Today please welcome Jenny, who blogs at Reading on the Farm. She's a newbie so be sure to welcome her to the community!
What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?
I live on a 10 acre farm with a lot of animals - cows, goats and chickens not to mention my indoor pets. So when I was looking for a name to express my love of reading and also show how much living on a farm is a part of my life, Reading on the Farm just seemed to fit.
How long have you been blogging?
It's been about 5 months now. I didn't even know about the book blogging community before the beginning of the year, which is surprising considering i've been an avid reader for so many years. When I discovered all these great book bloggers that were so excited about sharing their love of reading, I knew I had to become a part of that community. And it's been wonderful. Everyone has been so helpful and supportive and i've really been enjoying myself!
Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?
I really want a visitor to come away from my blog with the idea that I take reviewing books seriously. I really take my time trying to give a reader an honest look at what worked and didn't work for me with a book. When I started reading book blogs, what I was looking for was recommendations. I loved this book - what should I read next? So I hope i've set up a place that's easy to use, where you can find the next book you would like to read.
What genres do you write about most, and why?
Mostly Young Adult books, although lately I've been doing a few New Adult here and there. I feel like YA books are focused on such a pivotal point in a person's life. There's so many things that you experience for the first time at that age, and it's a time where the direction of your life and how you feel about the world is getting developed. There's also such a wealth of wonderful authors writing for that genre.
Every blogger feels pressure at some point. What's something you feel pressured to do or not do on your blog? How do you deal with it?
Hmm, I've gotten myself into the idea that I need to post 5-6 days a week every week, and some weeks that's not realistic. I have a family and a lot of things going on outside of blogging, as I'm sure everyone does, so some weeks it's just not possible. I just try and remind myself that I started this to have fun and connect with other bloggers and readers. No one's going to be mad if I miss a day or even a week of posting!
What's one book you think everyone should read?
I am a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater. I grew up riding horses and the first book of hers that I read was The Scorpio Races. I recommend that book to everyone ever, whether you like YA or not. I just connected with that book on such a personal level. Also, she is such a wonderful writer and I'm always blown away by her books.
Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?
Ummm NO! It just feels like such blasphemy to me! I'm the kind of person who doesn't even bend corners to save her place so writing in a book is definitely off the table!
One book you like that no one else seems to, or vice versa?
A lot of people seem to love The 5th Wave and I just . . .kind of hated it. I didn't think the writing was that great, and I just couldn't get into the story. Kind of makes me feel like the odd one out, but it wasn't for me!
To DNF or not to DNF?
I used to say no to DNF'ing a book. But as I've gotten more and more books on my TBR pile, I do DNF a book occasionally. I just don't have time to keep reading a book that I absolutely hate. I will give every book a fair shot though, I read at least 30% before I DNF.
What's one book that intimidates you?
A lot of the classics still intimidate me. I read a lot of them in high school but I see a lot of people still love to read them now, and I haven't picked one up in years. I'd like to try and read some Jane Austen within the next year or so.
How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?
Well, most of the time I'm running around with my kids. But I love to knit and crochet even though i'm not great at either, and I love spending time with my animals. Living on a farm requires a bunch of upkeep, so generally I'm trying to fix fences or clean out the chicken coop. I don't watch much tv, the only show I've really been able to get into was Game of Thrones, and that's only because I started reading the books a long time ago.
What are 3 favorite posts or reviews you've read by other book bloggers?
Cuddlebuggery Review: Throne of Glass
Perpetual Page Turner - You mean I have to work at this?
Jenna Does Books - Make it a Movie Monday
What is your reading personality? (via quiz at http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/)
Thank you for joining us today, Jenny! Remember to check out Jenny's blog, Reading on the Farm, and leave a comment or question for Jenny below!