Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
My name is Joy, and I'm a librarian in Louisiana. I've worked in libraries for...man, July 2012 will make it 10 years. That's insane. I started working in one while I was in college, thinking I was going to be an English teacher, but I fell in love with the library instead.
I only started blogging a little over a year ago when I was transferred into a Young Adult Librarian job and took over the teen blog. I was terrified at first. Well, pretty much the whole first month. I had never blogged before. I didn't even like to keep a diary of my thoughts, so why would I want to write book reviews and put them out on the Internet for all to see??? I sucked it up and realized I was giving book reviews everyday to teens as part of my job, they were just face-to-face. If I could handle that, surely I could handle people I would never see/meet reading them, right? I knew others could do it and were doing it, so I looked online for help. I found amazing YA blogs that helped me immensely and still do.
I was fortunate enough to be picked as a junior reviewer for the insanely great YA blog: Page Turners Blog. I still can't believe it. I've learned so much helping out with this blog monthly. I've contacted authors, interviewed authors (I know!!), held contests, all kinds of things I imagined doing when I filled out their form, but somehow can't believe I'm actually doing. I love working with this blog!
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
My reading tastes haven't really changed. I still read a cross of YA and adult, mostly paranormal, dystopian, sci-fi, romance, historical and contemporary (yes, that's pretty much everything). That really hasn't changed. I think what has changed is in January of last year I started using Goodreads to keep track of how many books I read and to see what other bloggers would recommend or were reading. It really is a great tool so I don't forget what I read. I always I knew I read quite a few books each year, but Goodreads puts it right out there. 220. That's how many books I read in 2011. The closed the end of the year got, the more determined I was to read more books. Other bloggers were really helpful with excellent recommendations. If you haven't gotten on Goodreads yet, I really hope you do!