Tuesday, 22 September 2009

International YA Blogger Celebration: Jenny from the UK

Name: Jenny
Country: Near Manchester, England.
Blog: Wondrous Reads

Your favourite YA title: My favourite book in terms of enjoyment is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer -- I'm completely obsessed with everything about that series. If you asked me the best book I've ever read, I would without a doubt say The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. To me, it is flawless.
Favourite New Find: I'm going to have to say Hush, Hush by the lovely Becca Fitzpatrick. I read it in one go, the cover is my all-time favourite, and I was captivated from start to finish. I also have a thing for bad boy angel Patch... he's my latest YA crush.
Bookstore of Choice: Borders! I work there, so... I'm a loyal employee ;)
Author blog you are most likely to be found stalking: Recently, I can be found stalking Becca Fitzpatrick's blog. I've loved following the progress of Hush, Hush, and have enjoyed seeing everything unfold.

Book Blogging from the UK
Best thing about being from England:

Getting the best of both worlds - UK & US books, TV shows and music. Pretty much everything from the US is easily accessible here, which is good.

What is the state of YA literature in England?
It's definitely getting better. I've noticed an influx of new UK authors and books over the last couple of years or so, along with more emphasis on promoting YA titles. If you walk into any UK Borders or Waterstones store now, the teen section is a lot bigger than it used to be. Also, more US books are getting UK printings, which is brilliant!

How accessible are international YA titles in your country:
Amazon.co.uk is where I go! They import most US titles, and have a back catalogue of older books in stock. UK stores don't tend to have many imports, but every now and then we randomly get sent a US title or two. Without Amazon, I would be completely lost when it came to reading.

Authors that you would recommend:
Kevin Brooks (gritty and realistic), Louise Rennison (funniest author), Liz Rettig (second funniest author), Marcus Sedgwick (fantastic writer), Luisa Plaja (very fun books!) and Lucy Christopher (She has one of the best UK debuts I've read).

Most popular YA author in England:
I think it's going to be the same as everywhere: Stephenie Meyer. Her rise to fame over here has been amazing to witness. I remember when I would mention her name or books and people would look at me with a very confused expression... now it's all anyone talks about!

Best thing about YA blogging:
Finding new books and authors, and talking to people who love the same things I do. I've met some brilliant online blogging friends from all over the world, and I love talking to them about books, TV, music and life in general. It's a fantastic community, and I'm really lucky to be a part of it.

YA blogs that you would recommend from your own country:
Chicklish, So Many Books, So Little Time, Ink and Paper, About Books, and I Want to Read That.

Thanks Jenny! Tomorrow we are heading over to Germany with the lovely Lenore from Presenting Lenore....


Cat said...

This was fun! I love Jenny! She's got one of my most favourite blogs right now. I visit every day!

Luisa said...

Fabulous interview! And Jenny is fabulous! :)

prophecygirl said...

Thanks for asking me such great questions, Adele! :)

Jo said...

Jenny is awesome, as is her blog! Great interview, Jen! :)

Thao said...

Jenny is loveeeee :D

Lauren said...

I really like Wondrous Reads, it's one of my favourite blogs. How amazing must it be for a booklover to work at Borders? *So* envious!

Lenore Appelhans said...

Ooh! The Book Thief is one of my favorites too...even though I forgot to mention it in my post that goes up tomorrow...oh well!

Anonymous said...

I heart Jenny. She's utterly fabulous.