Monday, February 27, 2012

Interview with a Blogger- Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf

Meet Amanda from Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf!

Hi Amanda, Thanks for stopping by! 

Thanks for having me! I’m really excited to be featured here today!

Tell us 5 Random things about yourself

 1. I like eating candy in even numbers
2. I collect old cameras and Robert Sabuda Pop-up books
3. My favorite candy bar is a Mexican candy bar called “Bubu Lubu”--its marshmallow cream with raspberry jelly covered with chocolate. But, they are really hard to find around here :(
4. I can’t watch the opening credits at Regal cinemas (its some weird, futuristic movie themed roller coaster) without feeling nauseous. 5. My “Happy place” is target. Its just so clean, well lit and organized.

If you could only describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?

 Fair, quirky, introvert
(I was going to say, “Off-the-wall”...but thats 3 words in itself and I didn’t think that would work!)

What inspired you to start a Book Blog?

I saw on twitter last year (2010) something about ARCs Float On---and how, if you signed your classroom up, there were bloggers who could be matched with you and send their used ARCs for your classroom library. Before that, I didn’t realize you could actually blog about books! I thought people who wrote blogs were stay-at-home moms (writing about their awesome kids, super clean and nicely decorated homes, and great dinners they make), crazy politicos / comic book guys, and people like Perez Hilton. So, with the idea of a blog about books now planted in my brain, I started thinking about how I could be more involved with my student’s reading, and be more knowledgeable about books available for them. So, I mulled it over until about Christmas of that year, and by January 2011, Maestra Amanda’s Bookshelf was born (though at that time it was called “That Book Lady’s blog”---I changed it b/c Maestra Amanda was a better fit.

Did you always have a passion for reading?
Oh yeah---

The one, I call "just like Daddy". I think I'm pointing to the JMU logo in the newspaper, as that was where my Dad worked. The other one is me at about age 3 1/2 reading. I also had my husband help me recreate it today.

I’m lucky enough to have married a reader, so there is no shortage of books in our house. He also doesn’t have a problem (usually!) when I buy books for my students.

If you could bring to life any book character who would it be and why?

Georgia Nicholson (from the series by Louise Rennison). She’s fiesty, dorky, hilarious, insecure and my total book bff. Oh the times we’d have!

Do you have that one book that you could just re-read over and over again? If so, which book?

I’ve read The Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick about 10 times from 9th grade to now. I love it. It would definitely be on my list of books that I’d take with me to a deserted island!

Was there ever a book that you just couldn't finish?

I always try to finish books, but the most recent that I just couldn’t finish was Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I’ve tried to read that book about 3 times now (between high school and today) and just can’t get into it. I also have a hard time with Jane Austin and “the classics”.

Your favourite book series?

4-way tie: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Underland Chronicles (Gregor the overlander) and The Georgia Nicholson series.

What has been the best part of blogging to you?

Meeting new people, whether they are bloggers, authors, teachers, followers, publishers, publicity people. Its just great to meet new people and make that connection with someone else who loves books as much as you do!

When your not blogging or reading, what do you enjoy in your spare time?

I like to take pictures, flowboard (which is surfing or bodyboarding on a manmade wave) and travel. 

We’re already planning our summer trip for this year, and hopefully, we’ll be able to go to Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. If you’re feeling froggy, you can check out the blog I created last summer for our trip and will be using again this summer :

What advice would you give to new and future book bloggers?

Just be yourself and don’t be afraid to make those contacts with people! Don’t be shy!

Spring is right around the corner. What books are on you most looking forward to reading?

A Midsummer Tight’s Dream by Louise Rennison (sequel to Withering Tights); The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, book 3: The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood; Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver; Fever by Lauren deStefano; The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Cady Cross;


Who do you root for: Hero or Villian?


Chocolate or Ice Cream?

Both, but if I had my druthers, ice cream.

Favourite Childhood Book?

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls and the Billy and Blaze series by C.W. Anderson. I remember not even knowing how to read yet, but knowing exactly where those and the Curious George books were located in the library...

Favourite Film?

Disney’s version of Robin Hood

If you could be any paranormal creature. What would you be?


Thanks Amanda, it is a pleasure having you!

Thanks for having me! I really appreciate it!

Head over to Amanda's Blog: Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf and say hello!

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1 comment:

  1. Lovely guest post - I'm heading over to Amanda's blog to say "hello"


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