Blog Name: The Anfractuous Bookaholic
~ What's the story behind the blog name?
When I first started blogging, I only had about 1 follower for the first month. I wasn't as dedicated to my blogging, didn't follow any memes or even realize how big the book blogging world really was. I just wanted another way of putting down my thoughts for the books that I had read besides Goodreads. Once I was really introduced to the blogging world and started to get more dedicated to it, my blog's name changed a few different times before I settled on “The Anfractuous Bookaholic”. The definition of Anfractuous is: full of twists and turns, which was exactly what my blog had been through before it really became what it is today, and it was a word that I stumbled upon while looking for a name that would stick. I love my blog's name and think it really fits me and my life as a blogger.
~ Why did you start to book blog and how long have you been book blogging?
Reading for me is my escape from the world, it's the time I take for myself to calm down and it helps me get through a lot of tough situations. Once I started to really read (on a constant basis) I found that most of my friends didn't share the same interests as me, none of them read or even liked to talk about it, so instead I turned to the Internet and found Goodreads. It originally just started off as a way for me to categorize and organize my books and then I found that I loved to talk about the books I had read and thats around the time I found the world of book blogging and instantly new I wanted to be a part of it, that is where the first seeds for “The Anfractuous Bookaholic” sprouted from. Now, I have been blogging since November 2011. So I have only been doing it for about 5 months but already love to do it sooo much. It is a great world to be a part of.
~ Where is your favorite place to read?
Ummmm.... I don't know if I necessarily have a favorite place. I have a pretty busy schedule so a lot of the time I have to be able to read wherever and whenever I can find the time. I take my book almost everywhere with me. To work, when I go out anywhere, to bed (yes, they sleep with me, LOL) it is usually constantly by my side. I recently just moved and am staying at my cousin's where there are 3 children under the age of 10 in the household. So it's definitely a juggling act sometimes trying to find time to read.
~ E-books or Hardcopy?
Most DEFINITELY hard copy. I don't own any of the electronic devices like a nook or kindle. I personally have no desire to read my books in that fashion. It's not the same if I can't have the physical book in my hands. My mom and dad have both offered to get me one, since I read so much, but every time I simply tell them no. It just doesn't feel the same for me. Plus I love going to the book store and browsing around, its a great way to spend time. =D
~ Favorite book of all time and why?
Wow. That is definitely a difficult question. I don't know if I could pin down a favorite, but I will give you a few that have stayed with me through the years.
Skye O'Malley by Bertrice Small
Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Love in the Wind by Madeline Baker
The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
The first four are books that I read when I was younger and are the first books that sparked an interest in me to read and love it. The last 4 are all books that I have read within the past few years and have really moved something in me. All of these books have really made me sit down and take a look at the world and see something different and new to appreciate in it every time. They are also all books that have made me cry for one reason or another. They leave me speechless and have utterly captivated me by their beauty. Each of them hold a special place in my heart, all for a different reason.
~ What are your inspirations?
My biggest inspiration has always been Queen Elizabeth (the first one, the Virgin Queen), the way that she was able to over come so much and still rule her country without the help or marriage of a guy. I must say she is the reason that I love and absolutely need a strong female character in a book. If you mean when it comes to my writing, I would have to say my inspiration to write is all the authors and their books that I have read. Reading has been such a big part of my life and I have wanted to be a publisher author for so long that I have lost count of the years that I have desired it. I know I still have a long way to go before any of my writing is read or even published by anyone, but that is definitely one of my dreams in life.
~ Do you have any blogs/bloggers that you look up to or that inspire you?
I would have to say that there are three bloggers that are my inspire and were amazingly sweet and helped me out a lot when I first started to blog. They are Lea from My Adventures in Libraryland (http://www.lcsadventuresinlibraryland.blogspot.com/), Giselle from .Xpresso Reads (http://www.xpressoreads.com/), and Haley from Ya-Aholic (http://www.ya-aholic.com/).
