Sunday, October 26, 2014

Blogger Interview: Jessica from Stuck in Books

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Today I have a super special Halloween themed blogger interview with Jessica from Stuck in Books!

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What is your favorite Halloween memory?

Oh, goodness. I’m not sure. Maybe one year when I went to my friend Chelsea’s Halloween party. That was loads of fun, and then afterward I stayed later at her house with some of her other friends and we watched Nightmare on Elm Street. It was just a fun situation. There’s probably a better memory I can’t think of right now, but that’s the best I’ve got at this moment. I’ll be sure to facepalm later, no worries.

 

What is your favorite Halloween candy?

I have two answers for this. First, there’s Reese’s. Peanut butter cups all the way. Plus, those are all over the place. When trick-or-treating, it’s always easy to assume you’ll get a bunch of those. But the candy that I cross my fingers every year hoping to sweet baby goodness I get AT LEAST one of is Take 5. Those are so hit or miss. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten more than one of those in a year, but I love them so much.

 

What is your favorite scary book? (does not have to be horror, just creeped you out)

Ohhh. Hmm. The first one that pops into my head is The Ghost and Mrs. Hobbs by Cynthia DeFelice. I’m fairly certain that book wouldn’t scare me now, but I remember reading that book when I was in elementary school and being so freaked out by the ghost starting the fire. Like, I’d be reading it late at night, and the heater in my house would kick on, and I’d pretty much have a heart attack.

 

Do you watch horror movies?  If so, do you have a favorite?  (My personal favorite is The Grudge! That movie cracks me up.)

YESYESYES! I LOVE horror movies! The Grudge is a fun one. I always get that one mixed up with The Ring, though, because of creepy girls with dark hair. Creeeeepy. As for my favorite horror movie…that is such a difficult question. I’m a huge fan of The Blair Witch Project, because that whole entire thing is so fascinating. I know it’s not real, but the way they built the marketing around that to make it SEEM so real and genuine is amazing. And then the actual filming and making of the movie is so cool. I’ve done tons of research on that one. HA. But I also have a soft spot for the original Nightmare on Elm Street, and I love the Halloween movies, too. They’re so darn festive.

 

Do you have any fall traditions? (Mine is definitely carving a pumpkin with my family and my brother usually carves something supremely inappropriate.)

I have a feeling my brother would be the exact same way. Ha 🙂 I can’t think of any fall traditions we do. My mom goes crazy over pumpkin spice everything. I get all excited about horror movies. We usually make it a point to sit down and watch the Halloween movies at some time.

 

What is the best Halloween costume you have ever seen?

Ohmygosh. One year, we were trick-or-treating over near my cousins’ house, because they did it on beggar’s night, so we’d get two days of candy that way. We were out doin’ our thing, and then this one dude started following us with a chainsaw, dressed up at the Texas Chainsaw Massacre dude. Completely terrifying, but also so amazing as a costume. And obviously effective. Ha!

Make sure to follow Jess over on Stuck in Books and on Twitter!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blogger Interview: Ri from Hiver et Cafe

Today I have an interview with Ri from Hiver et Cafe!

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First up, tell us a little about your blog! What do you review, do you have any co-reviewers, etc.

Hey! So my blog is called Hiver et Café, which is named after two of my great loves (other than books): Winter and coffee. I read and review mainly YA, though there are sometimes smidgens of New Adult or Adult novels. I read a variety of genres though I have a preference for fantasy and paranormal.

What are some of your favorite things to do? (Other than blogging and reading, of course!)

Other than blogging or reading, I love to travel when I have the opportunity to do so. I’m a HUGE crime show buff. I watch so many crime shows it’s ridiculous. I’m very into nail polish too. I have a ridiculous collection that needs culling (though I probably won’t end up getting rid of any.)

What made you decide to start your blog?

I discovered that there were giveaways on Goodreads and so I entered a couple of them. At this time, I also discovered book blogs on the internet. And so when I won a paperback copy of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, I thought, “I have to write a review anyways, why don’t I start a blog?”. That was pretty much the moment of conception for my blog. 🙂

What is your best book blogging moment?

