Armchair BEA Interview: Amanda from Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf


Hey y'all,

It's Grace. For Armchair BEA, I was assigned to interview Amanda from Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf. It's a great blog and Amanda is really nice so y'all should all check it out! She's a teacher, so that's why I did some questions about her students. Unfortunately, I was not able to go to BEA this year, because, of course, I have exams (yuck). This is also the reason why I am posting this interview a few days early, but ENJOY!

Happy reading!




Has feedback from your students influenced your blog?  Unfortunately, most of my students don't have internet access, but they have suggested books for me to read.  I also try to keep them in mind when I'm reviewing---would I want this book on my shelf?  Would I use it as part of a lesson? What have been your favorite books TO REVIEW so far?  The Goddess Test, Devil's Kiss, The Strange Case of Finley Jayne, The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X,  DeliriumWhat are your favorite authors?Old favs: JK Rowling, Susanne Collins, Wilson Rawls, Louise Rennison, Jon Sciezka, New favs:  Kady Cross, Sarwat Chadda, Maureen Johnson, Beth Revis, Aimee CarterWhat's your favorite part of the blogging experience? Seeing what others are reading, and hearing what they think about books (and of course, whether or not you agree or disagree)How did you start blogging? I didn't realize that you could actually do this until about Christmas-time!  I wanted a way to share my love of books, and become more knowledgeable of what's out there (because I knew that would help me, in part, become a better teacher), so I asked a professor of mine for suggestions, and among them, was starting a blog.What has been the best comment that you have gotten from a student about your blog? The best comment I think anyone can get is "OH, I gotta read that!"If you could be any mythological creature, what would you be? PegasusWhat trends in the YA market would YOU love to seeI'm loving this modern mythology trend (Rick Riordan's books, The Goddess Test, even Devil's Kiss has grail mythology.What is your favorite book-to-movie adaption? Harry Potter, but I have high hopes for The Hunger GamesHow did you come up with your blog name? It was what my former pre-k students called me. If you weren't a teacher, what would you do?  Work in a library, be a nurse or something totally off the wall like Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream testerHas your blog undergone a particularly major change since you started it? Some background changes, but I also changed the name.  Originally, it was "That Book Lady", but after talking with my husband, we thought that "Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf" just fit better.Who is your hero?  I can't really pick just one person.  My life has been influenced by so many: my family, my husband, my students, my friends.    How do you think books influence lives and how do you try to emphasize that to your students? Books open up the world to us.  They make life more exciting and teach us about new things and places, but they can also show us that there are others out there with the same problems. What is your favorite dystopian society? Tie----District 12 and the one in DeliriumSPEED ROUND:Favorite food - tie:  ice cream, the Mexican cole slaw at a local restaurant, my Dad's bar-be-que chicken and this Mexican candy bar called "Bubu Lubu"Favorite movie - Disney's Robin HoodFavorite TV show - tie---Glee and PsychFavorite color - pink (and not the wimpy baby pink, but the bright, bold hot pink)Favorite vacation spot - vacation?  what's that?  hahaha just kidding!  I haven't really been many places, but I'm going cross country this summer and am really excited about it!    We're going to hit Mt. Rushmore, Seattle, the town and beach where the movie "The Goonies" was filmed, area 51, Las Vegas, the southwest---Santa Fe, Albequeque, and Denver.  Some places I wish I could go:  Spain, England, Italy, Russia, India, AustraliaBook you wish you had written -  Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Goddess Test.