This week's question is:
Q: What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?
Firstly, I started blogging because I wanted to start buying more YA books to build my classroom library. Of course, in order to vet these books before putting them in my student's hands, I needed to read them and make notes about appropriateness. I did some searching and noticed that I couldn't find anyone who clearly and concisely listed the issues a parent might have with a book regarding Sex, Violence and Substance Abuse. I thought that by blogging and reviewing, I could make these notes available and, perhaps, help the parents and teachers out there who are concerned about what their kids read, but don't have the time to read every book before their child does.
I am much more strict about the books that I recommend to my students than I would be to my own children. This is because you never know what personal beliefs a child and/or parent has and what content they might find offensive. The last thing I ever want is to have a parent object to a book that I have given their child. I hope that, through my blog, I am helping other teachers to avoid an uncomfortable situation.
Secondly, I read A LOT. Far more than any of my friends. I also read YA, a genre that none of my friends read. Before I started blogging, I was aching for someone to talk to about my books. Someone to share my thoughts with and have them agree or disagree. I attempted to find YA readers in my area - no luck, I put out feelers for starting a YA Book Club - no one showed interest. Blogging provides me with that connection to other readers. It makes reading a little less of a solitary activity and has helped me "meet" some great people - though I am always open to starting a real life YA book club.... anyone?