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Who Am I Stalking? Sarah @ saz101

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.

Seriously. I *love* Sarah. Both of us, I think, were inspired by Tara and her book blog 25 Hour Books and that’s how we originally connected. Did you know Sarah’s tagline on her blog reads “Come for the books. Stay for the crazy.”? It does. AND IT’S TRUE. Sarah has the best kind of crazy. (My kind of crazy.) And she’s FUNNY and PASSIONATE about books. She’s responsible for the Buscemi eyes (O)_(O) and the penicorn and the dongcopter pirate. ALL GOOD THINGS. I think. Anyway. If you don’t follow Sarah yet, what are you waiting for? *huggle dances*

1. Describe yourself in six words.

Highly-caffeinated and slightly crazy procrastinatrix.

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

The first time someone other than my mum commented on my blog.

No, but seriously, that’s hard. There have been so many, but I still remember the first time an author kind of, uh, acknowledged I exist. I’d written a review for a YA release, and posted it on Goodreads. The next morning, the author messaged me via Goodreads telling me I’d made her day. I think I kind of freaked out and told her she’d made my life.

But… I think what I find the most consistently exciting is the friends I’ve made blogging. From the crazy [Amanda totally knows who I mean (O)__(O)] to the impossibly sweet and kind, to, well, ok, everyone in this community.

Also, my mum only commented on my blog after it’d been going for a while. You know how it is, being the only person at the party…

3. What are the best books that you have read in 2012?  The worst?

Fine, just remember you asked, OK? :P

The bestest and most favoritist?

1. Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Laini Taylor (Days of Blood and Starlight is shaping up to be AMAZING). This book… I can’t even. Three words: Magnificent. Perfect. Earth-shattering (totally one word).
2. Saving June, Hannah Harrington. Have you ever read a book you were certain was written for you? Everything about this, from Harpr’s reflective, acerbic narration, to the music, to the music-loving mysterious boy, I adored.
3. Anna and the French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins ♥♥♥
4. Divergent, Veronica Roth.
5. Shadowfever, Karen Marie Moning. In the words of Dani O’Malley: “DUDE.”

The bestest and favoritest 2012 releases:

1. The Catastrophic History of You and Me, Jess Rothenberg –  this book broke my heart. And made me laugh. And smile. And bawl my eyes out. And… I loved it.
2. Storm, Brigid Kemmerer. I love this book. I love Brigid. I love. SO MUCH LOVE.
3. The Diviners, Libba Bray. This book is… BIG.
4. Unravelling, Elizabeth Norris. I can’t even. This book has everything. And, well, it’s no secret I’m a massive sci-fi nerd. This book ticket all my buttons and pressed all my boxes. YOU HEARD ME.
5. Don’t Let Me Go, J.H. Trumble. OK. I’m cheating — this was released 27th Dec. 2011. But… this book deserves so much more attention than it’s gotten. It’s heartbreaking and brutal and honest and funny. It’s the #1 book on my radar at the moment I want to stick under everyone’s nose and say, “Read it! Read it! Read it! NOW!”

The worst:

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter was a spectacular dissapointment for me, and it made me uncomfortable. It had a really, really creepy alpha-male archetype I’m totally OK with in adult PNR, but squicked me out to new and exciting levels here. Also, the guy was just an asshole. And not like ‘wow. That asshole’s kind of sexy.’ Just an asshole. Also, Choker by Elizabeth Woods made me angry. And Fifty Shades. I tried. I tried. I couldn’t make it past the first chapter.

4. Why is reading important?

Mmmm… for me: Escape. Hope. Growth. Posterity.

Also, even though it sounds ‘duh’-level obvious: basic literacy. So not a gift to be taken for granted.

