Saturday, 30 March 2013

Stacking the Shelves #41 - The HUGE, AWESOME, EPIC Edition!!


I won't bore you guys with the details. But I got an EPIC haul this week, I am not even joking. So totally excited for them all! La-de-da-de-da! Tweet me at @Bookaholic007 if you want to fan-girl with me! And I'd love it if you would! Because I'm totally doing a happy dance right now while posting this and I would love it if you guys would virtual happy dance with me!! :D 

BEHOLD

THE EPIC BOOK HAUL!
*click on the book cover to go to the Goodreads page*
Bought books:
City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)CloakedOnce (Eve, #2)Inkspell (Inkworld, #2)My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2)Wilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Fatal PhantomWilma Tenderfoot and the Case of the Putrid Poison

Bought Ebooks:
CursedWitch & WizardThe Gift (Witch & Wizard, #2)

For Review:
Summer's Dream (The Chocolate Box Girls, #3)The HostLife After TheftBreathless (Elemental, #2.5)Leap Write In!: Adventures in Creative Writing to Stretch and Surprise Your One-of-a-Kind MindGeorgetown Academy: Book One

Library Books:
Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)Uglies (Uglies, #1)The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)








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Friday, 29 March 2013

Blog of a Bookaholic Blogoversary Day 7 - Interview with Eileen from ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!



1. Hey Eileen! :D Tell us about your Spazzy Alligator self and your amazing blog, ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***, otherwise known as the Unicorn?

Singing and Reading in the RainWELL. I am Eileen! I want to be a singer when I grow up (although I'm starting to wonder if my voice is any good) and I have a YouTube channel HERE! (Why yes, I did just do shameless self promotion. *bows dramatically* Also, if you came over and told me what you think I would love you so hard. The Spazzy Alligator speaks the truth) I like to find patterns in things that really only complicate everything, and I also am quite crazy. Have you seen me on six hours of sleep? Well, technically I'm functioning on six hours of sleep as we speak and

OMG I AM WATCHING LES MISÉRABLES WITH MY FRIEND TOMORROW AND IT IS GOING TO BE AWESOME BECAUSE I'M GETTING IT ON DEMAND AND WE ARE GOING TO PAUSE AND REWIND AND CRY SO HARD. AND THEN WE ARE GOING TO PRACTICE ON MY OWN TOGETHER, WHICH, AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE. I HAVE A PRETTY BAD VOICE. Well, maybe not. Who even knows. I'm like, a confused soul. Get what I mean? *eats ice cream from carton*
EEK! I really want to watch Les Mis...but I want to read the book first :P And Eileen, you do have a good voice, don't doubt yourself or...um, I can't think of anything right now. But I will. *crazed stare* 

And my blog is kind of my extension! If you ever visit, you will be bombarded with awkward reviews, even awkwarder covers that I love and take pride in for no legitimate reason, and the occasional vlog! My bloggypoo is pretty unremarkable, so if you ever choose to come over, be reminded that you may leave in like a few minutes, but thank you for coming. And if you do come, you can click that YouTube icon at the top and be all like, "Let's check out her covers!" I'm not kidding. Please do it. *begs*

PS—I also have OCD. The fact that I sometimes switch between the substitution property of equality and the transitive property of equality on geometry proofs with abandon really annoys me. I curse you, proofs. 

2. Whose your favourite author and if you saw them at some random place what would your first words be? ;)

Julie Kagawa: *walking down the street*

Me: YOU'RE JULIE KAGAWA I THINK I'M GOING TO DIE I LOVE YOU SO MUCH CAN I BE YOU?

3. You're a really fast reader, how many books have you read this year and what has been your favourite? XD
I'm actually really behind on my goal this time! I usually set it for 200 books and so far I'm at 32 O_O Hashtag awkward. I think I need to lower that goal because, seriously, I have no time. Why is blogging/singing/school/reading so impossible?
That's still pretty good..*looks at my Goodreads Challenge widget that shows I am waayyy behind*

4. Do you remember how we became bloggy buddies? :P

OKAY I GOT THIS. I GOT THIS. I GOT THIS!

Give me a minute.

I know it started off with Goodreads, and I think you messaged me and was either like "I have a question about blogging" or it was a "How did you do THIS on your blog (aka blog roll or SOMETHING like that)" and then we kept Goodreadsing, and THEN, we Twittered, and THEN there were a few emails, and THEN I remember bombarding you with -.- and then our BlackBerries would be stupid and say we got put into Twitter jail when REALLY our "API Limit" was just expiring and then you'd have to wait like FOR. EVER. And I remember you getting super excited about getting books from Random House and saying they would send you books and IT WAS REALLY FUN.
*wipes tear away* I remember it as if it was yesterday *clutches blankie to chest and sniffle* And I know, I got so frustrated when our Blackberries did that O_O

5. What are your favourite croissant toppings and if you could have a pet unicorn, what would its name be and how would it look?

