The Secret Life of A Book Blogger Tag

Okay, if someone knows exactly who started this tag, let me know in the comments please! But right now, I’m doing this because a) Naz of Read Diverse Books did his lovely post that you can go read here and b) because our staff just got a little bigger and maybe you’d like to know each of us better? Or not. It’s a late, lazy Sunday morning and I don’t want to look at my course-work, so here we are:

How long have you been a blogger?

Since Nafiza got the idea of starting The Book Wars? So, um, three years, I think? *gasp* YOU GUYS! THE BOOK WARS TURNED THREE THIS SEPTEMBER AND WE DIDN’T EVEN CELEBRATE! *hastily makes a cupcake*

At what point do you think you will stop?

I … have to stop? *tears up* But I don’t wanna!

But in all seriousness, I love talking about books and without this outlet I don’t think my friends will want to hang out with me.

What is the best part?

NGL, at first, I was a little star-struck and amazed by the fact that I could just email authors and set up an interview just like that? I’m still not over it. Although, for the past two years, interacting with readers and other bloggers …

… MAKES MY WEEK! Getting recommendations, gushing about characters, and receiving comments that inform me that my review persuaded them to read something makes me so, so happy! And I’ve made some incredible friends through this blog. So, thank you to everyone who’s been keeping up with our blog, reading my posts, and been generally awesome. I appreciate you. Yes, you. <3

What is the worst part?

Making a huge change–*cough* like moving domains *cough*–and not knowing if you did the right thing? But this is something I don’t have to deal with alone, which makes it not so bad.

Mostly, I am horrified by my older reviews and the things I’ve written so casually and without thought. The Internet is forever, so I’m sure my old pieces will be my personal ghosts. Thanks a lot, past!Yash.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

I am terrible at creating pictures. I make the occassional Instagram book photo challenge image, which takes me a couple of hours. I recently made a banner for our Word of Word Craft feature …

… which took me forever* because I can barely doodle and I am trying to teach myself how to use a Wacom tablet and Clip Studio Paint.


I had three new grey hairs when I finished that banner.


Who’s your book crush?

Depends on how you define that? I crush on Marie Lu’s writing a lot. I want to write speculative fiction the way she does and create characters that are as memorable and complex as hers. I think about The Young Elites and I just–

*sigh* So. Good.

If you mean, book crush, as in someone whose writing I love and also have a crush on the author, um, that would Jason Reynolds. FUN FACT: He was at Book Riot Live last year, as was I, and I was so nervous about being around him that I actually loitered by a stairwell (staring into space like a cat who spotted a ghost because I have no idea how to be a normal human) so he would have a head start on the stairs and we wouldn’t have to make eye-contact/interact. Yep. I’m the smoothest.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

I have a pretty long list: Zen Cho, Jacqueline Woodson, Thanhha Lai, Holly Black, Cassie Clare, Malinda Lo, Adam Silvera, Marie Lu, Indra Das, Tess Sharpe, NGOZI UKAZU OH MY GODS DO I NEED NGOZI TO BE ON THE BLOG! *deep breath* Yeah, so many.

What do you wear when you write your blog?

PJs if I’m at home. Some combination of a dress with cardigan/sweater, stockings/tights if I’m out? I love wearing dresses and being girly. Summer is my favourite season–because all the dresses, all the time–so most of my wardrobe is dresses and a bunch of sweaters and tights to survive the fall/winter/spring.

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

Not long if it’s a review. I usually figure out what to say as I read. Posts like this one here, fuelled by rage, also doesn’t take long. Maybe 2 hours for writing and editing? Posts like the ones I do for Book Riot take longer, maybe 4 hours for the whole thing.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

It’s like most communities I’m a part of–imperfect, but feels like home. What I find encouraging is that for every terrible thing that happens, at least two good things spring forth from the community. For example, the #diverseathon that happened as a result of those gross Anti-Diversity in Lit videos. I like that people are willing to talk about problems and others are willing to learn and grow. Well, I mean, some people are. Maybe I just have a low, low bar for humanity, but I still think that’s way more than other online communities do?

Of course, then I go to Goodreads and I … ugh, just fly me into the sun, thanks. 🙁

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

I don’t know if I’m in a position to dole out such advice? What I do right now is read loads, listen to the community, and try to post uncompromisingly good content.

Thanks for reading! <3

I don’t know if I’m meant to tag anyone else here, but I’m gonna: Elizabeth of So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, Lindsay of Me on Books, Oreos & Booksall our readers/commenters who run book blogs, and anyone else who wants to do this one, have at! And leave us a link to your post, so we can get to know you better!

Happy Sunday!