It’s Saturday so guess what that means!
It’s time for our newest feature, the Blogger Spotlight. And today, we are excited to be interviewing LaRonda of the Flying Paperbacks Blog! LaRonda has bravely agreed to be our Interview guinea pig so without further ado . . .
LaRonda, welcome and thank you so much for being the first to take part in our feature! We are so excited you let us get inside your head for a bit 🙂
Q1 – How long have you been blogging?
Since September 2017, though I didn’t start promoting my content until October.
Q2 – What is one piece of advice you would give to new bloggers, just getting their footing in the book blogging community?
Do it for yourself. First starting, I always kept in the back of my mind that this space was mine. Mine to mold, to speak my mind, to do what I wanted with. Doing it for others takes all the fun out of it.
Great answer! Blogging for yourself is the best way to go 🙂
Q3 – Do you read multiple books at once or are you a one-at-a-time reader?
One at a time (despite what my Goodreads shelf tells you).
Q4 – What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?
The last book I read was Inkmistress by Audrey Coulhurst. If you want great bisexual rep and dragons, I’d say give it a go.
Q5 – Do you review everything you read or only certain books?
I try. I don’t review New Adult books, though I will rate them on Goodreads.
Q6 – Do you read / review only one genre on your blog or would you consider it more of a multi-genre / eclectic blog? On the same note, do you read Indie books?
I try to step out of my Fantasy bubble and review different genres, though it’s so hard to not gravitate toward what I’m comfortable with. I try to read Indie books, but if I’m honest, I’m a little lost on where to look for them. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Q7 – What would you say is your favorite part of book blogging? How about your least favorite?
My favorite part is definitely the people – everyone is so nice and supportive! My least favorite part is the insecurities. I’m one fish in a large pond. It’s pretty hard to think of something original. I’m always subconsciously comparing myself to other bloggers, but then I think it’s okay, because my voice matters.
Q8 – Can you show us a photo of your favorite bookshelf? Do you have a certain way you like to organize them?
Please excuse the camera quality . . .
This is my favorites shelf. I don’t really have a rhyme or reason for organizing said shelf, I just need everything to fit, haha.
I think many bloggers / book lovers who tell you they can easily fit all their books on their shelves are either lying or delusional. Most of us have the “too many books / too little space” problem 🙂
Q9 – Are you an e-reader or physical book lover? Or perhaps a mix of the two?
A mix of the two, though when I was younger, I swore I’d never buy physical books . . . I don’t know what 14-year-old me was thinking, but 17-year-old me has seen the error of her ways.
I love this answer, as I came from the time before the extreme popularity of Kindles. Even though I am only a 30-something, when I was in high school, physical books were all I knew. I am now, like you, a mix of the two! We hybrids need to stick together 🙂
Q10 – Last but not least, what was your favorite book from your childhood? How about a favorite that you read last year?
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein. I talk about this book often, but this book has been re-read so many times. It’s so battered, though I do have a back-up (that one is still pretty battered, too).
Last year had a lot of good books I read. The one that sticks out the most was The Hearts We Sold. I have never cried as much as I did with that one. I went into a seven day funk (some people were worried . . . ) but it was so good and people don’t talk about it as much as I’d like them to.
LaRonda, thank you again! You were a great start to this feature 🙂 Happy blogging to you!
Looking for a place to start? We suggest stopping by and congratulating LaRonda on her 200 followers! Way to go and we are so excited to be one of them 🙂
Until next week,