Thank you so much to both Lili from Lili's Reflections and Em from The YA Book Butterfly for nominating me to do this tag! If you're not already following their blogs, you definitely should! They're both amazing bloggers. I decided to split the tag into two parts, since there were two sets of questions. I'll have my responses to Em's questions up sometime later this month or next month :) Here are my responses to Lili's:
1) When and why did you start blogging?
Back in 2011, I stumbled across The Book Barbies blog while searching for a review of Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I hadn't even known book blogs existed before that and I thought it was so cool that there was a way to share your opinions of books with other book lovers. I ended up starting The Book Belles a few months after discovering The Book Barbies and several great experiences have come out of it.
2) What is your favorite genre and why?
I absolutely love the contemporary genre! I think the reason for this is due to the fact that I enjoy reading about characters who have relatable life experiences. I also think that some of the best stories are the ones that could possibly happen in life today.
3) Recommend a book that you love that you think deserves more hype.
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock is an amazing novel! The werewolf aspect is done very well and in a more unique way than typical in young adult novels. Also, I can't recommend Smart Girls Get What They Want enough :)
4) Aside from reading, what are your favorite hobbies?
I love seeing movies and going shopping with my friends. I don't have a lot of free time, but when I do, that's what I tend to do (besides reading).
5) Top 3 books you have ever read?
This is completely impossible, but since I have to pick, I'll say Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer, and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. They are all amazing reads, if you haven't yet read them :)
6) Who are your favorite authors and why?
Jennifer Armentrout and Kasie West are two of my favorites. Jennifer puts out so many great novels and I'm especially in love with her latest series, The Dark Elements. Roth is one of my favorite book boyfriends by her. Kasie West, on the other hand, never ceases to put out books that put a smile on my face. Her contemporaries are especially adorable.
7) What is the best book you have read so far this month?
Whatever Life Throws at You was my first read by Julie Cross, and I ended up loving it. It's a truly memorable read and it does a great job at crossing between the young adult and new adult genres.
8) What book is responsible for making you the reader you are today?
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand was the book that got me into reading YA. After reading a great review for it on The Book Barbies (one of the first book blogs I ever discovered), I picked up a copy of the novel and immediately fell in love with it. From then on, I've read all the YA I can get my hands on :)
9) Do you collect anything other than books?
Does bookish swag count? ;) I actually do collect ticket stubs from various movies and concerts I go to and compile them in a ticket book that I've had for a few years.
10) Tell us a weird fact about yourself that we probably wouldn't know.
This isn't particularly weird, but I work at a movie theater, which is a lot of fun!