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900 Follower Q&A Part 2

I’m sorry I’ve been so slow in getting the second part of my Q&A up on the blog, it’s been a hectic week! Thanks again to everyone who took the time to ask me questions – you’re all the best! Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Naz at Read Diverse Books

What TV shows are you currently obsessed with?

Oh my God it has to be Black Mirror. I’ve been obsessed with it since it started a few years ago on Channel 4. All the episodes in the third series are on Netflix as of yesterday and I am FREAKING OUT. I’m waiting for a weekend where I have nothing to do and no one to see to binge them all in one go. If you’ve never watched it before you HAVE to check it out. It’s the brainchild of British screenwriter Charlie Brooker and it’s kind of like a sci-fi, dystopian, highly satirical black comedy. All the episodes are always really unnerving, but so clever.

What’s the last book that made you cry?

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The last book that made me cry was Haunt Me by Liz Kessler. It was a charmingly beautiful ode to grief, forgiveness and finding your place in the world. I adored it and if you’re intrigued, you can read my review right here.


Vivian at Inked In Pages

ACOMAF or Throne of Glass series?

This is a hard one. I’m actually in the midst of reading the Throne of Glass series at the moment (I’ve just finished Queen of Shadows) and I like how relentlessly action-packed and detailed they are, as well as the enormous range of characters and all of the clever little subplots that bob and weave alongside the main story lines, but I have to go with the A Court of Thorns and Roses series! I read ACOTAR and ACOMAF before I read ToG, and I fell in love with the whimsical world and the complex characters Maas created. ACOTAR is a little slow and slightly problematic, but ACOMAF (and Rhys) stole my heart!


Lauren at Wonderless Reviews

I know there’s a Pottermore quiz now, but disregarding that, what do you feel would best suit your Patronus?

Hmmm. I got a St Bernard and I actually feel like a dog is probably the best type of animal for my Patronus anyway. If I had a choice, I’d probably go with a different breed of dog though…maybe a terrier of some sort!

What Hogwarts classes would you take? (No, you can’t say all of them!)

Eeeeek, Lauren you’re so mean! Okay let’s choose three, as that is the magic number after all…I’ll go with Care of Magical Creatures, Defence Against The Dark Arts (as long as Lupin and not Umbridge is teaching…) and transfiguration, although I really would like to do them all!

Besides the Trio, which character would you want to be best friends with?

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Ginny! Absolutely Ginny. I think she’s brilliant and unfortunately she got such a raw deal in the films, being reduced to Ron’s little sister and then Harry’s love interest instead of a character in her own right. But she’s steadfast, funny, and brave and has a little mischievous streak that I think would make her a lot of fun to be around.

If you could only recommend one book ever again what would it be?

Ouch. These questions are killing me, guys! I’ve pondered this question for a little while now but I don’t think I could forgive myself if I didn’t choose Harry Potter for this question. I’ll always love Harry without question, but I really do think that the series as a whole has something for everyone, plus some really important life lessons that can’t be overlooked.


Has there been anything about blogging that you weren’t expecting?

I don’t think I was expecting to be come as serious about blogging as I have done! I started out because I wanted something to do that was completely separate from my day-to-day work life that would give me some sort of creative outlet and it’s just kind of grown and grown. I can’t imagine not having my blog or not being able to blog now!


Any current favourite songs that you’ve been listening to?

I’m going through a phase of favouring really chilled stuff at the moment…I don’t know what this says about me and my age! One of my current favourites is Emeralds by Bears Den:


Yarravy at Hiraeth For The Pages

What book character would you like to swap places with if you HAD to swap places?

Hmm. There are characters that I would love to trade places with for their powers, or to experience things that I’ll never be able to experience in real life. But I don’t want to get myself killed or suffer some horrible, irreversible trauma that will marr the rest of my days (I like the quiet life, tbh) so I’ve got to do some weighing up here. I think if I had to swap places, I’d go with Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, because the benefits of going to Hogwarts, being a witch and having friends like Harry and Ron just about outweigh the bad things.

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Which of your favourite characters would you NOT like to swap places with?

This is a slightly easier one because off the top of my head I can think of about 100 characters from my favourite books that I would never in a million, billion years want to trade places with:

  • Draco Malfoy – parents in league with the Dark Lord and living in that draughty, creepy old manor with your crazy aunt Bellatrix? Thanks but NO.
  • Katniss Everdeen – I don’t feel like I even need to explain this one.
  • Clary Fray – The whole torturous forbidden love with your brother thing? So stressful. Also: see demons and serious Daddy issues.
  • Celaena Sardothien – I mean I would love to be her because she is badass as hell, but Endovier, the King of Adarlan and chopping off people’s heads a happy life does not make.

Shudder. I think of them all, trading places with Katniss would be last choice. I do not want to volunteer as tribute.