My best book blogging moment is right now! I’ve made some really cool friends through book blogging and we’re doing some joint projects right now, so I’m super duper excited for those!

What book turned you on to YA?

I don’t really know if there was a book that specifically turned me on to YA. I basically grew up reading . As I grew out of MG, I started picking up YA books. I think the most defining one is probably when I read The Hunger Games when I was maybe 11 or 12?

How many books do you own?
I actually counted when I did a whole reorganization of my bookshelf and catalogued my collection. I own about 376 physical books. It’s around that number because I haven’t updated my excel file with all of my books yet. Haha!

What are some blogs you recommend reading?

I love reading my friend, Genissa’s Story Diary blog. She basically breaks down the book into the different places, characters and the defining things that are mentioned in the book. I also love reading Dana and Rachel’s blogs. They’re co bloggers on each other’s blogs over at Danasquare and A Perfection Called Books.

If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Sarah J. Maas. It’s probably my life goal to meet her. I absolutely ADORE the Throne of Glass series. She’s been on tour for Heir of Fire and I’ve been hearing nothing but fabulous things about how funny and sweet she is. Hopefully she comes to Toronto some day or maybe I’ll be in the States during a time she’s in the vicinity? Hopefully. Hopefully.

Favorites:
-Book of all time: HARD QUESTION. Harry Potter or the Throne of Glass series.
-New release: RED RISING. for sure. I finished this recently and oh man is it good.
-Genre: Fantasy. I’m an escapist, what can I say. 😉
-Place to Read: in the car. I can’t sit still when I read in bed.
-TV show: Seriously? Um. Orphan Black.
-Candy: Almond Roca. (Soooo good)
-Song: Right now, it’s probably Iggy Azalea’s Work.

Want to find out more about Ri?  You can find her over at Hiver Et Cafe or on Twitter!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Blogger Interview: Iris from IrisjeXx

Today I have an interview with Iris from IrisjeXx!

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First up, tell us a little about your blog! What do you review, do you have any co-reviewers, etc.

A little over a year ago, I decided to start my own blog IrisjeXx. It started out as a personal/travel blog; a means to tell my family about everything I was up too when I was away travelling. However, when I got home I wouldn’t really have anything to write about anymore. I didn’t really like that, and I started finding things to write about for when I was home. I ended up writing a post about Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen; one of my favorite novels. This turned out to be the first of many, and shortly after I changed my blog into the blog everyone knows today: IrisjeXx. Currently it’s just me. I’ve been contemplating a co-reviewer, but haven’t really figured it out yet. I mainly review YA. Occasionally there is some Adult Fiction, and some Classics.

What are some of your favorite things to do? (Other than blogging and reading, of course!)

I love to run. I had to quit for a little while when I had some health problems, however, I am starting up again. Besides running I love a good movie or tv-show. Hanging out with friends. Quality time with my family.

What made you decide to start your blog?

Whoops, I might have already said something about this two questions early. In short: I wanted something to write about, something I was passionate about, and this ended up being about books. I said before that when I originally started my blog, it was more a personal/travel type of blog. But I wasn’t as active in blogging, didn’t call myself a blogger, until I decided to transform my blog into a book blog.

What is your best book blogging moment?

My best book blogging moment. There are lots of little moments that make blogging fun. When somebody comments on your review, and tells you that your review made them want to read that particular book. Or when you make new friends, and they tell you that your blog is the internet page they check every day. Or the blogging community, and making friends for life within that community. It’s all these little things that make blogging so much fun, and there are so many of those moments that I couldn’t really pick just one.

What book turned you on to YA?

When I was younger I read a lot of YA. I then had a little period that I didn’t anymore; I read a lot less overall, and I think I started reading YA again after I’d read ‘The Hunger Games’.

How many books do you own?

Whew… I really don’t hope you want me to count them! I just moved out, and most of my books are still at my parents’ house, so I couldn’t count them even if I wanted to. But to give you some sort of idea: I have 24 book cases –I think –and they are filled to the brink with books (no kidding, there’s stacks beside them).

