Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from?
My name is Mel, short for Melanie, a fairytale- and Disney lover. I’ve been blogging for 2 years and 3 months. I got into blogging after my account on Goodreads. I saw websites on profiles from reviewers I followed, so when I saw this blogging community I knew I had to be part of it. I created my blog in a whim and 2 years later, I’m still here loving every minute of it! I’m blogging from this little, rainy country called The Netherlands. And no, we don’t walk around in clogs, there aren’t windmills every where and not everyone loves tulips, haha. We do love our stroopwafels and poffertjes (similar to very small pancakes, but more delicious!):
Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details -- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. -- so we can connect more online.
Reviews and discussion posts from the mind of a fairytale & retelling lover!
Twitter. Goodreads. Instagram. Tumblr. Bloglovin. Pinterest.
What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ .
It’s a tie between fantasy and fairytales. I love to read fantasy, because you get to visit complete new worlds, plus there is magic! I love fairytales, because of the happy endings (sometimes I really like that) and the magical feeling. Beauty and the beast is my favorite fairytale. I love to read, because it's everything to me :)
What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year?
I don’t have one favorite book, but I do have a top 15 list from 2013 (I read 146 books):
1. Brodi Ashton – the complete Everneath series. (Everneath, Everbound & Evertrue)
2. Robin LaFevers – Grave mercy.
3. Robin LaFevers – Dark triumph.
4. Courtney Summers – This is not a test.
5. Marissa Meyer – Scarlet.
6. Marissa Meyer – Cress.
7. Leigh Bardugo – Shadow and bone.
8. Leigh Bardugo – Siege and storm.
9. John Green – The fault in our stars.
10. Rae Carson – The crown of Embers.
11. Bridget Zinn – Poison.
12. Liz Coley – Pretty grl thirteen.
13. Emily Murdoch – If you find me.
14. Sarah J. Maas – Crown of midnight.
15. Anna Ursu – Breadcrumbs.
My favorites from this year so far are:
1. Rosamund Hodge – Cruel beauty.
2. Kristin Cashore – Graceling.
3. Danielle L. Jensen – STolen songbird.
4. A.C Gaughen – Scarlet (re-read) and Lady Thief.
5. Maggie Stiefvater – The raven boys and The dream thieves.
6. Julie Kagawa – The forever song.
7. Sarah J. Maas – The assassin’s blade.
8. Alison Goodman – Eon.
9. Susan Ee – Angelfall.
10. Cammie McGovern – Say what you will.
11. Cat Winters – In the shadow of blackbirds.
12. Elizabeth May – The falconer.
What does your favorite/ideal reading space look like? (Pinterest encouraged!)
Hidden book door! Rooms filled with books and one of them opens up to my reading spot. I’d love to be able to sneak away into my hidden room to read for hours with some music on the background.
And really, everything else that looks comfortable is fine with me. That hanging thing above the water; love it! I really like water, so dipping my toes into it while reading would be great. I don’t see it happen in The Netherlands too, haha. I’ve always wanted a hammock! And I don’t know what to call this round-shaped reading place, but it looks very comfy. And the last picture is definitely going to happen if I can’t create my hidden room! I want to be able to read in the sun.
What is your favorite blogging resource?
Goodreads! I’m also a fan of Literally, but everything I use for a review comes from Goodreads and I love browsing on that website. My reading list grows daily.
Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers).
Sana. Amber. Christina reads YA. Christina. Kelly. Jessi. Oh the books. Judith. Sam. Sandra. Debby. The quiet concert. These paper hearts. Jamie. Nikki. Pretty little reader. YA midnight reads. Vivian.
Share your favorite book or reading related quote. I have a lot of favorite books, but one of them is Markus Zusak – The book thief. And one of my favorite authors is Juliet Marillier.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 3 books would you bring? Why? What 3 non-book items would you bring? Why?
I would bring: Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix, my favorite HP book. A bundle of Grimms fairytales and The book thief.
Non-book related items: a photo book with pictures from my family, my mobile phone in the hope I can call someone and a knife.
What book would you love to see as a movie?
Shadow and bone + Throne of glass!
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