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Reader Spotlight

Welcome to our new series where we will be highlighting book bloggers that we think you should know about!

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Blog name: Reading Teen
Blog URL: http://Readingteen.net
Your name: Andye

What genre does your blog focus on? 
We mostly review Young Adult with occasional Middle Grade and New Adult thrown in there.

How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start? 
I’ve been blogging going on five years. When I first started, I didn’t even know other people had book blogs. I just wanted a place to share my reviews with friends that were always asking me about books, and I wanted a fun way to share the enjoyment of reading with my teenager (she’s now almost 20!)

How often do you blog?
It really varies, but I try to have either a review, or a personal post about books/blogging at least 5 days a week.  We also do something called “Indie Spotlight” where we highlight an indie author.

What is your favorite cover on NetGalley right now?
Hmm… I’d have to say The Walled City by Ryan Graudin. I love the contrast, the profile of the girl’s face with the red lipstick, and the dragon. Brilliant.

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Which review that you recently submitted via NetGalley is your favorite? 
Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. My younger daughter and I both read that one and reviewed it together. That was a lot of fun!
[Click here to read Andye’s review!]

How has being a NetGalley member impacted your blogging?
When I first started blogging, I very rarely read anything on my eReader. Now, often, even if I could get the physical copy, I’d rather just read it on NetGalley. It just makes it so much easier to carry around and read wherever I am. When I was a newer blogger, it gave me access to a lot of books that I wouldn’t have been able to read otherwise, which really helped my blog to grow. At first I went “request happy” and requested everything that looked even mildly interesting, but now I made a rule for myself that I can only request a book if I’m ready to read it now. That’s helped me a lot.

What is the most gratifying thing about being a book blogger?
Definitely the interaction with all the other amazing bloggers and authors that I’ve met. I’ve made some strong, lifelong friendships and I’m so grateful for that. I even started a group for the DC Metro area called YADC, and there are over 120 of us that have connected! I think it’s also brought me closer to my teens. There’s something pretty amazing about being able to share a common love with your kids.

What is your favorite aspect of your blog?
I think it’s the diverse ages that we represent. I think we were one of the first blogs to have multiple reviewers on the same blog, and the only one I know of that is made up of women and their teenagers (and occasionally their grandma!)

What one piece of advice would you give book bloggers who are just starting out?
Do what makes you happy. Chances are you’re not going to make a ton of money, you may never get all the ARCs you want, and people will come and go from your readership, but if you’re doing what makes you happy, then none of the rest matters. This is a great place to make friends and share your love of something amazing, so enjoy every minute, and remember, this isn’t your job, it’s your hobby!

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?  Harry Potter (The Half-Blood Prince if I have to choose one). Although I’ve read it so many times I practically have it memorized already!

Thanks so much for this opportunity! I love NetGalley and am so grateful for the books I’ve had access to because of you!

Thanks so much Andye! We hope everyone found this Q&A interesting and hopefully even took away a tip or two. Please make sure to check out Reading Teen and stay tuned for our next Blogger Spotlight!

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*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret

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