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My Latest Bookish Addiction [14] – Blogger Spotlight Features

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Blogger Spotlight Features!

Somehow, someway I ended up hopping onto a lot of blogger guest posts and/or Q&A features in March (The Bloggers We Read @ The Things We Read, The ABCs @Andi’s ABCsInside & Out @ Bookmark LitBook People Talk Movies @ Bring My Books) so I figured what better time and what better way to repay the favor by spreading the word?

I really enjoy blogger spotlight features! Naturally, we’re always wanting to get to know books and authors, but I also really enjoy getting to know more about the bloggers behind the posts. I’ve made SO many great friends by being a part of this community and I’m always thankful for the people who helped spread the word about my blog, especially when I was starting out. I really wanted to compile a list of all of the features I could possibly find that showcase other bloggers and their work!

We bloggers love spreading the word about books but I think it really creates even more sense of community when we help spread the word about each other! I think it’s a great way to reach a new audience, show support for fellow bloggers, and also get to know someone new yourself. I’ve had a few bloggers sign up for my Book and a Beverage feature that I got to know because of the feature and I’m so grateful that we started to chat!

So without further ado, here’s a list of all of the blogger Q&A/guest post features I’ve been able to find so far! If I missed one that you know of, please hop on over to the Google Doc so I can add it to the list!

** Thanks to Asti from Oh, The Books! for the heads up that she also has a list of Blogger Spotlight Features! Some of these were found thanks to her blog! **

BLOGGER INTERVIEW FEATURES
(includes question and answer format)

BLOGGER GUEST POST FEATURES

Which blogger spotlight features are your favorites? Are there any other blogger Q&A features or guest post features that I’m missing? I’d love to add them to the list!

And to see where else The Book Addict’s Guide has been featured, check out a complete list on my About Me page!

Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2012: Interview Swap!

It’s book blogger appreciation week, hosted by Amy @ My Friend Amy !

One of the more popular features of BBAW is the Interview Swap, which I opted to participate in (thanks to the heads up from Alison @ The Cheap Reader). If you want to participate next year, it’s so easily and excellently organized! You simply register on the BBAW site, Amy hooks you up with an interview partner, and voila! Swap questions, and it’s as easy as that. It’s a really great opportunity to get to know another blogger and make a few new blog friends!

I had the privilege to interview Anastasia over at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog:

1. Tell us a little about yourself/your blog and why you decided to start blogging:
Hi! I’m Anastasia, I’m 24, and I live in Southern California. I started blogging about four years ago after stumbling upon some book memes and wishing I could do them myself. Like a bolt from the heavens I realized– DUH, I can totally do them myself! and so I started my blog, Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. The first year or so was rocky (I was in college and didn’t have a ton of free time) but I’ve gotten into a good groove by now and I can’t imagine NOT blogging (in one form or another) until the end of the internet, at least.
Yay blogs!

2. What has been your proudest accomplishment with your blog so far? (Could be a post/event/achievement, etc)
When I got 100 subscribers! It took FOREVER– I’m thinking like two and a half/nearly three years? I kept watching my subscriber count go from 81 to 75 to 94 to etc., for MONTHS and it drove me insane. And then I got there! 100 people wanted to read what I was posting, and it was an AMAZING feeling.

Now I’m doing the same thing again now, funnily enough, because I’ve got nearly 300 subscribers and it…just…keeps…fluctuating…almost! But not quite! Eek!

3. If there is one book you could recommend to your readers, what would it be?
Diana Wynne Jones’ Charmed Life! It’s the first published book in her Chronicles of Chrestomanci series, and I think it’s one of her best books ever. Most people have, I think, heard of her Howl’s Moving Castle? If you’ve read it, and you liked it, you’d probably like Charmed Life, too. It’s meant for a slightly younger reader (maybe? With DWJ sometimes it’s hard to tell) but it’s no less wonderful or complicated or missing out on awesome characters/plot/etc.

Basically it’s about this kid, Cat, who gets orphaned along with his sister Gwendolyn (who’s a witch). They eventually get sent to live at Chrestomanci Castle. The Chrestomanci is like the prime minister of magic for all the worlds; the one in this book likes wearing fancy dressing gowns and wandering around annoying people. And then later there’s a conspiracy and DANGER and BETRAYAL and interesting alternate history stuff and A VERY EXCITING ENDING and basically everyone should just go read it now, okay.
Oooh I’ll have to check it out! 🙂

4. What are your favorite genres to read? Are there any you won’t read?
My favorites are sci-fi/fantasy, mystery and historical fiction. I LOVE IT when books combine one or more of those genres! It’s like winning the lottery or something. I also read a lot of YA books, but I’m not sure if that technically counts as a genre, so.

As for nays: political thrillers? I don’t think I’ve ever actually READ a political thriller, but since I have absolutely no interest in doing so I suppose it counts for a genre I won’t read, eh?

5. Did blogging change your attitude or habits toward reading?
I feel more pressure to keep reading all the time now, if that makes sense. Before blogging, I’d read maybe five books a month. Now I feel like I’m “behind” if I read less than fifteen– although maybe that’s just because my to be read pile is so freakin’ huge!

6. What has been your favorite read of 2012 so far (I know that’s probably hard! There are just so many great books!):
A recent favorite book of mine is The Count of Monte Cristo, something I was sure I’d never say. It’s about a million pages long, melodramatic as hell, and there’s more than a few wtf-is-going-on moments. But! It’s also SUPER EXCITING and the overdramatic bits somehow still work and it’s weirdly satisfying to watch Edmond Dantes get his revenge on the dudes who screwed him over 20 years ago.

7. What’s your favorite reading-related memory?
Probably that’d be back in third or fourth grade, when the school librarian showed us a kind of early book trailer for The Egyptian Game. It was AWESOME! I joined the school’s history club thingy, started reading historical fiction (and anything ancient Egyptian-related) and fell in love with Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s books all in one go. That right there? Is why librarians are so cool. Yup.

Thanks so much, Anastasia!!! Really great answers and I had a really great time interviewing you! Good luck with your 300 subscribers 🙂 Thanks to BBAW, I’m already following your blog!

As part of the interview swap, Anastasia has interview me as well! Don’t miss it over at her site, Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog.