Saturday, May 18, 2013

Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf (Celebrating British Bloggers)

I do love Saturdays! Saturdays mean introducing you to another lovely British book blogger and this Saturday is no exception! Today I have with me the lovely Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf. I've followed Amber's blog for awhile now and I think she's great.  

If you aren't already, please do follow Amber on all of these different websites... 

First, can you tell me something about yourself and your blog?

Hi! I'm Amber and I'm 14. I'm a very creative person - I'm always reading, drawing, writing or painting. I've had my blog since late 2009 when I realised I needed somewhere to write down all of my bookish thoughts! It's quite a girly looking blog but I review any kind of YA book.

How did you begin being a book blogger?

I was browsing the Internet one day and I'm not sure how, but I ended up on Chicklish. Chicklish is a fabulous book blog run by author Luisa Plaja and I saw that she needed some guest reviewers so I signed up! I enjoyed it so much that I made my own book blog - The Mile Long Bookshelf.

When you're not reading or blogging, what do you do with yourself?

I'm always drawing. Always. When you see me, I'll most likely have a pencil in my hand and a sketch pad on my lap. My mum is an artist and the rest of my family are really creative so I guess it's in my genes.

Which book review are you most proud of?

Ooh that's a really hard question! Well, my most popular review is Lily Alone by Jacqueline Wilson, but I really don't think that's a good review. Hmm! *scrolls through blog to find a decent review* I suppose the review I am most proud of is my review of By Any Other Name by Laura Jarratt.

What has been the best experience of being a book blogger so far?

My best experience was going to see Cathy Cassidy at a book signing in London a couple of years ago. When it got to my turn to go up to her and get my books signed, she recognised me immediately and gave me a hug, and thanked me for writing such lovely reviews of her books! It was an awesome moment.

You can do it, what is your absolute favourite book?

Um. Uhhh. Sorry to be boring, but the Harry Potter series....they're classics!

If you could be best friends with any fictional character, who would you choose?

Emma from Emma Hearts LA by Keris Stainton. She sounds really fun and also, being her best friend, I would get to fly out and visit her in my favourite place - Los Angeles!

Name your top 5 UK book bloggers!

If you could meet your favourite author, who would you like to meet?

Luisa Plaja because she helped me so much when I first started my book blog, and she's given me some great opportunities.

What would you like to see more of or less of in YA?

I'd like more of everything except vampires - I'm afraid to say I'm not a big fan of the paranormal genre!

And finally, who is your ultimate book crush?


Thank you so much for these brilliant answers, Amber! I love it when authors recognise us for the work that we do on our blogs, and Cathy Cassidy! How fantastic :) 

What do you think of Amber's answers? Are you not a fan of paranormal YA? Would you LOVE to meet Luisa Plaja? Do you think you'd make an awesome friend to Emma? Do you fancy Augustus? Let Amber and I know in comments!


  1. GUS GUS GUS GUS GUS! *squeals* i think everyone who's read tfios is in love with him really! haha. Your mum's an artist?! THAT IS SO COOL! i love art too. :) Awwh you met Cathy Cassidy! i really want to meet her and yeah, I would love to meet Luisa Plaja too, she helped me so much with my blog. :)
    Lovely answers/questions both of you. :) x

  2. Thanks for the mention, Amber! I love your blog, too. Although, Augustus is definitely mine! ;)

    Lovely interview! :)

  3. Thanks for having me on the blog, I really enjoyed answering your questions. :)

    The Mile Long Bookshelf


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