It’s my favorite time of year, Book Blogger Appreciation Week! I love everything about this week but my favorite thing is the interviews. I look forward to it all year. I think it’s because my journalism background coupled with my love of chatting with other book lovers.
This year I was partnered up with Misha from My Love Affair with Books. I had a great time getting to know her and hearing her answers. Heeeeeeeere’s MISHA!
Casse: I start off every interview the same way: first and foremost, why do you love books?
Misha: Being an introvert and very anti-social all my life, books have been my constant companion. Every book tells a different story. I love immersing myself into that story and escape from the "real world" now and then. The best part is that at times you can learn so much from books.
Casse: Why do you book blog?
Because I can talk about books nonstop. I love giving my opinion about books, sharing my thoughts and recommending books. My blog is my platform to give my views on the books I read.
Casse: When do you book blog? Do you set aside a certain time of day?
Mostly early morning before going to college and late at night after I am done with assignments and other work.
Casse: What was the first book you totally fell for?
The first book I fell in love with was a long time ago haha. It was one of the books in the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. I fell in love with Enid Blyton after that and devoured every one of her books in 1 year! That must have been when I was around 9-10.
Casse: Are you a genre snob or do you adventure outside your box (literary fiction, YA and historical fiction) often?
I was a genre snob till a year ago. I would not read anything other than literary fiction! As I started visiting book blogs, I discovered some interesting books in other genres as well. Now I also read YA and historical fiction.
Casse: If you could meet one author, who would you meet and why?
Margaret Atwood . I believe this woman is a genius. Every one of her novels are truly brilliant and original. I would love to meet her and try to figure out how her brain works lol
Casse: How do you determine which book from your TBR pile you’ll read and in what order?
I just pick up the ones which I am most excited about reading first and then I go down the pile.Nowdays I try to read more of YA novels since I totally missed out on reading them as a teenager.
Casse: Okay what do you find the hardest, starting a new book or reading the last page of an amazing book? Why?
Reading the last page of an amazing book. If a novel is truly great, I hate it when it ends. I just wish that more pages would somehow magically appear.......
Casse: If you could pick one book and swap places with the heroine, which book would you pick and why?
I would love to swap places with Elizabeth Bennett. I mean who wouldn't?! I have been in love with Mr Darcy since I was 12 years old which was the first time I read Pride and Prejudice. Also, it would be fascinating to live in that time period.
Casse: What is your favorite song?
Very difficult question. There are so many! If I had to choose one it would be "Our Farewell " by Within Temptation.
Casse: Favorite food to snack on while reading?
Apples ! lol. I love fruits. And a cup of coffee maybe...
Casse: Bookmarks or turn the page down to keep you place in a book?
Bookmarks! I hate turning down the pages and it physically hurts me to see anyone fold the page.
Casse: What is the best part of Book Blogging?
Interacting with authors I only dreamt of talking to and with other book lovers .
Casse: What advice would you offer new Book bloggers?
Being a relatively new blogger myself, all I can say is don't get intimidated. There are so many many blogs out there that you might feel lost , confused and even nervous at first. Just don't give up. It takes some time before you get followers or before people start visiting your blog. Have patience!
Casse: ARCs: receiving free, for them or against them?
I am not exactly against them . But it makes me very uncomfortable and guilty receiving them.
Casse: How do you feel about contest? Is it just to get more followers or a good way to show appreciation of your followers?
Both I think. I don't think there is anything wrong in trying to get more followers. After all , if there are no followers , who will read your blog. More importantly, for me, contests are a great way to show appreciation of your followers.
I really had a great time with this interview. Now head over to Misha's blog and look around. Thank you Misha for answering my questions.