The Book Blogger Inside Tag

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I saw this one over on The Bookie Monsters and thought it was a great way of exploring what it means to be a book blogger. Go and take a look at the awesome answers over there!

I have to admit to breaking the rules slightly and not doing the traditional tag five people part of it. I figured that everyone who wants a go should just go for it. Plus the people I would tag have most likely done this!

So here we go…What makes me a book blogger?

1.  Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Either one of two places. I normally write them sitting at my desk. This means I can have the book open next to me without having to juggle everything, plus it means a solid surface so I don’t drop everything.

I also have to admit to writing quite a few of these slouched on my bed with my laptop balanced on my lap, but shh, don’t tell anyone 😉

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

Probably about half an hour for a first draft, then another half an hour or so for revisions, with a bit of extra time thrown in for graphics.

It varies though. If I strongly dislike or like a book, the post is easier. If I have meh feelings about the book, it can take me longer to form my thoughts and figure out why I feel the way I do about it.

3. When did you start your book blog?

I started blogging during my first year at uni – so in 2012 – after a review module sparked something off in me. It mainly started with films, but didn’t take long for books to enter the equation and become my main focus.

Blimey, it seems a long time ago now! I’ve changed domains, sites etc since those early days!

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

It’s hard work! Trying to balance reviews and reading just for fun is difficult – I’m hopeless at reading something just for the sake of it and not because it is an ARC or needs reviewing.

But that is me being picky. I wouldn’t change a single thing and challenging myself to read more books is a fantastic feeling!

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5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

The number of books I get to read! Thanks to book blogging, I’ve discovered sites like Netgalley or contact with the publishers and that has enabled me to read titles and genres that wouldn’t have entered my reading sphere otherwise. It’s widened my horizons so much, and I will always be grateful for that!

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

It would probably have to be my Reader’s Manifesto. This was my favourite because it really made me think about how and why I read and what I get out of it. It made me focus on why I love reading (and, subsequently, running a book blog).

I get that with a lot of tags actually – it makes me think about myself as a reader, which can produce surprising results!

7. What is your favourite type of post to write?

Reviews! I love them – it’s what made me start blogging in the first place and I haven’t really changed since! I love focusing my thoughts on what I like and what I don’t.

8. When do you typically write?

It can vary depending on the day of the week and the time of the year – I have a lot of commitments! But my best time to write is normally first thing in the morning, before everything else starts clogging up my brain!

9. Do you review a copy of every book you read?

At the moment, it feels like it, but that is only because I am behind on my ARC’s and saying yes to blog tours!

But no. There needs to be some books that you can lose yourself in for pleasure and not have to think about it. I tend to be re-reading something at the moment if I’m not reviewing, but I have a lot of books set to one side that won’t be reviewed!

10. How do you write your reviews? With a cup of tea or coffee? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?weekly-wrap-up-1

With my blanket, tea and music! I’m generally sitting under my blanket with a cuppa in reach, with something playing softly in the background. I work better with music playing and find it helps me focus my thoughts. And tea, because, you know, tea…

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after?

I will always wait until at least the following day – whether I finish the book in the morning or evening. I need time to digest and work out how I feel about it.

Ideally, the following day. But when life gets in the way, it can be quite a few days later sometimes – which makes it a lot harder!

12.  How often do you post?

Three times a week. Two of those posts tend to be book related while the third might be about something different. It’s a constant battle in my mind whether to switch entirely to books or not, but for now, there is a bit of a blend.

So there we have it, a little bit more about me as a book blogger and what makes me tick. How about you? Let me know if you try this out!

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