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    Playing 20 Question with… Katrina

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    Katrina of Bookish Things & More

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    I am super excited to be able to torture interview Katrina of Bookish Things & More for this week’s “Playing 20 Questions with….” I can’t remember exactly when we “met” on Twitter but it was definitely awhile ago.

    I love her blog – and not just because it is a Parajunkee Design – because she has an interesting mix of reviews as well as a variety of other things to check out when visiting. And I’m thrilled to be able to learn a little bit more about her with this interview and to be able to share her answers here on the blog.

    Anyway… if you haven’t a clue about what this feature is about it’s pretty simple…

    Instead of being a traditional Q&A or Interview with in-depth questions and wordy answers, the goal of “Playing 20 Questions with…” is the opposite. They will all be quickie – and hopefully fun – questions, and I’m limiting answers to 15 words or less.

    As this post is about learning a little bit more about Katrina and not about me or what I think, I’ll just stop now.

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    The 20 Questions

    1. Favorite blogging moment?

    I think my favorite blogging moment happened this past weekend at Austin Book Fest. I finally got to meet Chelsea Fine, and was so happy she loved the card holder I made her. 😀

    2. Favorite type of blog post to read?

    I don’t really have a favorite. I love reading all the meme posts because I find new books. I also like to read the reviews of books I’ve read so that I can see if they felt the same as me.

    3. Favorite read of 2014 (must be a 2014 release)?

    This is such a hard decision. I’m going to have to say UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan for YA, and for adult SHREDDED by Tracy Wolff.

    4. Favorite 2014 post on your blog?

    The what I’ve been watching post. Only because I’m able to let the readers know what I’ve been up to besides reading.

    5. Favorite place to read?

    My bed.  It’s so comfy, and I can just relax without interruptions.

    6. Favorite book cover (must be a 2014 release)?

    UNHINGED by A.G. Howard. It’s so purple, and just gorgeous!

    Unhinged

    7. Favorite book you received for review (mail/eGalley) in 2014?

    SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron. I loved this concept, and want to read more.

    8. Favorite post comment (2014)?

    From Jessica @ Rabid Reads about BEST KIND OF BROKEN by Chelsea Fine: This is the third NA that I’ve put on my wishlist in two days. It looks like my straight-up romance dry spell is ending 🙂

    9. Most unexpected read of 2014 (good or bad) and why?

    SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy. I’m not big into books about cancer, and wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it. But I actual liked it. I couldn’t stand the main character, she’s a heinous B, but I loved that I couldn’t stand her. I’m not sure if that makes sense. lol

    10. Favorite book quote/short passage of 2014 (must be a 2014 read & release) – may exceed the 15 words or less requirement, but must be short?

    “Because love isn’t something that needs to be said out loud!” Her face flushes with passion. “It’s something you just know. It’s an unspoken thing. It’s humble and quiet and constant…” ~ BEST KIND OF BROKEN by Chelsea Fine

    11. Strangest review request you received in 2014?

    Haven’t gotten any.

    12. Name one new blog/blogger you met/discovered in 2014?

    Vilma’s Book Blog

    13. Favorite non-blogging, but book-related moment of 2014?

    My dad buying the materials for a bookshelf for me for my birthday. Love this guy! <3

    14. Favorite genre of book to read?

    I don’t really have a favorite genre. I typically just read whatever catches my eye.

    15. Favorite format of book (print, audio, eBook)?

    All of the above??? If I had to choose, eBook. It’s just so much easier when I’m out and about.

    16. Favorite author?

    Tracy Wolff and A.G. Howard

    17. Favorite 2014 review you’ve written?

    My review of Shredded. I’ve never done a reaction type of review before, and I loved posting my thoughts as I read the book.

    18. Favorite bookish event you’ve attended (signing, convention, conference)?

    Young Adult Keller Book Fest. I was able to meet a ton of my favorite authors this year.

    19. Blogger BFF?

    Isalys from BookSoulmates. I absolutely love her, and her obsession with Brendon Urie. 😛

    20. Ask and answer a question you’d have liked to have been asked in this interview?

    There aren’t any. I love this idea though. It’s definitely fun!

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    Thank you so much, Katrina, for answering all 20 questions! Most of your answers were well within the 15 words or less limit. 🙂 And this was so much fun to read!

    From all that I’ve heard about bookish events in Texas, I really have to attend at least one of them one of these years. So glad to hear that meeting Chelsea Fine was awesome.

    I am definitely going to have to check out SHREDDED. Like you, I loved Sophie Jordan’s UNINVITED… sooo good. And that’s so awesome that your Dad bought you materials to make a bookshelf. It sounds like the perfect gift!

