Saturday, February 15, 2014

Book Blogger Love-A-Thon Interview

Today is the first day of the 2014 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon!! This is my first time participating in the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon. I'm really excited about participating in this event, which is dedicated to promoting and spreading the love of book blogs and the awesome book bloggers behind them. 

I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing Diana at Little Miss Drama Queen for the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon Interview Swap! Please read the interview as follows:

1) Do you have an all time favorite book? If so, what makes it so special/meaningful to you?

I don’t know about all time favorite, but Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine has always been a special one for me. It’s the first book that I read and immediately went back to the start when I finished. I don’t even know how many times I read it in the three years I was in middle school.

And I totally judged it by its cover when my teacher gave it to me, so that’s another reason it’s special, it completely changed my mind.

2) When did your love of reading begin?

I’m not sure when my love of reading began, I always had a book around. I guess officially I’d say I became a bookworm when I was 13. That’s when I became a regular at the bookstore and found Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries; after that I was all about books.

3) What was your favorite book growing up?

I loved the Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary. My favorite was Ramona Forever.

4) If you were to host a dinner party and could invite any author (living or dead), who would you invite?

Oscar Wilde. I don’t think it would end well though, he’d probably try to start a battle of wits and get me mad. Not that I’ve given it much thought.

No really I haven’t!

5) Which fictional character would you most like to meet and why?

First character that came to mind was Dimitri from Vampire Academy, I’m gonna blame all the movie promotions going on. Partially anyway.

Not going with the first thing that came to mind, I’d say any of the characters from Michele Jaffe’s Bad Kitty they all seem like a lot of fun to hang around with.

6) Which book have you read in the last year that you enjoyed and would most recommend to other readers?

I don’t normally like recommending books, especially books that I really liked. I always feel vulnerable when I do, I start wondering “what if they don’t like it at all?” Books are that much a part of me that I might as well be showing them who I am.
That being said; to answer the question I’d say Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens, because it is and is not for everyone. Is; because it has so many diverse characters it’s hard not to connect with one. Not, because it is satire and I’ve noticed that’s the problem most had with it.

And as long as I’m recommending books I’d also like to add Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader, I’d never read anything like it before.

7) What has been the best experience you've had as a book blogger?
Last year when asked a similar question I said starting the Meg-a-Readers blog event in honor of Meg Cabot with Mandy from The Romance Bookie two years ago, especially since Meg herself contributed to it, (which she did again last year too.)

But I have to say one of my best experiences is this love-a-thon. I’ve been joining it since Kate started it two years ago and it really is the best time I have as a blogger. And I’m sorry to say that it’s probably the most time I spend, not only on my own blog, but visiting other blogs. That’s what’s great about this event; it’s like saying “Hey let’s just slow down for today and spend some time together.”

Last year I compared it to a day at summer camp.

8) What do you enjoy doing for fun when you aren't reading and blogging?

Trying to figure out how to get more reading time usually.
I’m always trying to make something, at the moment I have a started scarf, a scrapbook somewhere, a quilt that is in two pieces and beading books everywhere. And those are the things I can see right now, I probably have something hidden somewhere.

Thank you so much, Diana, for taking the time to answer my questions for the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon Interview Swap! I wish you all the best life has to offer, as well as continued success in your book blogging endeavors!

Visit Diana's blog, Little Miss Drama Queen at the following link:

Little Miss Drama Queen


  1. I loved Ramona Forever! It's been a long time since I've thought about that series.

    I've heard similar things about Beauty Queens - seems like a love or hate kind of book, depending on how you appreciate (or not) the humour.

    1. I'm always remembering Ramona; since I'm usually threating (or in my mind promising) to buy them for my sister's kids. Her son already has one or two of them but he will not touch them, I'm probably going to end up taking them and rereading them before he does.

      I've noticed that almost all of Libba Bray's books are love 'em or leave 'em types.

  2. Diana, I loved the Ramona Quimby books growing up. They're still in my home library, and I'm hoping my own kids will love them someday as well. Also, I'm one of the people who LOVED Beauty Queens -- I thought it was pretty awesome!

    1. Yay someone who loved Beauty Queens! It's surprisingly hard for me to find readers that did. I have it on audiobook which is narrated by Libba Bray and I think that's why I loved it more because her voices for every character is crazy amazing.

  3. Ella Enchanted is one of my favorite books ever! I still read it. Char is the best dreamy prince!

    1. Oh! Char would have been perfect for the Valentine challenge! I had such a hard time remembering any guys. And Char was most definitely my first.

  4. I used to love The Princess Diaries! I think I only read up to book seven, but I would love to reread that series. I hated Beauty Queens, but I'm glad that you ended up enjoying it so much! I just didn't think the satire was done very well.

    1. The Princess Diaries did kind of lose me around book 7 but I kept going and the last was amazing.
      Beauty Queens was a bit over the top, which might actually me a reason I enjoyed it.

  5. Princess Diaries and Ramon Quimby were some of my favorite books when I was younger!

  6. Thanks for the awesome questions! It was so nice to meet you!

    1. Diana, It was wonderful to meet you as well!! You had some great answers. :-)