Today I’ve got someone really special on Blogger Love. She’s one of the most generous souls in this crazy world of romance fiction, and does all sorts of special projects for me that I can’t ever repay her for. She also does some of the most thorough and thoughtful reviews you’ll find. I love, love, love The Book Chick, also known as “Bookie.”
1. When and how did you decide to become a book blogger?
I became a member of Goodreads in 2011 and joined a group called Gotta Have Paranormal Romance with a Kick. I made friends with a handful of amazing women who encouraged me to start my own blog. I was very resistant to blogging at first because everybody has one, and I thought it would be a waste of my time. But they convinced me that I had a “special voice” because my reviews told other readers exactly what they needed to know about a story without being too spoiler-y.
I started my blog up last year and have posting reviews on it ever since.
2. How did you come up with your blog’s name?
That’s an easy question. My “handle” on Goodreads has always been Bookie but I totally related to the women in Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chicks series so I adopted the “Chick” portion, and shortened Bookie to Book. And, thus The BookChick was born :).
3. What makes your blog unique and/or different?
I’m not sure if there is one thing that makes my blog “unique.” All book bloggers probably do a bit of the same thing. Reviews—cover reveals—giveaways—author interviews. The one thing that I can say about my blog is that my reviews “tell it like it is” with kindness. I don’t use my blog as a platform to belittle or degrade an author. I know how to say, “I don’t like X book,” in a way that offers constructive feedback (if the author is reading) and provides readers with the reasons why I felt a certain way about a book. And, I do all of this in a concise manner. I dislike reading reviews that recap a story—that’s not a review, in my opinion. I want to read a review because I can read the book for myself. I want to know why a reviewer rated a book a certain way, and why they love or hate a book.
4. What is your “philosophy” regarding book reviews?
I don’t really have a philosophy per se. As I mentioned, I believe that I can offer a kind negative review if I need to. Good books are easy to rave about, but it’s harder to craft a “good” review about a “bad” book.
If I had to designate a philosophy it would be that I WRITE reviews. I do not use gifs or jpegs to speak for me. I articulate my feelings for a book in words. I’m not suggesting that people who use jpegs and gifs as extensions of their written review are taking the easy way—because I’m not. However, I do not subscribe to the school of thought that several pictures strung together makes a review. I repeat the sage advice given to me by my mother when I was a child, “Use your words…”
5. What are your favorite genres to read/review, and why?
I am a paranormal romance girl to the core. I love reading about shapeshifters, vampires and other paranormal creatures. But, I love a good romantic suspense that pulls me into the story and makes my brain work to figure out “who done it.” I also enjoy sweet or steamy and everything-in-between contemporary romance and new adult romance.
6. What are your biggest turn-offs in a book? How about that special thing that always wins you over?
I will absolutely put a book down if the characters are one dimensional. The book will fall as flat as its characters are. One dimensional books possess no ability to pull me into a story and I won’t even waste my time trying to get into it.
The thing that wins me over with a book is strong characters who overcome adversity and learn from their mistakes. I want a book that makes me cheer and even hiss at the characters when needed.
7. Where do you see your blog a year from now?
This is a hard question. I suspect that I still will be writing book reviews, but I have recently started editing and designing book trailers so those items might be expanded on the blog. My earnest goal is to help independent authors succeed so I will leverage my blog and my other skills to help as many of them as I am able to.
8. What do you think the next “big” thing in fiction will be?
Fiction is fickle and my crystal ball is broken *smile*. I’m not sure what the next big thing will be but I’m sure that as many authors as possible will ride the wave of it.
9. If money were no object, how would you spend your days?
10. Where can we find you online? http://bookchickwithkick.com/