Thursday, October 30, 2014

Featuring: Arya of Arya the Fangirl

Today please welcome Arya, who blogs at Arya the Fangirl.



What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?


In my webpage class in high school we had code names so our work could be published without other students being able to judge an individual based on their skill level. Mine happened to be Arya. I added fangirl because I am proud of that title. If I love something everyone is going to know it!


How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging on my current blog for 3 months now!

Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?
I think my book blog is unique because I read a large variety of books. My blog reflects my reading taste and I try to read and enjoy as many genres and topics as I can. I post on books from Middle Grade to Adult.


What genres do you write about most, and why?
The most written about topic on my blog is romance. :P What can I say I am a hopeless romantic! 
Besides romance I also love books that deal with real life issues.


Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?
I don't write in books that are for enjoyment. I have and will continue to write in textbooks for school. It happens to be so much help for me!


What have you learned from other bloggers or your readers?
Community and comments are the best things ever! Everyone has been so nice and I love hearing from everyone! Share The Love!!!


Do you judge a book by its cover, or its lover?
I have friends who love to read if they recommend a book to me than I will for sure at least try to read it.
If I see an eye catching cover than I am drawn to pick it up and at least read the blurb. I've never bought a book just because of the cover!


What's one book that intimidates you?
War and Peace! The concept is something I know I would be in to but its so long and there is never enough time in the world!


If you could go to any literary destination, where would you go?
Hmm! Is Hogwarts too cliche?


How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?
I am a t.v. series junkie! If I'm not reading than I am binge watching a show! I recently also found Gimp and I love making blog buttons and banners and other assortments of creations.


Thank you for joining us today, Arya! Remember to check out Arya's blog, Arya the Fangirl, and leave a comment or question below!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Favorite Thriller Reads I've Read This Year by Wesley from Library Educated

Today please welcome Wesley from Library Educated. He's here to recommend a few mysteries and thrillers for your fall reading!


If you’ve been around the blog lately you might have seen that I’m not one for scary, Halloween-y reads. However, when I want a pulse racing read there are still books for someone like me! Suspense and thrillers provide the excitement, twists and turns without the overtly scary imagery that makes nightmare fodder for me. The only suspense books I can’t get into are spy novels. I have tried “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” a few times and can’t get past the first few pages. Sorry John le Carre!
I’ve read a couple of good thrillers lately, and one I’m really looking forward to reading and I want to share them with you!

a man came out of a door in the mountain adrianne harun
“A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain” by Adrianne Harun
On the surface, this book is about a group of teenage friends living in a small Canadian town. The town is pretty miserable; poverty, addiction, abuse and worse are the norm here. There’s also a string of disappearances of native, teenage girls along the local highway, so that’s also bad. Then the Devil comes to town (yeah, THE Devil). He appears in different forms to different people in this already fragile community. Things disintegrate quickly! I love when a book has a pretty normal setting but then there’s a subtle supernatural twist that can surprise you. This book does that so well!





the string diaries stephen lloyd jones
“The String Diaries” by Stephen Lloyd Jones
This book starts with a bang: a woman names Hannah is speeding through the nighttime English countryside with her daughter asleep in the backseat while her husband bleeds profusely in the passenger seat next to her. They are on the run from a dangerous enemy that has stalked her family for a very long time. The story takes us back in time and all around Europe as Hannah does everything she can to protect and save her family members. I found myself holding my breath as I was reading this book. The story is face paced and taut, the characters complex but relatable. I can’t believe this is the author’s debut novel!





hold the dark william giraldi
“Hold the Dark” by William Giraldi
This book is on the tippy top of my to-be read list! I forget where I heard about it (I can never remember!) but I knew I had to read it when I read the “blurb”! The story takes place in a tiny, remote Alaskan village. Wolves have begun sneaking into the village and snapping up children. A wolf and nature expert whose life is in ruins, a father of a missing child and his childhood friend set out to see if they can find the wolves and end the village’s terror. But instead of answers about the wolves they find out something much worse…Doesn’t that sound exciting? I’m pumped for it!


Do you have any favorite thrillers to recommend?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Featuring: Jordin from A Bottomless Book Bag

Today please welcome Jordin, who blogs at A Bottomless Book Bag.

