1)How did you get started being a book reviewer? (Or as my friend put it when I told her about your blog, how does one get to do that and get all those books?!)
I started nearly a year ago. I was new to the idea of blogs. I loved the fact that I could rave about books and people might listen to what I say, instead of having their eyes glaze over as they nod in the right places (not everyone I know shares the same taste in books). So I started reviewing books from the library, or books that I liked. I spent hours tracking down catalogues for publishers (I'm not exaggerating. Catalogues are sometimes hidden. Equally well hidden can be contact details). I would email publishers once a month, requesting books. Initially I got one or two of my requests fulfilled. I understand why - I was a newbie, an unknown book reviewer.
Slowly, as I posted up more reviews, the number of ARC's increased. The floodgates opened up after the Launch Party for Keren David. I was mentioned in Book Brunch (which is a good thing, trust me on that). I started getting requests from publicists and authors. That impromptu party has helped me out a lot. The more I review, the easier it is to get books. And the faster my ARC pile grows. At times it can be a little daunting, but I know publishers are happy if reviews might be a few weeks (or months...) down the line to when I get the books. That's the way of book reviewing. I am also a writer, so time has to be spent writing. And relaxing too :)
So I guess I became a book reviewer/got the books through persistence, opportunities, and lots of reading.
2)What's your favorite book you read recently?
*wails* What, I have to pick one? I love them all! I guess, the one which is on my mind a lot is Beauty's Curse by Traci E Hall. My problem is that I do love virtually all the books I review. That's why I'm not (yet) narrowing down the genre of books I review. I like being eclectic.
3)And a random question: what place would you like to visit that you haven't been to already?
This one is easy! Japan. I'm anime, video game, manga, sushi, language mad. I love so much about Japan. One day, I hope to get there. Which part of Japan? Probably a few locations -if I get the chance to go, I intend to do a little tour :)