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!
My guest today is Raechel, the bookworm behind Konstant Dreaming. Raechel is an aspiring writer who has been blogging since the age of 16! When she’s not taking beautiful bookstagram pictures, she’s completing her Honours in psychology and honestly I don’t see how she gets the time to run two (!!) blogs.
I’m so excited to get to know Raechel better, so let’s see what she has to say to the questions provided…
So, let’s get the obvious question out of the way – who is Raechel? Tell us a bit about the book lover behind the blog.
Raechel is a very passionate writer and dreamer. I am driven and determined and I love any form of creative expression. All kinds of art make me happy, and so I dabble in a little bit of everything.
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 started blogging because I had to. I felt as though I had no other way to express myself creatively and constructively. One day, I decided that I wanted to start a blog and I taught myself as much as possible.
The name comes from one of my favourite songs in the entire world. Konstantine – Something Corporate. I fell in love with the lyrics when I was in high school and it just stuck. It’s become a brand I want to build and draw on.
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 are those that make me feel as though I have just written things down that I haven’t yet fully acknowledged. It’s almost as though I learn for the first time what I am really feeling and thinking. That’s really empowering for me.
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 achievement to date is definitely completing my first degree. It was surreal to walk out of my last exam knowing I had just finished my degree.
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 am a travel junkie, but I am also a homebody so:
- Read at least 60+ books a year.
- Travel to Australia, America, Thailand and Ireland within the next 2-3 year.
- Travel to Paris, London and Berlin in the next 3-5 years.
- Write a book. Maybe even a few books.
- Be happy.
Name one of your most cherished life experiences.
I have two very important life experiences.
I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to travel. It was life changing, scary and uncomfortable. I am so glad that I did it. It is something that no one can ever take away from me. It is a part of me.
I’m also really grateful that I have had the opportunity to fall in love. I don’t think it should ever be taken for granted. The ability to feel is such an important part of the human experience, even if it does end in heartbreak. I’m grateful for all it taught me.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve received and who was the wise human who shared this bit of wisdom with you?
The best advice I have ever received was from my mother. She is a firm believer in forgiveness, whether it’s the forgiveness of oneself or of others. She believes it impacts every aspect of someone’s life.
“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 think I have a motto, but I do talk to myself and when I do I try to talk to myself with love. I tell myself that I have me and sometimes that’s enough. I tell myself that I’m proud of who I am. Self-talk is so important and it definitely helps me.
Let’s talk books for a bit… How did reading become such a big part of your life?
When I learned how to read, I just couldn’t stop. It was also encouraged by my parents and I just loved the escape. It also made me feel really intelligent because I could read really well in class and learn things from the books I was reading. For me it was a confidence booster.
What would you consider your “most reached for” genre? And is there any special reason for this preference?
I definitely love Young Adult. I love the themes and the issues that authors are dealing with.
On the other side of the spectrum, what genre do you hardly reach for and why?
I am not always a huge fan of Non-fiction, although I am trying to change that though and try new books.
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 depends on how I felt about the book. I have read a book where the ending left me with more questions and I loved that. But then, I also love when it all comes together. Most importantly, character growth is a big deal for me.
What are some of your most cherished quotes from books?
“What if we could stop being different colours, different backgrounds, and just be in love?”
― E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
“I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone’s heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.”
― Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
“The universe is seeming really huge right now. I need something to hold on to.”
― E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
Maybe the strings break, or maybe our ships think, or maybe we’re grass – our roots are so interdependent that no one is dead as long as someone is still alive. We don’t suffer from a shortage of metaphors, is what I mean. But you have to be careful which metaphor you choose, because it matters. If you choose the strings, then you’re imagining a world in which you can become irreparably broken. If you choose grass, you’re saying that we are all infinitely interconnected, that we can use these root systems not only to understand one another but to become one another. The metaphors have implications…
―John Green, Paper Towns
What bookish franchise do you tend to fan and fawn over most?
I don’t think I will ever get over 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?
I didn’t realize I had them, but thinking about it now I do! I hate clichéd book covers!
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?
Catch 22 – Jospeh Heller
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 explore opportunities in your field of work?
As someone trying to become a psychologist, I would just say find out the processes and requirements as early as possible. Make sure there are no surprises and that you know it is what you want.
About Konstant Dreaming: My blog is me; it is ever changing and ever growing. It is a way for me to express my thoughts and heartbreaks. It is a life force that I can no longer contain. I am so proud of it. It is a place where all my dreams, hopes, ideas, memories and inspirations meet up and create love.
Thank you so much to Raechel for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions. I hope you’ll go ahead and give her a follow!
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!