Our guest today is Amber from Just Another Book Nerd blog. We met Amber through Goodreads and as she’s very active as a blogger, commenter and now mod of one of the YA groups, we ‘speak’ to her a lot. So let’s find out a little more about her
Hi Amber, welcome to Aside from Writing, can you tell us a little about yourself and Just Another Book Nerd?
Hi! Thank you My name is Amber, and I’m 23. I am a major bookaholic. You will probably find me with a book in my hands at any given time. When I’m not reading, I’m either working with GIMP (my other hobby) or hanging out with the little ones, I’m the oldest of 6 Just Another Book Nerd is my first attempt at blogging, and I love it. I’ve actually started reading more frequently because of it.
What prompted you to start writing it and was there anything particular you wanted the blog to achieve?
I started looking at the blogs other members of Goodreads shared, and I thought I’d give it a try. I wanted to share my thoughts on books I’ve read. Was there anything particular? I think I just wanted others to know what I thought of a book. And maybe they’d come across books they would like to read.
What’s been the best part of running the blog? Any particular highlights for your first few months?
I think the best part of running the blog would have to be meeting other bloggers, and authors. It’s nice belonging to a little community. I don’t have a local book club, so blogging is the next best thing for me. And I’ve met some really cool people. One highlight for the blog is winning an award, which was awesome.
And the hardest parts?
Sometimes I’ll get a brainfreeze trying to figure out what to write. I don’t want to give away too much, or any spoilers. Or, writing negative things about a book. Luckily, a lot of books I read are really good, so I don’t have that problem too much.
You’re really active on Goodreads – we’ve seen your comments on lots of groups and subjects, even before you became a mod – what do you like best about the site and getting involved?
I think finding Goodreads has to be the best thing I’ve done. I like that I can have all my books in one place. I can look for more books to read. And there are so many different groups on there. There is always somebody to connect with. And you get to share and get ideas from other group members, which is nice.
And how’re you finding the role as moderator?
I’m liking it. Everybody gets along, so that’s great. I think this has to be one of the easiest groups to moderate.
What genres/authors do you love to read?
I like reading paranormal and chick-lit. I’ll read dystopia from time to time. I’ll mostly read YA, but I’ll occasionally read a non YA. The authors I like reading most are PC and Kristen Cast and Meg Cabot. I’ve recently started reading Anne Rice.
Any ‘must have’ books that you want to get hold of in 2012?
The next House of Night book. I have to wait til October for it, so I’m going crazy. And the next Sookie Stackhouse novel.
The Random Questions
If you could be a character from any book – who would it be and why?
Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries. She’s kind of an anti-princess. She’s more of an everyday, down to earth person. She has her problems just like everyone else. And I have to admit, I’m a bit jealous of her. She has the perfect boyfriend.
Favourite fictional world – where would you live?
Best super-evil baddie?
Neferet from House of Night. I don’t think I’ve dis-liked anybody so much! She is truly evil.
Thank-you for taking time to talk to us today!
Thank you for having me!
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