    Reaction reviews are so much fun to write and to read, I will definitely be checking that out, too. And lol about Isalys of Book Soulmates and her obsession.

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    For those of you who haven’t had the chance to “meet” Katrina before today, I hope you get the chance to check out her blog and say “hi!” to her on Twitter or Facebook. She is super nice!

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    Playing 20 Question with… Jenna

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    I am totally stoked to welcome Jenna of Jenna Does Books to the blog to participate in this week’s “Playing 20 Questions with…

    Jenna has a fantastic blog with a super fun and awesome design, a ton of fab reviews, and some really cool features. So be sure to check it out.

    I can’t remember exactly when I met Jenna but I’m pretty sure the “where” is on Twitter. I believe we were having a discussion about the frequency and merits of tweeting blog posts. She was much more comfortable with self-promotion. I am still uncomfortable with it.

    And even though I’d “met” Jenna ages ago, it was still terrifying to reach out to ask her to participate in this new-ish feature of mine. So I was over the moon when she said yes and sent back her almost 15 words or less answers.

    As Jenna was one of the very first bloggers I reached out to, a number of the questions I asked will be similar to my first week’s post. But the answers are definitely different.

    Anyway… if you haven’t a clue about what this feature is about it’s pretty simple…

    Instead of being a traditional Q&A or Interview with in-depth questions and wordy answers, the goal of “Playing 20 Questions with…” is the opposite. They will all be quickie – and hopefully fun – questions, and I’m limiting answers to 15 words or less.

    So while Jenna may have exceeded the 15 words or fewer guidelines with some of her responses, she at least tried to keep her answers brief. But there are those times when gushing just can’t be limited to a handful of words, so I completely understand the need to bend the rules.

    Anyway… in keeping with this theme of being brief, let me stop my rambling and turn the blog over to Jenna for a short intro before we start playing 20 questions.

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    An Intro from Jenna…

    I love this idea, Rachel, and am so honored to be featured on your blog! But I think I broke all the rules and my responses below are probably much too long… Ha! I cannot help it! I am 1) very excited about books and blogging in general and 2) I become a chatter box when I get excited. Please understand that when you see that I have gone over 15 words in at least half of the questions below.

    I hope that you all feel that you know a little bit more about me by the end, though. (And bless your heart if you make it all the way to the end.)

    The 20 Questions

    1. Favorite blogging moment?

    This is such an UNFAIR question! — All of them, naturally! But if I had to limit it to just one item, it would be going to the Miami Book Fair for 3 days in 2012 and finally meeting the fabulous Laini Taylor (DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE). I may have a bit of a (not-so-secret-anymore) girl crush on her and her writing.

    2. Favorite blog feature/meme to participate in?

    I don’t usually participate in memes, but when I do, I choose What’s Next? by IceyBooks. (It’s so helpful!)

    3. Favorite blog feature/meme to read?

    I am a random blog reader. Specific features don’t particularly grab me, but I do enjoy reading discussion posts as they cross my feed.

    4. Favorite book boyfriend of 2014 (must be a 2014 read & release)?

    Bodee Lennox the “Kool-Aid Kid” from FAKING NORMAL by Courtney C. Stevens. I love that he got his own novella called THE BLUE-HAIRED BOY!

    5. Favorite read of 2014 (must be a 2014 release)?

    DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS by Laini Taylor. Hands down. Followed by FAKING NORMAL by Courtney C. Stevens.

    6. Favorite 2014 post on your blog?

    Discussion Post: Mid Week Musings – When Books Make You Angry

    Book Review: FAKING NORMAL by Courtney C. Stevens

    7. Favorite tweet you received from an author (2014)?

    No specific tweet. Except THANK YOU to all of the authors who wished me well when I had my tonsils out in mid-March!

    8. Favorite book cover (must be a 2014 release)?

    I know that I’m mentioning this book a lot, but I ADORE the cover of FAKING NORMAL by Courtney C. Stevens. The bare tree branches looking like scars on her face and neck? Brilliant.

    Faking Normal

    9. Favorite book you received for review (mail/eGalley)?

    DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS by Laini Taylor! (A month early! Ahhh!!!)

    10. Favorite post comment (2014)?

    It’s always nice to see comments that include stuff like the following: (By “Zoe” on my book review of AFTER THE END by Amy Plum) “Oh my goodness! Can I just say how much I love this review and your reviewing style in general? You seriously rock!…”

    Jenna’s review can be found HERE.