What are some blogs you recommend reading?

There’s too many to name, but if I’d just name the ones that immediately pop up in my head it’ll be: Perpetual Page Turner, Notebook Sisters, Stay Bookish, The Daily Prophecy, Snuggly Oranges, and The Nomadic Book Hoarder. These are the blogs that I have been visiting for a pretty long time now and I genuinely love to read their posts!

If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Okay, this is a though one. I’m going with the two authors that immediately popped up in my head. J.K. Rowling –for obvious reasons –especially since her books basically ARE my childhood. And then Jane Austen. I love her novels, and she was a brilliant writer!

Favorites:

-Book of all time Harry Potter (I’m totally cheating and going with the series as a whole here).

-New release Heir of Fire, Falling Into Place

-Genre Young Adult

-Place to Read On the couch –or bed, the where is optional –with a steaming cup of tea and a blanket to curl up underneath

-TV show Game of Thrones, Sherlock Holmes, The Blacklist, Outlander (the list is endless; I watch too much tv)

-Candy Chocolate!

-Song I’m a huge fan of ‘older’ music and while I don’t think I have just one favorite song, I certainly love “I’m on Fire by Bruce Springsteen”

You can find out more about Iris and her blog on Twitter or over on IrisjeXx!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Blogger Interview: Brittany from Please Feed the Bookworm!

Today I have an interview with Brittany from Please Feed the Bookworm! Don’t you just love that blog name?

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First up, tell us a little about your blog! What do you review, do you have any co-reviewers, etc.

Hi there! My blog Please Feed the Bookworm reviews pretty all Young adult books. I tend to lean heavily toward fantasy and retellings are my absolute favorite. I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to broaden my horizons by branching out to other genres such as contemporaries and the like so we’ll see where that takes me. I don’t want to miss out on any good books no matter what genre they are in.

What are some of your favorite things to do? (Other than blogging and reading, of course!)

My favorite thing to do would be to entertain my 3 year old son. He is a handful but in the best way. I also really love to cook and bake so I’m always looking for new recipes to try. I also collect little figures, mostly dragons, but anything mythical really. Yes, I have like 4 of Julie Kagawa’s dragon figurines and I love them to bits.

What made you decide to start your blog?

I really liked the idea of sharing my thoughts on what I read with someone else who would benefit from it. I found some bad reviews; bad as in “this author makes to much money” or ” hate it” and thought “well that’s not very helpful”, so I decided then and there that I wanted to be helpful in case someone like me had the exact same problem.

What is your best book blogging moment?

Meeting Sarah J Maas!! She is one of my favorite authors and I was so nervous but she was a sweetheart.

What book turned you on to YA?

The Infernal Devices series by Cassie Clare was really the one that cemented me in. I had been drifting around it with The Hunger Games and the Twilight series but I wasn’t totally sold until I met my beloved  Tessa, Will, and Jem.

How many books do you own?

Hmmm I do prefer e books since I mostly read at night so let’s see only 73 “real” books and about 492 E-books. I wonder if my kindle can ever be filled. I hope not.

What are some blogs you recommend reading?

There are so many good ones but ones I completely rely on for recommendations are Kristen from My Friends Are Fiction and the lovelies at The Midnight Garden. Every book they have recommended has been spot on for me.

If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I think I would like to meet Dr. Suess. His book have some pretty amazing messages in them and I think he is brilliant man.

Favorites:

-Book of all time – Alice in Wonderland

-New release – Heir of Fire has stolen my heart

-Genre – fantasy

-Place to Read – anywhere quite which is like I possible to find in my house

-TV show – Outlander & game of Thrones & American Dad

-Candy – yes please

-Song – current favs are by Calvin Harris – Blame and Summer. Spent my late teens and early 20s in the NYC club scene so I’m obsessed with house music.

 You can find out more about Brittany and her blog by following her on Twitter and checking out Please Feed the Bookworm!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Blogger Interview: Leah from Uncorked Thoughts

Today I have an interview with Leah from Uncorked Thoughts!

