Hi, guys! Welcome back to a monthly meme here at Let Me Tell You A Story called Reader Interview! :0) This month's reader is Melissa Robles. Melissa and I first met at Kate Tilton's #K8chat on Twitter. We've been book buddies ever since. :D
Hi, Melissa, thanks so much for being here! :)
Hi Jessica, I'm thrilled to be here on your blog today!
First off, what book got you into reading YA? What was so special about it?
I'm part of the bunch that got into reading YA because of Twilight (please don't hate me!). The series thrilled me, and after finishing it, I just had to read more and more. But before reading Twilight, I was already in love with books. Harry Potter was my #1 favorite, but since I lived in a part of Mexico where people hardly read, I had no idea that there were more books out there. So Twilight came, it swooped me off my feet, and then I discovered more incredible books.
Definitely not going to hate, because that's what started me back into YA, too! *fist bump*
Regarding paper books, do you read the back cover before reading the book?
Yes! I love reading the back blurbs. I even read them out loud making this serious voice, kind of like if I were recording an Audiobook LOL.
How about jackets? Do you keep the jackets on when you read?
I keep them on most of the times (sometimes I even use the flap as a bookmark), but it really depends on where I am. If I'm at home, it stays on all the time. However, when I'm traveling, I always end up taking it off sooner or later in fear of getting it damaged.
What's your favorite hardcover design *beneath* the jacket? (For instance, mine is Better of Friends. It's gorgeous!)
From the ones I own? *Rushes to check all hardcovers* Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I love the simple Amity tree design, it's so pretty and shiny! Plus, I'm very fond of its gray-greenish color.
Have you ever dropped any food on a book while reading? How'd that turn out?
Ugh, yes. I dropped chocolate ice cream in my copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I screamed my head off because the corner of one of its pages got ruined. :( Now I can't stand the thought of eating ice cream while reading books.
Oh no! Poor book. Sad story!
Oh no! Poor book. Sad story!
Do you dog-ear your pages?
Not anymore! I used to secretly do it behind my sister's back when I was like 12 years old, but after she found out I was "ruining" her precious books, I concluded it was not worth hearing her rant about it. I swear she would go on and on about it for HOURS. Now I stick with bookmarks or any other piece of paper I can find.
A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston. It's so beautiful my heart aches to have it in my hands. I love that what appears to be just doodles around the main title, are in fact key words about the story. Isn't it a magical and graceful cover?
Go to page 39 of your current read. What's the first sentence say?
A little more magic and a whole lot more skill was involved to keep out of the way of a sword's edge for any length of time, especially if the person wielding the weapon knew what she was doing. - Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Do you have a favorite place to read? Tell us about it.
I love to read besides my sitting room's window when the sun is beginning to set. The light turns so soft and magical, so incredibly perfect to lose myself inside a good book. And when it rains? I think those moments are the happiest times of my reading life.
Current book you're desperate to get your hands on:
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch . I've been trying to persuade my parents to get me that book since everyone started raving about it, but they just tease me with pictures of Barnes & Noble or bookstores, telling me they are so very close to buying it. My parents sure know how to torture me. :)
I am also DESPERATE to get my hands on a print ARC or finished copy of Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen. It's my favorite fantasy series at the moment.
What book would you say you've read the fastest, and what made you want to finish it?
Oh, definitely Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. A book set in Paris + kissing + cute boy? It was an instant page-turner for me! I remember that I read it in 4 hours, then after finishing it, I re-read it immediately in about the same time too.
Favorite indie book:
Lichgates by S.M. Boyce! It was the first indie book I reviewed and it was amazing. Everyone should go explore the magical world of Ourea!
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. It's a mouthful, but I love saying that title out loud.
What is your all-time favorite quote?
"Sometimes, one must do the unthinkable, for it is the only way to accomplish the impossible." Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
This quote is my new favorite. Can't get it out of my mind!
Well, that concludes this month's Reader Interview. Thank you so, so much for being here, Melissa, and sharing your booklove! :D
Thanks to you for having me, Jessica! It's always a pleasure to talk about books :D
Melissa is a book blogger and reviewer, currently studying International Trade and Customs in Mexico. Her favorite genres are fantasy, paranormal, and all things young adult with a hint of romance. She also enjoys new adult books and classic literature. When she’s not reading, Melissa loves to sing out loud, eat sweets, and stare at her collection of books. You can find her at The Reader and the Chef (her blog), Cuzinlogic, and at Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers.