February 21, 2015 • Cee • Events

The Book Blogger Love-a-Thon, hosted by Alexa and Katelyn, is an event dedicated to spreading the love for blogs + bloggers! It’s time dedicated to exploring the blogging community, leaving a comment or two, meeting new friends and fostering positivity among the bloggers of the community.

Hello, dear friends!

If this is your first time visiting, welcome to The Novel Hermit!

I’m Cee, creator of this lovely blog where you will find a lot of discussion about awesome books, gorgeous book covers designs, and awesome fonts! Beyond my blog, you will learn that I’m a big sucker for found families (ALL THE FEEEELS!), comic book ladies, heists, tragic high society parties, Sebastian Stan’s grumpy face, Eyebrow King Lee Pace, typography, and plenty of other stuff I can’t remember at the moment.

I’m so pumped to partake in this awesome event! I only participated last year in the Twitter chats, and oh boy, they were so wonderful and full of love. This year, I wanted to partake in everything! (Most of everything, at least.)

Let’s answer some questions!

  • How did you get into blogging in the first place?

I had a personal blog for a few years; it was an outlet for me to discuss my life and fangirl about TV shows, but I grew tired of it. I had wanted to start a public blog for a while, but hadn’t had a clue what it should be about. When I was done with University, I knew I wasn’t going to write as often as I liked, and decided WHY NOT CREATE A BOOK BLOG? I can read, write, and discuss books, and voila, the rest is history.

  • How did you come up with your blog name?

The story of The Novel Hermit: it’s quite simple, really. I wanted something memorable, but it also had to describe me a bit. I love books, hence the usage of “Novel,” and I tend to retreat into my little cave when I read, which is exactly like a “Hermit.” And wham. The Novel Hermit was born.

  • What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?

I don’t pay attention to the genres I read, but I think I’ve read and reviewed a lot of contemporary books.

  • What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?

You will find a lot of posts about book covers like cover changes and themes, typography, letters to authors and to books, and discussions about comic books (I’ve only done one post for that feature, but I’m hoping to write more!).

  • Favorite thing about the blogging community?

Meeting people who share the same interests as me, and being able to talk to them about books, designs, and TV shows. Mutual flailing is the best!

  • Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015!

Off the top of my head, here are the five I can think of: Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky AlbertalliMore Happy Than Not by Adam SilveraRadiance by Catherynne M. ValenteSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness!

  • What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?

The Lynburn Legacy! It’s a fabulous series by Sarah Rees Brennan with brilliant female characters, wonderful banter, an OTP you will stan 100% for, and gothic paranormal awesomeness. Hannah wrote a lovely post about why everybody should read The Lynburn Legacy.


  • Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?

Kami Glass! (From the Lynburn Legacy!) Forever and ever! That girl wins my heart. She has such amazing wit and sass and curiosity. She will always have your back.

  • Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?

Watching dramas, comic book flailing, design + typography hunting, thinking about tacos, and ruining lives. All in a day’s work.

  • Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?

Ummmm, food? Fonts. Design resources. Dresses. Y’know, the necessities.

  • At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?

Oh boy. There are sooo many songs that can be my song. I chose four that popped into my head because I can’t pick one:
· “Blue Afternoon” by Leighton Meester
· “Do I Wanna Know” by Arctic Monkeys
· “What Is Love” by Haddaway
· “As Long As You Love Me” by Back Street Boys

All are fabulous songs. Songs I can sing and (possibly) dance to.

  • Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.

I would love for Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore to be a film. It’s a perfect book for that because when I read the book, I imagined the scenes being played out like in films.

Tell me about yourself. Do we share any interests? 


32 Responses to “2015 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon | Get To Know Me!”

  1. Thanks for recommending The Lynburn Legacy! I heard about it once or twice but never really gave it much thought or attention. I added it on Goodreads now.

  2. Kristin says:

    Yes! I would love to see Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore turned into a film! P.S. I love that your header has a narwhal in it!

  3. Alexa S. says:

    Hannah was the person who convinced me to read The Lynburn Legacy trilogy – and I loved it! Seriously, it’s got memorable characters, a brilliant brand of humor & a plot that engages the reader quite thoroughly. MORE people must read that series, if only to meet the amazing Kami Glass!

    Thanks for participating in this year’s Love-a-Thon! <3

  4. tonyalee says:

    The Lynburn Legacy is new to me! (already adding it now) so, thanks for that!

    My blog started off as as personal blog too! :D

  5. Caitie F says:

    I am just getting into comics thanks to Ms Marvel – looking forwRd to seeing what you love!!

  6. ForeverKiah says:

    I’ve never heard of The Lynburn Legacy! I’m feeling like I should definitely check out because I’m sure I’m missing out on something! Loved reading your post today!!

  7. Brittany T says:

    Hi Cee!
    I love your blog and although I don’t always comment I always read since your in my mailbox. Thank you again for my lovely bookish prize I have been aching for a copy of Stitching Snow! The other are fun loud too! I think you are such a sweet person and it shows in the way you write. Have a lovely day!
    Ps. Mutual Flailing for the win!!
    ❤️Britt @ Please Feed The Bookworm

  8. Bruna says:

    Hi! I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks now and I have to say I really like your posts – the cover theme ones are really cool! I know what you mean about wanting to create a book blog to have an outlet to write and fangirl.
    Great post!

