Hi there! My name is Yvette and I love reading and sharing about books. I began posting reviews on GoodReads in 2013, and later on booklikes (I was just going to try it out, to compare the two, and now I can’t seem to give either up), partly because I missed the book related interaction I had with students when I was an elementary school teacher. I found that the interaction, however, was limited (and that groups with reading schedules don’t suit me) and I felt a growing desire to have a space for my book reviews that felt more like it was my own.
I was living in my sister’s guest room, waiting to be given the closing date for my new condo, when I decided to stop wishing I knew how to blog and just start one. So I signed up on WordPress and published my first post soon after.
The majority of my posts, so far, have been book reviews. There have been a few posts on book related topics, and I will continue to include these kinds of bookish thinking posts. Though most of my posts have been about fiction books, I want to expand this to include explorations of cookbooks, craft/hobby books, and other topics.
I’ve dreamed of being an author since I was quite young, and someday… meanwhile, I get quite excited about books and I want to share that excitement with others who love to read. I also hope that my blog can encourage more reluctant readers to pick up a book. Blogging and reviewing are also ways I can give a little back to the authors whose work I enjoy. And OK, yes, I do get a little thrill when an author or publisher quotes a review – interaction with an author or publisher is like getting a little shot of bookish adrenaline.
I haven’t had much time to devote to my blog (my condo is small at 522sf but it was a bank owned “AS IS” property, so much of my spare time is spent fixing, organizing and thinking about fixing and organizing), but I am hoping to improve both the blog’s appearance and my management of it. Primarily, though, I hope to improve the content and consistency of my reviews and other posts.
I would love to connect with other people who enjoy books, whether that be fiction or cookbooks or any other type of book I write about. Online interaction is an aspect of book review sites and blogs that I find challenging. I am hoping that as my life settles down in this new home and city, that I will have time to devote to improving my blog and my interaction skills. This is the primary reason I signed up for Blogging 101.
I’ll end this post with a question, and I do hope you’ll leave a response if you’ve stuck with me this far. Do you think that cookbooks, craft/hobby and similar nonfiction book related posts would be suited to this (primarily fiction) book blog or would it be preferable to explore them on a separate blog?