BOOKWORM INTERVIEW 4: With Fizz The Travel Blogger For On The Fly
Fadima Mooneira is back with another Bookworm Interview episode. In this episode, I interviewed a travel blogger named Fizz. Fizz is from England. Besides being a blogger, she is also a student and a lifeguard. Fizz's blog is called On The Fly. Fizz shares her travel experiences and tips on her blog. If you want to know more about Fizz and her blog, you can check out Fizz's Profile below. Fizz's passion for travel makes her a bookworm. She also has interesting opinions on books and the reading culture in England. So you need to read this post till the end to know about the reading culture in England.
The lady behind On The Fly blog - Fizz from England ^_^
I’m an 18-year-old gap year student from England. In my year out of education I decided to start a travel blog to document my adventures to Spain and South America, but I also blog about the environment, lifestyle and any other random thoughts that pop into my head!
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When did you first start reading for pleasure?
Probably as a very young child, either with my parents or in “guided reading” at school. I remember the freedom of having completed enough books from all the set levels and being able to choose any book from the whole of the school library. That was exciting!
What is the first book/novel you read?
I don’t remember! Like lots of British children I first learned to read with the Biff & Chip books but one of the earliest books I remember reading for fun was The Secret Garden which I used to read over and over.
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Secret Garden? I love that book too. And I read it over and over too. So what genre do you read?
I’m open to all genres but my absolute favorite are the young adult dystopian type. They’re really popular at the moment, especially with film studios adapting lots of them into movies, such as The Hunger Games and Divergent. I think I find myself subconsciously drawn to books with young female leads too, possibly because I can identify them that little bit more.
Do you judge a book by its cover?
I try not to, but ultimately it’s human nature to judge things by looks, and I guess that’s the point of a well-designed cover, after all! When faced with a whole library or bookshop sometimes it’s the only feasible way of narrowing down a choice. I’ve found a lot of books I wouldn’t usually pick up because I was drawn to their cover.
What is your all-time favorite book/novel and why? Do you repeat reading it?
This is impossible to answer! A few years ago I would have answered Harry Potter because I read those books ALL the time, but I haven’t gone back to them for a while. The Young Samurai Series will always hold a special place in my heart as it was my all-time favorite when I was younger. Now, I’m not sure how I’d answer. Perhaps Little Women by Louisa May Alcott? That’s definitely due a re-read!
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That's cool! Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is one of my all-time favorites too. I haven't heard about Young Samurai. Maybe I should check out that book after this. Thank you for your recommendation. Okay........back to the question. So would you recommend your favorite book/novel to other bookworms?
I’ve never read a book I haven’t wanted to recommend to other people, so yes!
Who is your favorite author?
Again, a few years ago this would have been an easy answer: Chris Bradford. Now, I’m not so sure. I don’t tend to stick to one author over any others. Becky Albertalli would definitely be up there, perhaps along with Adam Kay.
What ambiance do you prefer for reading?
Unless it’s a totally riveting book which helps me drown everything else out, I definitely prefer to read somewhere quiet. I love to lie in the sun in the garden or at the beach and read - it’s so relaxing! Failing that, you can’t beat being tucked up in bed with a book and a cup of tea.
How is the reading culture in your country?
I’m sure this varies between individuals and especially generations, but it’s my perception that in England we don’t make enough time for reading. All I ever hear is people saying either that they wish they had more time to read, or that they’re struggling through a hard book. Almost as if persevering with a book you’re not enjoying is some kind of badge of honor? Certainly, a lot of people my age don’t tend to read, which is a shame because I remember as kids we were brought up reading a lot in school.
Do you have any ideas on how to improve the reading culture in your country?
What a great question! Firstly, as I’ve said, I think lots of kids are actually given a great introduction to reading in school, so it would be great if we concentrated on carrying that on into later life. I think we should raise awareness of the importance of libraries as community spaces, as lots of them run activities for the community and they’re also valuable places to engage with others and access the internet. Sadly, many are being closed down due to a lack of funding. When I was younger libraries used to run “reading challenges” for school children – it would be really cool if they could adapt that for older kids and young adults too. Finally, I think we need to work to abolish the idea that reading is a “nerdy” or “educated” activity. It should be done purely for personal enjoyment and nothing more.
So these are all the questions I have for this bookworm interview. Thank you for participating in this interview, Fizz. I liked all your answers especially for question no 9 & 10. I believe the reading culture in England is one of the best. I visited England more than five times already. And I even studied in Machester for two years. I always enjoyed visiting bookstores in England. To me, Waterstone is always one of the best stores for me to visit in England.
For those of you who loved traveling, I would highly recommend you to subscribe to On The Fly blog. Fizz is a seasonal traveler. Fizz has loads of travel experiences and knowledge that she can share with you. Trust me, you will love her blog.
So is there any other bookworms who are interested to participate in this interview and be feature on my blog? If yes, pls feel free to read the advertisement below. All you need to do is answer 10 simple questions about books and the reading culture in your country. After that, you need to email me your answers, profile, and your best picture/selfie. My email address is email@example.com.
That's all for now. Thank you for reading.
Fadima Mooneira ^_^
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