Today we have the pleasure of hosting Jamie from Books and Ladders!!
Give us the history of you. (family life, where you’re from, etc.)
I live in a small town in Canada and have for my whole life. I was adopted as a baby and love my family. We are big and tight knit, so it is always a good time around here during the holidays.
When did you start blogging? Was this your first blog?
I started blogging in May 2015 on Books and Ladders (http://booksandladders.blogspot.ca), joined up with Nicola (http://twitter.com/thewickedpowers) on Queen of the Bookshelves (http://queenofthebookshelves.blogspot.ca) in August 2015, and started Books Are My Fandom (http://booksaremyfandom.com) with Dani (http://twitter.com/dani_reviews) and Iris (http://twitter.com/irisjexx) in January 2016. I have a personal tumblr that I count as my first blog but Books and Ladders is my first book blog!
What made you start blogging?
I saw that other people were doing it and I thought “hey I could do this too!” I have a passion for books and I love talking about them, but don’t really have an outlet for that in my real life so this was a great way to meet people who love books as much as I do!
How did you come up with your blog name?
I don’t have a very good story for this because I just went with what was available and made sense. But Sarah (https://twitter.com/thebooktraveler) asked me if it was a spin on “Snakes & Ladders” (the board game), so I’m using that as my official story now 🙂
How long were you running your blog before you started getting many followers?
Ahh, not that long actually. I would say around three months and growing every day. I am pretty active on Twitter which I find really helps.
Walk me through the process that you went through to get your blog to where it is today.
I wouldn’t say there is a set formula for what to do — or for what I did. I spent a lot of time obsessing over every tiny detail and adapted what I did as I went along. I am still learning to this day what I want to do with my blog and how to format things. I think so long as you are consistent with whatever you are doing at that time, people are going to be happy. But you also have to experiment to find your own style!
How many books do you read in a month?
Eek, a lot. Close to 30 a month. Which is why I’ve stopped doing monthly wrap ups because it’s just TOO HARD.
What book did you read most recently that you loved, and would recommend to everyone?
Recently read and reviewed would be THE YEAR WE FELL APART by Emily Martin (http://booksandladders.blogspot.ca/2016/01/arc-review-year-we-fell-apart-by-emily.html)! I rated it 5 stars and loved that while it was about second chances, it was also about learning to be yourself. I highly recommend this one because I think a lot of people will see themselves in Harper.
What are the top questions you get asked by your readers? (and the answers)
None? People don’t ask me a whole lot of questions other than if I like a book I’m reading — and usually the answer is yes!
If a new blogger came up to you today, and you only had a few minutes to talk, what would be your best blogging tip?
I am definitely still a new blogger. I am still learning as I go along. But I would tell them to find their passion and run with it. If you find that you really like doing ~something~ on your blog, no matter what that may be, stick with it. People will come back to reading your blog if you are being honest with yourself and the readers. Don’t try to do something just because everyone else is. Be unapologetically you.
Have you ever liked the movie more than the book? Be honest! (and tell us which one!)
Maybe not more, but I loved The Host as a book and a movie. I thought it was one of the best adaptations I’ve ever seen, to be honest. I didn’t like that Wanda and Ian’s relationship felt like instalove in the movie but I looked past that because JAKE ABEL.
Are there any popular books you know you would never read (i.e. 50 shades of grey, tell us which one)?
Well definitely not 50 Shades! But in the YA genre, it’s Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22328546-red-queen?ac=1&from_search=1) and the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16096824-a-court-of-thorns-and-roses?ac=1&from_search=1). I have no real reason for RQ except I have no interest in it and for ACOTAR, I saw some reviews that made me say “nope no way.”
Any new blog features you are working on?
Yes a couple, actually.
On Books and Ladders I am working on a feature that will pair books with their graphic novel/manga equivalent so that people who want to jump into graphic novels have a place to land safely.
On Books Are My Fandom, one of the big features we have is our “Convince Me To Read” one where we review a book and then convince the other co-bloggers to pick up a copy of that book! I’ve already done one there for NOBODY’S GODDESS by Amy McNulty, which you can see here: http://booksaremyfandom.com/2016/01/cmtr-nobodys-goddess/
What are 5 items you never leave home without?
My Kobo, my cellphone, my cellphone charger, my passport, and my planner.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thanks so much for hosting this Kaitlin!