BBAW: New Treasure – Interview Swap

BBAW_2010_ImageToday I have Chrystal from Snowdrop Dreams of Books here with me. She’s new to the world of book blogging and started her book blog about 3 months ago. Please be sure to check out her blog, Snowdrop Dreams of Books. And don’t forget to check out her blog later today where she’ll be interviewing me! Onward to our little chat session!

Let’s get serious first. What was the first book that made an impact on you and why?

I have been reading from a young age, so I am trying to think of the first book that made any impact on me. I would have to say that The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger made a really big impact on me in high school - I wish I still had my essay on the book (it got an A+). I think this book actually was the first one to make me stop and think about what it was really trying to say to someone. Holden Caulfield's narrative throughout the entire novel had me wondering if in reality the world actually does act like "phonies" and ignore those around them that do not fall in with the norm. His impending nervous breakdown is time and again ignored by other characters as they continue on in their everyday life all the while Holden is going through depression and chaotic/erratic behaviours. It made me wonder if people truly don't see what is happening around them or do they choose to ignore it all.

How did I miss out on reading The Catcher in the Rye growing up?? I haven’t a clue but I do have that book on my TBR list. Speaking of lists, what are your Top 5 favorite reads of 2010 so far?

  1. The Iron King & The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa - great new series that debuted this year. The last of the trilogy is due out February 2011 - The Iron Queen.
  2. Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
  3. Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson
  4. Shadow of the Vampire - Meagan Hatfield
  5. The Everafter - Amy Huntley

One question I like asking fellow book lovers is which author(s) they have on their auto-buy list. Which authors are on yours?

  1. Laurell K. Hamilton (her Anita Blake Series - which I am behind on because I only buy them in paperback *sigh*)
  2. Kathy Reichs (love her characters and well the TV spin off BONES is pretty good too even though it's not exactly like the books)

I am just getting into YA so haven't really found a favourite author there just yet, though I am sure that there are quite a few in my TBR pile that will get added to my list shortly.

We’ll have to get you acquainted with YA! Do you snack while reading?

Most of the time I don't, but once in a while I cannot resist eating a good piece of chocolate while reading a great book.

Good answer! Chocolate goes with everything. I hear it’s the new pink ;) So I see on your blog that you’re a fan of Chick-Lit. What Chick-Lit book or author do you recommend?

I would recommend Garden Spells by Sarah Addision Allen - the book was actually really cute. I just picked up her second book The Sugar Queen and am looking forward to reading it.

Also, I would suggest MaryJanice Davidson if someone was into vampires, but not hardcore blood and guts vampires. Queen Betsy is quite fun to read about and just an easy read. They are my go to books when I need to wind down. Cute, fun chick-lit.

And there you have it folks. Now you know a little bit about Chrystal. Be sure to check out the links below to find her online hang out spots.

Where to find Chrystal online
blog | twitter | goodreads | librarything

Oh! One last thing before I go - Chrystal hasn’t branched out much in the YA genre. So, let give her a starting point. Which YA book(s) do you recommend she grabbed right now? Let’s recommend some books that will propel her into the world of YA and have her never looking back. Ready. Set. Go!

About Brianna: Supermom by day, naughty reader by night. Addicted to chocolate, Twitter, her iPad, her Kindle, and 99¢ Kindle deals. You can follow Brianna on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Instagram.


  1. Great interview ladies!! I haven't read much in the YA genre but if you need UF recs I'm your girl. :)

  2. Has she read The Hunger Games yet? The Book Thief? Or anything by Markus Zusak? Scott Westerfeld? Neal Shusterman? All awesome! That's just a start for suggestions.

  3. Great questions! I'd suggest Holly Black's White Cat to anyone. Nice interview!

  4. Thanks guys. I have the first Hunger Games book in my TBR pile.

    And I love Holly Black! I have White Cat on the list too.

  5. Hi Chrystal,

    I enjoyed your interview! I agree with Suey's recommendations but also have one of my own: The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. It's excellent---the best YA I've ever read!

  6. I just thought of another one: anything by Cassandra Clare. Her Mortal Instruments series is also excellent fantasy. Kristin Cashore writes the best fantasy I've ever read (Graceling, Fire) but is not quite as popular for some reason.

  7. I don't read much YA myself, but I'd definitely go with "the Book Thief" as a recommendation! so, so good.


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