I’ve never done of these before and in truth typically avoid them due to that pesky little word “tag.” It’s not that I have any problems with it or that I wouldn’t want to be tagged myself, but rather that I’m an anxious ball of anxious at the thought of tagging someone else. Almost instantly I’m attacking myself with a barrage of questions: What if that person doesn’t want to be tagged? Am I being annoying? How annoying am I being? What if they say something about it? 

It’s pretty endless, to tell the truth.

Even with the fact that book tags and those who create them have a rule about tagging the creator and the person you were tagged by/found the post from, I’m still second guessing the actual tagging. I don’t imagine I’ll be doing these often, but I wanted to at least give it a try.

So, I found this particular tag train from Amy @ Bursting with Books.
The original creator is Trey @ Trey Schnarr Books. His blog appears to be protected.

How long have you been a blogger?

I couldn’t give a definitive answer to this one. I know I started on Tumblr sometime during college–though the actual day/month/year is something I can only guess at. I was originally using it as a place to store all my favorite book quotes and from there I eventually found my way to posting poetry (very amateur, I assure you) though it’s still out there if people are interested. I believe I have the same username there as here. SPasciuti.

From there I found my way to wordpress when I finally decided I wanted to start posting my reviews somewhere other than Goodreads (mainly so I could qualify for Netgalley ARCs) and thus From Me To You was born in December of 2016. I wasn’t incredibly serious about it at the time, though, and ultimately ended up forgetting about it about three months in. I’ve recently begun posting here again since December and am hoping to keep it going on a daily basis.

At what point do you think you will stop?

Honestly? I don’t know. I feel like, as long as I have reviews to write, I’ll be posting them on here…but whether or not I’ll be exceptionally active otherwise is something I can’t really answer. I love to write, of course, but blogging takes a certain time commitment and I’m fully willing to accept that there may come a moment when I don’t have that time to commit. I guess it’s just a matter of playing it as I go. But if I’m reading and subsequently reviewing, there will always be something posted here. I just can’t promise how often.

What is the best thing?

I’m going to ignore the ambiguity of that question (though the best thing is reading, obviously) and assume this is meant as what’s the best thing about blogging. And for me, at the end of the day, it’s just the opportunity to write. I’m a pretty socially anxious person most of the time and so I don’t reach out well and I can be very ehhh about putting myself out there for people. But there’s something really enjoyable about just being able to write something and to know it’s getting read (hopefully? haha). I like sharing my opinion (sometimes) and most of all I like sharing the books I love.

How long does it take you to create/find pictures?

Not that long, actually. This is in part due to the fact that the pictures I use are very bookish and I don’t really go out of my way to bother with gifs. I realize that there’s a potential for that to hurt my blog a bit in terms of being eye catching, but I ultimately decided that this blog was going to be about books and about writing and I sometimes feel that gifs take away from that? Chances are that I might add them occasionally, but the end goal is for this blog to be about the sharing of good books (and building a community for myself to enjoy chatting about said books) that I don’t feel the need for anything excessive in the picture department.

I’m good with the featured images and the book covers that I use. Sometimes I’ll throw in a picture I’ve taken myself, but I’m no photographer so this probably wont happen too often. Maybe one day I’ll get back into the gif phase, but I’ve never been all that great at saving and organizing them so it just seems like a lot more effort than it’s really worth in the end. Brava to everyone who does use gifs in their blogs because I think you guys honestly need a round of applause for the effort you put into finding the perfect ones.

Who is your book crush?

Ahh! And now we’ve come to the question that is the sole reason I signed up for this book tag after a long time of just not bothering. I have a book crush. I’ve had this crush for five years now (on February 5th, lol) and I don’t see my love changing much in the future. I imagine that before this moment I don’t think I’d have had a definitive answer to this question merely on account of the fact that I love a lot of characters, but this one just blew everyone else out of the water.

Show of hands, who knows Carswell Thorne?

