My Blogiversary Answers to Your Questions (Part 1: Blogging & Reading)

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So, last week I celebrated my One Year Blogiversary 🎉🎉 I still can’t believe it.

Thank you to ALL my followers, there’s nearly 700 of you, which is all kinds of insane. I never expected this blog to go anywhere. I started it on a complete whim. I thought I’d stop posting in like a week. I had no idea that it was going to become one of the most important parts of my life.

I say this all the time, but I finally feel like I’m a part of something now I have this blog. I’ve met SO many incredible people who I feel so honoured to call friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you ♥♥♥

I wish I could be one of those people who posted some amazing, original content for it but alas I am not one of those people so I just decided to host a Q&A and here are my answers!!

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Blogging

Beth @ Reading Every Night asked: Since you started blogging what has been your favourite post?

I think it’s probably my two comic posts!

It actually took me ages to put them together and I think it paid off. I was worried about whether they’d make sense, but then having people say they were helpful was such a cool feeling!

I also loved my review for Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire.

Reg @ She Latitude asked: What’s your blogging dream?

To be self-hosted and creating a ton of original content on a regular basis! On a jokier more shallow side of things though, I’d love to be one of those bloggers who publishers just automatically send ALL the books to, haha. Also, I feel like it’s more YouTubers who are reps for subscription boxes but that would be pretty nice too haha.

Melissa @ Book Nerd Memo asked: What’s one thing about blogging you wish was easier?

Being able to come up with original ideas! It’s something I’ve struggled with for so long. I’m just not the type of person who can continuously create these amazing discussion posts. I’m slowly starting to accept that it’s just not me and it’s okay that I can’t do that, but it’s hard when I see so many wonderful posts out there by others. Also, replying to comments can be a struggle for me especially when I’m feeling really drained and anxious.

Donna @ Chocolate ‘N’ Waffles asked: What’s your favorite font style? 

Ooh I think my favourite are handwritten ones. Either like the font in my header/featured images or grunge/brush ones.

Click the images to download. 

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and these kinda weird arts-y display fonts:

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Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads asked: If you could only read one book, which would it be?

So this is cheating, but there’s actually NO WAY I can choose between Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. I just CAN’T. So it would either be The Titans Curse or The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads asked: Do you ever combine books and music? Like, when reading, do you think about songs that would fit the book or specific scene perfectly? And if so, do you have an example? Or the other way around, do you have a song that you wish could be an entire book?

Ahh, this is such a great question 😍😍 I’m constantly relating things to songs. One of my favourite things to do is make playlists for my favourite characters. I try to include mini playlists in my reviews (I have some for Three Dark Crowns, Every Heart A Doorway and Gemina) and I have some on my 8tracks too!

There’s definitely a lot of songs I’d love to see as books too especially anything by Pierce The Veil (to be specific probably Props And Mayhem or anything from Selfish Machines) because their lyrics are so poetic. A lot of concept albums would make great books too. One of my favourites is Worse Than A Fairy Tale by this band Drop Dead, Gorgeous. It’s really dark and is about a serial killer murdering people from this small town and it would make such an incredible horror/thriller book. Also! Mariana Trench’s Ever After album which is pretty fairy tail-esque and like a mixture of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. It’d definitely make a cool book especially if the music videos are anything to go by!

Beth @ Reading Every Night asked

If you could meet with one author, dead or alive, who would you pick and why?

Ahhh, it’d definitely be a tie between J.K. Rowling and R.L. Stine! Both had such a huge impact on my life in different ways. Harry Potter is basically the reason why I joined online communities and Goosebumps is why I love all things weird. I’m cheating, but I’d also love to go back in time and meet Charlotte Perkins and thank her for writing The Yellow Wallpaper. I saw an introduction from her where she said doctors actually told her the cure to her illness was to lock herself away and then when she told people about her book they wanted her committed. It would be so good to have a discussion with her. It can’t have been easy to be a feminist in the 1800s and I have so much respect for all the women who were willing to risk their lives to stand up for our rights.

If you had the chance to read one book yet to be released what one would you pick?

THE LOVE INTEREST!!!!!! I am DYING for that book. Also, the 3rd and final book in the Illuminae series even though I’m NOT READY FOR IT TO END 😭😭😭

The Love Interest

Jess @ Mud and Stars Book Blog asked: What is your favourite book in the thriller/horror genre, and which book has scared you the most?

