Welcome to the first of what should be a few posts in participation of the 2014 Book Blogger Love-a-thon, hosted by Katelyn & Alexa. There are a lot of amazing blogs participating today and tomorrow, so definitely share the love by visiting all of them! I’m very excited to be participating in such great company, especially as I am a new blogger (it’ll be one year in one month)!
I’m very happy to have Tara from Fiction Folio here! She is a veteran book blogger with a very beautiful site. We asked each other some fun questions and hopefully it’ll help introduce ourselves to more people! Be sure to see how I answer these questions and the rest of Tara’s fun posts for Love-A-Thon!
What was the moment that you decided to become a blogger/How long have you been blogging/What kind of books do you review?
I decided to start a book blog almost four years ago after chatting with my good friend, Shanyn. She runs Chick Loves Lit and was telling me all about the book blogging community and how fun it was. Since I love to read and chat about books, I figured, “Why not?” And from there, Fiction Folio was born. I mostly review young adult books, but I also review adult romance on occasion.
What’s the biggest lesson you have learned as a blogger?
While I’ve learned a TON while blogging, I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to have fun. I know that sounds simple and maybe a touch superficial, but I think it’s the foundation of book blogging. The minute you stop having fun is the minute you dread blogging and that passion you originally had for books starts to fade. Don’t let that happen and JUST HAVE FUN
Which blogs do you love to read?
While I have a list of my favorites, I won’t list specific blogs for fear of missing someone and inadvertently hurting feelings I will say that my favorite blogs are honest, well written, and unique in their perspectives.
If you could give one piece of advice about blogging, what would it be?
Blog because you love books and want to share that love with others. Don’t get hung up on stats, the number of ARCs you get (or don’t get), or your popularity in the blogosphere. It will only sour your experience and turn something fun into something that feels like a chore.
Which character in a novel is your biggest crush?
Hardest question EVER. Seriously. I could probably list 100 guys, but I’ll go with Grayson from Such a Rush. I read that book ages ago and I still periodically think of him. He was the bad boy on the outside with a much deeper soul on the inside that made me majorly swoon.
What element is almost guaranteed to make you love a story?
In order for me to love a story, I have to connect with the characters on some level. I might not agree with their actions, but I have to understand their motivations and behaviors. If a character is a bit of a tool, I have to know why and be able to sympathize with their situation. If I can’t figure out why they are the way they are by the end of the book, I’m more inclined to not like the story as much.