Undersea Spotlight: Nicole and Ashley at The Quiet Concert

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on May 7, 2013 | 3 Comments

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Meet Nicole and Ashley!

[Nicole] (On left in the picture) My name is Nicole, and I just turned 24. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but in the middle-of-nowhere, not the Jersey Shore. I’ve always been a reader but it wasn’t until I graduated college that I really started to read regularly and frequently. My other passion that rivals reading is traveling. I want to see the world. J

[Ashley] (On right in the picture) Hey! My name is Ashley, I am about to turn 25, I was born and raised in VA.  I too, want to see the world :)


How long have you been blogging? What made you want to start a book blog?

[Nicole] Ashley suggested we start blogging on 12/18/12 to be exact, and two weeks later we had a blog! I was severely lacking in friends to talk books with and was inspired by some of the book blogs I kept tabs on. To be completely honest, I was already reading and reviewing on Goodreads and naively didn’t think it would be much more work. Safe to say I had no idea what I was getting into, but even if I did, I would still make the same decision. It has been such a rewarding experience. 

What do you do when you’re not blogging or reading?

[Nicole] Umm… very little? O_O. Hah, I’m a big homebody. Working, reading, sleeping, and running probably consume most of my time. I have a few close friends that keep my sane and I try to travel regularly.

[Ashley] Playing with my puppy or hanging out with the boyfriend (who happens to write a bit of code and make pretty pictures for our blog).

What is your favorite part about blogging? Least favorite?

[Nicole] My favorite part about blogging is the people! Gosh, I NEVER imagined how wonderful and supportive the people I met would be and it makes all the work so worth it. I seriously love being a part of this community. My least favorite part though has to be the time commitment. I have a bit of an obsessive personality and I probably spend 98% of my free time on blog-related activities. It’s not healthy for my social life.

[Ashley] My favorite part has to be reading comments and seeing the reactions others have to books. The blogging community! Least favorite, hmm would have to be losing blog posts because blogger is acting funny.

Where did you come up with the name for your blog?

[Nicole] I just remember looking in a bunch of different places for inspiration and throwing around name combinations. When I suggested The Quiet Concert to Ashley she loved it and that was that!

Do you have any specific book bloggers that inspire you?

YES! Mel @ The Daily Prophecy, Debby @ Snuggly Oranges, Kay @ It’s a Book Life, Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner, Katie & Krisha @ Inkk Reviews, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, and so many more! 

What do you look for in a blog when following? What are your pet peeves?

[Nicole] First things first, I look for similar tastes in books. After that, there really is no set formula. I like blogs that inspire me in some way and bloggers who will talk books with me. There isn’t a specific thing that I can think of that will turn me off of a blog.

[Ashley] Similarities in book taste and reviews that catch my interest or are funny. A pet peeve is when a blog has too much going on.

What’s your favorite book(s)?

[Nicole] Wow, uhh…how many can I pick? Harry Potter is a given. I was one of those people who went to midnight book premieres, pre-ordered the special edition, didn’t put the book down until it was finished, and dressed up at movies. Yeah, total geek. But of more recent reads, a few that stand out are My Life Next Door, The Diviners, Graceling (this is a really difficult question.)

[Ashley] Hmm that is a hard one. Anna Dressed in Blood, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Under the Never Sky, Cinder/Scarlet.

Favorite author?

[Nicole] Melina Marchetta, Gayle Forman, Richelle Mead. The list keeps growing the more I read.

[Ashley] Marissa Meyer, Maggie Stiefvater, and Veronica Rossi. It keeps growing! 

What is the biggest turn off for you when you’re reading a book?

[Nicole] Stupid females. I have very little patience for female leads that lack common sense, act without/against reason, are oblivious, etc.

[Ashley] Unclear plots, slow starts, and whiny characters.

What first draws you to a book to make you want to read it?

[Nicole] Hmm… there are a lot of reasons why I might pick up a book. But I guess one of the first things I notice are my friend’s ratings/reviews. I guess that has the biggest influence in my decision to read it or not.

[Ashley] An intriguing summary. I am a sucker for awesome covers and friend’s rating/reviews.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

[Nicole] Nerdy. Loud. Sarcastic? (Hmm…probably not the most flattering of descriptions)

[Ashley] Determined, nerdy, crafty?   

Name a random fact about yourself.

[Nicole] I can lick my elbow! (And I bet you’re trying to lick your elbow right now =]).

[Ashley] I have a puggle named Eureka.

What did you want to be when you were little? Has that changed?

[Nicole] Hah, I wanted to be an actress because it looked like the most fun job in the world. That dream came nowhere close to fruition.

[Ashley] Yep, I changed my mind when I was little about every month, I can’t even remember all the things I wanted to be.


 Cats or dogs? 

Nicole: Aw shucks. Do I have to choose? I guess I pick dog because I love my dog more than my cat (yes I have a favorite child, my cat is evil).

Ashley: DOGS.

 Favorite animal? 

Nicole: Ok so I just got back from a trip to Australia and I am obsessed with Kangaroos and Wallabies at the moment. Like I want to own one.

Ashley: Giraffes for sure!

 White, dark, or milk chocolate? 

Nicole: White chocolate. Nom Nom.

Ashley: Dark chocolate.

 Coke or Pepsi? 

Nicole: Meh I don’t drink soda, but if I had to pick, Pepsi.

 Ashley: Lemonade or iced tea!

 Favorite TV show? 

Nicole: So I am obsessed with Dallas right now. It might beat my obsession with Revenge. But I have NO friends that watch that show… I might have to start a “Fans of Dallas” blog.

Ashley: (I watch too much TV) One Tree Hill, White Collar, Once, Homeland, and The New Girl. OHH and Downton Abbey.



Ashley: The Little Mermaid and Love Actually.


Nicole: Lilac, maybe? I’m not sure I have one but I like pastels.

Ashley: Purple.


Thanks for being here today, ladies! It was great getting to know you! :)


Find Nicole and Ashley:

Blog | Twitter | Goodreads (Nicole) | Goodreads (Ashley)


Jessi (Geo)

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