  9. Charlotte says:

    HI CEE

    Can we just bold this part here “ruining lives” because THIS ACCURACY (and everyone needs to know you are an extremely apt and skilled life-ruiner).

    BLUE AFTERNOOOOOOOON. Bless Queen Leighton for giving us this amazing song <3

  10. I’m actually quite upset that I didn’t think of food with my post. I love food, how can I forget? Your post just made me smile and laugh. Thanks for sharing

    Cannot wait to see your other posts! :)

  11. Fida says:

    I like the sound of typography! I definitely continue to check out your blog.

  12. HI CEE! I love that you think about tacos and ruining lives in your spare time ;D

  13. I was just listening to Backstreet Boys the other day! I may have been trying to get my 2 year old daughter in love with them by showing her videos on YouTube :p

    I can’t wait for Simon and Six of Crows either!

  14. Stormy says:

    SIMON. Excellent book to be excited about in 2015 :). Also, how could I forget about The Rest of Us Just Live Here? Also, I love that one of your song picks is a Backstreet Boys pick! That takes me right back to middle school.

  15. Ella says:

    I love the cover posts and the typography posts that you do! And that you put down thinking about tacos and ruining lives as part of your hobbies! :)

  16. Hi Cee! First thing that popped out at me were your music choices. So much YES to BSB! :D And I also love how you always share your font discoveries <3

  17. Violet says:

    I’m so excited for the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon! I hadn’t heard about Catherynne M. Valente’s newest novel, but I’ve definitely heard about her other novels. The Lynburg Legacy! I read the first novel ages ago and enjoyed it, but haven’t yet continued on with the series. Glad to hear you enjoyed it, and I’m hopeful to finish the series soon!

  18. I’ve heard amazing things about Simon, it sounds so wonderful. I can’t wait for Six of Crows, it sounds epic. I love watching dramas, and I think about tacos quite a bit too… ;) I love meeting people and talking about books, tv shows, and life. The bookish community is so supportive too. Lovely getting to know you!

  19. I’ve never heard of the Lynburn Legacy before! I’ll have to check it out! It was great getting to know you! <3

  20. I honestly love your blog name so much, because I’m also a hermit orz. ;__;

    OMG I’M SO EXCITED FOR RADIANCE. I’ve only read Deathless by Valente but holy shit that was like, a life changing experience. Really excited for everything else on your list too, already read Simon though and it was excellent. ;D

    Hahahaha, thinking about tacos?? OMG YOU’VE MADE ME THINK ABOUT TACOS NOW. >:( WANT A TACO.

  21. I really need to read the Lynburn Legacy series! I have heard nothing but good things about it. Maybe I’ll see if Book Outlet has them in stock…

    Love your blog name! I think it applies to a lot of us book lovers, hunkering down in our homes with our books.

  22. Bella says:

    I’m a fan of typography hunting as a hobby. Can’t think of a better way to spend time than looking for fonts! Of course, thinking about tacos comes at a close second :)

    I’ve followed your blog for a few months now, and your posts always brighten my day! Your design is the best, and I like hearing the history behind your blog title.

    I hope your Love-a-Thon is going well!

  23. Elizabeth says:

    Yes – The Lynburn Legacy!! I’ve never seen a series nail female friendship, positive relationships, and general acceptance quite as well as The Lynburn Legacy does. I picked Kami Glass for my bff too! For pretty much all the same reasons :)

  24. I love the posts you do about cover trends! I always look forward to those :)

    Also, Novel Hermit is a great name because it gives a lot of possibilities to your design [which, BTW, I LOVE!]

  25. What I think it great is that both you and I started blogging about something other then books. I am so obsessed with TV. Right now I am marathoning Games of Thrones to get ready for the new season. So much going on I ten to forget what happened to some of the characters.

    Love-A-Thon 2015

  26. I love your name. Though, every time I think of hermits, I think of a quote by the Doctor from Doctor Who.

    I’ve been meaning to read the Lynburn Legacy. I love the writer but I haven’t read that yet. :) Good to know you recommend it!

    Hahaha, fonts are a necessity? ;D Typography is so fun. I follow a blog on Tumblr in regards to it.

  27. Kate says:

    Your blog layout is adorable!

  28. Rebecca says:

    Do You Wanna Know is so great, especially the guitar at the start. Swoon! And yes, dresses are necessities. I also LOVE tv.

  29. Oh The Lynburn Legacy :) I just recently got the first book in that series because of the post that Hannah wrote about it :)

    Haha, thinking about tacos. thanks for that :)

    As Long As You Love Me <3 WAYBACK PLAYBACK!

    Jeez, Cee you never, EVER fail to make me laugh in your posts !!!

  30. I have been reading a loooot of contemporary lately too! And I love the fact that you started off as a personal blog, coz I did too a year ago. :)
    So nice to know you better, Cee! :) Love talking to you on Twitter, when we do! :)

  31. Hiii, nice to meet you Cee!!! :D

    Ps. I have a blog as well, if you want to check it out! :D
    -> http://frannieinthepages.blogspot.com/


    And I need more Bardugo in my life. MORE I TELL YOU

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