BFF Blog Hop: Interview with 14-year-old blogger Jessica of Bookish Serendipity + #Giveaway
Oct 12th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer


Huge thanks to Jaime and Erin of Fiction Fare and Kassiah and Meg of Swoony Boys Podcast for putting this amazing blog tour together. A lot of work went into it, and I’m so glad that I was able to participate. And take a look at the INCREDIBLE GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!

Jessica, Bookish Serendipity

Jessica, Bookish Serendipity

Why Authors and Book Bloggers Should Follow Jessica of Bookish Serendipity: My Interview with this amazing, talented YA blogger

    I decided to interview Jessica from Bookish Serendipity because from the moment I found her blog two years ago, I’ve loved her posts. If you’re an author or blogger who likes to follow book bloggers, then Jessica must be included on your list. Find her on TWITTER and check out her blog: Bookish Serendipity!

   I’ve been impressed with Jessica’s creativity,  her respectful interactions on Twitter, her generous spirit, and thoughtfulness in writing her reviews. But, that’s only the beginning. When you check out her blog, you’ll see that it’s much more than reviews and interviews. She addresses important issues for blogging, asks for others to weigh in on topics that are on her mind, welcomes ideas from others, asks for guidance when she doesn’t know something, and offers a wide variety of bookish posts! From “Discussion: What Makes You Follow a Blog?” to “A Book Blogger’s Guide to Commenting” to “Resources for Book Bloggers,” where Jessica references other blogs/bloggers she admires, to her “Let’s Discuss” posts that are always thought-provoking—check out “Are You An Emotional Reviewer or An Analytical Reviewer?“—to her traditional book blog posts like Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, reviews, interviews, and giveaways, readers of her blog will never be bored! She thorough, honest, respectful, and thoughtful!  In my mind, she’s a role model for book bloggers.

But I’d like YOU to judge for yourself!

Read my interview with Jessica and see EXACTLY WHAT I MEAN! 🙂


Why did you decide to start blogging?
Bookish Serendipity is actually my second blog! The first one was a writing blog for teens that I ran for a few months. Eventually, though, my focus shifted from writing to another of my passions: reading. It was a few more months before I officially changed my blog name and transferred my content to Bookish Serendipity, though.
One of my main goals, both with the first blog and Bookish Serendipity, has been to connect with other readers. I don’t know many other teens who are book-obsessed as I am, which is where the Internet comes in. I started the blog with the intention to connect with other bookworms, and that has always remained a primary goal of mine.
What novel or series started your passion for reading?
I’ve been a reader my entire life. My parents would always read to me and as I grew older, I remained a huge book nerd. When I was younger, I remember reading a lot of Nancy Drew books (I must own at least 100 of these–no joke!), Magic Tree House novels, and more.
I’ve been reading YA for several years now. I think the series that really got me into reading YA novels was the Percy Jackson series. I loved that series and as the characters grew from middle graders into teenagers, I followed their stories. I started reading YA shortly after, and I’ve been hooked on it since.
What types of blog posts do you enjoy writing the most?
I try to write the types of posts that I would love to read on other blogs, so Bookish Serendipity has a mix of book reviews, discussions, and blogging advice posts. I really like writing all of those, but discussion posts are probably my favorite. I love having Bookish Serendipity as an outlet to share my thoughts and opinions, and discussion posts are a huge part of it. Besides that, discussion posts tend to start some fantastic conversations in the comments section, and I always enjoy seeing what other readers and bloggers have to say about a topic.
What bookish experiences have been the most amazing in your life so far?
I’ve had the privilege of attending numerous book signings, publisher events, and book festivals over the past two and a half years of blogging, and they’ve all been absolutely amazing. One of the most memorable bookish experiences was this year in May when I flew to NYC to attend Book Expo America.
I was only able to go for 2 out of 3 of the days, but I’m not complaining! I’m Canadian, and we don’t typically have a lot of book tours and events up here. That is why I loved getting to meet several of my favorite authors and bloggers for the first time. The experience was so unforgettable and while I’m not sure if I’ll be able to return next year, I would definitely love to!
Where is your favorite place to read?
I’m pretty versatile, so I can read everywhere. Now that school has started again, I tend to have the most reading time on the bus ride to school, since I spend 2+ hours on the bus each day.
With homework, I don’t often have a lot of extra time at home to devote to reading. When I do, I love to curl up on the couch with a snack and a good book. I’m pretty sure I’ve worn a dent into the couch from sitting on it all summer!
Lightning round:
Hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot cider?
Hot chocolate (with marshmallows/ Kit Kat)
Cat, dog, bird, or hamster?
My own dog is glaring at me as I write this, so…dog?
French fries, potato chips, tortilla chips, popcorn?
Popcorn! With extra butter, ideally.
Math, science, history, English?
History is one of my favorite subjects! English is probably a close second.
Skiing vacation, beach vacation, big city vacation?
I love to ski, so a skiing vacation sounds pretty fun.

