This is a brand new tag created by Stuart from Always Trust In Books, you can find a link to that Stuart’s own tag !!HERE!! And as always, if you don’t already then please go and check his blog out, it’s well worth giving it both a look and a follow.
The rules as per Always Trust In Books:
This tag is 20 quickfire questions regarding your very own book blog. There are very few rules. Just answer the questions, nominate as many people as you want and have fun doing so.
1). The Last three books you read:
The Boy On The Bridge by M. R. Carey (review to come this week).
The Dragon’s Legacy by Deborah A. Wolf (review here).
Skitter by Ezekiel Boone (review here).
2). Spoilers or Spoiler free?
I’m not a fan of spoilers, I always aim to just give a brief overview of the story being told, and try my best to stay away from spoilers in my reviews.
3). How long have you been book blogging?
Nearly fourteen months now, I started The Tattooed Book Geek back on March 5th 2016, if interested you can find my blogging anniversary post !!HERE!!
4). A book you read in one sitting?
Danse Macabre by Laura M. Hughes. I’m not a quick reader and as such, I don’t finish books in one sitting so the answer to this question has to be for a novella! You can find my review !!HERE!!
5). Your favourite genre?
I will shout it loud and I will shout it proud all day long FANTASY!!!!!
6). Preferred book size? (novella, tome…etc).
This is a tough one, being a fantasy fan most books I read are hefty style behemoth tomes in length, which I enjoy, but for a more exact page count, I’d say between 500 – 600 is the best for me, plenty long enough but not that damn long.
7). Amount of books on your TBR pile?
To many, just far too many, sigh, there is and always will be too many books and not enough time!!
8). A book you have DNF’d?
I have been very fortunate with books and DNF’ing then since I have started blogging, I haven’t DNF’ed any, struggled through a couple but finished them. So, we have to go back before I started blogging, and the only book that I can remember not finishing is The Silence by Tim Lebbon. I didn’t agree with something that happened during the course of the story, I’d say my exact thoughts were along the lines of ‘no fucking way‘ and so I stopped reading, sadly really as it had been a good book up until that point.
9). Recent awards or milestones?
Somehow my blog recently (on April 20th) achieved 50,000 page views, not many to some but to me it’s a crazy amount when I didn’t think anyone would ever bother with my blog!!!!!
10). Best interaction with an author you enjoy?
John Gwynne reached out to me through Goodreads after I had reviewed Wrath, thanking me for the review, praising it and thanking me for supporting The Faithful and the Fallen series on a whole, it was a personal message and a really nice thing for him to do. Nicholas Eames wrote a blog post about Kings of the Wyld – awesome book, find my review !!HERE!! And how it had been doing since publication, sort of an update and a thank you, he mentioned and thanked lots of cool people and huge blogs, and also included me, again a really nice gesture, and to be included with some of the names on the list was wonderful for me and my small blog. Finally, Deborah A. Wolf, as you can see her book The Dragon’s Legacy was one of the three I recently finished, I posted my review on my blog and Goodreads on Thursday (20th) and on Amazon UK for its UK release on the Friday (21st), shared the review to Twitter wishing the book a happy UK publication, Deborah quoted the tweet, and I replied that I also had the privilege of being the first and so far only review on Amazon UK, due to that, she then offered to send me a limited signed book plate for the book, which she had no need to do and really is an awesome gesture.
11). Average number of books you read per month?
Ha! Here is where you all get to laugh at me and pay me back for the sarcasm! I’m a slow reader, fantasy books are long, and so I manage about a book each week, so 4 on average per month. I await your disdain and derision! 😉
12). Top three publishers?
Oh my, another tough one, I’d have to say Orbit, Gollancz and Tor but it seems unfair having to choose as each and every publisher publishers some great authors and books!
13). Social media sites your blog uses?
Come say hi!
14). Average amount of time you spend networking?
Probably on and off around one to two hours a day, it depends if I’ve posted and have comments to reply to on my blog as well, then it’s more. I also admit that it depends on my mood, if I’m not entirely feeling it (there’s a reason I often right dark poetry, hello unhappiness) and since I also started to feel jaded with blogging, I’m still trying to get back into the swing of things after taking a step back. I do enjoy sitting there with a cup of tea/coffee and browsing blogs though, I also work mornings (6am start) and often browse blogs before work, while others might read yesterdays newspapers, I read blogs, gotta get the priorities right! And then through out the day and evening, flitting in here and there to stalk! 🙂
15). Most comfortable blogging position?
Oh my!!! Well, there are countless sarcastic and totally un-PC answers that I could give, however, in the interest of showing some decorum, and with it being a Sunday afternoon I shall answer with, on the sofa, slouched in my corner, plenty of room for anyone who wants to join me, it’s comfy! 😉 Oh well, there goes my attempt at being PC!
16). Music or quiet when writing reviews?
Quiet when writing the actual review/occasional discussion, but when drafting up and formatting posts then music, metal and rock baby!!! Check out The Bitter Man by Any Given Day, Died in My Sleep by Demon Hunter and The Sound of Silence by Disturbed, this is the sort of stuff I listen to.
17). Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?
Sarcastic, informal, insecure, honest, awesome! 🙂 Thoughts? Agree? Disagree? How would you all describe my blog?
18). A blog you looked up to starting out?
Everyone, I went into blogging blind, didn’t really know anything about it, then when I started looking at blogs I saw all these amazing bloggers with various different styles, joined in a community together, regardless of their preferred genre as mutual book lovers.
19). The best book you have reviewed so far?
Wrath by John Gwynne (The Faithful and The Fallen #4), this is the final book in the quartet, it’s my favourite fantasy series and it was my book of 2016, enough said! You can find my review !!HERE!! and also my top ten books of 2016 list !!HERE!!
20). Best piece of blogging advice?
There’s so many bloggers out there, just be yourself with your own style, don’t try to be someone else, don’t try to be something you’re not, let your own personality shine through in your blog and just simply be you!
I’m not going to tag anyone specifically as I know that some of you like doing tags and that some of you don’t, so I’m going to leave it open to anyone who wants to do the tag, feel free and have at it!
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