Book Blogger Love-a-Thon 2014: Interview Questionnaire


Hey, everyone! Today, Book Blogger Love-a-Thon 2014 officially begins! I am so excited to be joining this awesome event for the very first time! There will be a lot of getting-to-know-yous, mini challenges, nerd-outs, and bloggy love!

For the introductory post, here are my answers to the (pre-made) book blogger interview questionnaire~

1. How did you come up with your blog name?

My initial plan was plan was to think of a blog name with the words ‘book’ or ‘bibliophile’ in it. I tried thinking of many names but a lot of them were already taken by other bloggers. And then I started thinking: What do I want to accomplish with this blog? What is this blog for? I realized that it was so that I’d continue reading and loving books. ‘Stay Bookish’ just came into mind and it really clicked!

2. What genre/subject matter do you read and review most on your blog?

Contemporary! I love this genre so much! I find that it’s usually character-driven and often relatable. I love that fiction can be realistic and reflect everyday life.

3. Name the 3 books you’re excited for in 2014!

maybe someday open road summer isla and the happily ever after

  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  • Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

4. Where in the world are you blogging from?


Me during my visit to Baguio City, Philippines!

The Philippines! It’s a lovely place full of sunshine!

5. Tell us — how did you get into blogging in the first place?

I started blogging at first just to have somewhere to dump my thoughts and ideas. After a good run with photo blogging through Tumblr, I realized that what I really wanted a book blog. I had already been writing book reviews and posting online about bookish things through Goodreads and my personal blog. Creating my Stay Bookish was pretty random though. I had nothing to do that fateful day (June 12th, 2012) and out of nowhere, I decided to create a book blog on WordPress.

6. Apart from reading, what other hobbies/interests do you have?

Photography, travel, music! I love taking pictures, going to different places, seeing various cultures, and listening to music!

7. If you were stuck on a deserted island, which books would you bring with you?

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Well, if I were stuck on a deserted island, I’d probably be having sucky time. Thus I’d need these some of my fave books to uplift my spirits like Fangirl, Slammed & The Sky Is Everywhere, to name a few!

8. If you were stuck in some dangerous situation (like a fire, a sinking ship, a warzone), which book boy or girl would you want to come and save you?

On the top of my head, I’m thinking Chaol Westfall! He can save me anytime. ;)


9. You’re attending a party with your friends. Suddenly, the DJ changes the song and it’s YOUR song – what song would that be?

Oh wow this is a hard one! *thinks about it for an hour* AHA! It’d be Young Blood by The Naked and Famous! That one is seriously my anthem!

10. What 3 movies would you love to have your favorite author write into books, or vice versa?


Not sure about movies into books but for books to movie, I’d love to see Under The Never Sky, Anna and the French Kiss or Sloppy Firsts on the big screen!

Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Rebecca @ Reading Wishes on February 15, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I started following you this week so this interview was perfect timing! It’s made even more lovely by finding out how much we have in common. I wish I’d remembered The Sky is Everywhere on my deserted island and you’re right, Anna would make rich a great movie! Also, that song! I love it! I haven’t heard it in such a long time so that’s for putting it back on my radar. Your interview + listening to Young Blood = perfect way to start this event!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 15, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Thank you so much for following, Rebecca! I think your book blog is real awesome! Glad to hear we have much in common! I loved The Sky Is Everywhere as well as Anna! I won’t ever get tired of listening to Young Blood. I love that song to death!

      Again, thank you so much- especially for your super nice comment and for dropping by! :)

  2. Siiri on February 15, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I read contemporary the most as well, though most of my physical books contain pnr and fantasy books. Contemporary is still my favorite. #Gimmeallthefeels!!! Oh, yes! Colleen Hoover–I’ll read anything by that woman and Someday Maybe is high on my tbr and I can’t wait for my pre-order to be shipped. Sad about the Isla release date news :( You look adorable, btw :) “Photography, travel, music!” my three loves as well with the addition of cooking, dancing and swimming. I’d take Point of Retreat instead of Slammed, because it gets to me every. single. time. *sobs* OH YES! CHAOOOLLL!!!! *hearts* Agreed with UtNS movie. That’s be epic! Thanks so much for sharing this interview with us, Hazel :)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 15, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Yep there are definitely lots of feels when it comes to contemporary books! I totally love Colleen Hoover! And yes, I was so frustrated that Isla’s release was moved to a later date!

