Hey all you Bookworms, you have probably noticed our new reviewer but here is her formal introduction. She is a wonderful gal and definitely one of my favorite students. She loves to read, gets mad over grammar errors, and is going to do something awesome with her future.
My name is Amanda and I am a junior in high school. I live in Minnesota and I have three younger sisters. When I’m not in school I like to stay busy doing other activities. I play volleyball, take dance classes and I am involved in school clubs/teams such as the speech team, German club, and the National Honor Society. I love reading and enjoy doing so whenever I have some spare time!
1. Was there a specific book that started your passion for reading?
When I was little, my mom would always read me books before I went to bed or just for fun so it is hard for me to remember a specific book that started my passion for reading. Books that I always remember reading were anything Dr. Seuss and the Magic Treehouse series. But my all-time favorite books, hands down, are the Harry Potter books. I have read every book countless times and seen all the movies. Literally nothing can compare to them. Another book that I really liked was Olive’s Ocean. Looking back at the actual story, there are a lot of flaws, but there is something about this book that I just can’t put my finger on.
2. What is your favorite Genre?
I tend to gravitate towards sci-fi and fantasy stories more than anything, as well as historical fiction; and if there is also romance behind it, all the better. I also prefer books in a series because I feel like I have more time to get to know a character and develop an emotional connection with the story.
3. Least favorite Genre?
Depending on the topic, non-fiction may be my least favorite genre. I like reading about history and some fields of science, but it is definitely not my favorite genre to read.
4. What was the last book you read that surprised you?
I think the last book that surprised me may have been The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I read this book a couple of years ago and the ending most definitely shocked me; it still does today, now that I think about it. I tend to over-analyse things so about halfway through a story, I usually have a pretty good guess as to how it might end, but not with this one.
5. If we were to look at your bookshelf right now, is there anything that would stand out?
The size. My bookshelf is way too small compared to the amount of books I have. As far as the rest of my books, they are in piles at the top of my closet until I get a new bookshelf.
6. Do you set up your bookshelf in any specific way?
I am probably the most obsessively organised person you could ever meet. Everything has it’s place, but with my books, they don’t really have set places. I have all of the books in a series by each other, but other than that, they just go wherever I think they look best.
7. Thoughts on Movie adaptions?
I love going to see a movie that has been adapted from a book. I like how I am able to get a clearer picture of the story. I would also say that the adaptation must stay true to the book and not go off in a completely different direction. But, I will never see a movie before I have read the book.
8. Are you a Cover Lover? Or does the Cover have really no effect on you?
If I have to chose between two similar books, I will most likely chose the one with the cooler cover. If I’m ever in the library and I don’t know what to read, I honestly just scan through the shelves and pick up which ever cover draws my attention.
9. Are you hoping to get anything out of blogging?
I’m hoping to read a wider variety of stories. With writing reviews, I can also focus more on how I really feel about a book and share it with others. This is also something I’ve never really done before, so I’m excited to try something new and have fun reading while doing it.
10. Do you feel that you have a noticeable writing style?
I try to be honest and talk about both the good and the bad parts of a story. It’s easy to tell when I really love a book because I just can’t stop talking about it. Other than that though, I try to get my point across without writing a whole other book about a book.