Some of you may recognize this feature from 25 Hour Books. I was in the market for a feature to showcase the bloggers I simply can’t live without, Tara usually lets me do whatever I want if I pester her enough, and Who Am I Stalking? seemed appropriate. Win-win. But please, no restraining orders are necessary. I stalk with love, people. It is a badge of honor. Wear it with pride!
Welcome to my very first Who Am I Stalking? feature! I chose Alissa from The Grammarian’s Reviews for my first victi–er–feature because I stalk her like mad on Twitter and pester her to do my thesis revisions for me, even though she hates revisions. We also share a love of coffee, though I’m pretty sure she loves coffee more than I do. I’m not really sure how I first stumbled across Alissa’s blog. I may have been told by someone about her Grammar Bits feature or I was simply lured in by her blog title. Grammar. I love grammar, guys. So does Alissa. How could I not like her? I mean, sure, we don’t read a lot of the same books, but that doesn’t stop us from being best friends:
Right. Now for the important stuff!
1. Describe yourself in six words. (e.g., English teacher helps students access knowledge)
Coffee-loving student makes a grammatical difference.
2. What has been your most exciting moment as a book blogger?
I’d posted a lovely 5-star review of The Half-Life of Planets, then decided to read up on the two authors, Brendan Halpin and Emily Franklin, to see if they had any other books I’d be interested in. To my complete surprise, Brendan had given a shout-out to my review on his Facebook page, and Emily had e-mailed me her thanks. It was the first time an author (in this case, two) had publicly thanked and contacted me. I didn’t think that, as a book blogger, I’d ever receive that kind of acknowledgment.
And, chatting with authors on Twitter. This is because I’d held out on getting a Twitter account for so long, then discovered how much of a presence authors have online. To me, talking to them is priceless. And winning their contests is even better. After winning my first Twitter author contest, I freaked out…while at work. It was great.
3. Since starting The Grammarian’s Reviews, what is the best book that you have read? The worst?
Oh man. There’s no way I can pick one best and one worst. But, one book I did gush over for a while was The Half-Life of Planets by Brendan Halpin and Emily Franklin. Recently, though, I’ve been all aboard the Anna and the French Kiss and The Iron Knight hype trains.
As for the worst book, that would be Banana Kiss by Bonnie Rozanski.
4. Why do you think reading is important?
Reading is a foundation. It’s fundamental for learning and discovering. I know that sounds overused, but it’s true. With reading, you can do anything: create, analyze, decipher, teach, etc. I can’t imagine a life without it.
5. What are some of your favorite reviews (or memes, features, discussions, etc) that you have written for The Grammarian’s Reviews?
My review for The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa is a favorite because I wrote it when I was very, very excited.
My favorite discussion, by far, was my fired-up response about a certain author’s advice.
Another favorite discussion of mine was my lengthy post about why I dislike The Hunger Games trilogy. Yes, I said dislike.
6. Your Blogger profile says that you are a promoter of the importance of grammar. Why do you think grammar is so important?
Why do people think grammar isn’t important? is a better question.
Our language is based off of a system. That system is composed of an alphabet which then forms words. To put those words and letters together, you need grammar. It’s essential.
But to me, grammar is more than essential. It’s a form of respect – of both communication with others and the language itself. To pay no attention to grammar is to be careless, ignorant and taking advantage of/taking for granted the way we communicate.
It’s not only important to use grammar, but to also understand it.
Amen to that. I often liken language to clothing; to make the best impression, you must wear the right clothing. Language is no different, especially in a world where so much of our communication is written. And how can a person use language without grammar?
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