The Return of Love-A-Thon
After participating in last year’s Love-A-Thon and coming across some amazing people, I knew I had to take part again this year. In fact, I was the first person to sign up this year. Yep, I wear that as a badge of pride. Hah.
Now, if you’re new here, Hello! I’m glad you decided to stop by. If you’ve been here before, Welcome back! I hope this weekend will be a fun one for everyone to interact. The best part is that this year’s Love-A-Thon is intentionally multi-platform. This means you’ll also see me take part in the bookstagram challenges, and maybe even doubly so.
Responses to Questionnaire
1. What’s your name?
My name is Joséphine. Some call me Jo.
2. Where in the world are you blogging from?
Currently I’m blogging from Singapore.
3. How did you get into blogging in the first place?
Actually, I’ve been blogging on and off, jumping across various blogging platforms since 2003. During one of my classes, which happened to be in a computer lab, my teacher was on medical leave. Left to our own devices, a friend signed up on Blogspot, so out of curiosity, I followed suit.
Book blogging, however, came much later. I was in uni, applying for internships, and didn’t have a social media presence I was confident in sharing with potential employers. Since the advice tends to be to pick a blogging niche, I chose books because I figured that’s a topic I would be able to talk about for a long time.
4. How did you come up with your blog name?
With lots of wailing over it. I previously blogged under Dudette Reads, even though I didn’t have much liking for the name. It just was the one I disliked the least among those I thought of which were still available. After about a year I finally had a stroke of brilliance and came up with Word Revel. I absolutely love the name but am glad I didn’t wait for it to come to me. Starting to blog was more important than the name.
5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?
My reading taste is fairly eclectic and my reviews, particularly on Goodreads, do show that. Though on the blog I predominantly stick to reviewing YA fiction. Once in a while I throw in some general, MG or NA fiction as well as non-fiction mostly related to design, sociology and photography.
6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
Many know me for my photography because I heavily integrate it here as well as on Life Reve. In line with that, I post photography tutorials and recently started a series of bookstagram tutorials too. Also in line with photography, together with Georgie, I host a weekly book photography challenge Bookish Scene: Project 52.
That being said, I do enjoy writing and debating a fair bit too, so discussions posts also are a staple on Word Revel.
7. Best blogging experience so far?
I don’t think there’s something I’d necessarily describe as the best blogging experience. There’re just so many great things about it. Some of the most amazing things though are meeting friends online and in person. I had the opportunity to meet quite a number of them — some from Singapore and some from Germany and Hazel from the Philippines when she visited Singapore last year.
8. Favorite thing about the blogging community?
The people, obviously. Need I say more?
9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!!
There are countless books I’m excited for but I don’t exactly have a top 5. I try to focus on the books I already have rather than pine for release dates. Well, unless, we’re talking about The Raven King. With that, I picked out five 2016 releases that I already own and look forward to reading soon. They are:
- The Chimes by Anna Smaill
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
- Up to this Pointe by Jennifer Longo
- Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
- The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
10. Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!
Again, there are so many great books on my shelves that I have yet to get to. Picking out five was tough but here’s my top 5:
- Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLeomore
- Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
- Blue Voyage by Diana Renn
11. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
Based on Goodreads ratings my pick isn’t all that underrated but I’ve not seen it a lot on book blogs either. One underrated book I recommend is How to Lead a Life of Crime. It’s unpredictable and has intelligent characters — two things I always prize.
12. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
Most any sarcastic character who keeps it real. Off the top of my head, Cayman from The Distance Between Us by Kasie West fits the bill.
13. Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?
No love lost for this concept, I’m afraid, so none to speak of. Don’t get the point of it all. Please don’t mind me.
14. Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad? (5 characters max)
- Aileana, The Falconer by Elizabeth May
- Victor, Vicious by V.E. Schwab
- Karou, Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
- Rosie Black, Genesis by Lara Morgan
- Gwyneth Shepherd, Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
15. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
In case you missed it, photography’s right up there ;) Also, sports and baking. I used to sew but somehow I forgot about it along the way. I suppose that stems from how complicated it can be to stop in the midst of a project over and over again.
16. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
More books? Well, and baking utensils. Can never have enough of those.
17. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
According to my iTunes library’s most played rankings, that would be Pause by Plain White T’s. Here’s the MV for your viewing pleasure:
18. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern needs to be filmed. The set would surely be breath-taking to behold.
19. What would your dream library look like?
Rows of white lacquered wooden shelves along the walls with high ceiling and huge glass windows and doors facing outwards towards a garden. Ample comfortable seating spaces in the centre of a room with a mezzanine floor to cozy up in for reading at night and gazing at the stars. Walls should be white too, so that framed photographs, posters and other decoration would stand out.
20. Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?
Sara Zarr — I think she’d be a really interesting person to sit down with and talk. I say this based off her tweets and the fact that I’ve read all her YA novels, including Roomies which she co-wrote with Tara Altebrando. I’ve found her books to be rather introspective on the religious, moral and cultural front. Of course, I’d expect the author behind those books to be every bit as colourful and intriguing to interact with.