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First up, tell us a little about your blog! What do you review, do you have any co-reviewers, etc.

Hi! My blog is Uncorked Thoughts and it’s been up and running for over 2 years now. I can’t believe I’ve stuck at it for so long. First time for everything! I review a bit of everything. When I started I was primarily focused on paranormal romance e.g. Kelley Armstrong and the like, but since then I’ve started reading and reviewing YA again and venturing into Contemporary fiction – something I never thought I’d do! In fact, Uncorked Thoughts is dominated by YA really.

What are some of your favorite things to do? (Other than blogging and reading, of course!)

Ha, make it tricky :P. I really enjoy the gym and kettlebells. It’s something I’ve only been doing for the last year at the most but really loving it. Other than that I love to be out and about on various mini adventures like trips to London and the like. I live in a little Welsh valley so that IS an adventure to me haha.  I like archery, drawing, photography and playing around on Photoshop too.

What made you decide to start your blog?

I got to my third year at university and really wanted to get into publishing in some way, so as a way of getting information on the business and chatting with people IN the business I started up my blog. It’s been amazing and I wouldn’t have gotten my internship or work experience without my blog. That and I really wanted to talk about books with likeminded people. A lot of my offline friends don’t get as fanatic about books as we do!

What is your best book blogging moment?

Getting an internship at Angry Robot Books and work experience at Orion. Seriously. Absolutely amazing. It makes all of the hard work worthwhile.

What book turned you on to YA?

I think it was Maggie Stiefvater. I first read The Scorpio Races, didn’t really get on with it but then The Raven Boys came into my life. It blew me away and since then I haven’t really looked back!

How many books do you own?

Erm. I have no idea. Like 300+?

What are some blogs you recommend reading?

SO MANY! Ula @ Blog of Erised, Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows, Vicky @ Books, Biscuits and Tea, Celine @ Irresponsible Cactus, Faith @ Geeky Zoo Girl, Ellie @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm … I could go on and on!

If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

This is a huge toss-up between J. K. Rowling and George Orwell. Rowling doesn’t need a reason. She is the whole reason I’m as fascinated by literature as I am. I did my MA thesis on the Potter books. I’d love the chance to just sit and chat with her. Pick her brains.

Orwell would be absolutely fascinating to talk to. Nineteen Eighty-Four is one of my all time favourite books. I’d love to see what he would make of the world now. I mean, if he wrote that book now, what would he predict about the future?

Favorites:

-New release

The Jewel by Amy Ewing. If you haven’t read it GO READ IT!

-Genre

Can I just say YA as a whole? If not I’m going to pick Contemporary for this current moment in time, but I go through fazes. Ask me in a week and it’ll b something else.

-Place to Read

My sofa at home. I love to turn the TV off and just curl up for a few hours with a book.

-TV show

Currently: Game of Thrones. Of all time? Toss-up between Friends and One Tree Hill.

-Candy

There’s this sweet shop in London that sells Chocolate Orange Popping Candy. It’s incredible!

-Song

Again, this varies. At the moment it’s Fully Alive by Flyleaf!

You can find out more about Leah and her blog by following her on Twitter or checking out Uncorked Thoughts!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blogger Interview: Adelena from A Page of Heaven

Today I have an interview with Adelena from A Page of Heaven!

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First up, tell us a little about your blog! What do you review, do you have any co-reviewers, etc.

A Page of Heaven is based in Singapore (this teensy Southeast Asian country-city), run by a group of 3 seventeen-year-old girls in love with books, and we mainly review YA novels but have recently been thinking about venturing into Middle Grade and New Adult too! I’ve got 2 co-reviewers, Bernice and JZ, on board with me and they are the greatest because despite reading vastly different books (Bernice loves fluffy novels, JZ prefers mystery, and I’m a complete sci-fi/dystopian/fantasy fanatic), we can still find common things to fangirl over (what better way to bond than to fangirl over something?).

What are some of your favorite things to do? (Other than blogging and reading, of course!)

