2-Year Blogiversary Q&A! // Screaming About the Same Books, Giving Blogging Advice, and Not Enough Food Questions

Hello, my name is May, and I can’t stop talking about the same books?

This whole post is basically just a love letter to Six of Crows, The Foxhole Court, and Percy Jackson. Do I care? Not really.

Books aside, a few days ago I celebrated my 2-year blogiversary and asked for your questions for a Q&A, and here it is! Again, thank you all so so much for your support these past years, whether you followed me a few days ago or a few years ago!

(Also if you’d like to help me better my blog for you lovely people, I’d love to hear your feedback on my feedback survey!!)

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what book do you feel everybody should read, and why?

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo  The Hate U Give

There are so many books that I would love to force everyone to read, but if I had to pick only a few, I would probably choose:

There are a lot more I could include on this list but I feel like SoC and Evelyn Hugo are loved by so many people and I feel like almost everyone could enjoy them! Plus, Evelyn Hugo and THUG have so many important messages and themes that I think it’s necessary that everyone reads them.

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what was your first memory of eating a mango?

I can barely remember what I ate for dinner yesterday and I’m expected to remember this?? I should stop blogging. Too many expectations.

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your thoughts on pineapple pizza? 🤔

I… will not personally eat it, but I won’t judge other people for eating it… but at the same time why do you put FRUIT on a PIZZA.

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what are some of your childhood favorite books?

I love talking about childhood books because then there’s always someone who’s like OH MY GOD I READ THAT TOO!!! and then the secret 3-year-olds in us get to scream about those dumb books and it’s so much fun.

YOUNG TINY CHILDHOOD BOOKS

The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds (Cam Jansen Mysteries, #1)  Junie B. Jones and the  Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, #1)  Ruby The Red Fairy

  • lots of Elmo books??? (when I was like 3 or 4)
  • Cam Jansen books
  • Junie B Jones books
  • Rainbow Magic Fairy books

OLDER CHILDHOOD BOOKS

  • Percy Jackson books
  • hmm that’s the only series I can remember being obsessed about ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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if you HAD to choose: reading or writing?

Reading! I’ve thought about this question before and I thought it would be a lot harder to answer, but it’s not really for me! I just know that reading was my first love before writing, and without reading, I don’t think I could have fallen in love with writing. (Plus writing is a lot more work than reading!)

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what is your advice for aspiring bloggers in the book-sphere?

I love this question so much! Honestly, I think the biggest tip I can give is just. INTERACT!

And I know it’s hard, and often draining, and definitely time-consuming. But the best part about blogging has been building relationships with other people and making the best of friends, and it makes blogging not only more fun but just richer.

I also recommend finding your “niche”! It’s sometimes hard to find it at first, and it’s not COMPLETELY necessary, but it definitely is super helpful. If you know your niche, then you know the type of content you want to post and you can focus on that!

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if you were any character in Six of Crows, who would you be?

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This is such a tough question! I can’t think of any character I’d fit perfectly well with, honestly, but if I had to choose someone I fit the closest, probably Wylan? Anxious all the time, music lover, gay…

(Art by Kevin Wada!)

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what’s the one thing you wished you had known before starting blogging?

I wish I’d known to take it slowly. I did way too much that first year (3 1k-word+ blog posts each week, commenting on all the posts in my Reader each day from the 100+ blogs I followed) and I wish I had just taken it easy. Pushing yourself to be a big, amazing blogger and it makes me so sad to see bloggers push themselves past their limits, when that was exactly what I did, and it hurt me a lot.

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when (and why) did you start reading?

I officially learned to read when I was about four years old (though my mom tells me that before I could read, she would read me picture books so much that I memorized the words and could read along with her). And I think I’ve honestly loved it since then?

As for the why I started reading, I guess I just loved when my mom read to me, and when I could do it by myself, I just kept doing it? I loved reading these fictional stories and it was just fun for me as a little kid (and now)!

I really don’t have a special “I hated reading as a little child but one day I picked up this book and fell in love with reading” story for this unfortunately, I was a boring tiny midget!! (Still am boring and tiny.)

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where do you see yourself in one year, on your 3rd blogiversary? (accomplishments, hopes for blogging, etc.?)

Oh, I love this question so much!!

  • I see myself at 2,000 followers (AAAAAAAHHHH), which is so odd to me because it’s always seemed like a large number but now it’s actually realistic??? (AAAAAAHHHHH.) I’m hoping I might reach 2,222, or 2,200, or 2,022, since that would be a cute coincidence with my blogiversary day, January 22!!!
  • I also see myself back in my blogging rhythm!! Maybe not to the extent I was in my first year of blogging, but enough that I’m happy. I want to be commenting on blogs regularly again, and keeping up with my own comments!
  • And I also hope that I’m satisfied with myself as a blogger, and my blog. Though I AM proud of myself and my blog, right now I’m not FULLY satisfied, because of my whole lack of interaction thing (which I am trying to be better at!!). I really hope that will change in a year!!

