Saturday, February 21, 2015

2015 #LoveAThon: Questionnaire Post

The Book Blogger Love-A-Thon is hosted by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books!

I am so excited for the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon this year! This is my second year participating, I had a lot of fun last year and looking forward to meeting new bloggers this year! :D

*What’s your name?

*Where in the world are you blogging from?
The US. Specifically Florida. 

*How did you get into blogging in the first place?
I first decided to start a blog because one of my best friends thought it would be a good idea. She knew how much I love reading and I am constantly recommending books for her to read when she has some free time. So she said that I should start one. I laughed it off. Then I started thinking about how I did need a hobby, and how much I love reading. So I decided to go ahead and do it. 

*How did you come up with your blog name?
Well, my current blog name is new. I just changed it this year. I changed it to My Bookish Itinerary, because I really wanted a new blog name that was more bookish and shorter. (My old blog name was Her Reviews of Books, Movies, and Everything.) I was thinking about various names and My Bookish Itinerary popped in my head. I fell in love with it because I love that books take me various places. 

*What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?
I primarily read and review Young Adult books. I love reading YA. I also have been wanting to read a bit more Middle Grade and New Adult. I also read and review Children's Books. I started doing this last year with my eldest, Cutie Pie. But this year my little one (4 y/o), Pooh Bear, wants to join us. 

*What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
I have been enjoying participating in some Memes. Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, and Feature & Follow Fridays are fun. I also have started wanting to do some interviews: Featured Bloggers and I would love to start having Featured Author Interviews. 

*Best blogging experience so far?
I think I have had a lot of good blogging experiences so far. But recently I have been really excited about a couple of things: 1. I reached 100 Bloglovin' followers (Which I find just amazing, I am beyond excited about it! Thanks too all the people following my blog!) 2. I have been getting approved for more e-galleys via NetGalley and Edelweiss (sure, I still get some declined requests, but I have gotten a few these past two months that have really excited me!)

But I guess the best experience is the fact that I have been doing this hobby for an entire year now, and that really makes me happy. When I first started, I didn't know what I was doing and I didn't even know if it was something I would like or stick with. And I have and I love it.

*Favorite thing about the blogging community?
I think my favorite thing about the blogging community is being able to find online friends to talk to. I have been feeling lonely, so it is always nice when one of my blogging friends leaves a comment or we have a conversation on Twitter. Makes me smile every time. I love having some people that shares my love for books.

*Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015!
I am excited for A LOT of books this it is really hard to keep this list to just 5 books!

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (I seriously am so excited for this book. I wish I would have written my first ARC request and requested this one.)
2. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
3. Ice like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch (I will do pretty much anything for this one! So excited!)
4. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
5. The Raven King (The Raven Boys #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

*What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
I am having a really hard time coming up with an answer for this one. I have read a lot of books and I feel like my favorite-must reads are pretty popular books, so they aren't really underrated.

I really loved One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington. (It has about 2,152 ratings & 577 reviews, on Goodreads, which is less than a lot of my favorites!) I really enjoyed reading the story and found it to be pretty unique!

*Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
There are several book boys and girls that I would like to be BFFs with. I am going to have a hard time limiting my pick...
I would really like to be BFFs with:
Iko (The Lunar Chronicles)
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)
Celaena (Throne of Glass)
Meira (Snow Like Ashes) 
Just to name a few...I could probably go on for a long time.

*Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
I enjoy watching TV shows. (There are so many that I am addicted to!)
I love playing games. We try to have at least one game night a month for playing board games. I enjoy playing those with friends/family and even kid games with my girls. I also enjoy playing video games.
And I doing crafts. Making fingerpuppets, headbands/hair clips for my daughters, scrapbooking, making wreaths, etc. Though I haven't been doing very much of those things lately.

*Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
Hmmm....I guess craft stuff. I am not really into shopping very much (other than book shopping). I do enjoy going to the craft store to pick out new stuff for scrapbooking, sewing, and charms for my charm bracelet. As well as picking out new things to use to make headbands for my girls.
I also really like buying journals and pens. :D

*At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. 
What song would be playing?
That is tough. My song is probably always changing based on my mood. I really love music. Right now I have really enjoyed listening to "Shake it Off"- Taylor Swift. I really like the message behind the song. And also it is just VERY CATCHY. Gets stuck in my head pretty easily. (Also my 4 year old loves it. She has been a Taylor Swift fan pretty much since birth, it was the only music that would make her stop crying!)

*Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. 
This is hard, because there are several favorites that I would like to see as a film/TV show. So I will just keep this to my current Top Three. :D
The Lunar Chronicles 
Throne of Glass
Snow Like Ashes

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am looking forward to getting to know some new bloggers through this year's #LoveAThon! 


  1. Hey Stephanie....first of all, I'm soooo jealous you're in Florida!! I feel like I'm never going to be warm again! LOL! You're Q&A is the best and I'm noticing we have a few things in common!! Hope you have a great Love-a-Thon and I'll see you around.

    1. It has been pretty warm here. I am not a big fan of the heat though. But I do think if I would move away I would end up missing it here. I do wish it was more winterish though. I hope that you get to warm up soon, I know the north-east has been having extremely cold weather this winter! Thanks! I love having things in common. :D
      I hope you have had a great Love-A-Thon as well and I hope to see you around. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I would TOTALLY want Iko as my BFF! She's awesome!

    1. Yes! She is completely awesome. One of my favorite characters. In fact I would love to have an Iko book or novella!

  3. Stephanie, love your blog! And I just recently changed my blog name to Bookish Illuminations! So fun that you changed yours too. How could I forget to include Winter on my Top 5?!? That is probably my most coveted book this year!! I just can't wait for it to release. I also think Cinder would be a fabulous BFF. I'm so glad I discovered your blog!! Looking forward to reading more of your posts! @KatePoseyPhD

    1. Thanks, Katie! I am really glad that I changed mine. It is fun that we both changed this year. :D
      I CAN"T WAIT for Winter! I am so excited and anxious for it. But on the other hand I am also a little sad because it will be the end of one of my all time favorite series!
      Yes, Cinder would be, I agree she is fabulous! I am so glad you discovered my blog too. I love your blog and the new name.

  4. Shake It Off. That was on my list too! I love that song. And I would love to have Iko as my BFF. So great!

    1. Thanks Lindsay! It is a good song. Iko is awesome, I think it is great you would like her as a BFF as well. :D

  5. I love the new name and look! So many of the books you mention are ones I'm anticipating too! I have ACOTAR, Winter, and The Raven King on preorder. Also great list of people to be BFF with!

    Can't wait to see the rest of your post this week.

    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    1. Thank you, Cassi! Yay! I am looking forward to us reading them. :D

  6. I seriously can't wait for A Court of Thorns and Roses! And I LOVED One Past Midnight, it definitely deserves more love :)

    1. Right?! I am so anxious for it. It is easily one of my most anticipated books for this year. And YAY! I am so glad you LOVE One Past Midnight! Such a great book. :D

  7. TAYLOR SWIFT FANGIRL FOR LIFE HERE! *fist bumps* Also, I approve of your list of anticipated releases - because they're all on mine as well! So many exciting titles coming in, if I do say so myself, particularly in all these series we love.

    Thanks for joining the Love-a-Thon!

    1. YAY! *fist bump* There are so many awesome books coming out this year. I am so excited about so many that I didn't list here.
      Thanks for hosting the Love-A-Thon! <3

  8. I'm also from Florida! :) I am so, so excited for The Raven King- I love The Raven Cycle series with all of my heart!

    1. That is so cool! :D
      Yes! The Raven King will be awesome. I am so glad that you love this series as well.

  9. We started our blogs the same way! I had a friend that suggested it and I kind of laughed and then started thinking about it and was like "wait a minute, that's a good idea!"

    One Past Midnight!! I LOVED that book and you're right, no one really talks about it. Definitely underrated.

    Ice Like Fire, ACOTAR, Queen of Shadows!!! DYING for all of these!!!