The BFF Blog Tour


October 1st

The Irish Banana Review – Blog Besties

Neon Yeti Reads – Blogger Interview

Otakutwins Reviews – Why I Love Being a Blogger

October 2nd

Eli to the Nth – Blog Besties

ReadWriteLove28 – Favorite Newbies

Once Upon A Twilight – Top Bookstagrammers

Rattle the Pages – Top 10 Book Bloggers

October 3rd

Mostly YA Lit – Underappreciates Sites

That Artsy Reader Girl – Blogger Interview – Thatartsyreadergirl.com

Bookstacksamber – Get Vloggy – bookstacksamber.wordpress.com

Books in My Suitcase – Why I Love Being A Blogger

October 4th

The Book Cellar – Blog Besties

Caught Read Handed – Blogger RAK

Based on A True Story – Surprise Post

October 5th

Grounded Wanderlust – Get Vloggy

Lostbraincell’s Bookish Blog – Top 10 Book Bloggers – lostbraincell.com

The Reading Nook Reviews – Top Bookstagrammers

October 6th

Rhea’s Neon Journal – Blogger Interview

What Sarah Read – Blogger RAK

Bookish in Texas – Why I Love Being a Blogger

October 7th

Nicks’ Book Blog – Favorite Newbies

Oops! I Read A Book Again – Underappreciated Sites

Twenty Three Pages – Why I Love Being A Blogger

Owl Always Be Reading – Blogger Interview

October 8th

GReads! – Blogger Interview

Andi’s ABCs – Top 10 Book Bloggers

Reading Is My Treasure – Favorite Newbies

October 9th

Reading the Blues Away – Surprise Post

Strupag – Top 10 Book Bloggers

Adventures in Reading – Blog Besties

October 10th

Literary, Etc – Blogger RAK

The Fox’s Hideaway – Why I Love Being A Blogger

Bibliobeth – Blogger Interview

Carpe Librum – Blog Besties

October 11th

Snowflakes & Spider Silk – Top Bookstagrammers

The Novel Orange – Why I Love Being A Blogger

Don’t Fold the Page – Top 10 Book Bloggers

The Reader and the Chef – Favorite Newbies

October 12th

Wandering Bark Humanities – Underappreciated Sites

WhoruBlog – Blogger Interview

Kimberlyfaye Reads – Top 10 Book Bloggers

October 13th

BookCatPin – Surprise Post

The Eater of Books! – Blogger Interview

A Reader Under The Sea – Top 10 Book Bloggers –

Effortlessly Reading – Why I Love Being A Blogger

October 14th

HelloChickLit – Blogger Interview

We So Nerdy – Blogger RAK

Thebibliophagist – Get Vloggy

October 15th

Hashtag Avenue – Blog Besties

Galleywampus – Podcaster Love

Novel Ink – Top Bookstagrammers

October 16th

No BS Book Reviews – Blog Besties

The Book Bratz – Underappreciated Sites

One Night Book Stand – Top 10 Book Bloggers

October 17th

Fiction Fare – Surprise Post

Swoony Boys Podcast – Surprise Post




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