Book Blogger Love-a-Thon Introduction!

Posted February 15, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 34 Comments

I’m participating in the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon this year(hooray!), which means you might be seeing more post from me this weekend than normal. Just a head’s up! The Love-a-Thon is being hosted by Katelyn(from Tales of Books & Bands) and Alexa (at Alexa Loves Books) and is running throughout the weekend. This is my introduction post where you get to find out some things about me & the blog!

1. How did you come up with your blog name?

This is an excellent question. I liked the idea of having three alliterative words, and having Book & blog be two of them. I originally thought this would be a book & baking blog, but my interest in baking has waned since then. It hasn’t gone away completely, but I just don’t have as much of a desire to actually share recipes or things like that. However, that’s how Book.Blog.Bake. was born.

2. What genre/subject matter do you read and review most on your blog?

It’s all a mix, really, but I read and review mostly young adult books, mostly science fiction/fantasy/anything speculative.

3. Name the 3 books you’re excited for in 2014!

The books I was MOST excited about have recently come out(Cress!), but here are 3 books I’m still waiting on:

1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
2. Free to Fall by Lauren Miller
3. On the Fence by Kasie West

4. Where in the world are you blogging from?

Texas. Howdy, y’all.

5. Tell us — how did you get into blogging in the first place?

I’ve been blogging off and on in various blogging communities for about four years. None of them stuck, because I wasn’t really passionate about any of the things I was blogging about–or I was, but not in a committed way. I go through interest easily. But I’ve always been interested in books. I hoped when I started Book.Blog.Bake. that it would be the one that would stick.

6. Apart from reading, what other hobbies/interests do you have?

I’m suppose to have OTHER hobbies? Is TV a hobby? I enjoy TV shows a lot, though I’m not a big movie fan. Other than those things, I do enjoy photography, though I’m out of practice, and I’m also a writer.

7. If you were stuck on a deserted island, which books would you bring with you?

Is ALL of them not an acceptable answer? I’d bring my Chronicles of Narnia series, because it’s an omnibus, so seven books right there. Then I’d bring Harry Potter, for obvious reasons. And to mix it up with a more realistic fiction book, I would bring my copy of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. For a happy book, I would bring The Distance Between Us by Kasie West.

8. If you were stuck in some dangerous situation (like a fire, a sinking ship, a warzone), which book boy or girl would you want to come and save you?

Hector & Chaol, please. They’re Captains of Royal Guards! They know what to do in a crisis.

9. You’re attending a party with your friends. Suddenly, the DJ changes the song and it’s YOUR song – what song would that be?

Beautiful Day by U2–it’s been “my” song since high school!

10. What 3 movies would you love to have your favorite author write into books, or vice versa?

 Not much of a movie person, but I would LOVE  A Singin’ in the Rain book(my favorite movie!). Also, it’s a TV show, but I need Gilmore Girl books. Pretty pretty please?



34 responses to “Book Blogger Love-a-Thon Introduction!

    • Stormy

      I convince myself I love watching TV because it’s another way to get a story fix. It may not be reading, but there’s all these amazing story lines with the right shows and fictional characters, so in some ways, it goes hand in hand.

      I’m so excited for Free to Fall! Ah, Hector. I love him, so I wish you well on your first meeting(especially with Crown of Embers–that’s THE Hector book for me).

  1. I enjoy TV shows a lot as well and I included it in my interview! Ooh, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe on your island book list! I really want to read that one!

  2. I have never heard of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe, but after finishing The Inferno in college last year, I’ve got to try it! I love your blog – absolutely gorgeous.

    I’m so excited to see you’re from Texas! Born and raised outside of Austin – hook ’em horns 🙂

  3. Oh God. Could you imagine the dialogue in a Gilmore Girls book? I sometimes had a fun time just keeping up with them in the show. Haha. Thanks for letting us get to know you, Stormy!

    • Stormy

      Ha, I could see pages of a Gilmore Girl book being filled just with straight dialogue! The upside would be I could actually pause my reading of a book to look up all the pop culture references I miss in the show.

  4. I’m also super excited for On the Fence by Kasie West! I really liked The Distance Between Us and am reading Pivot Point right now because I got Split Second at ALA…. I’m loving it!!
    A girl in my book club snagged Landline at ALA. Can’t wait to borrow it from her!

    • Stormy

      Ah, jealous of Landline! I hope it’s as amazing as Rainbow Rowell’s other books!
      Kasie West just writes the best characters. I love all her books!

    • Stormy

      Haha, it seems I wasn’t the only one who immediately thought of Chaol for that question! I saw his name on a lot of these posts.

  5. Oh hi!

    You know, if your passion for baking ever flares up again I would definitely be checking out those recipes!

    KASIE WEST. Yes, good. Everyone should have Kasie West on their list for everything.

    TV is definitely a hobby, I do love my TV shows! I like movies, but I find that I connect more with TV characters than movie ones.

    I’m about to start reading The Crown of Embers today (after I’ve done some commenting), and can’t wait to read more about Hector. Everyone seems to love him and I must find out why.