    11. Most unexpected read of 2014 (good or bad) and why?

    ONE MAN GUY by Michael Barakiva. I was actually enjoying this book (mostly) until the climax. It’s the first time a climax has ruined the entire book for me. Dull and disappointing overall.

    12. Favorite heroine of 2014 (must be a 2014 read & release)?

    Zuzana from DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS. She is the almighty neek-neek!

    13. Favorite book quote/short passage of 2014?

    “I love vengeance like normal people love sunsets and long walks on the beach. I eat vengeance with a spoon like it’s honey. In fact, I may not even be a real person, but just a vow of vengeance made flesh.”

    ― Laini Taylor, Dreams of Gods and Monsters

    14. Favorite cliffhanger ending of 2014?

    AFTER THE END by Amy Plum

    15. Favorite series-ending book of 2014?

    DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS by Laini Taylor

    16. Strangest review request you received in 2014?

    I received a request to review a kind of fish oil…? Not sure if they were serious or not.

    17. Name one new blog/blogger you met/discovered in 2014?

    Jen from Pop! Goes the Reader. I ADORE her and her blog and her reviews and just… yeah… She’s awesome.

    18. Favorite debut author of 2014?

    TOO. MANY. GREAT. AUTHORS. But have you all met Lynne Matson, author of NIL? Her first name is my middle name (it’s spelled the same way, too!) and her debut is fantastic!

    19. Favorite non-blogging, but book-related moment of 2014?

    Um. I really DO blog about all of my book-related moments. How can I not connect them to the blog?! But since it hasn’t happened yet, and I know it will be my favorite, can I say finally going to BEA this June? (I cheat.)

    Oh wait! I don’t think I blogged about finally meeting Marissa Meyer (CINDER) in Orlando this past February! So that. Definitely that.

    20. Ask and answer a question you’d have liked to have been asked in this interview?

    Can you alliterate why you like to blog in 15 words or less?

    Books and blogging brings bountiful bliss before my big blue eyes. (Bet’cha couldn’t alliterate better!)

    Thanks for having me on the blog!

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    If I hadn’t wanted to before, I would definitely want to now. And that is to read FAKING NORMAL by Courtney C. Stevens. I am also that much more excited and nervous to read Amy Plum’s AFTER THE END due to its killer cliffhanger ending.

    Thank you so much again, Jenna, for being a part of my feature. In answer to your second to last statement here on the blog, there is no way I could have alliterated any better than that.

    And the quote you chose… it’s perfect. Ab-so-freaking-lutely perfect.

    I am a tad curious, however, about how you managed to wrangle a review request opportunity for fish oil. Followed by the more pressing question… “Why?” Though maybe that’s best left a mystery.

    I love your enthusiasm for the books you’ve mentioned you adore. I hope to be able to read them all one of these days. And I hope it was half as much fun to answer my questions as it was for me to read your responses.

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    Playing 20 Questions with… Kayla

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    Kayla of The Thousand Lives

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    I am very excited to welcome Kayla of The Thousand Lives to the blog this week for “Playing 20 Questions with…

    Kayla has an awesome blog – and not just because of the nautical rating system. So be sure to check it out!

    Once again I’ve kept the questions book-related, but I have mixed them up a bit. Though I have to confess I just had to keep the question in about favorite covers because I am always just so curious about which covers are bloggers’ favorites. And I love the three covers Kayla chose and that she couldn’t just choose one.

    Anyway… if you haven’t a clue about what this feature is about it’s pretty simple…

    Instead of being a traditional Q&A or Interview with in-depth questions and wordy answers, the goal of “Playing 20 Questions with…” is the opposite. They will all be quickie – and hopefully fun – questions, and I’m limiting answers to 15 words or less.

    So, with that in mind, if you’d like to get to know Kayla, learn which books she most enjoyed reading this year, who her blogger BFFs are, and more, just keep reading below.

    Now, without any further ado…

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    The 20 Questions

    1. Favorite blogging moment?

    When I decided to enjoy blogging for the fun of it, and not for stats. I’ve never loved blogging more!

    2. Favorite post comment in 2014?

    Probably when Chiara and I discussed whether my ability to bend over and put my palms on the floor makes me an alien or not.

    3. Favorite type of blog post to read?

    Either discussions or personal posts – it’s the best way to learn more about other bloggers.

    4. Favorite 2014 post on your blog?

    Probably my longer-than-my-college-essays post about Ignite Me and the resolution of the love triangle. I had A LOT to say apparently!

    You can read it HERE.

