fLiP iT fRiDaY: Diana Dang @ Stop, Drop, and Read!

Today on fLiP iT fRiDaY, we’re chatting with Diana Dang from Stop, Drop, and Read!, @StopDropandRead on Twitter.

Diana Dang @ Stop, Drop, and Read!

Describe a typical day in your life.

That would be a usual weekday then. In the following order, I would: wake up, wash up, go to school, learn and be bored at school, and come home. I would immediately get on the treadmill or go outside to run/walk. After there would be 50 sit-ups and some other exercise moves if I am in the mood for it. I eat dinner, taking my sweet time as I either scan through the daily newspaper (if my parents have not stolen it yet) or watch some TV. This lasts about half an hour to an hour. Then depending on how much homework I have, I would either work on it in my room or bring it out to the computer to finish it up. I would surf the net and blog for the next three hours before going to bed. Reading comes in between school and right before sleepy time.

Yep, my life is full of thrills alright.

Thrills? It sounds to me as though you’re preparing for some sort of war or infestation of every-woman-for-herself apocalypse, what with all that working out. My husband may have the zombie-killing strategy down, but you’ll definitely have the moves. Either way, I can totally picture the movie version of this, complete with Diana Dang theme song and action figure!

What is your favorite YA book and why? Or, which YA book has had the most profound effect on you and why?

Cold Hands, Warm Heart by Jill Wolfson and Hollywood Car Wash by Lori Culwell have the most profound effects on me at the moment. Both are fantastically realistic as they showed the human side of the possible situations you might run into in life. (I am proud of the reviews I wrote for them!)

A few people have mentioned Wolfson’s book. I didn’t realize it was about organ donation and donor families. I’ll check out your reviews!

What are 5 of your favorite things?

In no particular order:

  1. Mangas
  2. books
  3. my blog
  4. Japanese/Korean related things (tangible and non-tangible), and
  5. the idea of the perfect future I will never get. >< !

I like how you said “the idea of” rather than just “the perfect future…” Leaves some room for interpretation and daydreaming. Never say never, and all of that good stuff! 🙂

How long have you been blogging, and how did you get your book blogging start?

I started blogging on the first of August 2008. Actually, I never knew about review blogs until I stumbled upon a few contests and one of which was by The Story Siren (googled like, “young adult book contests”). I had no idea that you were able to get ARCs or review copies. I thought it was a perfect way to start reviewing again because I published a couple of articles for a kids’ newspaper, The Brand New Planet (discontinued) three years before. Since there’s no way I would ever get a job like that again at this age, why not blog online? And that way I would also keep track of what I have read to avoid borrowing the same books again.

Then it’s more than a happy accident that your interview was selected to run this month! Happy August anniversary to Stop, Drop, and Read!

Are you planning any upcoming new features or special content on your book blog and/or is there anything specific you want potential new visitors to know about your blog?

I have a weekly feature called Trailer Tuesday. Each Tuesday I would post up a new book trailer to bring attention to the fabulous books out there, YA fiction or not. (I did not know that Ravenous Reader did the same feature before me so I did not mean to steal in anyway! Sorry Ravenous!). Sometimes I also post TV reviews for the feature Watching on Wednesday. Since I’m not an avid TV person like when I was younger, the post comes around randomly.

Oh yes, in fact I have quite the big news. I don’t announce it often because I want to keep it a surprise even when I am going to tell you now, haha.

This August, I’m having a one week bash for my blog’s first birthday! All participating authors are from the YA fiction world and I reviewed at least one of books in the past. I’m not going to tell you who’s participating but do expect to see a couple of familiar faces if you are an avid YA fiction blogger!

Looks like the celebration has expanded into a much-longer party. Check out Stop, Drop, and Read! for interviews, giveaways, and fun throughout the month of August.

In addition to blogging, what other creative pursuits do you enjoy?

I guess you can say creative writing. The problem is that I can’t write a proper story. I would always have a brief idea in my head and start it off. But unfortunately, I never am able to continue it because I lack the real plot. So I turn to online roleplaying where me and other people would make our own characters and work on some story. It’s almost like a collaborative piece but you’d never know what the other person may be writing in response (unless they tell you). The surprise element is the greatest because it pumps your creative juices.

What do you want to be when you “grow up”?

