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Armchair BEA: Interview with a blogger

It's Wednesday and that means it's interview day!

I was fortunate enough to be paired up with Olivia from Magical Books and here is my interview with her. One of the coolest things about book blogging is that we get to meet people online that we would otherwise never meet. Olivia is one such person: she live in Sweden, she is 15 years old (she recently had a Birthday) and she likes fantasy books.

What do your family and friends think of your blogging? Do they read it regularly?
Actually, neither my friends nor my family knows about my blog. When I started blogging I wasn't sure of how long I would stick to it and didn't want my friends to see it as a big thing. So I kept it to myself. I'm happy that way and I like having my little secret that no one knows about, haha.

What is one (or more) goals that you have for your blog?
To just have fun with it. I don't have any kind goal like getting a certain amount followers or starting to get ARC's or anything. I just blog as a fun hobby. I want to share my love for books and meet new people who love reading as much as I do.

What are your favorite YA dystopian novels and why?
Definitely the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the Gone series by Michael Grant and Enclave by Ann Aguirre. All of them are wonderful, action filled books with strong characters and writing.

I am not much of a fantasy reader, so what would you say to convince me to try the genre?
Try to get into it open minded. And remember that there's a lot of different types of fantasy. Just because you don't like high fantasy and heroic fantasy (Like the Lord of the Rings), it doesn't mean that you won't like mythological fantasy (like the Percy Jackson series) or contemporary fantasy (like Harry Potter).
What else would you like to tell the Armchair BEA folks out in the blogosphere?
You guys rock! Keep up the good blogging and Don't Forget To Be Awesome!

What are some stereotypes about Swedes and do you fit any of them?
When someone asks about Swedish stereotypes the first thing that pops into my mind is the tall, blonde, blue eyed, sexy woman. And I don't fall into that category. Because I really have no idea about what other people think they know about Swedes, I visited my old friend Google. I found a lot of funny stereotypes, most of them dealing with Swedes eating weird food, always following the law, living in a seriously cold country and being unfriendly to strangers. I think most of them are true. Except for us being unfriendly to strangers. I've been in countries where people have been a lot unfriendlier!

You just had a Birthday! What did you do to celebrate turning 15? Is there any tradition in Sweden that you did?
To be honest, I didn't do that much. I was sick on my birthday, so I stayed home from school and watched movies. And I don't think that we Swedes celebrate birthdays in any other way that other people do. We have the whole birhtday cake, singing and presents thing as well.

Do you travel much? If so, what are some of your favorite spots and why? If you haven't traveled much, where would you like to go and why?
I'd have to say that my favorite place is Venice. Even though I only visited the city for a few really hot days before we continued towards Toscana, I fell completely in love with the city on water. The buildings are so beautiful and I love how they've made life work even though they're surrounded by the water. And that city is a dream for any person who loves photography!

I am a high school teacher librarian. Do you use your school library much? What's the best thing about it and what would you add to it or change about it?
Since I go to a Finnish school here in Sweden, so my school is not that big. Unfortunately, our teachers don't see the need of a school library since they don't think enough people would use it. But I'd really love to have one! I'm going to start the Swedish "high school" next year (we do not have the same school system as America) and a big, well organized and cozy library is one of the things that I'm looking for when I'm deciding which shcool to go to.

Thank you so much, Olivia, for answering my questions and letting me and my readers get to know you better.


Athira said...

What a great interview! I really loved reading the Q&A! I really want to go to Sweden some time! It was fun knowing you, Olivia and happy blogging! (And I know what you mean about the secret thing. I love knowing that not many of my friends or family check out my blog, other than those who really read!)

Helen's Book Blog said...

Aths--Thank you! It was fun to interview someone I don't know and Olivia was a good subject

Anonymous said...

Nice interview Helen! She's so cute and well spoken. I love it when our young people are enthusiastic readers.

Bookfool said...

Wonderful interview! I just found your blog via Bonnie's Books. I'll be back. ;)

Helen's Book Blog said...

BrownGirl--Thank you! I am also impressed with how good her English is

Bookfool--Thank you for stopping by! I hope you find what you want here at Helen's Book Blog!

Bex said...

Oh, Swedish stereotypes! Lol. I so don't fit into any either. I'm the opposite of a typical Swede with brownish-red hair and greenish-brown eyes, haha. And I've been asked if we have polar bears up here in northern Sweden a number of times, which we don't. Neither do we have reindeer wandering all over, but yeah in some places. Oh, and we don't usually go around naked or in animal-skin bikinis either. Hahaha, yes, this has been asked as well.

Great interview and so fun to get to know more about a fellow Swede!

My interview and shout out can be found here!

Rebecca @ kindle fever

Helen's Book Blog said...

Bex--Great comment! When I went to college on the east coast of the US everyone was disappointed that a California girl wasn't blond and didn't surf.

Bex said...

@ Helen: LOL. Isn't it funny with all of these stereotypes though? Talk about having (somewhat weird) expectations of you, depending on where you're from! Some are just hilarious though, haha.