    5. Favorite place to read?

    I have an L-shaped couch, so right in the point of the L (very easy to make a blanket cocoon.)

    6. Favorite time of day to read?

    At night, after everyone’s gone to bed (so I can cry alone!)

    7. Favorite read of 2014 (must be a 2014 release)?

    IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi or AVALON by Mindee Arnett.

    8. Favorite book cover (must be a 2014 release)?

    Already released – IGNITE ME!

    Ignite Me

    To be released – PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama (STUNNING.)

    Plus One

    Or THE PERILOUS SEA by Sherry Thomas (hello – water dragon. There is nothing better.)

    The Perilous Sea

    9. Favorite book you received for review (mail/eGalley) in 2014?

    ME SINCE YOU by Laura Wiess

    10. Most unexpected read of 2014 (good or bad) and why?

    FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. I knew I’d enjoy it, but I wasn’t expecting to find a new favorite!

    11. Favorite book quote/short passage of 2014?

    I have an entire collection of quotes from IGNITE ME, but my favorite is:

    “No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence.”

    And I’m going to break the rules here, but here’s another:

    “You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if only you dared.”

    …from THRONE OF GLASS (read in 2014!) I’m actually thinking of getting it as a tattoo. 😉

    12. Name one new blog/blogger you met/discovered in 2014?

    Not really met, per se, since we’ve been mutual follows for a while, but Miranda from Tempest Books and I have gotten pretty close this year. 🙂

    13. Favorite non-blogging, but book-related moment of 2014?

    Buying my ticket for the LA Book Festival in April!

    14. Favorite genre of book to read?

    High fantasy and science fiction, mostly YA.

    15. Favorite format of book (print, audio, eBook)?

    Print for sure, and hardback if possible. Kindle screens hurt my eyes.

    Read about it HERE.

    16. Favorite book to film?

    CATCHING FIRE – I was only missing the scene where Katniss asks Finnick how it feels to be ugly after the fog attack (my babies <3).

    17. Favorite 2014 review you’ve written?

    My favorite positive review was for FANGIRL (the REVIEW) and my favorite negative review (that makes me sound mean, but it was pretty easy to snark) was for FULL-BLOOD HALF-BREED (the REVIEW).

    18. Favorite bookish event you’ve attended (signing, convention, conference)?

    My first ever and favorite author event was with Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, Gennifer Albin, and Ann Aguirre. Those ladies are HILARIOUS together!

    19. Blogger BFF?

    Chiara from Books for a Delicate Eternity, and Veronica from Talking Bookworm (also real-life BFF.)

    20. What is your favorite kind of post to write on your blog?

    Probably my weekly updates; I do the stacking the shelves meme, and then ramble about whatever is going on in life or what I’m excited about in the coming weeks. It’s really relaxed, and gives me a chance to have more personal conversations with others.

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    Thank you so much Kayla for participating in my feature this week. I love all your answers! Attending an event with four amazing authors – Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, Gennifer Albin and Ann Aguirre – just had to be awesome. And I can’t wait to hear about the LA Book Festival. I’m hoping to go next year.

    I really have to read FANGIRL, it seems everyone thinks it’s amazing. Am definitely going to move that up in the pile.

    And so sorry about your eReader issues. The older Kindle models are harder to read than the new ones for sure. I read on my phone with the Kindle App, and that does make my eyes hurt, too. Hopefully you get more print books than eBooks to read!

    Now I’m off to check out your blogger BFFs blogs. Until next week-ish.

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    Playing 20 Questions with… Jaime

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    Jaime of Two Chicks on Books

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    I am super excited to welcome Jaime of Two Chicks on Books to the blog today to be my very first interviewee for a new feature I’m starting here on Fiktshun called “Playing 20 Questions with….”

    As many of you know Jaime is one of the very first bloggers I met, my blogger BFF and co-owner with me over at Rockstar Book Tours. She also gets to be my test pilot when I have a new feature I want to try out. (Thanks Jaime!)

    While the 20 Questions I asked Jaime for this very first post are all largely book related, I do plan on mixing them up. So I may have to ask Jaime back to the blog one of these days so I can ask her 20 more questions.

    Instead of being a traditional Q&A or Interview with in-depth questions and wordy answers, the goal of “Playing 20 Questions with…” is the opposite. They will all be quickie – and hopefully fun – questions, and I’m limiting answers to 15 words or less.

    Or at least I’m trying to. Jaime gets a pass because she’s Jaime. But she also doesn’t tend to ramble on like I do.

    I hope to be able to have a blogger stop by each week or every other week. But as I’m still not very good at outreach, we shall see. Sometimes the questions will be the same. Sometimes they might be quite different. But hopefully the answers will be varied.

