Wow, it’s week four of this tour which is being hosted by the lovely girls from The Book Bratz!
This week I’m introducing you guys to Mily from The YA’s Nightstand!
The YA’s Nightstand is yet another gorgeous blog. Here you can find many reviews, author interviews, and giveaways! However her posts aren’t strictly reviews and interviews, Mily also have creative posts such as the Book Look. I recommend that everyone go and dig around her blog, I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised with all the cool things she has! Enough of me blabbing and lets turn our attention to Mily and learn more about her!
What’s your favourite book?
Harry Potter – all of them! I don’t care how old I get I will never be too old to wish I was at Hogwarts. Although, now I have to wish I was a teacher rather than a student, but I think that would be just as fun. I would be head of Hufflepuff and would teach Charms… or maybe transfiguration.
Well I do like a little fantasy and the odd chick-lit, although my true love is YA. YA pretty much covers every genre except it’s always about firsts and discoveries. They’re easy to read and can tackle just as many gritty subject matters as any other genre. SO if you’re going to start YA bashing I will happily tell you why you are wrong.
Your top 3 UK Young Adult books?
- A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton
- Entangled by Cat Clarke
- Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Your top 3 UK New Adult books?
NA hasn’t really made it to the UK yet, at least not in the same way that it’s storming the States. It’s a baby genre here that doesn’t have as many books as you would think… so I’m going to have to just name my favourite NA’s. They may all be US authors but I’ve made them honorary Brits for the day.
- Blue Notes by Carrie Lofty
- Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles
- Crash into You by Katie McGarry – I’m informed by GoodReads that this is a NA/YA so I’m going to include it. I LOVE this book! I need to read the rest of the series now!!
Your top 3 UK Young Adult authors?
- Ruth Warburton
- Cat Clarke
- Malorie Blackman
Your top 3 UK New Adult authors?
- Carrie Lofty
- Cindy Miles
- Katie McGarry
You probably just noticed that my top authors are the authors of my top books – really if you think about it kinda makes sense.
Favourite author who’s from the UK? US?
UK: Ruth Warburton
US: Rainbow Rowell
Wow that’s a lot of R’s! I love a little Rainbow in my life. Her contemporary YA’s are compelling and really drag you into their pages. Then there’s Ruth – who is a completely different kind of writer, with her witchy tales and very English settings. Both authors have a way of making you care, and are exceptional storytellers.
In your opinion, what is a major difference between popular US books compared to popular UK books?
That’s an easy one. When you actually look at the books there’s isn’t much of a diffence because in reality the UK and US aren’t that different. I mean sure the US has changed the spelling of a few of our words and they may also use them incorrectly at times but all in all we’re pretty much the same.
Although the whole same words different meanings can get a little confusing, especially when reading. Sometimes you can forget that a book is set in the US and suddenly they’re all going for a swim and getting naked… well they’re not but in the UK when someone says pants they mean they’re underwear not their trousers.
Have you ever read a book by an American author that was set in the UK? Were there any ridiculous stereotypes in that book?
I think most US authors who write about the UK do their research. I think there may have been the odd one that drew on a couple of stereotypes but nothing that was overly offensive.
HOWEVER, US authors who write British characters do have a habit of using just about every cliché in the book. For one I don’t think I’ve ever said ‘mate’ when talking to someone. Two I don’t eat scones or drink tea. Okay, I do have a tendency to say Bloody Hell, but I think that’s more a Harry Potter thing if I’m being honest.
I’m not going to name names here but can we just take a moment and realise we don’t fit a single mold?
What are some common fairy tales in the UK? Favourite fairy tale?
Don’t we have the same fairytales? I think Disney is responsible for this!
As for my favourite? That’s Beauty and the Beast. Always has been. Belle with her books and her bad boy… I can read that story any day of the week!
Thanks for stopping by Mily!