Anyhow, today I'm bringing the lovely Jeann over from Happy Indulgence. She's such an inspiration to me: her reviews and content is always very professional and classy, yet she always manages to get her point straight across and make me excited about all kinds of books. She's also a gamer, so if you play any games? Make sure to follow her blog since her new feature provides you with all kinds of gamer information. Plus, you'd make great friends with this friendly girl :) Want to know more about her? I'm not going to hold you here any longer. Everyone, meet Jeann! Jeann, meet everyone! :)
Blog name: Happy Indulgence
Blog’s age: 2 years
Favorite book of all time: This is a hard one, I'd have to say The Book Thief.
InterviewSiiri: Introduce yourselves in 140 characters or less.
Jeann: I'm a book blogger, gamer, marketing professional and geek. I like to indulge in things that make me happy, which is why I started Happy Indulgence.
Siiri: Lol! That could very well have been a professional geek btw ;) Why did you start blogging? Have you changed a lot throughout it? What kind of advice would you have for people who are thinking about picking up blogging? Do you have any blogging inspirations who you look up to?
Jeann: I started blogging as a way to share my passion with other readers outside of Goodreads, and to have my own space that I could call my own. My blog has definitely changed a lot from the early days where I posted heaps of indie reviews. These days my blog is filled with discussion posts, features, book hauls, event/series recaps and of course, book reviews. Check out my post on what I've learnt over 2 years of blogging with my tips and advice for new and existing bloggers.
Siiri: I loved that post! It was so true and I feel like [almost] everyone can identify with what you said. Are you an organized reader? Tell us a little bit about your blogging habits.
Jeann: I try and be an organized reader and reviewer but sometimes I just want to read new releases or books that I've been wanting to read for ages. I use a Goodreads thread to list out all the books that I'm planning to read for the month, including review reads, blog tours, challenges, etc. This helps me stay on track, otherwise I pretty much pick up what I feel like from my TBR shelf.
When it comes to my blogging habits, I usually type up my review a few days after reading a book when my thoughts have settled. On the weekends, I schedule all the posts for the coming week and do the blog visits and commenting rounds. I try and reply to comments during the week and I've found it to be helpful replying through my phone on the bus or when I've got a spare moment.
Siiri: Haaa! I usually pretty much pick up whatever I want. I really look up to people who manage to schedule their reading down to a T and deal with lots and lots of arcs. Yess, Jeann! Multitasking ftw ;) What is your favorite and least favorite thing about blogging?
Jeann: My favourite thing is definitely meeting and making friends with so many amazing book lovers out there like me across the world. Least favourite has to be the drama that comes with the community. Why can't we all just get along?
Jeann: Hundreds, I have three very full bookshelves with one that is double stacked. I like to categorise them by size, then author, then series and colour. It drives me crazy that some of the series are different sizes (I'm looking at you City of Bones). I recently splurged on an A format of Daughter of Smoke and Bone just so I could get it to match the others in the series.
Siiri: Oh gosh! I hate double stacking! UGHHHH. Series in different sizes, yes! *eyes UK versions of Divergent books* So annoying. You can’t put them together on a shelf for them to look pretty. And if you can! Well, kudos for you for making it happen, people! What are your favorite genres and who are some of your favorite authors?
Jeann: YA isn't a genre but I prefer reading books from that category. I love paranormal fiction, dystopians, urban fantasies, contemporaries and psychological thrillers. Some of my favourite authors are Rachel Caine, Marissa Meyer, David Estes, Colleen Hoover and Richelle Mead.
Siiri: Yet to read anything by Rachel or David, but Colleen, Marissa and Richelle are most def on my must-read list. Alright, so I’m a big shipper and I almost always ship a pairing in a book I’m reading. Do you have any OTPs? :D If so, why do you like these pairings so much? What makes them special?
Jeann: I love Rose and Dimitri from the VA series and how they balance each other out so well. Rose is feisty, strong and smart but sometimes she lets her emotions get in the way of logic, and that's where Dimitri comes in. These two have a really strong bond and they just 'get' each other being a guardian and all. I love how they are both strong, sexy, great fighters and protectors and throughout their journey they never let their love get in the way of duty.
Siiri: ROSE AND DIMITRI!!! I love them too :) If you could have dinner with 5 authors/characters, dead or alive, who would the be and what would you ask each of them (without spoilers, of course)?
Veronica Roth – How did you feel after the backlash from Allegiant?
Jane Austen – Did you think your books would still be relevant 200 years into the future?
Richelle Mead – Was the VA movie what you imagined it to be (truthfully)?
Suzanne Collins – Will you be writing any more YA books in the horizon?
J.K. Rowling – Did you preplan the Harry Potter series? How does it feel now that it's over?
Siiri: HAHAHAHA! That truthfully is seriously.. lawl! I’d ask the same. And I love the authors and questions you chose! And Jane Austen, man! She’s just an inspiration and people aren’t just loving her books, they’re writing retellings based on them. That’s remarkable and I’m pretty sure she’d be satisfied by all this inspiration she has created with her books. Where can we find you when you’re not reading or blogging?
Jeann: I'm either at work, playing tabletop board games with friends or photographing the food that I'm eating.
This or thatBlogger or Wordpress? Wordpress, it's so customisable and there's a plugin for everything!
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook to catch up with friends and Twitter to fangirl and talk about my interests.
Physical books or e-books? Definitely physical books, nothing beats the feel of sitting down reading a physical book and turning the pages.
Contemporary or fantasy? I've always preferred fantasy because reading is an escape for me, but contemporary is great to relax with and relate to.
Music or no music? (while reading) No music, I can't concentrate with it on.
Triangle or no triangle? See I've always said that love triangles are really annoying because there's always one clear winner and the 2nd guy is always an interference, but then look at the Throne of Glass series, where a love triangle was done well. I think I'd still prefer no triangle most the time.
Insta-love or slow-burn? Slow-burn all the way. Insta-love is just a convenient tool to skip to the mushy part of a relationship, while leaving readers behind.
Cliff hanger or no cliff hanger? No cliffhanger, although I've accepted the fact that series these days are filled with them :(
3 random facts about you would be…
- I love travelling and have visited the US, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia
- My blog has helped me land a few marketing jobs by demonstrating my digital and social media
- I'm a serial tea drinker
Siiri: I can definitely agree with you on the fantasy and contemporary thing, though I have to say that contemporary is my jazz. I just love it so. Fantasy definitely lets you escape far, far away though! Ha! Insta just doesn't seem to sit well with anyone, so I'm surprised that people actually write it still. But hey! Whatever floats your boat, yeah? Eeep! I love travelling so much. I've been lucky enough to visit to loads of countries in Europe with my family, but not outside. Most definitely want to visit New Zealand and Japan one day. Yeah? Was marketing your major in uni too? That's so neat, Jeann!
And that's a wrap. I loved having you here today, Jeann. Thank you so much for tackling all of these questions *hugs* So what about you guys? Did you have anything in common with Jeann? Do you use Goodreads to track your reading material? Any Rose and Dimitri fans out there? *eyes Rashika* Are you pro-fantasy and against cliff hangers? Let Jeann know and leave her some well-deserved love :) Thanks for reading, everyone! x