This is a brand new tag created by Stuart from Always Trust In Books, you can find a link to that Stuart’s own tag HERE. And as always, if you don’t already then please go and check his blog out, it’s well worth giving it both a look and a follow.
The rules as per Always Trust In Books:
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.
1). The Last three books you read:
I finished Northern Lights by Philip Pullman over the weekend. A review is forthcoming! I struggled to get into it, but it flew by once I hit that midway mark. I’m really excited to read the rest of the trilogy.
Before that was Pooja Puri’s The Jungle, which I received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. While it wasn’t necessarily my cup of tea, I do think it’s a really important book. You can check out my review here.
Finally, I recently finished The Futures by Anna Pitoniak. It was my very first piece of book mail and I really liked it! It’s about the breakdown of a relationship between two recent college graduates in New York City during the financial crash in 2008. I’ll be reviewing this one soon, keep an eye out!
2). Spoilers or Spoiler free?
It depends. I love a good spoilery discussion, but obviously after I’ve finished reading the book. I find it difficult to review books without giving away spoilers, especially if I ended up really liking the book. I just want to chat and gush! I do prefer do read and write spoiler-free reviews so that people can safely discover new books without having the good bits given away.
3). How long have you been book blogging?
Since January 30th 2017! I’m shocked by the amazing response I’ve gotten so far. The book blogging community really is the best, so thank you all for being so supportive 🙂
4). A book you read in one sitting?
I do this a lot when I have the time, but most recently was Caraval by Stephanie Garber. It was a book I enjoyed, but wasn’t totally blown away by. I think it was just a bit overhyped for me. You can read my review of Caraval here!
5). Your favourite genre?
SFF! It’s kind of cheating to say science fiction fantasy because they’re two very distinct genres that get mushed together, but I’m going to do it any way.
6). Preferred book size? (novella, tome…etc).
I love a hefty tome. As a fantasy reader, I laugh in the faces of those who say 500 page books are long. I had the hardcover edition of Words of Radiance delivered to my office and when I carried it home, I could have been charged with weapon possession on the subway. It’s that big and I loved every word.
7). Amount of books on your TBR pile?
Umm. A lot. There’s going to be a new photo soon, but this is a shot of my TBR pile at the beginning of April
8). A book you have DNF’d?
I’m not bothered by DNF’ing books anymore. It used to bother me a lot, but then I realised that it wasn’t worth pushing through a book I hated just to get to the end. The last book I DNF’ed was The House of Mountfathom, which I reviewed here. It was such a shame because it had so much promise that it didn’t live up to.
9). Recent awards or milestones?
Well, I’ve just crossed over 70 followers on this wee blog, does that count? I’m so pleased 🙂
10). Best interaction with an author you enjoy?
The only answer here is Brandon Sanderson. What a guy. I had the privilege of meeting him at New York Comic Con in 2014. He signed my book and offered to answer any questions I had (naturally my mind went blank as I stared at him). It wasn’t an actual interaction, but he also came to Edinburgh while I was living there. I hadn’t realised I needed a ticket and the event sold out before I could grab one. I was distraught. Then I saw on Reddit that he had offered to sign books for people who couldn’t make it. I phoned the store, put a copy on hold, and picked up a signed AND personalised book the next day. Like I said, what a guy.
11). Average number of books you read per month?
It really depends. This time last year I was averaging about a book every 9 days, but I was neck-deep in my Publishing masters. This year I’m averaging a book every 3 days.
12). Top three publishers?
I have a fair few but Tor, Gollancz, and Hodder & Stoughton are always putting out great stuff.
13). Social media sites your blog uses?
14). Average amount of time you spend networking?
Not enough, to be honest! I’m trying to build up my Twitter following, but haven’t had the time to really dedicate to it. But I spend a fair amount of time on Instagram, probably because I just love photography. I’m going to get my butt out to London to go to more events and hopefully meet more bloggers too.
15). Most comfortable blogging position?
As I am now, on the couch under multiple blankets. I’m a Southern California gal in England, my feet are always freezing.
16). Music or quiet when writing reviews?
Absolute quiet or rain/thunder sounds. I really struggle to concentrate when there’s noise.
17). Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?
Your overenthusiastic friend’s recommends books.
18). A blog you looked up to starting out?
I kind of went into this blind! I never really looked at book blogs before, mostly because I’d get jealous.
19). The best book you have reviewed so far?
20). Best piece of blogging advice?
Don’t let it feel like a job. This is something you should do because you love it. Take a break if you need to and don’t feel guilty if you do.
I won’t tag anyone, but definitely send me a link if you decide to do/have already done this tag! I love book tags because you get such great, personal answers.