OMG MY DREAM QUESTION RIGHT HERE. RIGHT. HERE.

Well, I usually have a croissant normal, since I don't have Nutella (Everyone says it's a great topping BUT I'VE NEVER HAD IT.) So, by default, my favorite topping is chocolate! I have all of these semisweet chocolate chips lying around my house and I just smack them on top and call it a day! But recently, I'm on a self-inflicted croissant ban. Long story involving wearing a bikini for the first time in half a decade, spring break, and some weird diet process. I plan to eat tons of food when I finally rock that bikini, though. JUST YOU WAIT. Although, with a week to go, it hasn't been going good so far.

But, I would name my unicorn...give me another minute...keep waiting...hold it...turn to the left...rotate 180 degrees...close your eyes...keep closing...blink rapidly...start flailing and spazzy alligator-ing...ignore the concerned questions from friends and family if you're having a seizure...

I would name my unicorn Sparkles. And it would be sparkly and shiny and PINK. And it would have a rainbow tail. And it would love me. And it would talk so I could fangirl to it when all of my bloggy friends aren't there.
Pink. If I were to have a unicorn it would so be pink! ;) Best. Colour. EVER.

6. How is Cecilia doing? :P

She's doing really well, thanks for asking! I've been on her nonstop for the last few weeks until just recently when I got my first physical books for the first time in like a month and a half so I've put her down ;) I need to buy some books for her, though! Even if they are just freebies; and I need a case for her too. She looks so naked.

Being "on" Cecilia sounds so dirty. And that doesn't help the fact that I just said "She looks so naked." *washes brain with soap
If you hadn't pointed that out, I'm pretty sure no one would have noticed the dirtiness in that sentence. *gasp* Eileen, you need to seriously have a brain clean. O_O
Quickfire Questions:
1. The Immortal Rules or The Iron Fey?

The Iron Fey. YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TO ASK THIS, KYRA.

2. TV or computer?

Computer BECAUSE you can watch TV shows on the computer through the program's websites. HA.

3. Summer of winter?

I kind of hate them both O_O Because summer is way too hot, and winter is way too cold. I'm more of an autumn person. BUT I would choose summer. Maybe.

4. Contemporary or dystopian?

AHHH if you've seen my reviews I hate like every single book I read. It's always three stars and less and it's horrible. But I have read a few really good books recently, so I'm not on a complete blogging slump. But, considering a lot of my favorite books are contemporaries, I'll choose contemporary!

5. An endless amount of croissants AND a pet unicorn or a real life Ash? :D

Now I need another minute to work my loopholing magic. Which means, consulting the best loopholer I know.

NIKKI GET IN HERE RIGHT NOW. WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU'RE ON A TWITTER AND SOCIAL MEDIA HIATUS? I WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS BLASPHEMY.

Fine, so she's gone. Looks like I'm all on my own. *starts singing Les Mis song On My Own*

Official answer: I would pick the real life Ash because I can still buy croissants from Costco, and Ash is a faery so he can just bring me into the Nevernever with him so we can find me a unicorn.

*crosses arms* HA.

Darn it. You're good at loopholing -_-

Thanks for letting me go insane on your blog, Kyra! Who said anything about a mini interview? This is like the next Les Mis over here people. The unabridged edition, which is like a thousand pages.

Haha thank you Eileen for sharing your insanity on my blog :P
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Blog of a Bookaholic Blogoversary Day 7 - Lucy from Queen of Contemporary!


Hi Lucy! Can you tell us a bit about your awesome self and your lovely blog?
Well, I’m very honoured that you would think to call me awesome, Kyra! My name is Lucy and I run the YA book blog, Queen of Contemporary.

I created Queen of Contemporary in April 2012 and I really didn’t think that through blogging I would meet such a lovely group of people and also have fun at the same time. If you were to visit my blog then you would find both book reviews and book related discussions, as well as a feature I like to call Embracing My Inner Geek where I ramble about random things.

What has been the best bloggy/bookish moment in your life?

Only one?! I’ve achieved so much through blogging and so it’s really hard to choose one thing.
I love meeting authors and have so far met Kit Berry, Rachel Ward, Lucy Christopher and C.J. Skuse. It’s nice to meet the people who have inspired me.
I’ve also loved being able to talk to such wonderful people who I converse with daily. All of them are lovely and I love them so much.

