Blogger Spotlight: Interview with Liesje @ A Thousand Lives!

Hey, guys! Welcome to Blogger Spotlight. This feature is going to contain interviews, guest post, and other fun stuff! So stay tuned for more fun in the future.

For this month’s edition, I bring you an awesome Q&A by Liesje @ A Thousand Lives! Don’t forget to check out her blog!

1. Tell us a little about your blog and how you first got into blogging?

My blog is called A Thousand Lives. I blog about books and my travel experiences. Before I started blogging, I loved talking about my reading adventures. But I noticed few people around me were as passionate about the books. Let’s say we weren’t really on the same page.

Bad pun. Sorry.

Then my sister gave me the idea of starting a blog. I have always been intrigued by the idea of having a blog, but I was very hesitant and not confident enough to take the step.
One day I had enough of my worries and told myself that I should simply see what happens. And here I am, still in love with blogging since the moment I started!

2. Have you ever been in a blogging slump? If yes, how do you overcome it?

I have been in a blogging slump. It’s not fun, not at all. I had a feeling that I had nothing to say and what I was writing wasn’t interesting. I decided to take it slow and not post as much as I normally did. I really didn’t enjoy putting off blogging, but in the end, it helped me. After a while, I missed blogging like before and decided to put more time in it again. And that’s how I overcame it!

3. Name three of your most awaited reads this year.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas, Literally by Lucy Keating, When dimple met rishi by Sandhya Menon.

4. Tell us the one bookish destination you love absolutely love to visit.

I’m very curious to see Caraval in real life. Although the book didn’t impress me very much, I still thought that the world of Caraval was very interesting and I would love to explore it.

5. What are your interests outside blogging?

Traveling, music, going out with friends, writing & reading, photography, pilates, interior design, shopping.

6. Can you name a few of your book boyfriends?

Will Herondale (a classic) and Warner are my two ultimate book boyfriends.

7. What is your most favourite and least favourite thing as a blogger?

My most favorite thing about being a blogger is the chance to meet new, amazing people every day. I never could’ve imagined how positive and inspiring this community could be.

My least favorite thing is the insecurity I have about myself as a blogger. I recently made a post about that (hint hint ;)).

8. Where would you like to be in blogging five years from now?

I hope that I’ll still be busy with blogging. It’s my wildest dream to turn my blog into my job. But in the meantime, I am very happy with what I have now.

Now, time for some quick questions. You ready? Let’s go!

Coffee or tea?

Tea, I don’t drink coffee.

Fantasy or Contemporary?

Fantasy. But I appreciate contemporary also, but less than fantasy.

Pizza or burgers?

Burgers.

Cats or dogs?

Cats. They are my spirit animal, haha.

Hogwarts or Narnia?

Hogwarts!


Blogger Bio:

Liesje of A Thousand Lives is an almost-adult blogging about books and her travels. In her spare time, she devours books, listens to music non-stop and attempts to draw or paint. And of course, she blogs.

Follow her on:

Blog || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || Pinterest


Soo I hope you guys enjoy the interview!

Blogger Spotlight: Interview with Lauren @ SERIESous Book Reviews

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Hey, guys! Welcome to Blogger Spotlight. This feature is going to contain interviews, guest post, and other fun stuff! So stay tuned for more fun in the future.

For this month’s edition, I bring you an awesome Q&A by Lauren @ SERIESous Book Reviews! Don’t forget to check out her blog!

1. Tell us a little about your blog and how you first got into blogging?

I credit two things with my starting a book blog: Goodreads & the Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver.

I say Goodreads because it reminded me that there was a medium out there for book reviews. I figured, hey, I read a lot of books; friends ask me what to read all the time; I enjoy writing, I should get on that! So I decided I would write Goodreads reviews for books I read and post them on the site.

Then, I read the last book of the Requiem, the last book in the Delirium Trilogy and hated it! I felt so let down that I had invested 3 years of my life waiting for these books to come out only to be completely let down by the finale! I wondered if there was any what I could have avoided that and tried to Google blogs that review book series as a whole. I couldn’t find any that did it exclusively and so I decided to do one myself!

Thus, I started up SERIESous Book Reviews (I love puns!) to review series on a “to-read” or “not-to-read” basis (I also love Hamlet). Of course, I review new book series that only have the first novel out as well as standalones. I also love movies, so I write reviews on book-to-movie adaptions too!

2. What is your most and least favourite thing as a book blogger?

I actually really enjoy the HTML aspect of being a blogger. When I was younger I really got into HTML and graphic aspects of Neopets and I realized the blogging (years later) filled that void for me. One of the reasons I really wanted to self-host my blog once it was established was to get more control over my blog’s formatting and play around with the graphics.It’s fun trying to format book lists in an interesting way!

Believe it or not, I have a hard time writing 5 star reviews sometimes! Because I don’t write in spoilers, it’s hard to provide evidence for why a book is amazing when you can’t fully explain it. And I also don’t want to just be a raving fan-girl throughout the review either; I want my reviews to have a little substance between the fan-girling.

