In the space of a week I received two Liebster Award nominations – bringing my total to four. Four. In just over two months of blogging. I’d just like to take a minute and be very grateful for that. I know a lot of blogs are award-free zones, but I enjoy answering the questions and I’m proud of the fact that someone out there likes this little piece of the Internet that much that they want to share it with others. So, thank you.
First up, the questions from A Fool’s Ingenuity:
1. What is your preferred reading format? E-book, paperback, hardback?
I’ve talked about this before briefly here. I’ll always prefer paperback to eBook, even though they both have their place. I generally buy paperback and not hardback, but I like splashing out on a hardback from time-to-time for a series I love.
2. If you could only recommend one book, what would it be and why?
Just one?? This is so hard. It would depend entirely on what the person likes, but I would always recommend Harry Potter to everyone, ever. It’s just a must-read. For kids you can’t go wrong with Jacqueline Wilson and Roald Dahl, for teens Meg Cabot, and I would imagine Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain are always good “all-rounders” (especially according to me and Charnell at Reviews from a Bookworm). Colleen Hoover may also become a new favourite recommendation.
3. One of the recent themes of Top Ten Tuesday was: if you like this TV show/film, you should read this book. Provide a book recommendation based on your favourite film or TV show.
Can I cheat a little?? I spent a decent amount of time on my Top Ten Tuesday post, and I really like the recommendations I made, so I’m going to link it up here, it includes books to read if you like The Big Bang Theory, Come Dine With Me and The Tudors.
4. Where is your favourite place to read?
My BED. Without a doubt, if you need to find me, that’s probably where I’ll be; either blogging, reading, working or watching movies. My room is my space.
5. What is your opinion on commenting on blog posts?
I think it’s a really important aspect of blogging. I wish I had enough time to comment more, but working full-time, studying part-time, reading, blogging and life in general takes up a lot of time. If a post is good, but doesn’t make me want to comment I try to “like” it where I can, usually on WordPress blogs because they have the “like” function. If I feel I have something to add or something I want to say, I take the time to make a comment, and I make every effort to reply to comments on my own blog. If someone has taken the time out of their busy life to write to you, you should at least acknowledge that.
6. What is your most anticipated read of 2014?
I used to be aware of books due for release when I was younger (OK, mostly just the Harry Potter books), then I went on a bit of a reading slump for a few years through Uni. Since I’ve started blogging I’m more aware of books that are coming out, but the only one that I’ve wanted to pre-order so far is The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire, which I should be starting soon. Edit: There’s a new Colleen Hoover book out in August – yus!
7. We all know about blogger hype, which book have you read which did not live up to the hype?
I’ve seen some really good posts on this lately and wanted to do a discussion post on it myself. I call it the Hype Monster and it’s very real, people! I try to avoid hype as much as possible – I skim-read reviews for books I want to read and only read reviews once I’ve finished the book, a bit backwards, I know.
The two that come to mind are The Rosie Project and… The Fault in Our Stars *runs away and hides*. I’d heard quite a lot about The Rosie Project, and I did enjoy the book, just not as much as I was expecting (read my review of The Rosie Project). As for The Fault in Our Stars, I read it at the absolute peak of its height. I still rated it 4.5/5* and I’m pretty sure if I’d read it pre-hype it would have blown me away. It was a great read, but because of the ridiculous Godzilla-Hype-Monster that surrounded it I don’t think it could ever have lived up to that (you can check out my full review read my review of The Fault in Our Stars). I’m lucky that I read The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, Harry Potter and Divergent all before the hype exploded, so my opinions and love for those books hasn’t been affected (though they might on a reread!).
8. Name one author whose books you will always read.
See question 2. And you could probably add Cassandra Clare and Julianna Stone to that list.
9. There are certain bloggers whose opinions I value, when they give a good review I will go out of my way to read that book. Name a blogger whose opinions you value and explain why?
Ohh, tricky. There are lots of blogs I love to read for loads of different reasons, but when it comes to trusting reviews based on the similarities in taste between me and someone else – that’s a different question entirely! There are 3 bloggers who spring to mind – Ashley @ Nose Graze, Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie and Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm.
Ashley because of our shared love for Travis “Maddog” Maddox – if we can agree on him I trust her judgement. Brandie because we’ve had similar ideas about loads of books (including the fact we bonded over our love for a certain Mr Grey) and Charnell because even though we don’t always agree on the books we love, her reviews are really direct and usually very funny, and they’ve made me question why I love a book, which is always a good thing.
10. What is your favourite part of blogging? The book tours, the reviews, the memes, the community…?
Definitely the community. I love discussion posts – so many bloggers have great personalities that come across in their writing and they’re always entertaining to read. I wish I had more time to write all the discussions I have in my head. That doesn’t sound quite right… but kudos people, I don’t know how you do it. Which is why I love memes like Top Ten Tuesday, they’re practically discussion posts but they’re on a specific theme where we can share ideas and opinions that are more directed and structured. I definitely felt that I became part of the community when I recently posted a Top Ten Tuesday in memory of my cat, Alfie, who we lost very suddenly, and the support from the bookish community was pretty overwhelming.
