Name: Casey
Blog Name: A Passion for Books

Tell me something about yourself that no one in the book blogging community really knows about you (that you’re comfortable sharing, of course).

Umm…well, I’m 21 and a single mother to a 3 year-old daughter, Kaylee. I’m going to school to be a Registered Nurse. Besides books, I love movies (horror is probably my favorite) I also like to draw and paint.

What are some books you always recommend to people?

  • The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I absolutely love this series and for those that like paranormal should definitely read these.
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles because it goes to show that you shouldn’t judge people before you get to know them. I think every teen should read this.
  • After by Amy Efaw because I think it portrays a good message for teens and even adults – taking responsibility for your actions. Those are just some that I would recommend to everyone. But it basically depends on who I am recommending books to because not everyone is going to like the same thing.

Is there a book you think failed to live up to the hype?

Sadly, yes. I just finished Sleepless by Thomas Fahy and it wasn’t anything like I thought it would be. From the summary and the cover, it sounded like it would be a creepy read. I hate to say that I didn’t enjoy it, but it’s the truth. I’m not sure what when wrong, but I had a hard time even finishing it.

You’re a big fan of paranormal fantasies. Why do you think the genre is thriving right now?

To be honest, I’m going to say because of Twilight. I’ve always been a fan of fantasy because when I read, I like to get lost in my books. I would rather read about a world that can’t exist then read about the one I already have to live in. Anyways, I remember going to bookstores and looking in the paranormal section – I would always feel like a dork because hardly anyone shopped in that section, then when Twilight came out all that changed. I do think that this genre is going to continue to grow, but with more than just vampires and werewolves. Like fairies, genies, and even unicorns.

Are there any books you’ve always wanted to read, but never quite got around to?

Is there ever! My wishlist is probably a mile long, if not longer. There are so many great books out there that I would love to read, but there isn’t enough time in my lifetime to read them all. There are too many to list, but off the top of my mind: The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, and The Wake series by Lisa McMann.

Are there any book bloggers you follow, but don’t think they get enough attention around the blogosphere?

Bianca from A Place for Wicked Good Books, Anna and Jenny from Book Nerds, Lindsay from Just Another Book Addict. There are a ton of great blogs out there but those are just a few that I love. If you haven’t check them out, you should.

Thanks, Casey, for a great interview, and be sure to stop by A Passion for Books.