What day is it today? Saturday, you say? Hurrah! That means it is time for yet another interview for my Celebrating British Bloggers feature!
Today I have the amazing pleasure of introducing you to M from We Sat Down. I've met M, and she is absolutely lovely. Her blog, that she writes alongside her daughter, Little M, is one of my absolute favourite blogs around. I love the mixture that I find on their blog, from great reviews, interviews and personal reading challenges. It is a joy to read We Sat Down, and I really do hope you click on the following links and follow M's blog. Do it now:
First, can you tell me something about yourself and your blog?
How did you begin being a book blogger?
Little M asked me to help her set a book blog up! She wanted to keep a list of books she had read in a similar way to what I had done with pen and paper when I was a teenager. But she also wanted to have a bit of a book club where people shared suggestions for books and authors to read.
When you're not reading or blogging, what do you do with yourself?
In my spare time, I'm involved with quite a bit of voluntary charity work. I also like to travel and I (sometimes!) like cooking dinner - Chinese and curries are my latest thing (I like simple ingredients). I love organising things - especially parties.
Divergent by Veronica Roth. Little M and I both reviewed this title. Young Adult was a new 'thing' for us and this was the first book that we thought looked good at the time.
What has been the best experience of being a book blogger so far?
There are so many things. First off, finding that there are so many people who book blog and that they're on Twitter too, and hey golly-gosh, we can even meet up with some of them. Also, finding so many great recommended books and authors that if we gave up blogging today, Little M already has a reading list that will take her all the way into adulthood. We've also loved doing interviews and meeting the authors.
Probably The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. It's dystopian, it's feminist, it's thought-provoking, it's romantic, it's brilliant. In fact, I'm set to re-read it for my Classics Club challenge. and I'm exploring all the Atwood titles that I haven't read yet too.
If you could be best friends with any fictional character, who would you choose?
Sonmi-451 from David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. She's a clone created to serve in a diner. They're manipulated and controlled like slave workers. But one day she rises up.....Anyway, she totally won my heart in all kinds of ways.
Name your top 5 UK book bloggers!
Excluding Fluttering Butterlies, of course, here are the other five UK book blogs that I probably visit most regularly:
LH Johnson (Chalet Fan)
Anna James (A Case For Books)
Beth Kemp Thoughts From the Hearthfire
Margaret Atwood. It is cliched but yes. I would like to meet her accidentally (if it was a planned meeting, I'd do far too much preliminary research!). So maybe somewhere like in a queue at immigration or on a seat in a theme park. Maybe building sandcastles on a beach.
What would you like to see more of or less of in YA?
I'd like to see a lot less emphasis on boy-girl romances and heteronormative relationships. There is so much more to life but heteronormativity is also often at the root of the body image problem that so many teens experience.
I'd also like to see more standalone novels - or at least, a lot less cliffhangers at the end of books in a planned trilogy/series.
Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind. I would be a very loving Scarlett.
Oh, thank you so much, M, for these brilliant answers! I'm a huge fan of Margaret Atwood's as well :)
What do you think of M's answers? Would you like to meet Margaret Atwood? Is The Handmaid's Tale your favourite book? Do you think you'd be a great match for Rhett Butler? Let M and I know in comments!