I am very materialistic, give or take. And no, not the good kind either. So when I grow up, I want the perfect future. The glamour life you see on TV basically. So I want to be a very rich person with the nice car and gorgeous complex. The whole package? I want it. But I fear my desire will not be fulfilled so I’m crossing my fingers to fall in love with a successful guy (and he loves me too so it’s not the one-sided love kind of thing). Haha, is it too much to ask?

Well, at least you’re upfront about it! Readers — any guys out there that can live up to Diana’s strict standards? 😉

What are 3 things you’d like to do or accomplish in your lifetime?

Well, I already gave you a gist of what I want above, haha. But for sure, visit Japan. If I don’t go to Japan for a full blown-out adventure before I die, I swear I will come back to haunt someone until they take me with them there. I want to publish one YA fiction too. I wouldn’t come back to haunt anyone if I didn’t but I would be pissed in heaven/hell/whatnot. And lastly, live a life where I could die happily.

Haunt us?! And here I thought you were a sweet, quiet book blogger. Just goes to show you the importance of that age-old lesson… never judge a book (or a blogger) by its cover!

Tell us something that people who know you in real life would be surprised to learn about you.

Originally, I was going to say nothing. But then I remembered, I always wanted to be a model. It’s a big surprise if I tell any of my friends because I get camera-shy. Yea, a girl who wants to be a model but hates the camera, how does that work out? It’s another thing I want to do before I die, be in a fashion shoot.

The fact that you’re gorgeous smile is appearing live at the top of this blog? Hopefully that’s good practice for what’s to come!

Now, it’s time for Apocalypse Mad Libs!

If I ever had to face bunny-eating aliens I’d want Amanda Ashby on my side, because I know her kingdom of chicken-loving zombies would kick their a$$!

If she wasn’t available, I’d take Mia from the bookZombie Queen of Newsbury High, because because I will make her bait instead as I buy a first-class ticket to Japan before the country gets destroyed.

In any case, if I only had 1 day to live before the end of the world, I’d eat Vietnamese pho and sushi afterwards and then I’d tell everyone, “At least I got to visit Japan so lucky you, I won’t be coming back to haunt anyone.”

Thanks for stopping by fLiP iT fRiDaY, Diana! Everyone… take this as fair warning not to get on Diana’s bad side. In fact, to stay in her good graces, better head over to Stop, Drop and, Read! and follow her on Twitter, too (just to be safe) — @StopDropandRead.


fLiP iT fRiDaY is a weekly feature at SarahOckler.com showcasing the fabulous YA book bloggers and reviewers who share young adult fiction with the world and inspire raves, rants, intelligent discourse, and a whole bunch of book-lovin’ among readers everywhere. If you’d like to be featured on fLiP iT fRiDaY, contact me!

fLiP iT fRiDaY: Devyn @ The Faerie Drink Review

After a brief but *cough* unintentional hiatus, we’re back this week for fLiP iT fRiDaY, chatting with Devyn Burton from The Faerie Drink Review, @DevynBurton on Twitter.

Describe a typical day in your life.

I sit it front front of my laptop and Mac all day and tell people that I am writing. This is usually true, HOWEVER, I am usually only writing Twitter updates! Twitter is a really sick addiction and I honestly do need a twelve step program. (Do not let this stop you from following me!)

But in all actuality I am out ‘on the field’ everyday looking for new books and doing research. I love writing and have four chapters left to write on my current WIP.

Sits in front of the laptop all day… loose definition of “writing”… Now here’s a blogger who really gets me. Are we related, Dev?

What is your favorite YA book and why? Or, which YA book has had the most profound effect on you and why?

My favorite YA author is Holly Black (No, She is not a book, But keep reading!), because she is an amazing author with an even more amazing heart.

I was so fascinated by Tithe that I stalked Holly to her home (her online home, BlackHolly.com) and wrote her a fan letter asking if I could open a fan site. I don’t know why I felt the need to ask to make a fan site, but I did.

Long story short — Holly wrote me back, we kept up snail mail communication for awhile, and now I think it’s safe to call her a good ‘acquaintance’… or I’m possibly just a really annoying stalker. Long story short, you can find the fan site at faeriedrink.com!

What are 5 of your favorite things?

I could mindlessley say “Twizzilers, Twitter, Books, Pens & Hoodies.”

But YOU, fan of Sarah Ockler, get to see the well thought out and meaningful response!

