BBAW Interview with the YA Book Nerd
Today I’m interviewing YA Book Nerd, a blogger named Jennifer who used to be a YA librarian but gave it up to have more time for her own writing. She likes dogs, crafts, and sports and lives in the New England area.
Jeanne: What made you decide to make your blog format so visual (less text, more blocks of content)?
Jennifer: I like to have a mixture of pictures and texts. I think it makes posts easier to read. For book review, I like to break up my summary of the books with block quotes from my reaction to the books – plus I think it’s pretty.
Jeanne: Mystery, Romance, Thrillers, Spy novels–which of these do you pick for comfort reading?
Jennifer: Right before bed, I’ll read a romance book because I don’t want to dream about evil plans or dead bodies.
Jeanne: You’re a dog person; I’m a cat person. Do you think there should be a list of book bloggers for each? (I’m mostly kidding, but it might be an interesting list. One of my favorite book bloggers–who I’ve met in real life– is a dog person.)
Jennifer: I’m a dog person but I did have a fantastic cat when I was a kid, although now I’m allergic to cats. I do wonder if being a dog person or a cat person says something more about your personality. It would be a fun list.
Jeanne: We’ve both been blogging since 2008 (possibly why we got matched up for interviews). What have been the most positive changes in the book blogging community since you started? What positive changes have you made to your own blog in the past year or so?
Jennifer: I think social media has been a huge change in blogging since we started (both good and bad at times). It’s so much easier to connect with bloggers and readers (not to mention authors and publishers. On my blog, I’ve started creating more librarian posts on Sundays: display ideas, program ideas, or just conversation starters. As a Librarian, I like bringing my two worlds together.
Jeanne: Why did you start blogging?
Jennifer: I actually started blogging on Myspace as a way to reach teens in the community about the books I was reading. Then I realized that Myspace was blocked in schools and I probably wasn’t reaching enough people, so I switched to blogger. I wanted to connect readers with books. I started talking about the books I was reading. The early days are not so great and I cringe a little when I go back and read something, but it’s all about the process, so I leave those posts the way are.
Jeanne: Name 5-6 of the best books you’ve ever read, the ones you want me and everyone else in the world to read because they’re so good.
Jennifer: Oh man – this is so hard. Let’s see. I’ll go with Harry Potter series, Pride and Prejudice, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Princess Diaries, and Book of Three.
Jennifer’s interview of me is up today on her blog, and we invite you to comment in either place on our different styles, whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, and the impossibility of picking out a limited number of favorite books.