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You’re given creative rights to make a film for any book, what’s the book you choose?

Great question! Lots of books that I would love to see be adapted are actually being optioned or have already been optioned like The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and The Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, so I think I’ll go with Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. It’s finally being made into a TV series by the BBC, but I can’t help but feel like it deserves more…I have no idea why it’s never been made into a movie!

What is your favourite food/beverage to settle with a book and where are you when you’re reading and eating/drinking?

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Tea. Tea is love, tea is life! I think in an ideal world, I’d like to click my fingers and have a cheeseboard whenever I settle down for a reading sesh. Ideally, I’d be drinking my tea, devouring my cheeseboard and reading my book in front of an open fire with the fluffiest of socks and a window with a view out into the most beautiful of countryside. #Dreamy

What bookish/non-bookish pet peeve can you NEVER forgive?

As far as bookish pet peeves go, I get really, really irritated when people interrupt my reading! The worst kind of people are people who don’t really feel the need to communicate with you when you don’t have a book, but as soon as you put your head between the pages they become the world’s greatest conversationalist and you feel like you’re suddenly an unwilling guest on the Graham Norton show. LEAVE ME ALONE. In terms of non-bookish pet peeves, I have loads (I’m not a very tolerant person, soz not soz) including people who drive really slowly, people who walk really slowly, people who interrupt you all the time in conversation, casual sexism, rudeness, people who don’t give up seats on public transport for the elderly. The list goes on…

What animal would you communicate with if you could choose only one?

Easy – it would have to be dogs! I’d love to know if my dogs love me as much as I think they do. Probably not.

What is your favourite/one of your favourite aspects of blogging?

My answer to this question is always the same: other bloggers! I love being able to connect with you guys and have people to chat about books with. It’s the best.

Why did you start blogging and has that reason changed (as to why you continue)?

I started my blog because I wanted to talk about and share the books that I love and I also really needed a creative outlet and a distraction in my life at that point. Something to fill up my time and help me unwind and that’s exactly what Bookshelves and Biros helped me to do. It’s become a bit more since then! I’m a lot happier than I was back then, so instead of blogging for distraction I blog because I want to and because I enjoy it, when I have the time!


Jamie at Watch Game Read

Why do you read?

To escape. For me, reading is like that feeling you get at the end of the day where you come home and get changed out of your work clothes, slip into a hot bath and become you again. I love that reading can take you anywhere, let you experience things you’ll actually never experience and allow you to see through the eyes of someone totally different to you. Reading is one of the few times  in my life where I can say I am truly, 100% relaxed.


Amanda at Cover2CoverMom

Which bloggers do you look up to/admire?

So many. Every single blogger mentioned in this post, for starters! There’s also a ton of other incredible bloggers who write insane reviews, dream up great content, make beautiful graphics, support other bloggers and are just generally awesome. I would mention you all in this post if I had the patience or the time for it!

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I sound like a bit of a stuck record, but thank you all so much for asking me such wonderful questions, reading my blog and getting involved with my giveaway. You all make me feel very lucky and very happy to call myself a blogger!

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42 thoughts on “900 Follower Q&A Part 2

  1. These were great answers, and great questions as well Sammie! I agree with you in that I’d pick ACOTAR over Throne of Glass, I read that series first and yeah despite the problematic first book I really really loved the second one. Also I’m always drinking tea as well, I’m completely addicted to green tea and pretty much drink it by the bucketful! 😀
    I didn’t even realise The Knife of Never Letting Go had been optioned for film, wow I am excited about that and I need to start watching Black Mirror as well. I’ve heard great things about it from everyone else who’s seen it but honestly my to-watch list is just as long, if not longer, than my to-read list.

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    • Thanks so much, Beth! Yes, there were some great (and really hard!) questions in there. 🙂 Absolutely. I really, really like the ToG series but ACOTAR has a special little place in my heart and I adore that there’s more of a focus on the Fae. Apparently so! I have absolutely NO idea when that is going to happen but it is seriously exciting news. I can only pray and hope that they don’t mess the book up and find us a worthy Todd! Oh you definitely should – if you like dark shows and satire then it should be right up your street. I know that feeling – I’ve just started watching GoT and that’s all my spare time devoured now, haha.

