Do you ever have one of those days where you’re just not feeling it; you’re tired, feeling sluggish, and you aren’t really motivated to do anything? But then, all of a sudden, something awesome happens and all of a sudden you’re able to do EVERYTHING!
That was me earlier this week. My sleep schedule had been all thrown off, and I was ready to spend a few days doing nothing but Netflix. But then, the captivating Katie @ Melting Pages nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, and my whole day turned around! (Seriously, if you’re not following Katie, you’re missing out!)
I love the questions she asked her nominees, so let’s get right to it!
First off, the Rules:
- Thank the blogger that nominated them and link back to their blog
- Answer the 11 questions that the blogger that nominated you asked
- Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer
- Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post
And now, the questions:
How did you come up with your blog name?
Mine’s not super creative. My name is Ryann, and I love alliterations, so I figured Ryann the Reader made a lot of sense!
Fun fact: I almost named this blog “Reads and Rosemary,” because I love gardening and herbs almost as much as reading. But as I started blogging, I knew I wouldn’t have time for both book and garden posts, so I chose to stick with the books! I figure I can always go back to “Reads and Rosemary” down the road if I want.
What genre would you like to read more of?
I’m a huge fantasy reader, but I’d love to read more historical fiction. The problems is that I’m just so picky about which HF books I read, it’s hard to find one I love!
What is the best lesson you’ve learned from blogging?
It may sound a little cliche, but the biggest blogging lesson I’ve learned is to be yourself. When you see all these bloggers that seem so confident, or have a ton of followers, it can be easy to want to copy them. Or it can sometimes be tempting to make full use of your reader’s vocabulary to sound smarter. But at the end of the day, it’s always best to be yourself. It’ll make blogging more enjoyable, and draw in an audience that really wants to hear your voice and talk with you about your opinions.
If you could choose one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would want the power to read minds or read people’s emotions. I feel like knowing how person react to certain things would make it easier to make certain situations end up in my favor (does that make me sound like a book villain?). It would also make it easier to avoid accidentally hurting people’s feelings, and I’m just a little interested in what’s running through people’s brains when they let their minds wander.
What are your top tips you would give to new bloggers?
It’s your blog, and you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. Sometimes when I was a new blogger, and even now that I’m almost two years in, there are times when I feel like I have to follow a particular person everyone else seems to follow, or I have to write this kind of post because everyone else does, or my blog should look that way because that’s how the “successful” blogs look. But that’s a rabbit hole you don’t want to fall into. Blogging trends will always shift around, but at the end of the day, it’s your blog, and it should make you happy!
Shameless plug: If you want more blogging advice, I have a whole bunch of advice posts here.)
What made you decide to start blogging, and why did you choose books?
I started my blog because I wanted to interact with people who were interested in the same things I was, and I thought blogging allowed for the best back and forth interaction, aside from actually showing up at someone’s house with tea and books.
Like I mentioned earlier, I was a little torn between running a book blog, or running a books and gardening blog, and I just didn’t have time to do both. I chose books because I felt like I had more to say about them, and there was a broader range of topics to discuss. Plus, where I live, you can only actually garden for about four months of the year
thanks winter, and I knew blogging about gardening during the off-season would probably make me a little sad.
If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
There are several places in Scotland that let you go and play with falcons! Basically, they teach you about falconry and the birds, and then you can go out and fly them yourself. It sounds like so much fun! I’d love to go to Scotland and do that for a few days, and then just walk around the country and experience the landscape and tour some castles
and stay forever.
What book would you want to reread like it was the first time?
If I had to choose, I’d probably go with The Chronicles of Narnia. I think it would be amazing to experience the magic and excitement of finding Narnia for the first time all over again!
Do you have any bookish pet peeves?
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you since you started blogging?
Uhm, I don’t think anything really strange has ever happened to me since I started blogging. The only thing that comes to mind is when people say they love my reviews and how I write them, and all I can think is, “Wait, really? You actually want to hear my thoughts? …. Seems suspicious, but okay.”
When you review a book, do you make notes before writing your review or do you just go for it?
I usually just go for it. I like to use quotes in my reviews, so I’ll leave little sticky notes at quotes I think I can use. But I only make notes if I’m having a REEEEAAALLLYY tough time organizing my thoughts.
I’m not gonna do 11…. sorry. But, as always, there’s no pressure to write a whole post, just know I think you’re some amazing bloggers with beautiful blogs! I nominate:
- What are a few books that have changed your outlook on life?
- If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with that extra time?
- What was your favorite childhood book?
- Which book character do you think would make the best roommate?
- If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?
- If you made a themed restaurant or hotel, what book would you base it off of, and what would it look like?
- What’s the most heartwarming thing you’ve ever seen?
- Is there anything that everybody seems to be obsessed with that you just can’t get into?
- What’s one trait you value the most in other people, and what’s one trait you can’t stand?
- If you had a clock that could count down to any one event of your choosing, what event would you want it to count down to?
- Are there any bloggers that inspire you to be better?
Thanks for reading!
What about you? What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from blogging? Do you have any Historical Fiction recommendations? What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you since you started blogging? Let me know in the comments below!