Saturday, February 21, 2015

2015 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon: Introduction Post

Hey, everyone! So since this is my first year book blogging, this is the first time I'll be participating in the annual Book Blogger Love-A-Thon. In case you don't know, the Love-A-Thon is hosted by Alexa from Alexa Loves Books, and it's all about spreading positivity in the book blogging world.

That's me!
1.    Q: What’s your name?
A: Erin
2.    Q: Where in the world are you blogging from?
A: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It's usually a pretty cool place, but Elsa has set off an eternal winter here, complete with bone-chilling temperatures, three frozen rivers, and more and more snow by the day.
3.    Q: How did you get into blogging in the first place?
A: I used to have an education blog, and I missed being able to express my thoughts. I thought about the amount of reviews that I was posting on Goodreads, so The Hardcover Lover was born.
4.    Q: How did you come up with your blog name?
A: Pretty much every book in my personal library is a hardcover. It started when my grandma suggested that I start buying all my favorite books in hardcover instead of paperback, and then I kind of bought every book that way.
5.    Q: What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?
A: I review a lot of contemporary.
6.    Q: What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
A: I participate in some blog tours, especially if I get to write a review for them. I also participate in a few memes, including my own, Soundtrack Saturday.
7.    Q: Best blogging experience so far?
A: I've met a lot of awesome new people, and I love being able to discuss books with them without feeling like people think I'm weird or something. Another great experience was getting an email that let me know that I was getting a physical ARC of a book that I was really, really wanting.
8.    Q: Favorite thing about the blogging community?
A: Some of the people are literally the nicest people ever.
9.    Q: Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015!
A: The Heir, P.S. I Still Love You, The Start of Me and You, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, and the sequel to Zodiac.
10. Q: What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
A: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Seriously... go read it before it becomes a huge thing. (The movie was shot in Pittsburgh not too long ago, and it will be out soon.)
11. Q: Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
A: Oh man... I feel like Hermione Granger would be my BFF. We're pretty similar, but have enough differences to be pretty good friends.
12. Q: Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
A: I can sew, but my sewing machine is put away until I move. I'm also a teacher, and I'm looking into possibly becoming a librarian. I can also play the clarinet, but it's been a pretty long time since I last took it out to play something other than scales.
13. Q: Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
A: Teacher clothes - I have a thing for dresses with bell skirts. Ballet flats are another thing that I can't resist. I just love them. I also love shopping for cute storage containers even though I have nowhere to store them.
14. Q: At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
A: There are just so many to choose from! It would definitely be a Taylor Swift song though. I freaking love Taylor Swift.
15. Q: Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.
A: I really think it would be awesome to see The Selection series by Kiera Cass as a TV show. Can you imagine all of those gowns? So pretty!


  1. Aw man, I can't believe I didn't think of Taylor Swift! I would very much enjoy to dance to a Taylor Swift song. And yes, that's my favourite thing about the blogosphere as well - just the sheer number of lovely people here. It's been so much fun so far!

    1. Taylor has been my girl for ten years now. I don't think I've gone a day without listening to her since "Tim McGraw" came out.

      And yes! I am amazed by how many wonderful people I've met.

  2. I would LOVE to see The Selection as a TV show. Here's hoping! I've been to Pittsburgh once to visit my brother and sister in law, I really liked it!

    1. Yay! Another person who agrees! I think it's better suited for TV.

      I'm glad you liked it here. My sister and I stupidly went to Mt. Washington yesterday, in subzero temperatures, just to take pictures. Not our smartest idea. lol

  3. Hello! Nice to meet you! Oh man, I would totally love the Selection as a show. It would be cool if they broadcast it like the do in the books too.
    I'm up in New York, so Elsa's been here too! I say we all just pick up and migrate south forever!

    Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers

    1. Hello, Cassie! Nice to meet you too! :)

      Now I'm really hoping that Hollywood or someone sees our need for this. Can you imagine all the beautiful gowns and hairdos? It would be awesome!

      Oh no! My cousin lives in New York City, and I haven't really heard much from her, but I know it's just ridiculously cold everywhere. We need a little bit of warmth. :)

  4. Ah, hardcovers! Hardcovers are gloriously pretty. I love collecting them too! So cool that you derived your blog name from that :) Also, Swiftie for liiiiiiife.

    Thanks for joining the Love-a-thon!

    1. Thanks, Alexa! I guess having a bookish grandma helped out. lol

      T.Swift forever! :)

  5. Hi Erin! It's currently snowing here in central Ohio, too ;_; I'm sick of this snow! I've been to Pittsburgh once...I think it's been 5 years ago. I went to AnthroCon with some friends lol. Good times! Hehe I feel like every blog I've visited today chose a Taylor Swift song for #14! Ha! I definitely like 'Shake it Off' though!
    Rosie // Rosie Reads

    1. Hello, Rosie! Nice to meet you, and hello, neighbor! I've been to Ohio a few times, mostly when I'm in Erie - we cross the border and go to some of the beaches and restaurants.

      I've noticed the Taylor Swift thing too. I didn't realize she was so popular in the book blogging world. When I started, I was afraid I'd be an outcast for liking her so much. lol

  6. Happy love-a-thon! <3 I'm so jealous that you're a teacher looking into becoming a librarian. I really wish that I went that direction, like I always wanted to, instead of going into marketing. I know it's never too late, but it would be hard to get back into school.
    Anyway, I love following your blog and appreciate all the comments you leave for me! I always want to comment more on yours but I have technical difficulties with commenting through Blogger :( Just know that I read and enjoy all of your posts even if I can't comment that all the time!

