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First, can you tell me something about yourself and your blog?
Hello! I’m Andrew from The Pewter Wolf (aka thepewterwolf.blogspot.com). I try and read YA for my blog, though I dip in and out of adult books because that’s how I read. I jump from one random read to the other.
How did you begin being a book blogger?
I kinda fell into it by accident. I started my blog in 2009 just to get my writing out there (I write short stories in my spare time back then). Then, in mid-2010, I became unemployed and I just wrote more things on my blog. It seemed very natural to talk about the books I have read and my excitement over future books. A few months after I started reviewing, Atom Books, invited me to their first Book Blogger’s Event and that’s really how I got into it. But it took several years to accept that I was a book blogger as I felt like a fraud in this room of well-known book bloggers I follow and trust.
When you're not reading or blogging, what do you do with yourself?
If I’m honest, am trying to figure out life in general (like all of us). But with me, I watch telly (my latest obsession is The Great British Bake Off), listen to music, watch movies, trying to write stories that don’t bore me and spending time with my other half.
What was the first book you reviewed on your blog?
I have no idea. Let me go check... *5 Minutes Later*... It was a joint-review of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.
What has been the best experience of being a book blogger so far?
This isn’t a book blogger experience, but if I wasn’t told by Leanne from District YA, I wouldn’t know but I met JK Rowling when she did an Evening at the South Bank Centre in London. And that rocked beyond words.
You can do it, what is your absolute favourite book?
It’s either Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone or Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling. I adore these books beyond words.
If you could be best friends with any fictional character, who would you choose?
Oh, what a decision. I would ask for load of characters to be my friends from so many books. It depends on my mood. I would love to be friends with Luna and Hermione from Harry Potter, Jacob from The Twilight Saga. Well, him from New Moon (my fave book out of the saga). Alec and Magnus from Mortal Instruments. Jem from Infernal Devices. It’s a long list so let’s stop there...
Name your top 5 UK book bloggers!
That’s an awful question! I follow too many YA book bloggers from around the global that use different formats to review books. It’s too hard to narrow them down to my top five! I know once I write the list down, I will change it goodness knows how many times and never be happy! Can I Veto this question?
If you could meet your favourite author, who would you like to meet?
JK Rowling. I know I met her very briefly a few weeks ago but I would find it completely fascinating to sit down and talk to her about books and her views on the world.
What would you like to see more of or less of in YA?
I think more YA fiction is always a good thing. I think people’s views on YA has changed over the last few years. More of be done, of course, but we’re on the right track. I think more could be done, such as more translations and more British authors, but the UK YA scene is being great.
And finally, who is your ultimate book crush?
This changes so often, I’ve given up keeping track. I think I fall in love with at least with one character in the book I read, so I know I have a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG list of Fictional Boyfriend/Husband. But I won’t say them as I think my real life boyfriend will read this and no one fictional can compare to him.
Awww, this is impossibly sweet! Also, I'm a teensy bit jealous that you met JK Rowling! Love your list of friends too. I'd love to be friends with them all! Especially Luna. And Jem. Thank you so much for your brilliant answers!
What do you think of Andrew's answers? Would you love to meet JK Rowling? Be friends with Alec and Magnus from the Mortal Instruments series? Do you think your real-life partner compares to your fictional crush? Let Andrew and I know in comments!