Friday, June 6, 2014

Feature Friday: Becky from Becky's Barmy Book Blog

Welcome to Feature Friday, a place to get to know the person behind the blog.

Becky’s Barmy Book Blog is a wonderful place to stop by if you’re looking for something new to read. Her reviews are well thought out and honest. She’s recently started the meme Thursday’sThoughts where she discusses different topics with her followers, so be sure to check it out. Plus, she has this really cute Hedgehog that always makes me smile. That’s him below.

Okay, I’ve rambled enough. Let’s meet Becky.

Cherie: How did you get started in blogging about books?

Becky: I had been following a few blogs and always liked the idea, but ultimately I was looking for a way of keeping a record of all the books I read. I had odd notebooks with lists of books in but from the titles only I couldn’t remember much about these books, so I decided to set up a blog. That way I could write a little summary and review of each book and keep track of everything I read. It was purely for me, but as I started to gain more followers I realized it was also an excellent way to network with other bloggers and readers.

Cherie: How did you come up with the name for your blog?

Becky: I love alliteration, always have. My name is obviously Becky and it was a Book Blog but ‘Becky’s Book Blog’ seemed a bit boring. So I started playing with other words beginning with B like ‘Brilliant’ but that sounded like I was a bit full of myself, I tried a mixture of words, but I then thought of Barmy – people often tell me I’m a bit mad so I thought that would be perfect.

I didn’t realize that Barmy wasn’t a universal word though and have had quite a few questions as to what it means. So to make it clear Barmy means mad, quirky, unusual.

Cherie: You know, right when I saw barmy I knew you were from the UK. J What type of books do you enjoy?

Becky: I am quite open with my tastes but I mostly read YA, especially Paranormal and Dystopian books. Hunger Games, Divergent and Morganville Vampires are my favourites. But I also like some Contemporary, Katie McGarry and Sarah Dessen are fabulous for that. But I also enjoy Fantasy and Adventure. As long as it’s not super creepy scary or rude I’ll read it.

Cherie: Do you like when your favorite books are made into movies, and why?

Becky: I just had a discussion post about this on my blog. 99% of the time I love it when my favourite books are made into films, but they have to be done really well and be quite faithful to the books. Harry Potter and Hunger Games for example – all expertly done. It just gives you another way of immersing yourself into the story, and bringing those characters you love to life.

But I do get quite nervous when films of my favourite books are announced just in case they ruin it, like Eragon – they destroyed that movie!

Cherie: I saw that post, and I couldn’t agree with you more! If you could choose to be any character from a book, who would it be and why?

Becky: I would love to be Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. She is a lot like me anyway, but she isn’t afraid to be herself and doesn’t care what others think of her – I would love that freedom of thought to just be myself. She also does some truly kick butt magic and has a really good attitude. Plus she gets to go to Hogwarts! 

Cherie: Luna is a great character. Try to answer the following questions in five words or less:

If you start a book that isn’t grabbing your attention, how far into the book will you read before you put it down?

100 pages

Who’s your favorite book mom?

Molly Weasley from Harry Potter

Who’s your favorite book dad?

Desmond Edgley from Skulduggery Pleasant

Secret crush? (It can be anyone real or fictional.)

At the moment – no one

Do you believe in love at first sight?

I thought I did

Have you ever experienced that head-over-heels, tingly, have-to-get-to-know-someone feeling yourself?


Are you drawn to the good guy or the bad guy?

Good guy but still mischievous

What’s the first thing you notice about a guy?

Eyes or smile

If you had all the money and time in the world, where would your dream vacation be?

America, especially Disneyworld Florida

Are you a morning person or an evening person?


Favorite author?

Too hard to pick one

Favorite place to read?

Anywhere and Everywhere!

What book are you the most excited to read?

Right now – The One by Kiera Cass

Do you have any hobbies?

I do, apart from reading – Trampolining, Jujitsu, Ballroom Dancing and High Board Diving.

What movie would make a great book?

Miss Congeniality – Hilarious!

It’s your birthday, and your friends got you a giant cake. What character do you hope pops out of your cake and what book is he/her from?

No thanks - Jumping out of cakes is creepy!

Thanks so much for being on my blog!

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  1. That's my girl! Fun to have you on the other side of the interview Bex - thanks Cherie for featuring her. As her mother I can vouch that these answers are all honest.
    I totally agree about the book to movie comments too. Sometimes they are SO different, you have to appreciate them as totally separate entities, such as How to Train Your Dragon, which have little in common beyond the character names. In some ways that is better than a near miss, where most of the film is faithful, but some essential elements disappoint.

    1. It was a pleasure having Becky on my blog.

      It is disappointing when a movie changes important details from the book. I didn't read How to Train Your Dragon, so I'm can't comment on how it's different from the movie... but I agree that if they are going to make major changes to the plot then it's probably better to make it its own entity.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. =)