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Hi! I’m Ellie, I’m 22, and I work as a teaching assistant. I graduated this summer from the University of Exeter and if it weren’t for COVID I would be doing my MA as we speak. I’m a reader and reviewer of contemporary, historical, science fiction and literary fiction.
Something most everyone wants to know… do you have any pets?
No, but I’d love to have some! My boyfriend has 3 dogs so I love getting to cuddle with them when I go to his.
What is your favorite thing to drink?
Depends on the context. At the minute I’m really into orange squash. I also really love tea (breakfast tea, herbal tea, almost all tea aside from peppermint tea). If I’m having an alcoholic drink I enjoy a gin & tonic or cider.
What is your favorite season?
Autumn! I know this is almost everyone’s answer to this but I love the colours and the autumn-spiced flavours.
Do you have any special talents?
Nothing that springs to mind. I was always really good at maths in school, but I didn’t pursue it past A Level because I wanted a humanities based job.
When and why did you start your blog?
I’m not sure exactly when I started it, because I started it years and years ago because my best friend had a blog. Nobody ever read my posts, and I hardly ever posted. When I was at the end of my first year of uni (May 2018), I revived it a little, then spent almost two years sporadically attempting to post regularly and failing. In February 2020, I finally started to post regularly. The COVID lockdown has been really instrumental in my blogging journey, funnily enough. It meant I had a lot of time to myself and to keep myself busy and mind active I made my blog into my main focus. For me, it’s probably the best decision I could’ve made for my mental health during lockdown because it gave me purpose and I made loads of great friends!
What is something that you wish you knew about blogging when you first started?
How difficult it is to build a following! I thought I could just post to my blog, leave it, and it would get views. Not the case. Since then I’ve learned how important it is to read, like and comment on other people’s blogs, promote posts across social media and build friendships with people in the community who will engage with your posts and help you to build your readership.
What has been the hardest part about blogging?
Getting people to read my posts!
What has been the most rewarding part of blogging?
…Getting people to read my posts!
Do you write your posts a head of time or write them the day of posting?
Ahead of time. Earlier in this post I said I’m 22, and that will be true when you’re reading this, but I’m writing it at the age of 21! A while ago I started writing my posts for the upcoming week at the weekend, but for August I tried writing them all at the start of the month, and that worked well for me, so I’m doing that again for September. Some posts like reviews I’m still writing as I go along, but my culture/lifestyle posts I’m writing today (August 29th), as well as answering the questions for tags like this that I’ve been tagged in recently. It helps that I get tagged in so much I have a backlog of about a month’s worth, so I anticipate that by the end of September, I’ll have tagged posts queued until the end of October!
Who are your top 5 favorite authors?
What genre do you read the most?
My answer is going to be a non-genre: literary fiction. Because of my degree, I read a lot of classics and non-genre books and I really enjoy them. In terms of genre fiction, I tend to read contemporary and historical the most.
What genre surprised you by how much you love it?
I’m not sure that any did really! I love reading because I like to learn about the world through fiction, so its no surprise that I like historical books for the learning about the past, and contemporary books for insight into different cultures and the lives of people from different backgrounds to me. I’m a little surprised that I like science fiction as much as I do when I consider this, but I always loved science fiction as a child (any other Doctor Who fans here?) so in that sense it’s not a surprise.
Which popular book didn’t live up to the hype for you?
I’m going to have to say Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, which absolutely is not to say I didn’t enjoy it. I did really enjoy it, but I didn’t love it, and I expected to.
Who are some popular authors you haven’t read?
Name any YA author who got popular post-2016 and you’ll probably have got one! Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Tahereh Mafi.
What upcoming release are you excited to read?
I don’t really keep up with upcoming releases because there are so many backlist books I want to read, so I genuinely can’t think of any!
Do you listen to music while reading?
Sometimes, it depends on my mood. Sometimes I really don’t like silence.
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