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Interview with a Book Blogger | Ally | Bookish Hamster

Ally Bookish Hamster


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. Hello, my name is Ally. I’m 22 years old. I currently live in Kazakhstan but will be moving to either Qatar or Germany pretty soon. I’ve been a blogger since September 2017, so it’s been what? A bit over two years? My blog is called Bookish Hamster Reviews. I have this hamster theme all over my social media, so you’ll find me anywhere under Bookish Hamster, even YouTube.

Before I started my own blog, I was watching a lot of Christine’s (polandbananasbooks) videos on BookTube. I wasn’t much of a reader back then, but she inspired me to read and write so I eventually ended up with my own blog and nothing to do. I decided to browse Smashwords for free books and stumbled upon The Face You See by Amelia Legend. This book truly did wonders, I fell in love with it, and so I wrote my first ever review. The Face You See turned me into a bookaholic and helped me overcome my own problems. Now I always have a book with me; I have a book blog, a Bookstagram, and a BookTube channel.

Q.2 What is your favorite genre and book?
A. My favorite genre would probably be Romance. But I don’t mean the romance books you see with half-naked guys on the covers, although I do read, and enjoy those too. I mean Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance - that kind of Romance.

I can name only one book as my favorite? Rude! I’d probably have to go with the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, with my favorite being Frostbite, the second book in the series. I really recommend those books if you haven’t read them. I re-read this series every year, and always find something new in them. Love the growth of the characters and the relationships between them.

Q.3 What’s one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you first started book blogging?
A. That Rome wasn’t built in a day? Haha, no seriously, it took me quite a while to understand that a blog needs time and work. And consistency, which I’m lacking in every social media.

Q.4 What piece of advice you would like to give to other bloggers?
A. Don’t give up, don’t get discouraged. To get review requests (free books from authors) there is a ton of lists of indie book reviewers, get into one, and you’ll have your reading schedule planned out for a year in a few weeks. The best list for me is The Indie View, I really recommend that one.

Q.5 How many books are actually on your bookshelf/shelves right now?
A. Because I knew that I wouldn’t be living in Kazakhstan forever, I kept my book stack small. I have somewhere around 25 books. But my TBR is like over 200 books. Which is normal, even little, for an avid reader.

Q.6 If you could be a character from a book for just one day who would you be and why?
A. I would probably choose Jewel from Acceptance by Trish Beninato (self-published). Jewel has the best, funniest, and most awesome boyfriend ever. I fangirl every time I think about him, and my stomach does the flip-flop! Plus he’s smart and strong, and mmmm YUM!

Q.7 Is blogging your profession or just a hobby? Does your family support you? What’s their take on this?
A. Blogging is just a hobby, but my profession was inspired by it. I am a fiction book editor. Yes, my family is quite happy that I found my calling, and supports me every way they can.

Q.8 What do you think is the best strategy for getting more visitors to a blog?
A. Don’t forget about tags when you post. Post frequently. Do interviews, spotlights, and stuff like that with authors, that will give you, and them, more exposure.

Q.9 What are the top 3 characteristics you look for in a good book?
A. At least some sort of originality, fast pacing, and probably characters I can drool over.

Q.10 What are your favorite Instagram/Bookstagram/Booktuber accounts?
A. In Bookstagram I don’t really have a favorite, my feed is beautiful and full of books, I love everyone I’m following. In BookTube it’s easier: Christine from polandbananasbooksNatasha from TashapolisMerphy NapierAlexa DonneCaz from Little Book Owl, and Katie Rivera.

A few words for our readers and Books Charming -
First of all, I want to thank Books Charming for having me here, this blog is beautiful and well done. As for the readers - Read. Read more than you have time to. Spare five minutes a day for reading. Escape to a world with magic, adventure, and personal growth. Books aren’t just for fun. They can be fun and good for your soul and mind. When you read fiction you grow with the characters. After every book you read, you see the world a bit differently.

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