#bookclub Feature by SJV
Next up in our series of A Day in the Life of feature is #bookclub member Holly Kilminster (otherwise known as Bookaholic Holly from Bookaholic Confessions….).
Do you have a ