The Secret Life Of The Book Blogger

I wasn’t specifically tagged for this one, but I saw that Aman did this tag and tagged everyone in general, so I took a crack at it. This was actually really fun to write up, as a matter of fact. Yay for blogging moods!

Let’s get started!

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What is the best part?

Honestly, I think the best part is getting to create these bookish posts, about something I’m passionate about, and having other people read it and comment, and getting a conversation started from that. That’s my favourite part about blogging.

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What is the worst part?

The worst part is the coming up with ideas part. Ugh, why does creativity evade my grasp?!

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

I generally use Google images if I need stock images, but usually Tumblr if I’m looking for specific gifs to use in my posts. I’d love to have some decent rudimentary skills in Photoshop though, so I could make my own graphics to use.

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Who’s your book crush?

Really? Just one? Well, I guess if I had to choose a single one of my book crushes, I’d go with Daemon from the Lux series. Yeah, he’s an alien and could probably kill me without a second thought, but he’s hot and funny and witty. I like that.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Oh god, if I could get the queen herself – J.K. Rowling – on my blog, I think I would die and go to book blogger heaven. That would be a dream come true.

What do you wear when you write your blog?

A t-shirt, a pair of jeans, and usually barefoot. I’m a chilled out person.

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

It depends on how much inspiration I have – sometimes I can bang out a great post in twenty minutes and format it in five, but other times, it’ll take me a few sessions to get a post satisfactory enough to post online.

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How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I honestly love the book bloggers – yeah, there’s drama when we get into heated discussions over certain issues, but overall, there is just so much love for books and book characters, and it’s amazing for me especially, to have this network of people I can gush about books to, when I don’t have anyone in real life who really understands.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

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I think it just depends on what each individual regards as being ‘successful.’ My blog has grown so much over the last year and a bit, and I now have over 200 followers, but I considered it a success when I even had just twenty-five followers! It depends what your personal goals are – if you feel like you’ve reached or surpassed those goals with your blog, then you’ve got a successful blog.

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I tag:

Alex @ Whimsy Pages
Kim @ By Hook Or By Book
Saara @ Pages Of Ink

200 FOLLOWERS!

200 FOLLOWERS!
I’m so excited that I’ve hit this milestone that I just screamed in CAPSLOCK, but I don’t care! 200 freaking followers!!!
Thank you to everyone to has read or liked my posts in the past year, because you all rock. You rock so much. Just because you’re so awesome, have 500 Awesome Points.
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It was tough-going to start with, I admit, but I’ve really grown with my blogging over this past year, and that’s a lot due to the amazing people I talk to through comments, and who regularly like my blog posts:
Kim (By Hook or By Book) – you’ve been one of my most regular commenters, and you’re number one of the awesome peeps who make my blogging worthwhile, so thank you.
Nick (The Paper Dragon) – you tag me in so many things, so thank you for including me and giving me this whole list of blog posts to get writing. You’re almost like my blogging coach. Hehe.
Cristina (My Tiny Obsessions) – You appeared out of nowhere, but now I think of you as an internet friend – keep being awesome.
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There are so many other people, but if I list them all, I’ll still be here at Christmas, so lets just tie up everything with one huge thank you. Without all my followers, I wouldn’t be blogging still, since every comment and like gives me that little bit more confidence in this.
I love you all!

Bloggers Getting Paid – Yea or Nay?

I recently came across this blog post where the blogger discusses book bloggers and whether or not we should be paid for what we do, This caught my attention, because I was talking about this exact thing with my job advisor the other day.
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Personally I don’t think we should be paid for it. If you want to earn money from book blogging, then start an online shop and sell your own merch (personally I’d love a tote bag with Jesse’s blog header on it! That header is gorgeous…), or start a Youtube channel and monetise it, but if you’re even just  lucky enough to get an ARC from a publisher, that should be enough for you. You don’t get into book blogging for money – you do it because you love books and you want to share that love with the world, whether or not anyone reads it. At least, that’s my opinion.
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I have a job. I earn money through that. I do not need to turn the one thing that keeps me sane into another job. If I do that, it’ll lose what I love about it, and I’ll lose interest. If that happens, I’ll be throwing a year’s hard work down the metaphorical drain.
Yeah, it’d be nice if I got a little extra money through it, but I don’t think book bloggers should be paid for what they do. If you get anything back from your blogging, like an ARC or some extra book-themed goodies, then that should be good enough for you.
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What do you think about this topic? Do you think book bloggers should demand payment for their reviews and blog posts? Or are you of the same mind as me? Talk to me, and let me know what you think, and also go check out Jo’s post that I linked up at the top of this post.
Happy reading!