    1. Awe thanks. I hope I get hired full-time soon, but if not, the librarian thing will definitely be put on the front burner. But you're right. It's never too late to go back to school, and if you have a bachelor's degree, it'll be a bit easier. You'd only have to go through grad-school.

      Thanks, Lauren. I seriously love your blog, and I read everything on it, even if I don't comment. I'm working on either possibly moving to Wordpress or adding a different way of commenting to my blog to make it easier for others to comment.

  7. Elsa has been here in KY too, it's SOOOOOO COLD and there's so much snow still :/

    Oh, I can't wait for The Heir! I'm excited to see more of America and Maxon :)

    1. Elsa has been everywhere!

      I am so excited to see them as adults and parents. I think I'm more curious to see if Cass pulls it off, but I know I'll be reading it.

  8. Hi,
    I love your blog name and also buy mostly hardcover. If you want less snow, send it over to Virginia. Congrats on the physical arc. :) What book was it for?

    1. Thank you, Jackie! :)

      It was The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler. I love her books!

  9. Oooh. I'm originally from Syracuse, NY so I definitely understand the eternal winters! Even though this past winter has been hard even down South! I hope you get a job as a librarian! I am trying to get out of teaching myself. I want to do publicist work, so I've been on the hunt. Yay for T.Swift! I am loving how many people love her! My FB friends make fun of me. Blah. LOL. I didn't know you did a Soundtrack Saturday! I'm going to have to check that out! I love my Music Monday post, so I'm excited to see what you're listening to!

    I really need to continue The Selection series. I loved the first book, but haven't read the others. I would love to see those dresses on tv too!

    1. I'm still trying to get in to teaching. I've had a few long term jobs, but mostly I just do day-to-day subbing, and it gets annoying. lol

      My friends make fun of me for liking Taylor too, but I've been to all of her tours, although I don't think I'll be able to get to 1989. It makes me sad because I love that album, and I'm also a 1989 baby. lol

      I almost didn't finish that series because a lot of things in The Selection made me mad, but I ended up liking the next two books so much more. :)

  10. Awesome post, Erin! :) The Selection would be such an amazing tv series! I think Hermione would be such a kickass friend. What girl wouldn't want to be friends with her?

    1. Thank you! All this talk about The Selection is really, really making me wish it were true. We need to get this to happen. lol

      And yes! Hermione would be such a great friend. :)

    2. I think we should rally up every book blogger and petition about it, haha. I'd love to see how they would portray it on TV. I would seriously go crazy if I could use her wand. :D

    3. We should! I've got so many on here already who would probably sign!

      And yes! I would kill to use that wand! I almost bought one, but I decided not to until I have a place to display it.

    4. Then what are we waiting for? ;) Erin, don't display it...carry it around with you! Show it to your students and they'd freak out and listen to you or else they'll grow a pigs tail! I know, I'm evil..muahah.

    5. True story... when I was working at a pizza shop, I would keep the owner's daughter entertained. One day, she asked me about Harry Potter, and I told her about the killing curse, and then pretended to do it. She freaked out! Like crying and screaming and everything.

  11. WHY is it so cold in Pennsylvania? Just... why? We need to all leave, and move to a more hospitable climate ;) Oh, and I must read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl! I have had it since last Christmas, of course I will want to watch it before the movie. It is lovely to meet you :)
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    1. I wish I knew. It did get to 19° yesterday, so I went out in just a hoodie. It was like paradise. lol

      I love Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl. It's a little strange, and full of some crude humor, but I felt like it was a realistic approach to the whole cancer literature category.


    I love meeting everyone, too. They are basically why I stuck with blogging. I've never heard of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, so I should look it up and read it, yeah? And oh, being friends with Hermione would be AWESOME!!

    YOU PLAY THE CLARINET TOO? WOO! I did for 7 years in middle and high school. But it's been four years since I've even touched the instrument. That's kind of sad, no? And yesssss for T-Swift! LOVE her. :)



      Right? Just yesterday, I met a bunch of book bloggers I never knew existed! It's been so much fun to see how different we all are, but all have reading in common.

      I love Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Like I told Shannon, it's a bit crude, and a lot of people didn't like it for that, but I loved it. I don't know if that's just the Pittsburgh thing that Jesse and I share, but it was great, and I loved the realistic approach he took to cancer.

      Yes! I play the clarinet. I played for ten years (elementary, junior high, high school, and freshman year of college) until it became a pick up thing. I might start playing in a community band though because I really, really miss it.

      T.SWIFT for life! lol

  13. Hardcovers are superior imo. I'll buy paperbacks, because sometimes covers get redesigned and the paperback covers are better, but I'll always prefer hardcovers.

    I need to read more contemporary!

    The Start of Me and You is so excellent! I'm sure you'll love it.

    I really enjoyed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I'm surprised more people haven't read it.

    Taylor Swift is life.

    I think I'd probably like The Selection more if it was a TV show.

    1. I think so too. I literally destroy paperbacks after one read, and I'm always super careful with my books. I sometimes buy paperbacks, especially Penguin Classics, but I always go for hardcovers.

      I'm surprised by that too. I always recommend Me and Earl and the Dying Girl to people because it's just so good. It's a shame that more people haven't picked it up. I think that it will blow up soon because of the movie.


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