I have no idea how this has happened but I have officially written and now posted 800 posts here on Lois Reads Books! I thought I would celebrate by doing a little Q&A. I asked for questions on social media (Twitter and Instagram) and I can’t wait to answer them! Thank you so much to absolutely everyone who sent me questions and also to everyone who supports my blog! If you read all my posts, just the occasional one, or this is your first post of mine you are seeing (hi!), I appreciate you a lot and I’m so glad that people enjoy the posts I write!
What’s your favourite book genre?
Anyone who knows me well, knows that my favourite genre is young adult contemporary. Or, more specifically young adult romance books. They bring me so much joy and you’ll more than likely find me with a young adult contemporary or a romance.
What has been the most rewarding thing about blogging for you?
I have a couple of things for this one. The main one being the friends that I have found thanks to starting my blog. Thanks to blogging I’ve found the most incredible best friends (you know who you are and how much I love you all), who I know will be in my life always. All I wanted to do when blogging was to be part of a community, I got that and more with the bestest friends! Also, I love knowing that I can recommend books to people and sometimes those people will pick that book up on my recommendations. Then, if it is just once in a blue moon those people may just love the book!
Has your blogging direction changed at all – do you write about things now you wouldn’t have considered when you started blogging?
I would say it has changed from when I started blogging. When I started I would very much only talk about books and nothing else. Recently though, I have started to enjoy writing about more lifestyle things as well as films and other general discussion points. I’m sure my blogging direction will continue to change as I continue to find new hobbies and interests.
What was the hardest post to write / hardest book to review?
I would have to say it is between my review of Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith and my review of Loveless by Alice Oseman for two very different reasons. Stay Gold was a book that I didn’t enjoy for a number of reasons but knew how much it would mean to so many other people. I tried to explain this in the best way possible but it was really hard. Then, with my review of Loveless, I wanted to word this review perfectly. I think I wrote and re-wrote this review a good 10 time until I found the wording I felt was perfect!
Will you have a library in your new home and are you excited to have loads of room for books?
Yes! Not in the traditional home library sense though. David and I are planning on making the spare room in the house into a games/library/guest bedroom and I can’t wait for this! We’re also going to have bookshelves dotted around the house. So, books will be everywhere throughout the house and I’m very excited!
What is one thing you’ve learned since you started blogging?
Read whatever you want to read whenever you want to read it! I used to read things because they were popular or ‘cool’. Thanks to blogging, I’ve realised I can read whatever I want whenever I want and have fun doing so. You don’t have to be reading what is popular just read what makes you happy!
What is one book you want everyone to read?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas! Even a while after its release, this book and its message is one that I think about often. I would highly recommend this book. It changed my life and I’m sure it will change yours. Its message is such an important one and one that everyone needs to read.
What’s one of your favourite books that you’ve discovered because of blogging?
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James is a book that I’m so glad blogging introduced me to. It is actually my favourite book of all time. I’m so glad that I was introduced to this book thanks to blogging. If you’ve not read it already I cannot recommend it enough!
What’s one of your favourite blogs you’ve written?
Technically I didn’t write this entire post, but I did write and ask the questions! It would easily have to be my question time with Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. I can’t quite believe this actually happened and I’m so proud of this post! It is an experience I’ll never forget and having one of your favourite authors remember you 2 years after that interview is something I will never get over!
What’s one thing you still want to achieve with blogging?
I’d love to host a book event in the future (even if this is virtually) and also reach 1000 followers her on my blog. Both are goals I’d love to achieve in the future and I don’t mind how long it takes to get them both achieved!
There you have it, I’ve officially written and posted 800 blog posts! I can’t quite believe it and I also can’t wait to see what the next 800 posts bring!