When did you first join Bookstagram/start your blog and what inspired you to start?
I joined at the end of July so I’m relatively new to bookstagram! I set up my blog to run alongside it a few weeks later though I haven’t been able to spend as much time on it as I would like! I decided to start a bookstagram because I had recently got back into reading and wanted a place to share my book reviews along with other bookish thoughts. I wanted to keep it slightly anonymous so rather than using my personal Instagram I decided to start a new one solely for books!
Aside from the books, what is your favourite thing about the community? Any particularly special moments stand out?
I love the community as a whole, everyone is so friendly and lovely to chat to. I love taking part in all the stack challenges and creating some of my own. My #bumblebeebookstack really took off and it was lovely to see so many people joining in! I’m really looking forward to an upcoming event some of us have arranged. A South Wales Bookstagrammer Christmas event in Cardiff, it will be nice to meet up with the people I’ve been chatting to and see the faces behind the accounts!
Name a local, independent bookstore(s) in your city and something you love about it.
There is a little second hand book shop in the indoor market in the town I live which is stuffed full of books. I love going there to hunt out some bargains. A little further from me, in Cardiff, I recently discovered an amazing second-hand bookshop, Troutmark Books. They have all sorts of things in there including really old books and tons of children’s books, it really is brilliant. They have a gorgeous edition of The Secret Garden that I have my eye on.
What is your most anticipated read of 2020?
I’m really looking forward to reading My Dark Vanessa. I’ve been seeing it everywhere and it had a lot of good reviews already so although it sounds quite dark and disturbing I can’t wait to read it.
Describe yourself in 3 books.
Wilde Like Me, Why Mummy Drinks, Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic. I relate to these books in different ways and see myself in them.
Most memorable #bookstagrammademedoit moment.
Taking photos of bookshelves in book shops! Something I would never have done before joining bookstagram!
Name one book you think everyone should read.
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. Its a brilliant insight into what it’s like to suffer a mental breakdown, anxiety and depression. I think if you are struggling with any of these then its a book that will help you and if not it’s just a good way to learn more about how people do suffer and how we can help.
If you could pick any author or fictional character to take to dinner, who would you choose and why?
Oh this is so hard! I would love to take Matt Haig to dinner. I’ve read 2 of his books and loved both of them. I think he would be a really interesting person to chat to and I’d love to get inside his head about the book he’s currently writing because it sounds amazing!
Book of 2019 (so far)
It wasn’t published in 2019 but my favourite read this year has been Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. 2 favourites that were released this year are So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter and The Perfect Wife by J P Delaney.
I don’t really have a favourite but some auto-buy authors are David Nicholls, Nick Spalding, Sophie Kinsella and Cecelia Ahern.
Too many! How To Get Away with Murder and The Blacklist are my current faves.
Forget me nots
September (my birthday month!)
Anywhere hot and sunny
THIS OR THAT?
Physical book or e-reader?
Hardcover or paperback?
Library or bookstore?
Second hand books or new?
Coffee or tea?
Night owl or early riser?
Rainy day or sunshine?
Oceanside or mountain view?
Adventurer or homebody?
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