I have been struggling a bit lately with both reading and blogging. So recently on Twitter, I asked if anybody would like to guest review for me on a regular basis. I know it's a big ask and I didn't really expect anyone to come forward. To my absolute pleasure, Hayley offered up her time. I think I really lucked out here. I've known Hayley for awhile through Twitter, a book swapping website we both use and both my blog and hers. She's absolutely lovely and I hope you join me in giving Hayley a warm welcome to Fluttering Butterflies...
My name is Hayley and I'm a 20-something book addict. I work as a
bookseller and I'm pretty much surrounded by books at all times. I love
reading about books, browsing bookshops, going to author events and
libraries as well as reading the actual books themselves of course!
I read quite a wide range of books although mostly fiction. I love YA of
course particularly contemporary stories. Probably my favourite teen
author is Susane Colasanti although I also love John Green, Malorie
Blackman, Meg Cabot, Lisa McMann, Kate McGarry, Simone Elkeles and many
others! I also like reading crime novels and offbeat authors like John
Irving and Chuck Palahniuk.
I have experimented with writing a book blog a couple of times but can
never quite manage to stay motivated with it. I love discussing books
though so it is something I'd like to do one day, I just need to manage
my work/life balance first. I'm really excited to be writing some guest
reviews for Fluttering Butterflies as its a blog I've admired and
enjoyed for a long time.
My favourite book of all time is The World According to Garp by John
Irving. In terms of YA I'd find it really difficult to choose a
favourite, I generally like reading about characters who are outsiders or
misunderstood in some way. I think I've worked through a lot of my own
teenage angst by reading these books. I like books that are dealing with
difficult subjects to, as a bookseller I think its really important for
teenagers to have these books to turn to. I really commend writers like
Ellen Hopkins for writing about mental health, abuse and drug
addiction. If there's anything I'd like to see more of its books dealing
with mental health and sexuality issues as I think these are really
under-represented. Personally I'm not a massive fan of dystopian stuff so
I'd like to see that trend recede to make way for some new stuff.
So that's a little insight into what makes me tick, I look forward to sharing some of my bookish thoughts with you soon!