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I’m a teenage book geek who currently resides on the east coast, but has lived all across the country, and even all the way in Europe. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with fairy tales. As soon as I was able to read, I devoured every story in our giant book of fairy tales, and once I learned that there was such a thing as a fairy tale retelling, that’s basically all I’ve been reading since. I’m in the long and painful process of homeschooling through high school with 7 siblings and too big of a TBR pile to get through.
How long have you been blogging? What made you want to start a book blog?
I started in April of 2011 after my personal blog was overflowing with bookish stuff that my aunts weren’t interested in reading about. So I started a private blog just to keep track of the books I was reading, and it grew into all that it is now!
What do you do when you’re not blogging or reading?
Normally, I’m cooking and cleaning away for my seven little dwarfs siblings, all the while whistling a tune. Or occasionally I can be found socializing with actual humans.
What is your favorite part about blogging? Least favorite?
I love the community. My friends aren’t big book fans, so the only time I get to talk about books is when I’m visiting the blogoverse, and I love how enthusiastic all these bloggers are. But at the same time, I hate how time consuming it is. I’ve been known to spend hours on end using the computer, all doing blog related stuff. After nearly two years, I still struggle to find balance.
[Jessi] It’s ok, I do too! I don’t think I’ll ever find that balance…
Where did you come up with the name for your blog?
I personally think I have the dumbest blog name out there. It was originally Darling Deb’s Bookshelf, but then I jazzed it up and turned it into Debz Bookshelf, which is, if anything, even more unoriginal. But it’s grown on me. If I had the chance to change it, I would definitely have it reflect the fairy tale mood of my blog.
Do you have any specific book bloggers that inspire you?
Enna Isilee @ Squeaky Books
was one of my biggest inspirations when I started, because hers was the first book blog I ran into, and she seemed to know everything. Even now, she’s still one of my favorite bloggers.
What do you look for in a blog when following? What are your pet peeves?
I check to see what genres the blogger enjoys. If they mainly review contemporary or paranormal romance, I’m not likely to read their reviews. But if they review mostly fantasy and science fiction, I’ll probably come back. Oh, and I hate it when I can scroll through their archives and not find a single review in the past 3 months. Also, if you have a distracting, hard to read design I’m not going to come back. Likewise, if you can’t follow basic grammar rules, I’m not even going to bother.
What’s your favorite book(s)?
A book blogger’s least favorite question. I guess the best answer I can give is Cinder by Marissa Meyer, because it’s an extremely well written sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian/steampunk/fairy tale retelling kind of book, and it’s amazing!
It’s a tie between Shannon Hale and Jessica Day George. Their books are so similar and so different at the same time, making it impossible to decide.
What is the biggest turn off for you when you’re reading a book?
I really hate excessive swearing and sexual content. Ick. Luckily, I’m pretty good at avoiding it in most cases.
What first draws you to a book to make you want to read it?
Of course the cover, but it better have a synopsis that measures up to the cover or else it isn’t landing itself a spot on my TBR list.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Creative, Subtle, Passionate.
Name a random fact about yourself.
When I first heard about The Hunger Games I didn’t want to read it. When I got it for Christmas, I wanted to return it to the store. Luckily I had no receipt, so I had no choice but to read it.
And you loved it, right? Right? :D
Do you have a job? If so, what do you do?
I would love to have a job, but alas I’m stuck with nothing to do but babysit for free.
What did you want to be when you were little? Has that changed?
I know I wanted to be both a ballerina and a cowgirl at some point, but I have a feeling those won’t be happening. But I also really liked making books, and I always thought it would be cool to make a real book. And now, I’m really interested in pursuing something in the publishing industry. Probably not as an author, but maybe an editor or publicist.
Cats or dogs?
Too many bad experiences with both. How ‘bout a goldfish?
A baby panda!
White, dark, or milk chocolate?
Coke or Pepsi?
Too many bubbles. Water’s fine!
Favorite TV show?
Once Upon a Time!
The Princess Bride (and soon to be Les Miserables)
Thanks for being here, Debz! It was fantastic getting to know you!