Reader Spotlight


Blog name: Chapter by Chapter
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Your name: MaryAnn and Gabby

What genre does your blog focus on? 

MaryAnn: We primarily focus on Young Adult books, but also review some middle grade, New Adult, and some adult reads. Of course, due to the content of most of the New Adult and Adult titles, I’m the one who reads those for review.  Just a couple more years, and I’m sure Gabby will possibly want to venture into those genres.

Gabby: Young-Adult and all the many subgenres that fall into YA.

How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?

MaryAnn: We’ve been blogging about books for a little over three years now. We started our blog because we had many friends who would ask us if we had read a certain title, and what our thoughts were.  Eventually, due to repetition, we were trying to think of a way to direct somewhere they could easily go and see our thoughts. Of course, we had no idea about sites such as Goodreads prior to book blogging, but our blog portrays more of our personality. For myself, I found that as the years go by, my memory was not so great, and wanted to put down my own words and thoughts about books I had read, before I forgot. Starting our book blog was a no brainer!

Gabby: Oh boy, we started in September 2011. As far as I can remember (I was only like thirteen or something) we started Chapter by Chapter because we had read dozens upon dozens of novels, and wanted to share our thoughts and opinions with others.
How often do you blog?

MaryAnn: We try to post something daily, although with the craziness of life, that’s not always possible. Whether it’s a review, a tour, or some sort of promo, there’s always something recent that can be found on our blog.

What is your favorite cover on NetGalley right now?

MaryAnn: It’s a toss-up between This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, or An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. The colours in This Shattered World just scream to be looked at, and the image on An Ember in the Ashes just looks epic to me. Definite head turners. I love them!

Gabby: I’m really loving the cover for Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I’m a sucker for covers that are simple and don’t have a thousand things going on at once (plus it looks very ominous and I totally want to read it).

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Which review that you recently submitted via NetGalley is your favorite? 

MaryAnn – The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
Click here to read MaryAnn’s review!

Gabby – Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga
Click here to read Gabby’s review!

How has being a NetGalley member impacted your blogging?

MaryAnn: I think that it’s provided us with some newer content due to the digital review copies. We’ve also been contacted by Publishers, due to our ARC requests, to participate in some sort of promotion for the title. That’s always exciting.

Gabby: We’ve gotten the opportunity to read and review so many amazing ARCs from NetGalley. Without it I’m not sure how many good reads I would have been deprived of.

What is the most gratifying thing about being a book blogger?

MaryAnn: Being able to read and review books that are not available in stores. It’s a pretty cool feeling when walking around in the book store, and to see books hitting the shelves that we’ve already had the opportunity to read. To be honest, it feels like an honor to have been accepted to read a title before publication.

What blew my mind when we had first started was just HOW many book bloggers there are all over the world! The crazy part was just how close knit the book blogging community is, and how helpful everyone is to each other. It was pleasant surprise to be able to make friends all over the world who enjoy reading and doing the same things that we do.

Gabby: I find that the most gratifying thing about being a book blogger is the fact that you get to experience a lot more than you would if you picked up a book, read it, and never spoke about it again. I find that by being a book blogger there’s more to reading than just reading. We get to pick up a book, read it, write about it and then read what other people thought of the novel after picking it up, reading it, and commenting on a review with their opinions.

What is your favorite aspect of your blog?

MaryAnn:I think that fact that we are a mother/daughter team is a pretty cool thing. One thing that we do occasionally is provide a dual review of one book; one in my perspective (adult), and one in Gabby’s (teen). It really gives the audience a chance to see whether the book is a good fit for them because it’s from different perspectives. YA readers aren’t only “young” adults…adults, such as myself, adore reading the YA genre.

Gabby: I really like reading comments on reviews. I like that little bit of interaction between reviewer and readers or authors. It’s always really nice to see what other people have thought about a book, or if your review has managed to make someone go ‘Yup! This is totally a novel that I have to check out!’.

As a mother-daughter team, do you often have the same opinion on books you’ve read?

MaryAnn: Not too often. There are time though, when Gabby will sometimes come up to me with a book she just finished and tells me that I have to, have to, have to read it because she loved everything about it and that I will too. I’ll end up not enjoying it at all, or liking it for completely different reasons. But that’s the whole point right!  Finding out what others think of the book? Luckily for me, I get to do this on the daily with my kiddo.

Gabby: Nope. We both have a lot of different opinions on books that we’ve gotten the opportunity to duo-review. I know that a lot of times I’ll have a strong hatred for a character or love for prose in a novel that gets an opposing view from my Mom. I like the contrast though, especially since sometimes it’ll have something to do with her having a more matured view than my own.

If you were going on a long journey and could bring no books or devices, but you had time to commit just one book to memory, which would it be?

MaryAnn: It would have to be A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I read it when I was a child and just fell in love with reading because of this book! I remember I was completely engrossed in it as a child (elementary school)… so engrossed in fact that my teacher busted me reading it under my desk, grabbed it out of my hands, and threw it across the room. I had to put my head down on my desk for the rest of that class.

I was completely floored when I found out my hubs hadn’t read it, so he decided to read it with our youngest. I just need to dig through a lot of unpacked boxes of books to find.  Eventually they’ll get to enjoy it.

Gabby: I’ve read way too many books and it felt impossible to choose just one but I finally managed. I think that if I could only commit one book to memory it would have to be The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. That’s one of those novels that I read way back when and has stuck with me ever since. I could probably read and re-read it several times in one day, in several individual sittings, because it is just so great. It has a little bit of everything. Romance, action, horror and (perhaps most importantly) zombies.

Thanks so much MaryAnn and Gabby! We hope everyone found this Q&A interesting and hopefully took away a tip or two, and maybe a new book to request. Please make sure to check out the Chapter by Chapter blog and stay tuned for our next Blogger Spotlight!

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*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret


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