Friday, June 22, 2012
Hey everyone! I've got another special blogger on the scene today...Annabelle at Sparkles & Lightning! If you haven't see her blog yet go check it out now! She's awesome and her blog is super lovely!

About Anna:
Besides reading, Anna loves to dance! Especially Ballroom. She's also a crazy big shopper and phone caller/texter. Her favorite artist is Degas and she loves the Norton-Simon Museum in Pasadena. She's got amazing friends and spends a lot of time with them and her super boyfriend! 

M&M's Or Skittles? Actually, it's crazy, but I'm not too much of a candy person. I have an obsession with staying thin. Also, I can't eat M&Ms because I'm allergic to them. So, I'd have to go with Skittles.

Besides a love of books what made you want to share your reviews w/others? I've always enjoyed writing reviews, and I wanted to be able to share them with a wider audience. I also wanted to interact more with authors and things like that, plus, I love doing giveaways. Also, I'm the type of person who is easily bored and often quits a job halfway through, and blogging has encouraged me to push on and work hard.

Favorite Books and Authors? I loved Illuminate by Aimee Agresti, Nevermore by Kelly Creagh, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, and Unearthly and Hallowed by Cynthia Hand. I also love absolutely anything by Tamora Pierce. However, my favorite books of all time are not young adult at all but are The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I'm romantic to a fault, and I admit it freely.

What's your Favorite Color? My favorite color is pink! I'm a total girly-girl in some ways.

What's your Favorite Book Genre to read? Oh goodness, just one? I love them all! I mean, I love horror and fantasy the most. I know that's two genres, but oh well.

Favorite childhood book? The Wizard of Oz and all the other Oz books. I think there's fourteen in total, although The Wizard of Oz is the best known because of the movie. They're all awesome and one of my earliest memories is my dad reading them to me.

Are you more inclined to check out books or buy them?  Buy them. I very rarely check out books from the library. One, because they're usually not in great condition and I like to own books. Two, I almost always forget to return them and have had library bills of over $100. I only really check them out if I've heard a ton of negative things but still really want to read it.

Best book quote? "I will be with her again, or I will die. There aren't any other options." from Julie Kagawa's The Iron Knight.

Mismatched or matching socks? Matching. I have OCD. Like, I actually have it. Diagnosed and all.

Best breakfast food? I hate eating. Especially breakfast. I only eat when I get hungry, not at set meal times.

If you could have any superpower what would it be? 
Flying. Or invisibility. No way could I choose between those two unless I actually had to.

If you designed your own fortune cookie what would it say? "You are beautiful." I truly believe that everyone is beautiful, but very few people actually hear that regularly, and I think that more people need to.

Could you say that reviewing from bloggers perspective has changed how you think about books? Yes. I've had to analyze them more, instead of reading purely for pleasure.

Favorite thing so far about book blogging? Reading all of the lovely comments that people leave me. They truly make my day. And doing giveaways! They're the absolute best.

If you had to change the name of your book blog what would it be? If I had to? I love the name Sparkles and Lightning! My blog was originally titled The Dancer Says, but I scrapped that quickly. Sparkles and Lightning is cute and it fits me and my personality. But if I really had to change it, I suppose I'd go with something similar, just because that's all I know now. Maybe something like Glitter and Thunder. (Actually, I really like that. Maybe I'll use it for that other blog I'm working on...and no, you don't get to know what kind of blog it is yet. That would be revealing the secret!) I'm original I know.

As you are reading do you think in terms of how you'll review it? Definitely. I'm a huge annotator. I try not to do too much margin writing, but, eh. I always take notes on a separate sheet of paper at least and write down quotes and such. I imagine the things I'll say and take note of that.

What do you look for in a book that will go into a review? 
I focus on several different aspects in detail: the characters, the plot, the romance, the writing, and the ending. I need to have enough to say on each of these categories. I look for character traits, twists and such in plots, and good romance, as in no instalove. I look for lush description and sensory details in the writing and cliffhangers or not in the ending, and how artfully done everything was. This is just a basic rundown, but I can't tell you too much--that's my secret.

Thanks so much Annabelle for stopping by! It was crazy fun! I loved reading all your answers, and I hope you all did to! Make sure you all go visit her and her Sparkly blog!


  1. Thank you so much, chicky! You did an excellent job with the post. I love it, and have had such a fun time sharing it. I'll be linking back to it in the future, too. So awesome! ♥♥

    1. Thanks Anna! :D You rock! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I have been following Annabelle for a while now and I think she is amazing too! Love her blog!!


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