3. What genre is your favorite and why?

The New Adult (NA) genre as a whole is definitely my favourite genre right now. Specially, contemporary romances. It’s funny because I really don’t enjoy YA contemporaries at all. I think because I am closer to the characters in age and experience, I can relate to the stories in NA so much more.

YA high fantasy though is a close second 😉

4. How many books do you read in a month – roughly?

I average 15-20 books in a month. But now that I’m no longer a student and am starting my career this month, I’m really not sure how many I’ll be able to manage now.

5. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest recently and why?

Jamie Howard is one of my new favourite authors and I wish more people would talk about her! She writes some stellar NA stories. Honestly, I think I’ve given all her books 5/5. They are phenomenal.
Piper Lawson (a fellow Canadian) also writes fantastic NA contemporary romances as well. Her novels get better every time I pick them up!

6. Is there a particular movie or TV series that you prefer or preferred over the book version?

I think the Princess Bride movie is the best example of a great movie adaption. Sure, it helps that the author wrote the screenplay so it is just fantastic. The same goes for The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

The Maze Runner and Stardust are movies that I enjoyed so much more than the books.

7. Have you read a book that you would like to rewrite the ending of?

I’m going to go with The Crown by Kiera Cass and it’s not just because Eadlyn ends up with the guy I didn’t want to be picked (though that is a big part). The whole novel was just so, so rushed to me and I found the ending to be so disappointing. You could have done a lot with this entire world (one of my peeves with the original series as well) and I feel like Cass dropped the ball with this last installment.

Oh, and Requiem by Lauren Oliver. I would really appreciate some closure with that world.

8. Do you have a favorite book cover? Chose up to 3 if you like.

How’s a girl to choose!
1) A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (honestly the whole series)
2) Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
3) The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Now, time for some quick questions. You ready? Let’s go!

Coffee or tea?
TEA!

Dystopia or Fantasy?
Fantasy (though this could really go either way!)

Pizza or burgers?
Pizza

Cats or dogs?
Dogs

Hogwarts or Narnia?
Narnia!


Blogger Bio:

My name is Lauren and I’m the blogger behind SERIESous Book Reviews! I’ve been blogging for nearly 4 years, focusing mostly on book series and reviewing them as a whole, instead of one book at a time. I’m a proud Canadian (yes: that means I eat ice cream in -20°C weather, apologize a lot and drop the occasional “eh” into conversation)and live in a place that’s best summed up as “a small town south of Toronto”. I adore anything with Shakespeare in it; I love to travel the world (Australia is next!) and I’m only slightly addicted to Netflix. Oh, and I guess you could say I read a lot of books!

Follow her on:

Twitter || Bloglovin’ || Goodreads || Blog


Soo I hope you guys enjoy the interview!

Blogger Spotlight: Guest Post by Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

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Hey, guys! Welcome to Blogger Spotlight. This feature is going to contain interviews, guest post, and other fun stuff! So stay tuned for more fun in the future.

For this month’s edition, I bring you a guest post by Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books. So, without further ado…


Bookish locations I’d love to visit!

Books have this amazing power to take us away – literally. In the matter of a few pages, we can find ourselves immersed into a whole other world, and feeling confused whenever we look up again because WHERE has the fantastic world gone? Because, we, dreamers and readers, always need to escape a bit more, here’s my little compilation of bookish locations I would love to visit – maybe for a couple days. Or months. Or, years, you know, to discover all of its treasures and gorgeousness.

  • The Londons from ADSOM / AGOS-

I don’t know whether or not I should be talking singular, or plural on that one. I mean, if I’d love to visit Black London, I wouldn’t want to stay even for one day. Just for one second, to see the creepiness of it all, maybe. Probably. Or maybe I’d be too much of a wuss to ever consider that happening. Okay so strike what I said before. SINGULAR here, because I want to dream here about the majestic, and incredible RED LONDON. This magic, these people, this overall feeling that anything can happen in the air. Plus, the thrill of the London city. AND the thrill of being in the same place as Kell and Rhy. I love these boys.

  • Cabeswater from The Raven Cycle-

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A dream place, an impossible place, a gorgeous forest filled with possibilities, time-stopping moments and a sense of being completely out of the real world. For an escape, now Cabeswater is the perfect place. Also, if I just happen to run into one of these lovely Raven boys on my way here, well…I wouldn’t be too mad about it.

  • Luna, from The Lunar Chronicles-

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Funny thing: I am not the biggest fan of everything space-related – yet I picked Luna, so you’re probably wondering why I’d want to leave Earth. There’s something fascinating about Luna. Its people, its glamour, its way of living.

