Hey guys! As you probably already know, throughout the month of November I’m shining a spotlight on thirty wonderful book bloggers 😊📚 If you’re not already following them, then I’d def\initely recommend that you check them out – these guys are all such wonderful bloggers and all incredibly kind and supportive.
Today is the turn of the amazing Vicky (from The Roaring Bookworm) who is such a wonderfully supportive and engaging member of the blogging community and posts brilliant reviews, writing tips for all occasions and tours of some gorgeous bookshops!
I’ve always loved to read. I had a book of fairy tales that I used to make my parents read EVERY NIGHT before bed; my dad jokes that he couldn’t tell whether I learned to read, or whether I just memorised the stories and repeated them back to him! And then, of course, Harry Potter came along and turned me into a proper book nerd, which I’ve never recovered from… I started blogging because when I first moved to London I started work in a bookshop. It was great fun! There were also a lot of proof copies, which I ended up just… taking home. Sixty books and one job later and I thought it’d be fun to turn that passion into a blog!
What is your favourite book that you’d recommend to anyone and everyone?
Ah. I’m not sure. I’m such a fickle reader, I flit from favourite to favourite like a springtime moth. At the moment, I’d definitely recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Not Okay. I’ve just put it down and it was SO GOOD! Sad and funny and moving in all the right parts- a book that carries such weight- it really stays with you for a long time after you put it down. At least now I know what the hype is about!
Which author (dead or alive) would you love to meet and why?
I have two. JK Rowling, just so I could fangirl REALLY hard and tell her just how influential her books were on my life… also probably Shakespeare. I do love a bit of Shakespeare and to be honest just hearing about life in Elizabethan England would be fascinating by itself!
What is the most memorable/sentimental book you’ve read?
Some rogue choices on my part but I’d have to say Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie and As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning. I know some people have a deep-seated hatred of Laurie Lee, probably born from being forced to study it in school, but I’ve never found his writing anything less than gorgeous, evocative and just a fascinating portrayal of life in a completely different time. READ THEM.
What is your favourite genre to read and your favourite book from it?
I think it’s probably fantasy. There’s something about escaping so completely into a different world that I really, really enjoy; not sure what that says about me! Again, not sure if I have an absolute, unqualified fave (apart from Harry Potter, of course) but I do really like VE Schwab’s Vicious and Vengeful, as well as Laini Taylor. Laini Taylor is a goddess. How is her writing so good?!
What are your top tips/tricks for fitting reading around a busy schedule?
Oh, man. I’m probably not the best person to ask this because I tend to fit a lot of my writing into my spare time at work… I read most of my books on the daily commute/ in the wind-down before my bed, but if I’m really hooked I’ll try and cram it into every spare second that I have. I think, in retrospect, having a dedicated blog hour every few days would be a better way of doing things. The jury’s out.
What are your top tips/tricks for writing your own work?
I’m not sure what my top tips would be, except for practice, practice, practice. Write a little bit every day, to keep your hand in. It doesn’t matter if it’s rubbish: just get those words down on paper. You can always edit it later; the hard bit is having the motivation to actually do the writing. And don’t be afraid to ask for feedback. Writing can be such a solitary activity but actually talking things through with other people (even other bloggers or writers) can do wonders in terms of feedback and working through plot kinks 😊
What are you reading? Are you enjoying it?
Currently reading Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward. It’s great! I can’t say too much as I’m on the blog tour for Friday, BUT I thoroughly, thoroughly recommend it. He’s got a real knack for writing great characters so I am of course hooked. Looks like I’ll be reading on the walk home…
What book would you like to be a part of?
I think I’d like to be sucked into Stephanie Gerber’s Caraval. The second book I wasn’t a fan of, but the first is magical, and the idea of having that massive, magical carnival that you can just wander around in is wonderful. Just think of the adventures, the excitement, the good-looking guys (which there seem to be a lot of)? Yes, please.
What’s coming up on your blog?
Fingers crossed, Blogmas! I’m a bit of Christmas overachiever when it comes to the festive spirit, so I’ll likely be showering my social media feed with pictures of mulled wine and mince pies. There’s a jar of mincemeat in my fridge that I’m dying to make pies with… also, potentially a Twitter chat. Watch this space!
One post you think everybody should read?
A post on the trials of lending books. Many LOLs. Please do read.
I hope you guys are enjoying reading this month’s series of posts as much as I’ve loved organising and collaborating with so many amazing bloggers to create them! 💖 Check back tomorrow! x