It’s time for the blogger Q&A! Over on Twitter, I had loads of questions come in for things people wanted to know, so I wrote them all down and answered them here for you all to see. I hope you enjoy my answers!
@readbytiffany asks “What advice do you have for new book bloggers?”
My main advice is to stick at it. When I first started my blog back in June 2017, I thought that nobody would be interested in what I had to say about books, but I was so wrong. If you’re passionate about what you write, people will read it and love it! Also, participate in Twitter chats for book bloggers! There are lots to get involved in, and you can connect with many like-minded people. My favourites are #UKYAChat, #SundayYA and #UKMGChat.
asks “What book made you who you are today?”
This is such a tough question. There are so many books that I think inspired me to be the person I am today, but I think I’m going to be cliche here and say Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix. It told me to stand up for what is right, even if wrong stands in the way. It told me to always be there for my friends when they are struggling, and to have their backs no matter what. It told me to be accepting and embracing of the weird and wonderful people in your life, and to be who you are.
asks “Favourite blog post you’ve done, and favourite you’ve read? Favourite chocolate bar? Country you’d most like to travel to?”
1. My favourite blog post I’ve written has to be the Those Beloved Books: Six Of Crows duology. I loved every single second of writing that post and taking the photos for it. It was a real treat to get carried away with my passion and write about how Kaz Brekker has taken over my obsessions. My favourite blog posts I read tend to change a lot, but currently I’m absolutely loving the ‘2018 Reading Resolutions‘ from Abscape, ‘Do Book Characters make good role models?‘ from ThatFictionLife, and ‘Launching My Own Etsy Shop‘ from ThisBookyPlace.
2. My favourite chocolate bar has to be a Milky Way! Love those little beauties!
3. I would absolutely love to travel to Japan during the Spring and take photos of the cherry blossom. I’ve longed to go there for ages, and hope that one day I can get there and immerse myself.
asks “If you could spend a day with three fictional characters, who would you invite and where would you go?“
I have so many favourite characters, but I think I’d choose Luna Lovegood, Kaz Brekker and Henry ‘Monty’ Montague. Luna would be whimsical enough to enjoy whatever we went to do, Kaz would grumble about how expensive it would be (even if it cost nothing at all), and Monty would bring us some laughter followed by the inevitable chaotic adventure of the trip caused by his actions. I think I’d have to take them somewhere to keep them out of trouble, like the library where they can attempt to sit quietly.
asks “What book did you finish, but wish you didn’t?”
I can answer this in two ways: A book that I didn’t want to end and a book that I desperately wanted to be over with.
I was sad to finish They Both Die At The End, as I knew it was coming. I was so upset, and cried my eyes out at the end. It was one of the most beautiful books that I’ve ever read, and if I could rewind time to read it with a fresh mind I definitely would.
One that I wish I hadn’t finished was The Loneliest Girl In The Universe. The ending was just so farfetched and I really disliked the book. Once it was finished, I wished that I hadn’t even started it.
asks “Name some of your auto-buy authors and why?”
Currently, it’s gotta be Leigh Bardugo. I fell in love with her writing when I was reading Six Of Crows, so anything she writes will be an instant buy for me.
asks “Favourite fandoms?”
I really like seeing art from lots of different fandoms, especially the ones I love. My favourites probably have to be: Six Of Crows, Uncharted, Dragon Age, Harry Potter. There are other shows I love and enjoy fandom content from, but I find that sometimes these communities can be toxic so steer well clear!
asks “What books best define your reading tastes? And sort your favourite characters from your favourite books into hogwarts houses!”
I love this question! Let’s start with the defining my reading tastes. I tend to fall for books that have male characters with tragic backstories/mysterious past lives, and that also seems to be the case for video games I play too. Some books that fall into this category: Six Of Crows, A Darker Shade Of Magic, Lost Boy, Twilight (Jasper, the true definition of brooding), The Mortal Instruments, A Series of Unfortunate Events. The list could go on. If something has some magic, mystery, and a moody main character, I’m intrigued.
CHARACTER HOGWARTS HOUSES (Not including HP characters as they’re already sorted!)
Kaz Brekker – Slytherin
Jesper Fahey – Gryffindor
Wylan Van Eck – Hufflepuff
Hermes – Gryffindor
Morrigan Crow – Ravenclaw
Jupiter North – Slytherin
Kell – Slytherin/Ravenclaw (because he’s actually quite hard to sort…)
Lila – Slytherin
Prince Rhy – Hufflepuff
Monty – Gryffindor
Percy – Ravenclaw
Nimona – Slytherin
Marko – Gryffindor
Alana – Slytherin
asks “What’s the one book you’ve read that you wish you hadn’t- and why?”
I really, really wish that I hadn’t read Pride and Prejudice. I had to read it for school, but hated every single second of the women and their lives. It was dull and dragged on, and I didn’t feel invested at all in the characters lives, and it was HUGE! The font was so tiny and it felt like a doorstop. Plus there was no magic! Safe to say, it put me off Jane Austen for life.
asks “What do you like the most and the least about the book community?”
I like that the community is quite friendly – I’ve made some friends just by chatting about books which is wonderful! People support and read your blog/tweets and it’s great to get into a discussion over favourite books.
I don’t like the fact that if somebody has a different opinion about a book then they’re awful for having that feeling. I get it, somebody doesn’t love the book you adored. That’s no need to send them awful comments or to be rude. Opinion is opinion.
asks “What is a picture book from your childhood that sticks out in your memory?”
I will always remember the Shirley Hughes books – I’ve mentioned them a few times before in other blog posts. My favourite definitely has to be Alfie Gets In First, where Alfie hurries into the house before his mum and sister and locks them out! He’s too short to reach the latch and sends the whole street into a panic about how to get in. Alfie worries for a bit, before sensibly going to get his stool to reach the latch and open the door. It’s such a delightful read and I still love them today.
asks “If you had to change the ending of a book which one would you choose? If you could play a character in a movie adaptation of a book who would it be?“
I would change the ending of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix so that Sirius Black would live and Harry actually had a member of family of his own to have forever. It was the saddest part of OoTP, and Harry has enough grief to deal with.
This was such a tricky question! If I were to play a character in a movie adaptation of a book, I think I’d play Nimona from the graphic novel of the very same name. Nimona is fierce and strong, and she always wants to do the right thing. She’s also a shapeshifter, which is just completely awesome.
asks “If you could live in any book world, which would you choose and why? Also, if you were trapped on an island with three characters from MG/YA books who would you choose?”
I think I’d definitely love to live in Red London. The wonderful amount of magic, a really nice royal family and a pretty prince? That sounds like a place I could live for a while. That being said, I’ve only read the first book of the series, so don’t know if it stays safe…
If I was trapped on an island with three book characters, I’d take Jesper, Kell, and Jupiter North. Jesper would be able to entertain us and keep us sane as he told jokes and played games. Kell, I’m sure, would be able to turn his coat into some sort of cosy blanket to keep us warm, and would also be able to use his magic so we could have fresh water and not have to climb trees to get food. Once we’d had enough, Jupiter would be able to take us all home in his Arachnipod! (Can you tell I put tons of thought into this one?)
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my answers, let me know what you thought!