I've been reading Maryam's blog for awhile now and I love the mix of posts at her blog. If you too would like to follow Maryam, here are the links to do so:
First, can you tell me something about yourself and your blog?
My name is Maryam, my blog is called Books Glorious Books and if you haven't guessed already I adore all things book related. I've been blogging for just over two years now and I'm still loving it.
How did you begin being a book blogger?
I think most of the book blogging community can relate to this one: my friends hate reading. Literally every single one that I talk to on a daily basis cannot stand anything to do with books. Obviously, I had no choice then but to look to the internet for any sort of book recommendations aside from reviews on amazon and the like. It's on this wonderful world of the internet that I came across a few book blogs. After following them for a while I eventually decided to start my own since it seemed like such a great way to talk about books to anybody who wanted to listen. And the rest is history.
When you're not reading or blogging, what do you do with yourself?
Most of the time I'm studying. At the moment I'm a full time student so I spend a lot of time revising for exams and writing all my essays. Aside from that I really love to cook, bake, sketch and do the odd little bit of painting.
What was the first book you reviewed on your blog?
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce - I remember it well...
What has been the best experience of being a book blogger so far?
Definitely when someone sent me this super long, incredibly detailed email about how they had read a book I had recommended on the blog. They literally sent me a whole review on why they enjoyed it so much and thanked me for reviewing it otherwise they would have never have picked it up. I was really touched by it considering that's why I wanted to start a book blog in the first place - it was the first time I felt I had a voice in the world of book blogging because a real life human being had sent me an email!
You can do it, what is your absolute favourite book?
Oh my goodness, the horror! I knew I would get this question sooner or later. The one book I seem to keep going back to is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. To be fair, I love the whole series but I keep reading the first book over and over again - if that doesn't mean it's my favourite I don't know what does.
If you could be best friends with any fictional character, who would you choose?
Jace Wayland from City of Bones. I just think he would be hilarious to have as a best friend with the things he comes out with in the books. Plus, the fact that he's gorgeous doesn't hurt.
Name your top 5 UK book bloggers!
Just five? *sighs* okay then...
Carolyn from Book Chick City
Jenny from Wondrous Reads
Jodie from Books for Company
Leanna from Daisy Chain Book Reviews and
Kirsty from The Overflowing Library
If you could meet your favourite author, who would you like to meet?
J.K Rowling without a doubt. I grew up with the Harry Potter books so how could I say any different?
What would you like to see more of or less of in YA?
Good question. More UK authors for one, and unique story lines I think. Definitely less of the cheesy vampires and werewolves. There's only so much I can read and they seem to be popping up way too much.
And finally, who is your ultimate book crush?
Erm, Jace Wayland. Have you figured out I'm in love with him yet? So maybe having him as a best friend wouldn't work after all...
Thank you so much, Maryam! It was lovely to meet you! Jace Wayland, eh? :) I'm with you though, none of my IRL friends like to read, that can be pretty sad and lonely! Good job for book bloggers, right? And! I'd love to see more prominence and a spotlight on UKYA authors!
What do you guys think of Maryam's answers? Would you love to be best friends with Jace Wayland? Meet JK Rowling? Is your favourite thing getting emails from your blog readers? Let Maryam and I know in comments!