2015 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon | Kick off Interview

2015 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon is a two day event hosted by Alexa Loves Books



I am so excited to be participating in the 2015 Book Blogger #LoveAThon. This is my 1st year participating! To find out more about the event, visit the introduction post and sign up! Better late than never right!?

The two day event consists of spreading the love for bloggers and their blogs by commenting, following, tweeting and more! Plus, with an added flare of mini challenges, there are several ways to meet new people and get to know them better. Plus, Giveaways!

To kick off the event, the first post is an interview!


1. What’s your name? 

Hi I’m Dori, Tonyalee.

2. Where in the world are you blogging from? 

Georgia! I have been here for almost 5 years now.

3. How did you get into blogging in the first place? 

I was a stay at home mom at the time – and I actually had a personal vent blog where I would vent about being a mom or any other personal things that came to mind. Then one day I saw a review on Goodreads that made my blood boil; so I decided to start putting my own thoughts on Goodreads (although I had been a member for years, I never reviewed). I was browsing the internet and stumbled on a book blog. So, I took my personal blog + Books = Lilybloombooks. The rest is history.

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

Heh. So, many people think that my name is Lily – which is funny but an assumption I would make too. Lilies are my favorite flower, and since I was new and BLOOMING into the community I used Bloom and put it all together. It actually took me days to come up with a name. (And I thought of better ones after!)

5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?

On this blog? Young Adult.. everything. I have a new love for fantasy at the moment – which is funny. But I love romance & mystery/thrillers too!

6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? 

I have WHEN I’M NOT BLOGGING, which is relatively new. These are posts that showcase small things that I am up be when not blogging.

Random Rants and Rambling is my discussion feature.

Weekly wrap up posts – which showcases my 10 THINGS. (They are actually pretty funny, if you wanna check em out!) And this coming week I will start doing Top Ten Tuesday.

7. Best blogging experience so far? 

Meeting people. Not just forming online relationships, but real life friendships with bloggers and authors alike. It’s so nice to have people you have so much in common with, everywhere!

8. Favorite thing about the blogging community? 

Diversity. There are so many of us with different love(s), passions and favorites. There are so many different blogs out there, there is really something for everyone! And knowing that we aren’t ALL THE SAME is awesome. There is always someone to debate with, recommend a genre you aren’t familiar with and always new people to meet.

9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015! 

  1. The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson
  2. Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)  by Claudia Gray
  3. Of Dreams and Rust (Of Metal and Wishes #2) by Sarah Fine
  4. The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)  by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8) by Ilona Andrews

10. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? 

Guards of the Shadowlands by Sarah Fine! I have SO MUCH love for this series and it blows my mind how many people have not read it!

11. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? 

Well, I am a mom. So there’s that 🙂 Aside from that, I like to do crafts and bake. And I love working in the garden too.

13. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? 

SHOES. I love me some shoes.

14. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing? 

At the moment? The Way I Are  (Timbaland and ft. Keri Hilson, D.O.E. & Sebastian) Bailando (Enrique Iglesias – ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona)  My Immortal (Evanescence). Lips are Movin (Meghan Trainor) Demons (Imagine Dragons)

15. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. 

I would love to see the Kate Daniels series turned into a TV show. OH! The BDB series (as an HBO show, of course! *wags eye brows*


That’s it! I had a lot of fun answering these questions! Hope to see/talk ya soon!

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16 thoughts on “2015 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon | Kick off Interview

  1. Jessica @ Jessica's Rainbow Inspiration

    Hi Tonyalee! Great knowing more about you! I’m curious, why cancel “Dori”? Is there a story behind it? ;p

    I absolutely love the Kate Daniels series too! It’s just so good! It’s one of the books I’m super looking forward to this year! I want to see it on TV too! Bitten just gives me hope of seeing Kate Daniels on TV 🙂

    The Guards of the Shadowland series look really interesting! I’m definitely adding that to my TBR!
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  2. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    So I love that I found out new things about you! I didn’t know that’s how you started your blog! How funny! YES to Guards of the Shadowlands! I cannot thank you enough for kicking my butt into gear for that! I still need to read the last one… I also want to catch back up on my Adult PNR series and Kate Daniels is one of them!

    Bailando! I would freak out everytime that song came on the radio because it made me so flippin’ happy.
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  3. Holly J

    hi Tonyalee!

    I never reviewed books before I blogged ether, and the first one I started wasn’t about books as well. But then I found all of this and was like OMG THIS IS WHAT I WANNA DO. Slapped on a name change and started reviewing and talking about books. It was the best decision. I love the diversity of the community too! It’s such a wonderful thing. We are all different, we all have our own voices, and they MATTER. <3

    omg how could I have forgotten about The Raven King? That is seriously my highly anticipated 2015 read!

    Thanks for stopping by The Fox's Hideaway! 🙂

  4. Ali

    Loved reading your answers! 🙂 . Think I may just have to add Guards of the Shadowlands to my must-read list. Enjoy the rest of the blog-a-thon weekend .

  5. Wendy @ Book Scents

    BDB as an HBO TV show. OH MY GOD. That would be freaking amazing!! (which reminds me, I need to read more of that series! I’m on book 4).

    I WILL, I promise get my ass into gear with that series, i promise! fractured is just sitting there, waiting for me! omg i love shoes too. I just rarely have occasion to wear a lot of the cute ones I see. but i love love shoessss. 🙂
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