Night Film scared me in the sense that it really made me question everything and at one stage I was even Googling Stanlias Cordova because I was convinced he was real. YOU scared me because it made me really think about how easy it is to discover everything about someone from their online presence especially because it wasn’t done in a condescending “these kids and their damn selfies” way. Bird Box was scary because it was incredibly vivid and imagining yourself in the situation it’s putting across is terrifying.  I’m still waiting for a book to REALLY TRULY scare me, tbh! I find it so hard to get scared by books. Some of my favourites though:

Say Her Name Bird Box Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)  Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
Welcome to the Dark House (Dark House, #1)
 The Merciless Beautiful Malice
Last Seen Leaving Night Film You (You, #1)

Oops. I gotta little carried away, but it’s SO hard to choose.

Lindsey @ ParadisBooks asked: What book would you love to have a signed copy of?

I’m not actually too concerned about signed books? Is that weird? Haha! I’d love a signed copy of Harry Potter though! Or Percy Jackson and Goosebumps. That’d be suuuuuuuuper cool.

Melissa @ Book Nerd Memo asked: If it was possible which book world would you travel to and why?

I know I always answer this, but how can I not honestly? It’d be Harry Potter. Always. A part of me is actually so sad because I’ll never get to experience it. There’s just so many amazing places to explore. I’d also love to go to Camp Half Blood (even though I’d probably die).

Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook asked

Favorite comic book/graphic novel of all time?

This is so much harder than I thought!

I can’t choose between these:

Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy (Runaways, #1) Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal Nimona

Runaways and Ms. Marvel are the first comics I ever read. Ms. Marvel is the reason why I even considered reading comics and whilst I was waiting for issue one I started Runaways.

Nimona because it had such an emotional impact on me. It’s honestly one of the best graphic novels ever. I think about it ALL THE TIME. I need more so badly.

Also as a bonus:

Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1) Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy Saga, Vol. 1

If you could only read NOVELS or COMICS for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

DON’T DO THIS TO ME!?!!?!? THIS IS SO HARD! I feel like I have to choose Novels because Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, but comics/graphic novels are the reason why I’m not in a permanent slump. I love them so much and I can’t imagine not reading them.

I wish there were Harry Potter graphic novels because then I could cheat since the PJO books have been turned into graphic novels 😂😂

Ngoc @ Happy Comes First asked: If you could experience any book/series again for the first time, what book/series would it be & why?

I keep mentioning this, but it’d definitely be Harry Potter or Percy Jackson. I’m especially curious about Harry Potter. I’d love to know if any of my thoughts or feelings about certain characters or pairings have changed.

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Thank you so much for all your questions! I’ll be answering the more personal ones in Part 2!

I’d love to hear any of your thoughts on any of the things I mentioned.

I hope you’re all having a fantastic day.

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64 thoughts on “My Blogiversary Answers to Your Questions (Part 1: Blogging & Reading)

  1. Harry Potter for so many answers, yes. Girl you know I agree with them all. Imagine a signed copy!
    I’m not so bothered about signed copies either unless its a book I adore then I would love one.
    Great post, I can’t wait until your second part to find out more about you and the other questions which were asked 🙂

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  2. Ughh! I can’t believe I missed your Q&A post! I’ve been so busy and behind on blog hopping… I have a lot of catching up to do! Congratulations on your one year blogiversary! That’s incredible, and a wonderful milestone that I hope to reach one day! Like 6 months from now. Lol. Anyway, I enjoyed reading your answers. I got a ton of awesome recs from this post that I’ll be adding to my TBR. Like Bird Box and Say Her Name (they look GOOD) and I’m new to graphic novels, but I love them! So I’ll be reading Ms. Marvel and Saga too!! Thanks for sharing about yourself with us 😊

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  3. Anything by Pierce the Veil would make a great story! Totally agree, now you’ve given me a fun challenge for when I’m not working on my current novel project!

    Congrats on your anniversary! I’ve been seeing a lot of these anniversaries around lately. I wonder if there’s something about February/March that makes people want to start blogs, haha.

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  4. YAY you included mine! heheh I gave you the hard ones >:D

    But in all seriousness, I haven’t read like…anything you mentioned as favorites. I DO OWN NIMONA THOUGH. So, I’ll read that one first 🙂 I’m definitely going to take some of those horror recs. I have the Merciless (right, that’s what it’s called?) but I haven’t read it yet. I’m being all superstitious and feel weird reading a book with a pentagram on it. I don’t even know why, I’m not religious. But I’m being weird about it lol

    Can’t wait for part 2 !

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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    1. HAHA! I KNOW! 😩 I love it though 😝

      Nimona is amazing! It really does a great job at playing with the Heroes vs Villains trope! I hope you enjoy it! Merciless is another favourite. Despite being a horror it was such a fun read. Haha, no that’s understandable! I feel like that about a lot of those Paranormal “games” were you summon demons. Like, I know none of them are real, but I hate even watching or reading them because I’m like WHAT IF haha.