What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?
I was inspired by Hermione's bag in Deathly Hallows. I liked the idea of being able to reach into a bottomless bag filled with books. While my blog is in no way bottomless yet, I do hope to post reviews for all the books I read.


How long have you been blogging?
Technically, I first posted in November 2013, but I didn't make that second post until February 2014 when I start blogging way more consistently.


Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?
I'm still trying to figure out where exactly I fit in amongst all the book blogs out there. Mostly, I have been reviewing young adult books on my blog and participating in a meme here or there. But I have started a newish feature called "Let's Talk about the Ending" where I can rant and rave about the endings of books.


What genres do you write about most, and why?
I mostly review Young Adult books, but I've been trying to incorporate a few adult books too. I probably read fantasy and contemporary YA the most, but I also like dystopians, paranormal, retellings, and mystery/thrillers.


What's one book you think everyone should read?
It's not really one book, but one author: Tamora Pierce. She's written sooooo many books. A lot of them focus on strong women and are coming of age stories. It's fantasy, but I honestly think anyone will appreciate her books... well mainly any female :)


Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?
It depends... I would write in some of my books for school and college, but I just can't bring myself to do it in my fun books.

If you could go to any literary destination, where would you go?
Hogwarts :)

What is your reading personality? (via quiz at http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/)
The All-Rounder

Your responses showed you fitting equally into all four reading personalities:

Involved Reader: You don't just love to read books, you love to read about books. For you, half the fun of reading is the thrill of the chase - discovering new books and authors, and discussing your finds with others.
Exacting Reader: You love books but you rarely have as much time to read as you'd like - so you're very particular about the books you choose.
Serial Reader: Once you discover a favorite writer you tend to stick with him/her through thick and thin.
Eclectic Reader: You read for entertainment but also to expand your mind. You're open to new ideas and new writers, and are not wedded to a particular genre or limited range of authors.



Thank you for joining us today, Jordin! Remember to check out Jordin's blog, A Bottomless Book Bag, and leave a comment or question.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BBI is on the Lookout for an International Team Member!

We are looking for one (or possibly two) new team members at Book Bloggers International.  Our lives have each gotten much busier since we started BBI and we would love to bring on new team members to work with!

Since the three of us all live in the U.S., we are in particular looking for an international book blogger to join our team.  If you live outside the U.S. and are interested in being considered for our new opening, please fill out the form below!  








We will be selecting the candidate in the next month. 

We will also be back to regularly scheduled posts, soon, with both new featured bloggers, as well as theme months.  Thanks for being patient with us!  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Now Featuring: Carolina G from A Girl That Likes Books

Today please welcome Carolina, who blogs at A Girl That Likes Books.


What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?
The URL (green mushroom) comes from the green mushroom on Mario that gives you extra lives, just like books do the same. The title of the blog itself, A Girl that Likes Books seemed like a perfect description of who I am, a person that really likes to read and share her thoughts about her reading


How long have you been blogging?
I posted my first post on June of 2011, but is was only in September of the same year that I started reviewing and posting regularly, so I guess we can say almost 3 years now.


Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?
I am still working on making it unique, it is not easy with so many amazing blogs out there! But I do try to always have constructive critiques/reviews as much as possible, and recently I started working on a weekly item: This week in the news, where I try to talk about book related topics that I didn't already heard about on the blogs I follow and this includes news from Canada where I live and Colombia, my country of origin.


What genres do you write about most, and why?
I know I gravitate mostly around fantasy, because it takes me quite away from my "work" reading which are mostly scientific articles. But since I joined the Sword and Laser bookclub I've been more in contact with SciFi and I've made myself a challenge to read all the Alfaguara award winners, a prize for Hispanic literature since I didn't want to loose the habit of reading in Spanish.


Every blogger feels pressure at some point. What's something you feel pressured to do or not do on your blog? How do you deal with it?
I think the biggest pressure I've felt is how to make my reviews original because you don't want it to sound like a book report but you also want to make it attractive to your readers. What I decided to do was to write it as I would talk to with my friends and get the feeling that it has made the reviews more fluid and even more approachable. At least I sure hope so!


