As it’s been a couple of weeks into Behind Her Books starting I thought I’d do the Book Newbie Tag to introduce myself.
This was inspired by Stuck In The Book which is a blog I’ve really enjoyed reading recently.
So that’s me, in front of my beloved bookshelves. (Disclaimer: this was the first time I’d done my hair or make up in about a month due to lockdown. I thought I better get out of my pjs for this pic so, you’re welcome.)
What I dream of is to have a library in my house of course. With those sliding ladders. OK, yes, basically Beauty and the Beast. The reality is that I live in a flat in the city centre so pretty soon there will be books piling on the floor…
Let’s get on with the tag – and consider yourself tagged too!
Why did you start this blog?
I started the blog predominantly because I love reading and discussing books. At the moment I just natter on about them to anyone who will listen, so I thought blogging would be a good creative outlet for me to share my thoughts. It feels like it was meant to be as I have lots of ideas of what I want to write all the time now.
What are some fun unique things you can bring to the book blogging world?
I want to always include a bit of me and my stories into my content. I kind of think you can’t extract yourself from the reading experience so I’m hoping my voice will come through. Also I find myself really funny. This however has not been verified by a large cross-section of people, so we will see.
What are you most excited about with your book blog?
Having an excuse to read even more and having an opportunity to be creative. I’m also really excited to enter the book blogging world which is full of people that share the same love of reading.
Why do you love reading?
I sense I could go on forever here so I’ll try to keep it brief! It’s an escape, it’s comfort, it’s a learning experience, it’s hearing voices that would have otherwise gone unheard, it’s getting lost in the language. Books let you escape the world and also let you take a good, hard look at it. They’re magical.
What book/series got you into reading?
I read a lot of books when I was little. Anne of Green Gables was one of the first books that I completely fell in love with. I so wanted to be Anne’s friend and live in her world! However, there’s also Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton (particularly The Faraway Tree and the Malory Towers and St Clare’s series’) and of course, Harry Potter.
What questions would you like to ask your favourite author?
It’s impossible to pick just one! In my mind I’d ask in an insightful, yet friendly journalistic way:
To Nora Ephron: “How did you find the transitions between journalist, novelist and screen writer, and what was your favourite medium to write?”
To Zadie Smith: “How do you feel about being referred to as the ‘voice’ on race and culture from such a young age, and do you think that’s a fair title to give to anybody?”
To J.K Rowling: “HOW. DO. YOU. DO. IT?”
More likely is that I’d lose all control over the power of speech and just stare at them across the room without ever saying a word. (Not sure what room the four of us would all be in, but you get the idea).
What challenges do you think having a book blog will be the hardest to overcome?
Balancing it with a full time job and a part time degree! The latter doesn’t restart until October 2020 though so I’m hoping by then I’ll have a routine down and plenty of content to relieve any pressure. Also, just producing content that people engage with. I’m trying not to have any expectations, just to write what I would like to read.
I hope you enjoyed this Book Newbie Tag. Let me know if you do too as I’d love to take a read.