    Anyway… enough of my rambling about the feature. It is pretty self explanatory if you keep reading. So, without any further ado, let’s Play 20 Questions with Jaime.

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    The 20 Questions

    1. Favorite blogging moment?

    Either having Richelle Mead RT my review of THE FIERY HEART which got me a crap ton of pageviews woot! Or meeting all of my blogger friends.

    2. Favorite blog feature/meme to participate in?

    Not a big meme fan but I’ll do Waiting on Wednesday every once in a while.

    3. Favorite blog feature/meme to read?

    I suck. I don’t really read memes.

    4. Favorite book boyfriend of 2014?

    You expect me to pick just one?? Not gonna happen lol. Nolan from THE LOVELY AND THE LOST, Wolf from THE RING & THE CROWN, Nox from DOROTHY MUST DIE, Rafe from THE KISS OF DECEPTION, and Malcolm from LIV, FOREVER.

    5. Favorite read of 2014?

    Again ugh lol not going to name one, but I know I’ll forget a few, too. THE KISS OF DECEPTION, THE RING & THE CROWN, THE FALCONER, DOROTHY MUST DIE, THE INVENTOR’S SECRET, and LIV, FOREVER.

    6. Favorite 2014 post on your blog?

    Hmmmmm, probably my FIRE & FLOOD Blog Tour post. I got a scene from Guy’s POV 🙂

    7. Favorite tweet you received from an author in 2014?

    Uh, don’t know. A lot of them are my friends or I work with them so… yeah, dunno.

    8. Favorite 2014 book cover?

    So far? ELUSION by Claudia Grey and Cheryl Klam is gorgeous!

    Elusion

    Upcoming? THE PERILOUS SEA by Sherry Thomas.

    The Perilous Sea

    9. Favorite book you received for review?

    THE WINNER’S CURSE or THE KISS OF DECEPTION.

    10. Favorite post comment of 2014?

    I rarely get good comments since I don’t post discussion topics. Most are comments for the authors I feature.

    11. Most unexpected read of 2014 (good or bad) and why?

    THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares. I almost DNF’d it. Yep, it was that bad. And I had high hopes becuase I loved her Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants books.

    12. Favorite heroine of 2014?

    Kestrel from THE WINNER’S CURSE was pretty badass!

    13. Favorite book quote/short passage of 2014?

    I love this scene from DEFY by Sara B. Larson.

    My eyes widened when I realized I’d been staring at his body. My cheeks flamed, making me grateful for the low light of the candles. “Sir, you’re covered in sweat. Are you taking ill?” I asked, keeping my voice low and gruff. Manly. It was as good a cover as I could come up with. No one looked like that unless they exercised—a lot.

    “I’m in perfect health.” He shot me a wicked grin. “As you may have noticed.”

    My mouth went dry and my face burned even hotter. But before I could think of any other way to dig myself into a deeper hole of humiliation, he continued, “You may go, Alex.”

    14. Favorite cliffhanger ending of 2014?

    ELUSION‘s ending kicked my ass!

    15. Favorite series-ending book of 2014?

    THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa. Chick knows how to write an ending. I cried like a baby!

    16. Strangest review request you received in 2014?

    None.

    17. Name one new blog/blogger you met/discovered in 2014?

    Honestly? Haven’t discovered any new ones.

    18. Favorite debut author of 2014?

    Sara B. Larson – Twitter | Facebook | Website | BlogGoodreads

    19. Favorite non-blogging, but book-related, moment of 2014?

    Getting my new job 🙂

    20. Ask and answer a question you’d have liked to have been asked in this interview?

    Ummm can’t think of anything 😉

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    Thanks so much for playing today Jaime. I may have to beg you to come back one of these days so I can ask you all sorts of non-bookish questions. Congrats on the new job! You’ve officially made me terrified to finish THE FOREVER SONG, I’m going to have to leave a really bizarre comment on one of your posts, and OMG I loved that scene for FIRE & FLOOD.

    As this is a brand new feature – it’s an idea that popped into my head last night and I ran with it – I’m still working on some of the logistics. But I thought I might try offering a sign-up form for any bloggers who may be interested in participating, in addition to simply reaching out by email. So… if you’d be interested in playing 20 questions here at Fiktshun, leave your details in the sign-up form HERE.

    And thank you for stopping by to see just what Jaime had to say! I hope it’s been enlightening or fun or introduced you to a couple of books you might not otherwise have had on your radar… or all three.

    Until next week-ish.

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