I’m so incredibly thrilled to be participating in the annual Love-a-Thon for the second year in a row! Last year I made some INCREDIBLE connections and it led to some fantastic collaborations! I can’t wait to get involved this weekend and meet even more amazing bloggers!
What’s your name? Where in the world are you blogging from?
Cristina! I hail from the famous California Bay Area (and contrary to popular belief, it is not always sunny in California. In fact, we are experiencing a severe storm as I type this post…)
Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader?
I have 100% always been a reader. I had an obscene amount of books growing up, that ranged from sticker books, picture books, pop up books, etc. I possibly had more books than toys, and may have stole all of the money out of my piggy bank in second grade and used it to sneakily buy books at my school’s book fair without asking permission from my parents…
How did you get involved in the online book community?
I started blogging over on WordPress.com on a whim one day in college, and was posting book reviews before I even knew that was a THING and there was an entire online community for book bloggers. I slowly started stumbling across other book blogs and eventually branded myself as a YA book blog. I’m actually celebrating three years of blogging this month.
How did you choose your primary platform (blog, Instagram, YouTube, etc)? How did you come up with your blog name?
I’m huge on writing and speaking, so I knew that blogging was the right way to go as my primary platform because it’s the most text-focused. However, I LOVE Instagram and my dream would be to become really skilled at book photography. You can find my *attempts* here.
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’s your favorite thing about the online book community?
Having other people to flail about YA books with. I don’t know many people in my day to day life who read a lot of fiction, so for a long time I felt very isolated by what I read. Now, I have SO MANY people to talk to about books thanks to this community. It’s wonderful!
What sort of posts can readers expect from you?
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. I want to continue facilitating those types of discussions on my blog this year. However lately you’re also able to find many recaps of bookish events I go to (we have a great bookish community out here!), and, of course, reviews. I’ve also been dabbling more in features over the past year!
What book genres do you talk about most?
YA, but I also like a healthy dose of adult fiction too.
Favorite food? Beverage?
So many people find this strange but my favorite lifelong comfort food has been steamed rice. I will literally eat it with anything. I love going to Hawaii because it is socially acceptable to eat rice for breakfast there. I’ve also been a HUGE lifelong fan of cranberry juice (especially Ocean Spray Cran-Apple). I don’t drink coffee or soda at all.
Blues! In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a huge fan of aquas/ceruleans/mints/teals.
Favorite things to do apart from reading?
I really enjoy exercising (currently doing the Couch to 5K program) as well as going to Disney Parks (it’s an actual hobby, I’ve had an annual pass for 5 years now), watching TV, doing makeup, and hanging out with my cat.
Favorite tv shows?
I love watching TV but I’m SUPER picky about what I watch. Some of my favorite current shows are:
- The Crown
- Gilmore Girls
- Master Chef Jr.
- Jane the Virgin
I also really enjoyed The People vs. OJ Simpson last year, and basically any sort of competition show on the Food Network.
I’m honestly not a huge movie buff. Max is so we own quite a few, but usually I’d rather watch TV. However, some of my recent favorites include Moana and the remake of The Great Gatsby.
Favorite musical artists?
Britney is my ride or die. I love her and have seen her in concern twice, including her Vegas show. I’m also a fan of Lana Del Ray, Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, and Panic! At the Disco (I never stopped loving them from their initial emo-band days). I also really enjoy disco-era music (I grew up listening to my mom’s old albums from ABBA and the Bee Gee’s).
Favorite places to shop?
Nordstrom is my favorite store, hands down. My other usual haunts include Sephora, the MAC store, and B&N.
Favorite childhood books?
So many! A few that come to mind right away are Madeline, the Ramona Quimby series, and the Baby Sitter’s Club.
Favorite books read in the last five years?
- ACOMAF by Sarah J Maas
- The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
- Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
- It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Upper YA contemporary, thriller, and books that focus on family dynamics. I used to LOVE paranormal but it’s gotten a bit overdone.
A book you want to see made into a film or tv show?
The Raven Cycle would make an insane yet wonderful TV show.
Book boyfriend/girlfriend? Book BFF? Book family?
Rhysand for all of the above and every other question like this forever and ever.
Books you want to read in 2017?
There are SO many 2017 books I’m super excited for! Top of mind are:
- A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
- Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
- Once and For All by Sarah Dessen