It’s time for my first interview with a blogger as part of my new series and this week we have Liv from Curly Hair Bibliophile answering some bookish questions! I’ve followed Liv for a while over on Twitter and I love her energy, passion for books and also advocating for diverse representation in literature. I hope you guys enjoy reading Liv’s answers and go and enjoy her content because it’s awesome and she deserves all the support!
1.) Tell us all a bit about yourself!
My name is Liv, and I’m a YA book blogger at curlyhairbibliophile! I’ve been blogging for approximately four years, and my love for YA has only grown since then. Additionally, I’m a sophomore Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston, M.A. I am also an editorial intern for Jolly Fish Press and Flux Books. So, pretty much all of my time is dedicated to books in some capacity! When I don’t have my nose in a book, I really love going to see musicals, impulse buying a plant or two, and learning about minimalism and sustainability!
2.) What inspired you to create a Blog and/ or Youtube and share your content?
I first began my blog January of 2016 (freshman in high school!) as a sort of “New Year’s Resolution” project. When I first became a reader, I discovered Booktube, and I loved being able to hear other people talk about books and geek out about the books that I really liked. I then discovered book Twitter, and I knew I wanted to join this community of YA lovers. However, I didn’t want to sit in front of a camera and edit videos. It just wasn’t for me. I then discovered a whole community of book bloggers. I just absolutely fell in love. It’s opened me up to so many amazing people and opportunities, and I’m still here blogging four years later with no plan to stop!
3.) What have been some of your favourite authors or books over the past couple of years?
Oh, this is a wonderful question! I’m a big contemporary person, so I’ve loved Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera for the past few years. Just recently, though, I have fallen IN LOVE with Elizabeth Acevedo’s books! If you have not read her books (or listened to the audiobooks), I can’t recommend them enough!
4.) What is one book you’ve read, which you wish got more love?
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett! I wouldn’t say this book is underrated in the community, but no one outside of the book community has heard of this book. Seriously, they are missing OUT. It’s the first YA main character I have read that is HIV positive, and it’s seriously just a wonderful book.
5.) A book or series you’d love to see adapted for a film or show?
HA! Technically the series I am thinking of is in the process of being adapted and it is The Selection series by Kierra Cass. However, I would LOVE for them to make the adaptation in the style of a reality TV show. Girls having meltdowns and being chased by the cameras? Interviews with all of the girls? The drama? The angst? Oh, I would LOVE that.
6.) If you were stranded on a remote island and could only take one fictional character with you, who would it be and why?
I love this question so much!! This is a cheesy answer, but I would probably take Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices trilogy. I said this in a liveshow with some of my friends recently, but Jem reminds me a lot of my boyfriend so I think we would get along welL. He also seems pretty low maintenance which I think would be helpful in a remote island scenario.
7.) Who are some of your favourite bloggers and/ or booktubers?
I have SO MANY! Here are some of my favorites from both categories!
- Whitney from WhittyNovels (Booktuber)
- Cindy from ReadWithCindy (Booktuber)
- Chanelle from Chanelletime (Booktuber)
- Maha from Sunshine N’ Books (Book Blogger)
- Holly from Nut Free Nerd (Book Blogger)
- Cielo from Bellerose Reads (Book Blogger)
8.) Something you’d like to see more of in books / the publishing world?
This is a really interesting question because I’m honestly amazed at how much progress the publishing world (specifically the Young Adult publishing world) has gone through. Since I am currently an editorial intern for a publisher, it’s been really cool to see how much emphasis is placed on #ownvoices and diverse stories just in the small publisher I’m in. With that being said, there is still so much work to be done. I just want to continue to work and further amplify diverse stories in publishing, and I can’t wait to see where the publishing industry is in other 5-10 years.
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Where to find Liv:
Blog – curlyhairbibliophile
Twitter – @curlyhairbiblio
Tumblr – @Curlyhairbibliophile
Until next time,
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