  1. My Laptop & Mac: I do all of my writing on both of these wonderful gems in my life and keep up to date with everything I need to know. Imagine, If we didn’t have technology–we would never know anything about each other!
  2. My iPod: I love music, and when I am a bad mood I love cleaning and jamming out to music. (Please do not tell my mother this, even though I am moved out–I can see her trying to make me clean when I come to visit!)
  3. Joker: Joker is a very wise… man. He was named after THE Joker! However–he is a cellphone. Cellphones are VERY important, they connect you to the outside world–you know to hospitals, friends, family and 911 when you accidentally slip on a manuscript and fly down a flight of stairs. (This has never happened to me, But I am grateful that I have Joker by my side IN CASE this happens!)
  4. My Medication: I have Lupus, so medication is very vital to keep my body and alive and moving. If I did not have any medication I would walk around like a zombie (only my ‘zombies moans’ would be replaces with incoherent swearing!).
  5. My ARC of Need: There is a character name Devyn, and I have an acknowledgment in the back. Need I say more?

Devyn, I think you’ve shown us all a true glimpse into the life and times of you. This may or may not be a good thing. But either way, it was an awesome and hilarious thing, and I’m glad you decided on the well thought out version! Now I want to see a picture of The Joker, though…

How long have you been blogging, and how did you get your book blogging start?

My first blog was posted on: Friday June 22, 2007!

I started book blogging when I saw other people do it. I won’t lie. I thought, “THEY ARE GETTING FREE BOOKS!?” — Totally had to have a piece of that action. I’m now more selective about the books that I choose to review, I review what I want–so it’s really nice!

Hey, I’m with you on that. If the Internet had been invented when I was younger, I totally would have started a book blog for free books. Instead, I used to check out really saucy romance novels from the library (“These are for my Mom!”) and hide them in my room, reading them at night under a blanket with a flashlight. Then I’d write notes to my friends about the best parts and trade books with them. I guess that was our way of book blogging. 🙂

Are you planning any upcoming new features or special content on your book blog and/or is there anything specific you want potential new visitors to know about your blog?

Technically this is not on MY blog–But I run call a charity called the Book Transfusion and we have an auction coming up–we are pulling in some awesome authors and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for updates!

Yeah! Definitely keep us posted when you have more details so we can pimp the auction here. I mean, not like pimp. It’s not that kind of auction, people. At least I don’t think it is… er… Dev?

In addition to blogging, what other creative pursuits do you enjoy?

I write. I write very little, but once I am in my writing mode I can shoot out large pieces of my book. I like to take my time and not rush things — this is one of the most important pieces of advice that I can give for writing as well. “Think things out and take your time, you don’t have a deadline — save that for when you are old.” (I do make a lot of old jokes about my author friends and family. Do I get extra kudos for this?)

Extra kudos for making old jokes about authors? Um, NO. We can only make old jokes about ourselves. (See Internet invention comment above.)

What do you want to be when you “grow up”?

I really wanted to break out into a pussycat dolls song, yes, LIVE ON SARAH OCKLER’S BLOG – DEVYN BURTON SINGING WHEN I GROW UP!

But really, I would love to see my name on the front of a book one day.

I take that back, you will see my name in lights one day — I now want to be a lion tamer.

Rawr! I still want to hear you sing! But I’ve no doubt we’ll see your name in lights one day. And on a book cover.

What are 3 things you’d like to do or accomplish in your lifetime?

I want to have a bestselling novel, move to New York and live happily ever after! (If happily ever after does not count as an answer…. I would say I would totally love to work on a project with a few author friends!)

Living happily ever absolutely counts as an answer! But your other 3 are great, too.

Tell us something that people who know you in real life would be surprised to learn about you.

I killed a man.

Not really, but could you imagine if I came on the blog and just dropped a secret like that!

I think I am really boring!

“I just killed a man. I am really boring.”

Um, sure. A real snoozefest, this one!

Now, it’s time for Apocalypse Mad Libs!

If I ever had to face alien pandas dissecting the human race I’d want Holly Black on my side, because I know her husband has to own swords and stuff — so we could totally take some aliens out with those!

If she wasn’t available, I’d take Corny from the bookTithe (or valiant or Ironside), because because we would have to make man babies before I died.

In any case, if I only had 1 day to live before the end of the world, I’d eat boneless almond chicken and then I’d tell everyone, “GREEN UNICORNS ARE PURPLE!”