Whoa. I feel that by taking away blogging and reading, you’ve just eclipsed a large chunk of my life. That totally doesn’t make me sound like a complete homebody. *awkward laughter* Well, I have recently picked up writing (stories) again and other than that, I’m addicted to movies (I see them as shorter, visual books), and… does fangirling count as a favorite thing to do? I will let you guys in on one rather embarrassing hobby though (since I doubt anyone I know in real life is going to see this), I like to daydream about unconventional but adorable ways people can meet the love of their life.

What made you decide to start your blog?

Firstly, because the non-bookish people around me were starting to get a little tired of my going on and on about the books I’ve been reading. Secondly (I’m not proud of this one but I’ll be honest), I discovered ARCs early in 2013 and the thought of reading books before they were published seemed like such an honor to me. Since I also found out it was mostly book bloggers that got them…yeah, it spurred me to start a blog too. Thankfully, I learned the joys of blogging that doesn’t include ARCs so despite barely getting any physical ARCs now (#internationalbloggerprobs), I’m not unhappy in the least. In fact, sometimes when I’ve got no ARC in need of reviewing, it feels pretty liberating. I’m sorry if I’m getting a little off topic!

What is your best book blogging moment?

It was after participating in the Spring 2014 Fierce Reads Street Team while also being a part of the Of Neptune blog tour. I had thought as an international blogger, I would not be receiving the little thank-you package Macmillan had sent out to participating bloggers but was fine with it as I’ve always wanted to be part of a Fierce Reads blog tour (I’m sort of in love with how stunningly they market their books) and was happy with the experience alone. However, one fine Saturday afternoon, the postman came and dropped off a huge package addressed to me. Lo and behold, they were signed books from the Spring 2014 Fierce Reads collection! Those had been the very first signed books I’ve ever owned! Prior to that, I’ve always felt as if no one even reads A Page of Heaven. I know it’s irrational but don’t we all have our odd blogger insecurities? Anyway, as my mom isn’t supportive of me blogging while schooling and loves to claim that no one bothers to read unprofessional online reviews, that was the moment I truly felt my blog was legitimate and something meaningful. Plus, it was nice to have physical evidence that the work I put into blogging does bear fruit!

What book turned you on to YA?

I had been eleven going on twelve. Christmastime. A random guy selling books on a street in Shanghai. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot. It was an impulse buy on mommy dearest’s part as she thought I was too bored while visiting her in Shanghai over the school holidays. I’ve been addicted to YA ever since.

How many books do you own?

At the moment, about 70 but like practically every other booknerd, one day I hope to have my own personal library!

What are some blogs you recommend reading?

  1. City of Books—Run by a friend of mine, Richa, she does some amazing reviews on both YA & NA and if you’re a fan of JLA, you simply must check this blog out!
  2. Revenge of the Feels—Run by another friend of mine, Victoria. She’s just started reviewing (YA, NA, and some adult and erotica) so if you’re interested in the same genres she is, do drop by!
  3. Gypsy Reviews—I would visit Charlotte’s blog for the design alone. Bee-yoo-ti-ful! Plus, I love her discussion posts, they are always informative and interesting.
  4. Novel Sounds—Elena, who runs this blog, seem to be in every book fandom I’m in and all her posts are 100% fun. Love gorgeous bookish wallpapers and playlists? This one’s for you.

If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Not one for classics, I’m going with alive and it’ll most likely be Sarah J. Maas because she created Celaena Sardothien, who’s like a fictional blonde and badass me. I love the Throne of Glass series so much it hurts so it’ll be amazing to get to chat a little with the mastermind behind it all! However, meeting any of Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Marie Lu, or Cassandra Clare would be awesome too!

Favorites:

-Book of all time

This is like picking my favorite child and I’m sure I’m not the first one who has said this. I’m a rebel; I shall pick 5 anyway (this is already extremely painful). In no particular order:
1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
2. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (I have a feeling Heir of Fire would replace this soon)
3. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
4. Champion by Marie Lu
5. Scarlet/Cress by Marissa Meyer (so that’s 6 but I couldn’t decide between those 2)

-New release

I shall assume that’s something published in the last 2 months so I won’t need to spend too much time picking. Definitely On the Fence by Kasie West, I think I overdosed on swoon and cuteness. Click here for my review!

