Happy (day after) Valentine’s Day! 💕 But for some of us single folks, it’s the day that all the chocolate is on sale 😉🍫 Today, I’m doing the Valentine Book Tag which was created by the lovely Taiwo from Stuffed Shelves. Let’s get started!
1. What book(s) have you been given as a gift that you loved?
My friend Xandra got me the Six of Crows duology for Christmas last year, and now, it’s one of my all-time favorite series! The plot is so well-crafted, and the world and its characters are so sophisticated. Plus, Leigh Bardugo’s writing is 10/10. 🌟 I definitely recommend giving this series a read!
2. What book(s) would you like to give as a gift to someone else?
I would probably gift the Six of Crows series because I loved it so much. Otherwise, I’d gift The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. It might be weird since this is a prequel series, but maybe it’d encourage the person to pick up more of the Shadowhunter books 😉
3. If you could gift a random person any bookish item, what would it be?
This might be cheating, but I’d make them a custom bookish box. 🎁 It would include lots of bookish items like a mug, reusable tote bag (like the one in this pic), candle, and a book!
4. If you could gift a random person any non-bookish item, what would it be?
Socks. I feel like most people really enjoy socks. I’m also a very practical person, so I’d probably give something like MUJI pens, too. 🖊️
5. What do you say when a person gives you a gift you don’t like?
I’ll smile and thank the person for thinking of me. I’d be grateful that they gave me a present, but if I really don’t like the gift, I’d probably just give it to someone else.
6. Mention a book based around Valentine’s Day.
Be Mine by Sabrina James. I read this book in fifth grade, and I thought it was sooooo cute. 😍 I don’t know if I’ll still love it as much if I read it now, but it was definitely one of my go-to fluffy contemporary books in middle school.
7. Mention any two tips for blogging as a gift to other bloggers and to those who may want to start a blog.
Number #1: Talk to other bloggers. It’ll make the experience so much more enjoyable for yourself because you’ll be better integrated into the community. Everyone is loving and willing to support you, but friendship is a two-way street.
Number #2: Don’t feel pressured to read every book. Books are expensive. Reading takes time. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the latest and greatest hype books, and it’s easy to feel bad for not reading them. Keep in mind that book blogging and reading is an activity that belongs to YOU. Remember that it’s a fun activity–not an obligation.
8. Link to some posts by other bloggers that you loved or were very helpful.
I’m going to repost the posts I mentioned in my January Wrap-Up because I feel like these posts are still amazing and relevant AF:
- Aimee teaches us how to read like a fangirl
- Marie explains why we should blog hop
- Fanna drops some facts on the importance of book bloggers
- Fellow extrovert, Elizabeth discusses book blogging from an extrovert’s POV
- The Obi-wan Kenobi of the #NewBloggers group, Evelina, teaches noobs like me how to get organized!
- Jennie created an amazing post about how to move to self-hosted WordPress