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Gae Polisner!

Hello readers, bloggers, authors, and generally awesome people (who happen to love books!) and welcome to This Or That! This Or That is a feature posted every week and it works like this: each person is asked a series of This Or That/Would You Rather-type questions, some serious and some funny, and by doing so we get to learn just a bit more about our favorite bookish people!  This feature is currently scheduled through June 2013 but if you would still be interested in signing up, please check out this post and fill out the form!

After taking a small break from This Or That, I am so excited to bring it back this week with a supremely awesome person & author! Gae Polisner, author of The Pull of Gravity (my review) and a forthcoming YA novel, is, as stated above, and awesome person who knows how to keep the giggles coming. Her humor not only shines through on her blog, her twitter, and her Facebook, but it is also evident in her books (even if the subject matter is not all that humorous. On a sidenote though, The Pull of Gravity is full of amazing so if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do so like right now!) I am sure you are just dying to know more about her so without further ado, let’s meet Gae!

Gae Polisner

About The Author: Gae is the author of The Pull of Gravity (now out in paperback from Square Fish!) and a forthcoming YA from Algonquin Young Readers. When she’s not writing, she’s a practicing attorney/divorce mediator, and when she’s not doing that or watching her two awesome boys do their stuff, she can be found in water, the pool off-season, or the open waters of the Long Island Sound spring through fall. Last summer she swam her first five-mile swim and is still waiting for her wetsuit to turn her into a superhero.

Do you prefer reading paperback or hardcover books?

I prefer reading from paperbacks (especially when reading in bed) but prefer hardcovers on my shelf which means I have been known to repurchase a hardcover I’ve loved, just to have it on my shelf.

You MUST pick one: reading or writing?

Writing. Reading only makes me realize where my writing falls short. . .  ;)

If given the option, would you want your books turned into movies or turned into a TV show?

Well, supposedly, someone is working on a movie of The Pull of Gravity and I shouldn’t jinx that, so MOVIE. However, if one of my stories got made into an HBO series, I probably wouldn’t cry.

Do you outline your books like a crazy person or do you just start writing down whatever pops into your head?

Woe is me: whatever pops into my head. . .

You’re forced to be your main character for a week; do you pick to be Nick or Jaycee from The Pull of Gravity?

Easy peasy: Jaycee! She is the bold, quirky teenage girl I wish I’d been brave enough to be.

Dessert time: cookies or cupcakes?

CUPCAKES!!!

Do you listen to one specific type of music or mixed genres?

Definitely mixed. In my next life, I will be more music-hip than I am in this one, though.

Would you rather type out your entire book using only your pointer fingers while blind-folded or only using your toes?

Really? REALLY?!?! Um, if I could possibly type an ms using my toes that would be cool, but for now I’m going with pointer fingers.

Are you a Coke person or a Pepsi person?

Black cherry cola (this might not surprise you if you’d read TPoG.) Neither Coke nor Pepsi cross my lips. Ew. They taste like sugar and plastic chemicals.

If you had one day to be a super hero or a super villain, which one would you pick?

Superhero. Preferably in water, with super watery powers.

When it comes to your reading tastes are you a bigger contemporary fan or a fantasy fan?

Contemporary.

A year without books or a year without your favorite food?

No.

Would you rather read outside in the sun or inside all snuggled up with a book?

In my hammock in the backyard in the sun. . . though often I fall asleep. . .

When writing do you have to be in complete silence or utter chaos?

Usually silence, though my husband is taking piano lessons (cue: “Aw’s) and I’ve gotten a little better at writing through his endless nightly scales. . .

Do you keep your books on bookshelves or random spots throughout the house?

Bookshelves. I love bookshelves.

What are your favorite parts to write: world building or character building?

Characters.

Cover talk: Do you like people on the covers or a design?

Definitely design. However, in YA, people on the covers still seems to be the trend. . .

Swimming or Walking?

Hahahahahaha! You’re kidding, right?

Are you one to sing along or dance along?

Both, badly.

Would you rather be stranded alone on an island with endless amounts of books or be surrounded by people but you only have one book to last you for forever?

Which people? Do I like the people? Okay, fine, people. One book. I can rewrite the ending. ;)

See! I told you people she was full of funnies, obviously I wasn’t kidding! So what did you guys all think? I for one, loved all of her answers. I may have been slightly kidding on the swimming or walking question but come on, this lady loves to swim! Also, I am a fan of all sorts of cherry flavored pop. I drink that over Coke & Pepsi every single time. And when it comes to Miss Jaycee, I totally want to be her too! Her spunkiness is what I strive for every single day…even if I don’t quite reach it. A huge thank you for Miss Gae for agreeing to participate in this week’s This Or That. I so loved having her on the blog! Please leave a comment below letting us know what you thought of this week’s This Or That and be sure to check out the links below to stalk…err follow/like/be-friend Gae throughout the internet!

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Sarah @ The Book Life!

Hello readers, bloggers, authors, and generally awesome people (who happen to love books!) and welcome to This Or That! This Or That is a feature posted every week and it works like this: each person is asked a series of This Or That/Would You Rather-type questions, some serious and some funny, and by doing so we get to learn just a bit more about our favorite bookish people!  This feature is currently scheduled through April 2013 but if you would still be interested in signing up, please check out this post and fill out the form!

I am all sorts of excited to have the absolutely lovely (and totally super awesome) Sarah on the blog today! Now why is Sarah awesome you may ask? Well not only because she thinks Lola, my kitten, is totally adorable (although she does mention this by the way but that is not the ONLY reason) but because her blog rocks, her answers were so full of epicness, and she also happens to be completely sweet. So without further ado, let’s meet Sarah!

Sarah @ The Book Life

About The Blogger: I am a totally random, sarcastic ball of spaz. It’s amazing that I can actually sit down long enough to read books, let alone read as many of them as I do. *Busts out random dance move*. I started blogging because I love to read, but the people around me don’t really read the same things I do and I wanted a place to talk about the books I loved. I read mostly YA books, because I’m a kid at heart and I just can’t help myself. They have some of the most creative and interesting stories out there. I’m a big sucker for Contemporaries. What can I say, I LOVE love stories :0)

Books that are laugh-out-loud funny or ones that give you deep, intense thoughts?

I like thinking as much as the next girl, but I definitely prefer a book that can make me laugh out loud.

Would you rather be turned into a werewolf or a vampire?

Werewolf. Sure they are hairy, but at least they are warm-blooded.

Are you a nook girl or a kindle girl?

Nook girl through and through!

When it comes to your favorite authors do you fan-girl/guy over them or do you quietly sit back and stalk them (non-creepily of course!)?

I fan-girl and make a fool of myself as much as possible. I’ve never been the shy girl who sits in the corner, so quietly (non-creepily) stalking doesn’t really work for me.

A year without books or a year without your favorite food?

No brainer! A year without my favorite food, or course. There are plenty of other foods in the world, but a year without reading is unfathomable.

Are you one to sing along or dance along?

This one I’ve got to break the rules on a little. I absolutely always sing and dance. No matter where I am, and often no matter what I’m doing. You can often find me singing and dancing down the aisles of the local Best Buy and Books-a-Million.

Would you rather read outside in the sun or inside all snuggled up with a book?

I always try reading outside in the sun, but I get distracted by all that goes on outdoors. So I definitely prefer reading all snuggled up inside.

I know you are a Contemporary fan-girl much like myself but do you prefer Contemporary romance or Contemporary drama?

Definitely Contemporary romance. I love swoony smooches and I’m a sucker for the happily ever after.

Do you listen to one specific type of music or mixed genres?

I listen to a little bit of a lot of things. Just when I think I’ve pinned down a specific type of music I like most, I find a new favorite song in a different genre.

Do you prefer “real” books or e-books?

“Real” books. My sagging, groaning bookshelves will be happy to agree with me on this one.

Do you like your favorite books turned into movies or TV shows?

TV shows, because I only have to wait a week for the next installment, instead of a year or more. Plus they last longer (usually) :0)

Dessert time: Which one do you go for, cookies or cupcakes?

Cupcakes! Buttercream frosting makes my world go round.

Breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast?

Dinner for breakfast. I quite enjoy eating leftovers at breakfast time.

Would you rather spend a whole week with your FAVORITE fictional boyfriend or spend a whole day with ALL of your fictional boyfriends?

Impossible question! Hmm…I think I’ll go with a week with my favorite fictional boyfriend (who happens to be Adam Wilde from IF I STAY/WHERE SHE WENT), and that would be one EPIC week :0)

Do you keep your books on bookshelves or random spots throughout the house?

