It’s time for another Blogger Spotlight 🙂 Joining us today is Megan from The Hungry Bookworm. Her blog is so unique, combining a love of food (which resonates with the ex-chef in me) with a love of books and every time I visit, I come away hungry! She has showcased so many books I can’t wait to read and recipes I am eager to try 🙂
Megan, thank you for joining us today! It is such an honor to have someone who shares two of my biggest passions (cooking and books) chat with us!
Q1 – How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging almost two years now – I can hardly believe it! So far, I’ve done reviews of almost 100 books and made a recipe to go with every one of them. Happily, that number is always growing!
Q2 – What is one piece of advice you would give to new bloggers, just getting their footing in the book blogging community?
Make a commitment to post once or twice a week and set aside time to do whatever you need to do to get that done – read, write (or in my case, cook). The hardest part is posting regularly, which is how you keep people coming back, so if you can commit to doing that, you’re off to a good start.
Q3 – Do you read multiple books at once or are you a one- at-a-time reader?
Once in a while I’ll read multiple books at a time, but it’s usually because one of them is boring or slow and I don’t want it to hold me up. Most of the time, though, I’m a one-book-at-a-time type of gal. I like to be able to fully get into a story without other distractions.
Q4 – What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?
I just finished My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd. The description intrigued me, but it had some glaring issues, and in the end, it fell flat. I ended up giving it 2 stars, which is pretty rare for me. It has a lot of good reviews on Goodreads, but it’s not something I would recommend.
Q5 – Do you review everything you read or only certain books?
When I first started out, I reviewed everything I read because I wanted to be able to post every week. Now that I have my footing, I find I write faster and am less nervous to cook up the corresponding recipe, so I’m actually able to plan which books I feature. I usually only review books that I rate 3 stars or higher and those where the recipe integration fits naturally.
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 definitely consider my blog to be multi-genre. I read mostly contemporary fiction, but also a little bit of everything – some of my favorite books are dystopia or other science fiction. I enjoy young adult novels every so often, and I try to read a handful of nonfiction or memoirs each year, too.
I don’t specifically seek out Indie books, but if the description catches my attention, I’ll absolutely pick it up.
Q7 – What would you say is your favorite part of book blogging? Least favorite?
My favorite part is that it combines all of the things I love – reading, writing and cooking. I would be doing it anyway, so it’s nice to have a constructive outlet to share my passion for food and books with the world!
My least favorite part is the maintenance – sometimes it can be overwhelming to make tailored content for all of the social media channels bloggers use to get their content out there. I’ve been trying to tackle them one at a time to make it easier, but it’s still a lot of work to keep up.
Q8 – Can you show us a photo of your favorite bookshelf? Do you have a certain way you like to organize them?
I try not to “over-organize” my books, but I still have them in general categories so they’re easy to find. I keep all of my unread books together, and when I read them, I either move them in with the keepers or set them aside to swap or donate. In the books I’ve read section, I have them separated into general fiction, classic fiction, memoirs and other nonfiction. I like to keep my Book of the Month (BOTM) books and any series together too.
Q9 – Are you an e-reader or physical book lover? Or perhaps a mix of the two?
I use both. E-readers are great for travel or reading in bed, but I probably read physical books more often – especially when I’m trying to read my shelves. I can’t pass up a used book sale, so that pile is ever-growing! I also belong to BOTM, which are all physical books, and I usually can’t wait to tear into those books when they come in the mail.
Q10 – What was your favorite book from your childhood? How about a favorite that you read last year?
I was really a fan of series when I was a kid because they could keep up with my voracious reading habits – I read a lot of The Babysitters’ Club and Nancy Drew. As a result, I made up a lot of clubs that I made the neighbor kids join, and yes, some of them required us to solve “mysteries.”
My favorite book from last year was Small Great Things, though I think it may have come out in 2016. I was hesitant to read it but as soon as I started it, I was hooked, and by the end, I was blown away. I still recommend it to people all the time.
Megan, you were a joy to have here with us! We look forward to seeing so much more of your tasty blog!