Saturday, 23 February 2013

Book Blogger Love-a-Thon: Kick Off and Interview (#LoveAThon)

The Book Blogger Love-a-Thon is being hosted by Katelyn @ Kate's Tales of Books and Bands and Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books from 12am-12am EST today. It's a brilliant event where bloggers get to spend an entire day celebrating everything they love about blogging while connecting with new bloggers and finding great new blogs to follow.

Part of the Love-a-Thon is an interview swap with the awesome Faye @ A Daydreamer's Thoughts :) It's been great getting to know Faye better and the perfect way to kick of the event. So without further ado, here is Faye's inteview:

Name five bloggers who inspire you or who you just love.
Brodie @ Eleusinian Mysteries; Because she supported me from the start, I’ve known her for about eight years now and her blog posts always make me love her a little bit more.
Sarah @ Saz101; Another who supported me at the start when I really needed it, she’s a fun, lovely, and amazing person, and her blog posts are so spectacular that I try not to read them all the time to avoid the pores of jealousy.
Michelle @ Fluttering Butterflies; She’s been doing this for SEVEN years, if that’s not inspiration to every beginner blogger, I don’t know what is. But, on top of that, all of her posts are well-thought out and I love how personal her blog becomes. Oh, and she’s a smashing person herself!
Daphne @ Winged Reviews; Having met her a few times in person, I know that she’s someone I really like talking to and getting to know better, but I also know how hard she works offline and then how much work she also puts into the blog and it’s inspiring to me. Her posts are always really informative and interesting to read as well.
Alexandra @ Alexandra Scribblings; If there was ever an award for a blogger who could write in powerful, alluring, fantastic sentences, it would go to Alexandra, hands down. She always blows me away with her writing and makes me want to jump into her brain to share her most wonderful thoughts! And again, not to mention that she is also just a super lovely and incredible girl too.

Blogging can get tough, what makes you look past that to continue blogging?
It is also fun. It can get tough, especially when I’m busy (like I have been for like, the last month or so) so I struggle to get posts written in time or forget to send important e-mails, etc, but then I remember that when I do get that post written, people will be reading it and some will comment and respond, and I know that all that hard-work and tough parts will all be worth it. Besides, the blogging community is just... there are no words to explain how amazing the community is. They help to make it all worth it. Which is saying a lot as I never thought I would still be blogging almost a year and a half later!

Do you have a favourite genre to read? If so, what is it? If not, what are your top three?
I’m one of those readers that likes variety in my reading, because I’m usually a bit ADHD and need things to keep me interested. I would bawl my eyes out if I had to read the SAME genre over and over again. So choosing just one favourite genre is too difficult for me. So my top three are: Fantasy, Paranormal, and Contemporary.

Are there any books/genres that you feel you will never read?
Historical fiction, for some reason, is a genre that always makes my stomach sink. Not sure what it is about this one but if I hear the words “Set in Elizabethan times, Roman times, Victorian times, etc”, I usually stop reading the synopsis and carry on. I have no idea why because I love history and the few historical fiction books I have read, I absolutely adored. It’s very odd.
But the book I will NEVER read is Fifty Shades of Grey.

What do you love most about blogging?
Without sounding too repetitive, the blogging community is definitely high on my list. Especially now I’ve met so many of the bloggers I’ve come to know at blogging events. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, and while we have our bits of drama, in general we’re a great bunch of people who all just want to share our love of books with other bookworms. It is the first time I’ve really connected with people over books and that, to me, is just the best thing about it all.

If you could travel back in time to when you started your blog, what piece of advice would you give yourself?
Don’t accept or ask for too many review books! I heard this piece of advice when I was starting out but I was certain it would never be a problem for me. But it turns out it was. It’s so easy to get caught up in the “shiny”new things but a lot of the books I’ve accepted haven’t been great reads, or have arrived along with others, or arrive when it just starts to get busy at work and so my reading and staying on top of it all just fell down the slide a bit. So, if I could stop myself from doing that in the first place, I would.

What are your top five books and why?
This was always going to be the trickiest question! How do I narrow it down to five? Here are five of my favourites, in no particular order.
- Harry Potter Series (Yes, this counts as ONE book)
- Noughts & Crosses Trilogy (See above)
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid
- Lucas by Kevin Brooks

If you could live in the world of any book or series (as yourself), which would you pick?
It would make sense to choose a none-threatening series to live within but I think I’m going to have to pick the world in Seraphina by Rachel Hartman simply because the world sounds so fascinating! The idea of dragons and half-dragons is so amazing that I couldn’t not want to live there. I just think it would be so interesting and magical and brilliant. Yes. There is where I’d love to live.

Faye's blog is awesome so I'd definitely recommend visiting. Just click the button on the left to be transported :)


  1. Such awesome answers! The book blogging community is most definitely to one thing that keeps me going when things get tough or too stressful.

  2. Great questions and answers! I don't think I'll ever read Fifty Shades of Grey, either. Just not interested. And the blogging community really is what makes all of this so fun and worth it, doesn't it?

    1. I almost put Fifty Shades for that question too but I may try again because I stupidly brought my copy. I barely made it through the first chapter and I feel bad for wasting money so part of me wants to try again.

  3. Harry Potter is da Bomb! Great questions and answers. To echo the two above, the book blogging community is awesome they make it worth it!

    1. I really agree about the community too - it's other bloggers who always help with blogging. Thanks for stopping by Whitney!

  4. I love that you chose Seraphina's world, Faye! Most everyone goes with Harry Potter, so it's cool to see a more out of the box answer :]

    1. Don't get me wrong, I would love to be a witch in Hogwarts but that is more of a childhood dream now :)

  5. It was great working alongside you Claire! The questions you came up with were really great.

    And thanks for all the lovely comments you guys :-)


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