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This is a corner in Cornelia's house for you and all those who are enthusiastic about talking about or catching up on books.

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Golosi di Libri

Golosi di Libri

http://lettriceg.wixsite.com/golosidilibri

Sofia from Italy: "Ciao! Sono una lettrice golosona come te, ho iniziato a leggere all'età di sei anni ma solo negli ultimi anni mi sono appassionata tantissimo. Ho 12 anni, mi piacciono quasi tutti generi: thriller, comici, classici, di mitologia ecc. Ma i miei preferiti sono i fantasy."

When did you start your blog?

2016

Why did you start a book blog?

I started my book blog simply because I love reading!

What question would you most like to ask an author?

"Where do you get your inspiration from?"

Three of your most favorite books are ...

"Harry Potter" (the complete series) by J.K.Rowling

"The Ink Trilogy" by Cornelia Funke

"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank

Which of Cornelia's books have you reviewed yet?

The Ink Trilogy

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Magic Fiction Since Potter

Magic Fiction Since Potter

http://magicfictionsincepotter.blogspot.de

Gordon from East Yorkshire: "When I am not climbing fells, I read books, mostly children's books. I have been reading them all my life. When I was a child I read them just for myself, for love. In my middle years, I read them professionally - as a teacher, as a head teacher and later as a schools' English Adviser. I read them for myself and to children, mine and others. Many books, many children. And I still loved them, the stories, the magic. I hope I shared something of that love.

Now I am an old man and time has come around. I read largely for myself again, but I still remain that urge to share my love of reading where and when I can.  I have long thought of the second half of the twentieth century as being the golden age for children's fantasy fiction. But now I am on a quest to see if contemporary writers of children's fantasy are living up to the wonderous achievements of their predecessors.  I started Magic Fiction Since Potter for any who wish to share my reading journey. 

I post only recommendations, not negative reviews. If I read a book which I feel is less than wonderful (which happens far more often than not) then I simply don't write about it. I have no wish to hurt or discourage anyone. Rather I want my blog to be a celebration of some of the truly great books authors are currently writing for our children and of the important, life-affirming experiences these offer. It is but a very small thank you for the wonderful gifts so many writers give.

I  have just discovered the Cornelia Funke website as I am currently rereading the Reckless books, prompted by the recent U.K. republication by Pushkin Press. I will add a post  about them to my blog as soon as I have finished, in the sincere hope that the reissue will reawaken interest in these stunning works."

When did you start your blog?

April 2014

Why did you start a book blog?

To share my quest to find the best of contemporary children's and YA fantasy fiction. 

What question would you most like to ask an author?

When I find an author I really enjoy I always want to ask: When is your next book coming out?

Three of your most favorite books are ...

The Earthsea Sequence by Ursula Le Guin

Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve

The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

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My Bookish Life

My Bookish Life

https://mybookylife.wordpress.com

Mahriya from London: "I'm a book lover + blogger + chocolate addict who helps BLOGGERS AND BOOK WORMS discover their INNER READER and become BETTER BLOGGERS by giving them POSTS, ADVICE and REVIEWS so that they can have an easier blogging journey and discover the BEST bookish content out there."

When did you start your blog?

I started blogging properly at the beginning of January, with the 2016 resolution of running a real blog.

Why did you start a book blog?

I have always loved books, from a young age. I remember jumping for joy every time I visited the library and secretly loving English at school. I remember reading for hours on end in the school book corner, whilst all the other children played. I remember being whisked away to another world for the first time! All these memories made me want to share my passion for books to the world and it was born: my blog. 

What question would you most like to ask an author?

How do you actually finish writing such long books and stay dedicated?

Three of your most favorite books are ...

"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini

"Harry Potter" by J.K Rowling

"The Magic Faraway Tree" by Enid Blyton

Which of Cornelia's books have you reviewed yet?

Not yet as I haven't read any of them. But: her books are on my to read pile and I hope to read and review some soon!

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My Little Book Blog

My Little Book Blog

https://mylittlebookblog.com

Lizzy from Greenwich, London: "In a nutshell I’m Lizzy (spelt with a y) and I bloody love books. There’s no other way of putting it really. I’m a book worm, book hoarder, book reader, book lover, book blogger, book reviewer; any and all of those fit the bill. In the real world I’m a marketing assistant and I live in Stoke-on-Trent in England. You’ll often find me with my nose stuck in a book waiting for a bus wearing a brightly patterned tea dress with my hair a mess and boots on my feet no matter the weather. Historical fiction is my favourite genre if you’re wondering and I have secret adoration for anything pastel coloured. I speak fluent sarcasm and if you ever need me to do anything for you a packet of malteasers will often suffice."

Why did you start a book blog?

I started My Little Book Blog back in 2013 - I was at University, and wanted to talk about books (all the books). I've always been an avid reader (bordering on obsessive,) but the University magazine I wrote book reviews for had piles of my reviews in their inbox, so much so that I felt embarrassed sending them more. My Little Book Blog was born from that. Three years later(ish) and I'm still doing the same. 