I keep my books on random spots throughout my bookshelves. Haha. More books than shelves is conducive to piles.

Which do you enjoy more: recorded music or live music?

Live music, without a doubt. Many of my favorite memories are from the various concerts I have been lucky enough to attend.

Do you like your books to be a part of a series or stand alone?

I’m fonder of standalone books. I like getting a whole story between the covers. Sometimes I feel like authors use a series to drag a story out much farther than they need to go.

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Cat person! I have two, Chuck Norris and Dexter, they are the loves of my life and the banes of my existence. (They are black and white like your Lola, who is completely adorbs, by the way :0) )

Team bad boy or team boy next door?

I’m a sucker for a boy next door. Of course, if the boy next door spends time hanging around his motorcycle, I won’t be angry :0)

What do you prefer for Valentine’s Day: a box of chocolates or a bouquet of roses?

Definitely flowers over chocolates. I love all of the oddball colors they have for roses these days.

So now you know what I mean! Answers full of epicness! I am IN LOVE with the names of your cats and I am also a HUGE cupcake fan…as in I could eat them for every meal of every day for the rest of my life. A big THANK YOU to Sarah for agreeing to participate in this week’s This Or That. I had so much fun, and your answers proved to be incredibly entertaining (and also quite true with me as well. Boys next door that like hanging out on their motorcycles…be still my heart!)

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Joli @ Actin’ Up With Books!

Hello readers, bloggers, authors, and generally awesome people (who happen to love books!) and welcome to This Or That! This Or That is a feature posted every week and it works like this: each person is asked a series of This Or That/Would You Rather-type questions, some serious and some funny, and by doing so we get to learn just a bit more about our favorite bookish people!  This feature is currently scheduled through April 2013 but if you would still be interested in signing up, please check out this post and fill out the form!

I am thrilled to have Joli on the blog today! Joli runs a sweet & adorable blog entitled Actin’ Up With Books. If you haven’t done so yet, you should check it out because you will love it! Well, without further ado, let’s meet Joli!

Joli @ Actin Up With Books

About The Blogger: I am a thirty-something blogger at Actin’ Up with Books. I rediscovered my love for young adult books during my last semester of college and have never looked back. When I’m not reading or blogging, I spend my time with my book club Provisions and Paperbacks, scoping out independent bookstores, singing along to the tunes of Maroon 5, and generally just actin’ up in any way I can.

Dessert time: Which one do you go for, cookies or cupcakes?

Cupcakes, strawberry with cream cheese icing are my favorite.

Books that are laugh-out-loud funny or ones that give you deep, intense thoughts?

Deep, intense thoughts. I think crying is a good thing.

Let’s talk boys: jocks or nerds?

Well, just how nerdy are we talking about?

Are you one to sing along or dance along?

Sing along

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Dogs

A year without books or a year without your favorite food?

A year without my favorite food – french fries. No question.

Would you rather read outside in the sun or inside all snuggled up with a book?

Inside snuggled up with a book, my favorite blanket, and a tasty beverage.

Which ones do you like more: full albums or mixed CD’s?

 Mixed cd’s

Are you a nook girl or a kindle girl?

I don’t discriminate. Nook, kindle, (i-Pad).

Cover talk: Do you like people on the covers or a design?

Originally I thought I would say a design, but a friend pointed out that almost all of my books on my Goodreads list have people on the covers.  I really do like the kissing covers.

Would you rather be turned into a werewolf or a vampire?

Vampire

Do you listen to one specific type of music or mixed genres?

I like anything that makes me want to sing-along to it.

Do you prefer your books to have more romance or more action?

Give me romance, especially first love and first kisses.

Paperback or hardcover books?

 Both. I don’t discriminate.

Do you like your favorite books turned into movies or TV shows?

Movies

When it comes to your favorite authors do you fan-girl/guy over them or do you quietly sit back and stalk them (non-creepily of course!)?

A bit of both. I’m shy until I realize they are receptive to the attention and then I’m in total fan-girl mode.

Morning or night?

Night

Contemporary books or fantasy books?

Contemporary

Would you rather spend a whole week with your FAVORITE fictional boyfriend or spend a whole day with ALL of your fictional boyfriends?

