Summer Blogger Promo Tour: TBR Tag

Happy Sunday everyone.

This is another post for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour.

1. What is the Summer Blogger Promo Tour?
The Summer Blogger Promo Tour is a summer tour that we’ve put together at The Book Bratz that helps a bunch of bloggers both new and old link up with each other and collab on fun posts throughout the summer!

And for this one myself and Lili @ Utopia State of Mind

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Lili: I put all the books I want to read on my To Read shelf on Goodreads. I know there are books I haven’t looked at from when I first started my Goodreads accounts ages ago, so I only look at the recently added ones.

Me: I usually start with Goodreads and for some of my bought books I looks at my shelf and then my Goodreads to see which books I really want to read.

  1. Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Lili: Print. I don’t normally prefer to read on e-book unless the price is unbeatable OR it’s an e-arc. Those are really the two reasons I’d do this.

Me: It is Print books mostly, sometimes it is an e-book

  1. A Book That’s Been On Your TBR List The Longest

Lili: This older series by Mercedes Lackey – the thousand kingdoms I think? I loved so many of Lackey’s books as a child growing up that they have this special nostalgic place in my heart.

Me: Anything by Patrick Rothfuss and Mark Lawrence. I haven’t read anything by these two authors but I keep hearing great things about them.

  1. A Book You Recently Added To Your TBR

Lili: I think I added WE HUNT THE FLAME recently, but there have been so many fantastic 2019/2020 books announced that I have gone on a TBR rampage. Save me.

Me: Crazy Rich Asians. I know that is mostly because the movie is coming out but I do sort of also want to read the book.

  1. A Book In Your TBR Strictly Because of Its Beautiful Cover

Lili: I haven’t done this recently only because I have to really go the extra effort to add the book to my TBR. So it’s normally just arcs I want to keep a track of or maybe request.

Me: A more recent example is Four Dead Queens. I remember seeing the cover at BookCon.

  1. A Book On Your TBR That You Never Plan on Reading

Lili:  Psh, I would love to read all the books on my TBR! That’s what it’s there for!

Me: If it’s on my TBR, then I will read it. Hopefully eventually

  1. An Unpublished Book on Your TBR That You’re Excited For

Lili: Well I just finished SADIE and that was fabulous, but of course I’m excited for SHADOWGLASS and SPY WITH THE RED BALLOON!

Me: What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertali because I want to see what both of those authors come up with. Also Muse of Nightmares because I just finished Strange the Dreamer and loved it.

  1. A Book On Your TBR That Basically Everyone’s Read But You

Lili: Gah, a lot. I haven’t read Jenny Han or Victoria Schwab yet. So these are ones I get a lot of grief about! Or the Illuminae series – that one too. To be fair, I do now own these, so I have more of a reason to read them now!

Me: Jenny Han as well. I know Too All the Boys I Loved is coming on Netflix and it reminded me that I never even touched those books.

  1. A Book On Your TBR That Everyone Recommends To You

Lili: DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC keeps getting recommended to me, by one person…but I will read it!

Me: Anything by Renee Adhieh. I even met her at BookCon and I felt so bad for not reading her books. I keep getting recommended her books, but I will read them eventually.

  1. A Book On Your TBR That You’re Dying To Read

Lili: Gosh all of them? I am most excited for KINGDOM OF THE BLAZING PHOENIX though. I Have that but I haven’t dug in yet…

Me: City of Saints and Thieves, I am still surprised that I haven’t read it yet

  1. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

Lili: I will not be answering this question. It’s too cruel.

Me: Yeah, about that. It will ever be growing that I have completely lost count.

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Summer Blogger Promo Tour: Interview with Lili

Happy Sunday,

This is another post for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour.

1. What is the Summer Blogger Promo Tour?
The Summer Blogger Promo Tour is a summer tour that we’ve put together at The Book Bratz that helps a bunch of bloggers both new and old link up with each other and collab on fun posts throughout the summer!

This week I am interviewing my partner Lili@UtopiaStateofMind

 

       1.How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging over two years, although it doesn’t even feel like that sometimes. Then again it feels much longer some days.

 

  1. What is a book or series that you like but everyone seems to hate?

This is such a difficult question! I don’t know if there’s a series like this. Maybe this means I just have very general tastes? I will say that the opposite occurs often. For example, while I enjoyed Harry Potter, I just never loved it as much as a lot of my friends.

 

  1. What is your go-to genre to read?

Science fiction and fantasy! If I had to pick one though? Fantasy. But I’d never just pick one, I’d more easily combine them into the genre of speculative fiction.

 

  1. Who are your auto-buy authors?

Traci Chee is one of my favorite authors, Heidi Heilig, Katherine Locke. I think these may be my top three where I also know I have just jumped blindly to their next books knowing I’d love it.

 

  1. Have you meet any authors? If so who were your favorites?

I’ve actually met quite a few in the last year. Since being back in NYC I’ve been able to go to tons of book events, not to mention I was lucky to go to a few conventions recently. Katherine Locke is one of my favorite! I first met her on Twitter when I read, and loved, Girl with the Red Balloon, and I feel like we’ve bumped into each other so much!

 

  1. If you could be a character in a book series, what series would it be?

This is extremely difficult. Recently in books I’ve been doing a, “I’d ___ with” series. So I’d fight a dragon with this character, or I’d pine after this one, and one of the ones I do is, “Character of My Heart”. So I’ve recently started thinking more and more about who I’d be. If I had to pick one, I’d pick Lirael from Lirael, or Daine from Wild Magic.

 

  1. What are some of your favorite posts?

I really like writing discussion posts, even though those are the hardest for me to write! Recently I’ve just been a combination of burnt out, but also extremely overworked over the last year particularly. So I just haven’t been able to be as creative, but I already have some really great ideas lined up for later this year.

 

  1. What’s your favorite part about blogging?

I think reading is my favorite. It’s hard for me to write reviews, mostly because I never just want to get together and sit down. I have to take notes while I read, so that’s definitely helpful, but I just don’t like the actual process I guess? But reading is definitely my favorite, I love getting sucked into new worlds.

 

  1. What book made you want to blog?

Gosh, I think the first book I reviewed was Eat, Pray, Love. But that isn’t the book that made me want to blog. I think it was a combination of factors that kind of just pushed me into it. I don’t even remember why I started with that book. I was mainly trying to just motivate myself to do non-thesis reading – and it worked! So the TLDR is there is no one book I guess?

 

  1. What’s your favorite social media platform?

I love instagram. It’s hard because I feel like my content isn’t necessarily what people love. I adore outdoor single book photos with unique angles, but that is kind of rare in the Bookstagram world. That being said, if that sounds like your jam -> https://www.instagram.com/utopia.state.of.mind/

 

  1. What made you want to start a blog?

So I already talked a bit how I wanted to make sure I was reading non-thesis books, but I think I also missed talking about books with friends. I was doing a very serious Masters, and I missed chatting about current reads – like I can do now. I missed that interaction and sharing my love of a book with the world, but also friends.

 

  1. What tips do you have for new bloggers?

Figure out why you want to blog and try not to lose sight of it. We can get overwhelmed or caught up in arcs or reviews, but find out why you want to blog and hold onto that. Because that motivation is going to be what keeps you blogging.