I could just die. This character was beyond perfect for me. I fell in love with him almost instantaneously and I can guarantee you that he’s a huge part of the reason why I’m so in love with the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Granted, I’d have loved the series anyway, but he gave it so much life that I found myself loving it even more. I’ve laughed so much at his character, appreciated the strength and the beauty of him, and never before been so invested in a character. For these purposes (and her wonderful moments of imagination in times of stress — I recall shouting out “I do that too!” when she imagined herself as an adventurer in the desert), I very much consider my alter-ego to be Cress.

I could go on for hours about those two.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Myself? Haha, in all seriousness, it’d be nice if I could one day finish and publish something I’ve written. As for someone who is already an author, it’d be Marissa Meyer. Hands down. I adore her. I adore her books. I adore her writing. She’s amazing. One day, I swear, I’m going to actually get a chance to meet her because I’ve missed out on SO many. And on that day I will apologize profusely as I give her the most embarrassed smile ever and ask her to sign every single one of her books for me (because dammit, I will bring them ALL) because if there is any author that I need to have a copy of all their books that is signed, it’s Marissa Meyer.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

I’ll admit, I almost skipped this one? Like…what do you think I wear? Whatever I’m wearing at the time. Like…I have a job. So I wear whatever I wore to work? Or if I have the day off I wear whatever I threw on when I got out of bed? (Lately it’s a sweater cause it’s cold, but I mean.) I’m just confused, lol. I’m not sure why it matters what I wear to write. Besides, who dresses up for that? (Not that I’m judging, it’s just not something I’d think to do?) So I guess the best answer I have or this is that I wear something because the only thing I can say is consistent about my attire while blogging is that I’m not naked.

How long does it take you to prepare?

Maybe a minute? Depending on the post. Finding the pictures is what takes the longest. And then…actually, nevermind. Scratch that. It takes me anywhere from weeks to a day. And that is entirely dependent on what’s going on in my life and how into a book I am. After all, reading the books I review is definitely a form of preparing for writing that review. For non-review posts it takes about a minute. 😋

How do you feel about the blogger community/culture?

I absolutely love it. I wish I had more time to dedicate to blog hopping (as I think it’s called) and I definitely put in at least 20 minutes a day, but I follow a lot of people and it’s a lot to read when everyone’s posting. I’m a huge fan of getting to know people, which is part of the reason why I’m no longer just on Goodreads since I never really got to know other readers on that platform and it was just…disheartening? I definitely want to be part of something. And in this I can say that Twitter and WordPress have made me so, so happy because I now have friends on Goodreads that aren’t just family members or people I know from daily life that (for some horrible reason) just don’t seem to spend that much time reading. 😓

Who do you tag?

Anyone who wants to fill out this questionairre. I’ll cite my above comments about tagging for why I haven’t actually listed any names here. But if you like the questions, and you wanna answer them, go for it. And feel free to tag me if you’re comfortable with it. I’ll make a point to read them if you do.

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3 thoughts on “The Secret Life of a Book Blogger (Tag Train #1)

  1. I totally get your apprehension about tagging people. I am the same way! Tho, I would say it is safe to say that if the instructions / rules say to tag the creator then you should tag the creator. I don’t think they would have added that rule if they didn’t want you to tag them? I created a tag and am actually really sad when I find people participated and didn’t tag me. I want to see people’s answers and its cool to see how many people participated in my tag.

    I love participating in tags, and don’t want to let my fear of tagging stop me from playing. My rule of thumb is that if I find the tag on my own I don’t tag anyone, but if I get tagged then I will tag at least a few other people, to sort of pass on the gesture. I can’t speak for everyone, but I like being tagged, even if they just randomly picked my blog.

    When I tag blogs I try to pick smaller / newer blogs. I kind of assume that bigger / popular blogs get tagged regularly and it probably gets old. When you are smaller it is more of a novelty. I also don’t tag a blog that I have tagged before. This forces me to go out and discover fun new blogs, and I don’t bug anyone by tagging them over and over again.

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    1. Yeah, exactly. I know it’s a rather irrational thing on my end (especially in the case of the creators, lol) and hopefully one day I’ll work through it to the point that it doesn’t feel so awkward.

      Thanks so much for sharing all that with me, it really made me feel better about it all. ❤️

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