A Conspiracy Unmasked
“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”
– J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of The Rings
So, I thought I’d share a quick little anecdote before I get into this tag.
Before making this Blog, I actually seriously considered making a booktube channel.
That is, until I remembered I’m pitifully, painfully camera shy!
But the tags…
Ugh the booktube tags looked so fun.
But what kind of fun could I have if I was sick to my stomach from the thought of being in front of a camera?
After giving myself a serious talking to, I decided (obviously) that perhaps, youtube just wasn’t the platform for me.
After all, I’m a writer, not a performer.
Creating a blog, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. For years now actually, but there was always some sort of excuse to not do it: the timing isn’t right; I should wait ’til the start of the week/month/year, I don’t have anything to post about; I should wait until I have a few things typed up to post right away.
In fact, it was in almost making a booktube channel that prompted me to just say ‘Screw it’, and write a blog in the first place.
Although the allure of the tags was horribly tempting, the negative of seeing myself stutter and stumble painfully through a video was enough to turn me away from the idea.
However, after spending a week reading through all your pages and posts and personal stories… Lo and Behold: Tags!
So without further adieu, on this, the one week anniversary of The Not So Secret Life Of A Fan Girl, I give you:
The Bookube Newbie Tag: Bookblog edition.
- Why did you start this page?
Basically, this page has been a long time in the making. As I said before, I always thought it was such a neat idea to have my own little space online to write about the things I love and eventually post my own dabbles into the writing world. But the two main driving factors for me were thus: I am the only one out of my friends and family who reads, and frankly, having a lack of people to fangirl with was getting a little depressing. The second reason, was working two jobs.
I detest working in retail. The people are rude and the pay is pretty awful for the amount of work you do. I’m not dissing my place of work, or anyone who enjoys it, I’m just saying, it’s not for me.
When I picked up a second job earlier this year and had even less time to be myself, I sort of lost it a little. I needed my own space and time to dedicate to something I love with others who share in those passions. And, one week on, here we are.
- What are some fun and unique things you can bring to the book blog scene?
I feel that I’m pretty diverse when it comes to my reading habits. Although I read a lot of popular YA like most people involved in the whole book community, I also read a lot of high fantasy and sci-fi which doesn’t seem to get as much love online.
Something else I believe I bring to the table, is my vast knowledge, collection and history with Comics and Manga. While most in the community are just stepping into the illustrated world, I’ve already built a four story complex here. I grew up reading x-men, TMNT and Transformers. I also grew up with an older brother, so reading comics and manga has always been a part of my life and there isn’t a month that’s gone by where I haven’t bought at least one trade volume.
- What are you most excited for about this new page?
Obviously, I am super excited to get to know all of you who visit my page. I did start this page to meet fellow literature lovers after all.
I’m also excited to (hopefully) introduce some of you to my other passions. I would love if someone decided to try watching an anime, picking up a comic or playing a video game on my recommendation.
- Why do you love reading?
I love reading for the same reason I love playing games, to escape into epic adventures and expand my imagination. I love being able to experience a thousand different worlds and characters all from the comfort of my own cozy little flat.
- What book or series got you into reading?
As a child, my mum would read to me before bed. The earliest memory I have of this, was her reading to me from her own childhood copy of The Wishing Chair, which I still have to this day.
What really hooked me though, was climbing into the hallway cupboard when I seven, and digging out my oldest brothers old copy of, you guessed it, The Hobbit. It had a freaking dragon on the cover, how was I NOT going to look at it.
Most recently, a couple of years ago, in the midst of a three year reading slump, I picked up City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and I haven’t looked back since.
- What question would you ask your favourite bookbloggers?
Teach me how to bookstagram so prettily! Not a question, but still, y’all can take some beautiful photos of books!
- What challenges do you think starting a blog page will be the hardest to overcome?
Getting over how weird I am about anyone reading things I’ve written. It sort of feels like that dream where you’re standing in front of a bunch of people, butt naked, while they stare at and judge you.
- When did you start reading?
I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. Between my mum reading too me and my dad taking me into the library to check out picture books of letters and numbers, I can’t remember a time where I didn’t read.
- Where do you read?
Anywhere I can. At home I tend to read either curled up in the corner of my sofa or on a chair I have beside my book shelves. I try to read in bed, but I just end up falling asleep with a book on my face.
When I’m traveling to and from work I listen to Audiobooks. I used to read, but after wrecking covers of the the first two books in the Throne of Glass series, I switched to audio for travel.
- What kind of books do you like to read?
Mostly High Fantasy and YA, though I like to switch things up with other genres between the two.
So, there we have it. My first Tag.
I hope you enjoyed it, as I did 🙂
I’d just like to take this moment to thank all the lovely people who have read, liked and commented on my few posts thus far, and to those who have followed me. I’m a little overwhelmed by the amount of love after only one week ❤
Your an amazing bunch.
I pray you’ll come back for more and I hope to chat to more of you soon.