Meet the Bookworm: Olivia-Savannah

I’ve sent a couple of bookish questions to some bloggers and bookstagrammers who have been crazy enough to fill them out. In this series you’ll get to read their answers, admire their favourite reads and share their favourite stories. If you want to join the series just drop a comment below!


Name
Olivia-Savannah

Instagram Handle
@writing4joy2

Twitter Handle
@oliviascatastrophe

Booktube
Olivia Roach

What sort of things do you like to read? Any favourite books?
I love to read pretty much all genres and all types of books! Some favourites are The Raven Cycle, Shakespeare plays in general, Dracula and the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman.

Would you like to share any happy/funny reading related memories or stories?
There was a time when I read Where Europe Ends by Yoko Tawada and was very confused about the narrative… How the character experienced so many different things and abruptly jumped from country to country. Only to be told when discussing it in a university seminar and explaining my confusion that it’s a short story collection and not a novel. Oops!

If you could write yourself into any story, which one would it be? Would you change anything about yourself or have any magical powers?
I would totally write myself into A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer so that I could fall in love with my current book boyfriend (Grey). I would have the power to teleport too, of course.

What got you interested in books? Any particular books or people?
I was always read to by my parents and then when I went to primary school I had a brilliant librarian. We still email and recommend books to each other now! She let me help with filing and other librarian things and I’d stay for hours after school to either read, chat books with her or help out.

Do you enjoy writing as well as reading? What sort of things do you write? Do the novels you read inspire you?
I love to write! I’m a poet and write poetry, mostly. But my current WIP is a horror novel with all black characters. 😉

Was there ever a point where you found yourself reading less? Why? Do you have any tips for getting out of a reading slump?
At the end of every year my reading tends to dwindle as I prepare for Christmas and the New Year. I usually take 2 weeks off from reading at the end of December to focus on other things and feel ready and excited to read again in the New Year!

What made you decide to engage with other bookworms on the internet? Are your internet bookworm friends different to your real life bookworm friends?
I mostly started a blog before I knew book blogs existed. My blog was originally just life updates – but when a book blogger commented I visited their blog and suddenly found the entire bookish online world. I wanted in! I actually have quite a few reading friends in real life. I just like to talk books with as many people as possible 🙂

Do you have any reading routines? What about blogging or bookstagramming routines?
Routines? Not for me. I mostly squeeze in reading, blogging, bookstagramming and booktubing whenever I have time. A lot to balance but I enjoy it so that’s what I keep doing!

Has your reading changed much over the last decade? Do you have a reading journey?
The main thing is that my reading has grown exponentially. I read almost double the amount of books now than I used to, even though I have less time for reading. I’ve started to read quicker. But I’ve also started to read more genres and underrated books too, which makes me happy!

Has interacting with bookworms online changed your reading at all? Do you think it’s for the better?
It’s probably helped my reading become more diverse and spread out, which is only for the better. That way I can learn what life is like for more people, and hopefully help move the world to being a more inclusive place for all.

Have you ever found yourself in a novel? If you had to pick one character you really relate to, who would it be and why?
Oh, many times and actually mostly in new adult romance? Probably because I’m the new adult age. It was quite scary to see myself in so many if Roan Parrish’s novels. Especially in her novel called Rend!
When I was 12 I related to Fanny from Mansfield Park. I was incredibly shy and outspoken. I don’t relate to her anymore at all and that makes me feel proud. I’ve come a long way since then.

What do you find most challenging about blogging and bookstagramming? Any 2020 reading/blogging/bookstagramming goals?
I find keeping constantly active the hardest. It takes a lot to make one photo or blog post and it’s hard for me to share often while also living life. My main goal for 2020 is to be a bit more consistent and make more friends too 💜

Would you want to work in the wonderful world of books? Why/why not? Do you have a dream job in the book world?
I originally wanted to go into publishing but now I want to teach… But as a poet and novelist I would still be involved in the author side of the book world hopefully 😋

What advice would you give your younger self? Do you have any advice for budding bookworms out there?
Keep reading what you love. Look for yourself in characters and see how they develop. Because that’s the way you’re going to develop too.


