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 definitely 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 wonderful Beth (from Books Nest) who has one of the most gorgeous blogs I’ve ever seen, packed full of great book reviews, beautiful photography as well as discussions on mental health and travel!
Hi, I’m Beth, I’ve been running my blog since early 2016. Since then it’s been through quite a few design changes, but I’m now self-hosted and I couldn’t be happier! My blog started as a book blog and since has grown to also include (some) travel and mental health topics. You can read my blog here!
I love to read, I always have and I always loved seeing other people’s bookish content online. I wanted to start my own channels so I started with Instagram, moved onto Twitter and then thought I’d add a blog to the mix too! I tried writing a book before and the longer format didn’t suit my writing style, so the shortness of a blog is perfect for me. I love the interaction I can get through a blog with other bookish friends, it’s a lovely community to be a part of.
Where did your love of reading come from?
I’ve always loved reading, so I think it would be from my mum’s influence. My family are very big readers and I was always read to as a child and until I could take over and read my own stories. I can’t remember ever being without a book in fact!
What is your favourite book that you’d recommend to anyone and everyone?
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a superb and beautiful novel. I love it very much and I can’t believe it took me until 2018 to read it. It’s about a love of books, a mystery and a big secret, I adore it.
Which author (dead or alive) would you love to meet and why?
Jo Rowling, because who wouldn’t want to! I know she’s the obvious answer to this question, but she’s just fantastic and so inspiring. There is just so much that I’d want to ask her.
What is the most memorable/sentimental book you’ve read?
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. A tiny, but a truly stunning novel about a fleeting romance. Have some tissues nearby for this one, it’s a killer!
What is your favourite genre to read and your favourite book from it?
I think I’ve formed a new favourite genre recently, historical themed mysteries. Something like Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, which coincidentally is my favourite book from this genre. Something where there’s a big thrilling build-up to solving something using intelligence and moments from the past.
What are your top tips/tricks for fitting reading around a busy schedule?
Firstly, always have a book with you, you never know when you will be gifted with some free time. I personally always read before bed so I make sure to get a couple of chapters read then. I’ve also been getting up earlier to read too, I find it’s a much nicer way to start my day than just having to jump out of bed and go.
I wrote a blog post a while ago about how to balance the work/book life, you can find it here!
What are your top tips/tricks for writing your own work?
Do whatever works for you, don’t judge your ability on the methods of others. If you’re a planner then plan, if not then don’t. You will find your own path with it, just make sure you love what you’re doing!
What are you reading now? What have you just finished? Are you enjoying/did you enjoy it?
I’m currently reading The Priory of the Orange Tree, a high fantasy by Samantha Shannon. This is a really highly anticipated release for many in 2019, so as expected, it’s fantastic! It’s such an exciting novel, it’s huge, but I’m loving how stuck in I’m able to get.
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