The Secret Life of a Book Blogger


I was nominated by the wonderful and beautiful Dr. Babus Ahmed at ajoobacatsblog to participate in The Secret Life of a Book Blogger.  Thank you!

1 How long have you been a blogger?

Since July 2012.  Wow!!  3 years.

2 At what point do you think you will stop? 

I saw a recent update from a Goodreads friend who said that she had stopped writing reviews and even reading for a while because it had been too stressful.  She felt she wasn’t enjoying books because of the constant thoughts about how she would review, whether it was hitting any of her pet peeves or even those of her reader friends.

If I ever started to feel that blogging or reviewing was a chore, I would stop.  Plain and simple.  Reading is my escape and therapy.  It shouldn’t cause stress.

3 What is the best thing?

Finding new books that were loved by fellow readers and connecting with people who have this in common.  Not everyone loves to read and it’s nice to be part of a community that understands that it’s part of my DNA.

4 What is the worst thing?

I rarely have a “worst thing”.  Last year someone commented on a review and got a little nasty but who cares?

5 How long does it take you to find/create pictures for your post?

Seconds.  I’m not big on adding tons of pictures or GIFs.  I just include a copy of the cover and sometimes a picture that really struck me as applicable.

6 Who is your book crush?

For the last year or so it’s been Tybalt from the October Daye series (Seanan McGuire).  But, I’ll be honest that Walt Longmire (Craig Johnson) is starting to move up the ranks.  🙂

7 What author would you like to have on your blog? 

Hmmm.  I’m fine with having an author do a guest post or something of that nature but generally I want my blog to be a spot for readers.  But, let’s be real, if I had the chance to have Stephen King, Seanan McGuire, Ilona Andrews, Jonathan Maberry or another favorite be on my blog, I would jump on it.

8 What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

Preferably PJs but most of the time whatever I’ve worn to work in that day as I usually fit the writing in around a pretty busy schedule.

9 How long does it take you to prepare?

I don’t really prepare.  I try to write the reviews fairly soon after reading but I’ve been 10+ behind before.  Whenever I have a free 10-minute span, I try to knock one out.  (And I know sometimes it’s obvious I’m on a timeline.  I’ve gone back and read some that made me cringe.)

10 How do you feel about the book/blogger community/culture? 

In general, it’s a great community. I’ve always felt supported and a connection with my fellow bloggers.

11 What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Whatever works for you.  Don’t worry about followers or likes.  Just do what you love.


I’m not going to specifically challenge any other bloggers but I would love to hear what you all have to say.

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