Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday With Laura's Little Book Blog

Last week's blogger guest post was hugely successful, snagging reader interest and support from across the globe - a sure sign that  readers and authors are as curious about bloggers as I am!

Today I have another awesome blogger in the spotlight - Laura Delve from Laura's Little Book Blog.  Laura offers a variety of book news and reviews on her blog and is a huge Archer fan from my Keepers series!

If you had to write a bio for yourself, what would it say?

I’m an avid reader with a serious passion for books that I wish I could spend my work time and free time doing. Books are what make me the most happy and I love writing book reviews for my blog- it’s definitely one of the best things I ever decided to do. When I’m not reading I do spend time on my second passion in life, which is Marketing, hoping to one day combine books and marketing. I love spending time with my friends and niece who is 16 months old and I love her to bits. Hope to one day have a family of my own.

Describe your household / family. 

My family is pretty crazy, but we are incredibly close. My Mum and I are particularly close and we are more like friends. I get on better with my sister since she had my niece Bella, but there are still times when I feel like killing her - lol. I’m not so close to my Dad, but we get on fine- unconditional love and all that. I also absolutely love my grandparents, especially my Nanny who helped bring me up whilst my Mum was at work. I used to see all the time but since I started working full time I sadly see her less. But basically I love all my family to bits and don’t know what I would do without them.

What made you decide to start Laura’s Little Book Blog? 

I had wanted to start a blog back in 2011, but it didn't really have a focus, so gave up. So in 2013, shortly after I had broken up from my then boyfriend, I decided that it was the year for change and I was going to start a book blog. I also thought that it would help with the social media aspect of my job, by using different social platforms etc. Like most bloggers when they start out, I really did not think anyone would read it or take any interest, but my following grew and now I could not do without it.

What are the blogging highlights? 

The people you meet in the book blogging community, book posts and seeing your quote in books.

What are the blogging lows? 

Lack of time, pressure to read a billion books a week, writing reviews when you don’t really feel like it.

Do you have any pet peeves about the blogging/author/publisher/reading process? 

Being chased for a review really really annoys me! I try not to make blogging feel like a chore so read books when I feel in the mood to read them, so when someone chases me saying have you read it yet, it makes me feel even less inclined to read their book. What I think some people forget is that bloggers do this for fun and for free! We are using our own free time to read their books, so it really isn't fair to chase us.

How does blogging fit into your family life, work etc? 

I have an hour’s commute in the morning and on the way back so I read then and sometimes in my lunch hour. I also read in the evenings when I can and when there is a time pressure at the weekends-although I dedicate Saturdays solely to family and friends.

When you’re not reading or blogging, you’re...? 

Seeing friends/with family/working.

What is the most challenging thing about being a blogger?

Keeping on top of everything and finding time that doesn't exist.

You receive a lot of author requests to read their books. How do you decide what to read and when? 

If they look like they have taken the time to read my review policy and check out my blog properly then it’s a good start, if I’m addressed by the wrong name or told ‘Read my Book’ then it’s a straight away no. I need to feel like the author has done their research and definitely think that I am the blog for them. After that it depends on the synopsis and also if I am inundated with books at the time.

What are you currently reading?

Last Bus to Coffeeville by J.Paul Henderson- really well written and well researched.

Do you have any advice to authors about how best to approach bloggers and develop relationships with them?

Well as I mentioned above, get to know the blogger. Don’t spam them with book promotions as that won’t get you anywhere! Also address them by the correct name when writing them an email; also don’t just say Hi! Would you like to read my book?! I think what some authors forget is that bloggers are people! We aren't just reading machines. Get to know us! Talk to us! We don’t bite. I can almost guarantee that your book will more likely be read if you strike up a friendly relationship with bloggers.

How has blogging enriched your life? 

It sounds silly, but I honestly feel like I have more of a purpose in my life. Yes there are some days when I feel like stopping, like I know quite a few bloggers have done recently, but my desire to carry on is stronger. Also it has widened my reading choices- I didn't realize how limited my reading was until I started blogging. I have read some amazing books that I doubt I would have even heard of if it wasn't for blogging.

Quick word associations:

Abs   -  fab
High Heels  -  flats
Holidays   -  Barbados
Heroes   -  villains
Weekends   -  bliss
Puppies   -  cute
Housework   -  dull
Babies   -  adorable

Thanks so much for sharing more about yourself, Laura. I totally agree with your word choice for housework!  Dull.  For more about Laura or book news, check out her fabulous blog!

As always, I love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!

Rae Rivers

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13 comments:

  1. So great to get to know you, Laura. I really envy your commute for the reading time. There are just so many great books out there and so little time to read them all!

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    1. Thanks Romy. My commute is a love/hate thing- it's great for reading but stressful having to get trains every day and creates time I didn't have before :)

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    2. At least the books keep you occupied and lessen the stress of the long travels. What would life be without good books?! :) Thanks for the stop, Romy.

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  2. What a fab post, Laura :) I think it's great that blogging has widened your reading - I agree, there are so, so many great books out there and finding a gem that you hadn't known about is priceless :)

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    1. Thank you so much Eve :) I really have discovered some fab authors through blogging.

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  3. Great interview. Like Romy, I envy your commute reading time. There are just so many fab books out there and so little time :)

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    1. Thanks Aimee. The commute definitely helps with the amount of reading I do :)

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    2. I totally agree, Aimee. Too many fabulous books and just not enough time to read them all. Thanks for the visit. Laura. at least you'll know when you've found a gem book - when you reach your stop and you're disappointed! :)

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