  • Hogwarts, from Harry Potter-

Pretty obvious pick, isn’t it? But WHO never dreamed of visiting Hogwarts, walking in its halls, eating in its diner hall, cheering on a Quidditch game from the bleachers? Taking a stroll in the Forbidden Forest -or maybe not? It’s already been said about a gazillion time, but J.K. Rowling created a world we all want to discover someday, going through the 9 ¾ platform at King’s Cross Station.

  • The Golden Compass-

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I couldn’t do a piece like that without mentioning my favorite book as a child, the His Dark Materials series. There are so many incredible things about the world-building in that series, I wouldn’t even know where to start. I want the dirigeables, I want the daemons, I want the Oxford colleges and erudits. I want to visit the world where the possibilities seem endless.


Lets Chat

So Marie and I both want to know, which of these places would you like to visit? Which ones would you like to avoid at all costs? What is, according to you, the book with one of the best world-buildings ever?

Blogger Spotlight: Interview with Raven @ Dreamy Addictions

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Hey guys! Today is the first post of my new feature- Blogger Spotlight. This feature is going to contain interviews, guest post, and other fun stuff! So stay tuned for more fun in the future.

This feature is inaugurated by Raven @ Dreamy Addictions. Don’t forget to check out her awesome blog!

1. Tell us a little about your blog and how you first got into blogging?

I think most of the bloggers can relate to my story. I’ve been an avid reader of books since young but none of my friends or family share quite the passion that I do, so blogging is my only outlet to share my thoughts and opinions about books. Hence the birth of my little blog, Dreamy Addictions. At first, I wanted to create a blog about books, music and manga but I didn’t know managing a blog is so much harder than I thought it would be. So, for now, I post only bookish stuff like book reviews, blog tours, weekly memes and book tags.

2. What is your most and least favourite thing as a book blogger?

My most favourite thing about being a book blogger would be connecting with the other bloggers and book lovers from all around the world and also making friends. Seriously, it’s a great feeling being in a bookish community and fangirling with another bookworm who’s also crazy about books as much as I am. If you’re lucky maybe you could connect with your favourite author too.

My least favourite thing as a book blogger is giving negative reviews and also the added pressure when I’m very much behind on posting reviews. I love book blogging but sometimes it can be pain in the ass.

3. What are your interests outside blogging?

  • Reading…duh!!!

  • Listening Music.

  • Watching action movies and K-Dramas.

  • I like to sing but I’m not great singer either.

  • Sleeping! Yep, I love sleeping 🙂

4. Suppose you could invite five fictional characters to your New Year party, who would it be?

Hmm…I would invite Celaena from Throne of Glass series, Kenji from Shatter Me Trilogy, Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy Series, Penryn from Angelfall and finally Shazi from the wrath and the dawn series. These are all my favourite characters who are kickass, cool, friendly and so much fun to hang out with and it would definitely make an awesome party for me.

5. Where would you like to be in blogging five years from now?

Honestly, I have no idea but I would like to be a successful happy blogger and nothing more.

6. How do you get out of a reading slump?

I rarely have a reading slump but If I had one then I would take a break for a few days and later pick up an action packed and Thrilling fantasy book that would get me out of my slump.

7. What have been your 3 favorite books to review since you started?

There are actually lots of books to choose from but If I had to pick only three books then I would choose
ACOTAR By Sarah J. Mass, V GIRL By Mya Roberts, The Storm And The Silence By Robert Thier.

8. If you were shipwrecked on a desert island what 3 books would you want with you?

Only 3 Books??? That’s really hard! Maybe I should just pick “How to survive on a deserted Island guide” ha ha… I’m just kidding! 😀 Okay then, I would pick The Bible, The Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

9. Is there a particular movie or TV series that you preferred over the book version?

I think books are always the better version and I haven’t found any movie that surpassed a book yet.

10. Name 3 of your most favourite authors.

  • Jennifer Armentrout, Author of Lux series,

  • Sarah J. Mass, Author of Throne of Glass Series, and

  • Richelle Mead, Author of Vampire Academy Series.

Now, time for some quick questions. You ready? Let’s go!

Coffee or tea?
 Coffee!

Dystopia or Fantasy?
Fantasy! I also love Dystopia but Fantasy would always be my first preference.

Young Adult or New Adult?
Young Adult, always!

Pizza or burgers?
Pizza! It’s always the best food of all time. 😀

Vanilla or chocolate?
I love Chocolate!!!

Hogwarts or Narnia?
Definitely, Narnia because I love Aslan and I also like Adventure more than Wizard stuff.


Bio:

img_20161225_02Hi, My Name is Raven! I’m a computer science student and also a book blogger from India who loves to geek out on books. My favourite genres are YA, NA, fantasy, dystopia and paranormal romance. Besides being a book lover, I’m also a huge animal lover who loves spending her time with her dogs. I’m a very spontaneous, funny and friendly person and I love making new friends so don’t feel shy to add me.

Follow her on:

Blog || Goodreads || Twitter || Facebook


Lets Chat

So guys, did you enjoy the interview? What do you think about this new feature?