You guys!!! I finally completed a book for 2017! I cannot begin to explain how thrilled I am about this because for the past few weeks I’ve been feeling like a fish out of water. It’s a very weird experience for me not reading, so now I feel more at ease, and I am already excited to get on to my next read.
I am thrilled to introduce you to my guest today: Anna from OhSoFictional! A fellow South African Book Blogger and Bookstagrammer whose profile I visit daily so that I may indulge in my fangirl tendencies. I will admit over here that I was never big on fandom, but after reading ACOMAF last year I desperately needed something to feed my need for the next book. The fandom accounts that I follow on Bookstagram and Pinterest really helps me keep my sanity during the long wait and it also provides some wonderful entertainment which is never a bad thing. So when Anna agreed to be featured on this space I was ecstatic, to put it mildly…
Let’s jump right in and get to know Anna a little better.
So, let’s get the obvious question out of the way – who is Anna? Tell us a bit about the book lover behind the blog.
Well, I’m a teenage girl with a larger than life passion for books. I like to think of myself as quirky and super ‘out there’ but really, I’m just a mellow nerd with my head stuck in novels and who can’t stop blogging about them.
Everyone has a story and I’m positive you do too. What inspired you to start blogging? And how did you come up with the name for your space?
Funny story. The idea for a blog sparked years ago, when one of my lass assignments was to pretend you had an up-and-running blog. We had to write a few pretend entries and let’s just say I went a bit over the word count. From that day on I was obsessed with the idea of starting a blog. With a little help from my tech savvy dad, we started up OhSoFictional. As for the name, I have no idea where I came up with that. I just remember thinking it had a pretty nice ring to it and that seemed to work.
From one book blogger to another, I know how much time goes into crafting a post that you feel comfortable enough posting for the world to see. Looking back, what was your favourite post to write? (You may list more than one if you want)
Ahhhh, that’s a hard one. For me, I enjoy writing lists the most. Posts where I talk about my favourite book covers and quotes. They’re personal and create a space and reason for my readers to express their opinion and start discussions. My favourite list series is my ‘Songs for dystopian reads’ series. It’s a great excuse to listen to epic tunes all day!
Getting a lil personal; what is your biggest achievement to date? Is there a moment you are especially proud of when you look back on all you’ve accomplished so far?
Not surprisingly, my greatest achievement is blog related. It was the day I received my first book sent to me directly by publishers to review on my blog. It made me feel like my blog was finally going somewhere. For a long while, my blog was compiled of a small community of readers. Now, publishers were sending me brand new novels and helping my blog content get better and better. Receiving that first book was the start of something great for OhSoFictional.
Do you have a bucket list stashed away somewhere with some daring (or more subdued) activities that you’d like to complete? Name 5 items on your list.
- Go bungee jumping (just thinking about it makes me nervous)
- Go to a Troye Sivan concert (this is more of a huge wish of mine)
- Visit outer space (don’t ask, just always wanted to)
- Write a book that I’d be proud to have published (almost as unlikely as the outer space thing)
- Go to YALL Fest sometime in my book loving youth
Name one of your most cherished life experiences.
My most cherished life experience is, without a doubt, the few days I spent in Paris with one of my best friends. Non-stop beauty and visual history everywhere I looked. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world right then.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve received and who was the wise human who shared this bit of wisdom with you?
My dad always said “Do something that scares you every day” and that has really stuck with me. You need to take risks in life!
“HakunaMatata – it means no worries, for the rest of your days.”Do you have a motto in life? If yes, let us know what it is.
I’ve got to thank the divergent series for this one as my most used motto is “Be brave!” I use it extremely often because, as I said earlier, you’ve got to take risks in life but to take said risks you really need to channel your inner bravery.
Let’s talk books for a bit… How did reading become such a big part of your life?
My brother sat me down and literally forced me to read Veronica Roth’s Divergent. That book helped light a fire in me and my passion for literature was born. Thanks bro.
What would you consider your “most reached for” genre? And is there any special reason for this preference?
I’m a sucker for dystopian books. I love that some futuristic dystopian novels are so eerily realistic, like that awful future for earth really could happen. It’s haunting and I love it.
On the other side of the spectrum, what genre do you hardly reach for and why?
You’ll never see me reading a murder mystery. Or really any sort of book listed as a mystery. Don’t know why, just not my style I guess.
As a major book nerd, I know how overwhelming– or let’s just call it IRRITATING – it can be when someone asks you what your favourite book is because there’s never a black ‘n white answer. So here’s my question: What is your ideal ending for a book?
As awful as this sounds, I must say that I love cliff-hangers. It leaves a lot up to the readers and fans. You get to theorize and freak out about it on the internet with other readers. Since nothing is canon, it’s very open to discussion and I love that.
What are some of your most cherished quotes from books?
I literally collect quotes so this is an easy one for me. A quote I find insanely beautiful is: “You were the sun and I was crashing into you” from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
Another quote that really means a lot to me is: “You are wanted. Big, small, tall, short, pretty, plain, friendly, shy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, not even yourself” from Jennifer Niven’s latest novel Holding Up the Universe.
What bookish franchise do you tend to fan and fawn over most?
That’s a tough one. I’m a major and ASDFGHJKL is my second language. I’d have to say that the Harry Potter and Maze Runner franchises are my main ones.
If you’re anything like me then you’ll have a long list of bookish pet peeves. Can you name one of your biggest bookish pet peeves?
Paper backs with cracked spines just irk me.
I think one of the biggest problems us bookish folk face is our never ending TBR pile that gets longer and longer no matter how many books we tick off as ‘read’. What book has been on your TBR the longest?
The final book in the Mortal Instruments series – City of Heavenly Fire – has been sitting unread for a very long while. A VERY long while…
Stressed Reader or Relaxed Reader?
Favourite Subject in school?
Quiet night in or a night out on the town?
Paperback or EBook?
Pretty dress or jeans and T-shirt?
Jeans ‘n Tee.
What advice do you have for anyone who would like to explore opportunities in your field of work?
Just go for it! Don’t stress on the little details because you’ll forget what you’re really going for. Remember to believe in yourself, as cheesy as it sounds, because in the end, you are your own biggest fan.
Thank you so much to Anna for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions. I hope you’ll go ahead and give her a follow!
If you would like to have me feature your blog on A Cuppa with a Book Blogger, please drop me an email so we can talk more. Don’t forget to come back next week Monday to meet another Book Blogger Friend!