11. Where did your blog name come from?
The “confessions of a” part was inspired by the book Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, and also because I realised a lot of bloggers don’t have people in their “real lives” they can share their crazy bookish-obsessed ways with – the good, bad and ugly, so talking about bookish obsessions on-line felt more like confessions! I’m regularly called a “geek” (in a nice way – I think!) because of my love of reading, the random facts I come out with, the fact I’m an eternal student, my love for TV shows, stereotypical “geek” movies etc. and so “Confessions of a Book Geek” was born.
The questions from Marvel at Words:
1. Why did you start blogging?
It actually took me quite a while to get here! I’d toyed with the idea of a blog for ages, around 6 years ago I made a beauty blog that lasted for a few months, and when I was at University I created a website/blog called PurplePR to document the variety of freelance work I was doing and to share tips and advice on business development and marketing with others, I still update this but it’s more for me than to interact with followers. Around 2 years ago I created a blog for my sister for her Interior Design Diploma (Anita Brown Design Studio) and it really took off. I began reading more blogs and stumbled upon some bookish ones. I had no idea Book Geeks had blogs all over the inter-webby-waves and my sister encouraged me to get involved by starting up my own.
2. What’s your favourite of your own blog posts?
Jeesh, tough question! I don’t actually think I’ve written my favourite yet! I have so many ideas for blogs I want to write but I’m swamped-busy at the minute. I’ll get round to it at some point. So far, my favourites are Amazon VS Hachette – who do you support? – because it was a discussion post I felt I really had to write and it’s the type of post I want to do more of, and my Author Interview with Shannon A Thompson because it was my first ever author interview as part of a new blog feature.
3. What’s your favourite word and why?
It used to be “intensity”. I’d like a new favourite word though but I’ll have to think about it…
4. How long do you spend reading blogs each week?
Too long! 😀 I probably spend more time blogging and reading blogs now than I do actually reading books. I use Bloglovin’ to keep it all under control and find that it works really well, I check it daily when I’m checking my emails. I probably spend at least 5 hours a week checking out blogs.
5. When is your favourite time to blog?
In the evenings. I’m learning to schedule posts and find the weekends the best for doing this though, I’m still new to the idea of scheduling, and unlike many other blogging genres, book blogging seems to be much more structured and regular. I’ve recently found some great organisational tips on Read Sleep Repeat.
6. Why do you think people blog?
For a ton of different reasons I guess. Because they have something to say. Because they have a passion that isn’t shared among their friends and family. Because they enjoy being part of an on-line community. Those are mostly my reasons.
7. How long does it take you to compose an average blog post?
This one has taken a couple of weeks to answer! 🙂 On average I would say around half an hour. That’s to do the actual writing and linking up. It probably takes another 15 minutes or so to add images and gifs.
8. What do you think makes a good blog?
Good question. I definitely appreciate a good design. I’d love to go self-hosted and have a design created for me by Ashley at Nose Graze. WordPress.com designs are pretty good but I think I struggle with making it look unique. I’d LOVE to be able to learn some design basics so I could do more imagery myself, but there just isn’t time at the minute! I love blogs that have good discussion posts, and I love a blogger with a great sense of humour and buckets of personality (I try to put my personality across on Book Geek but it’s hard to know how well you’re doing when you read back your own work!). I also love blogs that have features and posts other than reviews, and I’m a sucker for gifs and images to break up chunks of text.
9. How do you find new blogs to follow?
I generally find new blogs through memes and links on blogs I currently follow, or when people follow me I tend to go and check their blog out, then add it to my ri-donk-ulous Bloglovin’ list.
10. Would you ever stop following a blog? Why?
Great question. And yes, I have stopped following a blog. It can be for different reasons. Recently I’ve stopped following around 3 blogs. One was because the blogger’s stance on a few important issues really didn’t work for me, there was a serious elite-est feel going on there. One was because the genre of books being read was just so far removed from what I enjoy that I found myself skipping a lot of posts anyways. And one I hate to admit was because of the blog design. It was a busy background with white text, a lot of text, that was difficult to read, with no images, and I struggled to follow the posts let alone enjoy them.
11. When do you find it most difficult to blog?
All the time! When I first started blogging it wasn’t so bad but I have a lot happening now and I need to actively make the time to blog. In fact, I’m sure this is the same for most bloggers – we have lives, partners, work, school, university, families, other hobbies. It’s a real achievement that we manage to post at all and we should give each other A LOT more credit for it.
If you made it to the end of this post – thanks for sticking with me, I’m sending you Book Geek hugs and kisses.
I’m going to make a few nominations to blogs I think need more recognition, Liebster Awards are intended for blogs with less than 300 followers, but it can be tricky to work out follower numbers! To those I’ve nominated below – feel free to answer any or all of the above questions, or to ignore this award entirely! To those I haven’t specifically nominated – feel free to answer the questions and link below so I can read your answers!
Aimee at What Aimee Read Next
Amanda at Book Badger
Stefani at Caught Read Handed
Selah at A Bibliophile’s Style
Hayley at Books are Delicious