It has taken me forever, but I finally got the courage to interview Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads for the blog.
Instead of asking her the typical questions I might normally have asked, I thought I’d mix things up a bit. And no… it wasn’t
just to make this a bit more of a complicated interview for her. I really wanted to know those answers.
Mindy is an awesome blogger, incredibly generous with the books she receives, extremely supportive of the authors she loves, and just so unbelievably nice. I could go on and on about how amazing Mindy is, but as this post is an interview that is supposed to reveal just a little bit more about the blogger behind the blog, I’ll stop my rambling and let Mindy speak for herself.
Blog: Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Years Blogging: 1.5
1. If you had to describe yourself (as it pertains to reading/reviewing/blogging) in 20 words or less, how would you describe yourself?
I’m a left-brained, stubborn Gemini who loves YA Fantasy, UF, Dystopian & Sci-Fi books and who loves blogging about it!
2. If you had to describe your blog in 20 words or less, how would you describe it?
My posts mostly consist of my feelings about books; books I’m obsessing over and books I’m excited to read!
3. What are your three favorite things about being a book blogger and why?
First of all, I love the community! I’ve met some totally awesome bloggers and authors, and I can no longer imagine my life without them. Second, I love that I’m able to talk about books that I’m obsessing over and love that people actually WANT to listen to my obsessing. And the last thing is that I’ve realized that most of the books I’ve recently read that I now consider some of my favorites, I probably never would have known existed if I weren’t blogging and also getting recommendations from other book bloggers.
4. What are your three least favorite things about being a book blogger and why?
DRAMA! I’m actually pretty good at keeping out of the drama and, luckily, a lot of times I don’t even know when drama is happening. But I hate it! Blogging drama has been a huge factor in sometimes making me feel like I want to quit.
PLAGIARISM! Being plagiarized, big or small, sucks! All it does is it brings out horrific, ugly and horrible feelings in me, and I hate to see when anyone else has been a victim. It makes me sick…and sometimes I want to cry for those victims.
PRESSURE! I know that really, when it comes to blogging, you can decide how much pressure you want to put on yourself. But this is a problem that I’ve been trying to tackle with myself over the last few months and, hopefully, I’ll be able to find a happy medium.
5. Name three blogs you like to follow that we might not already know you follow and what it is you like most about those blogs?
Three? Really?? Only 3???
Amy with Book Loving Mom: I think I’ve followed Amy’s blog since really early on in her blogging career because, even though she started blogging after me, it feels like I’ve been following her since I first started blogging. She is super sweet! I love her reviews, her taste in books and I love her vlogs.
Becky with Stories and Sweeties: I feel like I’ve been following Becky’s blog for forever as well. A lot of times I was a quiet stalker on her blog and occasionally I’d comment. But it was when we met at a signing in SF that we really started having the occasional chat. I love her reviews and I’ve found some awesome books by stalking her WOW posts.
Nancy with Tales of a Ravenous Reader: I know that you, Rachel, know that I follow Nancy because of the Sweet Evil Read Along, but I’d like to share with everyone else how awesome Nancy is. I’ve been a stalker of Nancy’s blog for a really long time. I first met Nancy at NCIBA in 2011, and I meet up with her at just about every book signing I’ve ever attended…no lie! The number one thing I love about Nancy’s blog is that she keeps all upcoming local events posted on her blog. The next thing I love about her blog is that she reviews a lot of audio books. I’ve become a little obsessive with audio books lately, so I like to check out her reviews before I order one.
Can I quickly throw in HD with Reading Writing Breathing? I met him at ALA and he was super cool and friendly and even though he doesn’t post all that frequently, I’m always looking forward to what he has to say in his posts.
6. What are a few of your favorite “features” to see on a blog – review, guest post, interview, meme post, discussion post, etc.?
I’m a huge fan of Waiting on Wednesday. I look forward to Wednesday posts because I like searching through blogs and learning about books I’ve never heard about before. I’m also a big fan of character Q&A’s and scenes from books in the POV of another character.
7. Is there a new-to-you author that you’ve “discovered” in the past three months that is one you call a favorite? And why?
I have two! I’ve gone to several signings where I’ve met Veronica Rossi a few times but I only just read her books, Under the Never Sky, and, Through the Ever Night, this past September. I’m partially beating myself up that I waited so long to read Under the Never Sky, but at the same time, I’m happy because I didn’t have to wait to read Through the Ever Night. I’m now a super fan and I’d squeal if I got my hands on anything else Veronica writes because she’s brilliant.
The other is Kresley Cole. I absolutely loved Poison Princess and I’m a little bit obsessive over it and I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.
8. In YA, the “best friend” character always seems to get the short end of the stick in a love triangle. What three – yes, I’m going for a “three” themed interview here – best friends that are boys do you wish got their HEA?
This was actually quite hard for me! But here’s my list:
9. Without revealing any spoilers, what book (and/or series) had the most killer moment or cliffhanger ending that you’ve read in 2012?
How long can this answer be? LOL. Shades of Earth and Unravel Me both have some crazy moments throughout. The end of Requiem is killer, Black City has a pretty epic twist, and the books with the craziest killer cliffhangers are Delirium, Pandemonium, Unraveling, Insurgent, Embers and Echoes, Through the Ever Night, Deity and Poison Princess.
10. Is there a book that was recommended to you by another blogger, that you never would have taken a second look at, that you now consider among your favorites of all time? If so, what is that book, why is it a favorite, and who is that blogger that recommended it?
Almost all of the books I’ve recently read have been recommended by other bloggers.
5 Quickie Q’s
1. Kindle, nook, audio player, mass market paperback, trade paperback, hardback?
2. Pick your favorite – (All YA) – Paranormal/UF, Dystopian/Post-apocalyptic, Contemporary, Historical Romance, Sci-fi, High-fantasy/Epic-fantasy, Horror?
3. Book signings or book conferences?
Oooo!!! This one’s hard! Depends on who’s attending.
4. Host a giveaway or enter a giveaway?
5. Night blogger or day blogger?
Okay first off, thank you so much for agreeing to answer all those questions! I love your answers.
Secondly, yes, by being a part of this community you are totally amongst friends who WANT to obsess over books. In fact, most of us can’t not obsess. And I totally agree that blogging helps introduce bloggers to books and authors they might never have otherwise discovered. I know that happens to me all the time!
I totally hate, hate, hate drama and plagiarism. But while I don’t love pressure, I think I kind of thrive on it. If that makes any sense at all…. But so sorry it takes you down!
Oh, and I love the four – Ha! You couldn’t narrow it to three! – blogs you chose. While I haven’t yet “met” Nancy and one of the other bloggers you listed, I definitely will have to remedy that at some point in 2013.
You were not the only person to have never read UNDER THE NEVER SKY. I still haven’t read it. But it’s very close to the top of the pile. Although as I don’t have the sequel just yet, I am not in quite the same rush.
And oh, Kenji and Wes (I haven’t yet met Marcus) but I’m so sad for those boys. Not enough for me to want to change the outcome of their fates, but it still makes me sad that they haven’t captured the main character’s eye.
Seriously, though, thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed for the blog. While all my questions weren’t traditional ones, I hope you don’t mind that I changed things up a bit. I really did want to see how you’d answer.
And for those readers who stopped by to check out Mindy’s interview, if you have questions for her, be sure to check out her blog and say “hi” on Twitter!