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could you list your top five favorite Foxes? this is very important to me right now. thank you. I love you.

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1)(I know exactly who asked this question and I hate her for it.)

For those who don’t know, Foxes is referring to the team in The Foxhole Court, which is part of the All For the Game trilogy. And I kind of became… obsessed, to put it lightly, with this series last year.

My favorite Foxes changed with each book but I think I have a pretty good list now???

  1. Neil/Andrew (I love them equally don’t you dare make me choose)
  2. Renee
  3. Nicky
  4. Kevin
  5. Matt/Dan

The last four are all like SUPER close because I love them all so much!!! If this was like on a point system, it would probably be Neil and Andrew at 10, Renee at 9.5, Nicky at 9, Kevin at 8.99, and Matt and Dan at 8.98. I LOVE THEM OKAY.

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would you prefer to go into your favorite book world (just live in it) or have a conversation with your favorite author?

Oh god, definitely go into my favorite book world. Talking to my favorite author would be so SCARY considering I’m so awkward and nervous around people I don’t know very well, and if they’re someone I look up to? Even more awkward.

And as for which book world I would want to go into (I know it wasn’t part of the question but do I look like I care? no), I would definitely choose the Percy Jackson world! It just holds so much nostalgia for me and seeing Camp Halfblood would be amazing to the little nine-year-old in me.

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what is a book (or books) that you’ll never get tired of rereading?

I’ve only read two series more than twice, and those are the Six of Crows duology and the Percy Jackson series.

While I haven’t reread them YET, I also probably will never get tired of rereading The Foxhole Court and its sequels, and also The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. And Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a book I’ve reread (once) but I definitely won’t get tired of reading it again and again!

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who’s one of your favorite authors?

Here’s a lesser-known favorite author of mine (or at least a lesser-read author): Anna-Marie McLemore! She is a queer Latina author, and she is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL writer. Her magical realism is my favorite and her prose is always just gorgeous and I wish more people read her!

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do you have big character of color knowledge? 😉

Petition to take away Julianna’s rights?

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what are your favorite posts to write?

I love writing all kinds of posts, honestly! (Even book reviews. Sometimes.) If I had to narrow it down to just three, I guess I would go with discussions, book lists, and recaps/wrap-ups.

Okay, so maybe that’s like every type of post I write… what are you going to do about it!!

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what book has influenced you the most?

This is such a hard question! I don’t think only One book has influenced me, more like a culmination of a lot of books that have affected me, but I think I might (predictably) say Percy Jackson or Six of Crows!

Percy Jackson was the first series I really ever Obsessed over, and Six of Crows was the first YA series I Obsessed over, which led me to read more in the YA genre and realize how much I loved it.

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WHY ARE YOU SO AMAZING ❤💞💗

AAHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! It might be the combination of my lack of sleep and hydration, I recommend it!!


shall we chat

your turn: pick a question (or two) and answer it! I want to hear what you have to say!! have you read the Six of Crows, or Percy Jackson, or The Foxhole Court? (this is the only question that matters)

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50 thoughts on “2-Year Blogiversary Q&A! // Screaming About the Same Books, Giving Blogging Advice, and Not Enough Food Questions

  1. There’s nothing wrong with a love letter to your favorite books, May! 😉 I PROMISE I will read Six of Crows soon, I’m just reading all of the other Grishaverse books first!

    And CAM JANSEN, I remember those books! I loved them! They made me want to be a detective so much! (although those days are long gone now!) 🤣

    How many times have you read the Percy Jackson series, by the way? I’ve read the whole series together about 3 times, but I’ve read Lightning Thief about 5 times! 🙈

    Happy 2-Year Blogiversary! Here’s to another great year!

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    1. Haha thank you, Xandra! And aahh yes, I hope you’re enjoying the Grisha trilogy more than I did 😅 Cam Jansen was my favorite! Reading them now makes me feel so weird since the culprit is so obvious but when I was a child I had no idea who it was 😂

      I think I’ve read PJO three times total and The Lightning Thief four! Will probably reread it again soon since I recently got the illustrated edition 😍 And aah thank you so much!! ❤

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  2. “It might be the combination of my lack of sleep and hydration” I guess I’m amazing too then ¯\_(ツ)_/

    Anyway!! I loveee this post May; your answers are so great & funny and made me smile, hehe. I LOVE PERCY JACKSON SO MUCH; no other series will ever live up to the endless love I have for it. I have so much nostalgia and adoration for this series 😭💙 Percy and Nico and Leo and Annabeth and every one of the demigods are the best!!

