Hey everyone! We have a special guest today 🙂 May I introduce Beckie from Bittersweet Enchantment!
What got you inspired to start a blog?
Great question! Reading has always been my passion. Even when I was little I always had my nose stuck in a book. Now as an adult reading still plays a big role in my life. One day back in early 2010 I wanted to find out more info about a certain series *cough*TWILIGHT*cough* a girl told me about while browsing one of my local bookstore before buying and reading it. So while browsing the Internet I came across this thing called a “blog”. A blog all about books and reading. “How awesome is that?” was my first thought. Weeks went by and after visiting more and more book blogs, getting reading recommendations, and entering a few giveaways I thought, “Hey! I want to own a book blog”.”I can totally see myself doing one of these”, and so I did, as you can see. hehe! Bittersweet Enchantment became my baby. With a lot of hard work and dedication my blog grew, and grew. Now not only do I adore reading more than ever, I enjoy sharing my love for it books with blog my readers.
What is your life like outside of blogging?
Reading, reading and more reading! No, I DO have a life outside my blog. I enjoy swimming. I used to be on a dive team when I was younger. I am a huge movie buff. Scary movies are my favorites but most anything I enjoy watching. Well with the exception of documentaries. I love music, my favorites are anything from the 80’s and 90’s. I volunteer at my local library, a local TV station ( UNC-TV), and at my church. I spend a lot of time visiting with my friends and family hosting get togethers. I also enjoy singing, although I’m not really all that good at it. 🙂
Any advice/ tips to those who would like to start a book blog?
Yes, NEVER. GIVE. UP! You don’t know how many times I have wanted to give up because I felt my blog was not good enough or my page views were low. It takes time and a WHOLE lot of patience to develop a following and get your blog out there. Social media, doing book memes, and thoughtful reviews are all helpful. Also, don’t be afraid to be yourself. Also, never compare yourself to other blogger. Your book blog IS special too and soon other will see that too. Also, another word of advice. Be pro-active. Don’t be afraid to contact authors or publishers about ARC’s or hosting events on your blog.. The worse they can say is no but you’ll never know unless you ask. Last but not least, make friends, contact some of your favorite bloggers and let them know how much you enjoy their blog. You know never what may come of it. 🙂
Book(s) (include Author)?
Oooh, that’s a hard one for me since I have so many. Here are several authors I love: Rachel Vincent (The Soul Screamers Series, Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey series), Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall series), Stephanie Perkins (Anna and The French Kiss), P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (House of night series), Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me series), J.R. Ward (BDB series), Gena Showalter (LOTU & The White Rabbit Chronicles) – Trust me I have many, many more…the list could go on for a while.
Anything in YA, some adult. I don’t have just one genre I love so how about I name a few? Contemporary Romance, PNR, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian, Horror/thriller/mystery.
Want to know what got her into reading? Find out here! 🙂
There you have it folks! Thank you so much Beckie! Please visit her super awesome blog by clicking on her blog button above 🙂