Day 3: Interview with Pam from Bookalicious - YA, Paranormal and Historical Fiction Book ReviewsToday is Armchair BEA's day to post the interviews we did with other book bloggers. Pam posts her thoughts on books and book related stuff over at Bookalicious. You might know her. She was the on the spot BEA vlogger last Armchair BEA. This year she is an organizer, she made the terrific blog template. I had the chance to ask her a few questions and here's what she had to say.

What do you think is the key to a successful book blog?

First I would ask how does one measure success? To me success is three years later still have a blast at what I do in my spare time. I love reading and blogging and Bookalicious is still something that is just for me. I do it when I want. I don’t have reading or reviewing schedules, a list of posts to write, topics for discussion posts written down. I blog ad hock and I love it.

Have you ever posted something on Bookalicious and regretted it later?

No. I vet everything that MIGHT possibly be controversial through my husband and then I still wait a day.

What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?

It’s the drama over who gets what and when. I wish we could all just hang out and share and not be a big blob of green drama.

Do you read YA exclusively or do you read adult fiction too?

I read A LOT of adult fiction that I buy for myself and usually don’t review due to the fact that I niched myself early on and that is working for me. Recently I have enjoyed Room, In the Time of Butterflies, The Last Werewolf, and The Life of Pi as adult reads.

What do you like most about YA novels?

The low word count, the great fast moving plot, and the nostalgia that the problem sets bring. We didn’t have super edgy YA when I was growing up. I mostly read Anne Rice.

What is your favorite genre?

Speculative Fiction and Science Fiction.

What is the best book you've read this year?

This year I have read so many good books and there are so many fall books coming that look amazing. I guess if I had to choose up until now I would say How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislian.

If you could live the life of any character, whose life would you choose?

Meggie from Inkheart. She has a fierce love of books and the ability to move inside the stories and interact with beloved characters.

Last year you went to the Real Live BEA, what was the best part of the experience? (I loved your video updates, btw.)

The absolute best part of BEA was meeting so many cool people. Having that many bookish people in the same place surrounded by books is a true experience.

What part of Armchair BEA are you looking forward to the most?

All of it honestly. I am having such a good time seeing everyone else post and seeing what they come up with!

Thanks Pam!

I like what she had to say about being a successful blogger and totally agree. You have to have a good time doing it or what's the point really. 

If you'd like to see the answers to my interview, check out Lisa Bergren's blog today.


  1. Nice questions!

    I would love to be Meggie from Inkheart too! She gets to own tons of books in the end haha.

  2. Great interview! Ha, I've never heard of How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend, but I think I'd read it based on the title alone. I'm definitely looking that one up.

    I've been interested in reading the Inkheart series for a while. Haven't seen the movie either, but the books sound good!

  3. Great interview Chris. I got to meet Pam last year in person on the streets of NYC. What you see online is what get IRL.

  4. I knew this one was going to be a great interview. I don't always agree with Pam but I love that she is always honest. I do agree about the drama. There has been so much in the last few months!

    Great interview.

  5. Jillian- I'll have to read it now.

    Brodie- That's quite a title, isn't it?

    Cindy- That must have been fun!

    Teresa- I know the drama can be over the top.

  6. Now I want to know Pam's thoughts on Life of Pi - email me when you finish the book Pam!!! :)

  7. It's great to learn a bit more about Pam. I didn't know that she read other genres too - you've kept that quiet, Pam!

  8. Great interview. I've been a follower of Bookalicious for some time. I love the idea of the interview because now we get to see a different side of bloggers we didn't know before and it adds a personal connection when we read their blogs.

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. You guys all rock! Haha Lee, yeah I read a lot of stuff. 150 or so YA a year and 50 from other genres :D Will email you soon Trish, it's my bathtub book and I am almost done!

  10. Trisha- I read that ages ago but I really liked it at the time.

    Judith- I was a bit surprised by that too. :)

    Lena- I know, I'm learning a lot.

    Pam- Thanks for answering my questions!

  11. i love that after so many years of blogging you still love what you do! i hope i feel the same way after doing it for three years, if i last that long.

    i need to add inkheart onto my wishlist now. i haven't heard of that book until now.

  12. Hey, thanks for checking out the interview Bob and I did on his page. Glad you liked the interview! Surprise, AZ, is an interesting town :o)

    I interviewed Bob @ The Guilded Earlobe on my page. Check it out? Thanks!

    Mickey @ imabookshark

  13. I am always bemused by the emphasis put on number of followers etc, because like Pam, my measure of success is how much I enjoy blogging still. It has been a huge part of my life for five and a half years now and I can't imagine that any time soon.

    I found it interesting that Pam blogs adhoc! I have a routine for four days and then whatever else happens happens so I guess I am half way between scheduled and ad hoc!

    Fun interview!

  14. Great interview, Chris! I do agree with everything Pam has to say about being "successful" as well as her greatest pet peeves. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Thanks for sharing your interview with Pam. I met her last year in NYC, though only for a few minutes outside the Harper Collins party, but it was great to see the woman behind the blog. She was just like I expected from reading her blog.

    How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislian is on my list of books I want to read. Glad to see that Pam enjoyed it.


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