Loveathon Interview Swap

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For my loveathon interview swap I was lucky enough to chat with Danielle over @ Love at First Page!

1.  Tell everyone a little about yourself and your blog.  What do you think makes you different from other bloggers?

This is probably the hardest question! What to tell? I’m 24. Married. Have the cutest Australian shepherd puppy. I’m an avid NFL fan – go Giants! I majored in English Literature in college; read a lot of classics and modern literature. By the time I graduated, I was burned out and didn’t pick up another book for nearly a year. I then met a really great girl through Tumblr, and she introduced me to the historical romance genre. From there, I started using GR more, met some people, and that’s the rebirth of my love of books. Now I’m reading more what I enjoy rather than what I’ve always been told I should read. My blog is fairly new, but I’m having so much fun with it. It’s been a great way to meet new bloggers and participate in cool features/challenges. It also gives me an outlet to fangirl over my favorite book boys. 🙂

Hmm. I don’t know if this makes me different, but I usually avoid books if they don’t include a romance (I need at least a little swoon all the time!) and if they do include a love triangle (hate them).

2.  What are five (5) books, regardless of series or genre that you think everyone should read?

On the Jellicoe Road – this is the book that made me fall in love with the YA genre. I get a lot of flack when I tell people I read YA, but if only they knew how many talented YA writers there are. I’m convinced anyone who reads a Melina Marchetta book will never be able to look down upon YA fiction again.

Pride and Prejudice – my favorite classic. Witty, romantic, and loveable characters. Mr. Darcy should be every girl’s first fictional crush.

Night – I read this book in high school and it still haunts me to this day. It’s a personal account of a young Jewish boy’s imprisonment at a Nazi concentration camp. Horrifying and heartbreaking don’t even begin to cover it.

Any historical romance by Lisa Kleypas – she is the Queen of HR.

The Fault in Our Stars – fun fact, I actually have the quote, “My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations” tattooed on my right shoulder. I adore everything about this book, especially the words.

3.  What has been your greatest blogging moment to date?  Are there any upcoming events or signings you are looking forward to?

Just getting my blog up and running! I finalized my design recently, and I love it. It took me a while to come up with a blog name – I wanted something that was reader friendly and romantic. We all know the phrase, “Love at first sight,” so I think Love at First Page is a good combination of reading + romance.

I’m hoping beyond hope I can get to BEA this year. It’s very overwhelming, though. Bloggers, feel free to give me advice!

4.  What is a random thing about you that we don’t know?

Well, shoot, I should have saved the tattoo for this question! I have two other tattoos – a cross on my ankle and my wedding date on my back.

5.  Do you have a favorite character that you seem to be in the minority about?  What is it about them that you love so much?

Can I do the opposite? I’m not a fan of Rose Hathaway. She has this sizzling romance with Dimitri, and I admire her loyalty to Lisa, but I did not enjoy her as a character. Conceited is the first word that comes to mind. How she handled her relationships with Adrian and Dimitri after the third book was the last straw for me.

6.  What made you want to start blogging?

Mostly I wanted to get to know more bloggers and participate in all the fun stuff – events, challenges, features/memes, etc. I wanted to be able to fangirl over my favorite books too. I don’t enjoy writing negative reviews, but I loooooove to talk about my favorites.

7.  If you could only read one book over and over (EEP) what would you pick?

It has to be On the Jellicoe Road. I could never give up Jonah Griggs.

8.  Where can we find you?  (links, twitter, blog, goodreads, etc)?

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1312450-danielle-griggs

Twitter – https://twitter.com/loveatfirstpage

Blog – http://www.loveatfirstpage.org

She’s a sweetheart to chat with a great new blogger bud, so obviously you need to go and follow her!

kiki

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12 thoughts on “Loveathon Interview Swap

  1. Lucy February 15, 2014 at 8:34 am Reply

    Fun interview, ladies! I like my books to include romance as well. And I want to see your TFIOS tattoo!

  2. Elizabeth @ Redhead Reader February 15, 2014 at 9:04 am Reply

    Great interview.
    Your TFiOS Tattoo sounds amazing.
    I hope you can make it to BEA this year too! I’m going to the Blogger’s Conference plus BEA exhibit hall for the three days. I’m so excited!

  3. Brittany February 15, 2014 at 9:43 am Reply

    CAN I SEE PICTURES OF THIS PUPPY? Australian Shepherd puppies are adoooorable!
    Haha, okay, whew sorry!
    I love your blog name! Very fun and I really love falling in love with a book at the first page too. I feel like people could think that’s as “uncommon” as love at first sight, but oh, it happens.
    Jonah Griggs! Excellent choice.
    Let me know if you go to BEA this year! I’d love to meet! I was too shy last year to say hi to many people but I’m not going to do that this year because I missed my chance to say hi to so many awesome people!!

  4. prettylreader February 15, 2014 at 10:07 am Reply

    Your blog name is adorable; I love it!

    That line from TFiOS is beautiful! I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo of a quote, somewhere, but I haven’t found the right one yet.

    I also completely understand what you’re saying about Rose, but I enjoyed her development throughout the series, which is why I love her now! She’s definitely conceited and arrogant, but I think those qualities become less abrasive as the series progresses.

  5. Alexa S. (@alexalovesbooks) February 15, 2014 at 10:19 am Reply

    I love that you are also a loyal Lisa Kleypas fan, Danielle! She’s definitely a romance writing queen, and I have so adored all of her books. How excited are you for Brown-Eyed Girl coming out this year?

    Also, I loved, loved, LOVED Jellicoe Road. It started off slow for me, but grew into a story that I could fall in love with — and did!

  6. Ellie February 15, 2014 at 10:46 am Reply

    Love your bookish tattoo! I have one as well inspired by a Sarah Dessen novel. I love how creative people get with their tattoos!

  7. booksofamber February 15, 2014 at 10:51 am Reply

    Australian Shepherds are adorable! Do you have any photos?

    I’ve never been to BEA because I live too far away, and only got a job seven months ago! I’m hoping to attend next year, if I can. I’m definitely going to the London Comic Con though, where a bunch of UK authors are going to be talking at a panel! WOOP.

    *cries over your dislike for Rose*

    I want to get a bookish tattoo as well, which is actually from the Vampire Academy series XD

  8. Emily @ Oh Magic Hour February 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm Reply

    Such a great interview! I also am totally in love with Jellicoe Road and get super mad at the anti-YA-snobbery out there. 🙂

  9. Living a Goddess Life February 15, 2014 at 10:36 pm Reply

    Ok, now I REALLY need to read On Jellicoe Road. I keep hearing so much abut it…

  10. Rebecca February 16, 2014 at 12:48 am Reply

    I just came back from reading your interview and loved it! I love Danielle’s as well and I hope you’ll be happy to know I’ve nice added Ready Player One to my to read list! I love Jellicoe Road SO MUCH, I love that she chose it as her one book.

  11. Molly | wrapped up in books February 16, 2014 at 10:29 am Reply

    I’m in agreement with Danielle about Rose Hathaway! I get why some peope like her, but she’s not for me.

  12. Lauren @ Lose Time Reading February 16, 2014 at 10:53 am Reply

    That amazing that you have bookish tattoos!! Especially word tattoos, they are so beautiful!

    Lovely interview, I’m so happy that I discovered both of your ladies blogs in the love-a-thon ❤

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