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Blogger Interview: Meg and Chri at Ink Skies!

Today I’m interviewing the lovely Meg & Chri, the geniuses behind the book blog Ink Skies!

Pink answers are from Meg and blue answers are from Chri.

1. Describe your blog in 5 words
Ramblings under an inky sky.
Ramblings of two word-obsessed bookworms.

2. Why did you start your blog?
To be honest, I don’t quite remember. All I know is that I loved reading so much and wanted to share my love for all things YA, and also partly because I love to write. 

My blog started out as just a small space to write down my thoughts about, well, anything. That was around the time my English teacher introduced me to a bunch of YA novels and I really fell in love with reading. I created a Goodreads account, lurked around the blogs of some of my favorite reviewers I discovered via Goodreads, and later on plucked up the courage to start book reviews on my own blog. It’s tricky to juggle book blogging and my academic and social life all at the same time, but I regret nothing 🙂

3. What is your favourite part of blogging?
Typing up the posts, for sure! I’ve never been in a blogging slump, so I still really enjoy thinking up discussion topics, writing up reviews, etc. 

The community. I love how everyone’s so enthusiastic about books, and how nice everyone is! It’s always nice to talk about books with someone – how great it was, what you didn’t like about it, how angry it made you, how much you need to get your hands on a copy of it, etc – and have them respond just as enthusiastically. My brothers and friends, though they understand my love for words, would never really understand as much as all the book bloggers do. And I love being able to discuss something I love with someone who loves it just as much.

4. What do find hardest about blogging?
Hmm… probably getting the blog known. Ink Skies has been around for a year and a month already, and yet I don’t have as big a reader base as I would’ve liked. That’s partly my fault, though, since I never really bothered to advertise my blog much when I first started it, and getting word out about your blog is no easy feat, since there are so many others who are doing the same thing out there!

Finding the time for it all! I really need more than 24 hours a day – I can never find enough time to get everything done.

5. What’s your favourite post you’ve written on your blog?
Tough question! I love each and every post I typed up (um, except for the earlier ones, because those were just plain horrible), so I don’t really have a favorite. 

Eep. This is hard, because most of time I’d pour over a blog post for a few days, then press “publish” and bury my head under a pillow and try to forget it’s existence. I always feel like my posts are lacking something, and if I look over them I’m always tempted to go back and edit it. But I do like my review of Darker Still . Sometimes I struggle with explaining how exactly I felt about a book, what annoyed me, and what not, but I think I got everything across and I think it’s one of my better, more in-depth reviews. Hopefully 😛

6. Who are some bloggers that inspire you?
Sam from Realm of Fiction, Giselle from Xpresso Reads, Kelly from Radiant Shadows (that girl has amazing discussion posts), Vicky from Books, Biscuits and Tea – and so many more. All these people have great blogs and they’ve definitely helped my blogging journey for the better!

There’s so many! Here’s just a few of them: Renae, Kelly, Krista and Becca, Blythe, Wendy, Steph and Kat, and Dianna. They’re all such lovely people with amazing blogs that I highly recommend you visit.

7. What are some goals you have for your blog?
First of all: to get a bigger reader base. The more the merrier, as they say. I’m also hoping that my blog will be able to last for at least another two years, because book blogging has been one of the best experiences of my life. 

I want to try to write more discussion posts – I feel like all I’m writing are reviews and weekly wrap-up posts, and I really want to try to add more variation to the blog. I also want to try to do something creative, something that involves making graphics, because that’s another hobby of mine. I’m still figuring things out, but that’s one thing I want to add to the blog. But I guess the largest goal for me this year is to be more time efficient – I’m the kind of person who could come up with a million different ideas and then just sit there, staring off into space, and getting nothing done. I have a bunch of drafts for the blog that are all half-finished, and I want to try to set aside a few hours each week just to work on those and to respond to all the lovely comments that we receive. I’m a procrastinator, but I’m working on it. Really. 😛

8. What book are you currently reading and how are you liking it?
I’m currently reading Dare You To by Katie McGarry. I’m really enjoying it! I was a huge fan of Pushing the Limits, so it’s great that the sequel’s equally as good. 

I’m currently reading The Last Academy by Anne Applegate, and it’s… I feel like the first chapter was really gripping and pulled me right in, but then after that the story just took the first turn into Snoozeville :/

9. Are your bookshelves organized in any particular way?
Nope! I’m not OCD about that at all. I just find space for my books and shove them in. 

