Friday, May 31, 2013

Presenting a Blogger: Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

I realized when I started blogging that I like to do two things: interview and meet/introduce bloggers. Interviewing allows us to get to know a person better and I don't think anyone can meet too many bloggers. In addition, when I love a blogger and their work, I want to treat them like a book by showcasing them whenever I can. So today, I have the pleasure of interviewing a great blogger, Lauren from Love is not a triangle

Hey Lauren! I'm so happy that you're here. Please introduce yourself and your blog.

Hi Sunny! Thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog. I feel incredibly honored. 

Hi, my name is Lauren, and I don't do crafts. I read. (I feel like I'm in a support group, with that intro). My blog name is Love is not a triangle, because while I love to read, I do not like love triangles. At all. However, I do have friends who like them. Triangle dislike is not a requirement to be my friend or read my blog. I do include a Love Triangle Factor and a Cliffhanger Scale in my reviews, though. Just in case you're like me and what to know whether a book has a triangle or a cliffy before you start it. 

Can I add in here how I love that? I think bloggers should have a support group! I also love your Love Triangle Factor and Cliffhanger Scale. 

Why or how did you decide to start blogging? 

I've always been a reader and have been active on Goodreads for several years, though I didn't start officially blogging until the end of July last year. I like that writing a review is a way for me to physically track my reaction to a book. I read so much that sometimes I forget the details. Reviewing books also allows me to keep up with my analytical and critical thinking skills in a way that I don't get in my daily life.

[Note: Book blogging group hug!]
It wasn't until I participated in a read-along for the book Outlander by Diana Gabaldon last summer that I actually made blogging happen. To join the read-along, you were supposed to be a blogger, because of weekly questions posts. Thankfully, the kind and generous Asheley @ Into the Hall of Books allowed me to post mine on her site. Through the event, I met so many other bloggers who like to read and discuss the same types of books that I do. And who read as much as I do. It was an exciting and refreshing experience to find people out there just like me. I really wanted to become an active member of that community. 10 months later, I'm loving being a part of the awesomeness that is book blogging. I'm even going to BEA this year. 

Yes! It's amazing how great this community is. BEA! *sniff*

[Note: BEA has started and I am looking at every tweet, living vicariously through you all]

What genres do you love reading and/or reviewing the most? 

Hmmm. I'm not sure if I have a favorite genre. Also, sometimes I read a book and compose a review in my head as I'm reading, and then I write it very fast. But sometimes I finish a book and think "I have no idea what to say!" But it's not genre based. I can't read too much of one genre at a time. If I read a lot of contemporaries, I need to throw in fantasy or paranormal to balance myself out (and vice versa). Also, I'm terrible at categorizing book genres. I get contemporary, but everything else sits in one big lump o' speculative fiction in my head. And now authors like to mix up genres, which confuses me more.  

That doesn't actually answer your question. I read mostly young adult fiction of all genres, but I'm pretty flexible and willing to try new types of books. I do have trouble with alternate realities/parallel worlds for some reason. They don't always work for me. But maybe I'll find a book that I LOVE that fits within that category, and change my mind completely. 

Top three favorite authors? 

I am not very good at these top questions, so I'm going to give you four of my favorites: Melina Marchetta, Maggie Stiefvater, Jane Austen and Harper Lee. I love that Harper Lee wrote one book and was like "this is everything I wanted to say, and now I'm done."And it's still a masterpiece, and my favorite book!


Who is your favorite YA couple? 

Another question I have such trouble answering. This changes a lot, but today I'll say Jonah Griggs and Taylor Markham from Jellicoe Road or Perry and Aria from the Under the Never Sky series. 


Obviously, you hate love triangles (who doesn't nowadays?), but what would be some of your other bookish pet peeves? 

First I will say that my love triangle quirkiness is so huge and massive that I try not to have too many other pet peeves when I read. Because whether or not a book has a love triangle, and the severity of it, greatly affects my reaction to books. 

I prefer slow burn romances to insta-love. But I don't mind instant attraction if it's realistic, and as long as the characters don't jump immediately to "I love you." I've found with me, a lot of pet peeves are more about how an individual author approaches a topic, than an across the board turn-off. Sometimes a character will do something in one book that I think is incredibly annoying and off putting. But I'll read a different book with a a different character who does something similar, and it doesn't bug me as much, because it wasn't handled the same. Does that make any sense? I can't think of an example at this moment.  

The other thing that causes me a lot of problems is seeing the same storyline or plot flow in multiple books. If I start to notice a pattern, it makes the individual stories feel less real, and more contrived. For instance, I went through this whole period with contemporaries where I couldn't stand that almost all of them seemed to have this chaotic moment around 80% where the couple would have a massive falling out, and there would be tons of drama and stress for a while, before the happy conclusion. It happens in a lot of books, though recently it hasn't been bugging me as much, so maybe it's going away, or I'm not freaked out by it as much. 