Thanks for stopping by fLiP iT fRiDaY (and winning the award for funniest $#!& ever said on fif), Devyn! If your book reviews are half as funny… well, people, run over to The Faerie Drink Review and check it out! And don’t forget to follow Devyn at @DevynBurton on Twitter, too.

“I just killed a man. I’m really boring.”

LOL!


fLiP iT fRiDaY is a weekly feature at SarahOckler.com showcasing the fabulous YA book bloggers and reviewers who share young adult fiction with the world and inspire raves, rants, intelligent discourse, and a whole bunch of book-lovin’ among readers everywhere. If you’d like to be featured on fLiP iT fRiDaY, contact me!

fLiP iT fRiDaY: Jenny @ Wondrous Reads

Jenny @ Wondrous ReadsWe’re back this week for fLiP iT fRiDaY, chatting with Jenny from Wondrous Reads, @WondrousReads on Twitter.

*Hi, Jenny!*

Describe a typical day in your life.

I get up, go to work (Borders), and then come home and do internet stuff for a few hours. That consists of: my blog, checking emails, and posting Twilight news on BellaAndEdward and ReelzChannel. Then I go to bed and read. On my days off, just repeat all that, but add more reading and remove the work!

What is your favorite YA book and why? Or, which YA book has had the most profound effect on you and why?

I’ll answer both. My favourite YA book is TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer (do I really need to list the reasons?). And the book that has had the most effect on me is THE BOOK THIEF. The author… the writing… inspiring… and I could go on. Simply put, it’s a masterpiece.

What are 5 of your favorite things?

Can I cheat and have 6?

  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  2. TWILIGHT
  3. reading
  4. TV shows
  5. Tuna
  6. and the internet.

Wow, Tuna made it up there with TWILIGHT and reading? With a capital T besides? You must really love your tuna! 🙂

How long have you been blogging, and how did you get your book blogging start?

I’ve been blogging since January 17th, 2009. I think that’s the exact date. I used to post all my reviews on the Amazon and Borders sites, then one day came home from work and just thought “Aha! A book blog! Why not?!” (or something like that). I emailed Jocelyn at Teen Book Review to ask for some blogging advice, and she really helped me. She posted about my blog, and lo and behold, I got my first follower! I was pretty excited about that. 🙂

Are you planning any upcoming new features or special content on your book blog and/or is there anything specific you want potential new visitors to know about your blog?

I currently don’t have plans for anything new, though I have my first guest post coming up soon! (or it may have already been by the time you read this). As for new visitors… I have a cool feature called US Vs. UK, where I compare a book’s different covers (I’m from the UK, which is why I had this idea: some of our covers are awful). I love doing it, because it fascinates me how one book can have two different covers that say completely different things.

I love this feature. I’ve seen some strikingly different US vs. UK covers on the 2009 Debutantes book list (Carrie Ryan’s THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH and R.J. Anderson’s KNIFE come to mind), and it always amazes me how publishers market the exact same story with such completely different imagery, fonts, design, colors, and overall look and feel for the US and the UK.

In addition to blogging, what other creative pursuits do you enjoy?

I like writing news articles and working on websites. I’ve worked on BellaAndEdward.com for over a year now, and I’ve loved every second of it. I also write news posts and articles for ReelzChannel.com. I currently cover the Twilight, If I Stay, Maximum Ride and Hunger Games movies, which is exciting!

What do you want to be when you “grow up”?

I have no idea, but I wish I did. I’m going to say something to do with writing… maybe writing reviews, or working for a website full time? Who knows!

I vote for something to do with writing, too. Yay!

What are 3 things you’d like to do or accomplish in your lifetime?

I’d like to meet Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joss Whedon and Stephenie Meyer. Does that count as my 3? If not, I’ll add that I want to read every book I own that I haven’t yet read. For me to do that, I think I might have to clone myself.

Tell us something that people who know you in real life would be surprised to learn about you.

I have a book blog! Very few people know this, believe it or not. I don’t know if they’d approve. And I don’t care! Wow, that was a boring answer. Sorry about that.

Funny enough, a few people have mentioned their closeted blog status on fLiP iT fRiDaY. But none that are actual bookstore employees. Still, it makes me wonder now just how many closeted YA book bloggers are out there walking around, going to work, eating food, breathing in the fresh air, acting like they’re totally normal when in reality, they’re secretly reading books and writing about them online!

