Hello; and welcome to another Cuppa with a Book Blogger! Before I introduce my next guest to you I would like to share a post that I wrote over on Lavender Prose where I talk about the top five diverse books on my TBR for 2017. I hope you’ll give it a read and let me know what you thought of it. Also, you should definitely add Lavender Prose to your daily reads, as it is filled with exciting content about our favourite topic of discussion – BOOKS!! I am also super excited to say that RaeAnne (the bookworm behind the book blog Lavender Prose) will be joining me for a cuppa real soon.
If you’ve read the introduction post last week Monday, then I’m sure we are a bit more acquainted and are ready to add another book blogger to our circle of friends. Today I’d like to introduce you to Melleny from Abooktropolis – I am so excited to have this chance at getting to know her better.
So, let’s get the obvious question out of the way – who is Melleny? Tell us a bit about the book lover behind the blog.
Melleny is actually not my first name; I use it as a pseudonym! I love using it because it’s pretty sounding and easy to pronounce. I was never a full on reader until I met my best friend. She inspired me to become the person I am today. I am currently in matric (or rather about to start). I take drama, history and business studies. Which is quite an odd mix? I am ambitious when it comes to the things that I like to do! I hope to do my A levels next year. I don’t know what else to say about myself… (I hope that is enough)
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 got the confidence from my best friend but I was also inspired by the big BookTubers I am sure we all know today. I love watching Christine, Sasha, Reagan and so many others. I thought about my name for a while but I actually owe it to Sasha (Abooktopia) and Tasha (Tashapolis). I thought that their names sounded cool and I couldn’t think of my own. I originally had Mel’s Booktopia but I changed almost immediately when I combined Abooktopia and Tashapolis. I got Abooktropolis. And I’ve loved it ever since.
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)
It would probably be my The Other Einstein review. I don’t know why but I loved how it turned out it just felt so perfect… It was also the review in which I really realized that that’s how I want my reviews to look. I now use it as both a recommendation page and as a personal template.
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?
My biggest achievements so far have been the following: the first was when Sophia Elaine Hanson (Author of Vinyl) contacted me to review her ARC for her second book Radio. The second would have to be when Sylvie Parizeau sent me an email to ask me to be her beta reader. I was just gob smacked. I mean its one thing to read a book for a review but to read the book whilst it’s still a work in progress… Well it’s just too amazing to even belief. I still look at both these emails on a daily basis.
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.
Oh gosh. I used to be the kid with 100 things on her bucket list but I eventually learnt that I much prefer living in the moment and in my choices. I love reading books about bucket lists! They always make for a good read.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve received and who was the wise human who shared this bit of wisdom with you?
I have received a lot of wisdom from people over my many years, yet at this moment none seem to pop into my mind. I guess something that I have known myself and just something that people keep telling me is: that as you grow in life, so do other people. You either grow closer or you grow apart. There’s no real in between. I learnt this the hard way, if you call moving to another school hard.
“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.
Do what your heart desires, dream if you dare and chase if you must. Do right by you and everything else will happen on its own.
Let’s talk books for a bit… How did reading become such a big part of your life?
Well it first started when I met one of my old friends… She liked reading and we happened to have the same books. We started reading the one book and then the other. But I moved to a new school and met my best friend. We both liked reading and it kind of picked up from there. First it was just a small challenge but eventually I was competing to read more than her… It’s a healthy competition, I swear.
What would you consider your “most reached for” genre? And is there any special reason for this preference?
YA Fantasy has my heart. I absolutely adore this genre and more often than not, they end up being my favorite books/series.
On the other side of the spectrum, what genre do you hardly reach for and why?
I don’t really like contemporary. It just never appeals to me that much. However I strongly dislike New Adult Romance. From what I have read, a majority of them rely on sex to keep the story going and I think that’s quite cheap. I am willing to read a book that proves me wrong though!
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?
The kind where I hate and love the author. A great example would be the Throne of Glass series. Every book has made me want the next one even more. However, an ending of a series should tie up loose knots. I think that is super important, however an author should never compromise their plot to please their readers. Readers will always come back, whether they hate the end of the series or not.
What are some of your most cherished quotes from books?
The only one that I will be mentioning is one that will stay with me forever and it is from Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson. And it is: “May your song guide you home.”. It has a double meaning, which is probably my favourite kind of quote.
What bookish franchise do you tend to fan and fawn over most?
I love the Throne of Glass series! And The Vinyl Trilogy!
And fan art will forever be the death of me…
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 judging other people on how they should treat their books. I know what I am about to say might freak some people out but I dog-ear my favourite places in a book. Mind you they don’t stay that way forever. It’s only until I can tag them. But the way people get so upset about it, it is unreasonable. What a person does to their personal book is none of your concern. If this was done to one of your books, then you can throw a little pity party for yourself.
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?
Oh my gosh. I can’t even remember… Probably Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I know it’s a big shocker but I am only getting to this series now… This book has been on my shelf since it came out…
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?
Depends on occasion
What advice do you have for anyone who would like to explore opportunities in your field of work?
Find your niche. Find something that makes you stand out in the reviewing community. But beware it might not happen straight away. Start and start tweaking along the way. It won’t be perfect straight away! (For Bloggers)
Things will be hard before they get easy. Work at the subjects you are terrible at. Like my drama teacher always says, “Learn the system and then trick it”. (For students!)
About Abooktropolis: Well the best way that I can describe it is that it is a book blog. On there you can find reviews unique to me and well as the occasional discussion post. I also like doing book promotions for several authors and some companies. I am incredibly dedicated my blog and the people who help to achieve the things I do every day. My blog is particularly friendly to indie/self-published authors. I love helping them where I can whether it is through reviews, promotions or even just support.
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!
Are there any specific “diverse” books on your TBR list? Let me know in the comments below! And also, let me know what you think of the new blog header!