am excited to be posting an interview I did with the Beverley, from A Reading Daydreamer. I am a big fan of her blog and her reviews are amazing! On top of all that though, she is a lovely person who is great to talk to to. Enjoy the interview!
Hi Beverley! How did you discover blogging?
I discovered book blogging when I was looking at Cathy Cassidy’s Facebook fan page. There was a link to a review on The Mile Long Bookshelf and from there I discovered the wonderful blogosphere world.
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
I have too many favourites but the best thing has to be meeting loads of other bloggers who all share the same passion. Before I started A Reading Daydreamer, I regularly read a handful of book blogs and I feel so privileged now to be able to ‘meet’ the bloggers behind them! It’s amazing how many people there are out there who blog just because they love reading! I rarely speak to my friends about books that I have read and my parents aren’t exactly interested so before I have to resort to talking to the dog, it’s great to know that I can voice my opinion through the blog instead! It’s also so pleasing when I get a nice comment on my reviews, it gives me a sense of satisfaction that someone actually bothers to read what I say! Another thing would be that it has encouraged me to read more books in a shorter space of time. I’ve currently challenged myself to read 50 books this year, it’s not a lot in comparison to some other bloggers who are on their 35th but it will be interesting to see how it goes for me…
Do you write as well as read?
Yes, I like writing but it’s quite difficult to fit in time for it alongside other hobbies, schoolwork, reading, blogging etc. I also find myself starting stories and then leaving them half-finished, so because I’m not going on holiday this summer, I’d like to write a ‘proper’ story with a start, middle and end!
What are your top five most wanted books on your wishlist?
Ooohhh, there are sooooooo many books that I want to read! My mum has actually been super kind and has granted me four books from my wishlist as a treat for doing well in my exams! But even then, there are loads I’m still pining for. Here’s my top five at the moment (in no particular order):
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Switched by Amanda Hocking
Kiss Date Love Hate by Luisa Plaja
It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
All of these books have had fab reviews on loads of book blogs which has really encouraged me to get them soon once I’ve cleared off my little TBR pile!
Do you prefer e-books, audiobooks or paper books?
Paper books all the way! To be honest I have never tried an e-book or an audiobook; I’m not ready to be pulled away from my precious paperbacks! I think e-books and audiobooks take away the essence of reading. Without the pages between my fingers and the fresh smell lingering in the air, reading just wouldn’t be the same for me. Thinking about reading from a brightly lit screen already puts me off and I think I’d probably wander off and fiddle around with things around me if I were to listen to an audiobook. I get distracted so easily so I’d probably have to rewind the whole thing and listen to it again!
I enjoy playing the piano and violin. I like writing, surfing the internet (mostly reading all the wonderful book blogs!), blogging, walking the dog (does that count?), dancing… As for sport, I’m kinda hopeless, especially team sport J
If you could meet any fictional character from a book, who would it be?
Ted from The Look by Sophia Bennett. She seems like such a wonderful person and I think I would really get on with her. She’s so kind and caring and I loved her relationship with her sister. And I would LOVE to accompany her on her modelling jobs just to see how everything works, it would be LOADS of fun!
What is your favourite genre and why?
I love reading YA books and I don’t have a particular favourite genre. I like reading realistic fiction where the characters are just like everyday people, where I can immerse myself in the story and escape from reality. I love a bit of romance and dystopian can be quite interesting, although some just don’t work for me.
If you had one day to live, what would you do?
I would sit and read all the books I ever wanted to read. Although before that I would have to go to my nearest book shop and spend a lot of money! I think that would be great fun (apart from spending time with family and friends, of course!) and it’s my dream to just waltz into Waterstones or WHSmith and splash out without worrying if I should save back some money!
Ooohh, I have a lot of favourites but my all time FAVOURITE has to be Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale. This book blew me away with its amazing-ness and really changed the way I look at things. Everyone should have read it by now!
Reading or blogging? Probably reading because schoolwork gets in the way of frequent blogging but I can still manage to fit in reading time!
Crisps or chocolate? Chocolate, I have a sweet tooth ;)
TV or Music? TV
Fantasy or romance? Romance. Sometimes fantasy just doesn’t work for me L
Maths or history? Maths definitely, I HATED history, so glad I got to drop it!
Thanks Beverley! :-)
Thanks for interviewing me Zoe, it's been great fun answering your questions :)