A week with Marcus Flutie. Please and thank you.

Team bad boy or team boy next door?

I’m trying to not contradict my previous answer, but the truth is boy next door.

Ahhh!!! Marcus Flutie for a whole week…I don’t think my heart would be able to take it! I love all of your answers Joli. I used to think I liked designs on books as well but I am fairly certain that the last 20 books I purchased ALL have people on them (and about 19 of this 20 include some smooching!) Thank you so much Joli for participating in This Or That with me! I had so much fun reading through all of your answers.

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Jess @ Gone With The Words!

Hello readers, bloggers, authors, and generally awesome people (who happen to love books!) and welcome to This Or That! This Or That is a feature posted every week and it works like this: each person is asked a series of This Or That/Would You Rather-type questions, some serious and some funny, and by doing so we get to learn just a bit more about our favorite bookish people!  This feature is currently scheduled through April 2013 but if you would still be interested in signing up, please check out this post and fill out the form!

I am beyond thrilled to have the absolutely Ah-Mazing Jess on the blog today! Jess was one of the very first blogs I remember stalking. I try not to be creepy (sometimes it’s a challenge but I think I manage), I mostly just look at her book reviews, look those books up on Goodreads, and then purchase because she has AWESOME taste in books (especially when it comes to contemporary!). Jess also has a deep love for the boys of Sarah Dessen (much like myself) & a simply amazing list of music recommendations. So really, it only seems natural that I stalk her blog, right? Well without further ado, let’s meet Jess!

Jess @ Gone With The Words

Do you prefer for the concerts you attend to be in small clubs or large venues?

Small Clubs – So much more personal.

Dessert time: Which one do you go for, cookies or cupcakes?

Cupcakes – Yum!

Books that are laugh-out-loud funny or ones that give you deep, intense thoughts?

Deep, intense thoughts.

Let’s talk boys: jocks or nerds?

Nerds – With glasses, please!!

Are you one to sing along or dance along?

Dance along while singing along.

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Dog person – A very recent one at that!

A year without books or a year without your favorite food?

Books…girl’s gotta eat…to read books the following year!

Would you rather read outside in the sun or inside all snuggled up with a book?

Inside, snuggled up, for sure!

Which ones do you like more: full albums or mixed CD’s?

Full albums

Are you a nook girl or a kindle girl?

Kindle – But I do also own a Nook.

Cover talk: Do you like people on the covers or a design?

People – I like to picture them while I read and models help with that.

Would you rather be turned into a werewolf or a vampire?

Oooh, hard one! Vampire – I’m not outdoorsy.

Do you listen to one specific type of music or mixed genres?

Mixed – especially since I’m Hispanic. I listen to English and Spanish music in different genres.

I know you are a Contemporary fan-girl much like myself but do you prefer Contemporary romance or Contemporary drama?

Contemporary Romance all the way!!

Do you prefer paperback or hardcover books?

Hardcovers

Do you like your favorite books turned into movies or TV shows?

TV Shows –  Or miniseries. Sometimes 2 hours isn’t enough time to capture a book.

When it comes to your favorite authors do you fan-girl/guy over them or do you quietly sit back and stalk them (non-creepily of course!)?

Sit back, for sure! I am so shy around them!!

If you HAD to choose would you pick music or books?

AAAAH! What are you doing to me!! I’ll have to go with Books.

Would you rather spend a whole week with your FAVORITE fictional boyfriend or spend a whole day with ALL of your fictional boyfriends?

Week with my Favorite. – Then maybe he’ll fall in love with me and stick around longer!

Team bad boy or team boy next door?

Ooooh! Team Bad Boy ;)

What did I tell you, Ah-Mazing, right??? Jess, I am so feeling you on the week with your all-time fictional boy crush. If I can just convince my crush that nerdiness and an obsessive love of cute cats is in fact endearing and not totally strange, then I’ll be set. And I also love people on my covers! Being able to see what the character looks like in the book helps me while I’m reading.

A HUGE thank you to Jess for agreeing to participate this week. I love her answers almost as much as I adore her and her blog! Please leave a comment below letting us know what you thought of this week’s This Or That and be sure to check out the links below to stalk…err follow/like/be-friend Jess throughout the internet!

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This Or That (15) + Giveaway!

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Brooke @ Brooke Reports!

