Blog name: (un)Conventional Book Views
Blog URL: https://unconventionalbookviews.com/
Your name: Lexxie Lin
A nice place to start is with your blogger origin story – how did (un)Conventional Bookviews get started?
I first discovered Goodreads in 2010, and after finding some friends there, I discovered the wonderful world of blogs and blogging. It still took me until June 2nd 2012 before I jumped into creating my own little space on the Internet where I could share my thoughts and feelings about the books I read. I had no idea what I was doing at first, and changed fairly quickly from a free blog to a self-hosted blog in order to make my space as personalized as possible.
Do you have a preferred approach to writing reviews for books? Has your style evolved over the years, particularly since becoming a blogger?
I think the way a book makes me feel is really important, and I always include something about the emotions a story brought me. I also include something about the point of view, tense, what kind of narrator and things like that. I guess that comes from having a degree in English. Nowadays, my reviews are shorter than the ones I wrote in the beginning, as I want the people who stop by my blog to be able to stay for a little while reading one review, and possibly clicking somewhere else to read another. Sometimes, I like to jot down some notes in a notebook before I actually type out my full review, and I like to have one or two sentences to try to catch people’s attention at the start.
You were a round table host at BloggerCon as part of BookExpo America in 2016. Could you talk a little bit about this experience?
BloggerCon was a lot of fun! I was able to meet many other bloggers, some I had interacted with online, and others that I hadn’t ‘met’ before that. I shared the round table hosting with Kate from Mundie Moms, and our topic was about organization and time when it comes to blogging, having a family and working as well. I found it to be an enriching experience to share my own tools for keeping my blog updated, and the rest of BookExpo was fun as well. Hosting a round table was an honor, as I feel like my blog isn’t among one of the very big blogs.
Are there particular subgenres that you prefer or find more interesting at the moment? Are there any trends that you are excited to see come or go?
I still consider myself a genre omnivore, and I love that there are more and more subgenres in romance these days. One of my favorites – apart from urban fantasy and paranormal – is romantic suspense, as that brings me the best of two worlds. When there is suspense and a little mystery added to the romance it becomes even more delicious in my opinion.
Which upcoming Romance book(s) on NetGalley are you the most excited about reading and recommending to your followers? And are there any covers on NetGalley that you’re loving?
Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh is one of my most anticipated books for 2017, and I can’t wait to read it. There is also Worth the Wait by Lori Foster, which I have already read, and I loved it. Some of my favorite covers these days are those that have a lot of covers, and no people gracing them, like The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb, or Your One and Only by Adrianne Finlay.
Your blog in two sentences:
(un)Conventional Bookviews is all about the books, be it paperbacks, audiobooks or e-books. I also have two original weekly features where I use quotes from recent books: Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts for food or drink quotes, and Safe & Sexy where I share a quote where the sexytimes are safe, but still hot.
Your favorite two publishers for Romance titles:
Harlequin and Avon.
The one book you wish was never-ending:
Your go-to snack(s) to eat while reading:
I don’t really snack while reading, but my favorite snack these days is cherry tomatoes with hummus.
And to finish off our interview, if you could have coffee (…or something stiffer) with any author, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?
I would love to have drinks with William Shakespeare – there is just something about the way he invented new words to make a rhyme, or how in depth his plays were during his time, and which is still something I can relate to today.
Thanks so much, Lexxie, for spending time with us and answering our questions!
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