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Blogoversary Celebration Wrap-Up: You Interviewed Me

Blogoversary

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!’. :D

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Blogoversary Celebration: Highlights of the Year

Blogoversary

Hello and welcome back! As I promised on Monday, the blogoversary celebration continues with a new post today, in which I talk about some of my blogging, reading and social media related highlights of the past 12 months. I hope you’ll enjoy it and I hope you’ll stop by on Friday when I’ll be answering some of the questions you asked me last week. :) Also, don’t forget to enter my blogoversary giveaway for your chance to win a book of your choice.

Bookish events

There were several read-a-thons, challenges and other events that I signed up for and successfully (or not so successfully) completed but there was one that really stood out. I signed up for the very first WWReadathon, organised by Bex from Kindle Fever and April from My Shelf Confessions some time last year and it’s been my favourite bookish event ever since. I don’t know if it was my first read-a-thon or not (it probably was) but it was definitely the best. I made friends with people who I’ve been touch with ever since and who I love to bits. It’s definitely been one of the most special events I’ve taken part in and I don’t think I’ll ever forget that weekend. If you asked me what my favourite blogging related memory was, this would be it.

 

My proudest accomplishments

My proudest achievement would probably be… well, there’s two actually. When I first signed up and started my blog, I’d never, ever thought I’d be where I am today. Even while I was signing up and trying to come up with a name for my blog, I was thinking ‘I wonder how long it’ll last’. I was dreading the moment where I’d realise I don’t want to do this anymore but it never came. I went through a short reading and blogging slump earlier this year and life got in the way many times but my blog became a crucial part of my life and I’ve no intention of giving it up. I know it may not sound as a big thing but I really am proud of the fact that I managed to keep it up – and enjoy it! – on top of work and going to university and everything else. And the other thing would have to be hosting the Review Copy Cleanup along with one of my bookish best friends, Celine from Nyx Book Reviews. I loved working with Celine and meeting you guys, to see you all cheer each other on during these two events. And just like the WWReadathon, it will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s our own event and I’m proud of how it all turned out. We’ve received some amazing comments throughout the first two RCCleanups and it was so nice to see that people really are interested and so supportive.

 

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Books, Biscuits, and Tea is 1 year old!

1-Year Blogoversary

Hello everyone! I’ve some great news on this grey and rainy morning: as of today, Books, Biscuits, and Tea is officially 1 year old! This week I’m going to be posting about some of my blogging highs and lows, some of my favourite books and  bookish highlights and I’ve a fun interview planned as well. If you have some time then feel free to grab a cuppa tea and a slice of cake and join the celebrations!

When I started blogging in last September, I had no idea what I signed up for. I stumbled upon someone’s blog one day and started thinking about what a great idea it was. Most of my friends don’t like reading as much as I do and those who do read have quite a different taste, so I was desperate for a place where I could meet like-minded people and talk about books without being labelled as a nerd. Still, I wasn’t sure if I should give it a try or not, and even if I did, how long would I manage to keep it up. Well, in the end I did sign up and I never looked back. There were some highs as well as lows but I enjoyed every minute of it. :)

But all this wouldn’t have happened without you guys. Your encouragement, all your lovely comments and feedback, and the fact that you take the time to read my bookish ramblings mean an awful lot to me – thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for sticking with me in the past 12 months, encouraging me when I wasn’t feeling well and being such fun!

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Pre-Blogoversary Celebration: YOU interview me!

Blogoversary

Hello everyone and welcome back! As you can see, my blog is almost 1 year old! My blogoversary is coming up on Monday (September 24th) and I’ve some fun posts planned for next week to celebrate this milestone. Also, inspired by the lovely Mel from Mel’s Random Reviews (who celebrated her blogoversary only last month), I decided to dedicate one day to blogger interviews: that is, you get to interview me.

What it means basically is that with the help of the contact form at the end of this post, you can ask me anything you like, from reading/blogging related questions to this or that questions or totally random ones, whatever you prefer. :) I’ll collect all your questions early next week and answer them as part of my blogoversary.

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