Friday, August 2, 2013

Around The World: Shelly @ Shelly's Rambles

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.

Today on the blog I have Shelly from Shelly's Rambles!

Where are you from?

I was born in Israel but I immigrated to Canada when I was six. I consider myself to be a fully-fledged Canadian. I currently live in Ontario but more specifically, I live quite close to Toronto.

What is the best and worst thing about living in the country you are from?

The best thing about living in Canada is the sights. Canada has many industrial cities but it is also full of greenery and good ol’ country farms. I love going to the city and seeing the big skyscrapers but I also love driving out in the country and seeing all the wonderful greenery. The worst thing about Canada is the weather. Although the weather here is generally nice, for example in July it’s in the mid-20 degrees Celsius but in the winter it gets pretty cold. This year, there were only 2 cases in which we had really heavy snowfall and most of the time the weather is pretty consistent. But when the weather becomes iffy, I get very irritated.

What is the biggest challenge of being a book blogger there?

For me, the challenge is finding book signing and events to go to. Since I am a YA book blogger, I find it extremely difficult to find signing because most of the events in Toronto are for adult authors and there aren’t even that many of those. A lot of the events that I want to go to are in the States and it’s really frustrating being so close yet so far away.

Are you able to go to book signings, launches, or industry events?

Being a fairly new blogger, I haven’t had much experience with launches or industry events but I am able to go to book signings. As I mentioned before, there aren’t that many book signing where I live but I do have the opportunity to attend them.

Are Publishers willing to work with you were you live?

I think that for the most part, yes. I have seen a lot of other Canadian bloggers who have great publisher-to-blogger relationships so I think that the answer is yes.

Do you have any favorite books set in the country you are from or written by authors who are from the country you are from?

As ashamed am I to say this, no I do not. I have read some Kelley Armstrong books so long ago that I’ve forgotten what they’re about (she is Canadian). I also read a lot of Eric Walters’s novels. His writing is truly powerful, you should check it out seriously. I do have Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen on my bookshelf (she is also Canadian) and I did really enjoy that novel but it is not one of my favourites.

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

Favorite Book (overall): It really is so hard to say, I have so many favourites. I can’t really choose but if I had to choose just one it’d definitely be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I cried, I laughed and I loved the ending.

Favorite Book Recent Release: Definitely Reboot by Amy Tintera. I have wanted to read that book for months before it came out!

Author: So hard to choose but I can list my top three in no particular order. J.K Rowling, J.R.R Tolkien and Rick Riordan

Social Media: I don’t like using social media *gasp* but  bloglovin’ is seriously amazing

International Food: Italian food all the way. I could eat pizza and lasagna 24/7!

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  1. Thanks for having me on Around the World! :)

  2. I would love to be able to visit Canada in the future, although it sounds like I'd have to be sure to plan my trip for the Spring/Summer...I like the heat, haha!

  3. I've heard so many good things about Reboot, glad it was one of your favorites so far, Shelly! I agree, Bloglovin' is so awesome. I use if far more than I ever used Google Reader, but I'm not sure everyone would agree.