My bookshelves are organized by ARC, paperback, and hardcover, and then by genre, and then by color. I’m a little obsessed xD

10. How do you decide what book to read next?
I always try to read books that will be published soon first. That way, I’ll be able to type up my review and publish it before/on the publication date and also fulfill the publisher’s request. Sometimes, though, I won’t be able to resist reading a book I really want to, so I will. I don’t have much of a reading schedule. On rare occasions, I also ask Twitter what books they think I should read next. 

I’m a mood reader – reading schedules never really work out for me, because I always end up skipping books and reading whatever I’m in the mood for. So mostly it’s based on what I feel like reading at that moment. Sometimes, if I haven’t read and reviewed a book that’ll be archived on Netgalley or is being published in a few days, I’ll read that one first. But that hasn’t really happened yet.

Thank you so much for stopping by guys! I loved this interview! Be sure to check out Meg and Chri’s fabulous blog!

Blogger Interview: Audrey from Holes in my Brain

Today I’m interviewing Audrey from Holes in my Brain. Audrey’s blog was one of the first blogs I ever found when I started blogging, and she’s inspired me so, so much. Since then we’ve had the chance to meet in real life at bookish events, and I can see that her personality comes through so much on her blog, it’s amazing!

 

1. Describe your blog in five words…
Sporadic, honest, lists, evolving, bookish

2. Why did you start your blog?
I read a book off a recommendation of the first book blog I discovered way back in 2009 (Graceling by Kristin Cashore). After finishing it, I thought “oh, I could write reviews too!” and then at pretty much 1 in the morning, I created my blogspot account… and a blog title. I think my state of mind really shows.

3. What is your favourite part of blogging?
I love the people and the books, as cliched as that answer is. There’s some bloggers that I think are the nicest, coolest, smartest people ever; being able to passionately discuss (see: fangirl) my favourite books with like-minded people is the best feeling. And of course, I would have never read any of the fabulous books or discovered my favourite authors had I not discovered blogging.

4. What do you find hardest about blogging?
Haha, definitely posting regularly! I’m a lot more relaxed about only posting a few times a month (that used to freak me out). I think reading slumps also really suck, or when you go on a streak of mediocre books (but that’s reading, not blogging!)

5. What’s your favourite post you’ve written on your blog?
While I really do like a lot of the “discussion” posts I’ve written, I think my interviews with Gayle Forman and Courtney Summers are my favourites. They’re basically the highlights of my blogging life, seriously; I love those authors’ books so much and it was such an honour interviewing them. Eek!

6. Who are some bloggers that inspire you?
Too many! Hmm… in terms of “inspiring”, I think Steph Su (Steph Su Reads), Angie (Angieville), and Adele (pre-2012 Persnickety Snark) write the most eloquent reviews that make me wish I could write better. However, I must confess that I don’t read nearly as many blogs as I used to!

7. What are some goals you have for your blog?
I probably have more “guidelines” than goals, seeing how dreadfully awful I am at things like completing book challenges. General things like not letting my blog completely fade away, and write about whatever I want are things that come to mind. I’d love to read and review more books, but I don’t pressure myself to do that anymore.

8. What book are you currently reading?
Return to me by Justina Chen– I adored her other novel, North of Beautiful, but this one hasn’t quite “got” me yet.

9. Favourite book of 2012?
Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta, I still search up quotes on goodreads for that book. However, I’m super biased because I’ll pretty much unconditionally love any book that woman writes, and I’ll gladly admit it.

10. Book you’re most looking forward to?
Recently I can’t stop thinking of Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund. I hugely enjoyed For Darkness Shows the Stars, and when I found that AaSSS was about spies… awesomeness. Also, like every other blogger, I can’t wait for Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (eeeep!!), The Howling Boy by Cath Crowley, and two (TWO!) Patrick Ness books.  I’m feeling spoiled that a lot of my favourite authors have books coming out!

Thanks so much for having me on your wonderful blog, Chloe!!!

Thanks for visiting Audrey! And you guys, I can’t say enough good things about Audrey and her blog – go visit it and you’ll see what I mean!

Blogger Interview: Judith from Paper Riot

 Today I’m interviewing Judith from Paper Riot! I absolutely adore her blog and I hope you guys do too!

Paper Riot
 
1. Describe your blog in 5 words.
I am normal I swear.

2. Why did you start your blog?
I’ve always been obsessed with reading and writing and I have been blogging for years, but somehow never thought of book blogging until July 2012. That was when I came across some book blogs and immediately knew I wanted to start my own blog. I didn’t even hesitate, and I’m so glad I didn’t.