Hello readers, bloggers, authors, and generally awesome people (who happen to love books!) and welcome to This Or That! This Or That is a feature posted every week and it works like this: each person is asked a series of This Or That/Would You Rather-type questions, some serious and some funny, and by doing so we get to learn just a bit more about our favorite bookish people!  This feature is currently scheduled through April 2013 but if you would still be interested in signing up, please check out this post and fill out the form!

I am so thrilled to have the absolutely sweet and hysterical Brooke on my This Or That feature today (and guys, she comes with a giveaway!!!!!) For those of you that don’t know, Brooke runs the book blog called Brooke Reports (catchy, right?) You can find lots of awesome book reviews in which she makes me laugh my butt off. Did I mention she was hysterical? Oh, I have? Well it’s the truth! I am sure you are just dying to see what Brooke has to say with our This Or That interview, so without further ado, let’s meet her!

Brooke

About The Blogger: Hey there! I’m Brooke from over at Brooke Reports!  I’m addicted to cute boys, hot pockets and glitter! Feel free to stalk me on TWITTAAAAH! @BrookeWorm33

When it comes to your reading tastes are you a bigger contemporary fan or a fantasy fan?

I haven’t read a lot of fantasy books, I’m more of a dystopian gal. But! I’ve recently been getting into contemps more, so yay!

Let’s talk boys: jocks or nerds?

Nerdy jocks?!

When it comes to music do you sing along or dance along?

SINNNNG! La la laaaaa!

Guardian Angels (the goody-two-shoes) or Fallen Angels (the bad boys)?

Bad boys. Always the bad boys.

Which ones do you like more, full albums or mixed CD’s?

Mixed!

What type of books do you tend to enjoy more: laugh-out-loud-writing or make-you-ponder-life’s-biggest-mysteries-writing?

Laugh out loud!

Okay be honest here: Do you fan-girl over your favorite authors quite enthusiastically or do you sit back quietly and stalk them?

I only ever fan-girled hard over one author, totally emailed her the longest most embarrassing love letter ever and she was super sweet about it. But now I silently stalk from the sidelines! Lol

Cowboys or rockstars?

If the cowboy is Tucker Avery, then cowboys! Otherwise rockstars for the win!

Do you listen to one specific type of music or mixed genres?

Mixed! As long as it has a catchy beat and good lyrics I’ll be hooked! Country, rap, r&b, pop, you name it, I’ll listen to it!

Do you tend to be a fan of the fictional boyfriends or the fictional best friends?

Boyfriends!

Do you like female main characters or male main characters more?

I tend to lean towards the males. What can I say, I’m addicted to fictional boys!

Dessert time: cookies or cupcakes?

Cuppy cakes! :)

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Dogs!

A year without books or a year without your favorite food?

Year without my favorite food!

Are you a nook girl or a kindle girl?

OMG! NEITHER! I despise ebooks. Haha! But seriously….

Books turned into movies or books turned into TV shows?

 Ooooh, good one. Hmm…imma say TV shows!

Would you rather be turned into a werewolf or a vampire?

Vamp!

Would you rather spend a whole week with your FAVORITE fictional boyfriend or spend a whole day with ALL of your fictional boyfriends?

A whole day with ALL my fictional boyfriends! OMG! WHERE DO I SIGN UP FOR THIS?!?!

If given the option would you take $1,000,000 or an endless supply of books?

!!!!!!!!! Endless supply of books!

Thank you so much for agreeing to participate Brook! I must say I agree 150% with all of your answers for our boy talk: nerdy jocks, a certain cowboy, rockstars in general, etc. Also, cupcakes FTW! I am fairly certain that if cupcakes contained all the nutrients needed to stay alive, I’d eat them all day, every day. And since Brooke is made of awesomesauce, she agreed to do a giveaway! Check out the guidelines below as well as all of the places you can stalk…err follow/like/be-friend Brooke throughout the internet!

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-Winner will get a YA book of their choice!

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Alissa Grosso!

Hello readers, bloggers, authors, and generally awesome people (who happen to love books!) and welcome to This Or That! This Or That is a feature posted every week and it works like this: each person is asked a series of This Or That/Would You Rather-type questions, some serious and some funny, and by doing so we get to learn just a bit more about our favorite bookish people!  This feature is currently scheduled through April 2013 but if you would still be interested in signing up, please check out this post and fill out the form!

