This it the first time I’m participating in the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon. By this time last year I had just about broken out of my shell to interact with fellow bloggers. Then when Alexa announced it earlier this year, I thought, why not? And so, here I am!
If this is your first time visiting Word Revel, Welcome! If you’ve been here before, I’m glad you’re back! And I hope you still get to learn something new about me through the Love-A-Thon intro questions.
- What’s your name?
I’m Joséphine but most of my friends call me Jo.
- Where in the world are you blogging from?
The tropical island of Singapore, affectionately known as Little Red Dot.
- How did you get into blogging in the first place?
When I applied for internships in uni, a couple of interviewers asked me for writing samples and my social media presence. I figured a book blog would a good place to start since I’d also have my own place for book reviews beyond Goodreads.
- How did you come up with your blog name?
It took me almost a year of thinking up various names. My prerequisite was something short (best for a Twitter handle), related to books but not too restrictive and of course, memorable. Before that I blogged under Dudette Reads but that was more of a temporary name to get me going.
- What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?
Predominantly YA fiction. Though occasionally I also review adult fiction and non-fiction.
- What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
Since I love photography, I share bookish photography tips and recently started Mise-en-scène, a book photography challenge/meme together with Georgie. Besides that, I’ve been posting discussion posts under Confab for more than a year now, though I also share thoughts and reflections inspired by books.
Besides photography and discussions, once in a while I also consider book covers in Book Cover Culture, where I compare book covers of translations and UNcover, where I examine covers to see if they match up with the actual stories of the books.
- Best blogging experience so far?
Times that authors responded to my book reviews, telling me they loved that I shared my thoughts. I’m always excited to interact with authors who wrote the books I loved.
- Favorite thing about the blogging community?
Being able to share my love for books with like-minded people. Also, making friends from around the world, talking about anything and everything under the sun.
- Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015!
Well, there’re a lot of books I’m excited for and my top 5 change from day to day, depending on my mood. So here’re the 5 books for today, in no particular order:
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
- The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
- End of Days by Susan Ee
- Like it Never Happened by Emily Adrian
- What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
Definitely Red Ink by Julie Mayhew. I loved this book because it left such an impression on me but sadly, I’ve barely seen it around on the blogosphere.
- Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
Caymen from The Distance Between Us by Kasie West. She’s so hilarious to be with and wonderfully sarcastic, she and I would totally get along well.
- Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
I already mentioned photography. My other hobbies are sports and baking.
- Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
Shopping’s not really my thing. When I do need stuff, I prefer to just order online. But if I had to pick one thing, then I’d say clothes. Though even then, I prefer to order online than to brave the crowds in town.
- At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
I’d say practically anything by the Backstreet Boys. Then again, if it absolutely has to be one song, then Run, Run, Run by Tokio Hotel:
- Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.
Letters to Juliet. The movie was lovely and I’m sure I would enjoy reading it as a book.
It’s nice being able to know you more through this introduction post! Your blog is one of my favorite in the bookish community and your Instagram accounts are such an inspiration! I didn’t know you were from Singapore, that’s so cool! :)
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Cynthia @ Afterwritten says
Oh my gooood, that is such a gorgeous photo! :D :D I love it. I love that Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the book on top because it’s one of my favourites. ;D
I’m really excited for ADSOM, Written in the Stars, and The Girl at Midnight as well! :D
ONLINE SHOPPING IS STILL TOTALLY SHOPPING. I do 99% of my shopping online because I’m lazy but I still say I love shopping because I totally do. It’s just I don’t like going out and going into shops. :P
Your blog looks awesome and I’m so glad I discovered it through the Love-a-Thon! I’m definitely following you to see more of your future posts and cool book photos! <3
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Your book photography is so good! I love your pictures. Caymen would be awesome to hang out with. I love the Backstreet Boys and Tokio Hotel!
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#LoveAthon has let me to discover so many new blogs, I love it. Your blog is one of them and wow, it’s so good. I’m now off to discover more of your blog, I think I’m in for a great read.
“Tropical island” *dreamy sigh*
Your posts about photographs are the best. I really appreciate them :)
I am also anticipating A darker shade of magic and The girl at midnight. I love the sound from ‘ancient races’.
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Angie @Angela's Anxious Life says
HAHAHA!! Backstreet Boys… love them. I love New Kids on the Block too but that might just be me. I saw that heart you created with books on instagram and just think it’s amazing. Such talent.
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Caymen would be an excellent BFF. I know I’ve read some of your photography posts but I need to read the rest. I really want to like photography–like I like the *idea* of it & I have fun playing around, but I don’t think I’ve devoted enough time to really get into it as a hobby.
Amy M. says
Wish I had the time to participate in #LoveAThon. I’m enjoying reading everyone’s responses though and learning about my fellow bloggers.
I particularly LOVE your book photography. I hope to put more time into that hobby once I finish grad school. :)
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Loving your book photography and the great heart you made for the top. From your poem I think we read similar genres.
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Nova @ Out of Time says
I love that we have the same BFF <333 [as you mentioned!]
I LOVE looking at book photography but I don't think I could ever do it. I tried a few times and it just wasn't for me. However, there are some bloggers that I CRY OVER THEIR talent. I'll definitely be checking out your blog some more!
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Erica @ Novel Ink says
I have seen many people adding Caymen to their list of BFF’s. I’ll need to check that read out :)
Can’t wait to see your other posts for today!
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Alexa S. says
Your book photography puts me to shame, lady! I’m in LOVE with this gorgeous photo in your post, featuring some of my favorite novels too. I’m definitely with you on the Backstreet Boys love, by the way – I know all of their songs, though I really love the older stuff. And Letters to Juliet would make a delightful novel!
Thanks for joining the Love-a-Thon!
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Rosie // Rosie Reads says
Hi Jo! My first Love-A-Thon as well ^^ I’m so happy your answered BSB for the music question! I will forever love them! I also really like Tokio Hotel too! Good choices :D And I love reading your photography tips posts, even though I don’t always get around to commenting on them!
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Hi Jo! I love photography even though I am NOT the best :D
Ah, End of Days!! Love those books :D
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I am super loving that book heart photo!
Jessica @ Jessica's Rainbow Inspiration says
Hi Jo! I think your love for photography really shows! The photos on your blog are so pretty! You have very unique features too!
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