2015 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon
Hosted by: Alexa Loves Books
Dates: February 21-22, 2015, 9AM-9PM EST
This part of the Love-a-thon has previously been an interview swap, but this year it’s a questionnaire which I also enjoy very much! Get to know a little bit more about me and my blog with this year’s questionnaire! I can’t wait to meet more people and get to know the ones I love even better!
What’s your name? Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide
Where in the world are you blogging from? I live in an outer suburb of Chicago — if you know Naperville, it’s about 25 minutes southwest (almost as close as you can go the cornfields without hitting the country!)
How did you get into blogging in the first place? Back in 2012, my friend Lisa and I (who is now back in town! Yay!) got obsessed with this used bookstore (RIP Bundles of Books) and we kept going back and buying soooo many used books. I started reading a lot more because of it and felt like I wanted to do something with all of the thoughts in my head about these books. I must have been feeling creative that day and Goodreads just wasn’t enough because I thought about starting a blog and just sort of went for it!
How did you come up with your blog name? See above! I started buying waaaaay too many books (hence the book addict part) and I wanted to be able to share my reviews with people to help them choose their next read. (At the time, I thought I was going to be VERY influential… somehow haha. I was a bit delusional about what I would do with my blog. I kind of thought people would read it but at the same time didn’t even expect it.) It actually started off as “The Book Addict’s Guide to Reading” but I eventually dropped the “to Reading” part because it was long and made me sound a bit pretentious haha.
What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? It’s changed a lot over the years. I started out with most adult cozy mysteries and YA dystopian with a splash of adult contemporary. Now it’s more YA contemporary and fantasy with a bit of adult fantasy and contemporary, and of course other YA genres like sci-fi, paranormal, and still some dystopian but I find it hard to find a really good one nowadays since I exhausted that genre a bit!
What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? I have a few different features that I host on my blog — Book and a Beverage is a blogger spotlight & interview feature which I post every Thursday with a new blogger (and their book/beverage, of course)! I also have features that I post periodically like My Latest Bookish Addiction, where I share my… well, latest bookish addiction haha!
I’m also hosting the Book Blogger Organization Challenge where I invite bloggers to make plans to do all of the maintenance and behind-the-scenes aspects of blogging! There are lots of reading challenges which I LOVE but I’m more in need of the organization side of things.
There are also a few features I host with other bloggers! A group read & post with my besties that we call On the Same Page (we also host Twitter chats and ARC tours, as well as the OTSPSecretSister project and A Fortnight of Fright during Halloween season) and a book and beer feature called Pub Date!
ALSO, the usual things that aren’t special features like discussions, interviews, blog tours, and even my own handy-dandy infographics/reading guides!
Best blogging experience so far? Gah, there are quite a few that have totally made my blogging life! The first one that comes to mind is the Fall Fierce Reads tour stop in Chicago from this past October (2014). I was not only asked to be the featured blogger on the stop (meaning I got to interview the authors and give some amazing books away) but I was also asked to MODERATE THE EVENT. *dies* It was so nerve-wracking but in the BEST possible way! Know what made it EVEN BETTER? Marissa Meyer was one of the authors I got to meet and interview!!! (And we all know how obsessed I am with The Lunar Chronicles!)
After that, I’d have to say all of the events I’ve been to! Meeting bloggers at events like BEA 2013 and 2014, ALA 2015, and all of the Anderson’s events… it’s been so amazing!
Favorite thing about the blogging community? The people! I’ve honestly made some best and life-long friends through this community! It’s so amazing to meet so many people that I connect with on so many levels and I know that some of these friendships will last for a lifetime!
Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015! Just five!? That’s hard! Hmmm. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demitrios (I have my copy now but still need to read it!), The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (March), Liars Inc by Paula Stokes (March), The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West (May), Resonance by Erica O’Rourke (July), Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (September), The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (September), Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (October also omgggg), Winter by Marissa Meyer (November also omgggg then my world ends goodbye)
What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? I’m actually going to say Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. I read it as a kid and LOVED it, re-read as an adult and still LOVED it and I think if you haven’t read it before, it’s never too late. Maybe it’s just because I had such a strong connection to it but I know several others who love it as well!
Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? Male BFF (assuming he’s taken) is Captain Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles. LOVE a scoundrel and he seems like he’d be SO much fun, a blast to hang out with, and an all-out riot. Female BFF, I want to hang out with Anna Oliphant from Anna and the French Kiss. I just think we’d CLICK and I want to hang out with her and her friends!
Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? WELL those are most of my interests haha! But Shane (my husband) and I love to homebrew together (that’s brew our own beer in case there was a question — I’m assuming you know but you never know!) and we love to travel, go camping, and occasionally take on home improvement projects. I used to scrapbook but I just haven’t had the time for it! I’m hoping to eventually get back into some craft stuff but I need to sort out all of my time schedules first!
Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? Well book shopping is #1. I really don’t go shopping for clothes or shoes, etc (seriously just bought new work clothes for the first time in… oh, 8 months? I don’t go shopping haha) but occasionally I’ll go thrifting with my friend Lisa (but that can’t count because we’re mainly hunting down books)! I was going to say I like going to the liquor store but that makes me sound like a boozebag… what I MEAN is like I like picking out new beers and trying new craft beers! I also love buying things off of Amazon because I’m too lazy to go to the real store and when I do, I’m often buying too many things that I don’t need at Target.
At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing? Oh gosh, I have become that person who listens to their book on tape and doesn’t listen to music anymore. I really don’t have any jams right now but I do have a Motion City Soundtrack CD on constant loop in my car whenever I’m done with my audiobooks so we’ll pretend like that’s a good answer.
Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. The Lunar Chronicles!!!! Omg I NEED this series to be made into movies… but I would also be very, very scared. And let’s talk about how ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES has already been optioned and my heart is already breaking.