I am sorry this week’s This Or That post is a day late (I blame the holidays AND the fact that I am currently on vacation with limited internet access). Regardless, I am so thrilled to have author, Alissa Grosso, with us today! Alissa was a 2011 debut author with her book entitled, Popular. In 2012, she followed up her debut with a new book (that I have at home and need to read like yesterday), Ferocity Summer. Alissa has another exciting year planned with the 2013 release of her newest book, Shallow Pond. All three of her books sound SO different but they all seem to tackle some pretty heavy stuff and that intrigues me like no other. I am sure you are all just dying to find out more so without further ado, let’s meet Alissa!

Alissa Grosso

About The Author: Alissa Grosso is the author of the novels Popular (Flux, 2011) and Ferocity Summer (Flux, 2012). Her third novel Shallow Pond is due out from Flux in 2013. She shares her home with some more or less domesticated furry creatures and is fond of playing outdoors. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania.

Do you prefer reading paperback or hardcover books?

I’m an equal opportunity reader. I prefer paperbacks when traveling and love to curl up on the couch with a hardcover.

Dessert time: cookies or cupcakes?

I love cookies – shortbread, chocolate chip, Double Stuff Oreos, oatmeal. They’re my favorite dessert.

When it comes to your reading tastes are you a bigger contemporary fan or a fantasy fan?

Contemporary is more my speed. I love characters that seem real and that I can relate to.

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

I’ve got a couple of cats and a dog. So, I guess I’m just an animal person in general.

A year without books or a year without your favorite food?

No way, I could make it a year without books. It would be tough not to eat pizza for a whole year, but I think I could handle it.

Morning or night?

Night. It’s my favorite time to write. I’ve never understood those people who say they get up extra early to write. I’m a bit of a zombie in the morning.

Would you rather read outside in the sun or inside all snuggled up with a book?

I love the outdoors, but I prefer to do my reading indoors where it’s always nice and comfy.

Do you listen to one specific type of music or mixed genres?

I am all over the map. My iPod is a big mish mosh of genres and eras.

You have to be your main character for a day, do you choose to live through Popular or Ferocity Summer?

Oh boy. This question makes me realize I should probably write some sunnier, happier books. I guess I’d have to go with Ferocity Summer. Scilla Davis has her share of problems, but I think I could handle a day in her life.

You MUST pick one: reading or writing?

Writing. I’m quoting a high school friend of mind who ironically is not a writer when I say “If I didn’t write my head would explode.”

Do you outline your books like a crazy person or do you just start writing down whatever pops into your head?

I never used to outline. I’m slowly coming to the realization that outlines can be helpful things to have. I haven’t quite hit my crazy-person-outlining-stride, but I now make some sketchy note sort of things that are vaguely like outlines.

Do you prefer winter or summer?

I really love winter. I love when it gets dark earlier, and there’s something magical about a snowy day. That said, now that I’m getting older my body tends to prefer the warmer weather and I dread the idea of having to drive in snow and ice and nasty winter weather.

When writing, do you have to be in complete silence or utter chaos?

I guess I prefer silence, but I have no idea what complete silence sounds like. I settle for quietish.

Which do you enjoy more: recorded music or live music?

Recorded music. I used to work at a concert venue so I guess I got my fill of live music which can be loud and headache causing. I now associate concerts with working.

Do you have an idea of who your characters are before you write the story or do they develop as the story goes on?

I guess I mostly know who my characters are before I write the story, but they still manage to surprise me as I’m writing. So, I guess they do develop a bit during the course of writing a story.

Coke or Pepsi?

I’m addicted to Coke Zero.

What are your favorite parts to write: world building or character building?

Character building. It’s so interesting creating and getting to know characters.

Are you a nook girl or a kindle girl?

I’m a luddite. I’m not really an e-reader at all. I’m still hooked on my dead tree book.

An entire month of Christmas movies or Christmas music?

Definitely the music. I’ve been playing Christmas music every chance I get since the day after Thanksgiving.

Alissa, thank you so very much for agreeing to take part in This Or That this week! I had so much fun coming up with the questions and I hope you had just as much fun answering them. As for the rest of you, what did you think? I have to agree with morning and night question! I have been known to be quite the night owl myself. I hope you guys enjoyed! Please leave a comment below letting us know what you thought of this week’s This Or That and be sure to check out the links below to stalk…err follow/like/be-friend Alissa throughout the internet!