Blogger Interview – Cristina (My Tiny Obsessions)

Yay! Another blogger interview! I’m really loving this feature, because you get to have a little sneak peek into the minds of fabulous bloggers, like Cristina. Cristina blogs over at My Tiny Obsessions, and she’s such an awesome person, so go and show her blog some love after you finish reading this.

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Now, on with the interview!

 

How did this blog get started? How did the name come to be?

I started my blog over 3 years ago. I had recently moved to Barcelona and I was feeling a bit lonely without anyone to share my TV and movies obsessions, so I decided that a blog might help. So… My Tiny Obsessions…

 

How long have you been blogging?

3 years and 4 months… time flies!

 

What was it like when you started out blogging? What was going through your head with each post?

I started with TVshows recaps, so my thought was mostly to pour out everything I felt in regards to those specific episodes and so on. No pressure, no anything, just like I was talking to myself outloud.

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What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about being a book blogger?

My favorite thing has to be the book blogging community. The worst I think it’s maybe the pressure I end up putting on myself, to post frequently, to reach a certain number of views, etc.

 

How many themes did you have to go through before you settled on the one you have now?

Just one before the one I currently have. I’m a person with fixed ideas ;).

 

What’s your favourite gif to use in a blog post?

SO MANY!!! But I love this one:

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If you could take over any book blog for a week, who would you take over and what would you do with their blog?

Oh boy… maybe weird question, but I wouldn’t want to do that. At all. A Blog is such a personal space, I wouldn’t want to intrude in anyone else’s.

 

Which fictional guy would you want to wake up next to tomorrow morning and why?

Hmmmm, it’s still Rowan Whitethorn from the Throne of Glass series. Do I need to give a reason? If you read the books, you know!

 

Which book would you love to see as a movie?

I just finished a book a couple of days ago that I think would be perfect for a movie: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers. I would love to see a teen movie with a deaf protagonist. The book deals with so many serious topics and I think it would be a hell of a movie.

 

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Now for the quick fire!

 

Saver or spender?

Saver.

 

Glasses or contacts?

Neither?!

 

Raisins or nuts?

NUTS!

 

Grapes or wine?

WINE!

 

France or Germany?

France.

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Water or lemonade?

Water.

 

Boyband pop or hard metal?

Boyband pop.

 

Girls or guys?

Guys.

 

3 or 7?

7! Always my favorite number.

 

Online or offline?

Online. always.

 

Fiction or non-fiction?

Fiction.

 

Tobey Maguire Spiderman or Andrew Garfield Spiderman?

Andrew Garfield! Without a doubt!

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Haha, yeah I definitely agree. Andrew Garfield is also my idea of the perfect young Remus Lupin, but that’s besides the point.

 

If you would like to be a part of this feature, and be interviewed, email me at shihztubookreviews@gmail.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible with a set of interview questions. Don’t be shy – I won’t bite.

 

Happy reading!

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Blogger Interview – Hashtag Love Books

Another blogger interview! Yay! This time, I was lucky enough to interview Alicia, who blogs over at Hashtag Love Books – aka, one of my big blog crushes! – and this is basically how it went. Have a look:

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How did this blog get started? How did the name come to be?

I decided to create my blog, #lovebooks because I wanted an outlet to express my thoughts on books, as well as meet other bloggers who share the same love of books I have. I have no clue where my name came to be, I think it just popped into my head one day! I guess it’s because hashtags are a new trend and I love books! If you combine them together you get #lovebooks!

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How long have you been blogging?

Only for about over a year! It’s crazy to think that I have been blogging for a year! I still feel like I am a newbie here and I have so much to learn!

What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about being a book blogger?

The positives definitely outweigh the negatives when it comes to book blogging. I love meeting the many other bloggers out there and it honestly feels like I have a community and place on the internet. Everyone on here is so nice and it is honestly one of my favourite things about blogging. The thing I don’t like about blogging is the long periods of time it takes me to write a post. It can take me a few days to write one post and it honestly gets on my nerves. I think effectiveness is definitely something I need to work on.

How many themes did you have to go through before you settled on the one you have now?

Too many. I am one of those people that are completely indecisive when it comes to picking an aesthetic and theme for my blog. I remember when I first started I chose this rookie, basic and aqua theme and then I did the pachyderm theme and the list goes on. I love the theme I have at the moment and I don’t think I’ll be changing it anytime soon.