If you could choose one book boyfriend to come to life for one day, who would it be and why?
I don’t know how you could do this to me, Kyra! Do you know how much you are torturing me?! I actually have a whole list of book boyfriends that is ever-growing and highly amuses everyone I show. I’m going to have to choose Yul from Magus of Stonewylde by Kit Berry because I both in love with him and the books.

Do you remember how we became bloggy buddies? :P
This is going to sound really stupid, but I really don’t know! I can remember seeing your Twitter profile and following you, but that’s it. I’m so glad we did start talking though because you are one of my best bloggy buddies and have helped me so much with my blog.

How big is your TBR pile and have you added any books to it lately?
My TBR pile is massive. It has shrunk a little bit but, of course, I’m always adding to it so it will never really go down. At the time of writing this, my latest additions are Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood, Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi, The Evolution of Mara Dyer and Pantomime by Laura Lam.

How is Sylvie and what was the last book you read on her?
She’s good, I hope! *goes off to ask her how she is*
For those people who have no idea what I’m talking about, Sylvie is my Kindle and I received her for my birthday in October. I named her after the female protagonist in one of my favourite books of all time, Sylvie. Many of us in the book blogging community have named their Kindles, some of my favourites being Kiki (yours, Kyra!), Monty (Jessica from Booked Up!) and Cecelia (Eileen from **Singing and Reading in the Rain**).

At the time of writing this, the last book I read on her was Me, Suzy P by Karen Saunders.

Quickfire Questions:
1. Rain or sun? 
Sun, but I can read for longer when it’s raining!
2. Four or Will Herondale? ;) 
Gaah! I love both but will have to go with Four this once. Sorry Will! ;)
3. Library of book shop? 
I love my library and think it’s really important that we support them so I’m going to have to choose library.
4. Books or chocolate? 
WHY?! Can I choose both..?
5. Summer or winter? 
Although I love warm weather, I can get too hot sometimes so I prefer Winter at night.  
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Blog of a Bookaholic Day 6 - Interview with Rebecca-Books!


1.  Hey Rebecca! Tell us about your lovely self and your gorgeous blog! :)
                   Rebecca-Books
Hello Kyra! I’m Rebecca (if that part is not blindingly obvious), I’m 18 and I live in London, England where my life evolves entirely around books essentially. Seriously, my friends call me the ‘one who reads’ or ‘she ingests books’. When I’m not blogging/reading, I’m off working at my local Waterstones bookshop or slaving over college work.
(I realise I’m rambling now so onto the blog). I started my blog three years ago as a kind of project to take my mind of some things that were happening at the time. For the first few months it was just a private thing until I discovered some amazing book blogs like ‘holes In My brain’ and then I guess the rest is history! I still can't believe that was 3 WHOLE YEARS AGO. 
Three years?! WOW! 
2. If you could choose one place in the world to read where would it be? Such as a tropical island, a log house in snowy mountains etc?
One of the best things about having to take the train to college every day is I have some me-time just reading on the train. I’m not sure why I like it, I guess the motion of the train or the atmosphere, I’m not sure. But yeah I would love to be on an old-style, quiet train on my way to somewhere lovely. 
That sounds really nice! I've never read on a train before...*adds to bucket list*
3. What are your favourite genres to read?
I’ve realised recently how many dystopian series I’ve read so I guess that’s a favourite! I also love a good contemporary or historical fiction book. 

4. Do you remember how we became bloggy buddies? :P
In all honesty, I can’t remember at all (this is really bad!). I think it was about September/October perhaps last year and it may have been when I’d seen you post on Lucy from Queen of Contemporary’s blog and maybe something to do with Twitter. To be honest, I have the memory of a goldfish.

5. If you could have one character come to life from a book and hang out with you for a day, who would it be?
AH OH MY GOSH WHY ASK ME THIS QUESTION THERE ARE TOO MANY *panics*. Okay, so I think Four (Divergent) would be UP THERE, any of my favourite Sarah Dessen characters – Macy, Annabel, Mclean. Put Hazel and Augustus (The Fault in Our Stars) in there too perhaps. I realise now that’s quite a few people and you asked for one. But I’m having a party with them so you need more than one really…
DEFINITELY FOUR! O_O *drools*
6. Do you have an ereader and has it got a name? :P
I do, a Kindle. I don’t have a name for it really. When I talk about it I call it ‘The Kindle’. Hmm, I need to think of a name. Any suggestions?
How about...Tris? Four? Hazel? Augustus? :P
Quickfire questions:
1. Thriller of contemporary?
Although I love a good thriller, contemporary will always win. 
2. Music or art?

