The Love-a-Thon is an event dedicated to spreading positivity and love. It’s time dedicated to visiting other bloggers/Instagrammers/BookTubers, leaving a comment or two, making new friends and fostering positivity among the members of our amazing community. As in the previous years, the event will include mini challenges, Twitter chats and giveaways galore!
i’m so so SO excited to be part of love-a-thon this year! i saw all the fun tweets and posts last year and promised myself i’d join next time around and… here i am. i’m also ecstatic to say that i’m one of the bookstagram ambassadors for this event so YAY! i’m honestly so honored to rep this event with fellow bookstagrammers aly (@alybabybooks) and mara (@bookmarauder). anyway, this is mostly a post to get to know me a little better. if you already stalk me, this stuff might bore you but it doesn’t hurt to stick around.
questions to get to know me!!!
- WHAT’S YOUR NAME, MAN? (alexander hamilton. my name is alexander hamilton) (actually not, but CLOSE.) alexandra, but many people call me xandra or xan.
- WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE YOU BLOGGING FROM? the suburbs of los angeles, california!
- HOW DID YOU GET STARTED ON THIS BLOGGING THING? i started a bookstagram (books on instagram) and found a few book bloggers and realized book blogging is a ~thing~ and was like “oh my goodness this is the best thing i want to make one RIGHT NOW.” it was a bit of a miracle because i wanted to expell all my ~feelings~ and talk about books, but was too camera shy to booktube and found instagram’s platform to be constraining for that. blogging was and is the perfect solution for me.
- HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR FANTABULOUS NAME? i wanted my name to represent me as a person as well as whatever it is i’m talking about. i already use the word “twirling” quite often when choosing names because 1) i’m a dancer and my favorite thing in dancing is turning/twirling and, 2) my last name is ling so twirLING is literally a word that describes me. i wanted to incorporate that – my name pun and dancing pun – into books and naturally (okay maybe not so naturally, maybe like three days of brainstorming) twirling pages came up.
- WHAT GENRE DO YOU READ & REVIEW THE MOST ON YOUR BLOG? i don’t exactly know, but i’m betting on YA contemporary & fantasy because they’re my FAVE.
- BESIDES REVIEWS, WHAT ELSE DO YOU TALK ABOUT ON YOUR BLOG? a good chunk of my blog is personal/bookish discussions/lifestyle posts and i think reviews take up about 10% so.. yeah.
- BEST BLOGGING EXPERIENCE SO FAR? definitely, the first time i got an ARC from a publisher! PASSENGER, by alexandra bracken, was my most-anticipated book of the year and when it arrived at my doorstep (without me knowing it was coming!) i promptly screaming and felt faint and internally exploded and all was good.
- FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE BLOGGING COMMUNITY? you mean BESIDES the fact that everyone is super nice and caring? well, i love how we can all relate and talk about things that AREN’T books. people actually care about you, personally, and it’s beautiful to see that because it feels like people genuinely care about you as a person as opposed to you as a blog/business/brand.
- TOP FIVE MOST EXCITED 2016 BOOKS TO READ? excluding ones that have already been released (because, as i mentioned earlier, PASSENGER was my most anticipated read and it was released this january), i’m
screaming my head off wanting it in my hand RIGHT NOWvery very pumped for…
- THE WINNER’S KISS, by marie rutkoski (march 29, 2016)
- THE RAVEN KING, by maggie stiefvater (april 26, 2016)
- THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING, by morgan matson (may 3, 2016)
- P.S. I LIKE YOU, by kasie west (july 26, 2016)
- CROOKED KINGDOM, by leigh bardugo (september 22, 2016)
(source) stuttgart library