      Aww thanks for saying I look adorable! (On the contrary though, my hair is a total mess!) Swimming and dancing (or anything athletic) really don’t get along with me but I love food, although I’m more into baking actually! I love the every Slammed series book equally but yes, Point of Retreat was pretty emotional! I loved Chaol ever since reading Throne of Glass!

      Thank you so much for checking out my answers to the interview! <3

  3. Brittany @ the Book Addict's Guide on February 15, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Oooh I just love seeing Stephanie Perkins books everywhere! I’m in LOVE with Anna and the French Kiss and I can’t wait for Isla too!!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 15, 2014 at 9:55 am

      I adore Stephanie Perkins! I dream of meeting her someday! I’m just so excited for Isla! <3

  4. Farzy @ Boooks Keep Me Sane on February 15, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I didn’t know you’re from Baguio! I heard lots of great things about the Summer capital of our dear country. I also like to travel and I’ve always wanted to visit Baguio during the Panagbenga Festival <3

    My #Love-a-Thon Post

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 15, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Eeep, NOT from Baguio! Just visited the place and reckoned I’d show off one of my fave spots in the Philippines. :) Yey to meeting a fellow wanderlust! :D

  5. Marci Curtis on February 15, 2014 at 11:06 am

    AWWHH so nice to discover All Things Hazel, Who Has the Best Book Reviews in the History of Evah! Also, three cheers for the coming of Isla and the Happily Ever After! Also, also: you look rather adorbs in your pic. That is all. :)

  6. Katelyn on February 15, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Your interview answers make me so happy because I agree with a lot of them! Chaol is fantastic and I love Colleen’s books something fierce! Also, The Naked and Famous is one of my favorite bands! Thanks so much for joining the Love-A-Thon :)

  7. Leigh @ Little Book Star on February 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I really miss the Philippines! I was born there but moved here in California when I was 8. So many happy people in that place. :) I would also love to see Anna and the French Kiss get turned into a movie. That would be really awesome.

  8. charlene on February 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Hazel, love this photo of you with the camera…would it be possible to use it for the article or maybe one of your artsy book pics?

  9. Alexa S. on February 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    CHAOL WESTFALL FOREVER <3 Seriously, he's such a swoon-worthy guy. I'm so excited to see what happens for him and Celaena in Heir of Fire!

    Also, again, I love encountering Filipino bloggers! It's always cool to be connected to another blogger through a love of reading AND the same culture. Glad you have access to all these amazing reading opportunities in the Philippines! We'll have to meet if I come home for a visit.

  10. Annie on February 15, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    When i was brainstorming names for my current blog, I kinda wanted to have the word bibliophile in my name as well but yeah, there are a lot of great names with that already taken so I definitely had to think of another name. And yes to contemporary! I’m love character-driven books so contemporary is a big yes for me. And ISLA. Could it come any slower???

  11. charlene on February 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Yay, thanks!

  12. Mel@thedailyprophecy on February 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    I like your name and how you came up with it :) So jealous of all these bloggers who are living in tropic/warm countries! Haha. I also picked Chaol to save me.

  13. Kelly on February 15, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I really need to read Anna and the French Kiss – everyone is using this series to answer questions throughout the various challenges and I feel like I’m missing out!

    Like Mel, I’m super jealous of all these bloggers who are living in (or near) tropical/warm countries. Are you sure you don’t want some of the 30CM of snow they’re calling for tonight? :D

  14. Hazel Lee on February 16, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Love your answers, Hazel! =) It’s great getting to know you through the interview, I’m so excited for Isla and the Happily Ever After too, and I would so watch the Anna and the French Kiss movie!

  15. Stormy on February 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Fangirl would be a great book to bring to a deserted island.
    YES to Chaol! He was one of my picks too.
    You know, I wasn’t a huge fan of Under the Never Sky, but I could TOTALLY see it doing really great as a TV show or movie. Great choice there!

  16. Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile on February 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I love your blog name, Hazel. It’s so simple and true.

    That is exactly what I think about contemporary! I need to read about all the realistic life experiences.

    Love your photo and I so hope to visit Philippines one day.

    That graphic of Chaol is so prettay.

    I just listened to Young Blood by The Naked and Famous today and whoa, I’m hooked.

    Yeah, I’m definitely reading all three Perkins books this year as well as Rowells’.

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