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 (or meet a new book blogger friend along the way)!
My guest today is Jade from Boho Bookworm! I had the pleasure of meeting Jade at our last Bookstagram Meetup and I’m thrilled to be interviewing her on this space! Let’s jump right in to learn more about this beautiful soul:
So, let’s get the obvious question out of the way – who is Jade? Tell us a bit about the book lover behind the blog.
I am a 26 year old, aspiring thriller author (I have written 3 novels thus far!). Originally from England, I developed a passion for travel at a young age – jammed what I could into a backpack and explored twenty different countries across the globe.I have finally settled down in Cape Town where I work at an amazing art gallery and focus on my booktube channel, Boho Bookworm, in between.
Books are the love of my life and I am so happy to be able to be a part of a community where we can all connect through the written word.
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?
I’ll be honest – when I lost my fiance a few years ago I fell into books as a coping mechanism… a way to escape my heartbreak and get lost in another story/world. I think I went onto youtube to see if there was a book review for a certain book I was reading at the time and that’s how I stumbled across the booktube community. It has truly helped me through SO much – through booktube I found bookstagram and a way to share my passion with like-minded people!
As for my name – Boho (short for Bohemian) is relating to my fashion sense… Bookworm is self-explanatory 🙂
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)
I take pride in every single one of my posts like I’m sure everyone does – it is so hard to choose one!!! But way back in 2013, I wrote a book review for a book called Breaking Free by ChettVosloo (a South African author who just so happened to be my NEIGHBOUR which I only found out after writing the book review and sending the author’s family a letter expressing my appreciation for his book!!!). I still need to do a video on booktube for this book… it deserves it so much!! But I loved that book and worked really hard on that review even if it is 4 years old now.
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?
Holding my novels that I’d written in my hands. I’d had them bound with covers I’d had designed and it just felt incredible – I’m so used to holding other writers books in my hand, holding my own was surreal!
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.
My bucket list is never ending!!!
- Hot Air Balloon
- Attend the Holi One Festival in India
- Snowboard in Canada
- Soak a condom in milk and stretch it over someone’s car!
- Do the Camino de Santiago
Name one of your most cherished life experiences.
The Day I become an Auntie!
What’s some of the best advice you’ve received and who was the wise human who shared this bit of wisdom with you?
Be Who You Are and Say What You Feel Because Those that Mind Don’t Matter and Those that Matter Don’t Mind – Dr Seuss (does he count?!)
“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.
Let’s talk books for a bit… How did reading become such a big part of your life?
I wasn’t a popular kid in school – I was shy and withdrawn, not to mention an incredibly late bloomer… I was always picked on and teased, so I found comfort in hiding.
What would you consider your “most reached for” genre? And is there any special reason for this preference?
Lately, my reading tastes have changed dramatically. Before it would have been women’s fiction – but now it’s definitely thriller!
On the other side of the spectrum, what genre do you hardly reach for and why?
Fantasy. I lost a lot of my imagination when I went through my first heartbreak. I used to write so many short stories, all fantasy! My friends and family always used to rave about my stories and were all a bit disappointed when I started writing more romance-driven stories instead… But when boys entered my world I lost that vivid imagination and struggled to leave my sense of reality behind… I’m trying to slowly pick it up again and who knows, maybe one day I’ll even write a fantasy again too 🙂
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?
I’m always so impressed when a novel gives a realistic ending – because life isn’t a happily ever after….. so I’d say a book doesn’t end morbidly but does end realistically. Or has a huge twist!!! Also, books with a powerful message/life lesson to take away with you.
What are some of your most cherished quotes from books?
“So I guess it’s not so important that dreams come true, it’s just important that you have a dream to begin with, to get you to take your first steps.”
Holy Cow: A Modern Day Dairytale by David Duchovny
What bookish franchise do you tend to fan and fawn over most?
I don’t really know many bookish franchises in South Africa – but I have just ordered 3 beautiful bookish mugs from @onceuponatimesa2 and ordered the May Book Case @thebcase… Sooooo we’ll have to see 🙂
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?
People asking if they can borrow my books….. just…. NO. It’s like asking a mother if you can borrow her child.
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?
Probably ALL of the Terry Pratchett novels. I literally have every single one buckling an entire bookshelf on their own….
Stressed Reader or Relaxed Reader?
Favourite Subject in school?
Quiet night in or a night out on the town?
Night In 🙂
Paperback or EBook?
Pretty dress or jeans and T-shirt?
What advice do you have for anyone who would like to get into your field of work?
Get involved in the community.
Thanks so much to Jade for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions. I hope you’ll go ahead and check out her channel and that you’ve made a new book blogging friend!
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!