Friday, February 7, 2014

Feature Friday: Brooke with The Cover Contessa

The Cover Contessa is a wonderful blog to visit to discover new books. From informative reviews to author interviews, you’re sure to find something you like. Today, I’m turning the tables and interviewing Brooke, the blogger behind the blog.

Cherie: How did you get started in blogging about books?
Brooke: When I jumped back into reading a few years back, a friend introduced me to Goodreads. I saw that many people on there were blogging about their book reviews and decided it might be nice to share that with the world. Thus, The Cover Contessa was born!

Cherie: How did you come up with the name for your blog?
Brooke: I love book covers. So I knew I wanted to use that word in the title. And I knew I wanted to portray myself as queen of books or something of that sort. But I have this thing about the word having the same first letter as cover. So I googled words that were similar to queen but starting with a C, and The Cover Contessa it was!

Cherie: I love how much thought went into the name of your blog. J What’s your favorite part about blogging?
Brooke: Everything: the books, the reviews, the authors, the publishers, the interviews, the promotions, the book blast, the blog tours, and just about anything that has to do with books!

Cherie: Do you have any pet peeves that make you want to put down the book your reading?
Brooke: Info-dump. I can’t stand it. I don’t want info-dump. Much of the time this comes in the form of excessive narration. I want some dialogue. I want to see the characters myself, not be told about them! Show me what’s going on, don’t tell me!

Cherie: I agree! What type of books do you enjoy?
Brooke: I read middle grade and young adult for the most part. Pretty much any sub-genre, although I’m not a huge fan of contemporary, though there are a few I like a lot. Mostly I read paranormal, fantasy, science fiction and dystopian.

Cherie: Do you mind books with similar ideas to other books? Similar concepts, backgrounds, or retellings?
Brooke: I don’t mind it if it’s done originally. So take the idea (such as a retelling) but make sure you give me twists and turns and have it be different from any of the other stories I’ve read that might be like it. Otherwise I’m going to be bored and put it down!

Cherie: Do you like when your favorite books are made into movies, and why?
Brooke: Sometimes. I read books before I see the movie. I understand that the entire book can’t really be captured in the movie, but I need to see the main points. And I want to see it as it is in the book, not changed because someone thinks it will make more money. I want it to stay real and true to the book. Twists that don’t happen in the book will make me mad.

Cherie: Are there any types of books you don’t read?
Brooke: I’m not much for erotica, although I have read a bit of it. And I don’t read non-fiction. I read to get away, to be taken to another world, non-fiction can’t do that for me!

Cherie: Try to answer the following questions in five words or less. If you start a book that isn’t grabbing your attention, how far into the book will you read before you put it down? 25%, then I’m done.

Who’s your favorite book mom? Clary’s mom Jocelyn from The Mortal Instruments.

Who’s your favorite  book dad? Honestly, I can’t really think of one that I love.

Secret crush? (It can be anyone real or fictional.) Not such a secret: Kellen Lutz

Do you believe in love at first sight? ABSOLUTELY!

Have you ever experienced that head-over-heels, tingly, have-to-get-to-know-someone feeling yourself? I have, and now I’m married to him!

Are you drawn to the good guy or the bad guy? I would say mostly the bad guy.

What’s the first thing you notice about a guy? Eyes and voice.

If you had all the money and time in the world, where would your dream vacation be? Australia or Hawaii

Are you a morning person or an evening person? Morning

Favorite author? Just one? Impossible! Here are some: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Katie Mcgarry, Christine Fonseca, Emi Gayle, Marissa Meyer, Lauren DeStefano, the list could go on and on!

Yeah, I know that last question wasn’t fair. Favorite place to read? Anywhere I can sit with a book or my Kindle (or even my phone)

Favorite classic? I love Shakespear. The Taming of the Shrew is my favorite.

What book are you the most excited to read? So many to name, but right  now I’m jumping into an ARC of Cress and I can’t wait to see how it turns out! I also am looking forward to Opposition the final book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series.

Do you have any hobbies? Besides reading? Um…no…LOL!

What book would make a great movie? The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, The Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

What’s the worst cover to a book that you loved? Oh my, people will hate me, but I’m not a lover of the Covenant Series covers. They are ok for me, but kind of boring.

It’s your birthday, and your friends got you a giant cake. What character do you hope pops out of your cake and what book is he/her from? Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Calre.

If you could choose to be any character from a book, who would it be and why? Tessa from The Infernal Decvices, because she gets to be with Will of course!

Brooke, thanks for being here today!

Connect with Brooke at The Cover Contessa


  1. Fun answers. Yes, I can imagine that as much as you read it would be pretty impossible to have other hobbies.

    Nice to meet you, Brooke, and thanks for the interview, Cherie!

    1. I'm always secretly happy when I see others have reading as a hobby. It's my favorite one. =)

  2. Love Brooke's blog title! I loved The Taming of the Shrew movie with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor--it was very spicy.