    So much Taylor Swift in the blogosphere today. I love it! I chose Blank Space for my song. :)

    1. Yay! We have awesome friends! :D
      I am so glad that you LOVE One Past Midnight too! :D
      DYING!!! And Ice Like Fire and Queen of Shadows is still so far away. ACOTAR is kinda far but only a couple months. I am dying too. It will be so great when we get to read them! I am glad you're as excited for them as I am!
      Yay Taylor Swift! I LOVE Blank Space! Great choice!

  10. I'm reading Snow Like Ashes right now (hoping to finish it today) and I agree, it would make an awesome movie/tv show!!

    Board games are so fun, and that's great that you have one game night a month!!! I never used to enjoy crafts, but lately I have that crafty itch and Pinterest has been ruling a lot of my spare time as I spy all kinds of fun DIY projects!!!

    1. YAY!!! I hope you are LOVING/LOVED reading it. Definitely one of my all time favorites. Can't wait for Ice Like Fire.
      Hooray for board games!
      Oh Pinterest! I get sucked into there and spend so much time looking at all the pins and the DIY projects! It is so addicting! I am glad you're having fun with the projects! :D

  11. Wooohooo!! hi lovely. Im sorry i missed you earlier on twitter but I want you to know I consider you a dear friend in the blogger world. You are so sweet all the time!
    <3 Britt

    1. Awwww. Thanks, Britt! I consider you a dear friend too! I think you're the sweetest! And I really enjoy getting to chat with you!

  12. Hey Stephanie from Florida :) I'm Stefani from Macedonia.

    Nice to meet you!

    1. Hi! *waves*
      It is nice to meet you too Stefani from Macedonia! :D

  13. Hi Stephanie!*waves*So nice to meet you:)
    This is the first time I've visited your blog but it certainly won't be the last!
    I love Taylor Swift.Shake it off is awesome.And I like your four year old already,she has great taste:)

    1. Hi Mishma! *waves back* Nice to meet you too!
      Thank you so much for visiting my blog! And I am glad that you plan to come back! :D
      Taylor Swift is awesome.
      It is pretty adorable how much she loves Taylor Swift. :D

  14. Hi,
    It's really nice to get to know you a bit. I knew you from your old blog name and was surprised it was you. :) I really like your new name.
    I really Have to get to reading Snow Like Ashes.

    1. Hi Jackie! Thanks. Yay, I am so glad that you found me here. Thanks! I really like my new name too. I feel like it is a better fit for me. :D
      YES! I LOVE Snow Like Ashes, I hope that you get to read it soon and that you LOVE it as much as I do! Enjoy!

  15. Congrats on reaching 100 Bloglovin followers! :D

    I'm looking at all your currently reading books in your sidebar and I LOVE ALLLLL OF THOSE BOOKS!! I hope you love them too. :D

    I love Taylor Swift as well! Shake It Off is such a fun song.

    I really need to read the Lunar Chronicles and Throne of Glass and Snow Like Ashes!! All of those books are on my TBR and I really need to find the time to read them.

    1. Thank you, Cynthia! D
      YAY! I get so excited when others love the books that I am currently reading. I am liking them all so far. I am just slowly reading Seraphina and Mistborn since I have review books to also read at the same time. I hope I LOVE them too!
      It is a fun song!
      YAY! I hope you LOVE reading THEM ALL! They are favorites of mine. I hope you are able to start reading them soon! And I hope you enjoy them! Happy Reading! :D

  16. Hiiii Stephanie! First of all, thank you for stopping by The Fox's Hideaway during the love-a-thon! I've been so late with replies and commenting back, but I'm HEREEEE.

    Passing those blogging milestones are always cool! Here's to many more wonderful experiences. :)

    RAVEN KING RAVEN KING! That book is sure to kill me, but I neeeeed it in my life! I still want to read a Jessica Shirvington book. And oh, Iko would be a wonderful friend to have in real life! The Lunar Chronicles would make an AWESOME TV show!

    I am notorious for starting, becoming addicted to, and then stopping TV shows mid-season on Netflix. Haha. It's a problem. Current obsession: The Tomorrow People.

    It was so nice getting to know you! :)


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