Thanks Olivia-Savannah for filling out the questions and joining my blog! I love your idea of taking a reading break before the new year so you’re excited to start again in January! Sadly I think rushing to get my Goodreads challenge done may interfere with that one. Do you have any reading breaks in your year? is Grey your current book boyfriend? Let me know in the comments!

Another bookworm will be featuring on my blog next Friday so stay tuned for that, and tell me in the comments if you want to get involved.

Meet the Bookworm: Noelle

I’ve sent a couple of bookish questions to some bloggers and bookstagrammers who have been crazy enough to fill them out. In this series you’ll get to read their answers, admire their favourite reads and share their favourite stories. If you want to join the series just drop a comment below!


Name
Noelle

Twitter Handle
@genieinanovel

Instagram Handle
genieinanovel

What sort of things do you like to read? Any favourite books?
I like to read contemporary stories. Those are the easiest to relate to, though I do enjoy a good fantasy once in a while to take me away from earth! Some of my favorite books are Love & Gelato, Lola and the Boy Next Door, The Gallagher Girls series, Time Bomb, The Land of Stories series, and (obviously) the Harry Potter series.

What got you interested in books? Any particular books or people?
My mom was a big reader when I was growing up, so I think she had a lot of influence on my love for reading. I remember reading through Hardy Boys books, as well as Judy Blume books (Fudge, Double Fudge, Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret, etc.). So it’s just always been something I’ve done. I was that kid who loved silent reading time at school and was more likely to get in trouble for reading late at night.

Do you enjoy writing as well as reading? What sort of things do you write? Do the novels you read inspire you?
I do! I write mainly contemporary stories, and fanfiction. I would say the novels I read definitely inspire me. I find that once in a while I get the urge to try my hand at fantasy, but I’ve never actually done it… yet.

Was there ever a point where you found yourself reading less? Why? Do you have any tips for getting out of a reading slump?
Yeah. For a while when I first started college I wasn’t reading as much, like for a few years. I started picking back up a little maybe five years ago? I think it was just the stress from school that really made me too tired to want to read. Though I still go through the occasional reading slump, typically in March/April. No idea why. For getting out of a reading slump, my usual tip is to reread a favorite. It kind of rekindles the love of reading. Another one is to just not worry about it and let it be a reading break. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable, so trying to force it will make it worse. I actually wrote a post about this on my blog a while ago after I’d been in a slump.

What made you decide to engage with other bookworms on the internet? Are your internet bookworm friends different to your real life bookworm friends?
I think Goodreads and starting a blog was a main part of it. I saw how everyone interacted with each other and it just looked like a great community to be a part of – a community that loves reading and supports each other. I can’t say for sure if they’re different or not. I’m still kind of new to the community, so I haven’t gotten very close to anyone yet. I’d definitely love to though!

Do you have any reading routines? What about blogging or bookstagramming routines?
Kind of? I usually read when I go to the gym in the mornings, while I’m on the treadmill. And I like to get a few chapters in before bed. As for blogging, it’s when I can write or am inspired to do a post… or when I have to write a review. Then for bookstagram I take a Monday (my weekday off) every few weeks/once a month, to take a batch of photos and keep them ready to post.

Has interacting with bookworms online changed your reading at all? Do you think it’s for the better?
It’s definitely given me a lot more books to read! Haha! I have also learned from other bookworms how it’s better to just DNF a book that you’re not enjoying. I did that for the first time this year for a few books and it’s definitely great advice. Don’t waste time on something that you’re not enjoying.

Have you ever found yourself in a novel? If you had to pick one character you really relate to, who would it be and why?
I would say Cath from Fangirl. I acted just like her in college and had to brought out somewhat by friends to actually interact outside of class. And did I mention earlier that I write fanfiction?

