Yesterday was Cat on the Bookshelf’s 5-year blogoversary! To celebrate, I wanted to do the Blogger Stats Book Tag, created by Stuart @ Always Trust in Books, though I haven’t been tagged to do it.
Stats-wise, I’ve also seen increasing views and follower totals, and I’ve been posting more. After five years of this blog’s existence, I think it’s time to talk a little bit.
The last three books you read?
Shoplifter by Michael Cho (review coming soon)
Spinner of Secrets by Annie Louise Twitchell (eARC review coming next week)
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
Spoilers or spoiler free?
I love spoilers, but I try to leave spoilers out of my reviews, but beware my book discussions.
How long have you been book blogging?
The question that relates to my blogoversary! I’ve been book blogging for the last five years, as of yesterday.
A book you read in one sitting?
I’ve read many books in one sitting, but the first that comes to mind is The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. I was reading the book for a school project, and I ended up having to read it in one day. I loved it, but I don’t recommend reading this book so fast.
Your favorite genre?
Fantasy. I love reading a variety of genres, but my love of fantasy will never die.
Preferred book size? (novella, tome, etc.)
That’s hard. I would say tomes when I have a lot of spare time to read. Otherwise, I like the 300- to 400-page novels.
Amount of books on your TBR?
Officially (according to Goodreads), there are 637 books on my TBR. Off Goodreads record, the number is probably higher. I should clean out my TBR of books that I no longer want to read or will probably never read.
A book you have DNF’d?
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. I started reading it to get myself in the mood for an accounting class since #GIRLBOSS is business-related. I got halfway through and put it down for a combination of content and disinterest. I never bothered to pick it up again. That was pretty stupid since it’s been adapted into a TV series on Netflix and because I like reading books before their adapted films. I’m still unlikely to pick it up again.
Recent awards or milestones?
- Once again, my blog has been around for five years now. Many blogs don’t last this long, and I’m proud that this blog is still around. I’ve also been posting regularly, which I haven’t done for a couple of years.
- The view counts have been over 300 since March.
- I now have 260 followers on WordPress and 156 on Twitter, and I’m happy that so many people want to read my thoughts.
Best interaction with an author that you enjoy?
I think the best interaction I had with an author since starting this blog was when Shannon A. Thompson and Ryan Attard contacted me to review Attard’s The Pandora Chronicles: Book 1. That was a good day.
Average number of books you read per month?
I’m not referencing any real stats here, but I have been reading about 3 books per month.
Top three publishers?
I know a few publishers whose books I read a lot, but I do not have particular preferences on publishers. Without getting into the imprints of some publishers, I think the publishers I read the most are Little, Brown and Company, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster.
Social media sites your blog uses?
Average amount of time you spend networking?
I think one to two hours per day. Some days I can’t network at all and others I can spend several hours. Saturdays tend to be my longest networking days.
Most comfortable blogging position?
Sitting at a table in a straight-backed chair.
Music or quiet when writing reviews?
I usually have the TV or a YouTuber playing in the background. I listen to music when something gets stuck in my head, like Heathers: The Musical for most of the semester. I rarely need quiet for review writing.
Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?
I have a hard enough time writing my Twitter bio, so I’m not sure how good this will be. Let’s see: lengthy, thorough, bookish, dirverse (at least in genre and hopefully subject-matter), and organized.
How you would you all describe my blog?
A blog you looked up to starting out?
I don’t remember all the book blogs I followed early on, partly because I was running another blog at the time. I know I looked up to Sara Grochowski’s blog, The Hiding Spot, when I started book blogging. I also liked Wendy Darling‘s review style.
The best book you have reviewed so far?
This is like the favorite book questions. I’ll select from the books that I’ve reviewed this year. That book would be Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
Best piece of blogging advice?
Love what you are blogging about. I think something that kills blogs that were meant to go on for a while is losing interest or coming to dislike what you were blogging about. Blogging requires time and effort, so why not blog about something you enjoy or are passionate about?
I don’t know who has or who hasn’t done this tag yet. If you would like to do, consider yourself tagged.
Thank you for reading. My next post will be on Saturday.