A huge thanks to Lisa over at Rambling Lisa’s Book Review’s for tagging me, these are some fun questions and I’ve really enjoyed answering them.
The Blogger Stats Book Tag was created by Stuart over at Always Trust in Books *waves*. This tag is 20 quickfire questions about your own book blog. There are very few rules. Just answer the questions, nominate as many people as you want and have fun doing so. I’ve nominated some people below but as always there is no pressure to take part, there is no favouritism, and if you aren’t nominated and want to take part have at it!
Last Three Books You Read?
Spoilers or Spoiler Free?
Spoiler Free, I have huge tantrums about spoilers, and won’t read books once I’ve read a spoiler filled review. I am really careful when I write reviews not to give spoilers, even if it means my review is a bit vague and dense.
How Long Have You Been Book Blogging?
Book blogging for two years now, I just celebrated my blogiversary at the beginning of April. I have been blogging since 2003 though so am an OAP in blogging years! haha
A Book You Read In One Sitting?
Wow, that’s hard, I don’t read many in one sitting, mainly because I don’t have the attention span thanks to all my psych meds! I think the last time I succeeded (excluding novellas which are really short) it was probably The Last Dance by Kierney Scott, I got a sneaky early copy and it was just so good I couldn’t put it down, which is pretty normal for me and Kierney’s books!
Your Favourite Genre?
Fantasy…hands down, while I enjoy romance and it helps lighten the mood in between, if I could only read one genre the rest of my life I couldn’t live without fantasy.
Preferred book size? (novella, tome, etc)
I love getting my hands on a big hefty fantasy tome. I don’t know there’s something about just disappearing into a journey that feels like it’s never going to end, of course even when they are a 1000 page mammoth of a book they still end eventually but it’s just that feeling of falling into it that I love. I’m not overly keen on novellas (although I’ve read loads of them this year) as they just finish to quickly and everything feels rushed.
Amount of books on your TBR?
So, I have 113 on my active TBR which means I own them or have ARC’s, there are another 90 on my wish list which are the books I’m actively planning to buy. These numbers could easily be far higher and about six months ago were closer to 1000. But I was having panic attacks (I have really bad anxiety) about them and the fact I would never read all the books I have (plus my flat is so small I only have 3 bookshelves and no space for excess books), so I decided to have a clear out, decide what I was realistically going to read, I’m now more strict about what I buy and request from publishers so even though the list is still a little high (to me) it’s no longer giving me panic attacks!
A book you have DNF’d?
Ah just last week I wrote a DNF review about this one, it was The Dragon’s Legacy by Deborah A. Wolf. I had desperately wanted to read it, everything I had read about it sounded perfect for me but I just wasn’t connecting with it and just past the halfway point I had no idea what was going on and admitted defeat. Usually with a DNF I’m relieved I’m walking away but I felt defeated and sad with this one.
Recent awards or milestones?
I’ve received a few blogger awarded awards like The Sunshine Award, Blogger Recognition Award etc, I’ve just passed my two year blogiversary, I’m almost at 2,000 twitter followers (99 to go!), and I am now getting at least 100 visitors a day to the blog *waves*!
Best interaction with an author you enjoy?
Oh there are a few, I’ve had a couple who I feel I’ve become friendly with now and that gives me the warm and fuzzies. I’ve had one author who not only asked me to beta read their next novel but asked if they could name a character after me in the novel after that. It’s totally bowled me over that someone thought that much of my opinion and wanted to include me in their work, it’s been a few months since that happened and I still go back to the messages to check if they are real!
I also had a review snippet printed in the latest book of one of my favourite fantasy authors. I can’t tell you how much I jumped up and down and ran around in glee when I saw it. If I wasn’t so broke I would have bought everyone I know a copy of the book to show off!
It’s a shame I’m not posting this tomorrow as tonight I’m going to a book signing with Robin Hobb my all time favourite female fantasy author so assuming I don’t go all mute (which has happened before) that will become a pretty amazing interaction for me!
Average number of books you read per month?
I’m not the fastest reader, as I said my psych meds mess with my concentration, I’m also working on getting back into work so that’s slowing things down. At the moment I’m averaging 2-3 books per week but I think that will drop as I work more so I guess monthly it’s probably 10-12. I’ll have to see how things go!
Top three publishers?
Grimbold Books – I have so much time for this small fantasy press. I haven’t read a book from them which is even OK let alone bad. Every single person I have met involved with them from the authors to the publishers are wonderful (probably because almost everybody involved is or has been an author so “gets it”). I’ve taken part in their podcast this month which will be available to the public next week!
Hodder – Some of the best fantasy novels are published on Hodder and they have their own fantasy portal Hodderscape which people can submit posts to although I’ve never got around to submitting something!
Titan Books – Titan Books is another publisher who solely specialise in Fantasy & Science Fiction, there are just so many lovely books to choose from.
Honestly choosing only three is soooo hard this list could go on for days…
Social media sites your blog uses?
Average amount of time you spend on networking?
Most comfortable blogging position?
Normally sat on my sofa with laptop on my knee, sometimes I move to my table.
Music or quiet when writing reviews?
Music! I’m a heavy metal girl so heavy loud music is preferable!
Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?
Organised, Snarky, Personal, Honest, Geeky
A blog you looked up to starting out?
One of the first book blogs I found isn’t solely a book blog anymore! But the person who runs it was really encouraging when I was starting out as a book blogger which I really appreciated at the time (and still do). It’s now known as The Tea Library, and if you love tea it’s amazing as Rebecca posts tea reviews constantly!
The best book you have reviewed so far?
How is anybody supposed to answer this question? Like seriously?! I have enough trouble picking a book of the month!
Best piece of blogging advice?
Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing? I sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed when I see how many books everyone else is reading. The reality is I just don’t read as much/as quickly etc as other people so I have to accept that where some people can read 10 books in a week I’m only ever going to read 3! Other people will only read 1. It doesn’t matter it is not a competition.
It’s time for tagging….
As I said before these are a few people, but there’s no reason why everyone can’t do it or nobody.