    I haven’t read SOC or TFC yet (don’t kill me!!), I know I have to!! Don’t worry, I’ll read it once you read Foolish Hearts 😉 AND OMG I READ ALL OF THOSE CHILDHOOD BOOKS!! I loved Cam Jansen because I loved mysteries back then (that’s why I loved the A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy as well). And I was obsessed with Rainbow Magic hahah; I literally read hundreds of those books!! They were so addicting.

    And I completely agree with your response for what books everyone needs to read – I loved Evelyn Hugo and THUG so much; they’re such important and empowering books. LOL I’m finally ending this long comment now (sorry May, this post is just so great that I couldn’t stop talking). I hope you’re having a lovely January 💖

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  3. Now I want to reread All For The Game… Okay maybe I just want to reread All For The Game always. And ahahaha I always hate being asked when I started loving reading/what got me into reading, because same,I sort of just… always liked it. My parents started reading to me when I was teeny tiny, and I never stoped.

    Oh. My. Gosh. I read SO MANY of those Rainbow Magic books, and they were HORRIBLE looking back, but like.. I loved them so okay. (I feel very bad for my parents I made them read way too many of them to me.)

    And ahhhhh I just read my first Anna Marie McLemore (The Weight of Feathers) and her writing is SO BEAUTIFUL. I need more asap.

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  4. I READ CAM JANSEN AND JUNIE B. JONES. My first loves, along with The Magic Tree House series. 😁 And I need to read Evelyn Hugo soon! It sounds amazing, from everything I’ve heard of it so far.

    Also, SoC and Percy Jackson are great series to obsess over because they are the Best.

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  5. Happy happy blogiversary again, May, we are so so lucky to have you in this community and I hope to keep on chatting with you and hearing your recs for a long, long time just as well ❤ I loved reading your answers for this and I NEED to read Evelyn Hugo and some McLemore's books, I am hoping to do so this year, fingers crossed! 😀 and I really hope you'll manage to be satisfied with your blog and everything you do, you should be proud, you're amazing ❤ ❤

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    1. Aahh MAREI!! Thank you so so much, I’m so blessed this community brought your friendship ❤ And there's absolutely pressure to read Evelyn Hugo and McLemore's books soon but I'm so excited to see your thoughts on them 👀 And aah thank you so much, you're so sweet ❤

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  6. This was an amazing post! Haha, love itttt 😍 I also learned to read around 4 and my Gran says she can remember me as a tiny toddler going ‘when can I learn to read?! I’ve HAVE to learn to read’ lol 📖

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  7. Okay so the only book on your must read list I haven’t read is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and that’s on my 2019 TBR so i’m good. DUDE I LOVED THOSE RAINBOW MAGIC FAIRY BOOKS. THEY WERE TRASH BUT SO GOOD. and OMG i didn’t expect you to say Wylan for my question (yes, i asked that) but honesty that’s so true?? I feel like you are. And I love Wylan so it all works out. ALSO, YOUR ANSWER TO THE LAST QUESTION MADE ME LAUGH, DRINK SOME WATER!!!

    I mean I haven’t read Percy Jackson but they’re probably 2020 TBR because they look like a long series that you have to get invested in and I want to make time for that. AND THE FOXHOLE COURT I’m probs gonna read in feb/march sooo. I’LL SEND U UPDATES.

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  8. I’m currently reading Crooked Kingdom and I am loving it but idk what happens every time I put the book down, I’m just lazy to pick it up back again? Procrastination will be the death of me!! Also, I absolutely love Percy Jackson, it’s one of my favourite series! ❤ Congrats (once again) for your anniversary! I asked about the thing you wished you had known before starting blogging, and I can relate to that answer. I've been blogging for two years and a half and I gave everything to it in the first year. Then I kinda lost motivation, I also got into college so I had less time, I had more responsibilities … I know I shouldn't care about numbers so much, but they're really disheartening to look at. This year I'll try to organize my schedule in order to have more time for blogging, so maybe there's still hope! Loved reading your post ^^

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  9. OMG I also read the Rainbow Magic Fairy books as a child and I loved them! I was SO obsessed with fairies and I would go into the forest and look for them under leaves… I had an interesting childhood 😅
    Anyway, now that we got the most important thing out of the way, I totally agree that everyone should read SoC, Evelyn Hugo and THUG! Such amazing books. I loved Evelyn Hugo so much! It’s probably one of the best representation of queer characters I have ever read about and my little queer heart was happy. 😌
    And ofc Happy Anniversary! 🎉

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  10. CONGRATS LOVELY!!💗💗💗 okay but for real I was JUST as obsessed with Percy Jackson and Juni B Jones yesss twinkies😂 good luck with your third year, that’s so exciting!! Xx lots of love to you ❤️

