Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!
In case you don’t know the deal about Book and a Beverage, it’s a very simple yet fun feature: We read books, we drink beverages, we take pictures of them and then I share your photos and a little about you to the blogging world!
Give a big welcome to Kelley from Oh, the Books!
Name & Blog Name: My name is Kelley and my blog is called Oh, the Books! (I previously had a blog called Another Novel Read as well) — Oh, and my cat’s name is Genovieve!
Tell us a little about your blog! Oh, the Books! is a collaboration between me and two of my absolute favorite people: Asti from A Bookish Heart and Leanne from Literary Excursion. We’ve all had so much fun as book bloggers this past year, but our lives were getting so busy that all three of us were on the verge of either hiatus or — dare I say it — having to stop blogging. So we decided to band together and see if we could hold each other up and lighten one another’s burdens! Our site has been up for about a month and a half now and we’re having a blast! This way, we get to focus on our favorite types of posts, and put out quality content, without feeling the pressure to put up “filler” posts just to keep our site active. (Sorry, was that more than “a little”?)
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) I think some of my favorite posts have been ones where I get to share a bit about my personal life as well as my bookish life, like…
- In Search of Bookish Hell Mode (http://www.ohthebooks.com/in-
pursuit-of-bookish-hell-mode/) , where I talk about my search to find a book that’s the perfect level of “vocabulary torture” for my husband.
- Look, We Need to Talk About Covers (http://www.ohthebooks.com/
look-we-need-to-talk-about- covers/), where I hash out the debates I had with my sister and husband regarding gendered book covers (especially in YA)
- Exploring Tarot with The Raven Boys – Part I (http://www.ohthebooks.com/
exploring-tarot-with-the- raven-boys-part-i/), in which I began to dissect the tarot references in Maggie Stiefvater’s mystical series and had fantastic results.
- And basically every post I wrote for Sci-Fi Month last year (http://www.ohthebooks.com/
kelley/sci-fi-november/), which included discussions about clones and space travel, crossword puzzles, a couple of quizzes, and more!
Got anything special coming up we should know about? IHmm, I’ve got a couple new posts coming up in my “Exploring Tarot with…” series, as well as some discussion posts I had a lot of fun writing. I’ve also been enjoying being Asti’s assistant with The Bookish Games this time around, and next time is going to be a theme of my choosing — muahaha!
Whatcha reading? Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor!
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc) I pre-ordered it on B&N the moment I heard that it was coming with an exclusive, signed art print by Laini Taylor!
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? It’s my current read — as soon as it arrived, it basically overrode anything else I was reading at the moment. The conclusion to one of my all-time favorites series? How could I wait?!
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? Well, I’ve barely gotten into it so far, but as I said, it’s one of my all-time favorite series. Laini Taylor is a MASTER at vivid imagery and lyrical prose. I’d recommend this series to anyone who likes YA, fantasy, beautiful writing, or weird stories!
Whatcha drinking? In my cute little yellow cup (yes, I chose it to match the book cover) is just a quick vanilla cappuccino. I chose that little cup because it matches, but I actually enjoyed having a small serving of a hot beverage, because I got to drink it all before it got cold!
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? You know, I don’t think I really drink much while reading, but when I get the opportunity to curl up with a book, I do like to enjoy a glass of red wine with it. A nice mug of coffee is great too.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Ouch, this is hard. I’m going to be a bit boring and say ice-cold water. There’s really nothing quite as refreshing as that (and don’t EVEN tell me to drink water if it’s not ice-cold. That would be the opposite of refreshing!).
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? This is hard because I like to recommend books based on the particular person’s tastes… But I’m pretty sure just about *everyone’s* heard or seen me recommending Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Grendel by John Gardner, and basically everything by Laini Taylor!
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? Ooh, great question, and I’m going to cheat a little bit and answer all three!
- Proudest blogging moment: Starting up Oh, the Books! with Asti and Leanne, and having it open to such success and positive reception. It’s really rewarding to be partnering with such wonderful people, and to be part of a project that people seem to really enjoy!
- Proudest reading moment: I guess it’s hard to be proud about reading something (?), but it always makes me feel good when I recommend a book to someone and they end up loving it — especially my husband, because he’s so hard to please!
- Proudest writing moment: So far? This may seem weird because it’s not actually related to my book blogging, but the post I wrote about being a female gamer (The Trouble with Magic and Me) has been met with a lot of encouragement from the community.
Anything else you’d like to share? Ummm, how about this video of my cat eating pizza…
Thanks, Kelley! So happy to have you on Book and a Beverage! Firstly, your cat is adorable!! I love her little cameo.
I’m in the middle of reading Dreams of Gods and Monsters too and I just don’t want it to end! I’m taking so long because I’m scared to read it haha!
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Kelley! Connect with her at the links below!
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