I’ve been searching around for a few tags or challenges to do and I found the Book Blog Newbie Tag on loveandotherbookishthings blog and decided to give it a go! If you know of any other fun tags, possibly weekly tags, let me know! For now, let’s crack on with the questions..
1. Why did you start this blog?
I never bother much with New Years resolutions but this year I decided to pick one and make it happen, and my New Years resolution was to create and regularly update a book Blog. I’m sort of half way there, I’ve created one but I’m working on the regular updates!
2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?
Oh, I have no idea. A fresh new opinion on old & new books? Also my style of photos is rather unique, I have a bookstagram where I post at least daily photos of books and bookish swag. You can find my IG here. So I’ll be using majority of those photos in my book reviews and challenges hopefully.
3. What are you most excited for about this new blog?
Honestly, meeting other book bloggers. Ever since I created my bookstagram I have made so many amazing friends who are as devoted to reading books as I am. So I can’t wait to read and reviews books and discuss books with other bloggers. Also my memory is absolutely atrocious, so hopefully by reviewing most books, I’ll actually remember what they’re about!
4. Why do you love reading?
I read on a sign in the library once that we read books about other people’s lives in order to feel better about our own, and to be honest it’s true. I love reading about a girl that’s struggling to find the love of her life, about a single mum who can’t cope with modern motherhood and about a fantasy hero who’s lost all hope. They do make me feel better, they give me hope and optimism for the future that’s ahead of me.
5. What book or series got you into reading?
Made up bed time stories by my Dad got me into reading. He told me tales of animated farm vehicles and machinery (it sounds thrilling I know, typical farmer) that would sneak out at night to fix and solve any problems and complete jobs around the farm. A missing lamb, that’s no trouble for Harry the Honda (a brand of quad bike we had on the farm), Pete the pickup truck could zoom down the lanes while Harry whizzed across fields and tracks.
Once I was old enough to read independently I devoured any book I could get my hands on, I have a distinct memory of asking a library lady how many books exactly could I borrow? Her reply was 10, so I plonked 10 children’s books on to the desk. One of my favourite authors at that time was Jacqueline Wilson, the girls in her books had such fantastic adventures and faced any challenge head. I aspired to be a brave grown up girl like the characters in Wilson’s books.
How many have I read? Far too many to mention, Jacqueline.
I always tell anyone that asks, that it’s Harry Potter that got me into devouring thicker novels. Before Harry Potter my books were never more than a couple of hundred pages. But I remember reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix within a matter of hours the day my mum bought it for me. I soon realised I really enjoyed reading big tomes, rather than the skinny children’s books I was used to.
6. What questions would you ask your favorite authors?
Oh woah, okay my favourite author is J. K. Rowling and I’d probably ask her..
“Why did you kill off (insert traumatising death of a loved character)?!” I probably wouldn’t ask nicely either, I’d scream it at her with the excitement of finally meeting her! And she’d ask some security guards to gently but firmly guide the crazed young woman out of the building and not to let her back in.
7. What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?
Posting regularly… remembering to post. I’ve already received some great advice to schedule posts so I don’t have to remember to post them. But first I’m going to need to write all those scheduled posts.. we’ll see what happens!
8. When did you start reading?
As soon as I could reads the words on a page.. I was a very enthusiastic student in school. I’d read newspapers if they were lying around.
9. Where do you read?
In my room mostly, on a really small and uncomfortable desk chair. I use my bed as a desk and sit on the chair, I’ve never been able to read or sit on my bed for long. I’d rather be sat, or slouched in a chair. I also read in the car, as the youngest child I’m generally ousted to the back seat which is the perfect place to ignore all conversations and read.
10. What kind of books do you like to read?
Mostly, I read Young Adult fantasy and contemporary novels. I don’t branch out much.. I have read and enjoyed a few sci-if novels and I really enjoy dystopian books. This year I’d like to read a few adult fiction novels to see what my opinion is. I love a kickass female MC such as Katniss Everdeen or Aelin Galathynius but I also love a soppy, cringy, predictable love story.
And that’s it, the end of the questions. If you’ve actually reached this point by reading all of my waffling then give yourself a thoroughly deserved tap on the back! See you next time.