    • Stormy

      Ha, well, I do sometimes bake still but I’m often thwarted from making it blog-friendly because I know share a kitchen with three other roommates. . . it gets crowded in there pretty quickly!

      I think TV characters are easier to connect with because they become SO LONG. Even if you’re only watching one episode at a time, as it airs, by the time a normal TV show ends, you’ve been spending a lot of time wrapped up in their story.

      Hector! Crown of Embers, to me, is THE Hector book of that trilogy so I hope you like it!

  6. Can’t wait for Landline!! Harry Potter is the obvious choice for me to bring to a desert island as well, because you can read them again and again! Singin’ in the Rain!!! Gene Kelly is my favorite actor!!

    • Stormy

      I haven’t seen ANY Gene Kelly film except Singin’ in the Rain, but I want to desperately! I’m going to have to make that a priority soon.
      I feel like Harry Potter is one of those books that gives something new with every re-read. I’ve read the entire series at least six times but every time I find a new detail I hadn’t noticed before!

  7. I’m reading Cress right now and I’M SO EXCITED. Although I probably should have started it on a day when I would be able to read all day. Oh well, couldn’t help myself haha. I’m also very excited for Landline!

    CHAOL! He can come save me any day 😉 Maybe I can fake a fire or something?

    Also, Gilmore Girls books would be the best. Someone make this happen!

    • Stormy

      Hmm. . maybe not a fire(just in case it escalated). How about trapped in a room? Fairly safe, but still in need of a captain of a royal guard. . .
      I might have wanted a Gilmore Girls book so badly that I’ve spent a lot of time looking at Fanfiction for the TV show, but I never found anything epic-length like I wanted. Maybe someone will make this happen!

    • Stormy

      Hector is wonderful! I pretty much smiled every time he was on the page in Crown of Embers & The Bitter Kingdom.

  8. prettylreader

    I’ve only read Pivot Point by Kasie West (which I loved), but I think I need to give her contemporaries a shot too, especially since one of them is one of your most anticipated releases this year!

    I haven’t read anything by Rainbow Rowell; I’m worried about the hype monster, haha. Same reason I’ve avoided John Green.

    TV is definitely a hobby! We just cancelled our cable though, so my new hobby is Netflix, haha

    • Stormy

      Ah, I love all of Kasie West’s books! I think at this point Pivot Point is my favorite, but The Distance Between Us is really great as well. It’s just a nice light & fun read with some great banter.

      I totally get avoiding the hype monster. I’ve read John Green’s books and I think the hype monster hurt my perception of them a lot(except for Looking for Alaska, which I loved. But the others were just okay).

    • Stormy

      She’s become one of my favorite authors in a very short amount of time! Her characters always feel like real people to me.

  9. You’re a girl after my own heart — Chaol and Hector to save the day? YES PLEASE. Those two would make a great team, honestly. <3

    I'm also excited for Landline! Rainbow's writing is lovely to read, and I'm anticipating really liking this one as well. I'm also really glad that you'd take Narnia AND Harry Potter with you to a deserted island because they're both awesome series, really.

    • Stormy

      Chaol & Hector would be pretty much a perfect team. Especially(from what I’ve read of Crown of Midnight so far) they definitely have some similar backgrounds!

      I think if I was on a deserted island, I’d just be reliving my childhood the entire time. Plus, those two seven book series would keep me busy for awhile(I’d hope!).

  10. I’m defintiely waiting on Landline too! It sounds so interesting, plus the cover is so pretty. I would definitely bring the Harry Potter series as well. So much time I could pass and while reliving basically 90% of my childhood.

    • Stormy

      Yes! And Harry Potter is long enough to keep you occupied for awhile. I love the Landline cover. It’s so stunning & different!

  11. Hahah I had Tv in my interview questions as well and debated whether it counted as a hobby. I cannot wait for Landline, I have loved all Rowell’s other books so far! Gilmore Girl books… interesting… definitely behind that choice 🙂

    • Stormy

      I’ve decided that TV counts as a hobby when watched with intention(as in, I’m going to watch this series in order & get into the story). I would BEG for a Gilmore Girls book. I’ve always wanted one!

  12. A lot of people are hoping for Chaol to save them it seems! Sheesh, I guess I really need to read Throne of Glass, huh?
    TV is so a hobby. One I wish I had more time for!
    I’m with you there on Landline! I can’t wait to read more from Rainbow! <3

    • Stormy

      Chaol <3. I really do think you would like the Throne of Glass series! Pretty easy-to-get-into high fantasy.
      I think seeing everyone talk about TV has made me come to this conclusion: If you watch TV mindfully, with the idea that you’re watching a story and watch episodes of scripted shows in order, then it’s a hobby. Mindless TV watching(like when I sometimes turn the tv on in the background when I’m blogging) maybe not so much.
      I am SO excited for Landline, even though based on the summary that’s not a book I would typically pick up on my own. It’s Rainbow Rowell, so of COURSE I’m going to read it!

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