-Genre

Fantasy, baby!  Though sci-fi is a close second.

-Place to Read

On public transport (maybe a slight preference to buses as they have comfier seats than the MRT—aka the subway here in Singapore). I always read on my 1.5 hour long journey to and from school so it just kind of stuck. Now I suck at reading at home.

-TV show

Avatar: The Last Air Bender, Legend of Korra, Sherlock, and maybe Game of Thrones.

-Candy

Gummy anything! Just not those with sugar on their surface, please!

-Song

Love Story and All Too Well by Taylor Swift. I’ve been a Swiftie since 2008 and I’m not ashamed of it!

You can find out more about Adelena and her blog by following her on Twitter and checking out A Page of Heaven!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blogger Interview: Chayse from Books With Bite!

Today I have an interview with Chayse from Books With Bite!

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First up, tell us a little about your blog! What do you review, do you have any co-reviewers, etc.

-I am a co-reviewer for Books with Bite and we review mostly Young Adult literature but we also try to squeeze in every now and then Middle Grade and New Adult.

What are you like outside of blogging?

-I love to swim, write, sign randomly in my room, having movie nights with my roommates and as weird as this sounds talk to myself.

What made you decide to start your blog?

-I used to be in a teen book club at my local library and one day Savannah came and talked about reviewing and her blog and she asked if anyone was interested to write a review for the book we were reading at the time (Beastly). So I did and from there we kept talking and she finally convinced me to start my own blog and so I did and now I am her co-reviewer and it is one of the best decisions I ever have made.

What is your best book blogging moment?

I think when someone reads my review and comments and thanks me for writing the review and letting me know that there going to check out the book is such a great feeling because I just helped someone find something for them to connect to.

What book turned you on to YA?

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

How many books do you own?

Not Enough

What are some blogs you recommend reading?

Good Choice Reading

Once Upon a Twilight

Xpresso Reads

Favorites:

-Book of all time: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

-New release: Falling Into Place

-Genre: Young Adult

-Place to Read: On my bed in my dorm room

-TV show: Big Bang Theory

-Candy: Reese’s peanut butter

-Song: What If by Five for Fighting

You guys can find out more about Chayse over at Books With Bite or on Twitter!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blogger Interview: Jessica from Fly To Fiction!

Today I have an interview with Jessica from Fly To Fiction!

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First up, tell us a little about your blog! What do you review, do you have any co-reviewers, etc.

Fly to Fiction’s tagline is “a reviews blog for books, TV shows, movies, music, and whatever else strikes me,” which basically sums it up nicely. While I mostly review books, I also occasionally review other things, such as movies, TV shows/episodes, music, etc. And while many of my book reviews are for YA books, I also dabble in other genres based on what I’m reading and what I enjoy. I don’t have any co-reviewers, but I also blog at Lit Up Review and, depending on when this interview goes up, possibly Feminists Talk Books, and those two are blogs I co-blog on. It’s a lot of work for me, but it’s fun, engaging, and it really helps me grow.

What are you like outside of blogging?

Hmm…I’m not 100% sure what this is asking, but I’m a rising senior who loves reading, writing, music, fandoms/fangirling, and especially dance. I’m fairly quiet and shy, and I think I have social anxiety, but once I get to know people or start talking about something I love, I can talk a lot. I guess I’m not that different outside of the blogosphere as I am in the blogosphere. I just have lots of activities and school-related stuff going on, as well as non-blogging friends, both online and at school.

What made you decide to start your blog?

I’m not entirely sure! I was sitting in my dorm room at Brown University (I was at a pre-college program), and I just got the idea of reviewing and talking about things that I like, particularly books. So I figured I would start a blog and see how long it would last. I don’t really remember how I first found other bloggers, but perhaps it was through Goodreads? So yeah, it’s only been a year, but I honestly can’t recall any one thing that made me decide to start a blog. It was pretty spontaneous.

