Hello friends, how are you? Today’s Wednesday, and let yourself be warned for this massive PART 1 post. I am completely overwhelmed –in a good, in a kind of awesome way, by all of your congratulations, and ALL of the questions you wanted to ask me to celebrate my 500 followers. THANK YOU so, so much!
❗️❗️ Before getting into this, I just want to remind you that the subscriptions for the Souvenirs From Across The World project -the part if you want to SEND souvenirs from your hometown, books and love to other bloggers– WILL BE CLOSING IN 5 DAYS! If you’re interested, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE.
Since there were a lot of questions, and I don’t want to overwhelm you guys with a massive post, this is part one of two of my answers. Today, the two main topics are kind of obvious ones… because I’ll answer to all your questions regarding blogging, and reading, a.k.a my blogging debut, favorite books, pictures of my bookshelves and ALL THE THINGS. THANK YOU so much once again, I had so much fun answering these!
Hannah @ Mortal Reader asked:
🔹What was the book that got you into reading or was it a booktube or blog?
I actually can’t answer that question, not because I don’t want to, but because I can’t actually remember. I have the memory of a gold fish, really?! I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember, really, and I can’t just say which book got me hooked into reading. I think it’s The Hunger Games though, that got me into reading TONS of YA books.
Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks asked;
🔹 What got you into blogging, and what were you expecting from it when you first started out?
I think my love for books got me into blogging, actually, and I felt the need to talk about books I loved, and to write about them on a place that would be just my own. What I was expecting was to stay alone on my little corner of the internet, and to write down mostly book reviews for myself… a year and a half later, look what happened…
🔹 What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Now, that’s easy, it’s YOU! Really, all of you guys, the community, incredible people I’ve met and talk to on an almost-daily basis. I love it so, so much.
Summer @xingsings & Caitlyn @ Inkwitchblog asked:
🔹What advice would you have given to yourself when you first began blogging? (Like the “now Marie” gives advice to the “new blogger Marie” back then.)
I would tell myself: don’t be afraid. I was scared of so many things. Big bloggers, not being able to stand out, not being able to talk to other people because I’m a bit shy and a bit intimidated by all the bloggers out there. I was scared of writing what I thought, scared that no one would care, really. And then, well, I just blogged my heart out and everything was okay. Big bloggers aren’t that scary because they are actually really friendly.
Beth @ Reading Every Night asked:
🔹Aside from reaching 500 followers, what has been your best, most memorable moment as a blogger?
There are way too many moments to count, honestly. I love the time I introduced one of my most beloved passion, and you guys were okay that it wasn’t about books. I loved your enthusiasm about my new Souvenirs project. I just loved the simple fact that, the day after I posted my 500 followers post, I got so many thoughtful comments, and questions, and people wanting to share and celebrate with me. YOU are making each day memorable.
Reg @ She Latitude asked:
🔹 What are your future plans for the blog?
I think my favorite aspect of blogging really is the community, and being able to share things, love, and book recommendations, with others. I do want to try and do that more. I’m currently in the middle of my new Souvenirs From Across The World project, where book bloggers all around the world get to talk about their hometown and cultures, and exchange gifts and bookish things. I want to expand this feeling of community and spread positivity the most I can with this. If this works well, I’m planning on making this a regular feature.
I want to try and progressively make almost 100% of the blog content entirely mine. I do love tags and Top Ten Tuesdays, but I want to make this place completely mine with original subjects on books, and on travelling as well. I want to take you travelling with you and visit bookish settings with me through Instagram and stuff.
I also would love to share love with advice on blogging, and I am actually working on something like that. Sharing advice between the community with a feature. In the meantime, I will be sharing advice during the InterBlogCon.
Another thing I’d love to try, is some sort of a book club, a giant buddy-reading party with all of you guys.
Well…from all of that, I think we can deduce that I have a TON of ideas and not enough time, haha.
Cait @ Paper Fury asked:
🔹 Do you have a favourite trope and a least favourite trope?
THE BEST FRIEND TROPE. Oh I love it. Childhood friends especially, getting closer and finally having the happiness they’ve been wanting to get for so long. It makes my heart melt. I think my least favorite has to be the insta-love trope? It just annoys me so, so much, because that doesn’t happen for real.
🔹 Have you had a book you used to love but now don’t?
Hm, right now the only book I can think about is Red Queen. I didn’t love it enough to put 5 stars, but after reading Glass Sword, I am pretty much annoyed at the whole series, ahah.
🔹 If you could rescue a character from their meanie author, who would you save?!?
Hm, hm, that’s a great question actually, there are so many characters that just BROKE MY HEART. I could quote All The Bright Places, because that book was so, SO sad. Or erm, The Hunger Games got me crying like a baby. WHY ARE BOOKS SO CRUEL.
Shanti @ Virtually Read asked:
🔹 If you could translate one book from French to English what would it be?
So, let me apologize, but this is all my sister’s fault, I asked her what I should answer because I had no idea, and she kindly suggested a stupidly funny children’s book called, … Ratus. Right. So it’s about a weird GREEN rat and yeah, it’s a children book. I don’t remember why I loved it so much. (here, it’s, Ratus writes a book. Oh okay, I get it now why I liked it.)
Nazahet @ Read Diverse Books asked:
🔹 What is the last book that made you literally sob/cry?
Hm, I think the last book that made me really cry, was The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson. I’m a sucker for siblings relationships (hello, nyx, I love you) and that book just broke my heart.
Chesca @ I Adore Paper and Jenna @ Reading With Jenna asked:
🔹 Who is your fictional crush?
