The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

I was humbled and delighted to find I had been ‘tagged’ to answer eleven questions. Thank you Geoffrey Valentine at  High Tea Dreams for nominating me to do this. I enjoy reading your reviews very much. 

1 How long have you been a blogger?

Since December 2012, just over two and a half years and it has been a pleasure to learn and do something new.

2 At what point do you think you will stop? 

When I am no longer able to read books and type! 

3 What is the best thing?

Reading reviews of books I have read from kindred book bloggers.

4 What is the worst thing? 

Finding a book that isn’t for me. I would ideally like to love every book I read.

5 How long does it take you to find/create pictures for your post? 

A few minutes, I screen shot covers for my book review posts and look for stock photos for anything else. 

6 Who is your book crush? 

It’s been a while but my last book crush was Ben Hope from the Scot Mariani books. I love a deep, moody and capable hero and am willing to overlook the smoking as he’s only on paper.

7 What author would you like to have on your blog? 

I still get incredibly starstruck when an author contacts me after I have written a review about their book and that often leads to total mental block and I end up responding with the most nerdy cringeworthy tweet or comment. I would love to have Tess Gerritsen on my blog. 

8 What do you wear when you write your blog posts? 

Usually a couple of cats on my lap!! But seriously something comfy and light I can do a few yoga poses in. 

9 How long does it take you to prepare? 

Minutes. I like to capture my feelings on a book after I’ve reached the last page and express what lasting impression I have of the book. If I have read something that has been particularly affecting I may choose to sleep on it before writing a review, but that is very rare. My reviews appear, on average, within 15 minutes of my finishing a book 

10 How do you feel about the book/blogger community/culture? 

I love it. I spend more time reading and finding blogs than writing them which suits me fine. 

11 What do you think one should do to get a successful blog? 

Success is extremely subjective but I think keeping at it and posting frequently is imperative to being a blogger.

I Would Like To Nominate The Following Wonderful Blogs:

Coffeeholic Bookworm
For My Love of Books
Book Guy Reviews
The Book Venom
Rosie Amber
Low Country Book Lover


  1. Beautiful replies… you deserve an award for being so fast too. It took me hours to get that done, lol. You are quite the pro to get reviews completed in 15 minutes. I totally understand your twitter concerns but my favourite answer has to be the two cats in your lap! 🙂

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    1. I don’t skim, I read very closely, I’m lucky that I can focus, despite distraction from the cats, for long periods of time. I love getting lost in the text and if I didn’t do so there would be no point in opening a book. Reading is a pleasure for me and not a job, as is the blogging.


  2. Love it. What a great way to get you talking about your writing/ reading process. Because of you I’ve now discovered Coffeeholic Bookworm and a few others. I truly admire how quickly you review. I have all good intentions. I read so many and then I have endless tasks with my children who distract me with lots of fun things to do and sometimes not so fun, when all I want to do is write and review :-), my books pile up and I am slow. Sigh. On and on I go.

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    1. I’m so glad you’ve met fellow bloggers through me, helping people connect makes blogging very satisfying. I am a voracious reader and didn’t realise I read fast, it’s just something I’ve always done, but I’m lucky I don’t have many pressing demands on my time. I have become more selective over what I add to my reading list though. I think I read less crime thrillers than I used to and I find I’m less forgiving of the horror genre than I used to be.


      1. I can’t read more than one book at a time and earlier this year I tried audio books but just can’t seem to concentrate on the book unless I have text in front of me.


      2. I agree. Text is important to me too. I’ve never done audio books. I even have difficulty with a Kindle. I have to have a solid book in my hands. I’m getting used to the whole e-book though.


      3. It took me a while to get used to Kindle but I can’t do without the instant dictionary now and I have tiny hands which make holding big books awkward so kindle is easier on that front too.


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