Book Blogger Insider Tag

Birdie Bookworm tagged me to do the BOOK BLOGGER INSIDER TAG, and since I love tags where I get to learn more about the blogger behind the screen, this is perfect for me. So thank you, Birdie, for tagging me!

| Rules |

  1. Answer the questions below
  2. Credit the creator: Jamie @ A Little Slice of Jamie
  3. Tag at least 5 people
  4. Have fun!

| Questions |

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

I try to do as much as I can on my lunch breaks at work so I can have my evenings free to either read or do that housework stuff. But if I’m writing at home, I do it at my kitchen table. It’s harder to get distracted by things in my kitchen, especially since it’s usually the first room I clean. There’s nothing to do but blog in there!

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

It’s different for each book, and it also depends on if I’m reviewing right after I’ve read it (which is always a quicker ‘write’ for me,) or weeks later. I find I can whip out a review for a book that I didn’t like pretty quickly. And that’s mostly because I’m not trying to sway anyone who reads my review to read it. I just want to wash my hands of the book and move on. But if I love a book, it takes me much longer. Because my goal is to get as many people as possible to read a book I loved so I can have more people to discuss it with. 🙂

3. When did you start your book blog?

Books & Beauty Are My Bag officially launched on September 26th, 2016. I blogged solo previously with Gigi’s Book Blog, which is no longer active, and then I was with Badass Book Reviews for almost two years. Now I’m a solo act once again!

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

ARC attacks. It really is a double edged sword, because new books are so enticing, and I find myself unable to resist them. It was to a point where I couldn’t go back and read the back list of a new author I’d found because I’d committed to so many ARCs, but I’ve gotten much better about that over the last few months.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Other book blogs. I was incredibly naive about book blogging until recently. I didn’t realize how interactive the community was or how much fun (and how essential) networking was. Any time I add one more person to my list of people to talk books with, life gets better.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

The list of things in Contemporary Romance that drive me up the wall. I loved reading the responses and seeing what put other people on edge, or if they liked the things that I didn’t.

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Positive book reviews. If I love a book, I want to discuss it endlessly, and I love that blogging is a vehicle for that.

8. When do you typically write?

On my lunch hour at work, or on Sunday mornings. Ideally, I like all my posts for the week to be ready to go by the end of the day Sunday. Though that rarely happens.

9. Do you review every book you read?

Yes, even if I don’t review it on my blog, I’ll review it on Goodreads. If I read a book that is unremarkable in a way that there’s nothing to say about it, I just write that. It’s hard to turn that into an entire post.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

Since I do it during my lunch hour, it’s usually with a sandwich in front of me. Or on Sundays, it’s with a cup o’ joe!

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

I strive to write my reviews right after I finish a book, but I am such a sucker for the next book that sometimes I don’t write them until weeks later. But I think I write my best reviews when I write them right when I’ve finished the book and everything is fresh in my mind.

12. How often do you post?

I try for four posts a week, and most of the time, I meet that goal. But sometimes life gets in the way, and I just can’t make it happen. I’m still trying to be OK with that, but it’s a struggle for me. I am hoping to bump it up to five eventually, but I’d like to get ahead with my reviews before I start doing that. Since I’m impatient, I’ll probably just dive into five at some point even if I don’t have a plethora of posts ready to go!

| Tags |

I’m not sure who likes tags and who doesn’t, so I’m going to go my typical route and say that if this tag sparks your interest, I’d love to read your answers. Just be sure and let me know you’re posting it so I can check it out!

18 thoughts on “Book Blogger Insider Tag

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  1. I totally agree, getting more involved in the book blog community has been amazing! I never realized how many other blogs were out there, but it has been so fun interacting with everyone.


  2. The community and interaction is definitely one of the best aspects of this online world. I agree. (I also think I write my best reviews if I do it right away and not wait. When I wait I feel like I’m struggling to remember what to say and the emotions I felt.)


  3. Yay, glad to get to know you, Angie. Yay, agree with you, I enjoy writing positive reviews, but unfortunately I can’t avoid negative ones. I review all the books I read. Oh yeah 100% agree about networking. This community is AWESOME! I love networking. It is what makes me love blogging in the first place. Having people who love reading as much as I do. 😁


  4. I agree, the best thing is definitely the community and interaction! And I also love writing positive book reviews. That was literally the reason I started a blog! I hate writing negative ones though because I know authors work hard, and I feel bad and then I have to find a way to be honest but still respectful, which can be difficult.


  5. Fun tag. 🙂 And I’m the same way, I prefer to write my reviews right after I finish a book. Not only does it free me up to then tackle something else, but it’s not hanging over my head waiting to be written either!

    And the book blog community really is special. Before I started blogging I had no idea!


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