Thursday, September 29, 2016

Featured Blogger: Filipa from Down The Reading Hole

Today please welcome Filipa, 
who blogs at Down The Reading Hole.

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

I love Alice in Wonderland - it is my favourite childhood story - so, instead of falling down the rabbit hole, I decided to fall "down the reading hole" which is pretty much the same because down the reading hole there is a whole incredible world full of imagination!

How long have you been blogging?

For over 4 months.

Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?

I try to make my book reviews rich and helpful to both readers and authors alike, explaining both the things I enjoyed, what I didn't like so much and how it could maybe be improved. I often create bookish discussion posts and I also interview authors and host giveaways. I also have an online shop on Redbubble full of cute bookish products! 

What genres do you write about most, and why?

Young Adult because I'm a teenager and who doesn't love YA? I also like contemporary romances - not the sloppy kinds, but well-developed romances with complex characters. Fantasy, because sometimes I just like to take a break from reality. Historical fiction mainly connected to WW2 because it is still a way to learn about History in a more fun way.

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?

When I read a book everyone likes and gives 5 stars to and I just feel that it deserves 3 stars. Sometimes I feel a bit embarrassed of writing a "bad" review of a book everyone loves but, truly, no review is a "bad review". We should respect each other's opinions and if I don't like a book, I still try to show what things were good and what was wrong.

What's one book you think everyone should read?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is so inspirational and gives me a strong will of chasing my dreams. I think that everyone would benefit from reading it.

Writing in books: Yes or hell to the no?

You mean scribbling on books? Well, I hate doing it but in school I had to do that on my required reading.

What's your favorite place to read or blog?

My room! I read on my bed and I blog on my desk by the window facing a green field - whimsical!

Is Amazon.com the evil empire? Discuss.

I LOVE AMAZON! Well, it might be the evil empire because it makes me lose loads of time and I search for awesome new books.

What have you learned from other bloggers or your readers?

Mainly how to promote my blog on social media and also how to write more fun and engaging posts.

Do you judge a book by its cover, or its lover?

The cover.... Sorry... It's just that when I'm in a bookshop, pretty covers attract me much more. Of course I won't buy a book just because it has a nice cover, but the cover makes me pick it up and read the synopsis. If I like that, I buy it!

One book you like that no one else seems to, or vice versa?

HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy, especially the last book The Amber Spyglass.

To DNF or not to DNF?

I hate to leave books unfinished! The only book DNF was Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. I just wasn't expecting that gross language and I couldn't go on with it.

What's one book that intimidates you?

I don't think I'm really intimidated by books, except really large ones like Count of Monte Cristo.

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

Anna Shirley's Avonlea - Green Gables more specifically!

How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?

I write :P - kinda the same thing - or I draw, or watch TV. I also play tennis and do horse riding.

What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?

The book to movie adaptation of Golden Compass (from HIS DARK MATERIALS) was really bad. It completely destroyed the future of the trilogy in the cinema. 

What are 3 favorite posts or reviews you've read by other book bloggers?

"HOW TO HOST A GIVEAWAY ON YOUR BLOG–LEGALLY" by Parchment Girl
"{Confessions of a Bibliophile} Me Before You {SPOILER ALERT!!!}" by The Loquacious Bibliophile
"Another way to get free books" by The Belgian Reviewer

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

The Exacting Reader

The expression 'so many books, so little time!' sums up your life. 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.


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Thank you for joining us today, Filipa! 
Remember to check out Filipa's blog, Down The Reading Hole
and leave a comment or question.



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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

AUGUST LINK LOVE: Reading Treats


Welcome to August Link Love!

During the month of August, we want you to share your thoughts on our weekly topics.  Each week, we will provide you the topic, then you share in the link up provided.  And, don't forget to visit all the other links as well.  Without further ado . . .

READING TREATS

One of my favorite times of year for reading is the fall because of the cooler, crisper temperatures.  Accompanying the great conditions for reading is also the great opportunity for fun food and treats.  Let's close up the month of August Link Love with a pairing of your favorite reads and foods OR share a favorite recipe OR talk about our favorite cookbooks.  There are just so many possibilities!

