New Blogs on the Block runs each Saturday and highlights newbie book bloggers who have been blogging for under six months. If you want to know more about this feature then go HERE. Today I welcome the most excellent…
1. When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging in October 2009. I started it as an outlet for all the pent-up feelings and thoughts I have when I finish a book. It is incredibly difficult for me to finish something and not have anyone to talk to about it. Therefore, the best solution I could come up with (besides forcing my friends and family to start reading at knife point, lol) was to blog about them. I love the fact that I’m able to share my feelings with others in hopes that they can find the same enjoyment that I did or relay their own opinions right back.
2. Tell us a little about your blog?
Well I think the title says it all. I’m a big time bibliophile with such a vast love for books that I’ll read anything once. My reviews are the main purpose of my blog and I keep them forthright and honest. I have a tendency to speak my mind and I think my blog reflects that. I’ll blog about any book I read, whether I enjoyed it or not, but I ultimately try to leave it to the readers to decide for themselves. Bashing is kept to a minimum (actually, for the most part it’s non-existent but nobody’s perfect) and I always, ALWAYS try to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible. I want to give the reader a good idea of the story while throwing my thoughts in there as well. And to keep it active, I participate in weekly memes. I think they’re a good way to keep a blog interesting and invite others to open discussions.
3. Are there any features on your blog you would like to highlight?
Being so new to the book blogging universe I’m still testing the waters and trying to find my niche as best as I can. I do a couple weekly memes (Teaser Tuesdays, On My Wishlist, Friday Finds, IMM) and those are all good fun, but I’d say my reviews are currently the best feature. I’m also working on spotlighting some of my favorite authors, series, and blog sites. Sometime in the upcoming month(s) I plan on dedicating a month (or couple weeks) to graphic novels. I’m incredibly excited about that! Also, I expect to do a few giveaways in the very near future, so keep an eye out.
4. What’s been the high point of blogging so far?
I’d say, first and foremost, just discovering the world of book blogging. It’s been an incredible discovery coming across hundreds of blogs all passionate about the same thing I am. And to read each and everyone’s unique perspective about reading and how a book affects them. Second, the bloggers themselves. I’ve come across some really darling folk who’ve been very nice leaving me comments as well as advice. It’s a treat for a new blogger like me. (Especially when that blogger happens to be an author. Crazy cool!) And last but not least, discovering new books. My initial source for finding books was via goodreads, but ever since I started my blog I have discovered so many incredible books that I can’t wait to get my hands on.
5. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
California girl born and raised. I’m generally a quiet person until you get to know me (or get me talking about books, then I just won’t shut up). I’d say my biggest passion besides reading is definitely music. Although I can’t play an instrument to save my life. My iPod is filled to capacity (over 11,500 songs) and it never leaves my side. Apart from that, I’m a big sports fan and I absolutely love photography. When I can, I try to indulge myself in a little baking (it’s therapeutic), Wii, shooting pool with friends, or geeking out and watching my favorite TV shows. Oh, and I have one of those annoying things called a job, which tends to take up a lot of my time. Of course I’d rather be at home with a book and a cup of coffee, but such is life.
6. What’s your favourite book of all time?
Hmm, this is a question that eats at my brain every time I’m asked. It’s very hard for me to narrow it down to just one because there have been quite a few books that have made an impact in my life. I’d say the ones that have hit me the hardest would be: Lord of the Rings (which got me into reading in the first place), The Book Thief, and Harry Potter. So much emotion has been invested in those books and I will never, ever forget them.
7. Who are your favourite authors?
Oh crap. Well, to make this easy, how about I name the top 10 who come to mind? J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, Markus Zusak, Christopher Moore, Chuck Palahniuk, Sarah Dessen, Suzanne Collins, Maggie Stiefvater, Audrey Niffenegger, and Cherie Priest. (Honorable mentions: Kristen Cashore, Charlaine Harris) Okay, I couldn’t help myself with the honorable mentions. There are just so many great authors!
8. How many books are on your tbr list right now?
I think the question should be: What is NOT on my TBR list, haha. I try to keep the number quite controlled so I don’t feel overwhelmed by the amount of books that I want to tackle in the future. And to be honest, I have about 3 separate lists keeping track of what I plan to read because I find new books everywhere. My TBR pile consists of 200+ books on goodreads, 35+ on my bookshelf at home, and 15+ written down a sheet of paper I keep in my wallet. And it’s still growing every single day. What can I say, it’s an addiction. 😉
9. Where do you see your blog in a year from now?
I see my blog right where it is today, except bigger AND better. Kicking butt and taking names! Well, kinda sorta, haha. There will be more reviews, brighter ideas, and hopefully more author interviews. I’d love to be able to get fellow bloggers involved in a few projects as well (I’ve got some ideas up my sleeve for the future). Also, I want my blog be a place fellow readers continue to come to for honesty, insight, and discovering new books.
And you know, it will continue to be completely and totally awesome! 😉
NB: There will be an additional New Blogs on the Block tomorrow featuring Michelle from The True Book Addict. So make sure you stop by!