This year, I am participating in the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon! You can read more about it here, but the gist of the event is that it is meant to spread the love for Book Blogging and for other bloggers. The Book Blogger Love-A-Thon is also a way to have bloggers share their love to the community and to each other.
This is my first time participating, and I could not be more excited! There are loads of events happening throughout the next two days. On Twitter, you can follow the hashtag #LoveAThon, and you can also continue to check out my blog throughout the next two days for all of the fun challenges I will be taking a part in.
For now, one of the activities I was asked to participate in was a short questionnaire to allow you guys to get to know me! I've included a couple questions that I find really interesting. Feel free to leave your own answers to these questions below! I would love to get to know you too!
1. What’s your name?
My name is Sheridan!
2. Where in the world are you blogging from?
I am blogging from the United States.
3. How did you get into blogging in the first place?
I love to read, and I have loved to read since I was little. I wanted a place where I could share my opinions with fellow book lovers, and while I had (and still have) a Goodreads account, I was not getting the interaction with other people that I wanted to.
I turned to blogging because it allowed me to be personal and independent. I was able to create everything myself - my blog name, design of the page, layout, and the reviews. The most important piece of information is that I feel like blogging gives me more of a connection to my audience and my friends. I cannot count the number of friends I have made because of this blog!
4. How did you come up with your blog name?
To be honest, I am not sure. I created a blogger account when I was in 8th grade in hopes of blogging about my daily life and reviewing books. I was really set on the name Turning the Pages, but that URL was already taken by another Blogger user. I fell in love with the name I have now (I Turn the Pages) because it connects back to me, and I think reflects my love and connection that I have with books and fictional characters.
5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?
The books that I read and review most on my blog are Young Adult books of any genre. My favorite genre is Young Adult Dystopian, although I am hoping to dive into the realms of Historical Fiction soon enough.
When I am not reading or reviewing Young Adult novels, you can find me reading memoirs. I always love reading about how other people overcome their challenges, as we are all faced with individual challenges ourselves. Some of these reviews are posted on the blog, if you want to go check them out!
6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
Apart from reviews, I help authors reveal covers to their novels, promote their book through "Book Blitzes", and participate in "Blog Hops" across several blogs surrounding a common theme.
I would really like to post more discussion posts, because I would love to see more interactions in the comments and also for my readers to express their own opinions. I want to know who all of you are and what you are like!
7. Best blogging experience so far?
Hmm...this one is really tricky to answer. To be honest, I don't really have a "best experience" yet. I am just a girl sitting on her laptop writing reviews, and I think that is special in and of itself.
What I was most excited about blogging is when I realized that my blog hit 100 followers. It just really shocked me (and it still does) that 100 people like my reviews and read my blog whenever I update it. I just wanted to do something that I love, and I am so happy that other people enjoy it to!
8. Favorite thing about the blogging community?
Everyone in the blogging community is always so positive. We all stand behind each other's back, and we fight for what we believe is the best for all of the blogging community. There have been some tough moments for the blogging community (and while I don't want to mention them by name for fear of bringing up more bad feelings), those of you that have been around for a while definitely know what they are. My favorite thing about the blogging community is how we are able to continue, and still remain so optimistic and looking to the future. We never dwell on the bad things. We only focus on the good ones. :)
I also LOVE all of the friends that I was able to make. Within my first year of blogging, I had already met my co-blogger Anna, who I love with all of my heart! She has helped me so much with my blog, and I am so excited that we are able to work together and work to improve the blog together!
Meredith and Nori are also some of my greatest friends in the blogging community. I love chatting with them on Twitter, and they always find a way to make my day! I love you guys!
While I wish I could list all of my book blogging friends, the list would be way too long!
9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015!
I actually made a post about this! You can read it here!
10. What’s an (underrated) book or series that you think everyone should read?
I don't think any books are really viewed as underrated in the blogging community (because each individual person has their own books that they like). But, in terms of a book that I think everyone should read, I want to stray away from the obvious. This of course means Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent, or any other book that has already taken the blogging community by storm.
One of the books that I think romance-lovers should read is How I Fall by Anne Eliot. You can read my review here. I have to say, it is one of the best books that I have ever read. I could not stress it more. :)
11. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
Ellen Foster from How I Fall by Anne Eliot. She is an amazing person and always fights the odds. She also likes photography (something I like as well) so I think we would get along!
I wrote a review on How I Fall that you can read here to get more of a feel for who Ellen is as a character. :)
12. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
I love to write. I also like to bowl. With school, it's quite difficult to do new things outside of the world of academics!
13. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
Anything that is fandom related. I absolutely love Harry Potter and Parks and Recreation (although that shopping has to be done online!). I love looking for objects that I don't already own!
Depending on the day, I also like to go clothes shopping. But, sometimes that disappoints me because they have nothing that fits my taste :(
14. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
I'm actually not sure...I'll have to think on this one! (Although, I do love Into the Woods but I am not sure that would fit as a "party song")
15. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.
I would really love to see more of Parks and Recreation, but I have no clue how it would fair as a book. Maybe it would work out just from a single character's perspective? (Ron's perspective would be my favorite to read)