Good day, Wonderlings! How fare your side of the globe? Is it pitifully hot? I loathe summer, as most of you know thanks to my consistent whining on twitter and here. Summer means loud, arrogant tourists, hayfever, and migraines. Do not want. Do not like.
Anyway, I was thinking lately (I do that sometimes) that although I post a lot on this wonderful blog Inge and I gave metaphorical birth to (insert appropriate cringe moment), I don’t know a lot about you guys and you, in turn, don’t really know a lot about me. The best way to know a blogger, I’ve found, is through book tags, and I found the perfect one!
The Blogger Stats book tag was created by Stuart @ Always Trust In Books and consists of a bunch of questions that help you get to know me — and I’d love to get to know you, too, so if you participate, link me up! And if you don’t have a blog, then feel free to post your response in the comments! Although summer is a dreary time of year for me, it’s also the best time of year for me to get to know people, because in the winter I’m usually found hibernating under a rock with a lot of food.
The last three books you read?
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
The Waking Land by Callie Bates
Spoilers or spoiler free?
I am a SPOILER FREE zone, Wonderlings. Although I love reading spoilers, I usually do so only when I’ve read the book in question. Very rarely, I’ll seek out spoilers before the book’s release, but it’s usually only if I’ve lost interest or I know it’s going to be a while before I read and I’ll most likely forget by the time I get round to it.
How long have you been book blogging?
Three years, more or less! I started out on Goodreads in 2013, and was then asked to review on 100% Rock Magazine. Then Inge invited me to review on Bookshelf Reflections, and when Karolina decided to give BR up, Inge and I decided to start our own blog! It’s been a tumultous, wild ride, but I wouldn’t change it for anything else.
A book you read in one sitting?
I think Hunted by Meagan Spooner is the one of two books I read in one sitting this year. It was beautiful. Magical. Whimsical. If you haven’t read it yet, please do. You need it in your life.
Your favorite genre?
Fantasy! Reading is an escape for me, and I rarely want to read something that could happen in real life at any given moment, so fantasy is my go-to genre no matter what mood I’m in.
Preferred book size? (novella, tome…etc.)
Tomes for sure! I don’t know why, but any book over 400 pages is a must read for me. Maybe it’s because huge fantasy books are wonderful to tote around? Or maybe it’s because you can guarantee excellent world-building and plot in a tome. Or maybe it’s because I never go to the gym and hauling 600+ page books around is my preferred form of exercise. We’ll never know!
Amount of books on your TBR?
Goodreads says 558, but that may be a lie. I haven’t done a good TBR purge in a while, so I’m going to go ahead and say around 200 books on my immediate TBR. Manageable, if I don’t sleep for the next five years.
A book you have DNF’d?
The Hundredth Queen by Emily R King was… not pleasing. In fact, I am MOST displeased.
Recent awards or milestones?
I was a smoker for 7 years, but have been cigarette-free for… five months now! Go me! I also recently started writing my fantasy WIP after a year of running away from it every time it called for me. YES, ACCOMPLISHMENTS, MY PRETTIES.
Best interaction with an author you enjoy?
Meagan Spooner retweeted my review of Hunted and then posted about it in her newsletter. I cried, guys. She’s so freakin’ lovely, and so charming. I want to be her when I grow up.
Average number of books you read per month?
Between 4 and 7, depending on how my working month has been. High stress usually leads to stupid amounts of sleep and staring at the Netflix loading screen.
Top three publishers?
Bloomsbury, HarperCollins and Tor! I love most of their fantasy books, and the staff are always so lovely.
Social media sites your blog uses?
You can find us on Twitter and on Facebook! Get your daily dose of Wonderland’s craziness on whichever platform your prefer.
Average amount of time you spend networking?
I’m on twitter 24/7 and I’m not shy about jumping into conversations and starting discussions online. Facebook is Inge’s realm, where she posts daily animal pictures and videos. If you want your heart to melt right out of your chest, Facebook is the place to be.
Most comfortable blogging position?
Does such a thing even exist? I mostly blog at my super uncomfortable dining room table. Sometimes at work on my phone, if it’s really quiet. Rarely, I blog on my bed, and I say rarely because the internet connection in my bedroom is atrocious. My xbox likes to steal all the WiFi.
Music or quiet when writing reviews?
I used to love silence when reviewing and blogging in general, but recently I’ll put the TV on as background noise, or listen to an audiobook. At the moment, I’m listening to my favourite YouTuber’s Witcher 3 gameplay because I’ve already played the game but enjoy the story. It makes for a good soundtrack.
Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?
Loud and in your face? I don’t know, I’m pretty out there with my opinions. My style varies with my mood though, hahaha.
A blog you looked up to starting out?
I always loved IceyBooks‘s content, and loved reading Hafsah and Asma’s reviews and posts. I still look up to them today! Their blog is honestly fantastic.
The best book you have reviewed so far?
So far? So far in my entire blogging life, or this year? Because there is no way I can answer this accurately. I read a lot of amazing books.
Best piece of blogging advice?
Be yourself! If you can’t be yourself on your blog, can you be yourself anywhere else? Your blog is an extension of you, so you should always let yourself shine through your posts. You are awesome.
And that’s a wrap on me, Wonderlings! Tag yourselves, or comment below! I’d love to get to know you better, too.
The Blogger Stats Book Tag was created by AlwaysTrustinBooks.