Book Blogger Insider Tag

The ever wonderful, amazing, astonishingly nice Marina from @Books Of Magic tagged me for the Book Blogger Insider Tag. I may sound like a broken record but a) go visit her blog NOW and b) I cannot thank her enough for being such a good friend and such a bright presence in the book blogger community!! And she enjoys listening to my rants and complaints and fangirling so she is also extremely patient….


Ramblings begin…Ye have been warned….

Where do you typically write your blog posts?

I usually sit on my bright red sofa with my notebook supported on my knees. Yes, I haven’t recovered from my primary school habits…

How long does it take you to write a book review?

It depends…If it is a book I really loved or really hated, then the review is going to be quite a lengthy one. This means that the actual writing takes about half an hour or so. If we add the time spent on searching additional information, proofreading, designing the blog post, taking photos and the like then I’d say about 3-4 hours extended in two days.

When did you start your book blog?

I started my blog on September 30th of 2017 and my first post was an insane rambling on how much I love Wuthering Heights….

What’s the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Trying to find a balance between writing about books and writing examples, exercises and additional material for my students. Both are fun though. Not so much for the children but you can’t keep everyone happy, can you?

What’s the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I will agree with Marina. Meeting people from all over the world who share the same passion and love for books is something magical. There is a mystical connection taking place and when we start knowing each other as people, moving beyond the ”reader” state? It’s a glorious feeling.

What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

I honestly can’t answer that. I always feel a sort of twisted, completely inappropriate joy when I write a negative review on books that failed to respect the readers and the story. Moving away from negativity, I’d say that any post that involves searching for information on places, eras and fables is very close to my heart.

What is your favorite type of blog posts to write?

See the answer above. Generally speaking, I am very fond of Magical Realism and Mythology so reviews on books of these genres are always challenging.

When do you typically write?

I am a sworn, unrepentant night owl…

How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

Just sitting and thinking. I may have a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at hand, though. Sadly, I don’t have any pets and I hate Netflix (as I hate TV in general, but that’s another story:) )

When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

I usually write my review a day after finishing the book. More often than not, I have prepared half of it as the book progresses and there are always those rare occasions when the review is finished before I turn the last page. This usually happens with books I  either adored or really loathed. Book margins and the Word app on my tablet are extremely useful.

How often do you post?

That depends. About 3- 4 times a week. It depends on how many books I’ve finished or if a gentle soul has tagged me for wonderful tags like this one:)


Oh, this is the hardest part because I don’t want to put any pressure to anyone. So, if you have been tagged or lack the time, I apologize. I tag all of you wonderful souls who would like to join along with:

Grainne @Darkly Whimsical Reader

Kara @Bernard’s Book Blog

Frankie @Freed By Fiction

Callum @Callum McLaughlin

Lauren @Books Beyond the Story

Rachel @Rachel’s Rambling Reflections

I can’t wait to read your answers!!


  1. Thank you Amalia, once again you’re too kind! 🙂 I love your answers, and I especially agree on the secret enjoyment of writing a review for a lousy book hehe. 🙂 ❤

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    1. He, he, don’t we just love being mean?

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  2. Thank you so much for the tag! 😊 I’m totally with you on enjoying the chance to write a negative review every now and then, and of course the wonder of connecting with fellow bookworms.

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    1. You’re very welcome, Callum!!

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  3. karathehuman says:

    Haha, we write our reviews the same way! I always end up taking notes about what I want to talk about, and I was 90% done with my review for Milkweed before I even finished the book! And thank you for tagging me ❤ I actually did this tag a couple of weeks ago (, but thank you nonetheless!

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    1. Ha, ha, thank you so much, Kara! You know, I had the feeling that I had read your answers but my memory-span is currently worse than ever ☹️


      1. karathehuman says:

        Haha, no worries! I’m always forgetting if the people I tagged had already done the tag.

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  4. Meeting other people in the community is definitely the best thing for me 🙂 it’s so rewarding! And finding a balance is definitely something I struggle with too…

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    1. I agree, Evelina! And I think that the kind of ”togetherness” and fellowship we find (for the most part) in the book community is a glimpse of hope for the future of our socities.


  5. Grainne (Darkly Whimsical Reader) says:

    Thank you for tagging me!!! I’m so inspired that you post 3-4 times a week!

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    1. You’re very welcome, Grainne! You deserve it:)

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