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Behind the Screen – A Book Blogger Tag

Happy Tuesday! If you live in the UK (particularly Scotland) and enjoy sunny weather, you will have been basking in the heat as much as I have and spending every waking second outside in the garden when you aren’t stuck in your sweaty place of work with a disgusting amount of perspiration leaking from every pore on your body. I even have a ~tan~ in SCOTLAND. Unheard of. If the weather was like this every summer we would never need to spend so much money on holidays to Spain! Mind you, I do still enjoy a proper authentic sangria or two…

Anyway, I was so happy to get a Twitter notification the other day telling me that I had been tagged in my very first tag. I have already done the writer tag, but I found it and chose to do it myself rather than being tagged by someone, so thank you Adrianna! You can find her blog, For The Love of Books, and read her answers to these questions here.

The “Behind the Screen” book blogger tag was first created by Amber at Du Livre, who I am so glad to have found now as her reviews are amazing! You should definitely check out her blog, as well as Adrianna’s and the ones I am going to be tagging myself at the bottom of this post (especially my new blogger friend Noly).

I love tags, and this is a long hearty one at that. They let me ramble to my heart’s content, but you also get to know the person doing the rambling too, so let’s just have at it, eh.

WHEN DID YOU START BLOGGING AND WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST REVIEW?

I have only been blogging for just under two months now, and I am loving it so far. My first review was Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher which I have no doubts you will have at least heard of by now, if not read it yourself. I am so excited for the rest of the trilogy if the first instalment is anything to go by!

WHO/WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START BLOGGING?

I really wanted somewhere that could let me write more, especially as I am about to start my final year of university studying English Literature, Journalism and Creative Writing. I also know a lot of authors started out as journalists and bloggers and that is exactly where I would like my life to end up. It also meant the ability to connect with people who love books as much as I do and would understand the struggle between choosing whether to organise my bookcase in alphabetical order by author surname or to colour co-ordinate it.

WHAT IS A BLOG-RELATED GOAL YOU HAVE?

I’m not necessarily huge on numbers (although I love seeing the follower count rising – such a good feeling knowing that people have found your blog and like it enough to stick around for more) so instead I would like to find ~quality~ readers who it is fun to interact with. I love my blog twitter account for this too. I would also love if my blog provided me with some outside writing opportunities in the future, so hit me up people.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH SOMEONE TOLD YOU ABOUT BLOGGING?

God, isn’t it TIME CONSUMING. There’s the actual writing process, taking the photos and editing them, not to mention coming up with ideas, designing your blog, promoting yourself on various social media, the list goes on. It’s a good thing it is fun.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST BLOG-RELATED ACCOMPLISHMENT?

Working with people from the real book world! I was lucky enough to take part in my first cover reveal last month for Katie McGarry’s newest book, and next week I have a review of Alexandra McCann’s New Adult novella Angels Can’t Swim, as well as a short Q&A with her. It feels like quite an accomplishment for a new blogger as I was contacted by her and asked if I wanted to review it. She actually read my blog and wanted me to do an unsolicited review! This might not seem much for established bloggers and probably happens every day for them, but I’m sure you all remember your first review request and how exciting it was.

WHAT TYPE OF POSTS DO YOU ENJOY WRITING?

I love writing lists (like my 7 Tips for Studying An English Literature or Creative Writing Degree or 8 Of The Best Kindle 99p Bargains) and rambly posts that aren’t about one particular thing. I’m terrible for just writing and writing when it could have been so much shorter – as my university tutors are well aware of when they frequently comment on how ridiculously close to the top margin of the word count I am – but I love the ability to just write as much or as little as I want on any topic. Imagine blog posts had a word limit too?!?! We would all be doomed.

WHERE DO YOU USUALLY BLOG? WHAT IS YOUR SET-UP LIKE?

Ignore how absolutely vile my laptop keyboard is. It needs a scrub, seriously.

So far I have written every single blog post from the comfort of my office, also known as my bed. I really want to be that person that sits in a coffee shop with their cappuccino and their laptop though so maybe one day (who am I kidding).

WHAT WAS YOUR LAST FIVE STAR READ?

I have just finished reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas and it was BREATHTAKING. I thought ACOTAR (book 1) was good, but this was a whole other game entirely. Planning on doing a full review of either the book or the series so far, but for now, you can read my Goodreads review of this book here.

WHAT WAS YOUR LAST ONE STAR READ?

I very rarely rate a book as one star, but the last book I marked as DNF was Things Liars Say by Sara Ney. I thought it was going to be a nice, easy, light-hearted read but I couldn’t get past the majorly cringe-worthy dialogue to actually enjoy it.

WHAT ARE THREE WORDS THAT MAKE YOU PICK UP A BOOK?

Love. Forbidden. Breathtaking.

WHAT IS YOUR HOGWARTS HOUSE?

Hufflepuff all the way.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE READING ENVIRONMENT?

Talking of warm sunny weather, I love reading out in the garden lying on a sun lounger or deck chair. In winter, I like to get all wrapped up in my bed under a million covers. Never the couch, for some unknown reason.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW BLOGGERS?

I’m not sure I am quite qualified to give advice yet when I am such a new blogger myself, but I would definitely suggest setting up a twitter account for your blog as the majority of my traffic and new followers have found me through that. It is also great to find other blogs like yours to follow that you would never otherwise know about, and get the chance to interact with people who love your chosen obsession as much as you do!

Thanks again for tagging me, Adrianna!

I tag:

Here are the questions all together to make it easier for you all (it’s a nice hearty, long blog post for when you are really in the mood for a good ramble and some typing):
  • When did you start blogging and what was your first review?
  • Who/what inspired you to start blogging?
  • What is a blog-related goal you have?
  • What is the one thing you wish someone told you about blogging?
  • What is your biggest blog-related accomplishment?
  • What type of posts do you enjoy writing?
  • Where do you usually blog? What is your set-up like?
  • What was your last five star read?
  • What was your last one star read?
  • What are three words that make you pick up a book?
  • What is your Hogwarts house?
  • What is your favourite reading environment?
  • What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Looking forward to reading your answers girls! If you have done the tag before, feel free to leave a link to it in the comments – I’d love to have a nosy.

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

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7 Comments

  • Reply Adrianna

    Fellow Hufflepuff! Yay! I loved your answers and I'm so glad you loved ACOMAF!

    July 10, 2018 at 3:57 PM
  • Reply Holly M

    Thanks for the tag – I had so much fun doing it! Definitely, I am officially a Sarah J. Maas convert.

    July 10, 2018 at 3:59 PM
  • Reply Anna

    You just got yourself another follower! I can't wait to see how you develop as a blogger.

    July 10, 2018 at 8:49 PM
  • Reply Holly M

    Aww, thank you so much for reading and deciding to stick around for more! I follow your blog too 🙂

    July 10, 2018 at 9:05 PM
  • Reply Lover Of Romance

    Great book tag you have here darling. You are from Scotland? So neat.

    Blogging is VERY time consuming, but its so worth it. I have been doing it for over 8 years and love it just as much as when I began. It definitely has helped me improve my writing skills too. I know many book bloggers that have turned into writers.

    Lovely site you have here.

    July 15, 2018 at 12:53 AM
    • Reply Carrie

      To think, I was cofesund a minute ago.

      November 18, 2018 at 10:36 PM
  • Reply Holly M

    I am – born and raised!

    It is definitely worth it, for what I have found so far. It is such a lovely community to be a part of. Congratulations for 8 years, that is incredible! Hopefully it improves my writing and helps with my writing career.

    Thank you for reading and commenting! x

    July 16, 2018 at 3:18 PM
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