For the full schedule of August Link Love, check out the announcement post here.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

AUGUST LINK LOVE: Currently Reading


Welcome to August Link Love!

During the month of August, we want you to share your thoughts on our weekly topics.  Each week, we will provide you the topic, then you share in the link up provided.  And, don't forget to visit all the other links as well.  Without further ado . . .

CURRENTLY READING

What are you currently reading?  What inspired you to read the current story?

For the full schedule of August Link Love, check out the announcement post here.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

AUGUST LINK LOVE: Back to School


Welcome to August Link Love!

During the month of August, we want you to share your thoughts on our weekly topics.  Each week, we will provide you the topic, then you share in the link up provided.  And, don't forget to visit all the other links as well.  Without further ado . . .

BACK TO SCHOOL

It's that time of year for kids to start heading back to school, which also means the end of the summer.  This week, let's either look back or fast forward . . . talk about our favorite summer reads combined with our favorite summer moments or talk about the book you are most excited to read now that school is back in session. 

For the full schedule of August Link Love, check out the announcement post here.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

AUGUST LINK LOVE: Bookish Haunts


Welcome to August Link Love!

During the month of August, we want you to share your thoughts on our weekly topics.  Each week, we will provide you the topic, then you share in the link up provided.  And, don't forget to visit all the other links as well.  Without further ado . . .

BOOKISH HAUNTS

Where are some of your favorite places to get your books?  Do you frequent a local library or bookstore?  Or, would you rather focus on the word "haunts" and share the books that haunt you today?  Get creative with this one!

For the full schedule of August Link Love, check out the announcement post here.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

AUGUST LINK LOVE: For the Love of Harry Potter!


Welcome to our first round of August Link Love!

During the month of August, we want you to share your thoughts on our weekly topics.  Each week, we will provide you the topic, then you share in the link up provided.  And, don't forget to visit all the other links as well.  Without further ado . . .

FOR THE LOVE OF HARRY POTTER

With the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, what better time to share our thoughts on the new release or commiserate about the books that changed the muggle world! Or, maybe we just want to rave about our favorite characters. It's completely up to you!

For the full schedule of August Link Love, check out the announcement post here.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Introducing August Link Love!!


Here at Book Bloggers International, we have decided to try something a little different during the month.  Typically, we have guests share their thoughts on a specific topic right here on the blog.  However, during the month of August, we are wanting all of you readers to share your own links on a variety of topics.  Every Wednesday, a link-up will be posted here, and throughout the week, we want you to share a link of your very own interpretation AND visit all those who share as well.  Afterall, the purpose behind the blog is to encourage blogger chatter, and what better way than to visit and explore old and new blogs!

Mark your calendars now with the schedule below, and be sure to stop by each week to participate in a little August Link Love!  All book bloggers in all forms are encouraged, including book bloggers in the traditional sense, as well as booktubers and bookstagrammers.

August 3:  Harry Potter
With the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, what better time to share our thoughts on the new release or commiserate about the books that changed the muggle world!  Or, maybe we just want to rave about our favorite characters.  It's completely up to you!

August 10:  Bookish Haunts
Where are some of your favorite places to get your books?  Do you frequent a local library or bookstore?  Or, would you rather focus on the word "haunts" and share the books that haunt you today?  Get creative with this one!

August 17:  Back to School
It's that time of year for kids to start heading back to school, which also means the end of the summer.  This week, let's either look back or fast forward . . . talk about our favorite summer reads combined with our favorite summer moments or talk about the book you are most excited to read now that school is back in session.

August 24:  Currently Reading
What are you currently reading?  What inspired you to read the current story?

August 31:  Reading Treats
One of my favorite times of year for reading is the fall because of the cooler, crisper temperatures.  Accompanying the great conditions for reading is also the great opportunity for fun food and treats.  Let's close up the month of August Link Love with a pairing of your favorite reads and foods OR share a favorite recipe OR talk about our favorite cookbooks.  There are just so many possibilities!

Are you excited?  Which of the topics excites you the most?