Hm, can I make a list? Off the top of my head right now, some of my favorite bookish boyfriends are Aaron Warner (The Shatter Me Series), Noah Shaw (The Mara Dyer series), Wes (The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen).
🔹 What book struck you the most in your life? (asked as well by Louise @ Genie Reads)
I think I’d have to say Looking for Alaska. It’s the kind of book I’ve read, and re-read, and you know, whenever I read or think about it, I feel like that book is all kinds of brilliant. It’s the kind of book for which my love grows, and grows.
Hannah @ Mortal Reader asked:
🔹 What is your all time favourite book series?
This question is SO HARD TO ANSWER haha. I don’t know how to choose, at all. Right now, I want to say the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. The first book completely struck me, especially the ending. Such a powerful book. But The Mara Dyer series comes to a close second.
Beth @ Reading Every Night asked:
🔹What would be the one book that you would recommend to EVERYONE because it’s so brilliant?
I think I’d recommend I’ll Give You The Sun to everyone, because I thought that it was quite brilliant indeed. Or anything Jandy Nelson writes, really. I was tempted to talk about John Green there, but… I’m full of surprises, right? Or not.
🔹 Would you be willing to share a picture of your bookshelves? (I like seeing how people organize their books!)
Right now, I don’t really have a bookshelf – and I’m moving out soon anyway, so books are lying around everywhere. This is my bookshelf at home. My dad made it for me. I love my dad. We tried to color-organize it, I think it looks okay?
Liam @ Hey, Ashers! asked:
🔹 Which YA novels (written in English) have you read that are set in France, but get France wrong? And how do they mess it up?
Right now, I can only think about Stephanie Perkins’ series, Anna and The French Kiss. Since I’m not that big of a fan of Paris, I’d have to say that, hm, the city looks really pretty and dreamy in the book, but well, in reality, there’s not just that? Paris isn’t that magical, but maybe it’s because I am actually used to it? Oh, I also remember now, I read a book with my sister called, A Year in the Merde, and it was actually, well… it was supposed to be funny, but it was full of clichés. Like, no, we don’t eat frogs, and there aren’t dog’s crap everywhere on the streets…
Jesalin @ JBelksBooks asked:
🔹If you had to pick one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hm, I think my favorite genre is contemporary, so I’ll go with that?
Holly @ Nut Free Nerd asked:
🔹 Which author would you want to write the story of your life?
I’m not going to surprise anyone by answering John Green? But if like, J.K Rowling stops by and wants to make me some sort of magical witch, I wouldn’t say no…
Rivka @ The Orangoutan Librarian asked:
🔹 What’s the most imaginative world building you’ve ever read in a book?
Hm, I don’t know if it is the most imaginative, but right now I want to say Splintered, because that Wonderland was definitely all kinds of brilliant, and so creepy as well.
Summer @ xingsings asked:
🔹A book that you think would convert non-readers into (avid) readers?
Wow, really that question is SO hard because, well, it really depends on what people may or may not like. But honestly, More than this (Patrick Ness) completely blew me away and reminded me why I loved reading so much. I would definitely advice someone who doesn’t read to try it out.
Yarravy @ Hiraeth for the pages asked:
🔹 You can will one book character into life for one day: Who will it be and what are you planning for the day?
I kind of want to say Simon Spier, because who wouldn’t want to spend a day with him?! What we’d plan? Reality shows marathon, gargantuan oreos eating contest?
Jess @ Mud and stars asked:
🔹Who’s your favorite fictional character of all time, and who’s your least favorite?
Of all times?! Wow, that’s SO hard, honestly. I would really go with Lyra, from His Dark Materials, because she’s been such a huge part of my childhood – early teenage years, and that book was just INCREDIBLE. As for my least favorite… Sorry, lovers of The Duff, but I just had a hard time with Bianca, so…I’ll go with her for that.
Kat @ Life & Other Disasters asked:
🔹 If you had the choice, would you want a meet and greet with your favorite author or rather 30 new releases of your choice?
It’s a hard question, but I would definitely love to have a meet and greet with my favorite author. Even if I probably couldn’t be able to speak, and end up making a complete fool of myself.
Shar @ Virtually Read asked:
🔹 Why did you start reading YA?
Why? That’s a hard question, because I don’t know how to answer to that, ahah. I kind of fell into it, to be honest. I read a lot of books, and I loved that I could relate to the main characters. Then I read The Hunger Games and everything that book told me was just like a huge slap in the face, reminding me that there was so much more to YA books that they led on. I’m technically an adult – I guess? But I do find incredible things in YA books that appeal me much more than into any other genre. Butterflies, feelings, incredible characters shaping out the most complicated yet incredible part of life. Adventure, strong messages that it’s up to you to change things. I love it.
Jenna @ Reading With Jenna asked:
🔹What is your favorite bookmark and can you show us your collection?
Okay, this is going to be weird…I don’t have an ordinary bookmark, it’s travelling tickets, actually (London and Amsterdam), a Egyptian bookmark from my uncle, and … a minion (I know. You can laugh).
🔹 Would you rather never ever read your favorite book again or kill your ultimate book boyfriend (who can never be revived or turned immortal or whatever)?
Jenna, you are CRUEL I don’t know what to answer to that, honestly, hahaha. I’m surprising myself here, but I think I’d actually go with never reading my favorite book again. Because this way, I can’t be disappointed if I re-read it and don’t find it as good as before. While, if I kill my book boyfriend, well… I would be forever sad.
Elm @ Just Elm asked:
🔹 Do you sometimes judge a book by its cover?
Guilty as charged. Yes I do, it happens, but I try not to….but I’m absolutely in love with beautiful bookish covers, I can’t help but be drawn to a book with a gorgeous cover.