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      • Oh I completely agree, although the fae in ToG are pretty similar to ACOTAR so I kind of apply the things we’ve learnt about them in ACOTAR to the ToG series. I love both series but ACOTAR is always going to be that little bit better for me! 🙂
        Oh I have high high hopes, especially when you look at how amazing the trailer for A Monster Calls is. I think it’ll be a brilliant movie!
        Sounds like something I’ll love then. I’m up to date on GoT which is kind of a relief given how many episodes/seasons there are! 🙂

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      • That’s very true! Exactly what I did too. Kinda helps you understand Rowan and Aelin a little better if you read ACOTAR beforehand. 🙂 Totally! Have you gone to see it in the cinema yet? Haha – I’m having a GoT binge at the moment because I’ve only ever seen about three episodes. I’m into season 2 now, hopefully I’ll be a bit more up-to-date by the time season 7 airs! x

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      • Yes, exactly, I feel like we got so much more background on the fae in ACOTAR than we did in the ToG books, not that I don’t love that series but it would have been nice to have seen them expanded on a little in those books as well.
        No, not yet unfortunately, I didn’t even realise it was out yet?!
        Hopefully, honestly the show gets so amazing as you go through the series. No spoilers but the finale for season 6 was the best to date in my opinion! 😀

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      • Totally! I also find the Fae stuff a little more confusing in ToG than I do in ACOTAR because it’s kind of a side story. The lineages get a bit complicated haha! What we all want and need is a family tree haha. I think it is yeah! I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure it came out in the cinema in October. I don’t think there’s been much of a fuss made of it though, which seems a real shame. I’ve nearly finished season 3 now – powering through! I’ve just met Ramsey Bolton and he makes me want to puke haha! x

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      • I think it just feels like we were given a lot more background to the fae from the very beginning of ACOTAR because they were the main part of the story whereas in ToG they weren’t properly introduced until the third book.
        Yes, alongside the maps of the world give us family trees for all the characters! 😀
        Admittedly I don’t keep up to date on what’s being released at the cinema and when.
        Oh Ramsey gets so much worse, you will hate him more than Joffrey soon.

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  2. LOVE YOUR ANSWERS again! I actually didn’t know that the Knige of Never Letting Go is being optioned! I really hope that and ACOTAR become a movie because I would love that! I CANNOT wait for the ToG series to become a show! I haven’t heard of Noughts and Crosses but I’ll definitely check it out!

    And I completely second you there for picking a character who WILL NOT BE KILLED. I love Celaena SO BAD and man would I wish to be half as badass but I cannot meddle in the messes with that completely and wholeheartedly safe 😄 AND TEA YES TO TEA BECAUSE TEA IS LEGENDARY AND THE PERFECT DRINK.

    I WOULD LOVE to talk to my dog too! That would mean however possibly facing the fact that she does not love me as much as I THINK she does but HELLO MY BEST FRIEND WHO CAN NOW TALK!

    And ARGH to those pet peeves because I agree so much on both the bookish pet peeve and the non-bookish one!

    LOVED part one and two so much and getting to know you! ❤ ❤

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  3. Congratulations once again for 900 followers and thanks for linking to my blog 🙂 I enjoyed reading your answers, some of these are tough questions! St Bernards would definitely make good a Patronus 🙂
    I understand the feeling of being able to experience different experiences and relate with people who are so different from you. It’s one of the greatest perks of reading!

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  4. Tea is love ❤
    Oh my, I hate it when I'm reading and my hubby or my mother suddenly start talking to me and get mad when I don't pay attention. CANT YOU SEE IM READING DONT INTERRUPT!!!

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  5. I JUST started watching Black Mirror this weekend and I am OBSESSED. I’ve only gotten through the 1st season and the 1st episode of the second, but my god, it is SO good. I love The Entire History of You and Be Right Back! And my bookish pet peeve is DEFINITELY being interrupted while reading. I can’t really think of anything worse. Other than people who borrow my books and ruin the covers or dog ear the pages! Awesome answers, Sammie! ❤

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    • YAY! That’s awesome news! I’m so glad you like it. The Entire History of You is one of my fave episodes in any of the series. 🙂 Some of them are a little bit hit and miss, but on the whole the series is terrifyingly good. It’s literally so irritating. It’s almost like I’ve put a sign on my head with an arrow saying ‘TALK TO ME NOW’ instead of picking up a book, haha. Yeah, that’s never good either! I’m always a bit nervous of lending out my books for that very reason. Thank you, Azia. 🙂 xx

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    • Thanks, Lauren! ❤ Ahhhh I love beagles, they're so cute! I saw there was a West Highland Terrier as an option on there too, which I'm gutted I didn't get because one of my dogs is a Westie. Hahahaha I agree – mine could definitely double as a sloth! Man I wish my school did Care of Magical Creatures.

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  6. Aahh, thank you for answering my questions. 😀 And I’m soo glad you said Black Mirror because I’m obsessed with it all over again. I watched Seasons 1 and 2 in preparation for Season 3 and I just can’t get over how bloody brilliant it is.

    Omg, Lauren had so many questions. lol x)
    Loved your answer, though!
    Again, congrats on the 900 followers! Surely you’re close to 1000 now, right?

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  7. 900 followers…how do you respond to them all? Do you just blog hop or do you visit particular pages certain days? I’m just curious as to how you handle that many followers!
    Congrats and great answers! 👏👏👏

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