I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of art. So music, I find it relaxes me when I’m working.
3. Ebooks or physical books?
An ebook you cannot smell and I love the smell of books. As much as I don’t mind ebooks, from working in a bookshop and having a Kindle, I’ve come to appreciate physical books. 
4. The Knife of Never Letting Go or Divergent?
OH YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE A HARD ONE FOR ME. I’m going to go with.........Divergent. Only because I’ve read it more recently and still getting over how great it was. 
Yes, that was an incredibly hard question. I'm evil, right? Mwahahahaha -*half-chokes on fly*
5. Vanilla or chocolate?

VANILLA ALWAYS.
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Blog of a Bookaholic Blogoversary Day 6 - Interview with Jessica from Booked Up!

 1. Hi! Introduce your amazing self and your equally amazing blog! :)
Booked Up!Aw, making me blush on the first question :P Okay, ahem, my name is Jessica and I am the blogger behind the YA book blog, Booked Up! I've been blogging for a year and a few months now, and it's definitely the best hobby I've ever taken on. Blogging is a phenomenal experience, and through it I have met a countless amount of wonderful people. In my spare time I'm cleaning out Guinea Pig cages (glamorous, yes?) , taking my dogs for walks, daydreaming about my many book boyfriends, meeting up with my friends in town, spending time with family by watching a film in the evening and catching up with homework! In a nutshell, that's my life. Hopefully it will be more interesting someday, and I'll be working in London at a publishing company. :D 
2. If you could have a fictional character come to life and hang out with you for a day, who would it be and why?

Katniss Everdeen. I mean, come on, she's incredible! I would get Katniss to teach me a bunch of survival tricks, we'd gossip about Peeta, and at the end of the day we would eat the cooked rabbit that I shot in my first archery class with her. Actually, I don't think I could bring myself to shoot a rabbit, so we'd probably just snack on (non-poisonous) berries instead. But if Katniss was too busy to come to life and meet me, I would choose Calaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass. Or Allison Sekemoto from The Immortal Rules. Basically any of the kick-ass female protagonists in YA fiction! 

3. If you could meet one author who would it be and what would your first words to him/her be? :D
Just one? Hmm...probably Julie Kagawa. And the first thing I would say to her would be "Tell me more about Ash!" Julie Kagawa has the best imagination ever when it comes to writing, and meeting her would be something I would definitely write about in my Diary. I'm kidding, I don't have a Diary, but you get my point. ;)
4. Do you remember how we became bloggy buddies?
Of course! Ages ago now, you sent me an email asking if I wanted to be interviewed at Blog of a Bookaholic. I was more than happy to have an interview with you, and then had you at Booked Up! in return. After many tweets together, commenting on each others blogs and fangirling tons, you became one of my best bloggy buddies. I hate to think what it would be like if we'd never "met" each other!
 5. Have you added any books to your TBR pile lately? ;)
Oh Kyra, I am adding new books to that dreaded TBR daily. Where do I even begin? Let's see...Catching Jordan, Going Vintage, The Shadow Girl, Easy, My Life Next Door, Riptide, Crossing the Line, The Summer I Turned Pretty, the Matched series, the Covenant series, And then I Found You and sooo many more!   
6. How is Monty and what books have you added to him lately? :D
Monty is great, thanks! In case any of you guys reading this don't know who Monty is, he's my new Kindle. (Yes, I'm weird like that.) And I have added tons of new books to him lately, especially with NetGalley approvals. I request way too much! Anyway, here are some of the books I recently added to Monty: Geek Girl, Mila 2.0, The Eternity Cure (eeep!!!), Dare You To, Wait For You, You had me at Hello, The Lost Prince and Dear Cassie. And that's just to name a few!
Quickfire Questions:
 1. Divergent or Morganville Vampires?
This is such a tough question for me to answer! On the one hand, Divergent is...unbelievably phenomenal. But then Morganville Vampires is such a fun series that I've been following for ages. And it brought me the swoon-worthy Shane Collins, who I would choose over Four. So The Morganville Vamps! 
2. Sweet or savoury?
It's got to be sweet!
3. Ebooks or physical books?
Yay, I can finally answer this question now I have an ereader! Like pretty much everyone, I'm going to choose Physical books, purely because they are what we had before all of the Kindles arrived. I will always love my paperbacks! However, I've been using my Kindle for a while now, and really love it. Monty is so much lighter than a paperback and I can buy and start reading a new book in seconds, thanks to the One-Click Buy method. Plus, the doors to NetGalley have opened for me! Yay!
4. Four or Ash?
I don't even have to think about this one. Ash. He is perfection. To be honest, I think I'm in the minority of people who don't really go as crazy as others about Four. Don't get me wrong, he is gorgeous, but he doesn't make it into my Top 5 Book Boyfriends.
5. Contemporary or dystopian? :D
I have been a massive fan of contemps my whole life. However, I have noticed that dystopian books have a much bigger emotional impact on me than contemps. So dystopian!

