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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Book Blogger Newbie Tag

Updated: Jul 16, 2021

Hello 🤗

So... I have realized that I have yet to do a newbie bad. I just got my second dose of the Covid vaccine (and had no side effects either woohoo), so I thought that it is better late than never to do this tag.

So, welcome, welcome. I've been posting for a bit now but I am still a relatively new blogger. I've been this tag circulating mainly around booktube, but thought that it would also work for a book-centric blog. The booktube newbie tag was created by Brenda C, so all creative rights go to her, but I did alter some of the questions to fit a blog format.

Here we go!


Why did you start this blog?

As stated in my bio, I started this blog mainly because nobody I know reads. As such, I had no way of talking about the books I read aside from making reviews on Goodreads. Making a blog seemed like the most logical thing to do in order to express my opinions. I really don't use social media platforms (aside from Twitter now), so bookstagram and booktok didn't seem appealing to me, and as for booktube, I'm not fully comfortable with the idea of recording videos when it could disturb my family.

What are some fun and unique things you can bring to the book blog community?

Creativity is hard, so I have no idea what kind of fun and unique things I can bring to the table that wasn't already done. What I do hope for is that my insights on books will connect with people.

What are you most excited about this blog?

I am simply excited to just talk about books in general. They have been a crutch for me over the past year, and being able to talk (and vent) about it makes me feel a whole lot better.

Why do you love reading?

I think it has a lot to do with escapism. I like reading about worlds that don't exist. There are so many worlds out there to explore that authors have crafted. As someone who doesn't travel, it is another form of travel as you get to go on a journey when you read.

What book or series got you into reading?

I honestly have no idea. I started reading in elementary school which was a long enough time ago that I don't remember. It doesn't help that I took around a 15-year break from reading. What re-ignited my love for books though was The Name of the Wind. I picked a rather intense book to start my reading journey.

What questions would you ask your favourite book enthusiasts?

I think I would ask them about underrated books that they don't see talked about on any platform. I am all for reading indie or self-published books that don't get as much popular attention compared to traditionally published books by well-known authors.

What challenges do you think starting a book-centric blog will be the hardest to overcome?

I think the hardest thing to overcome would be to get some form of a following. While I am perfectly content with it being just me on my lonesome, it would be nice to connect with people.

When did you start reading?

I have been reading since elementary school, but most of what I read was for school or was cough*fanfiction*cough. I never read books on my own time because my major required a lot of reading and it would have been overkill for me.

Where do you read?

There's never a bad place to pick up a book. I would prefer to be horizontal when I read though, so in bed at night or sometimes in the morning works best for me.

What kind of books do you like to read?

I would say that I am not partial to reading anything. If it looks interesting, I will read it regardless of the genre. My favourite genre to read is fantasy though, and I also enjoy reading anything graphic (manga, graphic novels, webcomics, etc.)

What does your book collection look like?

Small, very small. Most book enthusiasts all have expansive shelves filled with books. My single bookshelf is filled with books I have had for years or books from university, and it has not expanded past that. While it would be nice to have a bunch of bookshelves filled to the brim, I don't find it very practical to have and I am someone who pretty much exclusively reads ebooks. My eyesight isn't the greatest and I find the font in books to be too small. Loaning out books from the library is also free which is a huge bonus.

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