~ What do you like to do in your free time?
I LOVE movies and I love going to the movies. Besides, that I am a pretty simple girl. If I am not a work or doing something that I absolutely have to, I just like staying at home and spending time with my family and reading whenever I can. I am a home body.
~ Name a dessert, a color, a drink?
Cheesecake, Purple, Sweet Tea
~ Favorite Coffee Shop?
I don't really have one, I don't drink coffee that often and when I do it's usually just home made. When I do go out to get coffee, it's from StarBucks. Mocha Frappe.
~ If you could be one character, who would it be and why?
Wow, that is another hard one. There are three different characters that come to mind right away, and I must say some of the reason I would want to be them is because of the significant other in their lifes. They are Bella from Twilight (mainly because I love Edward, drowl...), Rose from The Vampire Academy (Dimitri, ohhhh my...) and Katniss from The Hunger Games (ohhh, my beloved Peeta). But if I had to only choice one, I would say.... Rose. She is one of the strongest character I have ever read about and has been through a lot, but still manages to stay strong and true to her friends, herself and her loved ones.
~ How many books (on average) do you read a month?
Mmmm... Let me think. Before I moved I would say that I read about 3 books a week, so about 12 books a month. Now a days, since it is harder to read as much or as fast with a busy household, I would say it has gone down to about 6 a month. But I am definitely working on getting it back up to 12 or more.
~ What are some of your book blogging secrets?
I would definitely say taking your time, go over your posts re-read them and don't rush anything. Take your time to think about a book once you have finished it and really think about how it impacted you and what you got out of it before you do your reviews, that helps me out tremendously. Also, get to know your fellow bloggers and followers, they will become your biggest supporters.
~ What are your favorite books-to-movie adaptations? Why?
One of my favorites would be all of the Twilight movies EXCEPT for the first one. I will be the first one to admit that the first movie of the Twilight Series was pretty cheesy. But since then, they have gotten a lot better. Besides that one I would have to say, The Hunger Games, I know it hasn't released yet, but just by seeing the trailers I know I am going to absolutely LOVE it.
~ Do you have any book boyfriends? If so, name them and explain why.
I have a lot of book boyfriends. I would have to say that most of my favorite books have partially been influenced by me falling in love with one of the guy characters. Some of them are:
Edward from Twilight: He was my first book boyfriend and he totally 'dazzled' me, LOL. He was just so protective and willing to do anything for Bella and at the time in my life that I read the Twilight Series, that was exactly what I was looking for in a guy.
Dimitri from The Vampire Academy: Dimitri was my second book boyfriend and the way that he stood up for Rose and was willing to bend over backwards and help her out as much as much as he could, but wouldn't allow her to get away with any of her antics. He treasured her for who she was, that to me is something utterly amazing.
Peeta from The Hunger Games: Oh my gosh, I can't say in enough words how much I absolutely ADORE Peeta. He was willing to sacrifice everything for Katniss and loved her unconditionally despite all her faults. He went through hell and back for her, and even through his darkest fears he found his way back to her. How can you not love Peeta?
Han Alister from The Demon King: He is a different find of book boyfriend. I think more then anything I admire his strength. He went through the lose of his family in the first book, but still has somehow managed to find his way in life again.
Patch from Hush, Hush: There is just something irresistible about him.
Tucker Avery from Unearthly: He's a gentle hearted cowboy, no need to say anymore.
David from Wings: He is the most kind hearted guy I have ever fallen for in a book.
Sam from Shiver: Like David he is just so gentle hearted that I couldn't help but loving him.
~ Name 5 books everyone should read at least once.
The Hunger Games Series
The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series
The Skye O'Malley Series
The Unearthly Series
The Vampire Academy Series
I know that is a LOT more then 5, but practically 99% of the books that I read are series, so I can't just name single books. =D
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Thanks so much Cassie for participating!