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.
When I first started book blogging on my own, I asked Tara who were must-follow bloggers. Jenny was one of the very few she recommended. If you are already a follower of Jenny’s blog, you know exactly why Tara suggested Jenny. Jenny writes these amazingly lyrical reviews and can make you snort out loud with her snarky cover critiques. And, if you’re not a follower, what the heck are you waiting for? Jenny is one of the nicest, sweetest bloggers out there. PLUS, she lets me send her all kinds of random Ellora’s Cave book covers and we giggle over how ridiculous some of them are.
1. Describe yourself in six words.
Um. Book fiend who loves snark and fictional men? Crap. That’s eight words. Nine if you count the “um”. I fail.
2. What has been your most exciting moment as a book blogger?
Is it me or are these the hardest questions ever? I don’t know how to answer any of them. This is like my worst nightmare – I feel like I’ve showed up for an interview naked and can’t correctly answer any of the questions. O.o
For me, the most exciting moments (outside talking to other book bloggers and book lovers) are talking to authors. I never thought when I started the blog that I’d be able to chat casually with as many authors as I have, and it’s been beyond exciting for me to get to know so many of them as people rather than simply names printed on a book cover.
3. Since the start of this year, what are the best books that you have read? The worst?
SO MANY GOOD BOOKS THIS YEAR! Some of my favorites:
1. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
2. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
3. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
4. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
5. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
6. The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter
I could go on for another 20 books, but I think people would start to get bored. I wouldn’t say I’ve read any awful books this year because I genuinely think there’s something positive to find in any story, but I will say I was disappointed in Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass. I went to BEA in June with that book at the top of my must-get list, waited in an epically long line, and then was less than enthused when I got home and read it. I’m definitely in the minority with my opinion on that one though!
4. Why is reading important?
I’d love to have a really philosophical answer for this question; an astute observation that dazzles everyone with its profound nature, but that’s just not me. I’m very rarely profound ;-) For me personally, reading is an escape. Something that allows me to use my imagination and appreciate how spectacularly the bounds of creativity can be stretched and pushed and widened. Aside from practical things like the fact that my vocabulary and writing have both vastly improved since I’ve become such a voracious reader, I think anything that pushes me creatively is extremely important. I really believe you’re only limited by the parameters you set for yourself, and I for one like to dream big, so reading shows me each and every day how limitless imagination can be.
5. What are some of your favorite reviews (or memes, features, discussions, etc) that you have written for Supernatural Snark?
Oh man. Have I mentioned already how difficult I find these questions? If I had to choose just one review, I think my favorite would probably be Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh. I can’t even explain to you how much I love Hawke (the hero), and I had to wait 9 long books for his story. 9 BOOKS! It was pure and utter torture, and then finally Hawke was mine and I was able to express my undying love for him for the entire internet to see:)
6. There is a movie made about you called Supernatural Shark. What is the plot and who plays you?
YES! I’M FAMOUS! First of all, this movie would have to be on the SyFy channel. I’m addicted to their agonizingly painful monster movies, specifically water monster movies, and I would most likely pass out from excitement if a movie about me was ever to appear on that network in all its absurd glory.
Second, I think we would have to change the name a bit. SyFy has been on this kick of combining creatures into ridiculous hybrids, like Sharktopus or Piranhaconda (Piranhaconda people, that is amazing), so I’d like for my movie to be in that vein. Obviously one half would need to be a shark, and maybe the other could be a squid? So it would be called Squark? Or maybe a shark and a lobster – shobster. SHOBSTER!?
Obviously in this film there’s some sort of gene testing that goes horribly awry, and the shobster is going to claw its way out of a remote testing facility to torment unsuspecting girls in bikinis swimming nearby (because in SyFy water monster movies, there’s ALWAYS bikini-clad girls that get eaten). I have no idea who would play me, but I think I would nobly sacrifice myself in the end to save the general public. Maybe I’d leap into the shobster’s mouth with a fistful of dynamite or something and take his ass down.
That’s it. I’m writing a proposal to SyFy right now…watch for Shobster on SyFy in the coming years!
Thanks so much for having me Amanda!
And thank you, Jenny, for being so much fun to
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