This week I'm pleased to introduce Kristan of Lost Amongst the Shelves who will be starring in this week's Blogger in the Spotlight. Big welcome, Kristan . And now let's get into the spotlight.
Kristan's author spotlight:
Sarah Dessen is a young adult author living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Currently, she has 10 published books and a movie adaptation of two of these works entitled How to Deal. Her most recent novel, What Happened to Goodbye was published in May of 2011. She is an accomplished author, topping the New York Times as a best seller with several of her books being honored as ALA Best Book for Young Adult.
|(Her friend Nikki, Kristan, Sarah Dessen, and her sister Jamie|
at RJ Julia's book signing of Along for the Ride)
At 22, some people may think I’m a little too old to still be stalking the Young Adult section of bookstores. I should be moving on to more “mature” genres more suitable for my age. I’m too old to be still stuck in these high school books. My thoughts though…What are they thinking?!
Sarah Dessen was my turn to author growing up. Every girl has her story: broken family, poor self-image, unrealistic expectations for oneself, an overwhelming sense of being lost. Being a teenage isn’t easy, but Dessen is able to capture that on paper and show us that it is possible with each one of her books. Each of her novels tells a compelling and real story of a girl who is just like you and me. She’s flawed but her story is beautiful and with each of Dessen’s books I fall more and more in love with her writing. It’s just so real and compassionate and relatable to every reader. You will find a piece of yourself in each of the main characters of a Dessen story. Her books are the perfect accounts of what a real teenager encounters while growing up, encompassing both the pain and the joys of reality.
My favorite part of Dessen’s books, although hard to just point out one, is her thought provoking quotes. While reading any one of her books, I will keep a pad of sticky tags to mark certain pages where I find lines which just amaze me. By the end of any of her books, my pages look like they’re interspersed with confetti and I’m just thrilled to have another ‘Dessen quote’ to add to the list. There is one in particular that has stayed with me throughout the years. It’s from the first book I read by Dessen, Someone Like You.
Life is an awful, ugly place not to have a best friend.
And just like that I was hooked.
Dessen’s work has stuck with me since high school, and now in my twenties, I still get excited with each new release. Her character’s are like old friends, the guys are still crush worthy, and the stories still break my heart and make me smile at the same time. I cannot give Sarah enough praise for her writing and can only begin to express the influence she has had on my life, both through literature and everyday goings. I will undoubtedly continue reading Dessen’s books, no matter the age, because as she said, life would just be an awful place without them.Q & A with Kristan:
How long have you been blogging?
I started Lost Amongst the Shelves in the middle of August 2011, so it’s been about 2 months now that I’ve been blogging, but it seems like so much longer! I’ve been lurking around on other blogs for about a year now commenting on other blogger’s reviews and it was only this past summer that I decided to venture out on my own.
Why do you love blogging?
I love being able to talk to other book lovers about books! Not all of my friends are readers, so it’s hard for me to go crazy and talk about a really good book with them. With blogging I get to talk to people all over the world who understand obsessing over a book and so I don’t feel as insane. Its great just meeting other people with the same passion as you!
It’s also the best way to get book recommendations. I don’t know how many books I’ve added to my wishlist based on other people’s book reviews. I used to search online for hours looking for a good book to pick up, but now, I can just go onto my blog and see what other people are saying. It’s like having hundreds of personal book shoppers with you =)
How did you come up with the name Lost Amongst the Shelves?
I love getting lost in a good book, but even better is getting lost in SHELVES of them!
Can you tell me something cool that’s happening on your blog right now? (giveaway, blog hop, author interview, etc)
Well I’ve just passed the 150 follower mark and so I decided to host my first giveaway as a way to say thank you to all my followers. Everyone has just been so welcoming and sweet so this is my way to give back! The giveaway is international and the winner will get to choose a $15 book from The Book Depository. I’ve also decided that if I reach 200 before the end of the giveaway (November 1, 2011) I’ll choose a second winner. Here’s the link to go and enter:
I’ll also be hosting an interview with Belle Whittington, debut author of Cicada. That should be up by next week!
I graduated from college in May of 2010 with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. (I’ve always been a bit of a science nerd). My school offers an accelerated master’s degree program where I’d be able to get my masters in Cellular and Molecular Biology within a year, whereas it would normally take about 2 to 2 ½ years. I decided that would be manageable for me and started taking classes right after graduation. I received my masters in May of 2011 and even wrote a 400 page thesis in a year which is in the works of being published. I eventually plan on using my master’s to return to school and hopefully become a Physician’s Assistant.
You are a self-admitted adult who still reads YA. What do you tell people when they ask you why you still read YA?
I tell them they’re crazy not to love YA! No, seriously, I actually get made fun of a lot for still reading YA books, especially by my family and girlfriends, but when I started introducing them to Twilight and The Hunger Games the teasing definitely stopped. There’s just something so enticing about first love seen in YA. Authors of this genre are so talented and can capture my imagination so much more than in the adult genre (although I do read some adult books too). I’ve just always been addicted to reading and it started with YA and I can’t seem to stop.
You say that your dream is to make it to Paris and climb the Eiffel Tower in heels. Why?
Big ambitions, right? I’ve never left the country before (I’m from the U.S.) so I’m dying to be able to travel. Right now, I live vicariously through friends, pictures, and movies. I became obsessed with the Eiffel Tower years ago after I bought a painting of it from a local artist. It’s now hanging above my bed. It’s just a beautiful landmark in one of the most romantic and historic cities in the world! Since I’m 22 and haven’t traveled much, when I do get the chance to visit Paris and the Tower I’m not taking the easy way out, so you know I’ll be hiking up in style =)
What are you currently reading and what are you going to read next?
Right now I’m about three quarters of the way done with Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick and loving it! Seriously, if you haven’t checked out the Hush, Hush series then you don’t know what you’re missing! (I can tell you it’s a hottie named Patch).
I’ve got a huge TBR pile right now with quite a few books to choose from. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson is probably at the top of that list. I also have an author request for a review of Wanderlove by Belle Malory that I’d like to read too.
Why should readers follow your blog?
I’m a really fun and not an overly critical person. My reviews are my honest opinions, but aren’t page by page break downs of books. I’ll be straight forward about a book, so it’s not like you’re getting a wishy washy review. I’m not a professional, and I know it, so you really see a lot of my own personality and craziness in my reviews. I’m also a really sweet person and very easy to talk to, so if someone ever wants to rant about a book I’ll be right there with you!
Anything else you think readers should know about you?
Feel free to come check out my blog, Lost Amongst the Shelves, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love talking about books and am really personable so once you get me going I could talk with you forever (especially about a good book!)
I also want to say a BIG thank you to Danica for hosting me on her Blogger Spotlight! She’s been super sweet and so gracious for featuring me =)
I was introduced to this blog, when Kristan contacted me about this blogger spotlight. A very interesting blog. Check it out! You won't regret it.
Well that's all for this week's Blogger in the Spotlight. Thanks Kristan for participating and thanks I'm glad you thought I was sweet. Also, if you're interested in being spotlighted, please see the Blogger in the Spotlight page.