Saturday, December 5, 2009

Saturday Spotlight - A Bookshelf Monstrosity

One thing about being a librarian is the joy of finding ANOTHER librarian in the blogging world. I know there's quite a few of us out there, but it always makes me sigh in happiness when I find one. I just love the name of her blog too - I definitely feel like my amount of books is monstrous as well...

Name: Amanda
Nickname and/or blog name: A Bookshelf Monstrosity
Blog URL:

Tell me a bit about yourself.
I am a twenty-something graduate student who is earning a degree in library science. I like to read-obviously, listen to music, watch movies, attempt to cook, and try on shoes I have no intention to buy.

When and why did you start your blog?
I had been following a lot of book blogs for a few months but always thought I wouldn't have the time to do one of my own. But, in mid-September, I took the plunge! I'm really enjoying the community feel of the blogger world.

What is your blog all about? Any cool features you want to share?
I have a pretty eclectic taste in books-fiction, non-fiction, young adult, memoir, historical fiction. I do a books by theme feature once a week where I showcase books on a certain topic. I also do a feature called "Today in Literary History" because I'm a history buff as well as a book nerd :)

What are some of your favorite genres and/or books currently?
Gees... Favorite genres are historical fiction and literary fiction, I suppose. Some of my favorite books recently read are Pope Joan by Donna Norfolk Cross, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and a young adult sci-fi/fantasy classic, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

How do you find out about the books you read?
I read reviews! Not only reviews from fellow book bloggers but also reviews from Library Journal and Booklist.

Any tips or advice for those starting or thinking about starting a blog?
Ask other book bloggers for tips! Everyone is very friendly around here!

Thank you Amanda for taking some time out to answer these questions. Isn't she awesomely straight and to the point? Take a look at some of her reviews and you may see a similarity.

Are you a new blogger too? Or just getting back into the swing of blogging? Do you want to be featured on my blog? Shoot me an email at dragonzgoil (at) gmail (dot) com.


  1. A Bookshelf Monstrosity is such a cool blog.

  2. I love the blog name and how her header has her books organized by color.

  3. Hey! That's me in my Google Reader. Thanks Kristen :) :)

  4. Amanda's blog sounds amazing. I really like the feature that she does.

  5. Awesome name and cool review! WOOT FOR LIBRARY SCIENCE.

  6. Very awesome name! And I love the bookcase shot.

  7. Great interview!
    Sounds like a blog i need to check out.

  8. Love the blog name! She sounds great and the fact that she's librarian has completely verified her "COOL" status ;)

  9. I love that name!

    Literary fiction is definitely a curiousity of mine.

  10. coming up with a good blog title is just as hard as coming up with a good book title. hers is perfect.


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