Book Tag: Book Blogger Insider Tag
I was tagged by the lovely Jenny at JenJenReviews to participate in the Book Blogger Insider Tag (I volunteered when they put a call out!). I absolutely adore reading these, and finding out more about peoples habits and preferences, so here goes mine …
Where do you typically write your blog posts?
I have a lovely arm chair that I inherited from my Nan. It’s so comfy, and we have a set of coffee tables that are the perfect height to place my laptop on.
How long generally does it take you to write a book review?
I jot down my main thinking points, and sections of the book that stand out to me when I read. I then spend roughly 30 minutes planning, maybe 60 minutes writing, and 30 minutes re-reading, reviewing, and making sure I feel I’ve got my points across.
I won’t always do all these steps in the same sitting, so it’s quite typical for me to have blog posts written over a number of days/writing slots.
When did you start your book blog?
Originally created late 2018, but I didn’t post my first review until February 2019. It took a couple more months (and a broken arm!) to begin to post regularly.
What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?
Personally, I think it’s the pressure I put on myself to post frequently without affecting the quality of my reviews. Over the last few weeks, I’ve felt better about this, and try to focus on the reason that I write – because I love books!
What is the best thing about having a book blog?
Finding other like minded people, and getting lots and lots of top quality recommendations. My TBR is a struggle, but I find the book community such a lovely and welcoming place, that I don’t mind.
What is your favourite type of blog post to write?
Definitely reviews. I love going back over books, and being reminded of all the emotions I felt when reading them.
I also think you can have a lot of fun with the structure of the review, whether you try and make it more like a story, a factual report, or a wider discussion piece.
Do you review every book that you read?
Absolutely not. I mostly review the ones that I feel made a big impact on me, or where it’s a sub-genre that hasn’t really featured on my blog before.
In an ideal world I would review all of them, but unfortunately I don’t have time with my job, and I just don’t need that level of pressure in my life!
How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?
A mixture really. As it’s whenever I have the time, it can vary from first thing in the morning to last thing at night. I always have a drink with me, whether that is coffee or whisky.
When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?
It varies a lot. Sometimes I know I can write it straight away, other times I know I will need to re-read the book before I feel confident giving my opinion.
Typically I would say it’s a couple of weeks after I have finished them.
How often do you post?
I aim for at least one week, but it’s probably more like 2 – 3 times a month! I’ve been better in 2020, as I’ve had a clearer blog plan and varied the types of post on my blog more.
What about you? What would your answers reveal about being a book blogger?