As I have recently entered the blogging world wide eyed and bushy tailed, I thought it would be interesting to share a bit about myself and why I decided to start writing about my reading. I did a quick search on the ol’ Google and found something called the Book Blog Newbie Tag on The Book Mermaid blog and have decided to do it (despite not being tagged, but trivialities, am I right?)
1. Why did you start this blog?
I started this blog as a method of gathering and recording my thoughts about the books I read, as often I am desperate to discuss a book after reading it, but not many of my friends in real life are big readers. Collating opinions and ideas is also a good way of seeing how you change as a reader over time, and ensures you don’t forget how you felt about books you have read in the past.
2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?
I don’t read specifically in one or two genres, I read as widely as I possibly can, and I enjoy a little bit of everything. Whether that be heading off into a magical battle with Raymond E. Feist or knuckling down to learn all about genes and heredity with Siddhartha Mukherjee.
3. What are you most excited for about this new blog?
As I outlined above, the chance to discuss all of the fantastic (and not so fantastic) books I read is one of my main motivations, and I’ve already begun to benefit from the welcoming community there is with book blogging and bookstagram. I’m also excited to have something to look back on in the future.
4. Why do you love reading?
Reading for me, like many others, is an escape. Reality is sometimes not what we want it to be, and to be able to jump into someone else’s story at those times is a blessing. I am doubtful I would have survived all of those childhood years had I not had a trusty pile of books by my side.
5. What book or series got you into reading?
I remember being a child and reading The Magic Faraway Tree books and The Wishing Chair books, both by Enid Blyton, over and over again, imagining myself being transported into an exciting, unknown land. From then onward I have devoured every book I could get my hands on.
6. What questions would you ask your favourite authors?
What made you take the plunge and start writing your first book? And who is your favourite band or music artist to listen to when writing, or do you prefer to write in silence?
7. What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?
Entering the book blogging community is somewhat overwhelming and there is always the worry that no one will want to read what you’re writing. It has been difficult to comprehend that people are even a tiny bit interested in what I’m doing – I’m definitely an introvert at heart!
8. When did you start reading?
I learned to read when I was five, with the help of my dad who stuck educational posters all over our walls when we were children.
9. Where do you read?
Mostly sat on the sofa huddled under a blanket, but also in bed, on public transport, at work in the cafeteria – pretty much anywhere I can sit down for more than five minutes.
10. What kind of books do you like to read?
I’ll give most things a chance really. I’m definitely a mood reader, and can flit from fantasy to literary fiction to poetry with ease if that’s what my brain wants.
Thank you for reading, and hopefully, getting to know me a little bit better. Feel free to do this tag yourself if you find it interesting!