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  5. Ahaha I love your blogging goals, I do have the same ones – though I think that self-hosting will come a bit later down the road now that I got the domain name, I’m still very nervous about it all ahah. I would love to get books sent to my home, but I guess that’s one perk I’ll never experience since I live in France haha.
    I think I would love to experience Harry Potter for the first time just as well ❤
    Lovely answers, can't wait to read part 2!

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    1. Thank you, Marie 😘 Yeah, I’m still pretty nervous about it myself. I love what you’ve done with your blog though! Having your own domain is super cool ♥ Ahh yeah, it’s such a shame that it’s not easy for international bloggers 😦 Yes, it’d be so good!

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      1. Oh thank you Lauren ❤ Even if I only bought the domain name, I'm still thinking about self-hosting these days ahah. It's so hard to be a blogger at times, decisions decisions haha.

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  6. Congrats on being close to 700 followers, Lauren! That’s an amazing achievement!
    Your answer to my question about one thing that you wish was easier about blogging is me too. In the whole time that I’ve been blogging I think I’ve done about four discussions post because I can rarely come up with ideas. I try and most of the time it never works out. I definitely wish original content was easier to come up with too. And YES to Harry Potter, if only it was possible to travel into those books.
    Also, I so make playlists for my favorite characters too or sometimes just general book ones. If I’m really into a book I almost always end up searching for songs or just hearing a song while listening to music that reminds me of it. I actually recently made one for Warden and Paige after reading the most recent Bone Season book. 😂😂
    Great answers! I loved reading them and can’t wait for part 2! 😊💕

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    1. Thanks so much, Melissa ♥

      Right! It’s definitely the thing I struggle with the most. I’m slowly learning to accept that it’s okay that I can’t do that, but at the same time I feel like if I REALLY want my blog to take the next step I need to start doing more original content? It’s a struggle, haha.

      Ahhh, yesssss!! I do it all the time too. It’s so good!!

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  7. Happy 1 year blogging anniversary, and congratulations on 700 followers – that’s fabulous, and very well deserved! Thanks so much for answering my question – I knew I could rely on you for horror/thriller recommendations 🙂 Night Film and You are two of my favourite books, but I haven’t read any of the others, so I’m really excited to check some of those out. Bird Box sounds amazing! Also interested to have seen your graphic novel recommendations, it’s something I want to get into, as I have never read a graphic novel before. Nimona sounds really good, and I’ve heard such great things about it, so I really want to check it out soon 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much ♥ I’m so glad you enjoyed those two 😀 I hope you like any of the others if you decide to check them out! Ahh, yesss. Nimona is SUCH A GOOD PLACE TO START! It’s totally self contained so you don’t need to worry about understanding an entire universe and it’s a brilliant story and will definitely help you get used to the formatting!

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  8. Nice post idea! Well done for sticking with your blog! Unlike you I did give up posting after about a week of starting my blog and it was a year until I actually got into doing it properly!

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    1. Thank you ♥ Ahh, that’s okay. I think that’s happened to a lot of people 😀 I’m honestly surprised I stuck with it for so long. I feel like I found a great bunch of people straight away to chat with, so that definitely helped! And you’re back now so that’s the main thing!!

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  9. Great answers for these questions Lauren, and I know I’ve probably said this before but again a huge congratulations on reaching your one-year blogiversary! I definitely felt the same when I reached mine. I never imagined I’d manage to stick at blogging fora whole year but I did and now I want to reach two years! 🙂
    I loved reading your answers to these questions. I actually think it was your review for Every Heart a Doorway that convinced me to add that book to my to-read list, and I’m so glad I did. Also I would love to get my hands on The Love Interest right this second, and yes to the third Illuminae book because that still feels like so so far away.
    I think Harry Potter is a classic world everyone wants to visit but I’d love to see Camp Half-Blood too, again I’d probably die pretty quickly but it’s be fun while it lasted! 😀
    Congrats again one reach one year. Here’s looking forwards to another year of you posting on you blog! 😀 ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Beth ♥ Yeah, it’s such a great feeling 😀 It’s so motivating to see people who have done this for numerous years too. Like, I definitely want to get to that stage too.

      Ahh that makes me so happy to hear. It was such a wonderful book. I really need to give it a reread. I know. The worst thing about reading new releases straight away is the huge wait for the next installment, ahaha.

