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BBAW Interview with the YA Book Nerd

February 16, 2016

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.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    February 16, 2016 8:52 am

    I think 2008 was a magical year for book bloggers — so many of use started then. I agree that social media has changed the face of the community (yes, both good and bad).

  2. February 16, 2016 9:54 am

    Great interview, a good bunch of questions. I think the rise in social media is a double edged sword – for blogging and otherwise.

  3. February 16, 2016 11:47 am

    Thanks for hosting me! It’s always fun to meet new to me bloggers!!

  4. February 16, 2016 12:30 pm

    Ah a fellow Myspace origin story!

  5. February 16, 2016 12:33 pm

    Yes, 2008 was a big year for new bloggers. It’s when I began my first blog – the one I deleted. LOL

    Social media has certainly changed things in so many ways. I’m still on the fence about much of it, but I can see how it’s useful in many ways.

  6. February 16, 2016 1:27 pm

    It’s fun that you can incorporate your job into your book blogging! I try to keep those parts of my life separate (I like compartmentalization!), but I am always so interested in what bloggers do for work. There are a LOT of librarians — I know cause when I ask on Twitter if I should request my library order a book, y’all all chime in with an enthusiastic positive. 🙂

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