It’s day 2 of BBAW and we all know what that means . . . blogger interviews! I am always interested in getting to know bloggers on a more personal level, and I think the interviews really elicit that.
This year I was assigned a new to me blogger, Chachic, from Chachic’s Book Nook. I perused her blog and immediately added her to my Google reader.
Chachic is a blogger from the Phillipines and she has made quite a presence in the blogging world. She is hands on when it comes to the blogging community and is especially involved in the Filipino blogging community. She will be participating in the first Filipino Reader Conference, which commences tomorrow!
First off, give me the low down on your blog. How did you get started on your book blog? What is the inspiration behind it?
I was already following other book blogs before I even decided to start my own. I started out as a lurker and then I thought it would be a good idea to comment on some of the posts and then got excited when the bloggers replied. I was surprised at how nice and friendly everyone was and I wanted to interact with more people who read the same kind of books that I do so I decided to start my own blog. I was thrilled to discover that there are others who understood how I feel about reading. It felt good to find kindred spirits.
Tell me a little bit about your literary tastes. Which genres do you go for? Are there any genres you tend to stay away from?
I read all sorts of books recommended by fellow bloggers, that’s how I usually decide what books to get. I’ve realized that my reading tastes have changed because of this and I’ve started to read books from genres that I normally wouldn’t explore. But I keep coming back to epic fantasy and contemporary literature (both adult and young adult) and I feel like those two will always be my comfort genres. I’m also a big fan of fairy tale retellings. I also read a lot of young adult fiction although I shy away from paranormal YA.
I don’t know about you, but as a book blogger, I love hearing about other blogger’s favorite books EVER. Spill about what books you can’t stop gushing about!
Oh so many! I actually have a list of favorites on my blog because it helps me keep track of what to recommend to other people. I think it’s safer to enumerate a couple of my favorite authors, I always recommend books written by Megan Whalen Turner, Robin McKinley, Sherwood Smith, Diana Wynne Jones, Sharon Shinn, Juliet Marillier, Ilona Andrews, Orson Scott Card, Elizabeth E. Wein, Eva Ibbotson, Sarra Manning and Melina Marchetta. I told you there were a lot of them. 😛 Like I said, I have a more comprehensive list on my blog so feel free to drop by, check it out and let me know if you’ve read some of the books. I love chatting about my favorites.
You are from the Philippines. How does that affect your reading and blogging? Do you tend to follow mostly Filipino blogs?
I think the biggest factor that affects my reading and blogging here in the Philippines is that we don’t have good public libraries. So all of the books that I read and review? They’re bought or borrowed from friends. Aside from that, there’s probably not much difference. We use English as the medium of instruction in schools so most US and UK books are readily available in local bookstores and what we can’t find here, we can just order online through Amazon or Book Depository.
As for the blogs that I follow, they’re a mixed bunch. I follow a lot of foreign bloggers because I feel like we have similar tastes in books and I get a lot of great recommendations from their blogs but I also follow Filipino book bloggers because I get to interact with them in person even if we don’t usually read the same books. There’s an active community of Filipino Book Bloggers and we have regular meet ups and discussions.
How do you make time for blogging? Do you have a system in place?
I don’t have a fixed system in place. When I first started blogging, I made sure that I had daily posts and that I’d review all of the books that I read but this year, I’ve been more laidback. As much as I love blogging, it requires time and effort and sometimes, I don’t have the energy to post as much as I’d like. So I try not to pressure myself and just blog when I have free time, usually after work on weekdays or when I don’t have plans on weekends.
Thank you so much for allowing me to interview Chachic. I am thrilled to have found your blog!
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