I’ve been receiving questions mostly from people who follow me on my Instagram account about bookish stuff. Questions are asked repeatedly so I think this would be the best way to answer.
How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been book blogging since 2011 back on Tumblr. I wasn’t sure how to review books at the time but I still did it. It was May of 2012 when I formally transferred here on Blogger. I also changed my blog name from Bookrarian to Confessions of a Bookaholic (I didn’t really research on this) then Kisskitkatey (my Tumblr URL before) and finally settled to The Bookaholic Blurbs December of the same year.
What made you review books?
Well, I’ve been fascinated by blogging altogether. Like, the personal blogging thing. I’ve also been into journaling since I was a kid which turned to scrap booking and doodling. When I was introduced to the internet, I wanted to really start my own blog and just pour my heart to it. I tried Tumblr but it didn’t last long because I just ran out of things to blog about (yeah, my life is pretty boring). A few years later and a few bucks in my pocket (that time when I got a job), I tried going back to reading and buying books. I started with TWILIGHT (I will never be ashamed of it, ever! Go Team Edward!). I fell in love with it and thought of writing what it made me feel or how it affected me. So I combined both — babbling about things in my life and posting it on the internet. Only this would focus on books. Twilight wasn’t my first review though. But the rest is history.
Where do you buy your books from?
Book Sales Store, National Bookstore, Fullybooked, thrift shops and I ask friends to order for me from Book Depository — (edit: 4/28/2016) I LEARNED THE MAGIC OF ORDERING FROM BOOKOUTLET (Thanks for teaching your ways, Eunice!)
How do you get ARCs from publishers?
This is actually the million dollar question. There should be a separate post for this alone. You can google the question and a lot of posts by some big bloggers in the US should show right up. But really, dedication and patience are the first two things you need. (To be honest, I can’t come up with a decent answer to this so let us all refer to the established bloggers I look up to!)
I research about the book/s I wanted so badly, specifically the imprint/publisher. Then I spend hours on google searching for the correct publicity email. I also double check if they send internationally. Then I compose my email with intro about me and my blog, why I am interested in getting a galley, I link up old reviews from the said imprint, I put in blog stats and mailing address. I wait and wait for reply. Sometimes I get replies, most of the time I don’t. Then books are just delivered to my house.
I also subscribe to publisher’s mail lists and join blog tours.
Why do you cover your books with plastic wraps?
I used to seal my books with plastic film because a.) you have no idea how much dust we can get here in the Philippines and b.) we actually do have insects that ruin the paper. Am just trying to protect and preserve my books, especially the hard covers. However, I noticed that it would only protect the dust jackets but the paper would still turn yellow so I decided to cover them dust jacket style. I know someday, I would regret doing this because eventually, the tape and plastic would mark on the cover but what the hell, I don’t want to think of that right now. (I’ve just watched videos on Youtube on how to protect books and gosh, I was doing it all wrong!)
Why are you tabbing your books with sticky notes and what are those for?
Well, I love quotes. There are just a ton of lines in books that I could relate to so I put tabs on those. Also, I tab scenes that hit me, places I wanted to visit in the future, character deaths, plot twists and all other things in the story that speak to me. And since I take care of my books in a way that would not crease the spine (I don’t open them too wide), tabs indicate that books are well-read as well. Or maybe it’s just me. 🙂
I blogged about this one here: Book Tabbing 101 in all its glory!
How do you arrange your books?
Edit 4/28/2016 – I sold almost 90% of my paperback collection to give way to my incoming xx numbers of hard bounds. I love BookOutlet!
I have 4 spots in my room for my books. The first 3 wall shelves I made contain my paperbacks and finished series (Paranormal/Dystopia). The second 3 wall shelves on the other side contain the hardcovers. I arrange that one per date of purchase. The third spot is the top of my dresser which contains mostly my ARCs arranged per release date and the last spot is my bookcase which is divided into 4 shelves. Bottom part has the old books or new books I don’t plan in reading anytime soon plus swag box and other blogger materials, then the next one up has the contemporary books, the shelf above that has my paranormal/dystopia paperbacks and the top shelf has my hardcovers both fantasy and paranormal. This bookcase is double-stacked. Then the top most part of the bookcase has my JLA books and some signed hardcovers with ToG series.
I tried color coding but my OCD kicked my butt. It would never work for me, unless am going to color code all my hardcovers with the same height.
What camera do you use for your photos on Instagram?