Loving on Tara from Fiction Folio!


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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!

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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.

Big thanks to Michelle for hosting my interview and the lovely Katelyn and Alexa for spreading such positive vibes out to the book blogging community!

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What do you think?

  • This was a great interview – I am really loving visiting new-to-me blogs and learning about OTHER new-to-me blogs in the process. Win-win!

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      Agreed! I think there are only a grand total of 2 blogs that I already followed in the Love-a-thon, and that’s not even including Tara and the Fiction Folio. It’s proving to be a great opportunity to visit a lot of new blogs, instead of just clicking on a list of blogs in a meme. :)

  • Oh yay, I love Tara!
    I really agree with her blogging advice. I know ARCs are all shiny and exciting and they really really really are special (I always feel so special when I get them!) BUT I do think it’s a good idea not to worry about getting them. You can be an amazing blogger without ever getting one ARC and having a ton of them, although amazing, does bring a certain amount of responsibility which can cause stress! I wouldn’t worry over ARCs (although it doesn’t hurt to try for them once in a while!) :)

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      I agree–ARCs can be so stressful. It sort of limits you in the freedom of choice of what to read next; instead it’s about “oh so that book is being released next week! Yikes, I better finish it and have a review up!” Blah! I can’t remember where I saw it, but someone did a poll and discovered that a lot of blog readers (non-bloggers) liked reading reviews for books that have been released a while ago, anyways. :)

      • Tara says:

        Awww, I love you too Brittany :) I totally agree that you can try for ARCs (I mean, who doesn’t love getting book mail, right?!) but not get too wrapped up in it all.

  • Lovely blog, Michelle! It’s nice to meet you!

    Tara, I so agree with your advice to have fun with your blog. When it feels like work is when you get burned out.

    And Grayson from Such a Rush – love that book!

    Fun q&a, ladies. I enjoyed getting to know Tara a little better!

  • I have major book crushes on all of Jennifer Echols’s boys, however Grayson is particularly wonderful. Good choice =)

  • I definitely agree about not getting hung up on stats, # of ARCs and popularity. At first I was hung up on those things and it made me so frustrated. But the day I stopped looking at my stats and stopped caring about ARCs I became a much happier blogger. This is all about fun and how much do those things really matter?

  • Alexa S. says:

    Tara, I absolutely agree – my priority when blogging is to make sure it’s always fun and to not stress out over stats/ARCs. Seriously, it’s something I do for the love of reading, and I remind myself of that whenever I can! <3

  • Oh wow! I loved getting to know Tara from Fiction Folio a little bit better, I’ve actually been following her blog for a little over two years now, and I love just about everything that she posts over there even though I may not always get to comment. Getting to know her and meet her on a more personal level was so much fun! You had some really great questions and she had some fantastic answers, I so agree with the half fun part of her advice. I know it’s hard not to get bogged down in in the dying for bigger blog stats and things like that, but you really shouldn’t because the blog is all about you and what you want to do at the end of the day.

  • Kelly says:

    I love Tara’s responses to your questions about blogging and her advice. It’s not superficial at all to say to remember to have fun – it’s definitely the reason I got burnt out in the past, because I stopped feeling like blogging was fun!

  • The minute you stop having fun is the minute you dread blogging and that passion you originally had for books starts to fade. <–Best advice EVER. You never want to burn out and lose your love of books!!! And I agree about not worrying about things like popularity. I never pay attention to my monthly hits/etc. unless I'm being asked about them for a tour, etc. It's not as important to me as having fun! If I lost everyone tomorrow, as long as I had fun, I'd still be golden in my own book!

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      That’s awesome! I think I personally need to do a better job at focusing on the fun aspect; I get very caught up in the obligation part of it. You have a great attitude about it!

  • Hi Michelle! I stopped by Tara’s site last night and read and enjoyed your interview! I thought I was already following her but thanks to this, it turns out I wasn’t and I’ve now fixed that! Also, thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • Michelle Michelle says:

      So glad to hear that! It’s interesting how some can slip through the cracks, and you’re left dumbfounded when you discover you actually haven’t been following the blog after all! Glad to fix that!

  • Nara says:

    haha I’m always scared of listing my favourite blogs for fear of missing someone too! It’s one of the reasons why I don’t have a blogroll 😛
    “Just have fun” is an excellent piece of advice! And it’s probably the advice I’d give everyone as well- it’s the best way to stop blogging from feeling like a chore 😀

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