What is your best book blogging moment?

For the most part, my blogging experience has been made up of many little happy, awesome moments. I guess that four of the highlights were getting one of the two positions at Lit Up, being asked by/recommended to (!) Hannah and Racquel for their feminism blog idea that turned into Feminists Talk Books, getting pretty close to a publishing company/publisher (First Second Books), and getting to know Sonia Fuderer, an aspiring author. But certainly meeting all these wonderful bloggers (and sometimes even getting to meet them at events and stuff) is also definitely always a great moment.

What book turned you on to YA?

Hmm…I’m not entirely sure. I was always an advanced reader, so I always read YA mixed with MG in elementary and middle school. I guess it would be the Harry Potter series and Sarah Dessen’s books.

How many books do you own?

A lot…probably not as many as many of my fellow bloggers because I don’t have a lot of shelf room. But the combined number of books owned by my sister and I are 200+.

What are some blogs you recommend reading?

I’m going to go for blogs that aren’t huge-huge (like Cuddlebuggery or something): Ensconced in Lit, A Wonderland of Books, Stay Bookish, Candace’s Book Blog, Pandora’s Books, The Observant Girl Book Reviews, Reading Is My Treasure, Fiction Freak, Effortlessly Reading, Out of Time Book Blog, Tween 2 Teen Books, Blue Eyed Bibliophile, Stuck in Books, SJ and Dashiell, Notebook Sisters, Words Like Silver, Willa’s Ramblings, of course Katie’s Book Blog ;), and more!

Favorites:

-Book of all time: I cannot choose ONE book, so I always cheat. The Harry Potter series.

-New release: So many! Ermm…Strange and Ever After?

-Genre: YA, Contemporary/Realistic, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

-Place to Read: Anywhere I can, but I love reading at home, at the library, and at a book store

-TV show: This changes all the time, but I foresee my current choice will continue on for a while: Orphan Black

-Candy: Snickers, Sour Patch Kids, Brigadeiro (a Brazilian sweet–go try it some time), Twizzlers, Gummy bears. I like a lot of candy, though I don’t eat it too often. 😛

-Song: I CAN’T JUST CHOOSE ONE IT’S LIKE MAKING ME CHOOSE ONE FAVORITE BOOK. But Bad Day by Daniel Powter always makes me feel better/a little less alone when I’m feeling down, and it’s my go-to song, so maybe Bad Day? Oh, and also Everybody Hurts by Avril Lavigne for mostly the same reason. It reminds me that I’m not alone and that it’s okay to be sad and upset and hurting. They both make me feel understood, and that’s what helps me to feel better. But seriously, this changes all the time, so don’t even.

You guys can find out more about Jessica on her blog or on Twitter!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Blogger Interview: Justin from Justin’s Book Blog!

Today I have an interview with Justin from Justin’s Book Blog. Justin is a good friend of mine so I’m really excited to have him here on the blog today!

Justin's Book BLog

First up, tell us a little about your blog! What do you review, do you have any co-reviewers, etc.

Well, I just hit another milestone on my blog with it turning 3 years old this month (August, 2014) so I feel like that is pretty awesome. The main focus of my blog has always been Young Adult books, but I do occasionally feature Middle Grade and New Adult books also.

What are you like outside of blogging?

My life outside of blogging mainly revolves around college, and trying to figure out all of that, at least for right now. Coming up on my last semester before I transfer to a university, I just have a lot on my mind so I really don’t try and overload myself with too many other things that feel like work.

For Fun, I really love to do things outdoors. I love going hiking, and just simple things like that. I’d much rather be doing something fun out in the wilderness somewhere and seeing beautiful landscapes than being at parties, and things like that.

What made you decide to start your blog?

I know people that have followed my blog since I started would probably know this as I have mentioned it a few times. But Katie was the one to originally get me interested in blogging. I started out on “BookTube” back in 2010, when it was nowhere close to being as big as it was now. And through that, I started talking to Katie and she told me about blogging and everything, and through all of that I eventually decided to make the switch in 2011. And now here I am in 2014 still going at it. Definitely wouldn’t have made it this far without a lot of the advice Katie gave me starting out, she knows what she is doing, which is why I imagine so many of you love her blog so much.

