1. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because a friend and I were thinking about presenting a paper at a national English conference about young adult fiction for teenage girls. We were sick of the sort of books that kill off the mother and focus on female teenage characters who are disempowered, or just plain old sad. So the search for “kick ass female protagonists” was on! Since then, I’ve blogged about the sorts of books I want to teach in my English classes.
2. Tell me something about your blog that visitors might not notice at first.
I think they will see my obsession with owls! I try not to be too overt about the teaching, because I don’t want to be overly teachy/ preachy. I’ve dropped my teaching ideas for texts for that reason. My (small amount, but most welcome!) followers aren’t teachers they just love books!
3. What is you all time favorite book and why?
This is WAY TOO HARD! When I was a teenager, my favourite book was John Fowles The French Lieutenant’s Woman. I think it was the first ‘post modern’ text I had read- I loved the way the ending messed with my head. Then there’s a whole list of classics that I read and reread all the time: Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, The House At Pooh Corner, Atonement… Like I said too hard!
4. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I like comments! It’s nice to know that someone is reading all my random thoughts. I like thinking about my writing, and how it is improving too.
5. How do you choose the books that you review?
This changes all the time. Sometimes I review something that comes across my desk at work. We have been looking for some year nine (14 year old) texts recently, so this had been my focus in my choices. But I also try to look at the current and controversial texts that are getting press coverage.
Thanks Lizabeth and keep up the great work -- your blog is fantastic!