3. What is your favourite part of blogging?
I love the contact with other bloggers and authors a lot. It’s so much fun talking about books with people who love the same stories, and I’ve met so many great people here already! And I also love making content, whether it’s reviews I write or graphics I make. I love crafting and creating, so this blog is the perfect outlet for me!

4. What do you find hardest about blogging?
Finding time! I love blogging and reading, but I recently discovered that it’s more difficult keeping up with everything than I thought it would be. I try posting every 2-3 days, but that doesn’t always work out and then I get stressed out haha. I constantly need to remind myself that blogging is my hobby, and not my job.

5. What’s your favourite post you’ve written on your blog?
I love both of my Piece of Mind posts, one about book hangovers and one about how I feel that books belong to their readers, since I put so much heart into them. I also just love to discuss these topics with other people, and it’s been great so far!

6. Who are some bloggers that inspire you?

From the moment I started book blogging, I have mostly been inspired by blogs with a personality – you know, the kind of blogs that are so personal and unique that you will adore them no matter what, just because they have so much heart put into them. To me, blogs like that are Anna Reads, the Perpetual Page-Turner, Novel Sounds, Rather Be Reading and So Obsessed With. I think having a clear voice is a great thing, and these ladies definitely have one!

7. What are some goals you have for your blog?
Always: be more creative and be more organized. First, I love making graphics and keep thinking of new things. But more important is that I definitely need to start being organized. I usually write my posts the day before or even the same day I post them. It has worked out so far, but this also means more stress. I’m working on it. I guess.

8. What book are you currently reading?

I actually haven’t had time to pick up another book since I finished Scarlet, because I’ve been busy participating in the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon all day. But I’m thinking about starting either The Truth About Forever or finishing Throne of Glass tomorrow. Or maybe another VA book. Or Shadow & Bone. Or…

9. Favourite book of 2012?
One favorite? Um, The Fault in Our Stars. No, Divergent. Or maybe Shatter Me. Or Cinder. Or Anna and the French Kiss, or…

10. Book you’re most looking forward to?
I just finished Scarlet and I can’t wait to get my hands on Cress. Like, I need that book RIGHT NOW.

Thanks for the interview, Judith! Everyone is talking about Scarlet lately, but a confession… I haven’t even read Cinder! I know, right? I’m HORRIBLE! Soon, soon, I promise!

Be sure to check out Judith’s blog!

Blogger Interview: Dianna from Stories After Twelve

Today I’m interviewing Dianna from Stories After Twelve, one of my favourite book blogs 🙂

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1. Describe your blog in 5 words.
Where I write about books.

2. Why did you start your blog?
I’ve always loved reading but last year I got so into books and all I wanted to do was read. Then my best friend introduced me to this amazing book blog, and I immediately knew I wanted to do just that- write (more like ramble) about books and have my own personal space. At the beginning I knew little about ‘reviews’ or how to write them, but I’ve learned a lot and I keep doing that everyday.

3. What is your favourite part of blogging?
I love everything about blogging, to be honest. I love the first moment I start thinking about a post until the moment I publish it. And I love it even more when I get to interact with other bloggers. But the thing I love the most, is that blogging gives me an opportunity to write and voice my thoughts and it has helped me a lot with my confidence.

 4. What do you find hardest about blogging?
I know authors have ‘writer’s block’, but I don’t know how that’s called for bloggers. It goes like this: I finish a book and I have a thousand thoughts running through my mind, but when I start writing them down, suddenly my mind just goes blank and it’s so hard to find a way with words. That’s the hardest about blogging even though lately I’m trying to just let it flow naturally and not force myself into writing something I don’t feel like writing.

 5. What’s your favourite post you’ve written on your blog?
That’s a hard question for me since I never really like my posts. I always find mistakes and I often lose my logical line of thoughts (because of how excited I get about a book) but for the sake of the question I will have to choose my review of Looking For Alaska by John Green as my favorite post. Even though it came out incredibly long, I really expressed my thoughts and feelings about it in the best way I could.

6. Who are some bloggers that inspire you?
Being in this book blogging community for almost a year now I’ve had the chance to know a lot of great bloggers that inspire me everyday and I couldn’t mention all of them here. But some bloggers I absolutely love are: MonicaJudithAmberMeg & ChriArianaElena and many more! I love their blogs so much and they’re such awesome people!

7. What are some goals you have for your blog?
I’m really not good with goals but this year I sat down and actually wrote some for 2013. They’re not many but these are what I considered the most important ones.

