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)!
I just want to take the time to thank each and everyone who took part in this series. Honestly, it’s been incredible to meet book bloggers from all over the world through these interviews – every single week I am inspired and encouraged when reading your stories.
My guest today is Bill from Kenyan Library! Bill has a fantastic bookstagram account and he is a fellow African book blogger which is so exciting to me. I’m absolutely delighted to have him on Read & Seek today:
So, let’s get the obvious question out of the way – who is Bill? Tell us a bit about the book lover behind the blog.
Bill Khaemba is an avid reader from Nairobi, Kenya with a slight obsession for literature & photography and currently studying photography and marketing. I am always looking to inspire and be inspired by all forms of art. I started reading at a very young age but had a fall out due to my rebellious teenage years (*coughs* obsessing over My Chemical Romance *coughs*) then reunited with my love for reading in 2014 and decided to obsessively consume on a daily basis.
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?
The idea of blogging was truly terrifying and I was sceptical when it first popped into my train of thoughts. I consulted some of my close friends about the idea and most of them were pretty supportive and encouraging. So, I slept on it for about a month then ‘Kenyan Library’ popped up which was kind of a calling to find other local book lovers but grew into a haven to express my passion for reading.
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 could easily say tag questions or book hauls because they are relatively easy to compose but I have found that I am more passionate about crafting recommendation list and obviously book reviews.
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?
Apart from helping a close friend of mine adopt two stray adult cats and giving them a home, my biggest achievement is deciding to pursue my dream in photography when everyone around me seemed to doubt me. I am on the path of my own choosing and working my way slowly towards a better future.
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.
- Travel to Iceland or Greece
- Start a pet adoption agency
- Win a Pulitzer Prize for my photograph (a bit far fetched but one can dream)
- Read over 1000 books before I die
- Learn how to swim and overcome my fear of the ocean
Name one of your most cherished life experiences.
When I decided what I want to do for the rest of my life 7 years ago – the passion and the drive was really something that has shaped me as a person today. Also, the first time I bought a book I was so ecstatic and felt so accomplished
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 amazing friend and mentor David once told me “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong” I believe it is Murphy’s Law and in some ways, that has empowered me to do whatever I set my mind to do regardless of failure.
“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.
“Comparison is the death of joy.”
Let’s talk books for a bit… How did reading become such a big part of your life?
I think I have always thought of myself as a reader even at a younger age, I would sneak in Harry Potter during my math lessons and I always asked my teacher to help me with a book during the weekends. Yes, in high school I was distracted by stupid things but at the back of my mind, I always yearned to go back into the safe space between the pages of a book. So, when I finally decided to immerse myself into literature it has manifested and became like an extra body part, it is vital to my day to day life.
What would you consider your “most reached for” genre? And is there any special reason for this preference?
Literary fiction comes to mind and it can be across all genres be it crime, horror, historical fiction etc. as long as it is well written and discusses themes that are relevant, I will most definitely read it.
On the other side of the spectrum, what genre do you hardly reach for and why?
Non-Fiction and I am trying to correct that by reading true crime so as to get a feel of the genre. I don’t why I am hesitant to read it but it comes off as too dense for some reason but I will definitely be trying some this year. Also classics but that I am already fixing 😊
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?
Thank God you didn’t ask me my favourite book because the answer would have been all over the place but my ideal ending has to leave me thinking and has to impact me in some ways. Yes, character development and explained plot points are a given but it really has to leave me wondering for like 3 weeks or more.
What are some of your most cherished quotes from books?
“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?” from Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (possibly my favourite book of all time)
I think I will get this tattooed because that quote embodies everything.
What bookish franchise do you tend to fan and fawn over most?
Harry Potter would be obvious – but I am die hard Stephen King fan and the whole of King Universe is pretty badass. I am slowly collecting all of his works but so far I have basically sold my soul to him.
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?
Mass Market Paperbacks with tiny fonts… Why? :/
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 Book of Lost Things by John Connolly and I’m going to read it soon because of the dark nature I have heard about it and I can’t wait
Stressed Reader or Relaxed Reader?
Favourite Subject in school?
Quiet night in or a night out on the town?
Depends on the mood
Paperback or EBook?
Paperback any day
Suit up or suit down?
What advice do you have for anyone who would like to get into your field of work?
It can be intimidating and downright scary but as long as you are true to yourself and work only to please yourself then the first step is all you need to a future of multiple possibilities. I never thought I would be in this position interacting with awesome human beings but life has a funny way of surprising you 😉
Goodreads | Bill Khaemba
Thanks so much to Bill for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer these questions. I hope you’ll go ahead and check out his awesome blog and social media platforms, he’s just incredible!
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!