1 Year Q&A: Answers Post Part I & Giveaway Winner Announced

LairOfBooks turned 1 earlier this week & I decided to celebrate with a little Q&A/Giveaway. I really wasn’t expecting the turnout but I’m so happy to see my faves join in on the fun! The questions vary & if your question was similar to another, I went ahead & grouped them together so as to not make this longer than it will probably be. I did end up having to break this post up into 2 parts due to the length, many of you submitted multiple questions & I really wanted to answer them all w/out carrying on for too long lol. I apologize for the delay in winner announcement as I was set to announce on Sunday. My weekend didn’t turn out as expected & instead I’ve been running around non-stop.



Beth @ ReadingEveryNight !!!!

*I will be reaching out to Beth to exchange address info & book selection this afternoon*

&&& Now, for my answers where I reveal just how much of an oddball I really am haha! grab your beverage of choice/fave snack & settle in for the what I promise will be an entertaining read ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bloggers/Readers Asked & I answered…

Ishita- book blogger (@bookmyopia)

Q: W.r.t intersectional diversity, what kind of marginalized groups would you like to see represented in books a lot more?

A: Ishita, I had to REALLY think about this one because it’s SUPER important! I would love to see more Afro-Latinx LGBTQIA+ representation in books across all genres. Wonderful question ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd

Q: What was your favourite book as a kid (if you remember)?

A: I have 2 that I couldn’t possibly choose between. Charlottes Web & Alice In Wonderland. Alice in Wonderland was a cassette tape I found in my McDonalds Happy Meal as a kid & I played it non-stop till I memorized the book start to finish. This is when I began my obsession with Cheshire ๐Ÿ˜‰

Debby @alwaysbooking

Q: If you had to pick book boyfriends for your closest blogging friends i.e. Danielle, Gretchen, me and whoever else lol Who would they be and why????? LOL

A: Ok after much debate haha! I’d pair Gretchen with Rhys/ACOTAR, Debby with Azriel/ACOTAR, and Danielle with everyone’s dream man *drum roll* Jon Snow *heart eyes* as for my reasons…they’d kill me if it were any other way LOL!

Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads

Q: whatโ€™s your favorite diverse book that youโ€™ve read so far this year?

A: Fave diverse book?!?! that’s a tough one with so many great ones so far but…The Hate U Give & The Upside of Unrequited

Q: Whatโ€™s the most challenging part of blogging for you?

A: The most challenging part of blogging for me has been balancing my very limited time btwn reading, blogging and blog hopping. It’s not easy but I basically take advantage of down time as much as possible whenever possible (bathroom counts lol)


Q: What is the one book (or series, Iโ€™m not that cruel haha!) that you love to read over and over?

A: sadly I am not a re-read type of gal just because SO MANY BOOKS! right?!?! haha! however, I have been eyeing December for my very 1st Harry Potter re-read with my hubby. It’s time to revisit the books that are sort responsible for our relationship โค

Gretchen ChicNerdReads AKA MY TWIN!

Q: is there a book that helped you through a hard time? if yes, what book?

A: time to get a bit personal, my book didn’t help me get through a hard time but it helped me better understand a hard time. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I wasn’t expecting the message in this book but when I received it, I realized it touched on feelings of grief I was burying deep for my dad.

Q: if you could vacation with one character, who would it be? and why?

A: Hands down, Magnus Bane! especially now that I know what happened in Peru (gotcha thinking ehh Twin?!?!). He’s well traveled & I’m pretty sure he’d know ALL the great spots to have fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Q: whoโ€™s an author you feel like you can never get tired of?

A: Adam Silvera and it’s so odd because his books all pull on your heart strings til’ your a blubbering mess reaching out for the nearest tissue box. The thing is, his characters are so relatable, complex, and so fleshed out that I end up getting attached to them. I can’t get enough of his writing.

Annie @TheMisstery

Q: What is your favorite clichรฉ in books?

