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 Michelle, a fellow South African and the book queen behind Book Adventures. Michelle is a book hoarder, bibliophile and huge Harry Potter nerd. When she’s not reading, you’ll find her binge watching series and experimenting in the kitchen.
But before I spill all the beans in my intro, let’s go ahead and read her interview:
So, let’s get the obvious question out of the way – who is Michelle? Tell us a bit about the book lover behind the blog.
I’m a total book-o-holic and complete Potterhead (I even have the tattoo to prove it). When I’m not reading I love to eat and bake and consider myself a total foodie.
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?
Like most booklovers and bloggers, I didn’t have anyone to discuss books with. So I started my blog to express myself and to connect with other book loving people.
I chose the name Book Adventures because every book you read takes you on a different, wonderful adventure.
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)
My favourite posts in general are book tags, discussion posts and gift ideas. But the post I’ve been most proud of writing so far was a Discussion Posts about why Book Reviews are the least read posts:
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?
Personally – When I wrote my last exam for my Marketing and Business Management Degree. It was three years filled with lots of hard work and just the fact that I knew I had done it was amazing.
Blogging – I recently reached 1000 followers and I was seriously speechless. I never thought that my blog would get this far and achieve this much and I’m just so grateful for the support of the bookish community.
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.
- Visit my family in the UK.
- Go to the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida.
- Go bungie jumping.
- Visit Cape Town and go up onto Table Mountain.
- Have the opportunity to attend a book signing for a really cool book.
Name one of your most cherished life experiences.
It was actually this past January. My grandad celebrated his 80th Birthday and we got to spend the day with him in the beautiful Mabalingwe Nature Reserve. I’m just so happy to still have him in my life.
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 mom always told me that I can become whatever I set my mind to. I should never limit myself because I can achieve whatever I want to.
“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.
Ohana – It means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.
Without the love and support of my family I would not be where I am today.
Let’s talk books for a bit… How did reading become such a big part of your life?
My grandma used to read to me as I child, but being the stubborn person that I am, I wanted to learn how to do it myself. So she taught me how to read by the age of four and from there on the library was my favourite place to be.
What would you consider your “most reached for” genre? And is there any special reason for this preference?
I think contemporary. These books are usually just so relatable and gives you that gooey, happy feeling.
On the other side of the spectrum, what genre do you hardly reach for and why?
Historical fiction. Although I enjoy it, it’s not a genre that’s high on my TBR.
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?
This is just as hard! It depends on the book, some books work best with happy endings (and those are the ones I enjoy the most) and other books work best with unhappy endings like All the Bright Places & the Fault in Our Stars.It made me cry, but in the end I understand why it had to end that way. The endings I hate the most are cliffhangers.
What are some of your most cherished quotes from books?
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light” – Harry Potter
“Sometimes when we’re in the darkest places we find the brightest light” – All the Bright Places.
“We accept the love we think we deserve” – The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
What bookish franchise do you tend to fan and fawn over most?
Definitely Harry Potter. Harry Potter is life and I don’t think I’ll ever get over the fandom.
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 pages to save your space. Just use anything as a bookmark, but just don’t fold down the corner of a page.
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 Mortal Instruments series. I’ve recently read book one, now just to read all the rest.
Stressed Reader or Relaxed Reader?
Favourite Subject in school?
Travel & Tourism.
Quiet night in or a night out on the town?
A night spent reading.
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? Or if you have any blogging advice, please feel free to share.
Blogging advice – Just always be yourself and do it for yourself. The rest will follow.
Goodreads | Michelle (Book Adventures)
Thanks so much to Michelle for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions. I hope you’ll go ahead and check out her awesome channel and social media platforms, she’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!