Blogger Spotlight: Sanzana Syed with Urban Book Hangovers

Let’s start things off with you. Tell our readers and me a little bit about you and one random interesting fact!
My name is Sanzana, but I also go by Ana. I am 22 years old and i’m from Toronto. I’ve been blogging for roughly 4 years now and it’s one of the best ways to be involved with the book community (besides being a reader, of course). One interesting fact about me is that I’ve designed an entire magazine from scratch and had it published online (in a PDF at least).

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not blogging?
So I’m currently in my final year of Journalism, so most of my days are spent writing articles about local news in the city as well as writing opinion pieces for my college’s newspaper. That alone takes a chuck of my time. Some days I don’t get a chance to blog because right after school I have work. I currently work in retail at Bath and Body Works and it is the best retail job I’ve had to date. I usually read in my spare time and edit photos that I’ve taken recently.

Tell me how you got into the reading community and when did you first start your blog?
I’ve always been a reader, but I think during my first year in university 4 years ago, I stumbled upon Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin. It was my first NA novel and I fell in love with it. I left my first review on Goodreads and Ms. Martin ended up commenting on my review. I was stunned and I did a bit of research and joined her FB group that she recommended to me. Being in that group prompted me to start my own blog where I could leave reviews of the books I’ve loved and raved over. After that, I signed up with PR companies to sign up for posts and here we are today!

What do you love the most about being a book blogger?
I attended my second signing in New York City on Oct 14 and met all my favourite authors I’ve worked closely with. It was a dream come true and I’ve come to appreciate the amount of love and dedication indie authors give to their fans. Not to discredit published authors, but during this signing, I felt like I was friends with these authors and their love was so genuine. And the best part about book blogging is the people you meet along the way. The readers, the mutual bloggers, and the amazing authors who dedicate their life to writing.

What are your top 3 favorite books and why?
I’ll start off with my #1 read of 2017 – A Little Too Late by Staci Hart
The cover is gorgeous and pure. This book is a beautiful mixture of something soft and delicate with a haunting broken feeling. My heart clenched, bled, wept, and brighten up throughout the entire novel.

Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin (naturally)
It’s the book that started it all! This book was immersive and very well written. The characters are dynamic and to this day, I still haven’t read a character like Clementine yet. She’s a unique female lead who is very strong and a fighter. If you like college romances, I highly recommend this series. Plus it’s a standalone!
Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti
This novel is heavy and even if you aren’t a crier, this book brings a lot of emotions to surface. Whitney doesn’t like writing rom-com romances and really likes to delve into hard, impactful reads that not many romance authors write about. She tells you straight up who her characters are you see the develop as you read on.

Who is your favorite female lead character and what about her do you connect with most?
One of the main reasons why A Little Too Late is my favourite read is because Hannah, the main female lead, is a lot like me. And I think I’m a very complex character and haven’t met any character that’s like me. Besides being the same age as me, Hannah is a healer. She’s a beacon of light to people in the dark, especially for the male lead in this book. She’s soft in  a way that reminds you of home. I typically love strong female leads (think Wonder Woman) in novels, but she’s a beautiful paradox of a character and you cannot help but love her.

Who is your favorite book boyfriend?
Ugh this is the world’s hardest question ever. Currently it’s Racer Tate, from Racer by Katy Evans. I am a sucker for blue eyes and everything about him screams “intense male character”. He’s also the kind of guy I can depend on if things end up getting too tough for me. He’s a sexy beast.

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