A: Bahhha! the brooding & mysterious loner (might wear a leather jacket & ride a bike) who YOU KNOW! has a heart of gold beneath all that sadness lol smh *hides under a rock*

Danielle Books, Vertigo and Tea

Q: Name one gulity pleasure you have when it comes to reading (i.e. I love dark family secrets โ€“ VC Andrews).

A: that’s a good one Danielle, I auto thought of The Roanoke Girls. Mine would have to be unreliable narrators. The more complex & effed up, the more interested I get lol. I’ve been saving Girl On the Train for the perfect day, soon as I heard main protog is an alcoholic who spies on a couple I ran for it ๐Ÿ˜‚

Q: Do you have any embarrassing stories centered around books?

A: well most recently I moved (as you already know lol) & that meant packing up all of my book babies. When the moving company arrived, all was packed up & ready to go only they couldn’t move my GINORMOUS box of books. They stood there talking in Spanish (my 2nd language), wondering what could possibly be in that box. Don’t believe they thought I understood them & tbh when they ended up having to get more guys just to get the box on a trolley, I wasn’t going to let them know I understood or what was in my box ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ™ˆ

Q: Please share one thing about yourself that you are pretty certain the blogging community does not know.

A: I’m as much of a movie buff now as I am a book reader. When I was 20 yrs old I got a job working at BlockBuster…at the time my dream job list was limited to B&N or BlockBuster so this was a dream come true lol. Strict parents never let me go to the theatre so once I started working, I made full use of their employee product knowledge program ๐Ÿ˜‚ Every Tuesday (like in the book world) was new release day, this was like my bday every week ๐Ÿ˜‚ I still have a ton of oldies but goodies to watch (Independence Day & The Green Mile). I have not watched Forrest Gump & yes many references do fly over my head ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Stephanie @betweenfoldedpages

 Q: How do you keep up with reading and normal life?

A: I’m still figuring this one out lol, I do have a lax office job which frees me up to blog a bit during down time. Reading I do on my lengthy (1+ hour each way) commute to & from work. This is the reason why I don’t have a set blogging schedule & probably why this post is going up late. I blog on the go, currently answering these questions @ a BBQ ๐Ÿ˜‚

Ashley @insidemylibrarymind

 Q: Whatโ€™s the best and whatโ€™s the hardest thing about blogging for you?

A: The best part is always having someone to talk or vent about a book with. The book community is seriously around the clock lol. I’ve made a handful of good friends that have turned into friends outside of the blogosphere to be thankful for ๐Ÿ’•

The hardest part is time or lack thereof really, I’m a on-the-go blogger most of the time. There are some things that I can’t do on the go though like graphics/images.

Sofii @ABookAThought

 Q: If you would have to read the same book forever, what would it be?

A: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire; for some it may be their least favorite but the Triwizard Tournament is my all time favorite โค๏ธ

Beth @ ReadingEveryNight 

Q: Do you have any exciting plans for the next year of blogging on Lair of Books?

A: finding my voice as far as discussion post is something I struggle with. The next year will see me trying out topics & also including some of my other loves like movies & tv shows. The blog will still be about my love for books but with a touch of my other pass times ๐Ÿ˜‰

Q: What has been your proudest moment so far as a blogger (apart from reaching your one year blogiversary)?

A: I’m gonna go with de-bunking the 6 month age old ARC rule…you know, the one that states you can’t request/approved for ARCS before your blog is at least 6 months old.

Q: What book were you the most excited for this year that didnโ€™t live up to your expectations?

A: Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis (review here)

Q: What book are you the most excited for still to be released?

A: Tough because so many of the books I was highly anticipating have been released over the past couple of months. However, I am serious about getting my copy of When Dimple Met Rishi this coming Tuesday. Serious enough to order it for p/u at the nearest B&N near my hubby’s job since I work in what some consider a desert -_-

Q: What book was the best discovery you made through blogging?

A: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, this book is close to my heart for many reasons. As a mother of two bi-racial tiny humans, my biggest fear is what took place in this book. Nevertheless, I needed to read this book to add to the perspective I have gained by being married to a African American man.

Q:  If you could visit one place; real or fictional, what would it be?

