Thursday, 15 September 2011

Meet The Blogger - The Overflowing Library

Welcome again to another exciting episode of Meet The Blogger! This week, we are chatting to Kirsty from The Overflowing Library! Check out her blog at! Now, enjoy...!


When did you start blogging?
June 2010

What made you start blogging?
I discovered last year and started to use it to swap books that I no longer wanted. In one of the books I swapped I got a card inside with a link to a book blog which I went and looked at and then decided to start my own.

What was the first book you reviewed for your blog and what was your reaction to it?
I received a self published book as my first review book called Dear Dylan by Siobhan Curham. I was so excited about it as I never thought I'd get books for review (and didn't realise you even could get books as a book blogger).

When was the first time you realised you were a Book Blogger?
When I went down to London for a blogger event at Random House Children's Books with a whole bunch of other bloggers. It was about that time that I started to get a steady stream of books for review through which was really exciting.

How much of your time a week do you spend blogging?
I dread to think. I can read up to 7 books in a week (although that it on a good week). I use goodreads to keep on top of what I am reading and review a book as soon as I can after I finish it. I then schedule my reviews in advance. Getting my blog sorted isn't what takes up my time (maybe a few hours a week). Twittering with my lovely blogging friends is the thing that takes up the time! I love it though.

Has your taste in book genres changed since starting the blog?
Not as such. I have always loved reading YA books. The only change is that I don't really read adult books any more although I didn't read that many anyway. The only way I could say my reading habits has changed it that I read a lot more widely as I tend to read whatever is sent to me for review and they might not be books I would have necessarily picked up otherwise.

What book are you reading at the moment?
What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen, which is one I received for review last week.

What book has got you very excited or made you cry?
I have been so excited about loads of books I have received (especially when I get packages from Atom) that i would be here for ages listed them. The book that got to be the most was Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Have you read any book that you disliked so much you threw it across the room?
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Really didn't like that one.

What advice would you give to anyone who wants to take part or what to set up a book blog?
Don't expect publishers to send you books instantly. It takes a long time to build up your blog and your contacts before you start getting review copies. Read and review the books you want to review and not what you think you ought to be reviewing.

Now, to ask five fun quick-fire questions. What song are you listening to right now?
Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" whilst I'm driving about...

MySpace, Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter (purely because all my gorgeous book blogger friends are on there)

Hardback, paperbacks or eBooks?
Hardbacks. I love a gorgeous hardback book.

Letters, phone, texting or emailing?
Emailing - my phone signal is shocking!

Zombies or unicorns?
unicorns I suppose. Both are a bit freaky!

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