As many of you know, we held a little pre-launch contest to see who could sign up the most people to Book Riot. It was a pitched battle with several entrants notching figures in the hundreds. But our winner outdistanced them all by a considerable margin, signing up more than 1300 people.
And with that, I’m pleased to announce Stacey of Pretty Books as the clear and deserving winner. We didn’t think the prize alone was quite enough here; clearly a victory lap is in order, so I asked if Stacey would tell us a little about her blog and her reading life.
1. What prompted you to start book blogging?
I originally started my Pretty Books Tumblr in January 2010 purely just to post and reblog pretty photos of books. I then started posting quotations and articles, and then moved on to book reviews a year later. I love everything about the book industry – reading, recommending, discovering, discussing, and I’m currently a publishing intern. I just wanted to become more involved in something that I was so passionate about.
2. Anything you’ve read recently that you’d recommend?
I’ve been lucky enough to like pretty much every book I’ve read this year, but here are a few favourites that I read between July and September:
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Paper Towns by John Green
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (I had to re-read before the final film, of course!)
3. What bookish sites are on your daily Internet routine?
Goodreads – I’m addicted to this website and I recommend it to every booklover. I cannot imagine not updating my “currently reading” shelf or checking to see what my friends think before I read a book (although this does have a downside). I’m on it multiple times a day and it’s one of the main reasons why my “to read” and “wishlist” lists have gotten so long.
Nose in a Book (noseinabook.tumblr.com) – Emma’s a fellow Tumblr book bloggers and I check her Tumblr every day because she posts fantastic book photos, reviews and quotations.
The Readables (thereadables.tumblr.com) – I love Priscilla’s YouTube book reviews. I always look forward to seeing what theme she is going to chose for the month (this month is horror!).
Twitter – This is a sneaky one, but Twitter has really enhanced my reading experience. It has given me the opportunity to interact with other book bloggers, which is something I didn’t do very much of before I joined. We meet up at various book events and author signings, and we’ve become experts on chatting about books in 140 characters.
4. Last one—if you could magically call into existence a new book from any author, who would it be?
Luckily, most of my favourite authors are already in the midst of releasing new novels. I’m going to be really predictable and say J.K. Rowling. I wouldn’t want an 8th Harry Potter book but I’d really love that encyclopaedia that everyone hoped Pottermore was going to be.