Hey friends! As many of you know, this is BBAW 2016, which means I get to introduce you to my new friend, Masanobu, from All the Pretty Books. (I know, I know. We are a day behind schedule, but we live in very different time zones so cut us some slack!)
To get to know Masanobu a bit better, I asked her a few questions.
Me: It seems we are paired together for the BBAW interviews. I'd love to hear a bit about you and what kind of books you love best!
Masanobu: I'm a bookish 26-year-old from Spain, although right now I'm living in France (and yes, eating lots of crepes and pastries). I'm doing a PhD in Plant Physiology, which is why I'm not at home - I'm doing a lab stage to learn new lab techniques. The PhD is demanding, but I couldn't be happier with that choice, although it leaves less time than I'd like to for reading. I am quite eclectic when it comes to genres. Some of my faves are classics, sci-fi, fantasy, and comics. I'm quite partial to time-travelling or alternate history books, and I also enjoy reading sci-fi set up in dystopic worlds or during World War Two. If a book forces me to consider a different point of view, teaches me something or makes time fly by, I'm a happy reader.
What's really cool about this is that Masanobu and I actually both studied in Salamanca, Spain! How cool is that? It was a definite "Small World" moment.
Me: Wow! I'm impressed that you love literature so much as a scientist and have the time to review books. That's a rare breed!
Masanobu: Thank you for your kind words, but there are quite a few scientist-book bloggers who read a lot more than I do! Science is nice, but I like unwinding with books. If I can't read I become grumpy! Sometimes I wonder whether I should have studied English or Literature!
Me: What got you fascinated with reading?
Masanobu: I have always read. I have always enjoyed stories - my parents and my sisters read to me literally since I was born. You could say it runs in the blood. But there were times when they couldn't or wouldn't read to me, so I decided I couldn't depend on them and apparently taught myself to read when I was 3. I haven't stopped since.
Me: How many languages do you speak/read in?
Masanobu: I speak Spanish, English, and French. Although I can read in the three of them, I do most of my reading in English and Spanish. I don't know of a good place to get good recommendations for French books that would be interesting to me.
Me: How did you start blogging?
Masanobu: I started book blogging back when LiveJournal was a cool thing. I then switched to Goodreads, but when Amazon bought it and they deleted some reviews, I thought about going back to a place that felt more mine. I still actively use Goodreads and post reviews there, but I enjoy the free format that a book blog offers. I enjoy writing discussion posts, doing readalongs and readathons, movie reviews, and bookish events like this one. I'm still trying to find the right content and voice for my blog. For the moment I'm focusing on building the habit to blog regularly.
Me: What was your favorite book as a kid?
Masanobu: Fairy tales and mythology. Perrault, Grimm, Ovid. It sounds weird, but I've always been fascinated by stories that have been around for a long time and passed from generation to generation. I like stories that try to make sense of the world with a bit of magic. I also loved Beatrix Potter's tales and Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree and Famous Five novels.
Me: What genre do you find yourself reading most recently?
Masanobu: Comics. Right now, grad school is getting most of my time and brain power. Comics are my comfort blanket.
Do you have questions for Masanobu? Post them in the comments or follow her on All the Pretty Books.