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Lucy @ Keeping It Real With Lucy!

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Today on This Or That, I have the lovely Lucy! Lucy is the absolute sweetheart who runs the blog Keeping It Real With Lucy! Lucy’s blog is filled with talk of LOTS of awesome books! And let me just say, it is almost kind of creepy how much I have in common with this girl when it comes to reading taste & other non-bookish things! Every review of hers that I looked at, I either have read the book and LOVED it or it has been on my TBR pile for forever and I’m dying to read it. Also, I had a knee injury in high school much like Lucy (I get how much they can really suck Lucy!) three separate times that while they didn’t prevent me from trying new sports, they did in fact shorten the amount of time I got to play in sports before I got hurt yet again. (Lucy, I promise you I am not a creepy stalker!). Without further ado, and with stalking tendencies aside, let’s meet Lucy!

Lucy

About The Blogger: I’m a quirky teen who loves to read! It started with parents who always read to me before bed. In my free time I love to play basketball and golf. (Well basketballs out the question now. I can never play contact sports again:() I craft, and love spending time with family and friends!

Do you keep your books on bookshelves or random spots throughout the house?

All my books are neatly on a bookshelf! If we want to get really specific they are all organized by the author’s last name!

A year without books or a year without your favorite food?

Uhhhh favorite food… Although a year without books could be heaven! My eyes would have a rest!

Would you rather read outside in the sun or inside all snuggled up with a book?

All snuggled up! I can’t stand the sun. It bugs me so much!

Are you a Coke person or a Pepsi person?

Great question and I’m not sure. If I do drink one it’s Coke Zero… But Pepsi has a nice taste to it. But I am not a big soda drinker.

When it comes to your reading tastes are you a bigger contemporary fan or a fantasy fan?

CONTEMPORARY!!! I can’t stand fantasy. Don’t ask why.

Cats or dogs?

Neither? My mom’s allergic to animal hair so I haven’t grown up around either. Which is easier to take care of? :)

Do you listen to one specific type of music or mixed genres?

Not sure. I guess I am a mixed with country and like pop/rock. But I CAN NOT stand rap. Period.

Do you prefer reading paperback or hardcover books?

Paperback! Less heavy in my book bag.

What type of books do you tend to enjoy more: laugh-out-loud-writing or make-you-ponder-life’s-biggest-mysteries-writing?

Laugh out loud. Mysteries are way too suspenseful for me. But if I could make my own up I would say romance!

Dessert time: cookies or cupcakes?

Cupcakes… Well cookies… Naw let’s go with cupcakes. Chocolate with chocolate icing.

Which do you enjoy more: books turned into movies or books turned into TV shows?

Books turned into TV shows. Then hope it’s a series so I can continue to watch it.

When it comes to music do you sing along or dance along?

Sing. Well I can’t sing, and I am a terrible dancer, so does standing in the corner count?

Are you a nook girl or a kindle girl?

NOOK!

Which do you enjoy more: recorded music or live music?

I would say recorded only because it sounds better, but I would prefer live, but sometimes it doesn’t sound right.

Team bad boy or team boy next door?

Team boy next door! *Swoons*

Do you tend to be a bigger fan of the fictional boyfriends or the fictional best friends?

Depends. I like reading about romance so when two characters have sparks I like that, but then again sometimes two friends have sparks!

Would you rather be turned into a werewolf or a vampire?

Neither? Uh I guess vampire. Then I could make you one to!

When marking the pages in your books do you use a bookmark or dog-ear your pages?

Bookmark! It drives me insane to see creases in the page.

Do you like your books to be a part of a series or stand alone?

Sometimes I feel like books end blankly when they are a standalone, but sometimes series drag on. If I had to choose I would say standalone.

An entire month of Christmas movies or Christmas music?

Movies! Especially the romantic kind!

Thanks for having me!

I just want to send out a giant THANK YOU to Lucy for agreeing to take part in this week’s This Or That! I just loved reading through all of her answers! I run across few fellow Nook lovers so when I do I get just a bit excited :) Please leave a comment below letting us know what you thought of this week’s This Or That and be sure to check out the links below to stalk…err follow/like/be-friend Lucy throughout the internet!

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