Thursday, 18 August 2011

Meet The Blogger - Narratively Speaking

Welcome again to another Meet The Blogger! This week, we are chatting to Lynsey from Narratively Speaking. Check out her lovely blog at I hope you like and will see you next week!


When did you start blogging?
I started blogging back in January 2010

What made you start blogging?
I didn’t have anyone to share my love of books with basically. I was reading YA books and none of my friends were readers at the time and I wanted to share my thoughts about books that I’d read. Little did I know, there was a huge community out there and I’ve made some amazing friends through book blogging and also read some amazing books of course.

What was the first book you reviewed for your blog and what was your reaction to it?
The first book I ever reviewed on the blog was Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I loved the book and couldn’t wait to gush over it.

When was the first time you realised you were a Book Blogger?
I guess from the beginning, I knew I was blogging about books but I can’t remember the first time I actually sat down and thought about it. It was probably when I got my first reaction from someone saying that because of my review, they were going to buy the book. That always makes me really happy :)

How much of your time a week do you spend blogging?
Not as much as I would like is the easy answer to that! I work full time which always causes havoc but I’ve recently changed my job so I’m hoping to have more time to read and review. I’m actually quite a fast reader but I’m definitely not a fast reviewer. I really take my time with the writing as I want to make it as good as I can.

Has your taste in book genres changed since starting the blog?
They haven’t changed that much actually. I’ve always enjoyed reading YA although I tended to just read Paranormal YA. I’ve now branched out to include contemporary YA and Dystopian now. I remember thinking that Dystopian was too depressing so I never read any and BAM, when I finally DID read it, I was blown away. I’m absolutely loving Dystopian fiction at the moment and contemporary books always have something to offer.

What book are you reading at the moment?
I’ve just finished reading Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers whom I just LOVE. I was lucky to get an early copy and I can’t tell you how much I love the series! I would highly recommend the books and I can’t wait to find out what happens in book three I’m about to start Passion by Lauren Kate.

What book has got you very excited or made you cry?
Both Crossed by Ally Condie and Forever by Maggie Stiefvater are two of my most highly anticipated books. I’m also DESPERATE to read Under A Million Suns which is the sequel to Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I keep trying to bribe her to let me read it but she’s currently still working on it.

Have you read any book that you disliked so much you threw it across the room?
Not enough to throw it across the room, no. There have been books that I wasn’t so keen on but there is only one book that I have never finished and I tried, oh how I tried. I was actually really disappointed because I wanted to like it.

What advice would you give to anyone who wants to take part or what to set up a book blog?
Firstly, I’d say do it for the right reasons. Then I’d advise you to have a look at other blogs, take notes on what works, what looks good etc. The Story Siren has some good articles about book blogging advice too. Find out about how to set up a website and it’s always worth learning a little HTML if you can (I picked this up as I went along). Having said all that, I think the most important thing is to have a clear review policy and to write good reviews! Remember to have intregity and write from the heart.

Now, to ask five fun quick-fire questions. What song are you listening to right now?
I’m watching TV! I do really like the Burlesque soundtrack at the moment though.

MySpace, Facebook or Twitter?

Hardback, paperbacks or eBooks?
Hardback for sure.

Letters, phone, texting or emailing?
I love getting post but I’d have to say e mail for speed and convenience

Zombies or unicorns?
Unicorns. Less messy.

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