Interview with Sarah from GreenBeanTeenQueen

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As part of Book Blogger Appreciation Week I was lucky enough to be paired for an interview with Sarah from GreenBeanTeenQueen.


GreenBeanTeenQueen has been shortlisted for best YA blog blog at this year’s BBAW Awards and I can see why. I hadn’t visited her blog before our interview pairing, but I have added it to my reader – I love it!

Her site is packed with well written reviews and is so easy to navigate. I recommend that you go and take a look!

If you’d like to find out more about Sarah, then keep reading….

I love your blog’s name. Where did GreenBean Teen Queen come from?

GreenBeanTeenQueen is a mix up of all sorts of names! My maiden name is Bean, and I work with Teens and my library system is Springfield Greene, so everyone at work would joke around with my rhyming name. I’m also called by my manager the “teen queen” at work, so the name evolved from that.

I see that you have been blogging for just over a year now. What inspired you to start?

I started blogging because I wanted a place to store my reviews for for myself, and also to post any reviews of books I read for fun. It’s been a great resource to have reviews to come back to when I have teens asking for books! I also have my co-workers tell me they read my blog and use it for suggestions, which is still a little weird to me!

Your blog focuses on YA fiction. Do you like to read books from any other genres?

Haha-that question made me smile. I really skipped over most of YA when I was a teen (there wasn’t much there and I never found anything I really enjoyed). I never found anything in the adult section either and stopped reading as much in college. Since I’ve re-discovered YA, it’s like I’ve come home. I’ve found the exact books I was always searching for! I love YA, but yes, sometimes I take a break for an adult book. I read mostly chick-lit in adult-I’m a sucker for romance-but I’ll try just about anything-except horror, it would give me nightmares! I also read a decent amount of tween books.

What is the best book you have read so far in 2009?

Catching Fire right now. I’ve also loved Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams.

Working in a library must mean that you spend your whole day surrounded by books. What is the best thing about being a librarian?

The best thing about being a librarian, aside from being around books all day of course, is interacting with readers. My favorite moments are when I can talk to a patron about books they’ve read and share books I’ve read. I love sending them away with new books to read and discovering books to add to my TBR pile. Programming is fun too and I love that part, but sending a patron away with a book is always the highlight of my day.

I love YA fiction, but do you think more adults should read it? If so which books would make a great introduction for them?

I of course think adults should read more YA! People have this misconception of YA being “easy reads” and “fluff” which is so not true! On my recent trip to my master’s class institute, I would tell people I work with teens and they would say “teens have the best books!” like it’s a big secret they just discovered.

For adults wanting to start on YA, I would suggest Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones, Looking for Alaska by John Green – there are so many others, but those are some that I think will get readers interested in reading more.

Thank you so much for answering my questions! I’m going to try to read a few of your YA suggestions soon.

Congratulations on being shortlisted for the BBAW awards! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

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  1. Violet says:

    I love the name too, very cute. Nice Interview. I love YA and I think more adults should read YA too.

    I’ll have to check out her blog.

  2. Meghan says:

    Love this interview! It sounds like Sarah does great work and I’m off to go subscribe to her blog – looks like she reads great YA and I’m always looking for more!

  3. Beth F says:

    Thanks for introducing me to Sarah — a new to me blogger and one that is now in my reader! I love YA and I’m so happy to find another good YA blog.

    My mother ran a small library when I was young, so I’ve always had a soft spot for librarians.

  4. Bluestocking says:

    Hi Sarah! Nice to meet you. Rebecca it’s been a while since I’ve visited. I interviewed Ruth from This, That, and the Other Thing

  5. Molly says:

    Great interview!

    I am one of those adults who rarely reads YA because….well….I’m a not a “young” adult. I am so glad that she recommended some books for me to try first, as I feel I am really missing out on some great, well-written, entertaining reads in this genre.

  6. Claire says:

    Interesting answers and vice versa!

  7. Sandy says:

    Like Beth, my was a school librarian while my sister and I were growing up. I think this made all the difference in my life when it came to reading. I just love this girl! I have to admit, I don’t know all that much about YA…have only just started exploring it. If I follow her, I know I would be in good hands!

  8. Heather J. says:

    I’ve always loved the name of her blog, and the pic is adorable!

    Shiver is already on my TBR list – can’t wait to read it.

  9. Katie says:

    Those are such great books to start an adult on reading YA. I absolutely agree. And I love the name of your blog, Sarah. It’s so cute and catchy.

    Great interview, Jackie! Thanks!

  10. Alyce says:

    I’ve always wondered where the name GreenBean TeenQueen came from too! I enjoyed learning more about you and your blog Sarah!

  11. Sarah says:

    Thanks for being my interview partner-it was so great to meet you Jackie!! :) I hope some of your readers try reading YA!

  12. Stephanie says:

    I’m trying to read more YA, so I’m glad I read your interview with GreenBeanTeenQueen. Her suggestions for YA reading look like great choices.

  13. Jackie says:

    I’m really pleased to hear that you all enjoyed the interview. It is nice to know that we have a YA expert to go to whenever we are in need of a recommendation.

    Thanks again Sarah!

  14. Melody says:

    Great interview! I’ve added her blog to my Google Reader.

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