Blog name: Book Sniffers Anonymous
Blog URL: http://booksniffersanonymous.com/
Your name: Kristin
You mainly review YA books – is there a particular subgenre that you prefer?
It all kind of depends on my mood. I usually sway more towards fantasy and paranormal books, but I’ve been on a contemporary kick lately.
How long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?
I started back in June 2011. It all started when I stumbled across a book blog. I realized that there were a lot of books out there that I had no idea existed. Books that were getting passed by because they were not being pushed by big name publishers. I already had a food blog and decided that I wanted to try my hand at running a book blog as well. I wanted to be part of the book blogging community and help authors get their name out there while discovering some awesome books along the way.
How often do you blog?
I do a blog post every other day. I decided back when I started to not bog down my blog with too many posts. Not only can I not read enough books to post a review every day, but I also want to give everyone a chance to see the posts before the next one goes up. However, I am online just about every day cruising through blogs, chatting on Twitter, and/or going through my email. So even though I may not be posting on the site, chances are I’m online doing something blog related.
What title on NetGalley are you excited to read next?
I’m really excited to have been approved for Sweet by Emmy Laybourne. It doesn’t come out until June and I’ve been trying really hard to wait closer to the release date to read it but I’m slowly caving in. It just sounds so interesting.
When reading a book, how do you decide whether you will review it or not? Do you go into it knowing you’ll review it or do you decide once you’ve started or finished it?
If it’s a book that I requested for review or one I agreed to review, then yes I definitely go in planning to review it. However, when it comes to personal and library books, it’s hit or miss. I read them for fun and it’s nice not having the pressure of dissecting a book for review and instead just enjoying it. Although, sometimes a book evokes enough emotion out of me that I have to write up a review to talk about what I just read.
Which review that you recently submitted via NetGalley is your favorite?
I’d have to say that my favorite review would be one that I loved reading. I’m very hard on books (there are so many out there) so when I find a book that I love, it’s kind of a big deal. The last book I fell in love with was Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross. It was also pretty cool because the book deals with a rookie baseball player for the KC Royals and at the time I was reading the book the Royals were going into the playoffs.
I have to ask… are you a book sniffer?
Actually I am. Not in a weird way though. I don’t go around sniffing every book I come across, it’s more subtle. Like when you get into a brand new car and you smell that new car smell. That’s kind of me but with books.
For sniffing purposes, do you prefer new or used books?
I can appreciate the smell of an old book because it’s had a long life and has been through who knows what, but I’m more of a new book kind of gal. I like opening up a new book, hearing the spine stretch out for the first time, and smelling fresh paper.
What is your favorite aspect of your blog?
I like that I’m able to connect readers with authors. It’s nice to know that you helped an author get their name and book out there. I don’t do a lot of features on the blog but my favorite ones are my Ramblings of a Book Sniffer posts. They are just posts where I sort of take over and talk about whatever it is that’s on my mind. I try to keep it book related but sometimes I talk about what I’ve been up to and post pictures from my life. It’s literally just a post where I can ramble on about stuff.
How has being a NetGalley member and having access to digital galleys impacted your blogging?
It’s impacted my blog in a huge way. Before I joined NetGalley, all the books I reviewed were either mine or ones I borrowed from the library. So of course, the books I was reading and reviewing were mainstream books. However, with having access to NetGalley titles I’m able to review books from debut authors and come across books I wouldn’t have otherwise known about.
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?
Hands down it would be Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I LOVE that series. I think I’ve read them at least 6 times now and no matter how many times I read it, it never gets boring.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our members?
Thank you for having me. It’s not too often that I’m on the other end of an interview. If there is one thing I could say to readers out there it would be that you should make sure to comment on the blogs you follow. Nothing lifts up a bloggers day and makes them feel like they are reaching people quite like a comment does. I know I’m not alone in saying this, there have been a bunch of times where I have thought to myself that I should throw in the towel because it didn’t appear that anyone was even reading my blog. It felt like I was talking to myself about books. However, I’d get that one comment from a reader saying how I had just introduced them to a new author and book that they’d never heard of before and it made me feel like my blog was actually doing something. That at least one person out there read my review and found an author/book that would have otherwise flown under their radar. So yeah, if you follow a blog, or simply stumble across a post that you enjoyed reading, make sure to leave a comment on the post.
Thanks so much for spending some time with us and answering our questions Kristin! Please make sure to check out Book Sniffers Anonymous and stay tuned for our next Blogger Spotlight!
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*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret