Hello! Today I finally bring to you my answers to the questions that a few of you asked me about a month ago. And also the answers to the questions I got five months ago that I never answered. Sorry guys!
This has been a lot of fun to do, but I think that in the future I might structure it differently, because I sort of just threw my plea for questions randomly at the bottom of one of my posts. Next time, I’ll do it differently!
Anyway, I’ve answered all of the questions I got below, and it was really fun!
Caitlin asked: What’s the best part about book blogging so far?
There are so many things that I love about book blogging that it’s hard to choose the best part. I do think however that so far the best part about book blogging has been to be able to talk with other people who love books, and to be in the book community as a whole.
Rukky asked: What do you want to do with your blog in the future? (like, do you want to focus more on a certain genre, or be an overall reader, any redesigns etc, or are you happy with how it is now? How has blogging affected your life? & What’s your favorite food?
I’m pretty happy with how my blog is right now! I don’t have much that I want to change, I just want to keep blogging!
Blogging has definitely affected my life. I think that one of the best impacts it has had is that I keep track of all the books I read, so I can look back and see what books I read in May, or January, or December. I also have written so much more than I ever did than when I didn’t have this blog. Everything that I’ve written in blog posts just wouldn’t have been written if it weren’t for this blog.
I also think that I think about the books that I read more critically, but that I’m also more likely to remember them in a few months or years. Since now I can go to Goodreads and see what I thought of a book that I read a few months ago, that’s really helpful as well.
My favorite food is watermelon. Watermelon is just so delicious and amazing! I also love artichokes and matzo ball soup. And mashed potatoes. Food is great, okay!
Lori asked: What’s your most anticipated release(s) for 2020? Who are your favorite bloggers?
I feel like this is kinda late for me to be answering, but there is still a lot of time left in the year, so here we go:
My most anticipated release for the rest of 2020 is Fighting Words, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is one of my all time favorite authors, and I cannot wait to read her newest book!
Ten-tear-old Della has always had her older sister, Suki: When their mom went to prison, Della had Suki. When their mom’s boyfriend took them in, Della had Suki. When that same boyfriend did something so awful they had to run fast, Della had Suki. Suki is Della’s own wolf — her protector. But who has been protecting Suki? Della might get told off for swearing at school, but she has always known how to keep quiet where it counts. Then Suki tries to kill herself, and Della’s world turns so far upside down, it feels like it’s shaking her by the ankles. Maybe she’s been quiet about the wrong things. Maybe it’s time to be loud.
In this powerful novel that explodes the stigma around child sexual abuse and leavens an intense tale with compassion and humor, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley tells a story about two sisters, linked by love and trauma, who must find their own voices before they can find their way back to each other.
That just looks like such an amazing book, and I can’t wait to read it! It comes out on August 11th, and I am so so excited!!
For some of my favorite book bloggers… that’s a much harder question. There are so many amazing bloggers out there, and I love each and every one of you.
Laura @ The Book Corps is a really amazing blogger! She just announced failed readathon readathon, which looks really fun and I am definitely going to be taking part in it! She has really awesome ideas for posts, and you should definitely go follow her blog if you don’t already!
Also, here is the link to my nominations for the 2020 book blogger awards. In this post, I have more than a dozen of my favorite bloggers, so you can check that out for more!
My parents asked: What book (or author) has most inspired you to become a writer yourself? Have you read book reviews that you like or find useful?
Most of the writing that I do is on my blog: sometimes it’s book reviews, but more often it’s a discussion post or a weekly meme. I do write some stories, and I’m working on a novel right now.
I think that the very first author that really inspired me to become a writer was Laura Ingalls Wilder. I now have a more complicated relationship with The Little House books, but when I was younger I idolized them.
My third grade all about me presentation was more all about my love for Laura Ingalls Wilder than myself. (That just shows how little I’ve changed in the past four years 😂).
My mom first read The Little House books to me when I was five or six, and since then I’ve reread the series many times. Those books have had an enormous impact on my life, and have really shaped who I am as a reader today.
They really started my love of historical fiction, which is my favorite genre.
They’ve also taught me an important lesson in looking at certain things in different ways, and being able to recognize faults in things we love. I reread the first two books a few months ago, and I was a little shocked at how racist Ma is. Now, I can love the story, but think about that and how I can address that, and at least keep it in mind.
Onto the book reviews question:
I have read so so many book reviews that I have found useful! I have found amazing books through book reviews, had great conversations that stemmed from book reviews, and have been able to read and read and read about so many different books through book reviews.
Everyone writes book reviews differently: some write longer ones, some write shorter ones. Some people write one long section, and some divide their reviews into different parts. For me, as long as you honestly review the book and write about your actually opinions on it, I think it’s great!
For a longer answer, I wrote a whole post about book reviews, but I’m not going to go into more detail here.
Well, that’s the end of the q&a! I had a lot of fun doing this (even if it took me forever) and I want to thank everyone who asked questions!