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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ask Book Chic (12) + Contest

This is my last set of questions!! So I'm holding another contest as a way to get more questions. As you probably saw in my In My Mailbox post from the other week (and this week when I showed it off again, lol), I got an extra copy of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins in the mail. It's a highly coveted book with a ton of gushing reviews for it already and it could be yours early! It won't be out until December, but you can win it now! Just leave a question for me in the comments (browse through previous Ask Book Chics by clicking on the Ask Book Chic tag at the bottom of this post so you don't ask a repeat question). It can be about ANYTHING at all- personal, blog-related, writing-related, advice, life-related, silly, whatever. This contest will end next Tuesday, October 5 at 11:59 PM and a winner will be chosen randomly. So ask away!

donnas asks "What are the five books you would recommend to a new reader?

What is your favorite part of blogging?

What author do you really want to meet and interview?"

1) This is gonna be hard. Hm. Well, I'll try my best. I'm going to include a bunch of different genres. Here are my picks:

A) All American Girl by Meg Cabot (because Meg needs to be on any recommended list, and this is one of her best!)
B) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (because it's an awesome, very well-written book)
C) Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe (A hilarious book filled with even funnier footnotes)
D) In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg (Hands down, the cutest romance I have ever read)
E)Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey (one of the best paranormal books out there- original, funny, romantic, and some great folklore that isn't seen much, if at all)

So there's my list. What do you all think of it? What would be on your list?

2) I feel like I've answered this before... but my favorite part of blogging is the community. I love chatting with fellow bloggers both about blog-related stuff but also many other things so I can get to know them. Chatting with authors is always fun too, and I feel privileged to be able to email with them or hang out with them at events. My readers too bring joy to my blogging life- I love getting comments and the occasional email about a post they loved or about how they like the site as a whole. It's what makes blogging so worthwhile.

I also enjoy the review copies because, well, who wouldn't? I'm not gonna lie. They're a great perk.

3) I don't even know!! I've already interviewed so many of my favorite authors (sometimes more than once!), like Meg Cabot, Ally Carter, Brent Hartinger, Justina Chen Headley, Sarah Dessen, Ellen Hopkins, and so many others. I've also met all those authors in person, except for Brent and Justina (I need to go to Seattle again...), though the Meg meeting was two years before I started blogging.

I am excited for a forthcoming interview though, with Michele Jaffe for her upcoming book Rosebush, out in December. She and I have met (at BEA- also got to meet her agent and editor), but have only planned for the interview. I have yet to come up with questions though (well, I've thought of some, just haven't written them down) because I'm waiting for it to be a bit closer to the release date.

Erika Lynn asks "How have your reading habits changed since you started blogging? and also what other blogs do you read/comment on?"

1) I'm certainly reading much more than I used to! There's also more of a variety too because I'm getting sent books I probably would never have picked up just through browsing the bookstore. Aside from that, not much else has changed; I still read anywhere I can and always have a book with me.

2) I read a ton of blogs and my Google Reader is always full. I really need to get it back under control, lol. However, my work day routine usually consists of me checking out The Story Siren, Dreaming in Books, and The Naughty Book Kitties in terms of book blogs, and Meg Cabot, Kiersten White, Stephanie Perkins, and Ally Carter in terms of author blogs. As for commenting, I comment on most of those, but also love commenting on Frenetic Reader and Presenting Lenore every so often too.


  1. How do you manage keeping up with the blog while still living life?

    How many hours to you spend a week blogging on average?


  2. You're too sweet for mentioning me. :)


  3. What do you look for in a YA book blog?

  4. If you could travel to any place from a fantasy novel where would you choose?

    Which mythical creature would you like to have as a pet?

    bkhabel at gmail dot com

  5. If you could live in the world of any book, which book would you choose and why?

  6. Brent's question- "Oh, then a question. Here: Do you review every book you reeive?"

  7. How do you decide which books not to review? Are there ever any times you just don't have anything interesting to say about them?

  8. What scenes do you find the most difficult to write? And why?
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  9. Do you prefer reading series or stand-alone novels? (It seems like so many new YA books are part of a promised series).

    Thanks for the contest! This book is on the top of my "want" list!

    sarahdc22 (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. On average, how many books would you say you read and review a week?

    What is your favorite author interview you have conducted?

    Are there any upcoming 2011 debut novels that you are excited about or have already read?

    Thank you for the contest! =)

  11. There are many stereotypes out there. What is one stereotype you wish you be taken out of books, YA and more?Why?

  12. What's your stance on books being adapted into films and what's your favourite adaptation?


  13. When you first started your blog, what was the most challenging aspect of getting established and gaining a consistent following?

  14. If were to talk to Meg Cabot (again) what would you say?

    What inspired "Fragment Friday"? (I WILL start doing them...one day) Why do you believe others will be interested in FF?

    How many review requests do you get a week, on average? How about, what's the weirdest review request you've gotten? (Mine is this self-help book, but about money and business)

  15. I would love this book!!

    Which do you think takes more time: reading the actual books or blogging about them?

    Do you think you would read as much if you did not blog about the books?

    Favorite ice cream flavor? (I just gave up sweets. Preoccupied. hehe.)

    allisontb [at] hendrix [dot] edu