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  11. Happy blogiversary!! I ADORE Percy Jackson with all of my heart, and Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are two literary masterpieces that I will love forever, so this post made me very happy. 🙂

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  12. Again happy blogiversary May! 😀 ❤ This is a great post I really loved reading all your answers for these questions. I've read and loved both Six of Crows and The Hate U Give, but I need to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I wouldn't say it's my usual genre but I've been hearing so many amazing things I need to pick it up. Also I'm so glad to see Anna-Marie McLemore as your favourite author, her books are incredible and she's definitely my favourite magical realism author too. I'll wish you all the luck with everything you want to achieve before your third blogiversary (I'm sure you will though, you and your blog are amazing) and when it comes to my favourite Foxes I couldn't choose between Neil and Andrew either, they're both my favourites. 😀
    Great post, and again happy blogiversary. 🙂 ❤

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  13. Happy blogoversary again, May!💓(I thought I left a comment on your other post, but I was looking back and I think it may not have gone through?! BUT BASICALLY I was just saying you’re amazing, your blog is amazing, and oh, you’re amazing too.✨)

    OH my gosh, the Rainbow Fairy books. In complete honesty, I think I spent every bit of my birthday and Christmas money as a child on those books. I loVED them. (I remember being so happy when there was “Olivia the Orchid Fairy.”) Oh, and Cam Jansen, I loved that too. XD

    Aww, going into the Percy Jackson world would be so amazing. Camp Half-Blood? With Chiron and Mr. D and all the fun activities? YES, I’M IN.

    Wonderful post, I loved reading all your answers!

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  14. This post just makes me want to reread Six of Crows and Percy Jackson RIGHT NOW. Also, yes, I desperately need to read the Foxhole Court.
    I hope someone never makes me actually choose between reading or writing. I love both so very much and honestly, have no idea which one I could not live without. I just love books SO MUCH.
    And good luck on hitting your follower count goals! So exciting!

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  15. I’ve read Six of Crows and Percy Jackson but it’s only recently The Foxhole Court has been popping up on places? I don’t know. Don’t think I’ve heard of it before these last two weeks or something. Could be wrong.. I have to admit the covers do look intriguing in their simplicity, haha.

    Evelyn Hugo is on my TBR! I bought a copy at the end of 2018 because people kept harassing me about it. [Basically I don’t usually like hisfic but I’m definitely going to love it according to tons of people and I succumbed to the pressure.]

    Not enough food questions though?
    OKAY.

    1. What would be your top-choice if you could create a cupcake + frosting?
    2. Same question but you cannot use mango for either part of the cupcake.
    3. What dish would you love to be able to make yourself?
    4. Uhmuhm. I don’t know anymore. [It’s 11.30 am and I’m getting more hungry because of this.]

    Also, I don’t see why people can be so weird about pineapple on pizza.. Like.. We make curries and add mango and pineapple in those as well, which is also savory PLUS fruit so what’s the big deaaaall.

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  16. Love Six of Crows and Percy Jackson! I’ve been pondering whether I should reread the PJ series over the past couple of months, and I think once I finish my Hunger Games reread, that’ll be next. It’s been way too long!

    OMG, Rainbow Magic! I just had a massive flashback to like ten years ago! I remember checking out piles of those books from the library all the time.

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  17. Happy anniversary! I need to read Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom and Seven Husbands but I adored THUG when I read it last year.

    Pineapple on pizza? I’m going to be controversial but yes, I loves it!! (Please don’t block me!)

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  18. Unfortunately, I have yet to pick up The Foxhole Court, otherwise I think we’d pretty much be okay, hahah. I have started reading it, though! I am a bit lost (I mean I’m only on chapter 2, what did I expect?), but I have the feeling I’ll love it.
    I totally relate with wanting to go to Camp Half-Blood and just explore the overall world of Percy Jackson. When I first got into the series, when I was 11, a group of fans organized an event in my city to host similar activities as they did in the camp and all. It was a very exciting event; everyone wearing orange shirts and all; and I remember they even prepared bow & arrows! I made my entire family drive me there, and by the time we got, I just saw everything and left immediately, because I was too awkward to talk to anyone. So, yeah, there you go, my tragic story of the one time I had an opportunity to live a similar Camp Half-Blood situation, but was too shy to function. (Needless to say, my parents were furious, as they drove across town for no reason at all).
    Anyway, the post was a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing 😊

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  19. Aaaa Rainbow Magic! I loved that series ahaha. ALSO SIX OF CROWS IS AMAZING. I reread it like 4 times now omg. I desperately want to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo! But I’m also terrified that I won’t like it as much as everyone else does so I’ve been avoiding it. Congratulations on 2 years of blogging! I loved this post! 🙂

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