What’s this, you say? This is a fresh book tag created by Stuart @ Always Trust In Books so head on over to Stuart’s and show him some bookblogger love!
This tag is 20 quickfire questions regarding your very own book blog. There are very few rules. Just answer the questions, nominate as many people as you want and have fun doing so.
I love it when the rules aren’t so… rule’y! 😛 It’s all about having fun, wagging your own tail a bit and then grabbing a bunch of other fellow bloggers to join in the fun, too!
The last three books you read?
Spoilers or spoiler free?
Spoiler free is always appreciated. I have to admit though that sometimes I do go in search for spoilers for some books. Reason 1 being I want to know whether the book is worth my time, and, reason 2 being because I’m curious. I don’t mind spoilers. By the time I get to reading the book I’ll have forgotten about them anyway… I use my brain wisely… take unnecessary info and let it go asap. So, win-win for me.
How long have you been book blogging?
A while… I started blogging about books in 2014. So it’s been a few years and I’ve been slow on building the follower base. But I’m here and I’m still blogging, so that counts for something as well 🙂
A book you read in one sitting?
There have been many… the last book I read in one sitting that wasn’t a short story or a novella was probably… you know? I can’t think of any… It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to spend a half or even a full day just reading. I wish I had the luxury, alas… I don’t.
Your favorite genre?
Fantasy and I’m really liking the thrillers I’m reading more of this year as well.
Preferred book size? (novella, tome, etc)
I don’t have a preference. Just give me something to read and let it be good!
Amount of books on your TBR?
On Goodreads I currently have 384 books shelved as to-read. I am really holding myself back on adding to this list because there are quite a few from years back that I want to read… But all these new, fresh books keep appearing… it’s a struggle!
A book you have DNF’d?
Since I started keeping track of DNF books on Goodreads I have listed 18 books as DNF. Lolita by Nabokov is one of those book… The last book I DNF’d was The Lake by AnnaLisa Grant (YA, Romance). It made me snore because it wasn’t getting anywhere…
Recent awards or milestones?
I was recently nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award. That counts, right?
January 2017 was the busiest month on my blog this year with 1719 views from 770 visitors to check out the 12 posts I published that month. Not too shabby.
I am slowly crawling towards the 800 WordPress follower mark which… I guess a giveaway should be had to celebrate when the number clocks in! 😉
Best interaction with an author you enjoy?
Hmm… I’ve had many good interactions with authors. Even if I didn’t reaaallllyy like their book. However, this year I have cut down on the interaction. My review requests are closed for now as I am exploring other avenues at the moment.
Generally though I have always had very good interactions with authors. They’ve all been very gracious, some with their personal brand of funny and very nice to interact with. I always enjoy when they get in touch after they’ve read my reviews and have appreciated my thoughts.
Actually… I have to say… one author really went all out on me and that was RG Manse. I enjoyed his Frank Friendship trilogy like SO much and because I was (and still am) a complete fan-girl of Frank Friendship, he sent me the whole trilogy in paperback and signed with very lovely personal notes.
And now I have to thank Dean F. Wilson who always hooked me up with The Great Iron War series books whenever the next one was coming close to publishing. I mean, it’s a 6 book series and I got to read the whole series for free!
Just a huge thanks to all of the authors who have enjoyed my reviews enough to keep feeding my habit! Many loves!
Average number of books you read per month?
I don’t have a set number of books I want to read each month, but it has so happened that since 2016 and this year I have managed 10 books a month at least. Which ain’t too shabby me thinks.
Top three publishers?
I don’t have a preference over publishers and there are just too many publishers to name who have all published books I have completely enjoyed. Thank you to Headline, Hodder & Stoughton, Avon Books UK, Harper Collins and all the other publishers who have given me the opportunity to read for reviews.
Social media sites your blog uses?
I mean.. let me be honest here.. I pretty much suck at all this social media thing. I don’t have time to be super-interactive, I don’t have time to create all sorts of wonderful graphics… it’s not even an excuse, I truly don’t have the time. I don’t tweet every great thing that comes across my eyes but I do have the occasional banter and the giving of thanks to all who have shared my reviews. So… I take no offence if you don’t follow me on Twitter or like my page on Facebook because I am fully aware that both of those Sm sites are my half-arsed, automated attempt at being ‘visible’ out there! 🙂
Average amount of time you spend on networking?
I spend most of my time bloghopping… every day my inbox is full of post notifications so I try and catch up with as many as I can by spending and hour or two each day. Sunday afternoons are usually my serious bloghopping days when my goals is to get to each blog I follow… only to start the mad rat race Monday morning again! 😄
Most comfortable blogging position?
Sitting behind a desk, straight back and all! Kidding. I usually slouch and tuck my feet under me. Very unhealthy and super NOT AT ALL attractive look but meh, I’m married and you can’t actually see me!
Music or quiet when writing reviews?
Music… music always, with everything! So.. I had this dark country fascination recently. And now I’m stuck on metal/acoustic covers that this super talented guy Leo from Norway is doing. Some fantastic stuff.. he has it all, you know? The skill with instruments, the quirkiness and fun nature, the voice that suits my ears just perfectly. Screw fantazising about being with him, I want to BE him! Check out the cover below… you gotta love the rabbit, you gotta love the instrumental from 2:07 and you just GOT TO enjoy the mighty roar at 3:02
If you’re a fan of something more mellow and are also a fan of Tool, then I’ve had this cover has been on repeat for the past 7 days now…
Music always gives me a kick up the arse whenever I need to get something done. There would be NO reviews if I didn’t have music!
Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?
Hmm… Sporadic. Unorganized. Limited (as in not much else other than reviews with the occasional tag/award). Diverse (plenty of genres covered her, would you not agree?). Dare I say ambitious, even?
A blog you looked up to starting out?
Oh, all of them. Everyone has such different styles and personalities, which makes the book blogging community such a vast pool of knowledge and constant wisdom to be had. Starting with structuring reviews to learning new ways and words to express myself. It has all been very eye opening and helpful. Thank you all!
The best book you have reviewed so far?
There are really too many to name here. I couldn’t just mention one. *runs away screaming*
Best piece of blogging advice?
Just. Be. Yourself.
This piece of advice doesn’t only relate to blogging. It relates to everything in life. Always be yourself… never try to be someone else, because it shows. Never try to fit yourself or your style into a box. Be yourself because this way you’ll attract a community around you who truly appreciates YOU! Never lower your standards because someone else thinks their way is the ‘normal’ way… Always, always be YOU! It’s much more gratifying in the long run, whether with blogging or living.
Blog to your own capabilities, blog to your own tune, with your own words, with your own special brand of you-ness, blog the way that makes you happy!
And there we have it... ‘Tag, you’re it‘- to everyone who wants to do this tag… Below I have listed some bloggers I follow. I picked them out at total random from my subscriptions list, so don’t be butthurt if I didn’t mention your blog, I still ❤ you 😉