Reviewer Spotlight: Diva Booknerd
Tell us a little more about Diva Booknerd:
I’m happily almost married, in my thirties and live in a rural urban area just outside of Melbourne. When my head isn’t stuck in a book, you can find me singing off key, tripping over my own feet or just being a general nuisance.
What prompted the creation of Diva Booknerd?
When I begun reading again after a fifteen year hiatus, I joined Goodreads to keep track of which books I was reading and what I wanted to read next. I begun reviewing the few that I really enjoyed and with a little encouragement from my other half, I started blogging my reviews. I suspect that he wanted to give me an outlet so he could play his games in peace.
What can readers expect when visiting Diva Booknerd?
Apart from book reviews, I also love to host giveaways, mostly to Australian entrants, but occasionally internationally. I often throw young adult authors on the grill and ask them questions about their new releases. My Diva Weekender showcases what’s caught my attention during the week, including opinion pieces on other blogs, books I’ve received as review copies from publishers and my ability to sniff out a book sale.
Can readers become involved with Diva Booknerd?
I love interacting with not only other bloggers, but readers as well. You can leave a comment on all my reviews and posts or hit me up on Twitter. But if you’re an Aussie young adult reader too, we have a Goodreads specifically to network and talk about books to our hearts content. If you’re interested in joining, come check us out here.
What’s next for you / Diva Booknerd?
Is there anything else besides reading? Personally, I plan on turning my third bedroom into a library. It’s currently being used as somewhat of a junk room, so I need to start listing on eBay and rid the room of clutter and get stuck into it.
What are your top five favourite Aussie romance books of 2014 so far?
There’s been so many incredible romance fused Aussie young adult releases this year, that it’ll be difficult to keep it to only five.
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil. Absolutely brilliant.
Twice Upon a Time by Kate Forster.
The Summer of Kicks by Dave Hackett. Incredibly funny as well.
Spark by Rachael Craw. Technically the author is from New Zealand, but we shouldn’t hold that against her.
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta. This read was a long time coming, and absolutely loved it.
All-time favourite character?
I loved Gemma from Stolen by Lucy Christopher. Not only was the book an incredible psychological journey, but the romance came in the form of how Gemma wrote about her surroundings, being held captive in the Australian outback. She captured the romance of being in such an unforgiving, yet beautiful country and under extreme circumstances at that. It reminds us that romance comes in many forms.
One thing you’d like readers to know about the romance genre…
I think when it comes to young adult romance, whether you read it yourself or are buying for your own teenager, the key is content. Even books with young teens as characters, the romance aspect isn’t always age appropriate. I’ve noticed a few instances where the characters involved have only been sixteen, but the sexual content is almost adult like in description. I can see that this could be an issue with authors, wanting to portray realistic experiences for teens, but they also need to censor for the younger teen audience. Personally, I enjoy a little romance incorporated into all my reads, it often softens a heavy storyline, as in dystopians and high fantasy novels. I also enjoy fluffy and quirky storylines that follow the traditional boy meets girl scenario.
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Stop slacking off, there’s more to life than needing the latest trends and chasing boys. To get back into reading, because already by sixteen I had missed out on so much. And before the invention of the straightening iron, to stop straightening your hair with the actual iron. It took me years to get rid of those split ends.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
Learn to play the ukulele. It’s a strange one, I know. But I’ve always wanted to learn. Give me a few years, then I’ll be available for hire for your next Luau, beach wedding or other tropical celebrations that require hideous attire and a tiny guitar.