Welcome to our new series where we will be highlighting book bloggers that we think you should know about!
Blog name: Utter Biblio
Blog URL: http://utterbiblio.wordpress.com
Your name: Daniel
What genre does your blog focus on?
To be honest, I don’t really focus on a particular genre. I try to read a bit of everything as my taste is quite diverse. One day I may read translated fiction and the next I’ll be reading comic books.
How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging for around four years, now. I started because I wanted to share with others my love for reading. For a while I fell out of love with books, but it was down to the passion of a bookseller that I got back on the horse. I just wanted to reflect that passion onto others.
How often do you blog?
I would love to say I blog regularly, but sadly I don’t. At the moment, I blog when I can find the time. Some weeks will be great and I’ll write up content for hours and others will see me with my nose in a book and my laptop closed for days. I never want it to feel like work, so I only write a blog post when I’m in a good place to do so.
What is your favorite cover on NetGalley right now?
That’s easy. Bête by Adam Roberts. The last few covers for this brilliant author have been astounding and the latest is no different. It contains so much detail and it’s just a generally beautiful piece of artwork.
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How has being a NetGalley member impacted your blogging?
It allows for instant access to many books. The world of blogging is always abuzz with new titles and there is always a publisher pushing for a title to be read. NetGalley allows the publisher to open up the book for you within minutes. It creates an instant connection between the industry and its fans.
What is the most gratifying thing about being a book blogger?
There are two things. The first is being told by a reader of your blog that they bought a book on your recommendation and they loved it – or maybe it even changed their life. Knowing that people listen and respect your view is wonderful. The second is the community itself. From blog readers to other bloggers, I’ve made a vast group of friends through a shared love for our hobby. They’ve been there for me in tough times, without my blog, I wouldn’t have that.
What is your favorite aspect of your blog?
Probably the diversity of coverage. I’m pretty scatterbrained when it comes to projects, so there always seems to be something new bubbling away in my mind, ready to jump onto the blog. I try to cover many different things and hope that when people drop by they see something original.
What one piece of advice would you give book bloggers who are just starting out?
It isn’t a job. Never forget that this is a hobby. You don’t work for anyone else, read what you want, when you want and speak from the heart about it.
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?
I wanted to be wise and say something long, so I wouldn’t get bored. However, I can’t not mention my favourite book; one that I’ve returned to several times and the one that the bookseller pitched to me when I got back on the reading horse. Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold. If I could only ever read this one book forever, I’d be happy.
Thanks so much Daniel! We hope everyone found this Q&A interesting and hopefully even took away a tip or two. Please make sure to check out Utter Biblio and stay tuned for our next Blogger Spotlight!
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*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret