I teamed up with Marie from Bazing A Booknerd for our Book Blogger Blind Date! The original idea came from Jillian at Rant and Rave About Books where she paired up bloggers from different countries. Here is the gist:
- The purpose of this event is to meet new bloggers who have similar interests, most of which will live in a different country.
- You can ask each other the same questions or make up a different set for each blogger.
- Try collaborating on a joint post that will reflect both of your personalities.
Marie and I came up with the idea to go through the alphabet and ask bookish and not so bookish questions of each other! Without further ado, I present to you our very first Blind Date 😉
Marie: So, hi! I’m Marie, I’m 19 and live in England. I have just finished my first year of studying International Development at the University of Sussex. I love books (obviously), but I also like to paint and go for walks in the woods where I live.Me: 26-year old MidWesterner looking for my next adventure! Love bookish things and sharing what I’ve learned with everyone! (Sometimes they are useless facts!) I could watch Hallmark movies all day haha
Marie: My first ever book blog I came across was Ashleigh’s blog, A Frolic Through Fiction, which I love reading so much. She posts regularly and she is such a lovely person! Heart Full of Books run by twins, Maddie and Bee and Lucy’s blog Queen of Contemporary are also book blogs I love VERY VERY much!
Marie: On a scale from one to ten, how obsessed with Harry Potter are you? About nine and three quarters.Me: Why can’t George RR Martin use twitter? He killed off all 140 characters.
Marie: I don’t read many books where characters die. I don’t think this counts but I’m going to say Marley and Me (I love dogs SO MUCH!)Me: SPOILER: Will Trainor from Me Before You!
Marie: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Sometimes it’s okay to not be fantastic at everything you do. And grades are really not everything.Me: It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell – mainly about my lack of self-discipline
Marie: …And a Happy New Year? By Holly BourneMe: A Torch Against the Night by Tabaa Sahir
Marie: My books are organised by colour!Me: I take days off of work to clean! It’s so therapeutic!
Marie: Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights.Me: Gray from A Better Man – a terrible best friend taking advantage of a tumultuous marriage
Marie: Wonder by R.J. PalacioMe: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Marie: The friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione. Definitely.Me: Tris and Four from The Divergent Series
Marie: This Book Is Gay and Mind Your Head, both by Juno Dawson. I learnt quite a bit from these books but think they are so important, especially for younger teens.Me: Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude by Emily White – such a raw reality!
Marie: Harriet from the Geek Girl series by Holly Smale. She’s so down to earth and incredibly funny.Me: Jamie Fraser from Outlander
Marie: Well I’m collecting different covers of To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and I’m currently up to 20 so far!Me: Special editions of Jane Austen novels
Marie: Game of Thrones series. Really not my sort of thing.Me: Cinder – sorry 😦
Marie: Either diving or cycling. I find them both fascinating to watch.Me: Gymnastics! Even though it scares me everytime they fling themselves in the air!
Marie: Am I Normal Yet? By Holly Bourne is one of the most relatable books I’ve ever read.Me: Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice – the stubbornness and independence!
Marie: Harry Potter – no doubt about it!Me: Anything with Harry Potter!
R – Recommendation – A book that you recommend everyone to read’
Marie: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. One of my favourite books of all time and the messages and themes in it are just so spot on.Me: Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It: Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir
Marie: Not really a secret talent but I have a fairly good memory so know weird things like pi to 100 decimal places, every element of the periodic table and their atomic mass, every British Prime Minister and their years in power, all the countries in the world and their capital etc. Pretty much stuff I’ll never need.Me: Drawing. I originally was an art major in college and when I have the time (and patience), I can create something special for someone.
Marie: That I own – about 200 (I know – I’ve just come back from YALC so that doesn’t help), but there are lots and lots of books I want to read that I don’t own as well.Me: 140! Yikes!
Marie: I’m a member of Mensa – I guess that’s quite unique!Me: Goals and accepting challenges are what I live for. Proving to myself that I can do something difficult and most of the time on my own is important to me.
Marie: *Prepares to receive death threats*…. Well, I’ve never actually read or seen the Hunger Games (I know, I know, I can sense disappointment from the whole of the book community). It’s just something that’s never interested me 🙂Me: District 6 – Transportation
Marie: I wish there was more diversity in book characters! YA is quite progressive in this sense, but many other genres/ages unfortunately are not.Me: More opportunities and access to books! Meaning, support local libraries and bookstores. Knowledge is power.
Marie: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. I loved this book so much and don’t think I will ever read another one like it.Me: Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Bee’s mindset and creation of a book of files is extraordinary
Marie: I’ve only recently started my blog so I’m still very new to this! I decided to start a book blog because I’ve loved the book community for a long time and reading reviews online has helped me a lot when deciding what to read. I really wanted to be involved in the community too!Me: I first started as a way to remember what I read and how I felt when reading it. While still true, I blog to share that as well as learn others’ opinions.
Marie: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I know a lot of people who love this book but I just really didn’t like it. I found it boring, predictable and I couldn’t connect with any of the characters.Me: A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber – I tried, I swear.