Suntag: The Secret Life of A Book Blogger

I’d like to thank Donna at Chocolate n Waffles Blog for tagging me and taking the procrastination of what to blog about today away. Thank you!

How long have you been a blogger?

I started blogging in December 2012, although was not sure what I was going to blog about until weeks later when I started publishing my book reviews regularly.

At what point do you think you will stop? 

When I’m too weak to stop them from prying tablets and Kindles out of my weak and feeble hands.

What is the best part?

Having a purpose and sending questions into the blogosphere knowing there are people like me, out there who will answer my call.

What is the worst part? 

Not having as much time as I would like to explore more blogs and keep on top of my every growing to-be-read pile of books.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

I usually try to keep a library of images I have taken for every occasion. Inevitably they mostly feature cats.


Who’s your book crush? 

I don’t usually get a book crush so was surprised when I did have a crush on Ben Hope from the Scott Mariani books.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Tess Gerritsen, I am sending this out there to cyberspace, so Tess if you are reading this and would like to make the day of an ailing ex-medic, get in touch.

What do you wear when you write your blog?

Something lose, comfortable and bohemian. Due to the warm weather I have taken to wearing linen and cotton.

How long does it take you to prepare a post? 

It varies depending on what I am trying to say. If I love a book, no time at all, but if I’m conflicted because, I wanted to like it and I just didn’t, it can take hours.

Posts that are more personal in nature can take over a day to feel ready to post.

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

I absolutely love it, I feel part of something greater and enjoy meeting new bloggers. I have never felt so inspired by a community as I do by book bloggers.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog? 

I think you have to love blogging in all it’s forms:

Reading and commenting on other blogs everyday.
Posting regularly.
Promoting other blogs/bloggers on social media.
Reading books for content.

Just keeping at it with patience and an open mind.

Who do I want to know better?

Cathy at Between the Lines Book Blog

Marje at Kyrosmagica

Mary at Low Country Book Lover

PJ Manley at Making It Natural

Laurie at Cozynookbks

Becca at Shihtzu Book Reviews


  1. Great post! I wish I had more time to explore more of the book blogging community as well. I love blogging about and promoting the books I read and love, but it seems to take so long for me to create my posts that I usually need a break when I’m done. Therefore, I don’t have a lot of extra spare time to communicate with other bloggers. I guess that’s something I’ll have to get better at. Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend so far!

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    1. Thank you, it took a while to get into the habit of reading other blogs, but once I put aside a few minutes a day I found other bloggers visited my blog too and I got to know the regular crowd. I still constantly meet new book bloggers and it amazes me how quickly I got into the community spirit.

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  2. You are very welcome 🙂
    That picture of your cat is awesome. Those eyes!
    I only discovered book crushes were a thing when I started blogging. I never know what to answer that question, because it feels everyone has had at least a crush!
    The more I blog, the more time it takes. I have started missing some posts because my feed is too long to get them all. That won’t make me stop, but it can be frustrating.

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    1. Fluffy is a very particular cat and even though she’s smaller than the others, she has quite a wrath. I think book crushes occur and grow when you attach a pre-exiting face to a character. I can never get every post but I try to get through as many as possible.

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      1. I love cats but the feeling is never mutual! My cat hated me and decided to stay with my mother. You might be right about book crushes, I had not thought about this. It’s a very interesting theory.

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      2. Cats are choosy and take to some people and not others. When we used to breed Bengals we used to put all our available kittens up on our website. Often prospective owners used to visit with a kitten in mind to be totally ignored by their chosen kitten. I used to tell them that the kitten will choose them.

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  3. Great post as always Ajoobacats. And aw….thank you for saying you’d like to get to know me better. ( : To show you how much I value your book recommendations, I got The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul in the mail today. I always look forward to reading your blog posts. You brighten my day. ( :

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