So I was scrolling through Paul’s blog, The Galaxial Word (y’all know Paul, right? He’s awesome), at 7am while I was eating cereal and waiting until the last possible moment before I had to inevitably… More
Thank you to Paul @ The Galaxial Word for tagging me in the very new and very exciting ‘Secret Life of a Book Blogger’ tag! Read on for a behind-the-scenes look into my own blogging world and to discover my true thoughts on this community!
Let’s get started!
How long have you been a blogger?
Oh gosh, this question makes me feel like a senior citizen on here! I’ve been blogging for over three years now on Written Word Worlds, but I recently started this particular blog so that I could have the freedom to talk about more things, not just post book reviews. Even though I’m currently in my last year of high school… and go to bed at 1am because of all the homework I’m doing… and am struggling to find the time to read at the moment… Listen, I was young and ambitious. And by young, I mean two weeks younger than I am right now. But dare to dream, right?
At what point do you think you will stop?
I WILL NEVER STOP. NEVER. YOU CAN’T MAKE ME. I won’t even stop when the internet is ‘so 2020’ and it has been surpassed by something way better and way cooler. Blogging and book reviewing online is a part of me. I need to share my thoughts, otherwise I’ll explode.
What is the best thing?
I think this has been said by a lot of other bloggers and it’s kind of cliched now, but I honestly think it’s the sense of community I feel when blogging or book reviewing. It’s honestly so great to hear other people’s thoughts on their books and have little conversations down in the comments. Everyone is so friendly and passionate about reading and blogging, which makes this a place where we can all come to and share our thoughts without the fear of being stabbed through the computer screen. Unless you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments. THEN imma come for you. 😉
What is the worst thing?
I wouldn’t say it’s the worst thing, but writing book reviews does take up a lot of time. I love writing them and I love sharing my thoughts, but sometimes I think it would be a lot more convenient if I could mentally convey everything that I wanted to say onto a Word document, already spell-checked and grammatically correct with beautiful, poetic language and a few jokes here and there. Someone please make that a reality!
How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
The only pictures I really use on book reviews is one of the book cover – which takes literally two seconds to find from Goodreads. I don’t use gifs 1) because I’m kind of an internet noob and wouldn’t know how to put them onto my blog, 2) because I like everything on my blog(s) to be mine and not have to have that constant worry in the back of my head that I’ll be sued for stealing someone else’s work and 3) because I like my book reviews to be more of a written record of my thoughts rather than a compilation of moving images. Call me old-school.
Who’s your book crush?
Oh my God – too many! Honestly, I form a crush in almost every book I read. If I really had to narrow the list down, I’d have to say Jace from The Mortal Instruments, Will from The Infernal Devices, Patch from Hush Hush, Adrian from Bloodlines, Finch from All The Bright Places, and every male protagonist from all the books by Rainbow Rowell. My whole life is made up of swooning, swooning, and more swooning.
Which author would you like to have on your blog?
I would love to have any author on my blog, to be honest! Preferably an author who wrote a book that I have read and liked. As a writer and an aspiring author, I think it would be very useful to get some more hints and tips about everything book-related. And yes, I classify ‘writer’ and ‘author’ as two completely different things. I think that to be a writer, you just have to write and enjoy it. Anyone can write an essay for school, but that isn’t writing. And writing isn’t being an author. To me, an author has to be someone with published and buyable works.
What do you wear when you write your blog?
I wear whatever I happen to be wearing at the time? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I could be wearing anything from pyjamas to a ball gown, and you’d never know. I’m going to leave that up to your imagination. 😉
How long does it take you to prepare?
I don’t really prepare my book reviews – it’s just the writing-up of them that takes a while. Usually, I can write and upload a book review within the hour. If I’m doing a random blog post, like the three I have on this blog *hides face* it doesn’t take me that long. Usually, I’m inspired to write those, so the words don’t seem to come from me but through me. *Aaaand cue the end scene of Ruby Sparks*
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
It’s literally the most loving, enthusiastic community online. LET’S NEVER BECOME LIKE YOUTUBE.
What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?
Write. Just write. Honestly, just write whatever you feel like writing. It’ll help you grow your confidence about sharing your words with the world and inevitably, you’ll get some followers and some likes, and that’s good because it makes you feel like your views are valued, therefore you’ll keep blogging. Don’t worry about how many followers you have or that another blog’s posts get more likes than yours. If you’re doing what you love, it won’t matter how many people see it. Yes, it’s great to be acknowledged, but at the end of the day, the main person you should be trying to please by doing this is yourself. That’s why you started, right?
Who do you tag?
Oh no, this is always the hardest part! There are so many amazing blogs! I’ve narrowed it down to just a select few, and these people are…
Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds
Alicia @ #LoveBooks
Alyssa @ Reading, Reading, READING
Miguel @ The Quirky Reader
Faith @ Fangirl World
Even if I didn’t explicitly tag you, you’re more than welcome to take part in this! I’d love to know a little bit more about you all, so make sure you drop me a link to your answers if you decide to take part in this tag!
1. An Instagram account dedicated solely to pictures of books, bookshelves (or “shelfies”) and/or reading.
2. An Instagram account that fangirls/fanboys own to spread their uncontainable excitement about books with the world in aesthetically pleasing photographs and/or colour schemes.
So ever since I did my Dangerous Lies photoshoot, I’d been wanting to start a bookstagram account. And a few weeks ago, I did that. There’s just something so pleasing (and time consuming) about choosing photos, putting a filter on them, and then coordinating your account so the colour theme is aesthetically pleasing.
A little while ago, I had the opportunity to take part in a thing called the #FitzBlitzTour, which was run by Simon & Schuster Australia. This was a competition which allowed a few lucky Aussie YA bloggers to show off their skills and creativity when asked to make something to represent and celebrate Becca Fitzpatrick’s latest book, Dangerous Lies.
After practically begging to be a part of this, I worked on my entry for weeks, determined to have the most original entry. The first part of my entry, as you may have guessed from above, was a photoshoot of the book. I have a passion for photography (and Instagram!), so a couple of days I took the book and my camera down to my local park and took some photos.
But that wasn’t enough. I also decided to make a video based on the book Dangerous Lies where I discussed the book (spoiler free!) and played the game Two Truths and a Lie with one of my friends…
There was an abundance of other amazing entries – everything from themed food to book trailers. Seriously, us YA bloggers are a talented bunch.
I really hope I get to do something like this again soon, because it was really fun. It also prompted me to start a bookstagram account (which is a book-themed Instagram account). You know when you have two book-dedicated blogs and a boostagram account that you’re a fangirl. But I didn’t choose the fangirl life, the fangirl life chose me. I will forever be reading fanfiction, sobbing over the deaths of my favourite characters and dedicating my life to being a part of these worlds that authors have so lovingly created.
I’m a fangirl.
My name’s Sarah. I’m a reader who often suffers from book-hangovers, a writer prone to procrastinating, and a full-time fangirl. After already having one blog for my book reviews and one for my writing, I thought I’d add to my growing collection of social media and blogs to create this baby!
On here, I’ll be posting a whole mish-mash of things – ranging from snippets of my writing, book reviews from my current favourites (which will originally be posted here) and general fangirlish rants.
I hope you enjoy following me on a journey through this fangirl-inducing world!
Check out my other sites and social media too, if you’d like…
Book reviewing blog – Written Word Worlds
Writing blog – Write the Worlds
Twitter – @_sarahdreams
Instagram – @_sarahdreams
YouTube – Sarah Dreams