Saturday, February 21, 2015

Book Blogger Love-a-Thon 2015 || Getting To Know Me

The day has finally come - it's time to officially kick off the 2015 Book Blogger Love-a-thon (henceforth to be referred to as Love-a-Thon)! While I miss my lovely co-host Katelyn loads, I'm still psyched to be getting to host this event and stir up some positivity in this amazing community we've got. Now's the chance for all of us to get to commenting, following, tweeting, expressing gratitude and admiration, and so much more. Plus, there will be mini-challenges, two Twitter chats and a bunch of amazing giveaways!

If you're just now hearing about the Love-a-Thon, you can still sign up! Just visit this post and fill out the form. Then tweet me at @alexalovesbooks, or shoot an email to bbloveathon@gmail.com, so I can add you to the official participant list in this post!

Before we kick things off with my questionnaire answers, I'd like to say thank you. I'm so grateful to all the bloggers who have signed up and shared in my excitement for this event! I'm also incredibly grateful to the bloggers, authors & publishers who have shared amazing donations for the giveaways during the next two days.
What I love most about this questionnaire is that it gives me an opportunity to share a bit more about myself with all of you! Check out my answers below, and then start hopping around to check out everyone else's responses too.

What’s your name? Alexa, short for Alexandra.

Where in the world are you blogging from? Queens, NY, from our relatively new place!

How did you get into blogging in the first place? I discovered book blogs in 2010, and lurked until 2011. That's when I realized I wanted to be a part of this community, particularly since I didn't have any bookish friends in real life! I set it up, started reviewing the books I'd bought and read - and the rest is history.

How did you come up with your blog name? I decided it would be best to stick with plain and simple, so I just stated a fact - Alexa Loves Books. (Not very creative, right?)

What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? I'd like to say fantasy, but this isn't true. Apparently, I read and review mostly contemporary novels. This seems crazy to me, since as a child, I loved my fantasy reads!

What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? I'm glad you asked! I do a bunch of things - discussions, author interviews, monthly recaps, Top Ten Tuesday and Tunes & Tales. I also collaborate regularly with Rachel (of Hello Chelly) to do Friends with ARCsBooks in Real Life and Friends with Anime, and do events with many of my blogging friends throughout the year.

Best blogging experience so far? Honestly, the entire experience has been a whirlwind of fun! But the best part is getting to meet authors who actually know who I am because of the blog. That's always a novelty, because it never ever gets old. Hosting events (especially with blogger friends) is a close second!

Favorite thing about the blogging community? The friendships I've formed. Seriously, blogging has introduced me to some of the best people! I've met some of my best friends online because of this community, so I love that!

Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015! Here are 3 I've read - A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. And here are 2 I'm looking forward to - Truthwitch by Susan Dennard & Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.

What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? I don't know how many times I can say this, but the Newsoul series by Jodi Meadows is incredible and I always think everyone should read it.

Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? I'd like to think I'd get along really well with Lilah from Open Road Summer. Can she, Reagan and I be best friends forever?

Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? I enjoy writing, though I have yet to form a decent habit of it. I love to scrapbook, and collect mementos from everywhere. I enjoy watching musicals and plays, a holdover from when I was a theatre geek in college. And I like traveling!

Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? Stationery - pens, notebooks, pads - and crafting goodies - papers, adhesives, etc.

At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing? - Right now, there's only one song that I feel is fitting for this, and it's Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson.

Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. I think the Hundred Oaks novels by Miranda Kennealy would make a fantastic TV show! Also, Daughter of the Forest & Son of Shadows would both make epic films.

Hope y'all enjoyed getting to know me a little better! I can't wait to see your answers for the questionnaire as I hop around your blogs today. Join me in blog hopping! To make it easier, here's a full list of all the Love-a-Thon participants as of Feb 22, 6:30PM EST.

Because we have such generous sponsors, I get to host a giveaway for this kick-off post! There will be two Rafflecopter forms below, one meant for US participants and one meant for INTERNATIONAL participants. Please make sure to enter the right one if you're an international participant!

US ONLY GIVEAWAY
prize pack consists of: 
Asunder by Jodi Meadows
What's Left of Me OR Once We Were by Kat Zhang
Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schulz

INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY
prize pack consists of:
Iron Fey box set by Julie Kagawa
Taken by Erin Bowman
Sekret by Lindsay Smith

14 comments:

  1. I am loving "Heir of fire - in darkness, like no other."

    But then, I'm soooo biased :P

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  2. Lynsey Zili RobinsonFebruary 21, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Ooh Still-Starcrossed!!

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  3. Your poems are great!Especially the second one.
    It took me some time to come up with mine,but it was fun!

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  4. Love your Book Spine Poem! Such beautiful imagery--I'm excited you used Daughter of the Forest! :)

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  5. Love you poems! I had a hard time with mine but I finally came up with one :)

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  6. Wow! Yours are really good. I've never seen this before but it was so fun! Now to check out everyone else's.

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  7. I had a hard time also!

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  8. Wow, I love yours!!!! :)

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  9. These are so creative! I really enjoyed reading these, and recognized a few titles here and there;)

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  10. Great poems! I love that you used Heir of Fire! :)

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  11. I love this idea so much Alexa! It was a blast doing these! You did such a great job with yours! <3

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  12. These are really good! I especially like the Heir of Fire one ;) I am such a big fan of Book Spine Poetry, I wish I'd been able to do more than one!

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