Today please welcome Ally, who blogs at The Scribbling Sprite.
What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?
"The Scribbling Sprite" actually started out as a username for random sites. I dabbled in writing; I was interested in mythical creatures. So I thought, what better name? When I decided to start a book blog I still thought it was fitting.
How long have you been blogging?
About nine months!
Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?
I try to incorporate a variety of posts, such as reviews, tags, discussion posts, memes, etc.
I also focus a lot on interacting with my readers. I reply to all of my comments, and if commenters have their own blogs I try to pay back the favor and comment on theirs. My favorite part of blogging is definitely the community. :)
Also, I always include content warnings at the end of each review.
What genres do you write about most, and why?
I try to review a variety of genres incuding Young Adult and Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Mystery/Thrillers, and Christian Fiction.
I love these genres and more, but YA Fantasy seems to be what I read most often.
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?
I constantly feel pressure to take the easy way out. Sometimes it's hard to be consistent with posting and I just want to throw together a post in just a few minutes and say, "I'm done!" But I push myself to come up with well thought out content. It eats up more time, but pays off in the end.
What's one book you think everyone should read?
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. It's so heart-wrenchingly beautiful and unique. I think it really redefines what "Happily Ever After" means.
Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?
In library books? NO NO NO. Please do not!
In your own books? If you're not blotting out any words, I don't see why you shouldn't. I don't do this, but it might be kind of cool to reread a book and see all of your past comments.
What's your favorite place to read or blog?
I typically blog at my desk in my bedroom. I read....well....pretty much anywhere!
Is Amazon.com the evil empire? Discuss.
I don't think so. I enjoy shopping on Amazon. Especially for *cough* books.
A $0.01 book + $3.99 shipping = Cheap. And a full bookshelf for me.
Book shelfie time! Take a "shelfie" of your bookshelves and share it with us.
What have you learned from other bloggers or your readers?
I've learned how to have fun with my blog! When I first started all I could think was "how am I going to get people to read this?" When I DID get people to read my content it became less of a chore and more of an enjoyment. I learned to love interacting with other bloggers and my readers!
Do you judge a book by its cover, or its lover?
Its lover. I never decide to read a book solely based on its cover. But I'll carefully consider the opinion of a fellow blogger or reader I trust.
One book you like that no one else seems to, or vice versa?
I really enjoyed Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire, despite its many negative reviews.
To DNF or not to DNF?
Not if I can help it. But if you're really not enjoying a book, why waste your time on it? There are too many GOOD books out there for you to be spending time on the ones you can't get into.
What's one book that intimidates you?
I've tried, and...haven't made it past the 14th page. :(
If you could go to any literary destination, where would you go?
I almost put Hogwarts, but alas, there would not be much fun in that for a non-magical muggle like me, unfortunately.
But I think it would be fascinating to visit the Inkworld (of Cornelia Funke's "Inkheart").
How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?
Don't feel like reading? What??
Hmm...I think I stated this above, but I dabble in writing fiction. I also enjoy drawing (mostly using pencil and charcoal) on occasion.
What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
Oh, that's tough. But one of my favorites would have to be the Anne of Green Gables miniseries with Megan Follows.
What are 3 favorite posts or reviews you've read by other book bloggers?
"You Shouldn't Care That I Love My Kindle" by Heather
"And They Lived..." by Christine
"Opinion: Writers Deserve More Respect" by Brett
What is your reading personality? (via quiz at http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/)
Your responses showed you fitting into three different personalities:
Involved Reader: You don't just love to read books, you love to read about books. For you, half the fun of reading is the thrill of the chase - discovering new books and authors, and discussing your finds with others.
Exacting Reader: You love books but you rarely have as much time to read as you'd like - so you're very particular about the books you choose.
Eclectic Reader: You read for entertainment but also to expand your mind. You're open to new ideas and new writers, and are not wedded to a particular genre or limited range of authors.
I'd say this is accurate!
Thank you for joining us today, Ally!
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