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October 7, 2011

Interview With Pica from Pica Reads !

Hey Guys ! This is an Interview with a Fellow Blogger Pica. Both of us are taking part in a event held by Brielle of Awesome Bookworm, who held a blogger meetup...and Because of this I found Pica's Blog Pica Reads ! So here is the interview  I had with her, and she also interviewed me so check out her blog as well! 

Hi Pica, so I was just reading your about me page, and I must say, 2 things...your type writer is freaking cool, and that is a very pretty bird lol. When most teens are in love with there iPhone, and computers, or laptops even, where did you find your love for the type writer, and well the font pica? 

I've always thought typewriters were amazing, but for years I never thought I'd ever have one myself. They were always fantastical writerly things of the past. For my birthday a couple of years ago, my parents and I took my great-grandmother's typewriter out of storage, and I've had it in my room ever since. Although I don't use it much for creative writing, since being able to go back and change stuff is very important when I'm writing, I like to use it for schoolwork sometimes, and whenever I have an excuse to. 
The font Pica was actually a bit of a coincidence. When I first chose the name, in a game with my friend, I had no idea it was the name of a typewriter font. Once I found out, I decided to continue using it for other things (like my blog). And I must admit, I love my computer too. I use it to take notes at school, so I have it on my nearly all the time.

 Since you review books like I do, and many other book bloggers..what do you look for in a book to be considered a 5 star or amazing read? (need more ideas on what I should look at) 

This is a harder question to answer than it seems. Depending on the book, I look for different things. In some (such as Thirteenth Child, by Patricia C. Wrede), I love the wonderful character development in nearly every character. In others (such as The Near Witch, by Victoria Schwab), I consider amazing to be in the wonderful writing. Still others (such as Heir Apparent, by Vivian Vande Velde) are favorites because they make me laugh every time I read them. For this reason, I find it valuable to have some idea of what to expect when I'm going into a book. But even if I don't know what I'm going to love going in, I usually find something by the time I come out of it.

 What got you interested in blogging, and that to about books?

The idea to blog about books had been in the back of my brain since around January of 2010. I finally started Pica Reads in April of 2010. In the beginning, the idea was for me to have a place to write down some of my thoughts about the books I read. I'm sure I would have been astonished at what the blog turned into at this point. I remember putting so much effort into a one paragraph summary/review in my first couple of posts. Now I regularly write reviews several hundred words long. I never considered blogging about anything other than books.

What are your favorite genres, for reading and reviewing, are you more into classics or YA fiction? 

I'm definitely more interested in YA fiction. I enjoy the classics when I read them, but in my spare time I'd rather be reading a YA book written in the last few decades. For reviewing, it's pretty much the same. I don't generally review the books I read for school, so my blog is nearly all YA and MG reviews. 

Describe your blog a bit, tell us what it's all about :D. 

I post reviews of the books I've read recently, and publish various features related to books such as Judge a Book by Its Cover, where I compare different covers for the same book. I also highlight upcoming releases that I'm looking forward to. I try to post at least three times a week, and hopefully more. 

Now just some get to know you questions....

If you could be any be any bird other than Pica Pica bird which bird would you be? (I am just very curios because you have a second blog which you have you alias named after the bookbird) 

As I mentioned above, I chose the name Pica randomly. I don't have any special attachment to the Pica Pica bird. The name Bookbird on the creative writing blog I share with my friend, The Bookbird and the Wordgirl, comes from the name Pica I share with the magpie. But what bird would I be? Hmm.... I suppose a sparrow. I wrote a story once where I included all my friends as animals, and I ended up as a sparrow. 

 If you can have 3 things in the world...anything...what would your three things be and why? 

If it had to be things I don't already have... I'm not really sure. Infinite more wishes? I'm pretty satisfied with what I've got right now.

What have been some of your favorite books of 2011, and what made theses books so amazing? 

Goodness, there are so many already! A few standouts are:
Across the Universe, by Beth Revis
The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
Matched, by Ally Condie
East, by Edith Pattou
Divergent, by Veronica Roth
Beauty, by Robin McKinley
Poison Study, by Maria V. Snyder
Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White
Entwined, by Heather Dixon
The Near Witch, by Victoria Schwab
I wish I could recommend many, many more, but I limited myself to books I read for the first time this year. For more of my favorites, I'd be happy to exchange emails, or check out my blog.

And lastly....If you were stranded on an Island what are five things you would bring? (each person = an item) 

My family would have to take up 3 of the 5, and the other two would be a boat full up with fuel, and a radio to contact people.
And if it isn't against the rules, I'd have the boats stocked with other things too, like food and water. But hopefully I'd get back to civilization before I'd need food or water too desperately. 
Thank you so much for interviewing me, Fishi!

~Fishy >O

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