      Yessss. It would be totally worth it 😂

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      1. That’s all right! 😀 ❤ Oh I know what you mean, compared to some people on this site I feel like I've only been blogging for a short time.
        Yeah there's always a downside, but I tend to re-read old books before getting started on the newest releases, helps keep everything fresh in my mind! 😀

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  10. Nearly 700 followers! Holy shit, that’s an amazing number! 😃
    I agree, I love your comic posts! They’re really well-done. I know you don’t always feel like replying to comments, but I promise it’s fine! ❤
    I loooove fonts! All of the fonts! I wish I could have 20 different blogs just so I could use lots of different ones haha.
    I love the way you weave music into your book blog. It’s like a new genre of blogging! 😀
    Ahhhh I love Warm Bodies! Very excited about the new books set in that world, although I keep forgetting if they’re prequels or sequels or whatever. 😂
    I wish I had come up with a cool question haha! I’m glad so many people asked things! x

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    1. Aw, thank you so much Izzi ♥♥

      HAHA. RIGHt. I have an INSANE amount saved on my laptop. Like, I don’t even know if I’ll use them all but I need them there “just in case” 😂

      Saaame! I think The New Hunger is a prequel to Warm Bodies? But idek. I’m actually so mad at myself for not having read The Burning World yet though. Like, I’ve been waiting YEARS for this book, haha.

      Nooo, that’s fine. I’m the worst when ppl do Q&As. My go to is like “what’s your most recent 5 star read?” 😂😂

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  11. First of all, happy blogoversary!! Love your Marvel post- I went over to read it and it’s so comprehensive. Great job! I like thinking of playlists too so I’ll have to check out the one Three Dark Crowns. And Runaways is on my list to try.

    Great post!

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  12. Congrats on your first blogiversary, Lauren! That’s huge, and you should be proud of all that you’ve accomplished. 🙂 Great Q&A – I must admit that I haven’t read nearly enough graphic novels or comics, though I’ve been wanting to get into the genre. x

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  13. Great Q&A Lauren! Totally agree that it’d be super cool to have signed Percy Jackson books. Rick Riordan actually lives in Boston (where I’m at) and his son goes to my school (Emerson). I even had a fiction writing class with him, but was to like worried to actually say anything about his dad and how I loved the books.

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  14. Your Marvel guides are actually incredible & I’ve bookmarked them for one day when I’m gonna finally bite the bullet & start reading the comics 😀 Also – I LOVE making playlists for songs & there are some songs I associate so strongly with a book/series that whenever it comes up on my iPod, I’m instantly transported back! Oh god those thriller covers were enough to scare me, I’m such a chicken hahaha xD Congrats again on your blogiversary! ❤

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  15. So what I’m getting from this is that you really like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, hahaha. I’m definitely going to have to check out some of those thrillers/horrors. I actually have You and Welcome to the Dark House, just need to get around to reading them both 😛

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    1. How could you tell 😎?

      Yay! I hope you enjoy them. Welcome to the Dark House is like a teen slasher in book form and I love it. Like, the writing isn’t perfect but it was so much fun to read? Can’t wait to see what you think of both of them!

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      1. I’ve seen a few different bloggers say that they enjoyed Welcome to the Dark House which is nice since when I bought it, it was on a complete whim and I hadn’t heard of it before, haha. At the very least, I’ll be reading it this fall, but I’m hoping to get to it sooner.

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  16. Ah I love that you make playlists for books and characters! Now I have to hurry and read those books so I can have the appropriate soundtrack 😉 And PTV songs would make great stories, their lyric are amazing! I didn’t know Marianas Trench but that video is so whimsical and intriguing! Checking out their album asap!
    I also totally agree that one of the most difficult things about blogging is coming up with original content. As much as I love Top Ten Tuesday or Book Tags, I always feel like I should do more. But then I think someone else has probably already done what I’m thinking about and done it better so I just don’t bother… Working on it though!
    And yay for Harry Potter and Percy Jackson! I’ll be starting the Heroes of Olympus series soon and I’m so excited 🙂

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    1. My brain constantly associates music with everything, haha, so I always need an outlet for it so playlists are my go to 😂 Ah, yay! I feel like you’ll really enjoy Marianas Trench 😀

      Riiight! I’m about to post two TTT posts basically in a row and I feel guilty about it, but then at the same time I know I shouldn’t. It’s a struggle.

      Ahhh, I’m so excited for you to read HoO!! I hope you love them!!

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  17. Congrats on your blogiversary! I can’t believe I missed out on asking you questions! :O

    The fonts are amazing! Thanks for sharing! And, as a fellow Potterhead, I love that you answered with Harry Potter for many questions. I usually have this huge internal struggle about whether I should answer with HP. And I end up saying Harry Potter despite many long drawn mental conversations to not do that.😂

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