As a newbie to the book blogging community, I haven’t really opened up about my love of books and reading yet. That was until the lovely Lauren over at Lala’s Book Reviews tagged me to do an original meeting the book blogger tag and yes, that’s a great idea in the hope of meeting other readers and authors and creating new, strong connections for networking and future projects. For this post, I will be answering a list of questions that were created just for the tag and then at the end, be inviting you to also take part. I’m still trying to meet others at the moment, so I don’t have a tagging list just yet. That may be breaking the rules, I’m sorry 😦
Hi, I’m called MB (short for Mystery Bookworm) and I’m in my twenties living in rainy England and the creator of this blog Mystery Bookworm Blogs which went live for the first time at the start of August. I am also a former bookseller but due to Covid, I no longer work in a bookshop.
Do you have any pets?
My family used to be the proud owners of a massive indoor fish tank and home to fifteen or so various fish until the water levels suddenly got too dangerous and we sadly lost the fish to either old age or bad reaction to the water. Now we have two rescue cats from the local animal shelter. They are brother and sister and will turn eleven in October this year. We’ve had them since the age of seven months old.
What is your favourite thing to drink?
I’m a huge tea lover (no surprise there!) so I race towards anything fruity or herbal/floral whenever I’m feeling unwell. I do also drink coffee in the mornings to wake me up and hot chocolate but only during the wintertime and always with marshmallows.
What is your favourite season?
Summer without a doubt. I hate really cold weather. I put that down to being born during a massive heatwave in England so I can tolerate extreme temperatures like that.
Do you have any special talents?
I’m a former musician and played the drums for seven years, taking two music grade exams and passing both. I loved studying History at school and enjoyed reading and creating fact-files on famous faces throughout time.
When and why did you start your blog?
At the time of responding to this tag, this blog has been active for less than a fortnight. Scary times! I really enjoyed my former work as a bookseller and after actively recommending books to local customers over time, I realised that maybe a global audience would also be interested in hearing my thoughts? I’ve been lucky in the past to meet quite a few authors at book events that have asked me if I would consider writing on a platform such as WordPress and now, I’m actually doing it. I’m quite a shy person outside of the internet world, so I also really want to build up my speaking skills through these uploads and being active often on my Twitter (www.Twitter.com/BlogsBookworm)since I feel that will help a lot.
What is something that you wish you knew about blogging when you first started?
Again, still being very new to this. I guess the only thing really is that you don’t have to read and rave about the really popular books all the time, just to get readers coming to your posts. I did have a few down moments at the start where I really questioned about what kind of reviews I would post here. There were a few messages from authors that I replied to and are self-published but yet, I generally wanted to use my previous review writing and recommendations knowledge to help them out. Telling myself that at least one person will read your post each time one goes live keeps me going.
What has been the hardest part about blogging?
Feeling a little distracted with lots of new releases up for review requesting but some people or places being quite strict on the number of followers that you need to have before asking for a chance to review the book. I does make you question about the style of content and why you aren’t getting those numbers very quickly and then having a spell of FOMO (fear of missing out) afterwards which is never pretty.
What has been the most rewarding part of blogging?
Getting connections straight away on my first full day on Twitter. It was amazing just to search under the BookBloggers and BookTwitter hashtags and find others to chat to and recommend books quickly. From the get-go, there was support which I generally didn’t expect to happen. When I also got invited onto my first ever blog tour last week, that was a big moment since I have heard lots of positive things about tour events and building a new audience.
Do you write your posts ahead of time or write them the day of posting?
I always write and code them ahead of time. Only yesterday, I drafted and coded up four posts ready to go over the next week or so which took a few hours to complete. I still have yet to get the schedule feature to work well though, so I have to manually go online to get it to post. Stupid glitches!
Who are your top five favourite authors?
- Jacqueline Wilson
- Akemi Dawn Bowman
- Sandhya Menon
- Michael Morpurgo
- Nicola Yoon
What genre do you read the most?
Either contemporary (YA or MG mostly) or thrillers, yet now saying that, I’ve really gotten into my Non-Fiction over the last twelve months or so.
What genre surprised you by how much you love it?
YA Horror for sure. I used to suffer from extreme nightmares when I was a child and tried to avoid anything that would freak me out. Now I’m a huge fan of the classic kind of ghost story or murder mystery thriller.
Which popular book didn’t live up to the hype for you?
I always feel a little nervous when it comes to a controversial view, but since the question is here, I will answer it anyway. I really couldn’t get into Divergent and to be honest, most dystopian books for that matter. Forty pages and then it didn’t connect with me so the decision was made to put the book down. I have heard very mixed things about the trilogy anyway and haven’t seen the films for them either.
Who are some popular authors you haven’t read?
Haha, this is for me the question of shame since there are loads. I will only list a few people here, since otherwise this post will turn into a why the hell haven’t I read these yet kind of rant. And we don’t want that. I’ve heard great things about Talia Hibbert (Get A Life, Chloe Brown) Erin Morgenstern (The Starless Sea) and Sally Rooney (Normal People) and so, would love to give their writing a try in the future.
What upcoming releases are you excited to read?
I’m a fan of Alyssa Cole and her reluctant royals series, however, she does have a brand new standalone thriller novel coming out in October 2020 which I’m all for it. Also Jacqueline Wilson’s new YA release Love Frankie which sadly got pushed back until September 2020 and I know for sure that I will be crying when I read it.
Do you listen to music while reading?
Sometimes I do. Other times, I just get a virtual fireplace screensaver on in the background and listen to crackling noises instead. Definitely makes my reading experience just that extra cosy.
Where else can I find you online?
This blog and also on my Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BlogsBookworm where I’m very active on there with anything bookish.
Since I generally don’t know anyone who would like to be directly tagged in meet the book blogger, I’m opening the tag up to anyone who hasn’t done it yet and would be interested in responding to it. If you do decide to do it, then please credit Lauren (Link at the top of the post) for being the original creator and me for the tag. As always, don’t forget to subscribe and check out my Twitter, which I have also linked above. Thanks for reading and hopefully you got to know me a little better.