Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Reading Interview with Penelope from The Reading Fever

Welcome to another interview of the Summer Reading Interview session. The interviews will run at 4:30PM for each day that there's an interview available to post. I hope you discover lots of great reads and enjoy your summer!
If you didn't have a chance to fill out this interview yourself, no worries! You'll get another chance late August for Fall books.

Today we have Penelope from The Reading Fever visiting us.
A little bit about Penelope: I am a 20-something mother who loves to find books that make me feel something. Whether a book makes me angry, happy, laugh, cry, or blissfully thoughtless, it all contributes to what I have come to classify as: The Reading Fever.
I mostly read anything YA, but I venture into adult books every once in a while. My favorite genres are fantasy and historical fiction, although dystopia is quickly growing on me.
Check out her blog or stalk her on twitter.

Me: What is one absolute, must read for you this summer?
Penelope: My absolute must read this summer is Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. I have admired all of her books and her wonderful writing, but I knew I would be reading it the moment I saw the cover. If you haven't seen it, I suggest you check it out; the cover alone promises interesting happenings. Since then, I have heard so many good things about it, so I'm pretty excited! It's on the way to my house right now, and I plan to drop whatever I'm reading at the moment, in favor of it.

Me: What is one book you feel everyone else should be reading this summer?
Penelope: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins! It is an adorable book, and I think it will appeal to a lot of people; even those who don't normally ready Contemporaries. I'm going to sneak another one in here and say that I think all girls should read Stay by Deb Caletti for a good message. It deals with emotional abuse so well, and really helps you to see how easily it is to find yourself in an emotionally abusive relationship, and not realize it.

Me: There are tons of great looking books coming out this summer. What are some of the summer releases you're looking forward to?
Penelope: Definitely Blood Red Road by Moira Young, which I have already read, but I loved it so much I plan to get myself a copy.
I'm also looking forward to Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep, Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern, Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton, and Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik.

Me: When you're trying to beat the heat, reading a huge book can be a bummer to have sticking to your skin. Any novella, short story or anthology recommendations?
Penelope: I haven't read many novellas lately, so I can't give many recommendations, but I do I recommend the novellas Winter's Passage, and Summer's Crossing, by Julie Kagawa for any Iron Fey fans. They are both great additions to the story.

Me: The summer is usually when the biggest blockbusters are released in theaters. Are there any (past or present) book to film adaptations you're hoping to see?
Penelope: I actually already saw the one I was waiting for, but I'll mention it because it was so good! The new adaptation of Jane Eyre was such a great movie! I had been super excited to watch it, and it did not disappoint. They managed to capture the beauty and haunting feeling of the novel, and I think it is the best adaptation of Jane Eyre yet. :)

Thank you Penelope for answering some questions and pointing us towards some awesome books!


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