Saturday, February 20, 2016

2016 Love-a-Thon

What’s your name?

Where in the world are you blogging from?
Canada. More specifically Ontario.

How did you get into blogging in the first place?
This isn't my first blog, actually. I started blogging eight years ago, on a blog that I definitely hope that nobody will ever hate me enough to dig up from it's internet-grave. It wasn't a book blog, but I did start blogging about books there purely because it is a kind of a big part of my life. This blog was created somewhat later.

How did you come up with your blog name?
I don't really have a story. Despite the fact that it was only three years ago.

What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?
I tend to read fantasy (mostly YA fantasy).

What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) posts, almost every week. I'm doing a series of mini-essay-like things about blogging and academics (which I'm calling Blogademics, because I like making up words sometimes).

Best blogging experience so far?
I went to the Book Blog Ontario meet-up last year, which was a really neat experience! I don't often get to meet other book bloggers in the actual, physical world.

Favorite thing about the blogging community?
Nobody seems to get bored of talking about books. (Also there are always people to talk to about said books). 

Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!
Just five? 
  1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
  3. The Fobidden Orchid by Sarah Biggs Waller
  4. The Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!

What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
I'm always going to go with Airborn on this one. It got new covers for it's tenth anniversary, too, which are absoloutely beautiful.

Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
Cinder, from The Lunar Chronicles, maybe? I really like both her and Kai.

Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?
I'm always bad at this question. Seriously, so bad. I don't really have a tendency to get fictional crushes.

Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad? (5 characters max)
*Is stuck.* It really depends on the apocalypse in question, doesn't it?

Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
I'm a full time student, I work with horses.

Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
Um... groceries? I'm honestly not a big shopper. My most exciting purchase last year was a giant hoodie dress.

At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
At the moment, probably Hold On by Walk off the Earth.

Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.
Again, just one? I'd love to see The Raven Cycle as a TV show, ditto for The Winner's Curse. (I have a list for Top Ten Tuesday a while ago.)

What would your dream library look like?
Enough shelf space. (Ha.) 

Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?
I feel like I don't know exactly which author to pick for this question.


  1. Under A Painted Sky sounds like such a cool book it on my TBR for this year too, I was waiting for the Paperback to be released next month but then I saw the PB cover and it's not half as pretty (in my opinion) as the Hardback cover, ahhh! #problemsofabooklover

    I have to say I haven't heard of the band Walk of the Earth but going over to youtube to check them out ;)

    1. Oh... less pretty paperback. Book lover problems, indeed.

      I actually missed the second "f" in Walk Off the Earth, so that might be part of the problem.

    2. Still hadn't heard of them, some of their music video's are cool!

  2. Having enough shelf space is a legit concern! I should have thought of that too.

    The Next Together and A Painted Sky look so good. Oh no, adding more books to my TBR :)

    1. That is one thing I have noticed since becoming more involved in the online book community - my TBR is like three times the size!!

    2. I suppose it is a simple sort of thing to think about on the subject of a dream library, but it is kind of important. I really don't like double-staking my books!

  3. Nice to meet you, Kelly! I've been wanting to check out the Next Together for a while too. It sounds so awesome! Plus, I love the cover.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. The thing that initially caught my attention about The Next Together was the cover, actually! It's really pretty, and clearly has a story.

  4. I'm really excited for The Winner's Kiss and Crooked Kingdom as well! I read The Forbidden Orchid this month and I really liked it! I just got A Madness So Discreet and I can't wait to read that one! I have wanted to read that one forever now it feels like! Ooh, I think the Winner's Curse would be an awesome tv show too! I'd definitely watch that!

    1. I'm so excited to hear good things about The Forbidden Orchid! I'm kind of a big natural history nerd, and I loved A Mad, Wicked Folly, so it's right up my alley.

  5. Hey Kelly!

    THE CROOKED KINGDOM IS GONNA BE EVERYTHINNGGGGG. I can't wait to see with Leigh Bardugo writes. I need the Dregs crew to be okay. I NEED MY KAZ/INEJ SCENES!

    Whoa, those covers of Kenneth Oppel's books are GORGEOUUUUSSSS. I would seriously pick up those books for the cover. :D

    1. I'm so excited to read The Crooked Kingdom, especially after that cliffhanger. (Yes they need to be okay. They definitely must be okay.)

      I was delighted when they released the new covers for Airborn! I didn't love the old covers, but the tenth anniversary paperbacks are totally beautiful.

  6. LOOOOOVE all these posts (haha). I'm not participated myself but I love all the love that's going around :) Although what's with everyone's anticipated books not being contemporary? *crying forever*

    1. If you want contemporary recommendations, I'm afraid I'm not the person to come to... I very rarely read straight contemporary. Dragons are much more my thing. I've heard of some interesting contemporaries coming out in the next year or so, though!

  7. Crooked Kingdom is one of my most anticipated reads for 2016! I really loved Six of Crows when I read it last year, and can't wait for more. I definitely think you must read Under a Painted Sky and Walk on Earth a Stranger! Both are insanely awesome reads. Thanks for joining us, and happy love-a-thon!

    1. I'm happy to hear such good things about Under a Painted Sky and Walk on Earth a Stranger, I'm really excited to read them.

      Thanks for hosting! This has been really wonderful!

  8. A big YES for The Raven King! The Oppel books look intriguing. :)

    1. I'm so excited/nervous about The Raven King!

      I feel like I should have mentioned more about the Kenneth Oppel books than just the covers. (Even though they are beautiful!)

  9. A big YES for The Raven King! The Oppel books look intriguing. :)

  10. Hello fellow Canadian! :) I also really want to read Soundless and A Madness So Discreet. Once I do, I will definitely look forward to your thoughts on them.

    1. Hi! I'd love to hear what you think of them once you finish Soundless and A Madness So Discreet.