I am so excited to participating in the 2016 Love-A-Thon! This is my first time participating in the event, but I heard so much good buzz surrounding it last year that I knew it was something I wanted to become involved the next time around! Hosted by the lovely Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, Cee @ The Novel Hermit, Hazel @ Stay Bookish & Mel @ The Daily Prophecy, it’s a weekend-long event that really celebrates the community and promotes positivity throughout! To kick off the event, all of the participants will be posting a getting-to-kow-you questionnaire!
What’s Your Name?
Cristina! Do I like my name? Yes! Do I continually have it misspelled on a daily basis? Absolutely!
Where in the World are You Blogging From?
I’m blogging from the beautiful West Coast of the United States.
How did you get into blogging in the first place?
I started out as a lifestyle/fashion blog (I use that term very loosely because I blogged a grand total of like, 5 times) in college when I moved into my first apartment and wanted to chronicle my “new” life. I started posting the occasional book review, and found that I really enjoyed it. I ended up stumbling across my first book blog, Blogs of a Bookaholic (Hi Becky!), and she was so incredibly sweet and encouraging and reading her blog just made me KNOW I wanted to be a part of the community.
How did you come up with my blog name?
Branding myself a few months into blogging as a book blog was a huge deal, as I previously had an unrelated name. I had a lot of contenders, but I kind of wanted to stay away from the word “book” in the title, as I felt it was a bit overused. “Pages” was a word I kept finding myself drawn too, and my boyfriend Max is actually the one who came up with the name “Girl in the Pages!”
What genre do you read and review most on your blog?
Definitely YA, with some adult thrown in for good measure. My heart really lies in paranormal, as that’s really what made me fall in love with the genre, but I actually read a lot more contemporary now that I realized, and I love contemporary that deals with deeper issues (religion, mental illness, societal issues, etc). It makes me feel like I’m in college again and am reading for class (which I actually miss. A lot.)
What other posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
I love doing critical discussions! That’s sort of what my blog evolved into, as they year I committed to book blogging was my senior year in college. I was thick in the middle of writing my thesis and taking seminars and balancing my literature major with YA reading for fun really helped my stress. However, I still really wanted a venue to talk about it academically. So you’ll find quite a few of those, a lot of features (I’ve been doing a lot lately, especially showcasing books I’d like to try or topics I’m interested in exploring), recaps of bookish events I go to, and some guests posts done by my boyfriend Max, who is getting more and more into reading YA.
Best blogging experience so far?
Favorite thing about the blogging community?
I mean the main thing is that it’s so full of people who ADORE YA. Seriously, I don’t know anyone else IRL who does (aside from maybe reading it occassionally) and I was an English major surrounded by bookish people ALL the time. I feel like it’s still a very nice genre for people outside of their teens (although gaining more traction) and finding a whole community of people who love to read it is heaven.
Also, everyone has just been super nice and encouraging so far (in my experience) and you just don’t find that everyday, you know?
Name the 5 books you’re the most excited for in 2016!
This is hard to pinpoint the ACTUAL top 5 because I don’t really keep track of how excited I am for particular releases, they just sort of reside all together on my Goodreads “To Read” shelf (I have to keep a million spreadsheets at work so I don’t like to spend a ton of my personal time making them, as handy as they are). Off the top of my head, they’d have to be:
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
- Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
- Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkings
- Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Name the top 5 books you want to read in 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
- Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?
TAMLIN. From A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas.
Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
I’m very into makeup (I’ve always said if I wasn’t a book blogger I’d be a beauty blogger) and fashion (I have so.many.clothes.) Max and I really like trying new recipes (aka he tries them while I watch and pretend to be helpful) and we’re both really into the Food Network. I’m a very active member in my Greek alumni network, and though I haven’t had much time for it now, I was very involved with vocal performance and dance growing up. Also, we’re both HUGE Disney people.
Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
Definitely clothes and makeup, but I’ve also gotten really excited about buying home goods items in the past few years (over the holidays we bought a Tiffany blue colored Kitchen Aid stand mixer and are in love with it. That’s how we know we’re boring adults now, we get thrilled over quality appliances). I’m also an avid collector of Alex & Ani bangles and Disney Tsum Tsums. I enjoy grocery shopping too (especially Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods)…I think the past few questions really just lead back to the fact that I really like food (and am fixated on it because I just had my wisdom teeth pulled and can hardly eat anything *cries forever*)
At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song- and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
Circus by Britney Spears. It’s been my favorite song since I heard it for the first time back in 2008. I am a HUGE Britney fan. Britney is queen.
Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/tv show, or a tv show/film you want turned into a book.
Ohhh, currently my favorite show is Jane the Virgin, so I’d love to see a contemporary book series (maybe New Adult?) based around it!
Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?
This is completely cliché but J.K. Rowling. I know everybody says that, but I wrote my college senior thesis on Harry Potter and I now have SO many critical questions for her!