Welcome Flo & Mary! You have to go check out their blog (when you're done reading this of course) I LOVE their blog background. Pictures of books and people reading - it is just so relaxing and makes me want to go curl up with a book immediately!
*What is your name/blogger name? There are 2 of us -- Flo and Mary -- that administer the blog.
*What is the name of your blog? Book Nerds Across America http://booknerdsacrossamerica.blogspot.com/
*Do you have an auto-buy author, someone whose writing is so good, you have to read every single thing they write? We really love The Hunger Games trilogy, the Mortal Instruments books, Twilight and Harry Potter.
*Who is your all-time favorite couple in literature, and why? (Or favorite male/female character) We can definitely agree on Katniss & Peeta from The Hunger Games. Peeta has got to be the sweetest male ever written.
Karen: YAY! Another HUGE Peeta fan over here. I'm so in love with the baker boy!
*Do you have an e-reader? Do you prefer e-books or regular books, or use both? Flo has a Nook & Mary has a Sony Reader. We loooove them, but we do use both e-book and regular books.
Karen: It's interesting that almost all of us that have e-readers still buy books also.
*What are your Top 5 picks for the best books of 2010? Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Before I Fall by Lauren OIiver, Burned (House of Night #7) by P.C. & Kristin Cast, The Girl that Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson, Matched by Ally Condie. That's 6, but there are 2 of us... ;-)
Karen: I *really* wish I felt the same way about Mockingjay :-( I have both Before I Fall and Matched but haven't gotten to them yet. Several bloggers chose those books in this feature.
*What book or series has been sitting in your TBR the longest? We usually read a book a month together. January was Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. February is Delirium by Lauren Oliver. March will be Nightshade by Andrea Creamer. We are also looking forward to reading Divergent by Veronica Roth and Wither by Lauren DeStefano when they come out.
Karen: What a great idea! I love reading at the same time as friends to compare notes and thoughts. It makes the reading experience more fun when you can share it with another avid reader.
*What's the best thing about blogging and reviewing books? Flo: It has made me a better reader. Now when I'm reading books, I am already thinking about it in many different ways. What is the overall feeling? What are some lines/quotes/scenes I want to mention in my review? How can I describe the book to capture its essence in my review? In a nutshell, it's made me a stronger, more appreciative reader.
Karen: Good point. I read books more critically now also but sometimes I give myself a book to read and not review just for fun. Do you guys ever need to do that? I feel that reviewing can sometimes take the pleasure out of reading.