I’m so excited for this post because it is the first in my new series of book blogger spotlights!!!
Today I am asking the wonderful Ayla @ Books and Babbles some questions about her blogging journey! She also is amazing (to the point where I suspect the use of magic) at taking pictures of books, and you’ll be able to see a few of her pictures too!!
A: I started my book blog because I had another blog I shared my reviews on and didn’t like it. It was supposed to be a lifestyle blog that turned into a book blog and that just wasn’t what I wanted for it. Then I decided to make a separate blog for all my bookish things and eventually it became my main blog. 🙂
A: Do whatever you want! For the longest time I tried to do what others did and it wasn’t making me very happy at all. The book blogging community is so different from other niches/communities because as long as it’s about books, it’s all good! (And even if you do both books and lifestyle, it’s still good because, I mean, there’s books!)
A: This is a difficult one! Ehm… I really love The Orphan Queen duology by Jodi Meadows. (And I don’t know anyone who’s read these books!) And V.E. Schwab and Sarah J. Maas are my favourite authors, so I love pretty much every book they’ve written.
A: Yes, all the time! I’m Dutch and I read mostly English so I have to order 99% of the books I want to read. Most of the time I chose the edition that I like best.
A: I’d love to buy my books in a bookshop, and I occasionally do so. But like I said, I order most online because it’s easier and much, much cheaper for me to get them online.
A: All of them? Hahah! I definitely prefer physical books, because I just really love hardcover books, but I also read a lot of eBooks (which I get from Amazon on sale – Thanks, Bookbub!) and I love to listen to an audiobook every now and then, especially when travelling and I don’t want to risk damaging my book.
A: I listen to music all the time (also while reading and blogging), so I really love and enjoy music and going to concerts. I also love watching movies and TV shows and I love video gaming! I absolutely suck at it for sure, but I can get “lost” in my favourite videogame (The Legend of Zelda) just as much as when I’m reading a good fantasy book.
A: I think this is a very unpopular opinion, but it’s okay if you don’t read books critically. Some people can call out problematic details of every book and say how this character is wrong and that character is even worse, etc… And for a long time I felt bad about not reviewing books like that myself, since I’m generally always positive about books. Then I realised everyone is entitled to their own opinions and some people like to be critical and others just like to read without thinking too much of it. It’s okay to not be critical, if you know what I mean.
Check Ayla out online:
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