Sunday, February 27, 2011

Interview with a Blogger-Black Fingernailed Reviews

This week of Interview with a Blogger please welcome Khadija from Black Finger-nailed Reviews!

How long have you been blogging?

I've been blogging since June of 2010. I took a break from blogging for a few months though at the end of 2010 and have been back since December.

What inspired you to start a book blog?

I wanted to share my opinions and have an active role in helping to promote the authors I love. I wanted to talk to people who love to read and write and encourage people to share what they think. I started blogging because I love to read and write and just have a place where I can be myself.

Tell us 5 things about yourself

*I'm fifteen years old

*Black is my favorite color (even though some people say it's not really a color)

*I enjoy learning languages and hope to someday be fluent in up to 7 (including French, German, Japanese, and Korean)

*I am extremely bad at playing sports. Last time I attempted to play soccor I sustained a serious sports injury to my left arm. The sad part is that I fell backwards trying to kick the ball when I broke my arm...and the ball didn't even move an inch. *sigh*

*I haven't traveled much, but when I was 11 I lived in Morocco for about six months, and ever since then I've wanted to travel and see more of the world.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner(dead or alive, fact or fiction) who would you invite?

This is going to be a crazy and possibly dangerous pairing...

The Mad Hatter


Jane Austen

Tim Burton

Scooby Doo

(I really want to add Batman...maybe he can just drop in uninvited? :))

Where is your favourite reading place?

I don't think I really have one. When I'm reading I try and find small alcoves, places that are quite and comfortable away from the rest of the world. My preferred reading space is in my closet (odd I know). I always keep my closet floor lined with pillows and blankets :)

Have you ever read a book that changed your opinion on something?

I think their are many books that are always shaping and evolving my opinions and making room for new ideas in my mind. I like to think I take something away from every book I read, even the ones I don't necessarily like. Some books I distantly remember changing my mind are: The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keen because they changed my opinion about reading when I was young and showed me the doors reading can open in your imagination. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (another book from my childhood) changed my opinion on happy endings, and ever since then I appreciate books that don't have happy endings more because their harder to write. After by Amy Efaw changed my opinion on the "dumpster baby" phenomenon (which was a hard sell). I could go on and on for infinite hours talking about how many books have changed me, my opinions, and my perspective on so many things.

If you could only keep 6 books from your bookshelf, which would you pick?

That's a really hard question to answer!!!! :(

The Vampire Lestat by Ann Rice

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang

The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

Other Words for Love by Lorainne Zago Rosenthal

Is there a specific book you could re-read over and over?

I find it compelling to read L.J. Smith's books over and over. They aren't particularly well-written or particularly amazing, but ever since the first time I read the Vampire Diaries I just keep going back and re-reading her books. I find sometimes her books just pop into my head and suddenly all I want to do is read them again. This is the case for a lot of books I've read as well like Bram Stoker's Dracula and The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux and especially Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. The mark of a good story-teller is that their stories compel readers over and over again.

Do you have a favourite book character?

Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith. I don't want to sound like one of those bubbly fan girls but in all the young adult books I've read (and I've read a lot) Damon has always stood out for me. His character is complex and secretively caring. He tries so hard to shut out his emotions and just not feel, because he's so full of regret and sadness and brokenness. Ian Somerhalder who plays Damon in the television series is very good at portraying the Damon I always imagined in the books. Elena brings out the best in him, in the books and the show. I was really saddened when I learned L.J. would no longer be writing the book series, and that the Damon-Elena connection that is so important to the stories and Damon's character could possibly be no more. As far as Damon in the show, I'll keep my fingers crossed that the creators of the show realize how important their relationship is. Oh I'm getting off track! Sorry! Damon is an example of the kind of male-character in a story I always go ga-ga over, he hides behind this mask of anger and hate and uncaringness because he's afraid of letting himself truly feel. I just love character that are so complex, and hard to desifer.

What super power would you like to have?

I think it would be cool to be able to control ice. I'm one of those odd-balls who can't stand the heat and if given a choice would want it to be winter all year round. So it'd be kind of cool to be able to always have winter with me.

Any advice or tips for new bloggers?

Always be yourself when blogging. Don't try to follow what everyone else is doing, the way to stand out and be unique (which is key in book blogging) is to just be you.

What are you reading now?

Right now I'm trying to finish reading some books I got out of the Library: Entice by Carrie Jones, Before I Die by Jenny Downham, Heist Society by Ally Carter. I just started reading Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt for a blog tour and it's really great so far. :)

Crazy Quiz

Favourite book hero?

I kind of follow the batman standard of hero's, I don't like the goodie-goodies (like Superman). So I think I'll go with Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. It took me some time to warm up to her, but she is a unique character and a strong female heroine. We really need more Katniss Everdeen's and less Bella Swan's.

Favourite book Villain?

Another hard question. I love reading book villains, because in general villains are really complex characters. Probably Wade from Stork by Wendy Delsol. But my favorite villains are always changing, I have quite a few favorites :)

All-time favourite film?

Oh that's a hard one because other than books, movies are another one of my obsessions. Titanic, Interview with a Vampire, The Professional, The Lost Boys, are all favorites. I really can't choose just one, right now though a recently released movie I keep watching over and over is Black Swan; which is absolutely stunning!

Favourite TV show?

Again ouch! I don't think I can choose only one. I watch a lot of K-Dramas and Anime. My favorite American TV show is either Gray's Anatomy or House. Ugly Betty, Charmed, Angel, Xena Warrior Princess are all among no longer airing TV shows that still remain favorites of mine.

If you could become an animal, what would you chose to be?

A cat. A white tiger. Cats are intelligent and agile, and sneaky, and I absolutely love them. So either a cat or maybe a white snow owl, It would be pretty cool to be able to rotate my head all the way around. :P

Thank you so much! It was a pleasure interviewing you!

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