Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Alex from A Girl Books and Other Things

A Girl, Books & Other Things
Please welcome Alex, who blogs at A Girl Books and Other Things. Alex's blog is known for YA and romance novel reviews.


  1. NAME OF MY BOOK BLOG(S): A Girl, Books and Other Things
  2. I HAVE BEEN BLOGGING SINCE: April 2008, I'm turning five soon
  3. GENRES COVERED MOST ON MY BLOG: Romance Novels and YA, I read more subgenres, some more than others, but mostly go back between contemporary and historical fiction.
  4. MY EARLIEST MEMORY OF READING: Well, I learned to read when I was 4 and I remember this book with a purple elephant on he cover that for some reason I found.
  5. FIRST BOOK I READ OVER AND OVER: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Though before I discovered online shopping I re-read all the books I got my paws on at least four times.
  6. THE BOOK I HAVE RE-READ THE MOST TIMES: Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas in the Romance front and Meg Cabot's earlier books in the YA front
  7. MY FAVORITE PLACE TO READ: The bus oddly enough, because I don't feel like I should be doing something else.
  8. MY MUST-HAVE READING ACCESSORIES:Just my book mark and sometimes post it notes when I want to take notes.
  9. MY BOOKSHELVES ARE: Over-crowded - one of my bookcases went caput two weeks ago so now everything is a little cramped.
  10. MY TBR LIST/PILE IS: Large.. not counting review stuff, or e-stuff, I got at least twenty dead-tree books that need to be read, some have been hanging out for two or three years.
  11. A BOOK THAT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE IN SOME WAY: That's a really tough question, I guess that the Princess Diaries opened me up to the whole world of YA, and Lisa Kleyas did the same for romance, but I would probably have to say Melina Marchetta's stuff because of the way she portrays families and friendships that aren't perfect but yet are awesome. Also, Second Start to the Right by Debra Hautzig.
  12. A BOOK I LIKE THAT NO ONE ELSE SEEMS TO: Wow, totes blanking out just now... Okay, I think I'm going to go with Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn, not because people don't like it but because I haven't found anyone who has loved that book as much as I did - it was one of my favorite reas of 2011 but everyone else thought it was just Ok.
  13. A BOOK I DON’T LIKE THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO LOVE: Where do I start? Aside from Twilight? well... there is Code Name Verity (I can see it's value, I just didn't like it), Loretta Chase's stuff, I just don't click with it. Two-Way Street by Lauren Brandholt (which I kind of hate with passion). Elizabeth Scott's stuff too, I always hear great things about it, haven't read a book by her that I've liked.
  14. A BOOK THAT INTIMIDATES ME: The Tea Rose by Jennifer Connelly. I've had it for YEARS but is SO LONG and the font so tiny that I just can't.
  15. IF I COULD GO TO ANY LITERARY DESTINATION I WOULD CHOOSE: Hogwarts! Hogwarts! Hogwarts!!! And Cephiro from Magic Knight Rayearth
  16. MY FAVORITE NON-BOOKISH ACTIVITY: Watching Movies and obsessing about TV. I'm a big animation aficionado so I watch a lot of that. Also, baking!
  17. MY FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION: BBC's Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and The Buccaneers (Edith Warton), The french animated version of the Last Unicorn, Howl's Moving Castle (LOVE THE MOVIE!! don't care much for the book). And a Walk to Remember. Oh and the LIttle Princess and The Secret Garden!!
  18. MY BOOK BLOG STANDS OUT FROM THE CROWD BECAUSE: I want to think that because I try to give both Romance and YA the same amount of space and because I like to write about other stuff too.
  19. MY MUST-READ BLOGS: Small Review (her reviews and opinion posts are hilarious), Between the Pages (Because Daisy and I have similar tastes but they are different enough that she nudges me in the direction of books that I maybe hadn't considered before).
  20. MY READING PERSONALITY (via quiz at http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/):  Eclectic. Which is weird to me because I tend to stay within my comfort zone but there you go!

Thank you for joining us today, Alex! Remember to check out Alex's blog, A Girl Books and Other Things, and leave a comment or question.


  1. You have been around for five years and you are still new to me! I look forward to checking out your website!

    I just recently read Howl's Moving Castle for the first time and absolutely adored it! I can't wait to see the movie and see what I think, especially if you think it is better!!

  2. I don't like Twilight, either! Yay!

    BBC makes the best Austen movies, don't they?

    I often wish mass transit existed in my city so I could read on the way to places. All we have are roads and highways. We don't even have sidewalks. It's nuts. I would love to read on the bus or the metro.

  3. Thanks for joining us today, Alex! You're the best. :)

  4. I predict that once you start The Tea Rose, you'll forget all about how long it is! Try it!


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