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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Getting To Know... Nomes from Inkcrush

This month marks my five-year blogoversary and there are a number of Aussie bloggers who have been with me from the beginning and others who I have met along the way. While many are no longer blogging, there are still some who are and who continue to keep me enthusiastic about what we do and why we do it. To celebrate five years in the YA blogging community, I thought I would do some little get-to-know-us posts in the lead up to my blog birthday on 23rd January 2015.

I hope you enjoy getting to know some of my favourite Aussie YA bloggers and me :)

Nomes from Inkcrush

How long have you been blogging?
Since April 2010 ~ 5 years this year :)

What is your favourite thing about having a book blog?
1. When I fall in love with a book I love to give a massive shout out and hope that it falls into more readers hands (who then, in turn, also fall in love with it). Also, I have somewhere to let the book love and anticipation explode all over the place :)
2. The best thing that has come from my blog is making some really close friends & getting to chat to some truly brilliant authors.

What are some of your favourite YA reads?
Seriously? Haha. I find it so hard to smash all my faves down. I am going to break it down a little to fave author, fave standalone, three recent hidden gem faves and three fave series...

Favourite ever author: Jaclyn Moriarty. Best recommendation for trying her out is 'Feeling Sorry for Celia' or 'Finding Cassie Crazy' (published as 'The Year of Secret Assignments' in the US).
Fave standalone: On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Three recent new faves that are hidden gems:
All The Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry
The Vanishing Moment by Margaret Wild
Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo

Three recent series I love: 
Paula Weston's Aussie YA angel series. Starting with 'Shadows'
Laini Taylor's series starting with 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone'
Jaclyn Moriarty's Colours of Madeleine starting with 'A Corner of White'

Which author/s are on your auto-buy list?
Aussie authors: Jaclyn Moriarty, Melina Marchetta, Laura Buzo
International authors: Elizabeth Scott, Kasie West, Lisa Shroeder (all major comfort reads)
Adult Authors: Liane Moriarty

What is your favourite book to re-read?
I reread The Tomorrow When the War Began series every couple of years and it always feels like visiting old friends. Always has the same unputdownable vibe going on. Always takes me back to my teen years when I first fell in love with the series.

Where is your favourite place to read?
Definitely shut away (from everything) in my bedroom. Love whipping the curtains open, curling up on my bed and sinking into a good book (even better if it's pouring rain outside)

Which book do you swear you will finally read in 2015?
I pretty much want to tear through the remaining books in my physical TBR pile (I have about 10 just languishing on my shelves). The one that has sat there the longest is The Night Circus. So many mixed reviews for that, shining all-time-fave 5 stars and DNFs ~ some say it's brilliant and imaginative and romantic, others say it's too descriptive and the plot ambles on too slowly. Not sure which category I will fall into. 

What is your preferred genre?
Contemporary YA all the way. But, weirdly, lately, I have found new fave reads that are fantasy (Juliet Marillier) and my most recent fave read of 2015 is a fairy tale retelling ~ Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. It does not look like a "me book" at all so I was so surprised to be captured by it and couldn't put it down.

What is your favourite book to film adaptation?
Anne of Green Gables, man, I was so addicted to watching those movies when I was growing up. It was like our quarterly holiday/rainy Saturday ritual (My mum, sister and I). Gil and Anne-with-an-e, and Matthew and Marilla. The books are brilliant, too, of course :)

And now for some non-book related fun...

What are some of your favourite TV shows (current or ended)?
I don't know that I have all time fave shows. Most shows I get into to have something to watch and then once it's done I move on. But here's some I have really enjoyed watching: Round the Twist, Veronica Mars, The Tudors, Battlestar Gallactica, Caprica, Broadchurch, Firefly, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who (okay, mainly the David Tennant Years, haha). I recently watched Season One of Awkward and it was really fun ~ so let me know if it's worth keeping on going with that...

How about all-time favourite movies?
Argh, so hard! I mainly have nostalgic childhood/teen faves, and then movies I think are brilliant at the time, but never really revisit: Star Wars IV, V & VI, Indiana Jones trilogy, The Parent Trap & The Trouble with Angels (I adored Hayley Mills), Swiss Family Robinson, Braveheart, Moon, Before Sunset and Before Sunrise. Love watching a good sci-fi (actually, even the bad scifis can be fun to watch!) Also love some Aussie movies (Two Hands with Heath Ledger is a definite fave)

If you could visit anywhere in the world, either for the first time or a return visit, where would you go?
Scotland! I went there in 2014 and fell in love. Dying to go back now (and I would add Ireland in on the trip). The Highlands were breathtaking and the people (and Scottish accents!) were just awesome. My mum is Scottish and her five sisters and all their families still live there (in the same town). 

And the all-important question, what is your favourite ice-cream flavour?
More of a gelato fan ~ you can never go wrong with macadamia gelato :)

Where can you be found?
Blog: inkcrush
Twitter: NomesR
Goodreads: Nomes

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