Welcome to Day 2 of Book Blogger Appreciation Week! Today, I’m interviewing Annabel from Annabel’s House of Books. Annabel’s blog is new-to-me, so I’m going to let her do most of the talking here:
1. Tell us a little about yourself and one thing that makes you unique.
I know I’m not the only scientist that writes a book blog, but I don’t know many of us. (Materials Science by the way – a mix of chem/phys/eng applied to the properties of stuff). I’ve been a voracious reader since childhood, and could have gone the arts route, but my pragmatic and curious scientific side won out career wise. I worked for a chemical giant for years, but now work in a school as lab technician, supporting science lessons.
2. Tell us a little about your blog and one thing that makes it unique.
I hope my USP is variety – I think I read a wider variety of books than virtually anyone else I know – from Westerns to Biographies, spy thrillers to prize-winning literature. I will try reading virtually anything except schlocky romances.
3. What are you favorite things to see in books?
I’m a big fan of hardbacks, or posh paperbacks with French flaps.
4. What are some of your bookish pet peeves?
When you buy a second-hand book which is advertised as Very Good but doesn’t meet the condition guidelines. My biggest peeve is cracked spines on paperbacks and too often books are misdescribed and have cracked spines and not mentioned.
5. What’s your Harry Potter house?
When I last did the Pottermore test, I came out as Gryffindor, but they’ve changed it recently… I must have another go. [Amanda’s note: Later, Annabel informed me that the new Pottermore test put her in Ravenclaw!]
6. If you were to dress up as a fictional character, any fictional character, which would it be?
I’ve done Hermione Grainger for World Book Day at school before. I knitted a scarf in Gryffindor colours and have a black robe. More fun would be Bellatrix Lestrange with wild hair! [Amanda’s note: This is frickin’ awesome and I wish I had a picture!!!]
7. Have you ever gotten to meet up with fellow book bloggers? What would be your dream blogger meetup?
Apart from my own blog, I co-edit a quarterly literary mag called Shiny New Books – with three other book bloggers. The day we finally got together in person after Skyping was lovely – We had afternoon tea at the Wolsey (posh eatery in the West End). We’ve had a couple of larger book-blogger meet-ups before which went OK. I often meet a few blogging friends at publishers dos in London though. It would be lovely to arrange a UK book-bloggers meet again.
8. What are some of your non-bookish interests?
Obviously my daughter comes first, then the cats. I love films, theatre and art – but don’t get to go out enough. I’m a bit of a quiz fiend – very competitive when I get the chance!
9. Name a book (or two) that you’d readily recommend.
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes – simply wonderful thought-provoking SF with a very human heart. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw – both have fairy-tale aspects seamlessly wound into wonderful stories.
Thanks so much for talking with me, Annabel – and it’s wonderful to meet you!