What's one book you think everyone should read?
Oh I would say Momo by Michael Ende. Most people know him for The Never-ending Story, which is also a great book, but Momo was possibly one of my favorite books as a child and when I re read it as an adult all the magic was still there. I think a recurring theme in these 2 books is not letting go of your child wonder and the power of imagination. I think is beautiful!

Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?
I personally can't. I even did a post on that ^-^. One reason being that I use the library a lot, and so you can't really do that to books that are not your, right? Then in the books I own, I like to keep sentences or moments that I liked marked with sticky notes but I can't get myself to write on them.

http://greenmushroom1up.blogspot.com/2014/07/book-notes.html



What's your favorite place to read or blog?
During summer I really like a rocking chair I have on our terrace, but living in Canada, reading outside is not a year-long option sadly. I have 2 favorite spots around the house: 1. a papasan in our living room, that sometimes I have to compete with my cat for; 2. a red chair that is in our office. If you want, you can see both on my reviews, I usually have a picture taken on where I've been reading each book.


Is Amazon.com the evil empire? Discuss.
That's a hard question, particularly with the recent Hachette situation. I think they have a business model that obviously work for them. they have cheap prices, and they have the convenience of getting stuff delivered to your door. That said, they offer this to any product, not just books, and to all of the sudden take the speech of "oh we are here for the readers"...no, if you were you wouldn't block readers that might only have you as an option to get a book they are dying to read. You are there FOR YOU, is it evil? is it selfish? As most big corporations, it is. Right now, with the famous (infamous actually) letter they send out they are looking more ridiculous and greedy than evil. But hey, that's just my opinion.


Book shelfie time! Take a "shelfie" of your bookshelves and share it with us.



What have you learned from other bloggers or your readers?
I've learned that the best way to tackle a post is with full honesty. The community of bloggers and readers is so supportive that I don't feel bad saying: you know? I didn't like this books because X, Y and Z. We might disagree sometimes, but is has always been with the best of attitudes, and is such a nice thing to feel like comments and reviews are being fully honest :)

I've also learned that you should do your best to answer ALL comments, if they are reaching you should do the same. Sure, sometimes you loose track when you have a big day, but do your best to always answer.



Do you judge a book by its cover, or its lover?
None; while I am attracted to covers, it will be most of the time the synopsis that will convince me of giving it a try and as for their lover, since I strongly believe that a book is completely different to each person I can't judge the book by who liked it or who didn't.


One book you like that no one else seems to, or vice versa?
The Book Girl (http://www.thebookgirlreads.com/) once reviewed and giveaway a copy of Jersey Angel. Her review made it seem like a very nice YA, non fantasy book. I was lucky enough to win a copy...and I was struck by how much I disliked the book. I can't even...


To DNF or not to DNF?
Most of the time I always finish my books, particularly library ones. I feel really bad when I DNF a book, but hey! sometimes we just don't click me and the book and I see no point on making us both miserable.


What's one book that intimidates you?
Consciousness Explained by Daniel Dennett. My bf read it but it took it over a year, is so dense! He said it was a very good book, but I look at them and I feel like I won't be able to read it.


If you could go to any literary destination, where would you go?
There is a lot that I want to see in the UK since a lot of books that I have loved have taken place there. Then there is Sweden due to all the noir novellas I've read recently that I loved!


How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?
I cook, mostly bake. I was playing a lot of WoW too with the bf, but he is finishing his thesis now, so I am waiting for him to be done to start playing again.


What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
LOTR, the movie version by Peter Jackson for favorite.
For least-favorite...I have to say that while visually I quite enjoy it, I have to go with The Hobbit by Peter Jackson...it just went so over the place with CGI and 3 movies...Sigh!


What are 3 favorite posts or reviews you've read by other book bloggers?
Why I’m Not Reviewing Self-Published Books at River City Reading
Personally: Amazing What a Haircut Can Do at Estella's Revenge
Grown-Ups and YA at Books Without any Pictures

What is your reading personality? (via quiz at http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/)
The Involved Eclectic


Thank you for joining us today, Carolina!

Remember to check out Carolina's blog, A Girl That Likes Books, and leave a comment or question.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Featuring: Jenny from Reading on the Farm

Today please welcome Jenny, who blogs at Reading on the Farm.  She's a newbie so be sure to welcome her to the community!



