TAG: Newbie Book Blogger

Since I’m new to the book blogging world I thought it would be appropriate to give this tag a go. I originally found this on Cozy Bookish Life who got it from The Book Mermaid — definitely check them both out! And share your own answers to these questions on your blog as well! I’d love to give them a read.

1. Why did you start this blog?

Three reasons: I love to write, I’m obsessed with books, and I miss being in university. That’s right, I’m one of those weirdos that actually liked being in school. I miss writing assignments and sharing thoughts on things I read with the class and my instructors. So this is kind of a similar experience but with a much wider audience. Oh and there isn’t a syllabus, so I can talk and read about whatever I want! Bonus!

2. What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

I really like to read older books. So I’m hoping that, along with reviews of newer books, I’m able to bring more discussion of little-known favourites from the previous couple centuries! I’m also very obsessed with horror and look forward to sharing that with the book blogging community.

3. What are you most excited for about this new blog?

Meeting more readers and discovering new books to read. I’m excited about being apart of a really big and wonderful community that has already shown outstanding hospitality and encouragement for new bloggers.

4. Why do you love reading?

I love the opportunity books give us to become other people and visit places that don’t exist or that are too inconvenient/expensive to go to. I also think reading is important for developing empathy and for appreciating people from all different walks of life.

5. What book or series got you into reading?

The Harry Potter series was released throughout my childhood so I credit J.K. Rowling for inspiring my lifelong love of reading. I idolised Hermione as a child and her love of books and knowledge inspired my own! When I stopped reading a bit during my undergraduate degree, American Gods by Neil Gaiman is what brought me back into reading again.

6. What questions would you ask your favourite authors?

This is a hard question because authors are such celebrities these days that it’s difficult to think of something they would not have been asked before.

I think I’d ask Stephen King which of his fictional towns he would be least interested in spending a week-long holiday. And also which one he would be the most interested in visiting. I really love listening to authors put themselves into their own novels and talk about what they would personally do or how they would react to certain fictional scenarios/people/etc that they created.

7. What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?

I can be a bit shy so my biggest challenge might be putting myself out there and approaching other bloggers before they approach me. So far it isn’t nearly as hard as I thought but it’s definitely going to be difficult for the first little bit. 🙂

8. When did you start reading?

Very young. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t obsessed with books, bookstores, and libraries. My parents have always been very supportive of my reading and I was encouraged to read throughout my childhood.

My mom liked to read Stephen King out loud to me when I was a baby. She said I didn’t understand what she was saying anyway and I just liked being talked to (I’m sure she’ll love me sharing this — Hi Mom!). So my first experience with horror novels was likely at a younger age than most! I’m sure this subconsciously inspired my love of the Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine and other creepy books such as The Little Giant Book of “True” Ghost Stories which I used to read under my covers at night. Did anyone else read this when they were a kid? I wouldn’t be surprised if that book still gave me nightmares if I read it again today.

9. Where do you read?

My favourite spot to read is on the couch in my lounge with a cup of tea (I easily drink 5 cups a day) and my fuzzy blanket. Aka my happy, comfy place.

This was taken a couple months ago because I’m lazy and my Christmas tree is still up. The internet cannot have photo evidence of my shame.

10. What kind of books do you like to read?

I will read pretty much anything. There are a couple genres I tend to avoid, mainly romance, but I am very open to recommendations and trying something new. I’m typically drawn to horror and science fiction with the occasional fantasy thrown in the mix. I also enjoy reading classics and historical fiction. If it has an intriguing premise I’ll give anything a shot!


Are you new to the world of book blogging? What are your experiences so far? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! 

10 thoughts on “TAG: Newbie Book Blogger

  1. Ivyclad Ideas says:

    I’ve been around for over two years now, and I thought that was a while until recently. :’) Turns out it is most definitely not. Horror books are great when you need an escape! I want to read more Sci-Fi this year.

    • Ashley says:

      I agree! Horror is amazing because it almost scares you into pulling an all-nighter so you can find out if everyone’s going to be okay (or if the boogyman really IS living inside the character’s closet). Science fiction is a great genre because I think there’s something in it for everyone :). Thank you for your comment and good luck with your reading this year!

  2. abookishsecret says:

    I’m a shy person too. I started blogging in September 2017 and aside from the occasional like/comment my blog wasn’t very active in reader views (though there have been a few that have read almost everything I’ve posted which I’m extremely grateful for 😊).

    Anyway, I decided that 2018 would be the year that I would really try and put myself/my blog out there and if it hadn’t been for the New Blogger Group on Discord, I don’t think I would have been able to make that happen on my own because of my shyness! 🙂

    • Ashley says:

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience! I credit the New Blogger Discord as well, it’s so wonderful hearing about everyone else’s experiences on there. It also makes this feel like an even more welcoming community. It’s nice to know there’s always someone out there who can give some much needed blogging advice :). It’s definitely hard to put yourself out there is such a big community but at least we know that everyone is super friendly and share a common passion!

  3. JJ (@darkmaterialss) says:

    I’m new as well, and I also like horror! I wind up watching more movies than reading books in that genre only because I’ve had bad luck branching out from King and other well-known authors. So I’m looking forward to your reviews and discussions— I can’t wait to discover some new titles!

    • Ashley says:

      It’s really nice chatting to some others new bloggers here! And even better that you love horror!

      That’s one of my many goals this year: read more non-mainstream horror. There’s so many great titles out there that I haven’t had a chance to read yet. But I have found that some of the spookiest stuff is from the nineteenth-century. No one tells a ghost story like the Victorians! I am also interested in reading some Japanese horror. Movies from Japan seem to be the ones that terrify me the most.

  4. Birgit says:

    Reading sends you into another world and it is so relaxing. i love to escape into a book or a movie. I do feel I need to read more novels as I read bios, film, art, history etc… I was wondering if it is ok to give you a shout out on my blog..is this ok?

    • Ashley says:

      That’s the best part about reading: turning everything else off and diving into an adventure, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction! And I’m the opposite, I need to read more non-fiction. Especially biographies.

      And yes, that would be lovely! Thank you! I’ll do the same if that’s ok with you :).

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