It's always nice to meet fellow bloggers and even though we didn't make it to NYC for Book Expo America, we can still make new book blogging friends through Armchair BEA.
We'd like to introduce you to the blog The Chey Show run by Cheyenne, a 17 year old book blogger from Pennsylvania. So without further ado...
Jenn of GJR: How long have you been a blogger? What inspired you to become a book blogger?
Cheyenne: I've been a blogger since the end of March 2011, so about 2 months now. I don't think I made a real conscious decision to become a blogger. I just created a blog one day and thought I would see how it went. Once I got the hang of it, I didn't want to stop! Now I couldn't imagine myself NOT blogging.
GJR: As someone who is interested in computers & technology, your firm stance on the tree-book side of the e-book vs. tree-book debate came as a bit of a surprise to me. I am a firm believer in e-books AND tree-books. Have you ever tried, or would you ever try, an e-reader?
When you are reading for reviewing purposes do you read the book then write the review before moving on to something else or can you start the next book before you've written your review of the first book? Do you read more than one book at a time?
C: I usually start reading another book before I review the previous one. I do this because I need time to chew over what I just took in. Once I wait a couple of days, I usually have everything I want to say in my head. I've tried writing reviews immediately after finishing a book, but I would finish it and then go "Oh, I wish I had written this!"
I don't normally read more than one book at a time, but lately I have been! I've been getting e-copies of books lately, so I'll read one of those and read a paper copy, too. That way when I'm on the computer I can read, but when the computer is not available I always have a book to stick my nose in.
GJR: Do you make yourself finish a book you don't like or are you okay with walking away from it?
GJR: What is the first book that really spoke to you on a personal level?
C: The first book - or series - that really spoke to me was Harry Potter. This was the book that made me fall in love with books. While I'm sure that answer has been used too many times, it does not make it any less true for me. I grew as Harry grew, and I became very attached to the series during that time.
GJR: Love, love, love Harry Potter! Who are your favorite authors?
C: If you asked me this a year ago, I could have told you exactly who my favorite authors are. That was when I had only so many books, and I re-read them to my heart's content. Now, I have read so many books that I have a whole slew of favorite authors. I like to categorize them as "new favorites" and "old favorites."
Here you go:
- J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter
- Ann Brashares - Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants & My Name Is Memory
- Sarah Dessen - Um, everything?
- Scott Westerfeld - Uglies
- Lauren Oliver - Delirium
- Beth Revis - Across the Universe
- Cassandra Clare - The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices
- Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
GJR: Everyone has a few least favorite books, what are yours?
C: My two least favorite books that I think of are Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher and Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. I wrote reviews on both of them explaining why I don't like them, so I won't get into it here to save you from a long rant. I think Fallen by Lauren Kate might make this list, soon, too!
GJR: Your blog states that you are web-schooled. Since the internet didn't exist in it's current form when I was 17, please tell me, how does that work?
GJR: What do you like to do when you're not reading?
C: When I'm not reading/blogging/thinking about reading & blogging, I'm usually on the computer. I love surfing Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. I also love the Sims 3! I like to play with HTML and CSS, too, but I usually just do that for my blog.
Outside of books and technology, I love to swim! I can't wait for summer to officially start so I can break out the bathing suit and sunscreen and jump into the pool!
GJR: That sounds heavenly. Looking forward to that myself.
We want to thank Cheyenne for taking the time to answer our questions, and also for interviewing me, Jenn, on her blog! (Jenn's interview: here.)