Hi all! I’m doing something different on my blog today. I’ve wanted to do Q&As for such a long time and I’m hoping to make this a regular thing. After I asked for advice on Twitter on how to organise a post like this, Silvia from Silvia Reads Books kindly offered to take part in a quick Q&A with me, and I’m so grateful so thank you, Silvia! I think I found Silvia through Yuri!!! on Ice back when it was airing and everyone used to flood to Twitter to talk about it, (those days were so fun!) and I’ve been following her ever since 😀
So here is our Q&A!:
1. How long have you been blogging and what made you start your blog?
I’ve been blogging since October 2016, with a few hiatuses here and there, so almost two years by now! I started watching a lot of BookTube that summer and that made me want to write my own reviews, which I started writing on Goodreads. I didn’t even know I could write reviews in English back then and never had I imagined that people would read them and like them, but after seeing it wasn’t that hard (although my first reviews are very cringey and probably grammatically incorrect), I began to want to do more, since Goodreads doesn’t leave you much space to do your own discussions or tags or all the fun things I was seeing on BookTube. I’m not really a camera person so a blog was the more sensible choice, and I’ve never regretted it since it was the first step to finding my voice in a time when that’s what I needed most.
2. Do you have any favourite blogs or blogs you look up to?
Laura’s blog is the blog you need to follow for all types of great content. Her thought-out discussion, long recommendation posts (not only about books!), fun tags, and well-written reviews are only some of the many amazing things you can find there, so make sure to check her out!
Elise writes some of the best discussion posts, fun reviews and recs, and all her posts have amazing format every time. Her blog is a must-follow.
I can’t put my love for Mel into words, she is such a beautiful person inside and out, and her presence in the bookish community never ceases to be a bright light.
Acqua writes some of the best reviews, often offering a different perspective than what you find in other blogs, and especially if you’re looking for diverse SFF books you NEED to start following her, seriously.
3. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of?
I really like writing discussion posts, I have so many in my drafts that I started but I’m not brave enough to finish/post them yet. Here’s one I thought was well written, a discussion about book piracy, representation and the accessibility of books for international readers.
I also love doing recommendation posts for LGBTQIAP+ books, for example my favorite books with a F/F romance, my favorite queer webcomics, and favorite queer books that don’t center allocis M/M relationships.
4. Are there any books you wish got more recognition amongst book bloggers?
Definitely! I think generally speaking books by marginalized authors, that are often #ownvoices, need to be hyped more, because these books exist despite the fact that often it’s only marginalized reviewers and bloggers who read and review them.
Some specific examples of books I’ve read recently that I wish got more recognition are, in no particular order:
– The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert, a steamy m/f fake engagement adult romance featuring a fat heroine and a bisexual prince;
– At The Edge of the Universe by Shaun Davide Hutchinson, about Ozzie, the only person left in the universe (which, by the way, is inexplicably shrinking) who remembers his boyfriend Tommy when everyone seem to have forgotten him;
– All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, about police brutality from the two perspectives of the boy who’s been unjustly beaten up almost to death by a cop for a crime he didn’t commit and a white boy who witnessed the event and is friends with the cop’s brother;
– The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed, about a badass and diverse squad of girls who fight rape culture in their school.
5. What has been your favourite read of 2018 so far and why?
I’ve already read so many good books this year it’s basically impossible for me to point out only one! I’ll mention my most recent five-star book: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, featuring a refreshingly bisexual protagonist and following his personal journey from age 13 to age 17 at a boarding school in a fantasy world which he accidentally first accessed from a field in the English countryside. Elliot is not only a delightful main character and narrator of his own story, he’s also one of the best representation of bisexuality I’ve seen in media, without erasing the struggles that being bisexual comes with, but providing such a good feeling if you’re a bisexual reader yourself. If you’re not straight, especially if you’re bisexual, and think that there’s still some atoms inside you that don’t feel good about not being straight, read this book and you’ll never feel bad again.
6. Other interests you have (non-bookish favourites)?
I really like playing videogames even though lately I haven’t been able to play a lot. I also love music of almost every genre and I love going to the opera (in fact, my “online life” started many years ago on opera forums… nerdy, I know!)
I also love science and space and one of my favorite times of the year is the two weeks in which a science festival takes place in my hometown, with lots of conferences and labs you can take part in!
Oh, and I love languages so I’m always learning one. Once I’m fluent in German I’ll probably start learning something else because why not… and wow, I can’t believe that was my attempt to make this answer sound less nerdy.
Thank you so much Jess for having me on your blog!
And thank you Silvia for taking part! I really recommend her blog for her discussion posts and brilliant book recs so go check out her blog, everyone!
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