The Hot Seat w Hot Chocolate

Posted October 4, 2015 by Elizabeth in discussion, tags/ 15 Comments

hot-seatA few weeks ago I signed up for the Book Blogger Creativity Project organized by Nori from ReadWriteLove28. The purpose is to foster creativity and friendships among bloggers from different places and different book blogging experiences. We were divided into teams of ten with the goal of each team creating a feature involving all the blogs of the team. I am on team Hot Chocolate and our feature is a form of Twenty Questions we are calling In the Hot Seat with Hot Chocolate. Each team member came up with two questions for our tag. We invite you to answer the questions and link up with us.

Olivia @ The Candid Cover

Are you a fan of book-to-movie adaptations? If so, which is your favourite?
An old favorite for me is Disclosure by Michael Crichton. When I first read the book I stayed up all night even though I had work the next day. The movie stars Demi Moore and Michael Douglas and is a pretty faithful adaptation.

Do you ever have crushes on characters in books? Who is your current crush?
I don’t get crushes on specific characters, but Nora Roberts write some great heroes. They are always funny and thoughtful besides being hot to look at and they are accomplished in some way that they take very seriously, writing, carpentry, architecture, etc.

Elizabeth the Evil Overlord (me)

How long does it take you to pull together a review after you’ve read the book?
It probably takes me a little more than an hour to pull the whole review together, between spell-checking, finding images and citing those images.

Do you read ahead or skip certain elements in a book? Why?
I skip A LOT when I read. Chase scenes, sex scenes, descriptions of scenery. If I am reading a mystery and I think I’ve solved it I will sometimes read the end early, if I don’t think it will ruin it for my continued reading. It works for a whodunnit but not for a thriller.

Milka from Read, Read, Read

charm-cityWhich book would you like to see turned into a film or a TV series? Who would you cast for the roles of the main characters?
Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan mysteries would make a good series because there are a lot of them and the city of Baltimore is featured so prominently. Debra Messing would make a good Tess because she can play smart but disorganized very well.

Which fictional character would you like to go on a date with? What would you do?
Harry from Marianne Kavanagh’s Don’t Get Me Wrong would be a fun date. He has enough money to do something big, but is very down to earth, so we wouldn’t have to go somewhere elegant. I would like him to show me around London, go up in the London Eye, try a few clubs, maybe visit the Tower of London and Notting Hill high street market.

Kat from Books & Sensibility

What is the last book you pre-ordered or purchased the day it came out?
I don’t buy books.

Which author do you think is amazing that you feel l like doesn’t get enough love?
Imogen Robertson writes fantastic historical mysteries that are accurate and true to the time while being intriguing.

Alice @ Alice’s Book Vault

little-woman-blueWhat book, if there is one, has given you the worst book hangover?
The last book I couldn’t stop thinking about, if that’s a book hangover, was Little Woman in Blue by Jeannine Atkins. it is historical fiction about Louisa May Alcott’s youngest sister, who was an amazing artist in her time, but has been forgotten because she was a woman. There were so many elements of a great story in her life, that it was hard to think of where to start when reviewing.

What series do you wish would never end? That you could always get more of?
I could always get more of Harry Potter and friends as they grow up. We know those characters so well that they are like family.

Wesaun from Oreos & Books

If you had to face your biggest fear or fears with a character to be your guide along the way, which would you choose?
Probably Maggie Hope the WWII British spy, since she is always so calm, has many skills, and doesn’t hesitate.

What’s a book that would inspire you to do a cosplay/nail art/clothing/other? Why?
The Hunger Games would be great for anything fashion since there is so much pageantry in those novels.

Brittany @ The Passionate Bookworms

What is the last book you DNF’d? At what point did you stop and why?
Unleashed by Eileen Brady is the second book in a mystery series about a veterinarian. I was excited to read it because of all the animals, but it was so poorly written I had to DNF it about halfway through. The constant descriptions of the same things really got to me, as well as some of the foolish situations.

What do you think the next trend of books will be? For a long while it was dystopian, what is your prediction for the next big genre?
I’d like to see historical fiction or mysteries be the next YA trend, maybe get back to the Little House books or Hardy Boys. I don’t read a lot of YA, but as a middle school teacher I’d like to see students exposing themselves to more than fantasy, which has been the trend since Harry Potter was first published.

Nori @ ReadWriteLove28

a window opens book coverIf you could visit any world in any book, which world would you visit?
Visiting the era and one of the great houses of a Jane Austen novel would be fun to see if I could follow all of the expected rules of etiquette.

What character do you think could be your best friend?
Alice Pearce from Elisabeth Egan’s A Window Opens would be a fun best friend because she is upbeat without being too sugary, has a busy family and work life, and wants to do what’s best for everyone, ending up short-changing herself, her family, and her best friend. She’s a real person, and she LOVES books!

Tee from Me, Books & the Internet

Which book character do you think you’re most like? Why?
I am a lot like Nancy Drew because  am curious and independent. I like to bring friends along on my adventures and I don’t like to stop until I’ve finished a job.

Have you ever read a book that had a moment that happened to you in real life?
I can’t think of a specific book, but whenever a character gets trapped into a bigger situation because of a small lie that’s me. I lie to my family about my health and then get caught when we go to the doctor together. Why do I do that? It’s easier than listening to them gripe at me for weeks.

Elly from A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts

books_on_tableChoose one shelf from your bookshelf.  What does it look like?
I don’t have bookshelves because I don’t keep books, but I do have a small TBR pile in my living room.

If you could have any animal from any book, who/what would you choose and why?
It’s not very exciting, but I would like a dog like Pluckie, the spaniel in Linda O. Johnston’s Superstition Mysteries series. Pluckie is well-behaved enough to go to outdoor cafes and to her owner’s work at a pet shop. She is small enough to sit on your lap or lay on the bed and is quick to do her business on a late night walk.

bbcpIt was fun answering these questions and going through my list on Goodreads to jog my memory. Many thanks to Nori from ReadWriteLove28 for organizing the Book Blogger Creativity Project, Olivia @ The Candid Cover for being our group moderator and Kat from Books and Sensibility for designing the graphic. Please visit the other participants from Hot Chocolate and see what they have to say when put in the Hot Seat.



15 responses to “The Hot Seat w Hot Chocolate

  1. What a fun idea! I enjoyed reading all the questions and answers! I think it’s a good way to get to know other bloggers a bit more.

    I think it also takes me a little over an hour to write the review and schedule the post. I don’t skip while reading, if I start skipping I know it’s time to consider DNF’ing the book.

  2. Oooh, I want to play!

    I was just telling someone the other day how the Tess Monaghan books feature Baltimore as almost an equally prominent character. I’ve never been, but it feels like I have after reading that series! And I hadn’t heard of Little Women in Blue, but now must get it. I loved the originals, and am fascinated by this kind of book. Did you enjoy Geraldine Brook’s “March”?

  3. What a lovely idea indeed! I savored all of the responses – I think they provide very interesting insight into the bloggers we all love & read 🙂 I wish I had time to participate. One day… (she says wistfully)

  4. This one looks great! I think I scheduled mine for next Sunday, so now that the graphics and the linky are ready, I think I should start editing my post soon! 🙂
    I love Debra Messing and though I have not heard of the book you mentioned, I would definitely be up to watching a new series with Debra Messing as the lead 🙂

  5. Wow! Your post turned out fantastic! I’m really interested in the historical fiction that you enjoyed about Louisa May Alcott. Little Women is one of my all time favourite books and this sounds quite intriguing. It is was enjoyable working with you to pull this project together! 🙂

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