5. What are some of your favorite reviews (or memes, features, discussions, etc) that you have written for saz101?

This is hard! HARD. I mean, I know I’m not the only person who writes something then, 1 month down the track, reads it again and dies from the embarassment of how TERRIBLE ALL THE THINGS ARE. AND HOW DID I EVER THINK THIS WAS PASSABLY COHERENT ENGLAND-SPEAKISH? RIGHT? *collapses into blubbering puddle*

But… I loved the response to my post on ‘Why I Love this Community.’ It was lovely seeing so much positivity and love during a period where these was so much drama and negativity. And I recently had the chance to interview Libba Bray (OMFG. SHE’S AMAZING. AND SLIGHTLY MAD) and… SHE WAS AMAZING. AND SLIGHTLY MAD. But… I’m still kind of pleased with my review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and… Um. LOOK OVER THERE! IS THAT A WILD PEEN? LET’S MOVE ON.

6. You have a FREE day. No obligations. You can go anywhere (teleportation exists in this scenario) and do anything for 24 hours. Describe your day.

Oh goodness. Anywhere? ANY WHEN? TELPORTATION YOU SAY? Um… *taps on your window* HI AMANDA! I’m here to visit!

Um, seriously though, I would love to visit America and all my American bloggy friends. I have a long and growing list of potential stalkees for future trips. So… um… you know what? I have an idea. I’ll plan it for BEA, and then force everyone else to come, too… Or… Comic Con? Or… look, could I maybe have a TARDIS, instead? This is sounding more and more like a plan…

If I’m being honest, though, I’d probably just sleep in until 11am then watch Buffy or Doctor Who or Supernatural in my pyjamas all day… too many choices >__<

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About the author: Amanda, noun: 1. Creator of On a Book Bender and Bout of Books. 2. Editor at The Path of Least Revision. 3. Lover of language and books. 4. Drinker of wine, coffee, and vodka. 5. Idea wrangler and wielder of words.

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  • OH MY GOODNESS.
    AMANDA.
    With an intro like that you make me sound kind of amazing. I mean.. *I’d* almost be friends with me.

    Almost.
    I kind of prefer being friends with you :D
    ♥♥♥

  • Sarah, I think I agree with Amanda: You’re my kind of crazy. The RIGHT kind of crazy. *hands you your penicorn*

    Here. I present to you the many faces of Steve Buscemi as a gift for being so awesome.
    (o)_(o) (O)_(O) (@)_(@)
    wait a second. Oops. Sorry. That was Steve Buscemi getting progressively crazier. My bad!

    • *snuggles penicorn*
      *snuggles Kelly*

      Steve Buscemi demonstrating the effects of an acid trip? :D

  • Like!

  • SHADOWFEVER!!!!! OH MY GOD!!!! Don’t even get me started on it. Well, too late actually. BARRONS! I nearly died in the wait for that book. 2 Years Sarah and Amanda! 2 YEARS I had to wait after the cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers! *takes deep breaths* Okay. Sorry. Got a little excited:)

    I love Sarah’s tagline on her blog, and she has now has a new stalker in me. Wait. No. Fan. She has a new fan in me ;-)

    • Eep! Jenny! Thank;kfjsgfiuge *giggles* EEP! MY cat started licking my arm and it TICKLES!

      THANK YOU. And stalking is GOOD. In fact, it’s encouraged *nods* *Opens window and leaves cookies out for you*

      Also: SHADOWFEVER! I kind of feel bad that I didn’t have to wait, now! I read them all back-to-back in the space of a week earlier this year. And the suspense STILL killed me O__O

  • I love Daughter of Smoke and Bone as well!

    • It’s as close to perfect as book can come (for me). I’m reading Days of Blood and Starlight now and ♥♥♥

  • You and Sarah do remind me of one another with your language and excitement about certain things. It’s cute. :)

    • Would the excitement be about Penicorns and Dongcopters? :D
      Hehehe!
      I’m actually taking this as ginormoustastic compliment. When I eventually take over Amanda’s identity, NO-ONE WILL EVER KNOW.

      Except, you know, for the accent and hair.
      I meant HER accent, btw. I don’t have an accent :P

  • That would be a great thing to do — just teleport all over the place to visit my favourite bloggy people!

    It’s nice to get to know you a bit more, Sarah!

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