|graphic by Nina at Nina Reads|
I'll admit that my blog is tiny in the grand scheme of things. I usually get next to no comments (other than this one week a year), I don't have that many subscribers, and my view count isn't terribly high. But I think that those facts stand true for a lot of reasons.
For starters, I jumped into book blogging not knowing that a community already existed, I just wanted to write. I had no idea what ARCs were or blog tours or any of it. And in some ways, I think that was a good thing. I think I would have been intimidated and talked myself out of it. But I've been doing this for a while now and I've gotten the hang of things. My blog is smaller, sure, but that's what works for me. This is one of many hobbies I have, so I give it what I can. Lately I've gotten better about contacting publishers, getting on lists, that sort of thing, but I also have a full time job and my own writing aspirations.
My advice to new book bloggers and book tubers is this: don't expect overnight success. Unless your best friend is a NYT best selling author or runs a huge blog, it will take time and a lot of effort. But if you love it, it will be worth it. I'm so appreciative of each and every person who reads or views or comments, and it is important to let them know that. Stick with it and your time will eventually come.
"What's your favorite genre? What kinds of books to you most like to read/review?" Ugh these questions! They seem so simple, they ought to have one word answers, but is that ever really the case?
Generally, I like contemporary fiction, stories that could be happening at this very moment. However, I like it with fantasy or science fiction or paranormal twists, too. Magical realism when done well can be awesome. That being said, I try to be widely read too (but usually no gory thrillers or horror - I'm a BIG pansy). I love fantasy and always have as a proud member of the Harry Potter generation. In recent years I've come to like science fiction because I think the genre has evolved in ways that makes it more accessible. Paranormal I still tend to be a bit picky only because the vampire trend was SO BIG and it wasn't my thing, so I tread lightly there. Like my comments on classics yesterday, my reading picks come down to one thing: do I connect with this story on a deeper level?
Some favorites that come to mind which showcase my evolution in reading tastes over the last year and my efforts to expand what genres I read, in no particular order, are as follows:
- Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (magical realism)
- Pivot Point by Kasie West (science fiction)
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (science fiction)
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (fantastical elements)
If you have any suggestions or thoughts, I'd be happy to hear them. Comments welcome, and, as always, happy reading!