Okay, this is what happens when you leave the parameters of a guest post wide open. You get two extremely creative best friends who decide to interview each other for their spotlight! Instead of us coming up with generic questions that mean nothing to them, they came up with their own questions and then asked each other. How incredibly creative!
Q1 – What are your favorite genres?
Ashley: I will try almost any genre as long as the story is interesting. My favorite genres are Contemporary Romance and Suspense / Thrillers, however, I also love Memoirs, Biographies and Christian non-fiction.
Sabrina: My favorite genres include New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Thrillers and Suspense books, as well as a few Young Adult and Dystopian books here and there.
Q2 – How do you fit blogging into your everyday life?
Sabrina: Nowadays it’s pretty tricky to fit blogging into my everyday life. About six weeks ago I started a full-time job as a technical writer which made blogging during the week impossible. Luckily I have the weekend to catch up on everything. Plus, during my around 3 hour commute to and from work everyday, I get a lot of reading time done.
Q3 – Who is your favorite author?
Ashley: Tarryn Fisher is my ultimate favorite. I think she is incredibly wise and I always learn something from her writing. Through her words, I have become a more confident woman.
Sabrina: One of my favorite authors is definitely Colleen Hoover. Her books are so amazing and special. It’s safe to say that 5171 Miles Book Blog wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for her books.
Q4 – What makes your blog special?
Ashley: The best thing about our blog is its uniqueness. Sabrina lives in Germany, while I live in Texas. We were penpals and friends long before we truly discovered our shared passion for reading. We talked to each other about books all the time, and it only seemed natural to branch out together and share our love of books with the world!
Sabrina: Another thing I believe is special is the variety of books we review because we don’t have a certain genre we focus on. We even encourage the other to read and review books that the other certainly would have never picked up because of content, genre, or author. That makes it all the more fun.
Q5 – How do you organize the blog, living in two different countries and time zones?
Ashley: We have become used to the other’s schedule because we talk so often. Sabrina is 7 hours ahead of my time in Texas, meaning we usually have from the time I wake up in the morning until 4-5pm my time to get in touch with each other through WhatsApp. We usually have a conversation always going and respond to each other when we have a spare moment, either through texts or voice messages. We are both laid back and flexible when it comes to figuring things out for the blog, which helps relieve the stress.
Q6 – What is your least favorite thing about blogging?
Sabrina: Staying on top of everything book-related. You not only have to read and write a few sentences, blogging is a tough business that requires time, creativity, connections and dedication (and a hundred of other things). Although it’s really time-consuming, I love every minute of it and I haven’t regretted the decision to start blogging once.
Q7 – How many books do you read each month?
Ashley: I try to read 10 books a month, though I probably average closer to 8.
Sabrina: Since I don’t have too much time anymore I try to aim for 3 or 4 books a month. More is always great.
Q8 – When did you start blogging?
Sabrina: We started blogging in August 2016.
Q9 – What is the best thing about blogging, in your opinion?
Ashley: I love when someone picks up a book because of our recommendation. It feels so good to help deserving authors gain new readers. I also love the friendships I’ve made through blogging. Though many of my friends live far away, I’ve never felt so connected to people before!
Sabrina: Connecting with fellow bloggers and readers has been one of the best things so far. None of my friends or family members really like to read (shame on them! :D)which is why I appreciate each and every one of the bloggers and readers I talk to about books. I definitely found my niche and people.
Q10 – What advice would you give to new book bloggers?
Ashley: Blog for yourself. It doesn’t matter what others are doing, how many books you read each month, or who you know – if it isn’t fun for you, it isn’t worth it. Write and share about books because you love it, not for ARCs, money, or recognition.
Sabrina: Don’t give up. These days there are hundreds of different book blogs out there and it may seem impossible to gain ground at first but don’t let that discourage you. Every single book blog is special and important and so is your small one, too.
Ashley & Sabrina, thank you for joining us and for using your creativity to make your spotlight entirely unique from everyone else’s 🙂 Your advice for new bloggers is perfect. Thank you! And to those of you reading, thank you for stopping by our little corner. Let us know in the comments below what you thought of this unique spotlight 🙂