What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?
I live on a 10 acre farm with a lot of animals - cows, goats and chickens not to mention my indoor pets. So when I was looking for a name to express my love of reading and also show how much living on a farm is a part of my life, Reading on the Farm just seemed to fit.


How long have you been blogging?
It's been about 5 months now. I didn't even know about the book blogging community before the beginning of the year, which is surprising considering i've been an avid reader for so many years. When I discovered all these great book bloggers that were so excited about sharing their love of reading, I knew I had to become a part of that community. And it's been wonderful. Everyone has been so helpful and supportive and i've really been enjoying myself!


Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?
I really want a visitor to come away from my blog with the idea that I take reviewing books seriously. I really take my time trying to give a reader an honest look at what worked and didn't work for me with a book. When I started reading book blogs, what I was looking for was recommendations. I loved this book - what should I read next? So I hope i've set up a place that's easy to use, where you can find the next book you would like to read.


What genres do you write about most, and why?
Mostly Young Adult books, although lately I've been doing a few New Adult here and there. I feel like YA books are focused on such a pivotal point in a person's life. There's so many things that you experience for the first time at that age, and it's a time where the direction of your life and how you feel about the world is getting developed. There's also such a wealth of wonderful authors writing for that genre.


Every blogger feels pressure at some point. What's something you feel pressured to do or not do on your blog? How do you deal with it?
Hmm, I've gotten myself into the idea that I need to post 5-6 days a week every week, and some weeks that's not realistic. I have a family and a lot of things going on outside of blogging, as I'm sure everyone does, so some weeks it's just not possible. I just try and remind myself that I started this to have fun and connect with other bloggers and readers. No one's going to be mad if I miss a day or even a week of posting!


What's one book you think everyone should read?
I am a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater. I grew up riding horses and the first book of hers that I read was The Scorpio Races. I recommend that book to everyone ever, whether you like YA or not. I just connected with that book on such a personal level. Also, she is such a wonderful writer and I'm always blown away by her books.


Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?
Ummm NO! It just feels like such blasphemy to me! I'm the kind of person who doesn't even bend corners to save her place so writing in a book is definitely off the table!

One book you like that no one else seems to, or vice versa?
A lot of people seem to love The 5th Wave and I just . . .kind of hated it. I didn't think the writing was that great, and I just couldn't get into the story. Kind of makes me feel like the odd one out, but it wasn't for me!


To DNF or not to DNF?
I used to say no to DNF'ing a book. But as I've gotten more and more books on my TBR pile, I do DNF a book occasionally. I just don't have time to keep reading a book that I absolutely hate. I will give every book a fair shot though, I read at least 30% before I DNF.


What's one book that intimidates you?
A lot of the classics still intimidate me. I read a lot of them in high school but I see a lot of people still love to read them now, and I haven't picked one up in years. I'd like to try and read some Jane Austen within the next year or so.

How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?
Well, most of the time I'm running around with my kids. But I love to knit and crochet even though i'm not great at either, and I love spending time with my animals. Living on a farm requires a bunch of upkeep, so generally I'm trying to fix fences or clean out the chicken coop. I don't watch much tv, the only show I've really been able to get into was Game of Thrones, and that's only because I started reading the books a long time ago.


What are 3 favorite posts or reviews you've read by other book bloggers?
Cuddlebuggery Review: Throne of Glass
Perpetual Page Turner - You mean I have to work at this?
Jenna Does Books - Make it a Movie Monday

What is your reading personality? (via quiz at http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/)
The All-Rounder


Thank you for joining us today, Jenny! Remember to check out Jenny's blog, Reading on the Farm, and leave a comment or question for Jenny below!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Now Featuring: Rachel of Purple Owl Reviews

Today please welcome Rachel, who blogs at Purple Owl Reviews!

What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?
Purple = Favorite Color
Owl = Favorite Animal
Reviews = Blog Purpose



How long have you been blogging?
I really didn't pick up blogging until the April 2014 Dewey Read A Thon. I'd done a few failed blogs previously (baking, my own short stories), but it wasn't until I found the online book community that I was able to find my voice.


Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?
My blog is 90% book reviews. The remaining reviews are for games, puzzles and recipes. 