Thank you so much for letting me interview you! :) xxx

No worries, Kyra! Thanks for having me here on your fabulous blog! I've really enjoyed the interview! :)xxx
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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Blog of a Blogoversary Day 5 - Interview with Emma from Never Judge a Book By It's Cover

1. Hi, Emma! Can you introduce your lovely self and your amazing blog? :D
Hi Kyra, thanks for having me on your Blogoversary week, I'm honoured! Well, Hi guys, I'm Emma! I'm a Part-Time Librarian and Student during the week! My Blog, Never Judge a Book by its Cover was based on my passion and love for YA! But its also a lesson of life as well. I fond expressing my experience and connection of characters through my reviews and who knew I would receive books from publishers, and interview my favourite authors of all time! And of course find your ultimate book boyfriend!
2. You also have a graphic site, The Graphicness (your designs are absolutely gorgeous by the way!) What programme do you use and how long have you been designing your awesome graphics? 
I started out by using Picnik then to PicMonkey a Photo editor site using simple pictures and altering them! Then Amelia, The Authoress does graphics and she created mine and I loved it! So I asked if she could advise me and teach me some skills and techniques. That's when I began to take it up the next level by using Photoshop CS6! I've been doing graphics seriously for about a year now... And that is how I created The Graphicness!
3. If you could visit any three libraries in the world, which ones would they be?
Wow! That is such a unique question that this has really stumped me with my answers! The Library of Congress in America! I don't know why, I love libraries that have a history and I love american history! Two more... Hmmm The British Library and The New York Public Library! I seriously need to move to the states! :D
4. Do you remember how we became bloggy buddies? :D
I do, how could I forget! You were my only and first  twitter friend! I never knew how to communicate with bloggers aside from through commenting and Twitter became forum for blogging friends! I started talking to you and I remember saying, "I hope you don't mind me bothering you" that's how new I was at being a blogger and Kyra was the first to help me. I know now that my blogging friends especially Kyra are my real friends! As we all know what we love and fangirl over! :)
5. What's the best book you've read this year?
A month ago, that would be the hardest question, now its the easier! Dare You To by Katie McGarry! Its brought me to tears of happiness and inspired me to so much!
6. Do you have an ereader and does it have a name? ;)
Yes, technically I have two... I have Nelly the Nexus that I read some books on and Ryan (recently changed since reading Dare You To ;P) my Kindle!
Quickfire Questions:
1. Rain or sunshine? 

SUNSHINE *singing*
2. Dogs or cats? 

Dogs :D
3. Sweet or savoury? 
Definitely Sweet who could argue again that! 
4. TV or computer? 

Computer of course!
5. Books or chocolate? :D 

BOOOOOOOOOKKKKS!
Hope you like my answers! Thanks for having me!


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Monday, 25 March 2013

Blog of a Bookaholic Blogoversary Day 4 - Interview with Zoe from Bookhi!



My Blog Button! =) 
1. Hi Zoe! Do introduce your wonderful self and your lovely YA book review blog, Bookhi!
Hi Kyra! *hugs* Well, I am fifteen years old and I live in England. When I'm not being drowned in homework, reading, tweeting, Facebook-ing or watching TV, I run a YA book blog called Bookhi. I post reviews, interviews, giveaways and discussions. If I don't know you, come and say hi :)
2. If you could visit any three libraries in the world, which ones would they be?
Ooh, brilliant question! I haven't really thought about it before. I would absolutely LOVE to go to The Royal Library of Alexandria. It has burnt down three times and it would be interesting to hear about the history. The Library of Congress is the largest library of the world... IMAGINE ALL THE BOOKS! :D It would also be great to visit the Bodleian Library because it is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and inside it looks so beautiful (according to the pictures on Google Images, anyway...).

3. Have you bought any good books lately and what are you currently reading?
I have, as a matter of fact! Last week I bought Butter which looks interesting. Yesterday my Dad bought me Beautiful Creatures and Undone which I have been dying to read for ages! :D I am currently reading The Hit by Melvin Burgess. It is quite good but a little slow. I don't feel connected to the characters but I talked to Lucy from Queen of Contemporary on Twitter and she said that it gets better so I'll stick with it.

