Welcome to Book Blog Love November! All this month, I’m featuring book blogs that I love and the fabulous female(s) behind them. (Curl Up with a Good Book Sunday and my regular posts resume in December.) Each day in November, I’ll spotlight a different blog whose content ranges from reviews to author interviews and events to book tours. All the bloggers graciously agreed to answer 7 questions about themselves. YA features predominantly in some, and in others is merely part of what they cover. So stick around and get to know these great chicks and the blogs they pour their hearts into. I bet you’ll see some old favs and make some new ones.
Presenting: Giselle and Xpresso Reads/Xpresso Book Tours
1) Describe your blog and tell us why you chose that name for it?
It all started with a lame Facebook app that I used to review on, when my friend pointed me towards Goodreads and I was introduced to the huge world of book lovers online. Soon after I discovered book blogs and decided I had to be a part of this! So my blog is still very much what it was when I started – reviews, bookish discussions, and author visits (blog tours, interviews etc). I’m starting to put more personal posts, too, about the going ons in my life. I chose the name pretty much out of nowhere. I love coffee and books, and I liked the sounds of Xpresso Reads. Initially I was thinking Double Espresso Book Reviews but I found it too long, and then I also decided to go with a more unique spelling for Espresso 🙂
2) What are 3 things about you that would surprise people?
My first language is French. I’m actually surprised that people are surprised when I mention this on Twitter – I’ve always seen my name as being a very French name which should be a big hint, but maybe not *shrugs*. But yeah, I live in a French Canadian town and while I’m fluent in English as well, we speak french in my household and I have an accent that I hate 🙂
I have smelled my eyeballs burning. I swear! I got Lasik 3 years ago and you totally smell your eyeballs being burned by lasers. I was traumatized, and I would never do again if my vision goes bad with age (being awake through that was the scariest thing I have ever done in my life), but it was worth every penny!
I quit university the year after graduating high school to work at a call centre because I thought 10$ an hour would make me rich. Plus I realized I did not actually want to be an elementary teacher (not for me!!). After working 3 years in what felt like being in telephone prison (I still refuse to use the phone unless absolutely necessary), I went back to university in business this time and got my degree in 2009. Tip for any parent: if your kid quits school, send them to work at a call centre. They will go back!
3) Why do you love YA? And conversely is there anything that drives you nuts about it?
I love that YA is often about firsts – first love, first kiss, first reality check. It makes me relive the great moments of being that young. I also love how YA can be just as profound as any other genre, with books that are thought-provoking, emotional, and eye opening. Of course I don’t love everything about YA. I find there are a lot more clichés like dramatic love triangles and unfeeling insta-love, or annoying parents (or MIA parents – not sure which is worse). I also hate when people who don’t read YA or never even tried it, judge me for reading “teen books”. They don’t know anything and must live a sad life! *Hairflip*
4) What book would you fight a zombie horde to save?
My Harry Potter collection. I could re-read those during the zombie apocalypse until the end of time. And those final books would also make good weapons since they’re like 2 feet thick so win-win!
5) If you had a theme song, what would it be and why?
This is probably impossible for me to answer because it would change depending what kind of day I’m having. Being a country girl, I love country music and can always relate to a lot of the songs on the country channel. I’d dare say something by Taylor Swift. Her songs are always so real and about things we all can relate to. This is a lame answer, right? But really I thought about it for a while and came up with nothing better I swear! Maybe my life is too uneventful for a theme song and would just be radio static >.<
6) What fictional character would you want to date and who would you want for a best friend?
If I was not married and had the magical ability to pluck out fictional characters from books (imagine that!), the first guy that comes to mind is Camden from the Sins and Needles series. I mean, hello: https://p.gr-assets.com/540×540/fit/hostedimages/1380405816/791095.jpg
My best friend would be Jordan from Catching Jordan! I just love her! She’s hilarious and down to earth and just plain awesome!
7) What has been the biggest surprise/delight of your blogging career?
BEA! Definitely! Being from nowhereville, I had never met an author before going to BEA, never went to a signing or anything. So to me it was just so surreal! I also had never met another blogger in real life so that was amazing as well. But really, the whole rush of being at BEA is like being on a non-stop adrenaline high for a full 3 days.
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