You can find Amber at her website http://www.booksofamber.com.
(Me)- Tell us a bit about yourself. What country are you from?(I only ask because of the way you spell favorite)
(AG)- I'm 21 years old and am currently working as an editor for a translation company. I live in England, hence my spelling! I don't have many hobbies aside from reading and blogging, but I do watch a lot of TV shows. If you're looking for recommendations, then I'll always be happy to help! And I will more than likely recommend Spartacus because it's my favourite show ever. I have a lot of siblings, and a lot of pets, so my house is extremely crowded and also very loud when everyone is home. Because of this, I've learnt to tune everything out and I could probably carry on reading comfortably even if your marching band was in the room!
(Me)- How long have you been blogging? And what has your favorite blogging experience so far?
(AG)- I started blogging in September 2010, so I've been at it for three and a half years! Time has really flown by, but at the same time it feels like I've been doing this forever. I'm not sure if I have a single favourite blogging experience. I remember taking part in my first read-a-thon and loving it, and starting Recaptains will always be something that I'm proud of!
(Me)- If you could be anything in the world what would it be? (Except a blogger that is).
(AG)- Anything at all? A billionaire philanthropist with my own private island. But perhaps you mean something more realistic. I would love to be an editor for a publishing house, preferably working with young adult fiction. That's my dream job, although I would also love to be a movie critic or some sort of travel journalist. I would love to do something regarding ancient history, which is a passion of mine. I'm considering going to university to study either ancient history or anthropology.
(Me)- Have you ever reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy? If so how was the process of getting it?
(AG)- I have. I received my first ARC in early 2011, and since then my relationship with publicists has been slowly building. The process was, admittedly, rather scary at first. I had been hearing a lot about ARCs after joining the blogosphere, but I hadn't requested any since I didn't feel as though my blog had enough reach. As someone who suffers from social anxiety, I didn't feel comfortable reaching out to publicists and asking for free things, even if I would be giving these free books publicity in return. I didn't feel like I was qualified. And then a publicist got in contact with me, and asked if I wanted to be part of a blog tour and I accepted. After that I felt a lot more comfortable when requesting, and discovering Netgalley certainly helped!
(Me)- What are your favorite books? Why?
(AG)- This is a tough one! The list is so long. Harry Potter will, of course, always be my go-to series for this kind of question. I grew up with Harry and his friends, and I will always love them. Other favourite books of mine include The Saga of Darren Shan (vampire books, but GREAT vampire books), Jurassic Park, To Kill a Mockingbird, Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. But, like I said, the list is huge and this is just a sample.
(Me)- Finally, any advice for beginning bloggers out there?
(AG)- My biggest piece of advice is to get to know your fellow bloggers! I kept to myself a lot in the first month or so of blogging, and that was a silly decision. Get onto Twitter and start interacting, because the blogging community is fantastic and friendly and welcoming. You can't go wrong! I've made so many friends in the past three years, and I'm always happy to make more. I think that making friends is a lot more important than improving your stats, because in the long run friends are what matter most. They make you happier than statistics ever will.
There you go. This was an amazing experience for me and I could not believe how much we had in common. I encourage any blogger who wishes to to have fun and get to know other bloggers to participate in this next year.
Hope to have you reading again soon,