Booooorn in the USAAAA !
Name : Andrea
Blog : Loud Words & Sounds
State / Country : NJ, USA
Welcome Andrea !
Tell us a little bit about you.
So I'm a basic bookworm and music nut. I love listening to rock (alternative preferably) and reading some type of novel. I don't really have many friends but the friends I do have are the best a girl could ask for. When home I like to relax and read or work on my blog. I adore playing the clarinet and writing stories, while also working with computers. I can semi speak some French. I see myself as somewhat like Ayu from one of the first manga series I read Ultra Manaic by Wataru Yoshizumi (Her picture is round this line somewhere). Like her I do multitask a lot and hence (my word of the year, instead of though) I feel like I can relate to her.
Tell us a little bit about your blog.
Loud Words & Sounds was something I started out on the limb and has grown into what it is today. What you can find at LWS is book and music reviews that are basic. And I don't judge the books or music harsh and in fact I decided to get rid of the rating system for one reason, I can't judge harsh, I never have been able to. But the main reason LWS exists is because I love to work with computers and read (as I've said before). And this blog in result enables me to do those two things on a regular basis. So when I fell on the bandwagon with my writing friends LWS was the result.
Have you ever lived anywhere else in the world?
I’ve never lived anywhere else in the world but I would love to live in France or some place in Europe.
What countries have you visited?
I visited Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Grand Cayman, and Nassau. Inside of the United States I’ve visited Florida several times, and for the first time this summer I went to California.
This is a tree we stumbled upon on a tour in California.
The Caribbean right before sunset.
What countries would you like to visit?
I would love visit France, Great Britain, China, Japan and many more. I would just love to visit places with a rich atmosphere in history.
According to you, what are the positive and negative aspects of being a book blogger in America?
Positive would be the opportunity to get to meet a lot of authors and be able to get a book when it comes out. Negative would be that I can’t get Manga when It first comes out unless I learn Japanese, because I love Manga and it’s a reading hobby that I’ve had for several years.
What American authors and books would you recommend?
Is getting your hands on foreign books tricky or easy (not mentionning online stores)?
I never have really put my hands on foreign books. Most the books written by foreign authors that I own have been republished in the USA, so that doesn’t really make them foreign anymore. So I would say it’s tricky.
Every country has its clichés. What cliché about America do you consider disproportionate?
The idea that a high school is formed by popular kids and then the losers sit outside by the trash cans. It’s not like that at all. And the fact that everyone thinks were constantly texting, which for some like me is impossible because my parents won’t let me.
Do you often go to New York? Do you like the city?
Actually I’ve never been to New York city, I’ve driven through New York the state but haven’t stopped. I adore the city atmosphere, but I would say that I like the uncongested part of life better.
Apparently New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the United States. Does it feel like it ?
NO! Actually it doesn’t. I guess I just live where it is less populated, and I don’t feel so crowded in. And just so everyone knows we don’t say Jersey like they think we do in the movies!
This is a picture outside of my bedroom window, after the big snowstorm that just hit.
Quick Q&A :
Favorite thing about living in the USA: Summer
Least favorite thing about living in the USA: Racism
Favorite typically American food: Pizza (My mom is making some right now!)
Favorite place in New Jersey: Cape May
Favorite bookshop: Barnes&Noble
Favorite American author: Jennifer Echols
Favorite American singer/band: Rise Against
Favorite book to read while travelling: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (The only book I’ve really read while travelling that I remember)
Plane or train: Plane
Boat or bus: Bus
Bike or feet: Feet
I love the beach
Airports are annoying.
Thank you Andrea ! It was a pleasure having you up on the hill !
Next week we'll be traveling to The Philippines !
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