Friday, May 31, 2013

Around The World: Luna @ Luna's Little Library

Welcome to Around The World! On Friday I feature a Blogger, Author or Publisher and ask questions about the country or state they are from and what it is like to be a member of the book world there! If you are interested in being featured please sign up here.

This week on the blog I have Luna from Luna's Little Library!

Where are you from?
You’re get two countries with me ;) I was born in Germany but moved to England when I was 13 and have been living here ever since. My dad was German & my mum English, so I grew up bilingual which gives me and even bigger selection of books to read.

What is the best and worst thing about living in the country you are from?
Best: I live in the North of England and am a 10 minute walk from the beach, on a nice day you can see for miles. On a broader scale I’d say I love that pretty much wherever you go, cities or countryside, you are surrounded by history. Plus no one thinks my tea drinking is weird.

Worst: The economy, I know that's a pretty common answer at the moment. I’m fortunate in that I have a job but we’ve been through two ‘restructures’ in two years and there is another one due at the end of this year. It’s a lot of stress as these always end in redundancies.

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger there?
Most of the people I know locally don’t understand my love of reading and finding other YA readers isn’t easy. Thankfully there is a Children’s Bookshop just down the road which is run by some awesome people and as of the middle of last year we now have a crossover book club.

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events?
I’ve been to a few events this year but the majority take place in London which is 300 miles and an expensive train ticket away. If I had the funds I’d go to more (because they’ve all been brilliant) but because of the distance I need to stay overnight. But I do have a lovely friend who lets me stay with her which helps a lot.

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live?
They’ve all been really lovely and are really great at sending out paper proofs. I’ve ended up on a lot of mailing lists since the beginning of this year and not a month goes by without something landing on my doorstep. I love it.

Do you have any favourite books set in theUK or written by UK authors? 
Ok grab a cuppa this will take a while. The UKYA market is really awesome right now…

If you’re after contemporary I’d definitely recommend Kiss, Date, Love, Hate by Luisa Plaja.

Love emotional rollercoasters, any book by Cat Clarke or The Look by Sophia Bennett.

If paranormal romance is your thing, try The Winter Trilogy by Ruth Warburton.

For geeky-fun I recommend Geekhood by Andy Robb or Geek Girl by Holly Smale.

Zoë Marriott writes Fantasy, both Shadows on the Moon and Frostfire are beautiful, breath-taking, amazing and all those other adjectives.

Sorry not done yet: Ghost stories - Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones

Horror - Long Lankin by Lindsay Barraclough.

Dystopian - Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, which is stunning btw.

A book that I can’t really categorise is The Savages by Matt Whyman – just trust me when I say it needs to be read and finally Rockoholic by C J Skuse.

It would be remiss of me not to mention The Märchenmond Series by Wolfgang & Heike Hohlbein for Germany. I love those books and recently found out they’ve finally been translated into English. The first book is called Magic Moon. 

Emily: Oh my goody goodness by TBR pile just got a lot bigger! These are some great recommendations =)

A Few Of My Favourite Things Section:

Favourite Book (overall): Sunshine by Robin McKinley (This has been my answer for nearly 10 years it’s going to take a lot to overrule. My whole review system is based on the best books getting Sunshine Stars.)

Favourite Book Recent Release: The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale

Emily: You totally changed my spelling of 'favorite', I'll let you slide just this once =P

Author: Hmm, this is harder… I think I’ll pick Zoë Marriott.

Social Media: Twitter I guess, it’s the one I use the most.
International Food: Italian, there is never such a thing as too much pasta. 

Emily: Luna thanks so much for stopping by Around The World! It has been really fun having you! 

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  1. Always wished I was bilingual for all the extra books but I took French for three years and really learned nothing. It is very hard to learn another language. The economy is pretty bad everywhere I guess. The best book events for me are in the bay area of California and that is about an hour and a half drive which isn't too bad but I still lack the time and gas money to get out to many events.

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