We just reached 100 posts on Book Allure!! To celebrate, we’re making out 101st post about the people behind this blog. We’ve opened our ask.fm pages for questions and we’ve gathered them all for this Q&A!
And yes, clever banner, we know
How does it feel to be a blogger?
K: It’s the best. Before blogging, I found that the best thing that I could so was force my mom to read the books that I love, then discuss them with her. Now, I can discuss it with a whole community!! Love you all ❤
N: It feels amazing. I love being able to talk about books with fellow bloggers and readers!
Do you think you two will ever write a book one of these days?
K: I’ve been thinking of some potential plots lately!! Hopefully I’ll get the desire to start the actual writing soon.
N: I wanted to write one back then but I lost that dream along the way. Maybe one day! I have some amazing plots that I would like to write and publish.
How does it feel to get ARCs omg
K: It’s such a privilege, but it’s more of a huge (but great) responsibility.
N: We’ve only gotten a few eARCs so far but every time I get them I want to cry tears of happiness at the privilege of being able to read and review a work ahead of time!
Does your blog review other things aside from books? Movies? Fanfics?
K: No, but in the future, maybe!! Maybe we can review book-to-movie adaptations??
N: BOOK Allure. Hehe.
Is your blog strictly just for you two? Do you think you’ll open a slot for a 3rd blogger for book allure? 🙂 If ever you will be, what qualities are you going to look for?
K: Before we were called bookallure.com, we were actually kyraandnikki.wordpress.com. So yeah, for now it’s just for us. Who knows though?? The future is bright, but unclear right now.
N: Right now, yes. The blog idea was originally for the both of us and I prefer to keep it that way. If ever we do open a slot for another blogger to join us, I’d like to be able to agree on the books we like and as long as they’re dependable for making posts and publishing them on time, I’m good.
What genres do you read? What’s your favorite and least favorite?
K: I read most sub-genres under YA. The only ones that I tend to stay away from are thrillers. However, I LOVE fantasy books!! I can read them all day!
N: I read contemporary, young adult, fantasy, high fantasy, historical fiction, sci-fi, retellings, new adult, romance, et al. My favorite would be high monarchial fantasy and my least favorite would be adult.
Do you share books with each other?
K: Not really, because Nikki likes to break book spines 😦
N: I used to be a spine breaker and every time Kyra offered to lend a book to me I would refuse because of said habit. I don’t break spines anymore though but we haven’t shared a book ever since we started this blog. Maybe soon we will!
HOW MANY BOOKS DO EACH OF YOU OWN I NEED TO KNOW
K: I DON’T KNOW BUT I’D SAY AROUND 200???? THIS IS SUCH AN INTENSE AND SCARY QUESTION I’M SCARED.
N: ……I’m pretty sure I own around 75 books? I lost count and my shelf is so cramped that I can’t estimate from here.
Do either of you have boyfriends? 🙂
N: I have book boyfriends. Does that count??
What’s it like when u guys first met each other ??
K: It was okay???? HAHAHA there isn’t much to say because we didn’t talk much when we first met. However, we became close when we were group mates during intrams!
N: My earliest memory of Kyra was when we attended this weekend tutoring thing called “Dynamic Recall” where we spent 4 Saturday mornings just learning how to improve our abilities to memorize things. The lessons were terrible but hanging out with Kyra was fun!
Who does what on your blog? Like editing, themes, etc
K: Nikki does the editing of the aesthetics. We both give ideas and share posts equally, I believe. Although sometimes, Nikki gets to post more reviews because she’s a faster reader!!
N: We have our fair share of editing posts. As for the themes though, we’ve only changed it twice and I was in charge of that. In other things we both do our parts to really help the blog bloom!
Have you read Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern? 🙂
K: No, and I don’t have plans anytime soon.
N: I have a copy of the book in my shelf but I have yet to read it.
Hardcover or paperback?
K: I used to like only hardcover, but then I started to read floppy paperback books and I LOVE IT!!! I don’t really like the stiff paperback books (looking at you, UK-published books) because it’s really easy t break the spine 😦
N: It depends on its cover, reviews, and genre. I’m a fan of both but my shelf leans more on the paperback side!
Books you want to read soon?
K: Add me on goodreads.com/annikakyra and check my to-read shelf!! It’s all pretty much there. 🙂
N: I have a shelf on my Goodreads account called dying-to-read and I’ve put books there that I want to devour.
What college are you guys going to?
K & N: We both go to Ateneo de Manila University! One Big Fight!
The Infernal Devices and the Legend Trilogy are two of my all-time favourite series. Each book is a 10/10.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. Both series feature my top book fiancés and favorite book couples
How long have you been reading books?
K: I’ve been reading since grade school I have a post on this here!!
N: I’ve been reading books consistently since late 2014. I know, not that long, but better late than never!!
K: You’ve probably seen this one a lot, but I can’t lie about this!
“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”
― Cassandra Clare,
N: It’s a quote from Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi and it’s something from Juliette Ferrars’ train of thought and it just spoke so much truth that when I read it I gasped.
“There’s a strange kind of freedom in the dark; a terrifying vulnerability we allow ourselves at exactly the wrong moment, tricked by the darkness into thinking it will keep our secrets. We forget that the blackness is not a blanket; we forget that the sun will soon rise. But in the moment, at least, we feel brave enough to say things we’d never say in the light.”
What made you want to have a book blog? 🙂
K: I love books. And I love to talk about things (hence my choice of being a communication major) It’s as simple as that!
N: I wanted to be able to talk about books freely and I thought a blog would be a wonderful way to be able to express it and I knew that Kyra was a complete book lover so I texted her and she said yes! The conversation lasted for about 2 minutes and within that time frame we agreed to make a blog within the following weeks.
How long does it take for you to finish a book and what’s your routines for doing it?
K: It really depends on the book and my mood. When I’m really in the mood to read, I will sit on my bed and do so, and t’ll take me around 2-3 days to finish that book. When I’m not free, I just read whenever I can, and it’ll take me 1-2 weeks to finish a book.
N: Depending on its length, genre, my free time and mood, the time it takes me to read a book varies. When I’m loving it and I have nothing else to do I’m fine with lying down and reading all day. There was a time I finished 3 books in a day back in the summer. And at other times I never finish the book because it’s not appealing to me. My routine is immediately adding it to my Goodreads currently-reading shelf and updating my progress frequently until I finish, rate, and review it before moving onto the next one.
What makes a good book?
K: To be technical, I think that the book should perfect the elements of fiction, being plot, setting, characters, point of view, and theme. But technicalities aside, I think that if the book has a high enjoyment factor, then it’s a good book. 🙂
N: Characterization, style of writing, pacing, plot development, and the conclusion!
Have you read the well-known books (THG, HP, Divergent, basically those books that have been turned into movies)?
K: I’ve read most of them. EXCEPT HARRY POTTER.
I WILL REMEDY THAT IN THE SUMMER!!!!!
N: No I haven’t lol
And that was our Q&A friends!!! The blogging community is amazing! We just wanna give you all a giant internet hug!!!
Kyra and Nikki