  • Start some new features/discussions/giveaways on the blog.
  • Interact more with other bloggers.
  • Do some interviews with bloggers and/or authors.
  • Review every book I read (which I highly doubt I’ll do).

8. What book are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Dance of Shadows and Nobody But Us. (I was lucky enough to get those ARCs for review!)

9. Favourite book of 2012?
I’ll undoubtedly say Looking For Alaska by John Green! I can’t even fathom in words how much I loved that story– so heart wrenching, and realistic and just amazingly and beautifully written. I’ll never forget that book.

10. Book you’re most looking forward to?
Oh My God, there are SO many. Hadn’t I been blogging these months I wouldn’t have known all these new amazing books that are coming out this year! I’m looking forward to: This Is What Happy Looks Like, Isla and the Happily Ever After, Golden, Let the Sky Fall, Premeditated and I better stop now because I’d continue infinitely when I’m asked to talk about books (lol)!

 

Blogger Interview: Haley from Beach Kissed YA Books

Today I’m going to be interviewing Haley from Beach Kissed YA Books, one of my best blogging friends 🙂 

1. Describe your blog in 5 words.
Cute, Teal, New, Fan-Girly, Fun

2. Why did you start your blog?
I started blogging because, like everyone else, I wanted my feelings about books I read to be out there, instead of stuck in my head, all jumbled around. Also, one of my main push factors was finding Goodreads through Lauren @ Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf. I was honestly astonished that people actually did this sort of thing. So of course, I made my own, and I’m loving every minute of it! Goodreads has also changed my whole life, because I wouldn’t have discovered all these books that I now know about today.

3. What is your favourite part of blogging?
My favorite part is the connection. With the other bloggers, authors and books themselves. If we weren’t all involved, I’m not sure how news about anything book related would spread! This connection that I have with all of these great bloggers (including you, Chloe) really makes it seem like a family. We are all kinda tight knit, comprising of a passion for books like no other.

4. What do you find hardest about blogging?
The hardest part is staying upbeat through it all. I know that we all want to be big and known through the community, so it’s hard to come in as a newcomer and be accepted. You’ll learn your place eventually and find yo peeps (wow just went all gangsta there haha), but those first couple months being unknown are tough. You have to stick through it, like we all did at one point. The other hard part is trying to find time to blog, on top of school, sports and life itself. I went into about a 4 month period of no blogging whatsoever, because of school. At one point, we just have to make time.

5. What’s your favourite post you’ve written on your blog?
As of currently, it has to be my first ever giveaway of a signed copy of Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Annie Eliot. Annie actually contacted me through Goodreads, friend requested me and then asked if I would like to read/review her book. Of course, I said YES, with a bunch of exclamation points and caps lock. I also ran around my entire kitchen about 30 times, screaming, jumping up and down. Ya know, the usual (; It was huge for me! We are quite close buddies now, and plan to do more together with each other in the future(: *in robot voice* Go read her books, I command you!

6. Who are some bloggers that inspire you?
Well for one, you, Chloe! Somehow I happened to stumble across your blog and have been stuck ever since. In a good way of course! I check every day for a new post/review of yours, because your reviews are some of my favorites! Teach me your ways! Next, probably Beverley and Jen @ A Reading Daydreamer. Their reviews are similar to mine, as we both happen to fan girl a lot in reviews. With that aspect, it makes it seem more realistic than a monotone reviewer. Their too cute, as well! Lastly, Raquel and Sharon @ The Book Barbies get me laughing out loud most of the times in their reviews. They are spot on in their logic, and I can only dream of writing with that quality!

7. What are some goals you have for your blog?
By the end of 2013, I would love to have reached 100 GFC followers and/or requested, received and reviewed my first ARC from a publisher/author. I am in the works of getting my nerves ready for this!

8. What book are you currently reading?
Currently, I am reading 2 books; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Burn for Burn(Burn for Burn, #1) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. I am certainly enjoying both currently!


9. Favourite book of 2012?
Surrender(Possession, #2) by Elana Johnson. I could never put it down, it was that addicting. If that doesn’t convince you to read it, read my review here.


10. Book you’re most looking forward to?
I really, really want The Elite(The Selection, #2) by Kiera Cass. I literally need it in my hands ASAP. I could actually be requesting the ARC of this as of right now, but I’m too much of a scaredy-cat to try. I needs some tips on this sort of stuff. Anybody got any info? I would be eternally grateful for you :D. The Elite comes out April 23, 2013, btw to anyone who didn’t know.

Thanks for stopping by, Haley! Be sure to check out her blog!