Hey, Hi, Hello! And welcome to yet another Cuppa with a Book Blogger!
I would like to apologise for my disappearing act, but last week was super hectic and I’ve been dealing with a personal emergency that gave me no room to think about anything else. Hopefully, things will get back to normal soon…
My guest today is the lovely Harriet from These Novel Thoughts…
So, let’s get the obvious question out of the way – who is Harriet? Tell us a bit about the book lover behind the blog.
Hi! I’m a 29 year old book lover from Chester in the U.K. I have always loved books – I used to be that child with their nose in a book in the corner of a room – and chancing upon the bookstagram community was a revelation for me! When I’m not reading books, photographing books or talking about books, I’m training to be a primary school teacher and qualify this summer.
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’ve actually blogged for many years, although about other subjects. My old blog, www.whattohavefordinnertonight.com was a cookery blog which I unfortunately had to give up when it became too much work. I’m finding book blogging a lot more relaxed! My old blog was entirely inspired by Watson in the BBC Sherlock series – he’s the reason I blog! These Novel Thoughts came from a lot of desperate word play – I didn’t want to specifically mention books in case I want to branch out in future.
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)
The post which took the most time and which I love to read back is 30 books to read before you die – so much work went into that post and I’m very proud of it.
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?
There are lots of things I’m proud of. Managing to run a 15k race, getting married to my best friend, buying our house after all of the saving we did. My biggest blogging achievement has to be getting 5000 followers though – 10,000 is the next goal!
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.
- Have a piece of writing published.
- Road trip up the East coast of America.
- Run a marathon.
- Practice enough yoga so that I can do a handstand.
- Visit every country in the EU (only 17 to go!)
Name one of your most cherished life experiences.
Getting married was the most beautiful day in my life. To be surrounded by so much love was a truly wonderful experience. It’s made me appreciate the marriages of friends more, too.
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 dad! Whenever I see him, I moan on about how really I want to be an author and get some work published. His response, every time? “Just do it”. Yes, this may have been ripped off from Nike but it’s true all the same!
“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 don’t have a motto as such, but I try to live by the mindfulness ethos – no point in worrying about things that haven’t happened; enjoy the moment.
Let’s talk books for a bit… How did reading become such a big part of your life?
I have always read. My mum taught me when I was very young, and I’ve enjoyed it forever. Losing myself in a book will never get old. It mixes with my love for writing too – I think being an aspiring writer helps you to appreciate the work which goes into a novel much more.
What would you consider your “most reached for” genre? And is there any special reason for this preference?
Classics. I don’t care if it’s romance, horror, sci fi or fantasy as long as it’s a classic! Its laziness really I suppose; I think books must be classics for a reason so I’ll always reach for those first!
On the other side of the spectrum, what genre do you hardly reach for and why?
Hmm…it’s probably an unpopular opinion on the bookstagram arena but YA doesn’t often appeal to me. I’ve probably been unlucky with the ones I’ve chosen, but to me they often seem dumbed down – both in language and story. Feel free to recommend some to make me change my mind!
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 love a huge twist – think American Psycho where it’s awful and obvious that he’s a terrifying serial killer. But then, things start to fall apart and suddenly no one knows if he’s a serial killer, least of all Patrick. I like to be messed around a bit by my books!
What are some of your most cherished quotes from books?
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – Dumbledore
What bookish franchise do you tend to fan and fawn over most?
Well, Harry Potter. I was lucky enough to be a young teenager as the books were being released, and I’m absolutely certain that they’ve changed me as a person, for the better. It’s an obsession I can’t (and don’t want to) shake off now!
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?
My biggest peeve is when I completely judge a book on its beautiful cover, buy it, and it ends up being some lacklustre waste of time! It’s my own fault, of course, but sometimes books are just too pretty…
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?
War and Peace. It has the other accolade of being the longest book on my TBR pile.
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?
What advice do you have for anyone who would like to get into your field of work?
Be dedicated, but make sure you’re working to your own standards rather than ever changing goal posts. It’s better for your health!
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Thanks so much to Harriet 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!