When I do write book reviews, I tend to focus on how the book made me feel. If the book energized me, you will read that in the review. If I just couldn't connect to the book at all, you will pick up on that. I don't bash books, no matter how much I dislike them. I say what aspects of the book left me unsatisfied and offer constructive criticism on improvements. 

As a result of this, you won't read any spoilers in my reviews and very few quotes.



What genres do you write about most, and why?
My favorite genres are, essentially, everything except Romance and Historical Fiction. Everything else is fair game. I'm more likely to read science fiction or dystopian books but that's probably because those were the books that really got me into reading.


Every blogger feels pressure at some point. What's something you feel pressured to do or not do on your blog? How do you deal with it?
I hate, hate, HATE, writing bad reviews. I've had to do one for a guest review already and I STILL feel bad about it. But I suck it up and always be honest. Critiquing is one thing, I never bash the author. And that's the thought I hold on to when I write the bad reviews.


What's one book you think everyone should read?
This is a tough one because there are so many books that I've wanted to scream at people "YOU NEED TO READ THIS!" 

The most recent one would be Grim Hearts by J.D. Fitzegerald. The longest lasting one would probably be Beowulf.



Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?
Hell yes! Well, let me temper that with "situation dependent". For some books, it really helps me out when I'm going back, looking for important plot points. For other books, they are far to precious (or borrowed) for me to want to besmirch. For other books, it's already been done for me (Thanks S!).


What's your favorite place to read or blog?
I don't really have a "favorite place". I have a small apartment. But I do have a favorite time. I love to read/blog while watching the sun come up with a cup of coffee in my hand :)


Is Amazon.com the evil empire? Discuss.
Big doesn't always equal evil. Then again, I don't work for them. I think they are successful. But they are, to me, still working on finding the balance between successful and good. I don't see them becoming Wal Mart, but again, I don't work for them.


Book shelfie time! Take a "shelfie" of your bookshelves and share it with us.
Unfortunately, because of the smallness of my apartment, all my books are in totes....


What have you learned from other bloggers or your readers?
1-Follow up on comments made on your blog.
2-Be nice, and people will help you out.
3-Read what you love.



Do you judge a book by its cover, or its lover?
Before I got into blogging, yes, I judged by the cover. Now that I'm in the book blogging world, I go more by the lover. It's really a matter of knowing more people to make recommendations.


One book you like that no one else seems to, or vice versa?
And my brain goes to Twilight. I was told by a friend who had loaned me several books already that I would LOVE Twilight. Ultimately I thought it was "meh". But once it started showing up everywhere, it became annoying. Especially when the Twilight lovers started assuming that I loved it because I love books.


To DNF or not to DNF?
If it's for a guest review, I'll always finish. If it's for personal reading, sometimes I just have to give up.


What's one book that intimidates you?
War and Peace. Either that or a philosophy book I had to read for a class that was so terribly dense that I have forgotten its name...possibly for my own sanity.


If you could go to any literary destination, where would you go?
Xanth. I'd LOVE to go for a swim in a wellspring.


How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?
It depends on my mood. Sometimes I bake, sometimes I do jigsaw puzzles, sometimes I play video games.


What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
Least Favorite: Either Beowulf 3D (adapted from Beowulf) or Troy (adapted from the Illiad). I still cannot think of either of these movies without becoming enraged. It took every ounce of strength I had NOT to throw something at the screen when they were playing. If I think too much on them, I may vomit!


What are 3 favorite posts or reviews you've read by other book bloggers?
Fallacious Fat by Bibliognome
Book View: Missing May by The Book Monsters
Review: 9 Years Gone by Chris Culver (thriller) by Daily Mayo

What is your reading personality? (via quiz at http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/)
The All-Rounder
Your responses showed you fitting into three different personalities:

Exacting Reader: You love books but you rarely have as much time to read as you'd like - so you're very particular about the books you choose.
Serial Reader: Once you discover a favorite writer you tend to stick with him/her through thick and thin and eagerly await the next in the series.
Eclectic Reader: You read for entertainment but also to expand your mind. You're open to new ideas and new writers, and are not wedded to a particular genre or limited range of authors.

For once a personality quiz that is so true :)



Thank you for joining us today, Rachel! Remember to check out Rachel's blog, Purple Owl Reviews, and leave a comment or question below!