Can you be a book reviewer at age 12? Melina says yes!
We love our reader girls, so we wanted to celebrate today's queen of reading: Melina! She reads ten books a week in the summer and four or five a week during the school year.
She loves reading and has been reviewing books on her blog since 5th grade. Her blog is called Reading Vacation, which we also love because books are an excellent (and cheap) way of taking your imagination on vacation.
Here's her review of the latest Pink Locker Society book, The Forever Crush.
And here's what Melina had to say about her booky, booky life.
Do you remember your favorite books from when you were little?
That’s easy! Fairy tales were my favorites when I was just starting to read. I had several books filled with classic fairy tales. When I moved on to chapter books, my favorites were the Rainbow Magic books by Daisy Meadows. I read them all!
When did you first realize that reading was going to be something VERY IMPORTANT in your life?
There was not a specific moment when I realized that reading would become my obsession. Instead, it was more of a gradual slide. My weekly trips to the library became more frequent and I added the local bookstore too. Before long, my bookshelves were overflowing with amazing stories. I couldn’t get enough!
How did you get started in your book blogging?
For a very long time, books have interested me. So, when I heard about book blogs a light bulb went off in my head. Instant inspiration! I knew it was the perfect thing to nurture my reading love. Next thing I knew I had my mom at the computer signing me up for a blog. And Reading Vacation was born.
It is so fun to talk about books with other readers. When I was on spring break in fifth grade, my parents introduced me to blogs online. A blog gives you a platform to talk about anything that interests you and share your thoughts with others. Instant inspiration! I knew that I wanted to start my own blog. That week, Reading Vacation was born.
What is your absolute favorite book of all time and why?
There are so many to choose from! My all-time favorite book is The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. It is a wonderful fairy tale retelling.
Do you always feel like reading? Does it ever feel like work?
I almost always feel like reading, but sometimes I would rather spend time with friends or just relax alone and take a break. If reading ever felt like work, I would close down my blog. I don’t ever want it to feel like I HAVE to do it.
Did you come up with the blog name Reading Vacation? If there's a story behind it, please share.
Originally, I planned to name my blog Reading Paradise. I loved it! Unfortunately, Reading Paradise was already taken by a college student in Cyprus. So, I thought what else sounded relaxing, soothing, and made me think of books? Reading Vacation of course! It was perfect!
Do you own a ton of books or do you get books from the library?
When I first started Reading Vacation, most of my books came from the public and school library. Now, I get nearly all of my books from authors and publishers who are requesting reviews. I also trade books with other book bloggers around the country.
Do you have a Kindle, Nook, or iPad? Do you like e-readers or paper books?
I received a Kindle for Christmas last year after dropping many“subtle” hints to my parents. I love both e-readers and paper books, but each for different reasons.
E-readers are amazing! With just one click, I can have a new book in my hand ready to read. Not only that, but I can carry around hundreds of books in one handy little device. I think e-readers are the future of books.
Paper books smell so yummy when they are brand new. I like to arrange my books on my bookcase to show off all the beautiful covers. There’s just something special about seeing them all lined up. It is also much easier to loan a paper book to a friend.
Do you belong to any book clubs?
I have never been part of a traditional book club. However, I like to think of the book blogging community as a giant book club. We talk about books on twitter and comment on each other’s blogs. They are a supportive group of friends with a common interest.
If you could go out to lunch with and interview any author, who would it be?
Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games trilogy.
Where would you interview Ms. Collins? I would interview her in Colorado. Katniss, the main character in The Hunger Games lived in the area that used to be known as Colorado.
Would you bring a friend?
I would bring my little brother Travis, because he loves The Hunger Games books too. Plus, it would get him to stop pestering me with questions about the books that I don’t know the answer to. Two birds with one stone!
What would your No. 1 question be?
I would ask Suzanne Collins to write a short story just for me.