or it would be Andrew Garfield’s Spidey, which I know is really random but I absolutely loved Garfield’s take on the character and I fell in love with him and Emma Stone’s Gwen and okay I’ll stop embarrassing myself by fangirling.
As for what we’d do……probably just have dinner and talk. Or watch a movie. Or, if I was with Spidey, maybe swing from a building or two.
Name some of your favorite authors and give them a brief description of why are they your favorites. (I know that this question will be difficult, feel free to answer as many as you want!)
I love Paula Hawkins. She’s only written The Girl on the Train so far (but another novel’s on its way!) and I just love how she makes her story so real, so raw, and so deliciously dark, and I love how her characters are so beautifully flawed. It’s real life, only more exciting.
I also love Cecelia Ahern. Her stories are sprinkled with magic (literally, there’s something so magical about the way she writes) and she blends humour, love, and tragedy into a magnificent package. You just get swept away by the pure beauty of her story, and every word she writes seems to come from the heart.
If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?
Hmm…probably to “get yourself more organized, get more structure in your life, and just be more disciplined.”
What made you start to do book blogging?
Ever since I met one of my best friends – Kyra – and saw her huge pile of books, I was struck by how much she was reading and able to read. Then I visited her blog, and just adored the idea of chatting to other people about your favourite things: books, movies, etc.
I basically wanted to get to know more people who shared my interests, and then build relationships with them and chat about what we love!
What was the most difficult part of book blogging?
Keeping up with comments on your own blog, and then visiting other blogs to comment on their posts. I LOVE replying and chatting with people, but it can get very overwhelming and very time-consuming.
Interacting with people from different places, virtually, how did you gather so many followers? If you have one thing to thanks to your followers, what would it be?
How did I get followers? I don’t consider myself having a lot of followers, but I really want to establish genuine relationships with anyone who follows me, and having a “few” followers helps with that. As for how I got them, I think it’s about “giving as good as you get” or “wanting to get”; to put it badly 😉 You’ve got to be willing to reply to comments on your blog, build relationships, visit other blogs, and show an interest in other people. It’s not a “sit quietly on your blog and wait for people to come to you”……
As for thanking my followers….I know this sounds cliché, but it’s true: I mean it from the bottom of my heart when I say thank you. I have loved every word from you, and thank you thank you thank you for supporting my blog and listening to my random fangirl squeals and rants 😉
What do you think is the disadvantage of bloggers?
Hmm, I don’t know. There’re challenges, obviously, but I don’t think there’re any disadvantages.
Mention some Book Blogging Friends that you would love to see in person!
I would love to meet Di from Book Reviews by Di (http://bookreviewsbydi.blogspot.co.za/), Uma from Books. Bags. Burgers (https://booksbagsburgers.blogspot.co.za/), Audrey from Audrey Caylin (http://audreycaylin.blogspot.co.za/), Maria from A Night’s Dream of Books (https://anightsdreamofbooks.blogspot.co.za/), and basically anyone else from the blogosphere! Heck, we all love books, so naturally we’ll all become best friends, right?!
Name some favorite book of yours according to your genre preferences.
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce combines everything I love in a book, in an irresistibly gritty and sexy retelling of Red Riding Hood: hot romance, non-stop action, strong heroines that are the perfect mix of vulnerable and badass, a dark urban fantasy town, and a wonderfully swoony hero who lets the girls save themselves while still being protective and caring.
How do you pick the books that you are going to read next?
By seeing what’s available in my library! And by being attracted to the premise/blurb.
SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELF! Describe it.
A picture would just be depressing; it isn’t that impressive! But to describe it:
Wooden, narrow, tall, about five shelves up. And I’m running out of space!
What are the books and authors that influence you as a reader?
Can I answer that “as a writer”, instead of “as a reader”? If so: A. G. Howard and Sarah J. Maas have both influenced me greatly when it comes to vivid settings and descriptions. Jackson Pearce and Suzanne Collins have both influenced me when it comes to writing strong female characters that can take care of themselves.
What is your one ultimate favorite quote from a book and why?
I have so many, but here are a few:
- “We loved with a love that was more than love.” – Edgar Allan Poe.
- “Years of love have been forgot, In the hatred of a minute.”– Edgar Allan Poe.
- “And all I loved, I loved alone.”– Edgar Allan Poe
I love these quotes by Poe because I just adore tragic romances.
“I am confident, I am capable, and I will not wait to be rescued by a woodsman or a hunter.” – from Sisters Red, by Jackson Pearce.
It’s such a strong quote from the heroine and I love how it encompasses her strength and capability.
“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”
― Oscar Wilde
I have a ton more quotes I could mention, but those are some!
A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS
meeting fellow book lovers, movie fanatics, and writers 🙂