*Insert psycho theme song here*

I’m telling you. YA book bloggers (and the authors that love them) are going to take over the world. Look at your neighbors and significant others and BFFs. Could they, too, be blogging in secret? Don’t say Jenny and I didn’t warn you! 😉

*More psycho music*

Now, it’s time for Apocalypse Mad Libs!

If I ever had to face a demon invasion I’d want Cassandra Clare on my side, because she knows their strengths and weaknesses, and which weapon is most appropriate for instant death.

If she wasn’t available, I’d take Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments, because he’s a kick-ass hot Shadowhunter who I’m secretly madly in love with.

In any case, if I only had 1 day to live before the end of the world, I’d eat a tuna mayo sandwich and a glass of apple juice, and then I’d tell everyone, “I’m going to watch Season 4 of Buffy – follow me to discover one of the greatest wonders of the world!”

Thanks for stopping by fLiP iT fRiDaY today, Jenny (and enjoy your tuna mayo sandwich)! All, don’t forget to check out Jenny’s blog at Wondrous Reads and follow her at @WondrousReads on Twitter.


fLiP iT fRiDaY is a weekly feature at SarahOckler.com showcasing the fabulous YA book bloggers and reviewers who share young adult fiction with the world and inspire raves, rants, intelligent discourse, and a whole bunch of book-lovin’ among readers everywhere. If you’d like to be featured on fLiP iT fRiDaY, contact me!

fLiP iT fRiDaY: Jill @ Reading Is Bliss

Today on fLiP iT fRiDaY, we’re chatting with Jill from Reading Is Bliss aka @readingisbliss on Twitter.

Describe a typical day in your life.

I wake up between 6:45 and 7:20 to get ready for school. I leave for school at 8:35, school starts at 8:50 and I’m get out at 3:50. Once I’m home I eat a snack, play the wii fit for an hour, read, eat dinner, do homework, check my blog, check my email, read, get ready for bed, go to sleep around 10:30 or 11:00…….then do it all again! Its pretty boring but on weekends I get to babysit, shop, and see movies so it gets a little more interesting.

I miss babysitting. You get to enjoy the kids without keeping them, eat their pop tarts and mac and cheese, play their Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo… well, at least that’s what I remember!

What is your favorite YA book and why? Or, which YA book has had the most profound effect on you and why?

Gosh…..This is such a tough question because I have read so many that I’ve loved. Most recently I fell in love with Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender. I’ve also loved Switch by Carol Snow and Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb is a book I’ll always remember because was one of the first books I read after my grandpa passed away in Jan ’08 and I couldn’t even finish it since i could relate to most of it too closely. It is such a powerful and sad novel that triggered too many feeling after such a hard time for me.

A few people have mentioned Cures For Heartbreak to me recently. Now I’m really going to have to check it out.

What are 5 of your favorite things?

  1. books (duh!)
  2. babysitting (I rarely have a free weekend that I’m not babysitting but I LOVE it)
  3. my cell phone
  4. frozen yogurt
  5. track meets

How long have you been blogging, and how did you get your book blogging start?

I’ve been blogging since January of this year. I started because my mom was tired of hearing my opinions on books she doesn’t read but I have too big a mouth not to share with someone! That’s actually only partly true. I kept up with a few blogs and one day (with my mom’s encouragement) I decided to start my own and share my thoughts on books with others who actually might be interested in them. I started my blog without knowing all of the hard work that it comes with, without knowing the AMAZING bloggers and authors I’d meet, without knowing of the books I’d be exposed too. I started without knowing how much I’d love this!

Yep, I can totally relate to your last 2 sentences when it comes to writing books! I think anything truly worthwhile and rewarding is hard work. And I know that you guys put so much love and effort into making your blogs awesome resources for readers, so thank you!

Are you planning any upcoming new features or special content on your book blog and/or is there anything specific you want potential new visitors to know about your blog?

Let’s see here….I host a lot of guest blogs and interviews. This pas April was crazy hectic with guests and May focused on birthdays (since my birthday is May 2nd and all that jazz). I’m trying to come up with a creative meme but until then I participate in In My Mailbox and I review often (or at least I try to). So check it out.

In addition to blogging, what other creative pursuits do you enjoy?

I try to write. I always start with a great idea but after 2 pages or so my idea is ruined and gets tossed aside. So I have a lot of good intros to stories but that’s as far as it usually goes.