Which blogs do you enjoy reading the most?

I love so many! However, I particularly enjoy Denise’s The Bibliolater, I love Xan’s Twirling Pages and I also love reading Alyssa’s Alyssa is reading.

Which authors do you have the most of on your bookshelf?

Cassandra Clare! It’s not a surprise, especially since I absolutely love her books. I started my love for reading with City of Bones and from there, I have bought and loved every single one of her books in the Shadowhunter chronicles.

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If you could take over any book blog for a week, who would you take over and what would you do with their blog?

This is such a tricky question! I love so many book blogs that it’s so hard to choose one! My friend, Maha has a cute blog called, Younicorn Reads and if I could take the blog over for a week, I would love to do it!

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Now for the quickfire!

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Daemon Black or Will Herondale?

AHH!! OMG DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE! This is torture…they are both equal in my heart. However, if I had to choose it would probably Daemon but, only by a fraction. 🙂

Alec Lightwood or Jem Carstairs?

Jem Carstairs!

Baked or mashed potatoes?

Mashed Potatoes all the way but I’m not a big fan of white potatoes, I prefer sweet potatoes.

Bath or shower?

Baths! I love a good bath with a pretty bath bomb!

Beach or pool?

Definitely the beach.

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Fiction or non-fiction?

Fiction, of course!

Warlock or Shadowhunter?

Shadowhunters because who wouldn’t want to fight demons and train alongside some amazing shadowhunters?

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The Simpsons or Family Guy?

I don’t really watch any of these shows but I have watched a few episodes of The Simpsons.

Jeans or skirts?

I love both!! However, at the moment, I have been obsessed with skater skirts and so I’ll have to say skirts.

Fantasy or reality?

Fantasy! 🙂

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Boyband Pop or Hard Metal?

Boyband pop but I don’t really listen to any of these.

Germany or America?

AMERICA because I’m from there but I am currently learning German and I’m really enjoying it.

Music or books?

Books but I do love music, as well. I am constantly listening to music. (No really. I’m always listening to music.)

Guys or food?

You know what they say, “Fries before guys,”

Haha, yeah I’d much rather have food than a guy, to be perfectly honest. So, that was that. I’m so psyched that Alicia agreed to do this, and I love her blog so much, so you all should go check her out if you don’t follow her already.

Happy reading!

It’s my birthday, it’s my birthday

It’s the one year anniversary of this blog! One year ago today, I posted my very first blog post, introducing myself and my four shih tzus. Now, here we are, with a nice little following, and lots of new blogging friends!

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Looking back, I can’t believe how clueless I was – I didn’t know about scheduling, or about terms like DNF or Booktube, or even about Netgalley. That’s certainly changed, and now I’m taking part in book blogger events like ARC April, and I’m being tagged in book tags and blogger awards.

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There’s some people I’d really like to thank for making this last year such an amazing time:

Jonathan and Aaron @ Husband And Husband – you were one of my very first followers, and one of the first blogs I ever followed as well, and I’ve loved every one of your posts since then.

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions – you comment or like almost all my posts, and I really appreciate all the support. Every like, or every comment, gives me encouragement to keep blogging, and I’m so glad I’ve been able to meet you online to share our bookish interests. Lots of love!

Bloggers Bookshelf – Way back last year when this blog was just a little speck on the internet, I did an interview for these lovely bookish people (not unlike the blogger interviews I’ve done myself on this blog) and that was one of the things which really boosted my blog traffic, so thank you so much!

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Kim @ By Hook or By Book – Just imagine if we hadn’t met through that comment on Aaron and Jonathan’s blog post. I wouldn’t have made friends with such a cool person, and I am thankful that I did. You’re awesome – don’t forget that!

There are other people that I’ve probably forgotten, but these are the main ones right off the top of my head. For all those other amazing bloggers that I’ve been lucky enough to meet, THANK YOU! Without you all, I would have given up after maybe a month of this. Look at me now though – a whole year! Lets hope I can make it to next April and still be blogging.

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Happy reading!

Blogger Interview – By Hook Or By Book

Remember when I persuaded Jonathan and Aaron at HusbandAndHusband to let me interview them? Well, I also asked another of my favourite bloggers to answer some questions for me, and she said yes, and I’m only getting around to posting this now. Bad Becca!

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Anyway, this is my interview with the epic blogger that is Kim at By Hook or By Book!

