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Tag Thursday – Book Blogger Inside Look

I don’t often do book tags, but I just saw this one on Pretty Purple Polka Dots and thought it was really fun, so I decided to do it. She got her prompt from Thrice Read, but the original creator is A Little Slice of Jamie.

Where do you typically write your blog posts?

I generally write my posts at my desk at work, at lunch times. But during the summer, when it’s not term-time (so I’m not on campus as often) I could write them anywhere. My last post was written on a tube, and this one is at my dining room table.

This is my writing station (and my work station) today. The notebooks on the right are from work. The sharpie is from my Hodderscape book challenge. The hairbrush is… just because I’m disorganised and messy.

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

This varies wildly depending on how much I liked the book and how busy I am at work. While I try to write my posts within a lunch hour, sometimes I get distracted by other things, so it can take a long time for me to come back to them and finish them off. I also find it easier to talk about some books than others, so it depends on the book itself also.

When did you start your book blog?

I started this blog in January 2009, but it was a personal/mixed blog for about five years before I converted to a solely book blog in the middle of 2014. And I haven’t looked back in the five years since!

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

I seem to have divorced the habit of obtaining books from the habit of reading books, which means that books I was really excited to get (and even pre-ordered) don’t actually… get read. Instead, I seem to end up reading lots of books that I’m not as excited about or interested in, while these beautiful, exciting books just look mournfully at me as I regret everything in my life.

One of my many piles of ‘to-read’ books. This one is from YALC this year (with some additions).

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

The community. I love being able to spend time talking to and interacting with people who are so unashamedly bookish. It’s also great that it intertwines nicely with my own personal interests at work, although I have yet to find a way to actively tie them together…

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

I actually really like writing reviews where I’ve had very strong feelings about a book. Whether they’re good or bad feelings, I find those reviews the easiest and the most fun. Sometimes a good rant is really worth the time it takes to type it up!

What is your favourite type of blog post to write?

Definitely reviews. The vast majority of posts on my blog are reviews, because I enjoy them the most, and value them most when I’m looking back at my blog.

When do you typically write?

I try to write around lunchtime, but sometimes I get caught up in things and forget. Today, for example, I’m writing at 11.15pm.

Do you review every book you read?

No way. I read far more than I would be able to comfortably review, and if I tried to review everything I read, I would probably end up a stressed out ball of hatred who felt unable to start new books because I hadn’t finished reviewing the last one. I do give them all star ratings on Goodreads, though.

How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

It varies wildly. I tend to have some kind of snack on my desk at work at all times, and try to drink water throughout the day (although I’m terrible at keeping up with that), but I tend to be curled up in my office chair, typing manically for one reason or another, so the blog posts become part of that routine.

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

I try to write as soon as possible after I finish a book, but things often don’t work out that way. If I was any kind of organised I would type up reviews immediately and then schedule them, but that… doesn’t happen.

How often do you post?

I post twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Or at least, I try to. I did a couple of years of posting every day when this was a personal blog, but the pressure got to be too much for me. I also did a couple of years of only posting when I felt like it, but I didn’t like how sparse the blog was. Twice a week is a nice mid-point between those two for me, but I don’t beat myself up if it doesn’t happen.

I would love to hear if you complete this tag, so do link me in your posts!




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