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Interview with a Book Blogger | Siddhant Agarwal | Bookworm's Reviews

Siddhant Agarwal Bookworm's Reviews

Siddhant Agarwal

Q.1 Please introduce yourself - Where are you from? How long have you been blogging? What’s the name of your blog? What made you decide to start a book blog?
A. I belong to Lucknow, but I have lived across India so identifying a city with me becomes a difficult task. I’ve been blogging for almost 11 months now. My blog name is Bookworm’s Reviews.

I was always interested in reading and a lot of my friends take my opinion and ask for book recommendations. That was a thought that slowly developed into this blog that you see now. I also wanted to try new books and review projects to help me broaden my reading horizon as well.

Q.2 What is your favorite genre and book?
A. This is one of the toughest questions that anybody can ask me, and I have no specific book that stands out. Among the latest books that I have read, You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas in Fiction, and Fluid by Ashish Jaiswal in Non-Fiction did stand out. An all-time favorite is the Harry Potter series, and that is one book that’ll always stay in that position for me.

Q.3 What one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you first started book blogging?
A. One piece of advice I would have really appreciated was that book blogging will take time to gather viewers, and followers, and that it’ll be quite hectic at times.

Q.4 What piece of advice you would like to give to other bloggers?
A. To other book bloggers, I would like to say that you should try to be authentic and give your honest opinion about the book. Also, prepare a standard guideline that you’ll never violate, and you can be very clear while applying for reviews.

Q.5 How many books are actually on your bookshelf/shelves right now?
A. Hard to pinpoint the exact number, but I think the number would be around 600-800.

Q.6 If you could be a character from a book for just one day who would you be and why?
A. Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter for her sheet wit, confidence, and amazing sarcasm.

Q.7 Is blogging your profession or just a hobby? Does your family support you? What’s their take on this?
A. Blogging is a hobby that I pursue along with my studies.
My family is quite supportive of my blogging, and it is because of their support that I have developed this love for reading. They like the fact that I have a constructive hobby, and that I am doing what I love.

Q.8 What do you think is the best strategy for getting more visitors to a blog?
A. Good Content is the best way to draw attention to a blog. Also, keep the blog as the primary location for the review. Other platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. should redirect to the blog. This helps a lot in aggregating all the viewers to one location.

Q.9 What are the top 3 characteristics you look for in a good book?
A. For a book to be considered as good, it should have a good and engaging plot, it has to be grammatically correct, and the characters should be well defined. Even if one of the 3 is missing, the book loses its flavor.

Q.10 What are your favorite Instagram/Bookstagram/Booktuber accounts?
A. @shreya.booked for some amazing recommendations, @booksandbeard for some well-crafted reviews, @bookscharming for beautifully clicked photos, and well-crafted reviews.

A few words for our readers and Books Charming -
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