As soon as I hear that someone is a writer or trying to write, I’m all over it with “No, don’t give up!” So… you could always try combining a couple of the intros into one storyline and seeing what you come up with! You never know — that might spark something fun!

What do you want to be when you “grow up”?

I want to teach 2nd grade. I’ve known since kindergarten I wanted to teach. My kindergarten teacher was actually so bad that she let me teach my failing classmates during recess in exchange for smiley face pencils. I am forever grateful for her though since doing that inadvertenly made me discover my passion to teach and that has never left me. My mom says I should be a lawyer since I argue a lot but I just consider that a back-up plan.

Maybe you’re both right. I think arguing is a good trait to have when dealing with a classroom full of kids. Or more specifically, their parents. 🙂

What are 3 things you’d like to do or accomplish in your lifetime?

So this means we can as out there as we want, right? Ok well then I would love it if I could …

  1. run a 400m dash in 58 seconds. Since I run it in 70 seconds now I doubt that will happen but I can dream. Hmmm what else…..
  2. I’d like to travel the world.
  3. I’d like to become a world renowned teacher.
  4. I’d love to have a big family and a loving husband.
  5. I’d like to continue to read and interact with more great authors (like Sarah Ockler).

I guess that’s over 3 now so I’ll stop before this before turns into a paper on my life dreams…so yeah.

Hey, it’s awesome to have so many dreams, and it sounds like you’re already working on some of them! And look, another traveler in our midst! Yay! Now we really need to get going with that bake sale road trip fundraiser…

Tell us something that people who know you in real life would be surprised to learn about you.

I’m a person who tells people everything and what I don’t tell is pretty obvious about my personality when you meet me but I’m very demanding and controlling but patient too. I can’t survive without a schedule so I plan absolutly EVERYTHING in my day. I have a color coded calender and a marker board just for my TO-DO lists hanging on my wall. I stress out over absolutly everything and I worry a lot. I also feel like I have to provide for everybody. At school if you need food, money, a jacket, I’m the girl to go to. People tell me I’ll grow up to be that sweet over-planning room mom you had in elementary school. You know the one who always had everything together (or at least looked that way) and brought cookies?

Cookies? Scheduling? Okay, Jill, you are in charge of the bake sale! I think we only need about 100,000 cookie plates to start. 😉

Now, it’s time for Apocalypse Mad Libs!

If I ever had to face a purple people eater I’d want Katie Alender on my side, because if she can write with such passighosts and life then she can surely take on a purple people eater.

If she wasn’t available, I’d take Megan from the book, Bad Girls Don’t Die, because if she willingly stepped in to help someone who hates her fight a possessed spirit that’s after her then she has the bravery to help me (someone who actually likes her) face this monster.

In any case, if I only had 1 day to live before the end of the world, I’d eat 100 bowls of pasta and 1000 bowls of Cookie Dough Ice Cream and just for the sake of it a salad on the side and then I’d tell everyone, “Always plan ahead, read too much, and in the face of a purple people eater……RUN!”

All right, anyone else have that song stuck in your head now? No? How about now…

Thanks for stopping by fLiP iT fRiDaY today, Jill! Check out Jill’s blog at Reading is Bliss and follow her at @readingisbliss on Twitter.


fLiP iT fRiDaY is a weekly feature at SarahOckler.com showcasing the fabulous YA book bloggers and reviewers who share young adult fiction with the world and inspire raves, rants, intelligent discourse, and a whole bunch of book-lovin’ among readers everywhere. If you’d like to be featured on fLiP iT fRiDaY, contact me!

fLiP iT fRiDaY: Hope @ Hope’s Bookshelf

Today on fLiP iT fRiDaY, we’re chatting with Hope from Hope’s Bookshelf, aka @princess2293 on Twitter.

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So check this out. I’ve been video-stalking Hope ever since March, when she casually mentioned TWENTY BOY SUMMER in her “In My Mailbox” video. It was the first time I’d seen the book mentioned on film, in the hands of a real live reader, and I watched the thing like 20 times.

(Now you know what a crazy psycho I am… okay you probably already knew. Anyway!) After reading TBS, Hope went on to create a book trailer and she also participated in a collaborative surprise video on the day TBS hit the shelves officially. Needless to say, I ❤ Hope and I'm thrilled to introduce her today!

Describe a typical day in your life.