Yes! Insta-love is blech as well as repetitive plots. 

What is one book that you recently read and loved? 

I LOVED The 5th Wave, though I'm not sure what I think about the last two pages. I also really liked Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith, which is a little out there, and won't appeal to everyone. But I thought it was an amazingly accurate picture of mental illness and had a fantastic romance. I'm currently reading The Bitter Kingdom, the final book in Rae Carson's Fire and Thorns series, and I can already tell that it is going to be epic and amazing!

You're killing me. All books that I'm DYING to read! 

Anything else you would like to add?

I'll probably think of something important to write here, once you publish this...Oh I know, I'm hosting a Summer Series Challenge with some blogging friends this June - August. It's to encourage people to finish the series they've already started, or read through some from start to finish. Stop by my blog if you're interested in learning more about it. It's going to be easy and stress free, and we want everyone to join! (I apologize for the shameless promotion.) 

No apologies needed! I'm glad you mentioned it because I forgot to ask! To go sign up or learn more, click here

This or That: 
Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla always.
Ebook or paperbackI switch between these a lot. Ebooks are better on the go, but I'd prefer to own a paperback that I can hold in my hands or lend to friends. 
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars definitely. Or maybe it's just Harrison Ford, definitely. 
Brunette or blonde? (of the boy variety) Brunette for sure! I'm a blonde though.
Winter or Summer? SUMMER! I get so depressed about where I live in the winter, but love the summers and falls here. 

There you have it, folks. Now do me proud by hopping on over to say hi to Lauren on her blog, sign up for the Summer Series Challenge, and love her blog like I do. 



  1. *High five for living vicariously through all the BEA photos/tweets* This blog sounds so cool! I love the name 'Love is not a Triangle' and how Lauren has a Love Triangle Factor and a Cliffhanger Scale. Plus, I love that about Harper Lee too and To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books! :) Cool interview! Off to check out her blog!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. I love the name (and the banner) too. It's gutsy. Bring on more of these bloggers, please!

    1. That's what I'm saying!

    2. And I was thinking...if you fall short of bloggers for interviews...I wouldn't mind being one of them one could be fun ;).

  3. I remember seeing Lauren's blog a while ago and loving her blog name, even though I do somewhat enjoy a good love triangle :) Bleh, who likes insta-love? I also love when the romance takes the entire novel to build up, it's much more realistic that way! Great interview, Sunny!

    Alise @ Readers In Wonderland

    1. Ditto :) I've been more and more sick of them lately, but sometimes a love triangle is alright with me. Thank you!

  4. Lauren I am just like you, I need to mix my genres and you never know what books will appear on my blog! Wonderful interview Sunny and such awesome questions!

  5. Oh nice interview, Sunny, and it's nice to get to know you better, Lauren. I love Jonah & Taylor and Perry & Aria as well, but my fav couples are always changing as well. Love triangle are quite frustrating, but I don't mind insta-attraction either. Inta-attraction is pretty realistic. Great post ladies, and have fun at the BEA Lauren! :)

    1. Insta-attraction, I can go down for. I'm guilty of that, but when they go to insta-love. Nuh uh, no way.

  6. Lauren and I could be the same person! Love triangles are something that I'd love to rid the world of (and I really do love Lauren's blog name!), and Melina Marchetta and Maggie Stiefvater books are some of my favourite too. Lovely interview! :)

  7. Aww, you interviewed Lauren! She's so great! I'm so with her on the Harrison Ford, I mean Stars Wars front. And I love her favorite couples! That's a hard question to answer. Thanks so much for sharing more about Lauren! :)

  8. Although we're newish friends (we bonded over our trauma over BOUNDLESS!) I am a huge fan of Lauren's--how fun to see her featured here! I love how you treat her like a book, hah.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  9. Sunny! I can't believe I didn't find this until now. I have been so out of it after BEA, trying to catch up on reading and posting. But THANK YOU for interviewing me. You are the sweetest ever. I enjoyed meeting your sister last week, and hopefully you next year. Glad to find other people who don't like triangles out there - and readers who do, because that means good discussions. This is such a great idea for a feature, and I feel honored to be part of it. You're the best!

    1. Psh, no worries! I can't believe I haven't commented more on here and other people's blogs (and I didn't even go to BEA) so I completely understand :) I enjoyed it! YES YES YES, I fully plan on meeting you next year. Okay, you just produced a "awww" inducing smile, making my heart happy. Thanks, Lauren!

  10. Yay! Lauren is one of my fave people ever and I think it's awesome that you interviewed her, Sunny. I can think of few others as deserving:) Besides being one of the smartest readers i know (she picks up on EVERYTHING in her reading!) she's also amazingly generous and passionate about the books she reads. She is a terrific writer and even better blogger:)

    Great interview! Harrison Ford FOREVER!!!:)