Hello biblios! And welcome to another “Cuppa with a Book Blogger”, where we get to learn a little bit more about some of our favourite book bloggers!
My guest today is Kat Silver, the bookaholic and book blogger behind Kat Silver Reads. When she isn’t busy with school work, performing on stage, reading or chatting to her cats; you’ll find Kat writing books at her Cape Town home. Oh, and she loves cupcakes!
Let’s go ahead and see what she has to say in response to the questions posed…
So, let’s get the obvious question out of the way – who is Kat Silver? Tell us a bit about the book lover behind the blog.
At a glance, I’m a teen author, book obsessed cat lover and devourer of cupcakes. But if anyone were to delve a little deeper into the corner of the internet where I spend most of my time (my blog) they would soon realise that Kat Silver isn’t even my real name!
Kat is my pseudonym; like Superman is for Clark Kent.
By day I’m a teen living in Cape Town who spends her time studying and sipping cappuccinos and by night, a speed reader and blogger who dreams of marrying fictional characters.
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?
When I started my book blog back in 2013 all I wanted was to tell someone (anyone) about the books I was reading.
I’d been an avid reader for a few years and stumbled across the blogosphere while looking for new books to read and that’s pretty much history. I started my blog the very next day and settled on a blog name pretty quickly: Kat Silver Reads.
I’ve considered changing the incredibly unoriginal name so many times but after all these years I’ve decided to just leave it be.
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)
Such a tough question, because every time I post something new, it becomes my favourite.
I like the majority of my newer posts, like: How To Get ARCs from Authors and Publishers because my writing is better (as is my grammar) but one of my all time favourites is one of my oldest posts titled My Writing Journey because it’s where I discuss my love for writing and the plans I had to publish a book when I was only 7.
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?
Hmm, I think my biggest achievement to date is getting a piece of my writing published but in terms of blogging (and what I’m most proud of) it’s definitely the first 50 followers on my blog.
It may seem a little silly but that was a huge deal for 13 year old me. Without those people I wouldn’t be where I am today.
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.
I’m not the daring sort so there’s no sign of shark cage diving on my bucket list but many of my goals involve
-getting purposely lost in cities I don’t know much about
-and fluently learning 3 new languages.
Perhaps the most daring thing I’ve ever done is abseil off the side of a 23 story building – and that was loads of fun!
Name one of your most cherished life experiences.
Hmm, the first thing that comes to mind is a trip I took with my family to Mauritius a few years back.
Partly, because it’s where I read the first 5 Harry Potter novels, but mainly because any time with family is a special time to me, and being on the island of Mauritius, surrounded by dolphins, exotic beaches and coconuts with little umbrellas in them made it all the better.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve received and who was the wise human who shared this bit of wisdom with you?
The best advice I’ve ever received is to continually learn. My great grandfather was a firm believer that once we have knowledge it can never be taken away – which is something he told me from when I was very young up until the day he passed.
“Hakuna Matata – 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.
“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.”
It really helps me stay focused on my goals and vanquish procrastination.
Let’s talk books for a bit… How did reading become such a big part of your life?
My parents always loved books so, naturally, they attempted passing on that love to me.
For years, they failed.
It was only when I was 10 that my love for reading began. A friend recommended a book to me so I tried it and after a few pages, I was hooked. As soon as I’d completed that series I started devouring reading anything I could get my hands on and I haven’t stopped since.
What would you consider your “most reached for” genre? And is there any special reason for this preference?
I love Fantasy, but there will always be a special place in my heart for YA Contemporary.
I think I enjoy fantasy because it lets me lose myself in worlds that differ from our own reality.
On the other side of the spectrum, what genre do you hardly reach for and why?
Probably any form of self-help or religion based novels. I think that’s mainly because I enjoy reading to escape the world or to learn, not to be told how to live in it? Although that’s just my opinion. 😀
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?
Open ended novels normally make me frustrated, but I think I enjoy them the most?
It’s a love hate relationship because I desperately want the author to tell me what happens at the end. I want to know how the characters end up. But…at the same time, I like not knowing. I like being able to keep them alive in my head for ages without the author ending the story for me.
What are some of your most cherished quotes from books?
I have so many.
“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.) – Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
“The way I see it, everyone get’s a miracle.” –Paper Towns, John Green
“There’s nothing wrong with being different.” –Victoria Aveyard
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” –Harry Potter, J.K.Rowling
“Don’t Panic.” –Douglas Adams
“Oh for craps sake. You’re not dying again, are you? It’s seriously inconvenient when you do that.” ― P.C. Cast
What bookish franchise do you tend to fan and fawn over most?
Harry Potter for sure!
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?
Dog-earing book pages is high on my list of pet peeves, as well as bending book spines. *sobbing in the distance*
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?
Too true! My TBR pile is practically as tall as Everest at this point. As for what’s been there the longest? Oh, gosh I’m not even sure!
Maybe Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings? I promised my stepdad I’d read it back when I was 9! I’ll fulfil that promise by the beginning of 2017 though.
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?
Leggings and a hoodie. (Can I cheat like that? Also #REBEL because I went over the one or two word rule 😀 )
Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this! I had so much fun.
About Kat Silver Reads: Kat Silver Reads is a blog dedicated to the book obsessed ramblings of Kat Silver. Filled with reviews, discussions and topical posts about all things bookish it’s a one stop shop for all readers and cupcake lovers alike.
Thank you so much to Kat 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!