The Book Nook

The Book Blog Newbie Tag

I decided to start this section off with a book tag because, back when I used to watch BookTube religiously, my favourite bookish videos to watch were book tags. I thought they were so much fun and unique to do (and low-key, I wanted to make my own).

So I googled “BookTube tags” to find something suitable, as a way to introduce myself and so I can also get to know you a bit better. Thanks to BookTube Wiki, I came across this one called “The BookTube Newbie Tag”. Please excuse the strikethrough in the original questions, as I edited them to be more blog-friendly, if you will.

I don’t know who started this tag but whoever it is, I give full credit to you. I also want to credit BookTube Wiki for providing me with the questions, which are below.

If you wish to check out more tags or what BookTube Wiki has to offer, check out their website here.

Okay …

Let the questions begin:

Why did you start this channel? blog?

I started this blog because I love art. I love making things just as much as I love watching what people create, and I wanted to be able to showcase my own content. Everyone has a story to tell and I know I’m not the only writer, reader, moviegoer or artist out there. I wanted to create something that others can enjoy or even learn from … maybe it will inspire them to do something creative. Whatever it is, I wanted to be another artist, another contributor sharing my artistic passions with others who might enjoy the same things I do.

What are some fun and unique things you can bring to BookTube? blogging?

I’d like to think of myself as a creative person who thinks outside the box, so the fun and unique things I want to bring is a combination of two of my favourite things: writing and art. A lot of the pictures on this blog are hand-drawn by me. I know it’s the 21st century and graphic art is a thing, but I’m a little traditional and I like to stick to my old roots. I know this might make my blog seem a little childish or maybe unprofessional, but it’s me (I’m kidding, I could totally be professional).  So I think combining older traditions, like drawing, with newer ones, like online writing, is unique. Not to mention, I also have a lot of ideas for future projects that I think will be fun and I already know which direction I want to take this blog in.

What are you most excited for about this new channel? blog?

I’m excited to put myself out there. Growing up, I was always shy and never really spoke out or gave my opinion because I thought that me and my voice never mattered. I kept to myself a lot, but for those who really know me, they know that I secretly love socializing. I never had any social media until I created an Instagram account about two years ago, and even then, it wasn’t a personal account because I was too scared to show my face. As for when I wrote stories, I was always too scared to share them with people because I didn’t want to face any tough criticism.

So I’m excited to finally build up the courage to write and do something a little outside my comfort zone.  I’m excited to see where this blog goes and how, if possible, it could impact people.

Why do you love reading?

This question is literally like asking why I love breathing. The long answer is that I love stories; I grew up reading stories, watching stories and wanting to be in stories.  Reading brings out my other creative sides, like the writer and the actress in me.  To me, books are a work of art, just like a painting.  It’s an art for people to look at, to read and to discover. 

Books have meanings that we may interpret differently. They also have feelings. It’s a creation.  It’s creativity.  I love being able to read about different things that are real and/or magical. I love being able to witness different worlds and experience different lives.  This could be the actress in me speaking but I love the ability to read about different characters and to see the world or their world in another’s eyes.  When I read, I feel like I’m that character.  So just like in film, just like in music and visual art, I love how reading envelops you and transports you somewhere else. I love that reading is an escape.

What book or series got you into reading?

I must credit different books on my reading journey because they shaped me into the reader and writer I am today.

My Baby Reads
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First, there were the nursery rhymes, poems and fairy tales my mom read to me at night.

My Childhood Reads
Photo taken by AlyMarie Fox
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When I was old enough to read by myself, I read Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys books (written by Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon, respectively). I think that’s when I really got my start in reading because my mom took me to the library every weekend to get new books.

My Pre-Teen Reads
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Then, my mom’s friend got me The Clique by Lisi Harrison. The back of the book said, “Ages 12 and up” and I was so scared my mom wouldn’t let me read it because I was not “old enough.” That was the beginning of when I read “big kid books,” you could say.

My Pre-Teen “Rebellious” Reads
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Ever since I was 9, that was when I really got into reading, specifically Pre-Teen and Young Adult Fiction. I read the Harry Potter books, Percy Jackson, Twilight, The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars. At that time, Pretty Little Liars was the most mature book I’ve ever read, and my mom didn’t allow me to read Twilight until she read it first (eventually she gave up on that because she never got around to reading it). I thought I was such a rebel back then.

What questions would you ask your favourite booktubers?

I can’t think of any specific questions at the top of my head, but if I was given the chance to have a conversation with them, I would start off by asking what their favourite book is (even though they mention it a zillion times that the question becomes rhetorical) but I would use that question as a leeway into other questions like, What do you think of this?  What did you think of that?  How did you feel about this?  Did you like the ending to this?  What other books have you read from this author?  Have you read this book?  What were your thoughts on it? 

Basically, I would just have a normal bookish conversation with my favourite booktubers and ask questions to keep the conversation going. 

What challenges do you think starting a booktube channel blog will be the hardest to overcome?

I know that when school creeps up again, it’s going to be hard to manage time with my education and my blog, among other hobbies I preoccupy myself with. I’m really bad at multitasking because I prefer to put all my energy into one thing rather than half my energy here and there.  I guess that’s the problem of being a perfectionist who always looks into putting 110% in everything I do because I don’t believe in slacking.

Hopefully, this school year will be easier for me to manage time between school and extracurriculars (I say this every year, but one could only hope).

When did you start reading?

I started reading since I could remember.  Wherever I went, I would always look around and try to absorb as many words as possible that I can see.  I’m assuming this question refers to books though, so I would say I started reading when I started school, and reading was encouraged aka 6 years old.

Where do you read?

I read anywhere.  I’ve never been picky about my reading spot. I do like reading during car rides, bus rides or subway rides because it helps pass the time, especially when I’m in school.  I have a one and a half hour (sometimes two-hours) commute to school each way so that’s the best time for me to read.

What kind of books do you like to read?

I like to read anything.  I’m quite open-minded with what books I read, yet kind of picky.  For example, I love to read Young-Adult Fiction.  I don’t like non-fiction, but then again, I never really read it nor have I found a book that really intrigued me.  I just prefer to read made-up stories from one’s head. 

I read whatever intrigues me or considered a “Bestseller”.  I read all kinds of genres within Young-Adult Fiction like mystery, horror, sci-fi, action/adventure, romance and fantasy, though I’m picky when it comes to contemporary.  Basically, I like books with love, magic, some kind of mystery or suspense, and death.

I do dabble in Adult Fiction, but it’s mainly because the plot is intriguing, or the book is extremely popular that I can’t NOT read it. I also like to read books that aren’t too long because I’m a VERY slow reader.

So that’s the end of my Book Blog Newbie Tag!  I tag everyone who reads this post to comment below your responses to these questions or simply, what kind of books you like to read?!

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