So a few weeks ago I launched a competition with the prize a chance to be interviewed by me. A fellow blogger was the lucky winner and now is our chance to get to know Monogamist Reader!
First things first, welcome to the Bookaholic Bex blog! Let’s start with introductions – tell us 3 random facts about you…
Three random facts about me: I can’t start my day without coffee, I’m pretty decent at cooking Korean food, I do a LOTR marathon at least once a year.
How did you choose your name as the “Monogamist Reader”?
Once I saw a very cute meme about different types of readers (which unfortunately I can’t find anymore), and there were many examples and one of those was the “monogamist reader”, someone who reads only one book at a time. I thought “Oh, this is me!”. I can’t read two books at the same time, I need to focus on just one story.
You have a day off with nothing to do but read. Describe to us your day.
It sounds like the perfect day, right? I don’t even remember the last time I did it. I would probably get coffee and then just stay in bed the whole day with a book. I would leave my bed only to eat something. If I need a change of scenery, I would move to my reading chair in the studio.
Why did you start your blog?
I actually don’t know how to answer this. I guess, I personally felt I wanted to connect more with other readers and discuss my latest reading obsession. I also have the tendency to start new projects and hobbies (very often I don’t continue them), but after more than one year, I am still blogging, so this hobby was a personal success, ha.
What advice would you give to any aspiring bloggers out there?
In terms of technical advice, I would say, get Canva and Trello, they help me plan and create the contents for my blog. It’s also important to plan in advance, above all when you also juggle a full-time job on the side. In terms of personal advice, don’t let it become your second full-time job. It’s very important you keep having fun blogging, and don’t give too much pressure to yourself over it – read the books you want to read when you want to. If you want a break, take a break. The blogging community is there and will wait for you. (I became a strong believer of #JOMO).
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Gansey from The Raven Cycle. He is such a history nerd, I think it would be fantastic to sit down and listen to all the fun facts about the ley lines.
And finally (I know this is a bit cruel!) if you could recommend just one book to the Bookaholic following, what would it be?
This question is indeed cruel! – stares at her bookshelves for 10 minutes – The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco. It may have its flaws in terms of character development, magic system, but it’s the basic idea of this story that really matters. Climate change is a massive issue we need to fix… like… yesterday. We may face some aspects of the world described by Chupeco in the very near future. It’s a story that made me think a lot. It’s beautifully written and it’s so much worth it.