What is your best book blogging moment?

I love asking these types of questions in the interviews I do, but I always have trouble answering them. I honestly don’t think I could pick one specific moment. I feel like the most enjoyable thing, at least for me, is being able to work closely with so many great authors. I have had the chance to interview and feature so many amazing authors on my blog, and every time it happens, it is always a lot of fun.

What book turned you on to YA?

I can’t remember if any book in particular ever turned me onto YA. I have never really read anything outside of YA. I will say that my passion for reading exploded when I started reading Harry Potter. Growing up with those books totally changed my life and I am glad they helped to fuel my love for reading that I have today.

How many books do you own?

I honestly don’t own that many, I am pretty sure I own over 200 books, but I don’t think I own more than 300.

What are some blogs you recommend reading?

Book Rock Betty (http://bookrockbetty.com/)

Love at First Page (http://www.loveatfirstpage.org/)

The Perpetual Page Turner (http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/)

Favorites:

-Book of all time

Harry Potter

-New release

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

-Genre

Fantasy

Place to Read

Bed

TV show

Smallville

-Candy

Twix

-Song

I really don’t have a favorite song. I tend to listen to a lot of different things. If I had to pick one that I currently really enjoy, it would be “We are more than this – HeavensDust

You guys can find out more about Justin on his blog, Justin’s Book Blog, or on Twitter!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Blogger Interview: Heather from Turning Pages!

Today I have an interview with Heather from Turning Pages!

Turning Pages

First up, tell us a little about your blog! What do you review, do you have any co-reviewers, etc.

Let’s see…I created Turning Pages in January 2013 after finally taking a leap of faith and doing something I had always dreamed of doing. Reading & writing are two of my biggest passions in life, so to share it with anyone willing to read, really allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone.  Of course, the blog name isn’t the most original, but I was inspired by one of my favorite songs, Turning Pages, by Sleeping at Last. It’s not just me typing up reviews over at TP! My cousin and very best friend, Christie, is the other half. We love taking on this journey together and it’s brought us closer, which is nice since we only see each other a few times a year. (Darn those state lines!) We primarily review YA, with the occasional NA and adult fiction. And every now and then, you’ll see us discussing book to movie adaptations.

What are you like outside of blogging?

Outside of blogging….I am constantly on the go. I am a first-year teacher. I’ve been married for three years. I babysit and tutor on a weekly basis. When I am not working, you can find me reading, watching movies, napping, or cleaning/organizing something.

What made you decide to start your blog?

I think I might have accidentally answered this already, but it was something I had always wanted to do so after stalking a few blogs, I finally took the leap and here I am.

What is your best book blogging moment?

Oh man. I’m not sure if this counts, but being able to meet and bond with other book bloggers at events like YALLFEST and BEA.

What book turned you on to YA?

I would have to say the very first Sarah Dessen book I ever read, That Summer.

How many books do you own?

So many it’s too hard to count without reorganizing my bookshelves, which I am currently avoiding.

What are some blogs you recommend reading?

A few off the top of my head….
http://www.greadsbooks.com
http://www.loveatfirstpage.org
http://actinupwithbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.perpetualpageturner.com

Favorites:

-Book of all time
Just Listen – Sarah Dessen

-New release
It came out in May, but it’s the first to come to mind, The Sound by Sarah Alderson

-Genre
Contemporary YA

-Place to Read
Pretty much anywhere comfortable. I’ll usually curl up on the couch, in my bed, or go lay outside in the hammock.

-TV show
This is just as hard as picking a favorite book! Let’s go with Vampire Diaries as I am currently binge watching all of them. Again. I re-watch every season every summer.

-Candy
Give me milk chocolate and I am happy.

-Song
This changes daily. All of the Stars – Ed Sheeran

You guys can find out more about Heather on her blog or on Twitter!