A: I mean c’mon, this Potter head wouldn’t pass on a trip to Hogsmeade/Howarts ANY place really in the Potterverse lol ๐Ÿ˜‰


 Q: Have you read any diverse books about physical disabilities? If so, can you recommend some?

A: The only book I’ve read with physical disabilities was Me and You by JoJo Moyes and that I’ve since relaized, was not good representation. Unfortunately, I haven’t come across any others but I would love some recommendations myself. If you happen to come across any good ones please share ๐Ÿ˜‰

Q: What one piece of advice would you give to up and coming bloggers?

A: Let your personality shine through your blog so that when reading your blog, there’s no doubt in anyones mind who wrote it. Whether it’s reviews, memes, tags, or discussions posts…if you’re having fun blogging, everyone will notice & are more likely to return <3!

Q: Do you have any pets? If so, pictures please!!

A: I don’t anymore. I recently had my Shitzu Lexi of 15 years pass away. She was mine for many years & when I couldn’t take her with me to my new place, she became my mom’s best friend. TBH Lexi wasn’t anyones really, she was very proud & independent. I never saw her as a dog but rather, a close & beloved member of my family. My kids & hubby really want a dog & later down the road I would love to open my door to a new furry friend ๐Ÿ˜‰

Q: What is one book you would recommend everybody reading?

A: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, it may not be a comfortable read for a lot of readers but it’s a necessary & relevant one. I hope it makes its way into classrooms soon *fingers crossed*

Stay tuned for Part II…


Author: LairOfBooks

"I didn't choose the Book Life, the Book Life chose me"

25 thoughts on “1 Year Q&A: Answers Post Part I & Giveaway Winner Announced”

  1. Yay Beth! She deserves it so much! She’s not on Twitter so she doesn’t get the opportunity for those on there, and she’s one of my OLDEST and TRUEST blogging buddies! Yay ๐Ÿ˜Š BETH! Congrats! ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿพ

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  2. Oh wow I am so surprised but so thrilled I won this giveaway. Thanks so so much Lilly! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค
    Also great answers for all these questions, I'll be looking forwards to seeing your discussions when you've found your voice for them and are ready to stay posting. Basically it sounds like you have some fun plans for the next year. Also The Hate U Give is a book I discovered through WordPress and one of my best finds as well. It's such an amazing read I can't believe I only discovered it through WordPress you know?
    Harry Potter has got to be a series we'd all choose if we could only read one book for the rest of our lives (Goblet of Fire is my favourite of the series as well!) and if you're looking for books with physical disabilities I think I'll Meet You There is supposed to be a good one. It's by Heather Demetrios and although I haven't read it myself I've heard some great things about it.
    Great answers to all these questions, congratulations on your one-year blogiversary, and thanks for the giveaway as well! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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    1. I was VERY happy to have seen your name as the winner! What would be the best way for you to exchange address info? My email is attached to my contact, I wasn’t able to find yours but it may be cuz I’m on my mobile. Let me know โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’•The Hate U Give was one of the best books to have discovered through the blogs, so glad I read it! Omg that’s awesome we both LOVED Goblet Of Fire most! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ & thank you for the recommendation, I’ll def look into I’ll Meet You There ๐Ÿ˜‰thanks again for participating & for following, you’ve been such a great blogging buddy ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’™

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      1. Ha, that’s great to hear. And that’s fine I can find your email address and send you an email first so you have mine as well. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Same here, there have been so many amazing books I’ve discovered through blogging and I wonder if I would have discovered them if I wasn’t on WordPress (I’d like to say yes but really who knows?)
        Best book of the series for sure in my opinion, and in that case I hope you enjoy I’ll Meet You There! ๐Ÿ˜€
        That’s all right, thanks again for the giveaway! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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  3. WHOOP WHOOP!!! YAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY CONGRATS ON YOUR ONE YEAR TWIN! And a HUGE CONGRATS to Beth for winning!!! She definitely deserves it, she’s such an amazing blogger.