4. Do you remember how we became bloggy buddies? :D
HAWWA! AWESOME HAWWA! :D When I first saw this question, I felt really bad because I couldn't remember. I guess that it is because I just can't imagine life without your blog, hehe! I'm glad that we worked it out between us eventually, though. Hawwa from Ebony Black Lines introduced us and thus was born an awesome book-y friendship :)
5. Do like having a series of books in the same format? For example, would you make sure to have The Infernal Devices all in paperback, hardback or ebook or don't you mind?
I am quite fussy when it comes to books, so yes - I prefer to have the same series in the same formats. Of course, sometimes it can't be helped. I bought Clockwork Angel from a bookstore and then Clockwork Prince from the Internet so I didn't realise that it was bigger than CA. Now they can't sit side my side on my bookshelf *cue violins and tears* :P 
6. Do you have en ereader and if so what is it's name? ;)
Of course! I have a Kindle called Kindley! So original, huh?
Quickfire Questions:
1. Four of Will Herondale? (Mwahahaha! :D) 
Ohmigosh - YOU ARE EVIL! :O Will.. Four... Will... Four... asdfghjkl *head explodes*
2. Chocolate or reading? 
Reading with chocolate! ;)
3. Libraries or bookshops? 
Hmm.. I LOVE bookshops (I once spent three hours in one) but I think I prefer libraries more :)
4. Ebooks or physical books? 
Physical!
5. Reading when it's sunny or reading when it's rainy? 
Reading when it is rainy!
Thanks for interviewing me, Kyra! :) xxx
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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Blog of a Bookaholic Blogoversary Day 3 - Interview with Hawwa from Ebony Black Lines









1. Hi! Can you tell us a bit about your amazing self and your stunning blog?
Hi Kyra!  Thanks for having me on your awesome blog! Well..I wouldn't call it amazing but I am pretty proud of it! I am a teenage bookaholic living in that lovely cold and wet country called England, and I have a blog called Ebony Black Lines where I write reviews, host giveaways and talk about books. And speaking of giveaways. I have about 14 giveaways going at the moment which are finishing very soon..some of them have already finished so go check them out...once you've read and commented on this post of course! ;)

2. You like writing and photography. Are you writing anything at the moment and what camera do you use to take your photos with?
Aaah you remembered! I am attempting, to write a novella at the moment...I don't know how well it's going since I can't even think of any name for my main character!..any ideas? It's a girl and she lives in France. :D but I do write short stories as well and I actually have a pretty rubbish camera at the moment as I can't currently afford anything better. It is a Sony Cybershoot H7 or something along those lines and is about 10 years old...I am saving up for a new camera though! Slowly but surely...I just have to learn to shoot fully in manual first. :)

3. What has been your best blogging moment?
Errrrmmm......when I got my first ever review book which happened to be an ARC and one of the best books I've ever read ( Wonder by R.J Palacio. you can read my review here: http://ebonyblacklines.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/wonder-by-rj-palacio.html )

4. Do you remember how we became bloggy buddies? :D
Haha to be very honest I actually can't. *cringes* I think it was mainly through Twitter wasn't it?...and lovely old e-mails of course!..Can you?.........

Haha, it was definitely through emails! And I think I commented on your blog and then you commented on mine and then we started chatting about bookish stuff via emails? I honestly have the memory of a goldfish so I was hoping that you would remember :P

5. What are the top 5 books on your wish list?
I have way more than five Kyra! But just some of them..
Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris
Origin by Jessica Khoury
The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

You haven't read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century yet? You must! It's amazing!

6. Have you got an ereader and has it got a name?
Sadly I don't. And I feel like I'm missing it when I hear people gushing about theirs and their awesome requesting sprees on Netgalley..*sobs*

Aw! You must, I have a Kindle and I love it!
Quickfire questions:
1. Reading or writing? 
*splutters* you evil girl! I'm going to be a rebel and say BOTH!
2. Notebook and pen or laptop? 
*coughs* both again?...
3. Winning a £100 book buying spree or winning a Canon camera? 
Eeek! Probably a Canon camera..seeing as I have a lot of books already and have a really bad camera that sometimes refuses to switch on..
4. Computer or TV?
Computer hands down. We don't actually have a TV..
5. Physical books or Ebooks? 
PHYSICAL BOOKS! and that's not just because I don't have an e-reader!

