My name is Brooke. I am formally of the blog The Cover Contessa. I do all sorts of stuff on my blog: reviews, ARC reviews, interviews, memes, book blasts and book tours.
When did you start book blogging?
I started in March of 2012.
Name your favourite book/s and why.
Oh, so many to name! LOL! I am in love with Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Covenant series. It is spectacular. I also love Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me Series and Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices and Mortal Instrument series’. I really just love to read and I’ll try just about anything. I mostly stick to the young adult genre focusing on paranormal and dystopian. I have a few indies that I really love, as well: Christine Fonseca, David Estes, Stephanie Judice. If you haven’t read them, you really should!
While I was writing The Scarlet Omen, I tried to keep in mind what I as a reader love while staying true to my writing style. In your opinion, what do readers look for in a book?
I think readers need a good plot line and well fleshed out characters. I need to be able to connect to the characters, to understand them and they need to be realistic (even if the plot line involves something supernatural or out of this world). I tend to gravitate towards books that grab me right from the start, so I need something that will start off with some kind of a bang. Personally, I like books that are well edited. I have read a few that have really needed some more going over and it really bugs me, probably because my first college degree is in English! LOL!
If you could be a character from any book, who would you choose to be and why?
Oh, I would definitely be Alex from The Covenant Series for sure. Why, you ask, well because I’d get to be with Aiden and what would be better than that??? J
What are the things that you love and hate about being a book blogger?
I love all the connections I have made with other readers, fellow bloggers and authors. It’s so great to get out there and see all these different personalities and thoughts on things. And it educational to boot! Sometimes, as a blogger, I feel like it is expected that I post every day and that I remember EVERYTHING people tell me. I’m a blogger for fun, I have a job and family and a house to run, so sometimes things slip through the cracks. I hate to disappoint people.
Do you have any recommendations for authors or readers who are thinking about starting their own blogs?
Make your layout easy. I hate blogs that are difficult to navigate. Make interesting posts. Connect with other bloggers to get ideas and don’t be afraid to contact authors. I find most authors love to do things for bloggers because it helps get their books noticed. Be organized. I use a lot of Google Drive spreadsheets and I have a template for my author questions and such. Have a calendar that’s easy to read and that might give you reminders of what you have set up. And try to get ahead of your posts if you can. I try to do at least 3 days at a time of posts, though it doesn’t always work out this way. Most of all—have fun blogging. If it becomes something you don’t enjoy, then it’s going to be reflected in your posts.
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