[Miscellaneous] 2015 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon — Questionnaire



So I saw this like an hour ago and decided to quickly write up a post because this looked like a fun thing to do. I actually won’t be able to fully participate today because I’m doing groomsman/bachelor party stuff all day.

What is it?
The Book Blogger Love-A-Thon is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and is a two day event to spread the love of blogs and blogging within the community. It runs from Feb 21-22, 2015 from 9am-9pm EST

Book Blogger Love-A-Thon: Questionnaire 

What’s your name? 

Joey—like an itty bitty marsupial?

Where in the world are you blogging from?

Toronto, ON, CAN. But further north–living that suburban life.

How did you get into blogging in the first place? 

I opened WordPress, signed up for an account, and then started mashing the keyboard with my fingers and words began to materialise from their 0’s and 1’s. That’s the more interesting story.

The other one being talking to Savindi (http://streetlightreader.com) late November of 2013 and being encouraged to spark conversation through blogging about “The 5th Wave” and “More Than This” which (then) recently finished reading. And here we are.

How did you come up with your blog name?

First and foremost: being able to consciously think is like breathing; actions we take for granted. So when I imagined myself writing reviews (isn’t this always the starting point?), I thought that my [initial] thoughts paired with my afterthoughts on the medium at hand would be a neat title…? Bam.

The future of this namesake is in question as I meddle with finding a domain name that fits the 15-char twitter username while being somewhat quirky and iconic.

What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?

I’d say everything but that’s not quite true. I’d say YA but that’s an age-range, isn’t it? So let’s just settle with SF-F…ish?

What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?

[He Said, She Said] One guy, one girl, and nonsensical rants (with Rachel from Confessions of a Book Geek).

[Think Aloud] – Discussing the nonsense spawned inside my head.

[Alternatives] – Alternative multimedia reviews (movies, games, music, etc.)

[Music Monday] – Matching a song to a book; themes, chars, etc.

[Top Ten Tuesday] – Weekly nonsense.

[From The Mancave] Multimedia freebies and giveaways that rarely happen.

Best blogging experience so far? 

Painting smiles on my reader’s face with my word vomit. Imagine that. But real talk: I’m not as funny as my writing makes me out to be. I think if I said the exact same thing in real life you’d be like :|?  Truth.

Favorite thing about the blogging community?

The self-awareness in knowing yourself and being able to act on it through blogging.

Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015!

Brandon Sanderson – Firefight (Which I’ve already read)

Brandon Sanderson – The Way of Kings (His magnum opus)

Patrick Ness – The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Just because)

Tommy Wallach – We All Looked Up (YA Coherence movie?)

[…and the next overly hyped book—what do you think it’ll be?]

What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?

Andrew Critchley – Dublin in the Rain.

I never really understood contemporaries or hints of magical realism but this book was surprisingly human, in the best possible way.

Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? 

Tomasz from More Than This (Patrick Ness)—he’s dope.

Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? 

I’m a pretty simple guy—I play ze video games; watch television, movies, and sports (mainly hockey); follow the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA) and Eurovision; Youtube vlogs and such and such and such. Oh, and sometimes I write when I find inspiration.

Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?

Kickstarter and IndieGogo campaigns. I basically make dreams happen.

At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing? 

This changes a lot and I don’t think these are “my songs” but just feel good songs. Have a listen any of these:

The Painted Pianos – Walking Stick

Alesso – “Cool” (feat. Roy English)

Hardwell’s – “Young Again” (feat. Chris Jones)

Naughty Boy – “No One’s Here to Sleep” (feat. Bastille)

Kygo – “Firestone” (feat. Conrad)

Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.

Chaos Walking Trilogy (Patrick Ness) adapted into a movie only because I want to see how they portray the continual noise. And which dog will earn stardom as Manchee (I will murder someone if they CGI it). Although I think it’s already been optioned for film. Maybe–my memory is shoddy.

Now onward I go to have fun with other groomsmen and bachelor party funtimes. I will participate more in this #LoveAThon tomorrow!


12 thoughts on “[Miscellaneous] 2015 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon — Questionnaire”

  1. You seem to be a big Patrick Ness fan, or am I reading it wrong? I have More Than This in my really-I’m-reading-you-TBR pile. Like, I’ll read it after My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. Although I must say, I had problems with The Knife of Never Letting Go that’s why I’m a bit not sure. BUT I’ve read an excerpt of More Than This from Malorie Blackman’s Love Hurts and it moved me. So. Any road, I’m also excited for We All Looked Up.” Have fun at the bachelor’s party!


    1. I guess you could say I am a fanboy of his haha. I really want to backtrack to his first novel: The Crash of Hennington (about Rhinos and randomness?), just to see his old works and his growth as a writer.

      I enjoyed More Than This. It was the first book I read of his and looking back, it definitely has some elements of Knife. But definitely give it a chance if you already enjoyed the excerpt. Would this be your first Ness novel?

      We All Looked Up really reminded me of the movie, Coherence (2013). You should check out that low-key sci-fi thriller too (if you need more movie recommendations). I would say to go into the movie without having watched the trailer but alas it might pique your interest more in doing so. It’s pretty mind bending fun for being a really low budget, dialogue improvised film.

      Haha, the bachelor party was angry Go Karting while in my mind…I was half pretending it to be like Mario Kart (no joke–someone just needs to Oculus Rift a Go Kart track and I’ll throw money at the place…)



      1. WOW. That sure was long response! I’m definitely reading More Than This. I bought a copy, actually, recently. And, no, this will be my second. Knife was first. Late last year.

        I watched the trailer and for a moment, I was like, wait what? This is not how I remember the synopsis of We All Looked Up about. But then I realized where you’re coming from. Plus it looks intriguing! The film, I mean.

        Oh dang. Mario Kart YES!


  2. I honestly think that the Chaos Walking Trilogy would be easier to follow and understand if made into a movie. I wasn’t able to finish the first book when I tried it a year or so ago. I wasn’t prepared for it, but I do want to try again!


  3. So much Patrick Ness overload, Joey! Haha. So far I’ve only read More Than This, which I enjoyed tremendously. I like books that make readers think, so it thoroughly hooked me. I plan to get down to the Chaos Walking Trilogy soon and by the looks of it, I certainly won’t be disappointed 🙂

    I don’t see how supporting campaigns counts as shopping! Lol. But I guess since you “make dreams happen” it’s money well spent, regardless. I think it’s cool that you actively support people that way.


    1. Yeah…Ness is a pretty solid guy. His tweeting is pretty impeccable too. While I did enjoy the Chaos Walking trilogy, I’ve definitely seen a lot of mixed reactions to it. My only concern was that it did feel hundreds of pages too long, but hey, if you like behemoth reads then go right ahead haha.

      There are so many cool, nifty things in crowd funding campaigns–things that certainly do make you wonder “dude, why didn’t I think of that” haha. You should have a gander sometime!


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