On a normal day, I get up at six in the morning, take a shower, and then get ready for school. My mom gives me a ride three days a week on her way to work, and the other two I ride my bus. Then I go to school which runs from 8 AM to 2:54 PM. Mondays, I ride the bus home, Tuesday’s I have my piano lesson right after school, and then I volunteer at the library and tutor, Wednesday’s I have church, Thursday’s I volunteer at the library again and tutor some more, and then on Friday’s I have my vocal lesson. On Saturday’s, I participate in a bowling league in the mornings, and then on Sunday’s I have church, too.

What is your favorite YA book and why? Or, which YA book has had the most profound effect on you and why?

There have been lots of YA books that have had an impact on me. Most of the books I read do have an impact on my life in one way or another. It’s just too difficult to pick one book or author when there are so many that I love and that have impacted me.

I like this answer. I feel like my favorites change often because I read so many amazing books. The list just keeps on growing and rotating.

What are 5 of your favorite things?

  1. Books.
  2. My laptop (with the Internet. :D)
  3. Friends.
  4. Music and my iPod.
  5. My cell phone.

How long have you been blogging, and how did you get your book blogging start?

I started my blog on February 10, 2008. It was kind of a spur of the moment decision and I never thought that it’d become as big as it has today. On February 10th of last year, I had a snow day. On this snow day, I found The Page Flipper’s blog, and then shortly after I found The Story Siren, and I was like, “I read a lot. I could do this.” And so the madness began.

Page Flipper and Story Siren rock! How cool that they’re not just influencing readers to check out new books, but to start their own book blogs.

Are you planning any upcoming new features or special content on your book blog and/or is there anything specific you want potential new visitors to know about your blog?

I’m not planning any new upcoming features, but I do participate in some right now. Every Sunday, I do the In My Mailbox meme which was started by Kristi and Alea. On Wednesdays, I participate in the Waiting on Wednesday meme, and on Thursday’s I started my own special feature called Cover Craziness, which features books that have pretty covers. Once a week, I also have an author interview.

I am in the works of brewing up a special event in August, half for my sixteenth birthday, and half for a late one-year blog anniversary…

Can’t wait for Hope’s birthday! We’ll chat more about this in a later post!

*Cackles maniacally*

In addition to blogging, what other creative pursuits do you enjoy?

I do write some, though I don’t think it’s very good. I also sing (I’m in my school choir and also community choir), and play the piano, which I’ve done for four years. I volunteer at the library shelving books, which I find really fun. I also tutor some students for Algebra I and reading. I’m also apart of my school’s Student Government, Key Club, and National Honor Society.

Okay, so if I owned a college, let’s call it Sarah University, I would let you in like right now. Seriously. You wouldn’t even have to take the SATs or do an admissions essay or anything. I’m not sure how far a degree from Sarah University will get you, but the invite is always open. 🙂

What do you want to be when you “grow up”?

I would like to either be a preschool teacher or a music teacher.

Yeah, I guess you might need a little something more official than your honorary U of S degree.

What are 3 things you’d like to do or accomplish in your lifetime?

  1. Visit France, England, and Ireland. In general, just travel more.
  2. Meet my favorite authors.
  3. Read as many books as I can get my hands on.

Same here, on all 3! And I still can’t believe how many book bloggers want to travel the world. Seriously. If we can get funding for this giant YA book writer/reader/blogger road trip we keep talking about, it’s going to be the best time ever. Maybe we need to do like a ginormous bake sale…

Tell us something that people who know you in real life would be surprised to learn about you.

I have a really bad potty mouth. xD

OMG! Me, too! No one ever believes me, either. Okay, now our road trip is going to be even more fun, because Hope and I are going to get grounded from the tour bus for saying $@#&%!

Now, it’s time for Apocalypse Mad Libs!

If I ever had to face the world coming to an end I’d want Cassandra Clare on my side, because she writes really good fighting scenes where the world almost comes to the end. .

If she wasn’t available, I’d take Jace from the book, City of Bones, because he is a good fighter (and good looking ;)).

In any case, if I only had 1 day to live before the end of the world, I’d eat chicken and broccoli casserole, pickles, and Ramen Noodles and then I’d tell everyone, “Don’t miss me.”

Thank you, Hope, for stopping by fLiP iT fRiDaY today! Check out Hope at Hope’s Book Shelf, where you’ll also find links to her YouTube channel, and follow her at @princess2293 on Twitter.


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