Interview: Melanie

Me and my sister ice skating last Christmas
Me and my sister ice skating last Christmas

Today I’m interviewing my sister! She has been a guest writer on this blog several times before (see here, here, and here), and now she has volunteered to answer a few of my burning book questions, even though she’s currently overseas. Enjoy!

Tell us a little about yourself!

Well, I’m terrible at describing myself, for one…

I’m currently in Bangkok finishing up my student teaching before I graduate in December. I’m also getting married in December, so I’m probably at least slightly insane for going overseas for two months. I cook and bake to relax, except when it doesn’t turn out the way I wanted, and then it’s stressful. I’m very indecisive, and I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. I love working with kids, and I really love school and learning in general.

What was your favorite book as a child/teenager?

The first book I remember being obsessed with was Naya Nuki.  I read and reread that book probably fifty times at least. There was something about the way the author described Naya Nuki’s journey and her struggle to survive by finding food, shelter, and eventually her tribe, that captured my imagination.

 How did you get into blogging?

Basically because of you. After you asked me to write a few reviews for your blog, I started thinking about starting my own blog. Of course, because of my aforementioned poor decision-making and student teaching and wedding planning, I haven’t actually started a blog yet.  It’s definitely coming, though. 

What was the first book you ever reviewed?

Let’s see, on your blog…*searches archives* it was Ender’s Game.  That was a weird book, man. It was good, just not at all what I expected from a YA sci-fi book. 

What book are you currently reading?

Currently I’m reading Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Marquez. I read one of his short stories in a literature class, and I was interested by his use of magical realism, so when I saw this novel at McKay’s, I picked it up to read on my trip. So far, I’m quite enjoying it. García Marquez has this meandering way of letting the narrative unfold through languid flashbacks and multiple points of view, which goes with the Caribbean setting of the novel perfectly.

Do you have any “guilty pleasure” books/genres?

I feel guiltier about the books that I don’t enjoy but feel like I should. I read almost every genre, but most of the adult fiction I’ve read, even when it comes highly recommended by readers with similar taste, is just not very interesting to me. I’d much rather be reading a YA or middle grades adventure story, something fun and exciting that doesn’t require too much concentration. I can be a lazy reader sometimes.

What do you do when you’re not reading?

I bake a lot, mostly cookies, but I also enjoy baking bread and pretty much everything else. I also try to plan my wedding, although I’m not sure if that counts since it’s temporary. I do have a mile-long list of movies and TV shows that I hope to watch eventually.

What question do you wish people would ask you?

Right now I’m trying to decide what kind of blog to do, so if people would beg me to write about cooking or books or something else, that would help me narrow it down. Otherwise I’m going to have to decide for myself, which, as I’ve already established, is not in my skill set.

Thanks again for agreeing to be interviewed, Melanie! I look forward to your future blogging.

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I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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