Hello and welcome to the very last day of my blogoversary celebration! As you might remember, I asked you to submit interview questions you’d like to ask me – both reading / blogging related and totally random – sometime last week and as I promised earlier, today I’m back with my answers. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to send in their questions and celebrated with me, and thanks for all your lovely messages, comments and tweets!
- Hey there! Congrats on the blogoversary! Actually there’s been a question nagging at me from when I first saw your blog: is it easy getting newly published English books where you are from? Or do you have to get them by mail? I know in Egypt it’s very hard to find the books I’d love to read, so I was wondering about that! – Aliaa @ Mademoiselle Le Sphinx
Hi Aliaa – thank you so much! It’s actually quite difficult. We only have about 3 bookshops that sell English books and they usually don’t have any of the new releases. If the book is very popular you might be able to find it a week or so after the release day but it’s pretty rare. That’s why I usually order my books from The Book Depository – shipping’s free and their books are often a lot cheaper than in store.
- Now that you’ve been blogging for a year, what would you have done differently from the beginning if you knew then what you know now? – Hannah @ The Irish Banana Review
Oh, that’s a good one. Mmmm, let’s see. All in all I’m quite happy with how things turned out but if I had to change something , it’d definitely be saying no to review requests. When I first started out, clueless as I was, I said yes to every single review requests that I got. And then of course I found myself in a tricky situation: what do you do if you don’t like the book? You don’t want to offend the author who sent you a copy of his/her book for free but then again, you want to write an honest review. I know you can’t avoid it entirely because even if a book sounds good, it just might not be your cup of tea but you can at least read the synopsis or an excerpt of the book (if there is one) and say no to those books that you’d never actually pick up. Instead of, you know… accepting every single request and then running around in circles shouting ‘yaaaay, free book, FREE BOOOOK!’.
- What places would you like to visit someday? – Stephanie
I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand and Australia! I know it’ll probably never happen (or not in the near future anyway) but if I had the money, I’d definitely visit these two places. I’d also like to visit Ireland and I’d love to go back to Greece as well. It’s just gorgeous!
- What is the hardest part of blogging for you? And your favourite? And a completely random question…what would be your last supper, if (heaven forbid!) you had one? – Mel S @ Mel’s Random Reviews
The hardest part would definitely be meeting deadlines. Normally I’m very organised, I always make lists, I have all sorts of calendars both on and offline and multitasking has never been a problem for me either. But scheduling posts and (in the case of blog tours) finishing books on time on top of university assignments and work gets a bit difficult at times. My favourite part is reading other people’s feedback after I post a review or a discussion, and being able to interact with other bloggers, authors and people from the world of publishing. And as for my last supper… Sweet baby Jesus, I don’t know! I’m sure it would be something totally unimaginative and boring like an enormous veggie pizza, lots of tea and cakes. And strawberry cupcakes. I love them.
Ah, only five? The Brightest Star in the Sky
by Marian Keyes is definitely one of them. Another book I absolutely loved was In The Woods
by Tana French. It’s SO atmospheric and even though I’m quite a slow reader and it’s an enormous book, I still finished it within a few days. As for young-adult books, I really liked The Other Life
by Susanne Winnacker and Mice
by Gordon Reece. And the biggest surprise of the year was Come to the Edge
by Joanna Kavenna. I haven’t read anything by her before I picked this book up and I just fell in love with it. It was hilarious!
- Do you think hardcover books last longer than paperback books?
I think they do, yes. There’s no creases on the spines and it’s less likely to tear and rip as well. BUT the dust jacket does get creased and torn which is just as annoying. On the other hand, paperbacks are smaller, lighter, cheaper, can be carried around more easily and don’t take up as much space as hardbacks so I prefer them to HB books.
- What is that one country where you would like to live in? – Pragya @ Reviewing Shelf
I’ve always wanted to live in the UK but if all goes according to plan, I’m finally moving there late next year or early 2014. Huzzah!
- Hi Vicky! We love your blog – and not only because you’ve given some great to reviews to some of our lovely authors. It’s obvious from the quality of your posts that you really put in the thought and time when you’re writing a review, and that coupled with the fact you have this great design and fun features makes us think you must spend a lot of time on making BBT as good as it is! How much time do you take for BBT, and how do you balance that with your other commitments?! We work in publishing and still find that we don’t get as much time to read as we would like! – Kirsty
Oh, thank you so much, K! It means a lot, especially coming from you! The amount of time I spend on the blog differs from week to week but it’s quite a lot. I always try to set aside about half an hour each day for replying to blog post comments and checking out other people’s posts. Writing discussions or other posts can take up to an hour and reviews take about 1 or 2 hours (depending on the book). Since I don’t have much time during the week because of university, I always try to write them at weekends and schedule them for the following week but it still gets tough. And even if manage to write these posts, I still don’t have much time for reading. Especially now that I’ve so many uni books to read and a thesis to work on. But I hope it’ll be a bit easier when I graduate next year and there won’t be any papers to be written and uni books to be read.
Do you have a question that hasn’t been answered yet? Feel free to leave a comment below. And don’t forget to enter my blogoversary giveaway for your chance to win a book of your choice.