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Thank you so much for doing this, Kim. You’re one of my favourite bloggers, and I’m so excited to keep going with this feature. To start off with, how did your blogging story start? What motivated you to start blogging in the first place? Did you have a blog before this one?

I was a children’s librarian for over two decades before poor health forced me into early retirement. One of the things I really missed was discussing books. I was still submitting reviews for my library’s blog, but it wasn’t enough for me. Then, I stumbled across WordPress in July 2014 and immediately knew this online community was for me.

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What’s your favourite part about blogging?

My favorite part about blogging is the wonderful friends I’ve made from all over the world. It’s been such an amazing experience! I thought when I first started By Hook Or By Book that it would just be this little corner of the blogging world where I’d share my love of books with a few like-minded individuals. A year and a half later I have over 500 followers, which to me is just shocking. Everyday I discover another new and exciting blogger that I simply must follow! Some of them are book lovers like me, but there are also poets, authors, artists, and many other talented people.

Is there any downsides that you have found through your own blogging experience?

There has been no downside to my blogging experience. Everyone I’ve met has been incredibly nice and supportive. Because of my health I tend to be a bit isolated, but being part of the WordPress community has encouraged me to come out of my shell.

Is there any blogs you read regularly?

I follow so many amazing blogs it’s difficult to single out any, but here’s just a few:

Emma
Eric
Vinnie
David
Jonathan and Aaron
These amazing people have taught me so much about movies, music, and more

Do you think your reading tastes have been influenced by other book bloggers?

I’ve definitely stepped out of my comfort zone regarding my reading tastes thanks to other bloggers. For example, Eric suggested I try “The Mailman”, by J. Robert Lennon which I’d never have picked up on my own. Needless to say I really enjoyed it!

If you could do an interview or a Q&A with any author, who would be your choice of author?

If I could do a Q&A with an author I think it would be with Stephen King, although JK Rowling would be a close second. I’ve been a huge fan of “The Master of Horror” since I first read “Carrie” when I was a teenager. He has this incredible talent for getting into the minds of his characters and readers.

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Have you got any new content in the works at the moment?

I’ve been poking away at a young adult novel for the past couple of years. It’s based on my love for the tv show “Supernatural”. I don’t know if it will ever really go anywhere, but I’ve enjoyed writing it.

Which social media do you find yourself using the most often?

I’m not on any social media right now so I’d have to say WordPress is my sole online media addiction.

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Yay! Now for the quickfire round, These are going to be some hard questions, which will have you prodding the deepest depths of your psyche – actually, probably not that hard.

Batman or Superman?

I’d have to pick Batman because I love my heroes to be dark and tormented!

Coffee or tea?

I’m definitely a coffee girl all the way! Especially flavored coffee. My current obsession is Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

Dark chocolate or white chocolate?

I love both dark and white chocolate, but if I had to pick I’d choose dark. Since it has all these health benefits I can feel less guilty eating it!

DC or Marvel?

Oh No! You’re really going to make me choose between DC and Marvel, Rebecca? Well, right now I’m currently obsessed with the tv shows Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Supergirl, so I’d go with DC right now.

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Tattoos or piercings?

If I could I’d definitely have a couple of tattoos. Unfortunately my husband has threatened to divorce me if I get one so..

Chinese takeout or Indian?

We don’t have a lot of Indian restaurants where I live, so I’m definitely a fan of Chinese takeout. Probably too much so!

Morning or night?

I’m definitely a night person. I like to stay up even if it’s just watching tv or reading.

Go-to comfort food?

My go to comfort food is chocolate. Yep. I’m a confirmed chocoholic!

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Pet peeves?

I guess I’d say I have two pet peeves. One is tailgating. Way too many drivers do this and it’s one of the few things that makes me swear. My other pet peeve is book related and concerns “insta- love” . Actually, now that I think about it this usually makes me swear also. So many authors use this plot device with their characters and in my humble opinion it just doesn’t work and it’s incredibly annoying.

Dream lazy day?

My dream lazy day is sitting in my favorite comfy chair with an awesome book, drinking my pumpkin spice latte. As you can tell I’m pretty easy to please.

Dream vacation?

I haven’t travelled much at all, but one country I’d really love to visit is Ireland. My father’s family is from there and I’d love to trace my roots and see if I have any relatives still over there.

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Thank you for doing this, Kim – for anyone who wants to read more about this amazing blogger, I did a Blog Spotlight on Kim’s blog ages ago. Also, if you’d be interested in being a part of this feature, email me or send me a message on Twitter. Links to my social medias are all in my About Page.

Happy reading!