    I loved reading through all the questions and answers. You most definitely have me wondering about Magnus Bane in Peru!!! hmmmmm, I HAVE to read the other books in the series lol. I don’t know why I didn’t think you would choose Adam Silvera when I asked you that question lol. I am such a clutz!

    A Monster Calls is on my TBR and hopefully I’ll be snagging a copy soon. I cannot wait to read THUG, I saw you mention it a few times here. Excited for part two of this awesome celebration โค

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    1. THANK YOU TWIN!!! Beth is AWESOMNESS! very happy to see her win the giveaway. I don’t think anyone would fight you for Rhys lol, Pierce is MINE! LMAOOO! Magnus Bane in Peru has been a ongoing mystery in the Shadowhunter world but he answers it in his collection of stories aka adventures. I still haven’t purchased the collector’s edition of A Monster Calls but it’s on my list of To-Do’s. You already know how I feel about THUG & we so have a date for the movie adaptation so get on it lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. Lol Pierce is…girl..let me not get into that in your comments lmfao!!!!
        And is this The Bane Chronicles you’re talking about??? Cause I want to read that book! But i dont know when i’ll get around to it cause the way my life is set up lmao.
        WE HAVE A MOVIE DATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  4. And you just give me a million more reasons to love you โค โค โค Alice in Wonderland is my other go to, aside from the Hobbit of course! I may have yelled at you *very gently* if I had received anyone other than Snow ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am not surprised by some of these. I guess I am better at paying attention than I thought. I struggled with When a Monster Calls. I cried. The Nonhubby kept walking by looking at me.. I think he was concerned but afraid to interrupt me bahah. How big are Debby's tears that she did not when? ๐Ÿ˜› Love you!


  5. Congrats on your one year blogiversary, Lilly!! (I commented on your original post but I think my comment may have ended up in spam as that has been happening sometimes lately, evil spam jail lol.) And YAY for Beth winning!
    ๐Ÿ˜ I’m completely with you on the most challenging part of blogging having to balance time between reading, blogging, and blog hopping. We just need more hours in the day to do everything. And I need to get to reading THUG already. That one completely slipped my mind during my contemporary binge and now I’m sitting here facepalming. I did read The Upside of Unrequited though and LOVED IT! And Magnus would be the perfect character to go on vacation with. Honestly, I would just want to hang out with Magnus in general. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Also, my favorite cliche is the brooding and mysterious loner too. Can’t get enough of that cliche! And I’m with you on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, that one is one of my top favorites. Great answers for this! I loved reading them and now I’m going to run and read part two lol. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•


  6. I’m so sad that I missed your Q&A post, Lilly!! I loved reading all your answers though โ™ฅโ™ฅ Huge congrats on 1 year!!! It’s such an exciting milestone to reach. I’m so glad we managed to find each other’s blogs because you’re one of my favourites.

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    1. That’s ok Lauren & thank you so much for your kind words, they mean a lot to me! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’™ I’m also very glad we’ve found got each other in the blogosphere ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•


  7. LOVED reading all your answers and getting to know you a little better.

    Hands down, my favorite question asked was…

    “Q:ย If you had to pick book boyfriends for your closest blogging friends i.e. Danielle, Gretchen, me and whoever else lol Who would they be and why????? LOL”

    Ahhhhh I’m totally stealing this question and asking it of everyone from now on! Bravo Debby!

    “Q:ย If you would have to read the same book forever, what would it be?
    A: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire; for some it may be their least favorite but the Triwizard Tournament is my all time favorite”

    This is my favorite HP book too!!! I’ve never found another person who loved the 4th book as much as me!!!

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    1. Thank you Amanda! I’m glad you enjoyed the questions & answers. Debby’s question caused us to have a pre-discussion that ended with a ton of laughter lol. Goblet of Fire is hands down my very favorite HP book & movie! I can’t run across it on tv w/out stopping to watch the triwizard tournament. It just had so much magic & spirit that I can’t help but love it so much. &&& you’re not alone in regards to not finding anyone that shares the luv for it lol. I honestly was surprised to find out that it’s not everyone’s favorite haha! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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