If you blog or bookstagram what do you find most challenging? Any 2020 reading/blogging/bookstagramming goals?
Keeping up with a regular schedule for my blog. Sometimes I lose track and either do too many posts all at once or forget to post for a few weeks. My 2020 goals for my blog is to make some kind of schedule. My reading goals are to just keep reading books I enjoy, while maybe branching out more to other formats/genres. My best friend is really into manga and there are some interesting ones that I want to check out (by her recommendations).

Would you want to work in the wonderful world of books? Why/why not? Do you have a dream job in the book world?
I do, actually! I work as a librarian in my hometown library. I’ve been there for nearly four years, and I was a volunteer before that. I even graduated with my Masters in Library Science last spring, so I’m looking forward to what doors that will open for me in the field.

What advice would you give your younger self? Do you have any advice for budding bookworms out there?
I would tell my younger self to start a reading log/journal so I’d be able to look back on all the books I’ve read and what I thought about them at the time. Sometimes you don’t feel the same things when you reread because you know the story, but you catch things you missed before.


Thanks Noelle for filling out the questions and joining my blog! I’ve heard a lot of book worms relate to Cath. Do you agree with her on any of these points? Do you get the March/April reading slump too?

Another bookworm will be featuring on my blog next Friday so stay tuned for that, otherwise we have the usual Top Ten Tuesday up next week!

Meet the Bookworm: Elizabeth Tabler

Hello and welcome to a new series I’m doing on my blog. I’ve sent a couple of bookish questions to some bloggers and bookstagrammers who have been crazy enough to fill them out. In this series you’ll get to read their answers, admire their favourite reads and share their favourite stories. If you want to join the series just drop a comment below!


Name
Elizabeth Tabler

Twitter Handle
@bethtabler

Instagram Handle
elizabethtabler

What sort of things do you like to read? Any favourite books?
I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. Favorite, ohh that is so hard. I like Fahrenheit 451 a lot.

What got you interested in books? Any particular books or people?
I have been bookish from a very early age. As soon as I learned to read, I plowed through books.

Do you enjoy writing as well as reading? What sort of things do you write? Do the novels you read inspire you?
I do! I am currently shopping around my first short story. Right now just science fiction, but we shall see.

Was there ever a point where you found yourself reading less? Why? Do you have any tips for getting out of a reading slump?
I go through reading slumps. If I get depressed or overwhelmed, I tend to read less.

What made you decide to engage with other bookworms on the internet? Are your internet bookworm friends different to your real life bookworm friends?
I have always followed book twitter, but as I started doing more blogging I got more and more involved.

Do you have any reading routines? What about blogging or bookstagramming routines?
I try to blog everyday, but a reading routine is probably a good idea.

Has your reading changed much over the last decade? Do you have a reading journey?
Not particularly, although I have read slightly more this year than in previous years.

Has interacting with bookworms online changed your reading at all? Do you think it’s for the better?
It’s wonderful! I learn about so many new books from the reading community.

Have you ever found yourself in a novel? If you had to pick one character you really relate to, who would it be and why?
I always loved the sass of Eowyn. I wish I was more like her. She is who I would love to be.

If you blog or bookstagram what do you find most challenging? Any 2020 reading/blogging/bookstagramming goals?
Just my normal list of books. I would like to try and get through either King’s library or Neil Gaiman’s library. I haven’t decided yet.

Would you want to work in the wonderful world of books? Why/why not? Do you have a dream job in the book world?
I would love to work with aspiring authors. I think that would be a dream job.

What advice would you give your younger self? Do you have any advice for budding bookworms out there?
Don’t stress yourself out about how many books you have read. Just enjoy the reading.


Thanks Beth for filling out the questions and joining my blog! Do you agree with her on any of these points? Are you a fan of sassy Eowyn too? Or even know which books she’s from, because I’m not entirely sure… Also if you fancy joining the series let me know in the comments and I’d love to feature you!

Another bookworm will be featuring on my blog so stay tuned for that, otherwise we have the usual posts