What question would you most like to ask an author?

"How do you start?!" I've tried too many times to write a book and it's always come to nothing. I'm in awe of all authors.

Three of your most favorite books are ...

Three of my most favourite books - that's a toughie.

"Down and Out in Paris and London" by George Orwell

"The End of your life Book Club" by Will Schwalker

"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

I could never pick my favourite ever books, but these are pretty good.

Which of Cornelia's books have you reviewed yet?

I've read Inkheart, and Inkspell but haven't reviewed either of them. But I would honestly love to - I have no idea why I haven't already!

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The Bibliomaniac

The Bibliomaniac

https://thebibliomaniacbookblog.com

Gee from UK: "This blog was originally called 'Books and Writers JNR', as it started out as a YA reviews version of 'Books and Writers', my dad’s old blog. The name was changed to 'The Bibliomaniac' in February 2014, and I finally switched to this current domain name at the end of 2015."

When did you start your blog?

I started my book blog in 2011, and I wasn't on social media such as Twitter then (given that I was eleven!), but from around 2013/14 onwards I started to blog regularly and with a more committed attitude, sharing my posts online. You'll find book reviews, graphics, discussions and more. Enjoy!

Why did you start a book blog?

At the time, my dad was reviewing (older, crime) fiction for publishers, and occasionally he would be sent a YA title which he would let me review myself. I loved the idea of finding people online to share my love for reading with, and over the years I've loved keeping this blog up to maintain my bookish hobby throughout school, and also improve my writing by making regular posts.

What question would you most like to ask an author?

It would probably vary based on the author, but most of the time I'm very interested in knowing how their writing process works. I love to see how writers approach their work differently - planning, not planning, researching, creating worlds - as I really enjoy finding out how people create things.

Three of your most favorite books are ...

Whenever I get asked about my favourite books, I can't work out how to decide! I'll pick three of my favourite reads of 2016:"You Know Me Well" (David Levithan and Nina LaCour)

"Unboxed" (Non Pratt)

"As I Descended" (Robin Talley)

Which of Cornelia's books have you reviewed yet?

I read the Inkheart books before I started blogging, but I was gifted a copy of "Ghost Knight" years ago and reviewed it when I was 13!

Bibliomaniac Review of Ghost Knight

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The Pewter Wolf

The Pewter Wolf

http://thepewterwolf.blogspot.de/

Andrew from the UK: "The blog's aim is to be like a friend you meet up in a coffee morning, but the blog does several things: Book Review (formally known as GoodRead) - Basically book reviews. Whether that be book, audiobook or ebook.Books And Their Theme Songs - Books and Their Theme Songs is a a catch-up of all the music used in GoodReads reviews. This happens once every other month. I hope you enjoy this blog - a blog that, I hope, doesn't take itself too seriously. Imagine this as a friend who wants to makes you smile, laugh and get excited over books - good or bad..."

When did you start your blog?

Since July 2009

Why did you start a book blog?

I started it by sheer fluke. I didn't realise till much later that I was writing a book blog. I did it to pass the time. When I started, I had become unemployed, was finding it very difficult to find a job and it was getting me down. To break the day up, I would read. Try and catch up on my neverending To Be Read (TBR) pile and, because I was chatting to other readers online, I just wrote my thoughts on my blog and didn’t think anything of it… till publishers and authors started chatting to me.

So, my main reason for starting a book blog was to keep me upbeat while job hunting.

What question would you most like to ask an author?

Ah, a tricky question to ask. Every author is different so each author would be ask different questions. Do you write to music? What was writing this story like? Why did you write this story? Why do you write?

But I always like asking what inspired them to write this story/series/etc? I can imagine each answer being so very different - it could be one small thing or several big things and the author just mixed them together like cake batter. So, I would ask what inspired this story?

Three of your most favorite books are ...

Oh heck! The hardest question to ask a reader, let alone a book blogger. I have been thinking of this and I think I have narrowed it down to these three.

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" by JK RowlingUntil very recently, I would have said Prisoner of Azkaban was my fave Harry Potter book, but I reread the series and I remembered how much I adore Goblet. I love the darkness, the foreboding, the unpredictably of the story and the characters, the shocking ending. And that first chapter… I love that first chapter!

"Sabriel" by Garth NixI discovered this while waiting for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. And I devoured this so fast that, whenever I feel low or in a reading slump, this is always the book I turn to. Strong female leads, snarky talking cat, Charter Magic and Free Magic, Dead things (that aren't zombies). This book is one of the only few books to my memory that had me fearing Sabriel's death a few chapters in. I remember going 'We have 300-odd pages left. She must live! SHE HAS TO LIVE!' and terrified that Garth Nix will pull the rug from under me.

