I really hate talking about myself, like really hate it; but I’m gonna try my best. I’m 29. I’m an 80’s baby, but a 90’s kid. I’m a Bostonian, and yes “wicked” is in my everyday vocabulary. Baseball is my favorite sport to watch, I love books and libraries. I love the beach. I don’t drink coffee, I’m a tea girl. I have this weird thing with corners, my reading chair is in the corner of the living room. And I love water!
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 first created my blog as like an online diary with no direction at all, and then the direction of my blog did a complete 180 a few years ago when I discovered the book community. I decided to name my blog Inside My Minds because, I feel like each different category of my blog is another area of my mind, and it allows me the creative freedom to blog about whatever I want.
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?
My post posts on:
#FakeRatings: A discussion post about fake ratings on Goodreads.
#BookSnobbery: An opinion piece about book snobbery and the realities of it in the book community.
#LibraryLove: A little discussion post about libraries.
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?
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 actually don’t have a bucket list, boring I know.
Name one of your most cherished life experiences.
Getting my first library card, my grandmother brought my brother and me to the library to get our library cards.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve received and who was the wise human who shared this bit of wisdom with you?
As a writer and a lot of people have told me this, I write for myself and nobody else. It’s the same for blogging too, as bloggers we write for ourselves.
“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.
I actually don’t have a motto in life.
Let’s talk books for a bit… How did reading become such a big part of your life?
I always had books as a kid, I know for a lot of people it’s one book that got them into reading, but for me, I’ve always had books so I’ve always been a reader.
What would you consider your “most reached for” genre? And is there any special reason for this preference?
It used to be fantasy but lately, I’ve been reading a lot more magical realism and contemporary. I love that magical realism is a combination of fantasy and contemporary. And I think right now, there are a lot of contemporary books that deal with more timely topics.
On the other side of the spectrum, what genre do you hardly reach for and why?
New adult, romance, and erotica. I just have no interest or desire to read any of those books. I read to escape reality.
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?
My ideal ending is one that wraps up the whole story and doesn’t end on a cliffhanger; cliffhanger endings really drive me crazy, even if the book is part of series.
What are some of your most cherished quotes from books?
“Hate ricochets, but kindness does too.” -A List of Cages by Robin Roe
“You don’t really know people when your back is turned.”- A List of Cages by Robin Roe
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”- Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
What bookish franchise do you tend to fan and fawn over most?
This is going to be the most cliché answer, but it’s definitely the Wizarding World and Harry Potter!
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-eared pages just don’t do it! It’s just lazy.
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 Goldfinch by Donna Tart- I’ll be reading it this year, though.
Stressed Reader or Relaxed Reader?
Favourite Subject in school?
Quiet night in or a night out on the town?
Quiet night in
Paperback or EBook?
Pretty dress or jeans and T-shirt?
Jeans and T-shirt
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Thanks so much to Ashley 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!
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