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Reader Spotlight

Welcome to our new series where we are highlighting book bloggers that we think you should know about!

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Blog name:
Bookwraiths Blog
Blog URL: http://bookwraiths.com/
Your name: Wendell Adams

What genre does your blog focus on? 
Bookwraiths is all about speculative fiction: epic fantasy, classic fantasy, grimdark fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, alternative history, and graphic novels. If a story turns reality on its head and introduces something fantastical, I personally want to read it, then tell everyone else about it.

How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?
I started writing reviews the beginning of 2013, mainly because as a member of Goodreads that seemed to be the way to become part of the bibliophile group there, so I figured why not give it a try. After posting my thoughts there and on Amazon for a few months and getting some positive feedback, starting my own blog seemed like the next step in the process. Bookwraiths began in July 2013, and it has been a roller coaster ride of fun ever since.

How often do you blog?
My goal is to post something every day. Unfortunately, real life does not cooperate very often in allowing me the time to do that, so I usually settle for about 4-5 times per week.

What is your favorite cover on NetGalley right now?
As a cover lover that is a hard question. But my favorite is The Scorched Earth by Drew Karpyshyn. I’ve never read any of this series, but that cover just mesmerizes me, making me wonder what is going on in this world. Without a doubt, I will be finding the first novel in the series and giving it a try very soon.

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Which review that you recently submitted via NetGalley is your favorite? 
Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1) by Sebastien de Castell
[Click here to read Wendell’s review!]

How has being a NetGalley member impacted your blogging? Honestly, NetGalley really opened up the blogging world for me. Now I could actually prove to publishers that I could be trusted to read and review Advanced Reading Copies and do it professionally.  And as I started submitting my reviews in a timely manner, my request for more sought after novels began to be approved. All because NetGalley opened the door to publishers for me. Sure, I’m not where I want to be as a blogger, but everything is a learning process, and this is no exception. But without NetGalley to help me get started, I honestly do not know if my blogging would have progressed so far so fast.

What is the most gratifying thing about being a book blogger?  The books, of course! As a lover of great books, there is nothing to compare with the excitement of reading a book you’ve never heard of before and falling in love with it.

What is your favorite aspect of your blog?
I’ve been able to have contact with many great people, including several really gracious, talented authors. That social interaction between book lovers makes blogging a great part of my life.

What one piece of advice would you give book bloggers who are just starting out?
Sit down and write. Don’t worry about getting ARCs at first, spend your time reading and writing reviews as well as studying the work of bloggers you love. Once you have shown that you can professionally review novels, the ARCs will follow.

If you were going on a long journey and could bring no books or devices, but you had time to commit just one book to memory, which would it be?
Well, since I’m assuming we are talking about fiction novels, it would have to be the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. This master of fantasy turned me into a lover of speculative fiction when I was a teenager, and I can’t think of another story that I’d want to know by heart.

Thanks so much Wendell! We hope everyone found this Q&A interesting and hopefully took away a tip or two. Please make sure to check out the Bookwraiths Blog and stay tuned for our next Blogger Spotlight!

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*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret

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