"The Rest of Us Just Live Here" by Patrick NessThis third and final choice is the hardest to pick. I could have gone with so many books - "Bones to Ashes", "Mirror Dreams", "His Dark Materials", "Maggot Moon", "We Were Liars", "The Snow Child" to name a few - but this book was the last book I read in quite a while that consumed me. I read it within 3 days and I couldn't put it down. I was shocked over how much I missed this book when I finished and, for a good time afterwards, this would be the book I would recommend if anyone wanted new to read…

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Thie Kid Reviews Books

Thie Kid Reviews Books

https://thiskidreviewsbooks.com

Erik from the USA: "Hi, my name is Erik. I love books, so that's why I have this blog. The reason I'm doing this is for parents to approve of a book, and for kids to find an excellent book too."

When did you start your blog?

I actually just had my sixth blogiversary, or blogging anniversary, of my blog on January 12th, 2011. I was nine at the time.

Why did you start a book blog?

I got the idea for this blog when my grandmother told me she was shopping for a book for me and didn’t know what to buy because I had "read everything". It just so happened that a kid in the store recommended for her to get me “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” written by Tom Angleberger. The boy had said it was a good book and that I would like it, so (thankfully) she bought it. Of course, it turned out to be a really good book and that I definitely liked it. I ended up thinking "If my grandmother would take the advice of some random kid in a store, why won't other people take the advice and recommendations from some random kid on the internet?" Besides, I love to talk about books and tell people about books I really love. And that is how I ended up doing what I do for the last six years of my life.

What question would you most like to ask an author?

"What is your writing process from idea conception to publish date, and how would you recommend killing off characters you love, and why do you make your villains the way you do, and..."As you can see, I wouldn't get an answer before the author dozes off.

Three of your most favorite books are ...

"Redwall" by Brian Jacques: Really, this goes for any book by Mr. Jacques, but "Redwall" is my favorite from him. He has a way of describing without over-describing, and putting in a perfect mixture of action and philosophical moments.

"The Hero's Guide to Saving the Kingdom" by Christopher Healy: Not many authors get me laughing out loud as much as Mr. Healy, and I really like the entire series as a whole.

"A Study in Scarlet" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: If you've noticed, on the list are books that represent a series/an author's works. This book is no different, although I do particularly like this one because it is where Sherlock Holmes is introduced for the first time.

It was extremely hard to narrow it down to three books (series), and I just want to point out that there are many other books I like and love dearly.

Which of Cornelia's books have you reviewed yet?

Actually, I was surprised to find just one - "Inkheart". I have read several others, and enjoyed them tremendously, but am surprised I didn't review them. And, honestly, I hate my review of "Inkheart", mostly because it was one of the first book reviews I did, and my writing/reviewing style has changed so much since then, I'm actually ashamed of how I wrote it - it looks like a nine year old wrote it - but, hey - I was nine then. That review doesn't do "Inkheart" justice. "Inkheart" (and the Inkheart series) is one of the books I fell in love with early on. It helped me develop my passion for reading. They are also books I've read several times.I really need to repost an updated review of it.

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Tolkodetskie

Tolkodetskie

https://tolkodetskie.wordpress.com

Anna from Estonia: "I am probably the first Russian-speaking children's book blogger who tries to do that - to write easy to understand and at the same time professional texts. I have big plans and dreams, I want to grow as a reader and blogger. Of course I want to write stories one day, too."

When did you start your blog?

Summer 2016

Why did you start a book blog?

I started a book blog because I was always interested in books since my childhood and read a lot. Last year I graduated from university with Bachelor degree in Slavic philology, my area was Russian literature. I always preferred books for children and young adults. So I kept reading them from time to time even when I wasn't a child anymore. Now I read only books for children for some time and it helps me with my depression. I like to write about them very much as well. So one day I just sat down and started a blog. I try to turn my reader's emotions into something professional. I make laconic, clear and I hope beautiful texts too, trying to escape philological snobbism though.

What question would you most like to ask an author?

It's very hard to pick one question I would ask any author. If this author was Cornelia, I definitely would ask why her Inkworld and Mirrorworld are so attractive, beautiful, desired - and horrible at the same time? Am I right when I think it's done on purpose? When you read her books you live in them and can't leave even after the book is finished. Her worlds are so real. Seems like it's not very hard to get there. But instead of doing that you think "well, but can I stand this pain and hopelessness*? They are like gambling games and it's very interesting. It is common of course when book worlds are dangerous to live in, but they are not like that.

Three of your most favorite books are ...

Three of my favorite books are:

"Harry Potter" by J.K. Rowling

"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

"Doctor Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak

Which of Cornelia's books have you reviewed yet?

I've written about Cornelia books in general in my blog:

1) https://tolkodetskie.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/podborka-detskie-pisatelnicy/ - It's a selection of excellent female writers.

2) https://tolkodetskie.wordpress.com/2016/06/17/magic-always-comes-with-a-price/ Here I shared my thoughts on her magic worlds.

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