It’s book tag time again! So, technically, this one is actually called The Valentine’s Day Book Tag, but considering I’m a month love, I figured I would just focus on the ‘love’ part of the tag and roll with that as a title. Whoever said I was on the ball when it came to topical posts?
I saw this one over at Golden Books Girl and loved it! I strongly recommend you go and check out not only her awesome answers, but her fantastic blog as well! I believe this was made by Taiwo at Stuffed Shelves, who I also recommend going to check out!
So, while I might have missed Valentine’s day, book love isn’t restricted to a single day. Nor is spoiling yourself, or other people, so I’m rolling with it!
What books have you been gifted that you love?
My sister bought me the two Fantastic Beasts screenplays for Christmas. I haven’t read them yet so I’m just assuming that I’ll love them, but the covers are absolutely gorgeous!
The best ones are two books on legends from a dear friend though: one is a really old copy of Arthurian tales (she knows I adore old books) and the other is the most beautifully illustrated Robin Hood collection ever.
What book(s) would you like to give as a gift to someone else?
The Year of Saying Yes by Hannah Doyle. This book lifted me up so much when I needed it and left me motivation and inspired in a way I’ve never experienced before. I keep recommending it to friends, but would love to get someone a copy. Hmm, there’s birthdays coming up this year…
If you could gift a random person any bookish item, what would it be?
Hmm. It might have to be a bookmark. You can’t go wrong with a bookmark (unless they only ever read ebooks, then it’s probably a waste of time…). I have so many bookmarks scattered around – naturally can’t find one when I need it – and I actually select them depending on what book I’m reading, so I’d want to give others that choice!
If you could gift a random person any non-bookish item, what would it be?
A cushion. Or a mug. Ooh tough! I have a collection of both and they are my favourite thing to receive, so I’d definitely share the love there and give them to other people. Depends if I’m hoping to be invited around for a cup of tea or not!
What do you say when a person gives you a gift you don’t like?
I just say thank you and don’t let on that I don’t like it. Then it normally gets put in a drawer for about two years until I have a clear out and hope that everyone has forgotten all about it, which is when it normally makes the charity shop pile. Or I pass it on if there is someone I know will like it more.
Mention a book based around Valentine’s Day.
Ooh. Stumped. I’m not a big romance reader and can’t actually think of a single one that mentions Valentine’s day, let alone based around it. But because this is a ‘love’ tag rather than Valentine’s, I’m going to go with Carry On by Rainbow Rowell because that’s definitely my favourite soppy love story!
Mention any two tips for blogging as a gift to other bloggers and to those who may want to start a blog.
I love this as a question in a book tag!! My two pieces of advice would be:
- Don’t pressure yourself. Blog what you want to write, at a schedule that suits you. Not got a niche? Who cares! By writing about what you love/want to discuss, your posts will be much stronger than forcing yourself to stay on a certain track.
- If you ever stop enjoying it, take a break. A day, a week, a month… whatever is needed to get you back into it. My breaks before have ended with me desperate to start blogging again, and all my passion and inspiration returns because of it. Never force yourself – keep the love there!
Link to some posts by other bloggers that you loved or were very helpful
Honestly, I couldn’t chose here! There are so many awesome bloggers out there who inspire me, whether I’m after a new book to read, some blogging advice or just a pick-me-up when I’m having a tough time of it. I couldn’t select specifics, so don’t make me!
And that’s it from me for today! Thanks again to Golden Books Girl for introducing me to this post and encouraging me to roll with it despite it not being Valentine’s day any longer!
Fancy giving this a go yourself? I’d love to read your answers!
What bookish gifts would you give those you love?