Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Armchair BEA Day 3: Meet Heather!

I'm a bit behind on responding to comments today, so if you've commented on my posts and I haven't returned the favour yet - I'm going on a comment-frenzy later tonight! And then I'll be trailing the linkies on the Armchair BEA site to stalk some new bloggers :)

Today I have the great pleasure of interviewing Heather from Geeky Reads!

  In your bio, you mentioned the monthly contest from Grade 6 for those who read the most number of pages and most number of books (I would have loved participating in that!) and that you won nearly every time. What were some of your favourite books growing up?
I read lots and lots of The Babysitter's Club and Nancy Drew. I had quite the collection going of both series. I even had a Babysitter's Club Christmas movie, which I thought was pretty much the coolest thing ever. I remember reading The Hobbit in grade 4, and The Fellowship of the Ring in grade 5, and trying to convince my classmates to read them because I enjoyed them so much. It was an epic failure unfortunately.

What do you love most about blogging?
Getting to share my passion of books with people! I have a few friends who like to read, and I come from a family of readers, but there's only so much book talk that any one of those people can take before their eyes start to glaze over. I remember being so amazed when I first discovered book blogs - that there were people out there who were as obsessed as I was. I was so excited! I knew pretty much instantly that I had to make my own to join in on the fun.

What are your top 5 must-read books?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Harry Potter series by J K Rowling (Okay, okay, I know technically I'm cheating, but you honestly can't read just one of the Harry Potter books, you have to read all of them.)

If you could spend the day living inside any book, which would it be?
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. I'd love to be able to experience what it would have been like to be in the midst of King Henry VIII's court. I'd love to wear the dresses, and be around such interesting people. Not to mention that Europe was going through a lot of changes at the time, it would be so interesting to be in the middle of it as it was happening.

Is there a book that's changed your life in some way? Or had the most emotional impact?
I'd have to say Shake Hands With the Devil by Romeo Dallaire. It's non-fiction, by the guy who was in charge of the UN mission in Rwanda during the genocide in 1994. Parts were definitely hard to read and absolutely heartbreaking, but I think it's important to know what happened, and that it could happen again (and is happening today). I can't even imagine what it would have been like to be in the middle of it, and feeling hopeless to be able to help or stop it. It's amazing to think that the world stood by and let it happen. It's the first non-fiction book that I read about Africa, and it got me interested in humanitarianism.

What upcoming books are you most anticipating?
Wolfsbane by Anfrea Cremer
Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

What do you like to do outside of reading?
I love to spend time outside - whether it's going for a walk in a park, reading in the backyard under the tree, or hiking in the mountains. I also like to spend time watching TV and movies - probably more than I should. I also love to travel, though it's been awhile since I've been very far from home. My last big trip was to Europe after I graduated university. I had such a great time. I can't wait to go back.

Who is your favourite fictional couple?
Sam and Grace from The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. Sam and Grace just go so well together. It would be so easy for both of them to give up, say that it's too hard, but they keep on fighting to stay together. I love it. BTW, I need to find a real life Sam. I think we'd be perfect together.

Are you a paranormal girl? Dystopian? Contemporary? What's your favourite genre?
I have pretty eclectic reading tastes. I enjoy everything from mysteries to paranormal, contemporary to classics.

A genie will grant you the wish of one fictional character coming to life - who would choose and why?
The first person who popped into my head was Snape from Harry Potter. I have a thing for brooding, misunderstood guys, and Snape fits that to a T. He got such a bad rap from just about everyone but Dumbledore, and here he was, trying to do the right thing. I'd love to go to a pub and have a couple beers with him.

Ha! I'm completely with Heather on needing to find a real life version of Sam from Shiver. And wow, I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but is anyone else feeling compelled to read Shake Hands With the Devil? I'm definitely going to look that one up. I had so much fun getting to know Heather and I hope you did too. If you'd like to read more about her and the books she blogs about, be sure to stop over at Geeky Reads!

Ash @ Smash Attack Reads is interviewing me today. So if you'd like to delve into the scary recesses of my mind, head on over!


  1. Nice interview! I didn't get into reading until jr. high.

    I got the chance to interview via email the owner of Notorious Spinks Talks Books. Come read the review.

  2. This interview brought back fond memories of childhood reading. We had those reading contests at my grade school too. I still have my third place trophy. One year I read the most pages and I got to pick a book from the big chest in the library. I liked to think of it as the magic chest.

    I was a little obsessed with Nancy Drew and Babysitter's Club and was beyond excited when they became tv shows.


  3. Great questions and fascinating answers! I was a Nancy Drew gal myself. Have seen The Book Thief on two lists this am- better get to it. Nice to meet you both :D

  4. *Raises hand* Another Nancy Drew fan here. Great interview!

  5. I love Sam and Grace. Sam is one of the best characters. I love emo, nice guys. I was a BSC gal too.

  6. great interview! nice to find your blog :)


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