Saturday, February 23, 2013

2013 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon: Interview Swap with The Quiet Concert

We're thrilled to be a part of the 2013 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon, hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Kate's Tales of Books and Bands! As part of this 24-hour event, we're excited to chat with Ashley and Nicole, the bloggers behind The Quiet Concert. Be sure to check out and follow their blog, as well as follow them on Twitter!

Welcome to Rally the Readers, Ashley and Nicole! We appreciate you both taking the time to chat with us today!

We love the name of your blog! How did you come up with it?

Thank you! We really wish we had a cool story to tell here about something that inspired us but in reality we just threw potential titles and word combinations back and forth until we came up with something we both liked. We liked the title because it sounded pretty and full of meaning in a way only oxymoronic random titles can!

Like us, you’re a team blog. Are there any particular blogging challenges you’ve come across as a result of that?

Hah . . . yes. Team blogging takes a lot of communication, something we haven’t quite mastered yet. We recently created a review/meme/other post schedule to tell us who is supposed to do what and when, which has definitely made things run a little smoother (no more last minute meme participations, or posting book reviews 30 minutes apart!). But we are still trying to figure out the whole twitter and email thing so that we aren’t both responding to something (or assuming the other is). And lately we’ve been wanting to read a lot of the same books so we’ve been trying to figure out how to do so while keeping a steady review flow!

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Nicole: I love Melina Marchetta, Kristin Cashore and Richelle Mead!
Ashley: I am a big fan of Maggie Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare!

Disaster scenario: you're both on a sinking ship where the other passengers are all literary characters. The lifeboat only holds 6 people. Which 4 characters do you take with you and why?

1. Katsa from Graceling! Her survival grace can keep us alive!
2. Christian from Unearthly. If Katsa can’t save us, Christian can fly us home!
3. Will Herondale from Infernal Devices! He’ll keep the mood up with his humor and he’s a pretty face to look at!
4. Evie from The Diviners! We just want to meet her.

A few random questions:

Favorite TV show?

We both watch a LOT of TV.
Ashley: I’m loving Homeland at the moment.
Nicole: REVENGE!

Which book character would you dress up as for Halloween?

Ashley: Tessa from The Infernal Devices!
Nicole: Me too!!

Favorite spot to read?

Nicole: I probably read the most in my bed, but I love reading on the couch in front of the fire with my cat on my lap!
Ashley: Not an everyday spot, but I love to read at the beach!

Thank you both again for your time! It was great getting to know you better!


  1. I already stated this on their blog, but I found it so funny that two team blogs got placed together for the interview swaps (totally unintentional but still super cool!) I loved the answer to the toughest part about team blogging. I am struggling with that as a single blogger so I commend ALL FOUR OF YOU for doing such a good job!

    1. Lee and I had a lot of fun with the interview swap! Blogging in general comes with its pros and cons, you just have to keep in mind the reason you started and the hard bits pay off.

  2. Thanks Lee and Ally! So happy to meet you two (virtually :D). We had fun answering all of your questions, especially the disaster scenario! :)

  3. LOVE your answer to the sinking ship question! And what a good question! I would totally agree with the first 3 and I haven't read the Diviners yet so I'll have to get on that! :)

    1. We had a lot of fun getting creative! We would have definitely picked Will Herondale too!

  4. You know, I have yet to read any of the books that you chose your 4 characters to include in your lifeboats! They are all on my TBR though and now I feel better about pushing them to the top!

    1. Man, you should definitely read The Infernal Devices first!


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