Who Am I Stalking? [9] — Mandi Kaye @ Never Too Fond of Books

Posted 15 June, 2012 by Amanda / 8 Comments

Some of you may recognize this feature from 25 Hour Books.  I was in the market for a feature to showcase the book bloggers I simply can’t live without, Tara usually lets me do whatever I want if I pester her enough, and Who Am I Stalking? seemed appropriate. Win-win.  But please, no restraining orders are necessary.  Here’s what happens: every month, I choose a new victim and bombard them with six interview questions: five standard questions, and one specifically for the blogger the giraffe shifters and I are stalking.  Then I share their answers with you.


I’m going to be honest and admit that until a month ago, I was fuzzy on the details of how Mandi and I first “met.”  (it was Bout of Books, if you must know)  What I am not fuzzy on, however, is that Mandi and I just clicked.  You know, those types of friendships you have with people where you have enough in common that you can talk forever, but still have enough differences to make things interesting?  Yeah.  That.  Plus, Mandi and I are name twins, and that’s something that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  AND!  Mandi is a wizard at CSS and other stuff, and was a big help for me when I was working on my business site redesign, and if that’s not true friendship, then I don’t know what is.

1. Describe yourself in six words.

Too awesome for only six words.

2. What has been your most exciting moment as a book blogger?

My favorite moments are those where I get to interact with authors of books I adore. I favorite so many tweets because an author has tweeted something to me. I totally fangirl over them.

3. Since starting Never Too Fond of Books, what is the best book that you have read?  The worst?

This one is tough. It’s like asking a parent to pick a favorite and worst child – impossible! But fine. I’ll do it anyway, for you. I’ve had only two DNF’s since I started this blog: Scarlet by AC Gaughen and Alias Dragonfly by Jane Singer. Of the two,Scarlet was my least favorite. But not by much. My favorites (for the moment) are the Feed trilogy books by Mira Grant.

4. Why is reading important?

Let me just quote one of the greatest songs ever:

Butterfly in the sky
I can go twice as high
Take a look
It’s in a book
A Reading Rainbow

I can go anywhere
Friends to know
And ways to grow
A Reading Rainbow

I can be anything
Take a look
It’s in a book
A Reading Rainbow
A Reading Rainbow

5. What are some of your favorite reviews (or memes, features, discussions, etc) that you have written for Never Too Fond of Books?

All of them, obviously. I wrote them! But seriously… my favorite feature is my Dawn’s in Trouble, Must be Tuesday weekly post where I pick a favorite quote from a book, movie, tv show, poster, song… you get the idea. I’m a giant Joss Whedon fan and to title my feature after a Buffy quote is happy making.

As far as reviews go, I like my open letter to Nash Hudson and my reviews of Incarnate and Goddess Interrupted.

6. Since you went to BEA for the first time this year, I’m curious to know what your top 3 disappointments/letdowns and your top 3 surprises/score were.

Top 3 Disappointments:

  1. The Book Bloggers Conference. It was more focused on the publishing industry and what we could do for them than it was on building up bloggers and forming community. I had hoped for more blogger networking.
  2. The Random House Power Readers Breakfast. It was promoted to bloggers – the audience was a room full of book bloggers, but RH really had little to no idea who their audience was. Most of us were fiction readers, with quite a few of us being more of the YA persuasion. Yet every book promoted was for an adult audience and both speakers were non-fiction authors. I was wondering why I was there, quite frankly.
  3. Little Brown’s underestimation of one of their own authors. We were told that we weren’t allowed to line up early for Libba Bray’s signing, but that it would be okay because she isn’t as popular as Chris Colfer and wouldn’t have a super long line. I wanted to boycott them after that, but my support for Libba won out.
Top 3 Surprises/Scores:
  1. Meeting Aimee Carter while waiting in line for Deborah Harkness. She stopped to say hi to the person behind me in line, but I said hi to her because hello it’s Aimee Carter! Then I tweeted about it. She saw my tweet, recognized me by my Twitter, and came back to the line to give me a hug and say a proper hello. What a great start to the first day of BEA!
  2. Meeting Rachel Vincent. She also knew who I was thanks to Twitter (seriously book bloggers – you should all be on Twitter). She knew I’d been participating in the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge hosted by Fiktshun so she surprised me with an advanced finished copy of Before I Wake (out June 26th). This made my whole damn year. I went kind of incoherent and my voice registered somewhere in the range only dogs can hear.
  3.  Having someone to talk to no matter what line I was in because everyone loves books as much as I do. I didn’t meet a stranger while I was there, which was amazing. I was a little (okay a lot) afraid of this trip because it was my first BEA and my first trip to NYC. And I went by myself. But I always had someone to talk to – and actually ended up spending significant chunks of time with new friends.
Overall – it was fabulous.

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