Thank you for having me. :DD 
HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! MAY YOU HAVE MANY MORE....;) x

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Blog of a Bookaholic Blogoversary Day 3 - Interview with Rebekah from The Reflections of a Bookworm



Hi Rebekah, you awesome person! Can you tell us a bit about you and your wonderful blog?
Hey Kyra, you amazing ball of fun :D
Well... I'm from the UK and I like long walks on the beach and..oh wait. Wrong kind of interview!
The first book I ever bought was Enid Blyton - The Fairies' Shoemaker and I haven't looked back. I love dancing around to music, going on road trips with my friends and generally causing a ruckus. 
My blog, The Reflections of a Bookworm, was started so I could remind myself of the books I've read and it's not restricted in genre but tends to be more YA. I like to think my review style is quite laid back because I'll just write as if I'm talking to a friend. Which you are! :D
2. You published a novel, Living in the Dark, how did it feel when you actually completed a novel and how did you celebrate?
It felt like I'd just gone on my first roller coaster and I kinda sat there staring at the computer saying "Oh my goodness" for about half an hour. Then I went to bed. I like to write at night! 
But the next day I did go for lunch with my friends :)

3. If you could visit three libraries anywhere in the world, which libraries would they be?
Tough question. I'd probably go for the USDC Geisel library and the Biblioteca Parque Espana because they look so cool! Then the Bodleian library in London because I bet it would smell heavenly. 

4. Do you remember how we became bloggy buddies? :D
Of course! It was back in November and we were both doing NaNo. I'd been following your blog for a while (not like a creepy stalker!) and you tweeted that you had done some drawing instead of writing and the rest is history!

5. Have you added any books to your TBR pile lately? :P
It's like you know I'm on a book ban! Recently, I've added Requiem by Lauren Oliver, Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger, Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells and The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
6. Do you have an ereader and does it have a name? ;)
I have a good ole Kindle keyboard and her name is Beatrice :) 

Quickfire Questions:
1. Geek Girl or The Archived?
Evil! The Archived. So many feels. 

2. Even numbers or odd numbers?
Even!

3. Tropical island or snowy Alps?
Alps. I complain a lot in the heat and I'd get to wear my favourite jumpers.
4. Books or chocolate?
Books!

5. Reading outside or reading inside? (depending on the weather ;))
Inside, snuggled up in a duvet for any kind of weather. 

Thanks for having me and HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! *throws confetti and cupcakes*


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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Blog of a Bookaholic Blogoversary Day 2 - Book Bloggy Friends! :D



Blogging
When I first started blogging, I can honestly say, I didn't have the slightest inkling of what book bloggers did, I didn't know what content they posted (aside from reviews), I didn't know about Netgalley, ARCs, Goodreads...absolutely nothing. I just asked my dad (he's good with all technical stuff) if there was a site where I could create a blog and he said blogger. So I created my blog. And since then, it has been a non-stop journey of fun and bookish awesomeness. 

Like I said in my previous post, I have learnt so much since blogging. I have learnt that there is a whole book blogging community that I never even heard of, I learnt about Goodreads, Divergent, The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Sky is Everywhere, ARCs, BlogLovin (only learnt of that recently!), basic HTML and so much more. And I have had some amazing experiences.

Top 5 Best Blogging Moments
1. Talking to other book-bloggers!
This has definitely been one of the most amazing things while blogging. I have met quite a few bloggers that have the same taste in books as me and that are kind and helpful people. I really wish  that one day I will be able to meet all my bloggy buddies and we can go book-shopping and go to the library and then go eat cake and fan-girl about our book boyfriends. Maybe one day :P

2. Having publishers and authors send me books to review
Wow. When I got my first review copy, I was so happy and so surprised and just generally exhilarated, I couldn't believe that a small little blog like mine was actually being sent books to review. And even now, when I get books to review, I am totally ecstatic!

3. Getting my review in a book
My first book that I ever got to review: Melly, Fatty and Me by Edyth Bulbring, was re-published by Hot Key books, and my review was on the blurb. One of the BEST. THINGS. EVER!

4. Interviewing authors
My first author interview was with Edyth Bulbring, her interview was great to read and it was so amazing to be able to actually interview an AUTHOR. And we all know that authors are celebrities to us book lovers :P

5. Netgalley and Edelweiss
Netgalley and Edelweiss are both amazing. I've received so many amazing review books from them and I can't actually imagine a blogging life without it!

Top 5 Best Books I Have Discovered
1. Divergent - Veronica Roth
I absolutely adored Divergent and it was one of the first dystopian novels I read when I started blogging.

2. The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
I read this last month and I loved it. It was one of the most heart-wrenching novels I have ever read and I will never ever forget the experience of reading such an emotional novel.

3. The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
I don't usually read books where one of the main aspects is death, but The Sky is Everywhere had the most stunning writing and was written perfectly. I loved it.

4. Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel is honestly a book I probably wouldn't have picked up or read if I hadn't heard about it on Goodreads and in the blogosphere. I absolutely ADORED it and I can't wait to read the rest of Cassandra Clare's books! :)

5. The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han
I hadn't heard of this trilogy before I started my blog and I am so glad I read it because it was one of the best contemporary trilogies I have ever read! :)

My Amazing Book-Blogging Buddies and Thank Yous
*In no particular order*
1.  Eileen from ***Singing and Reading in the Rain*
Eileen is probably the first bloggy (she also taught me the word bloggy. Love it. Bloggy. Bloggy. BLOGGY. *ahem* Moving on..) friend I made. I was always stalking following her latest blog posts and I seriously impressed with her blog because she had only been blogging for about 6 months at the time (I think?) and she had around 800-900 followers and I was like WOW. O_O And then since she was really good with blogging/designing and stuff I emailed her probably more than one hundred times asking her questions about blogging/formatting etc and it's a wonder she really didn't get sick of me. THANK YOU EILEEN FOR BEING AWESOME AND ANSWERING ALL MY QUESTIONS. *hands croissants and a real-life Ash* 

2. Jessica from Booked Up!
Jessica was one of my first ever bloggy buddies and she is one of the nicest people in the blogosphere! After reading her blog for awhile and leaving comments (as she reviewed books that I really wanted to read/have read and loved and we have really similar reading taste) I decided to ask to interview her on my blog and she said yep and then we spoke a lot about how out of control our TBR piles and how amazing the Airhead trilogy is and then the rest is history!

3. Zoe from Bookhi
I talk to Zoe practically all the time! She is such a sweet, nice person and it's being really lovely getting to know her the past year. Me and Zoe have actually been trying to think the past week on how we actually became acquainted. And then we both realised it was thanks to Hawwa from Ebony Black Lines! THANK YOU! Me and Zoe also have similar reading tastes and me, her and Jess often talk about the new books we are reading and about our spiralling TBR piles! 

4. Hawwa from Ebony Black Lines
Hawwa is an absolutely amazing artist, writer and reviewer from her blog, Ebony Black Lines. She was probably the third or fifth person that followed my blog and when I went on her blog I absolutely loved it! She is extremely talented and I've had some good conversations about writing with her!:)

5. Lucy from Queen of Contemporary
I actually only met Lucy back in August, when I created Twitter! She followed me and I followed back and then we chatted about books all the time! It's been so nice getting to know Lucy and see how her blog has grown. I still remember when I first went on her blog she just had 15 followers and now she has almost 200, GO LUCY! :D

6. Emma from Never Judge a Book by Its Cover
Emma! Emma is also one of my bloggy buddies I met on Twitter (See. SEE?! This is why you need Twitter, you meet so many amazing people. Imagine if I hadn't met Lucy or Emma?! *dies*) She is really sweet and we also have a lot in common with our reading! :D And she designs AMAZING graphics. Seriously. You see my blog banner/button? Uh huh, that's right, Emma designed it! :D

7. Rebekah from Reflective Bookworms
Rebekah and I actually started talking on Twitter (another Twitter, bloggy buddy!) when it was November and we were both preparing for NaNoWriMo and were both participating it, we chatted a lot about how the writing was going etc. And now we chat about all things bookish and writeish (a new word I created!) :D

8. Rebecca from Rebecca-Books
Another Twitter/bloggy buddy! :D She's really great to talk to and she has a fantastic blog! We've also read qutie a few of the same books. Oh yes! And THANK YOU REBECCA for telling me to continue reading The Knife of Never Letting Go! The Knife of Never Letting Go is one of my new favourite books and if it hadn't been for Rebecca I wouldn't have finished it. And I wouldn't have had such a heart-wrenching reading experience. *gasp* Imagine! *faints*

9. Annabelle from Sparkles and Lightning
I actually only really started talking to Annabelle a few months ago (on Twitter!!) and she is such a nice person! She runs an absolutely amazing blog and her reviews are wondddeerrfffuuulll! :D It's really fun fan-girling with her about stuff and ranting with her about bookish stuff. *Whose playing Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars Movie* *cough*

10. Terri-Maree from Bibliophilia 
One of my South African book blogging buddies! I wasn't actually aware that their were people who ran book-blogs in South Africa. It's really fun talking to someone who lives in the same country as me and it's lovely talking to her about books and life in general.

11. Tammy from The Book Fairy Haven
Tammy is such a lovely person and her reviews are utterly AMAZING and I really admire her writing skills! 

12. Monique from Parasphere
Also from South Africa and I started speaking to her on Twitter! We have the same taste in books (she has some excellent books on her TBR pile that we are definitely doing a read-a-long for) and I can't wait to get to know her more!

Other Amazing Book Bloggers 
Thank you to:
Giselle from Xpresso Reads
Evie from Bookish
Giselle from Book Nerd Canada
Lynn (kuro_rino)
Megan from The Book Babe

You guys all run amazing blogs and I love reading your posts! I look forward to chatting with you guys more on Twitter this year! :)
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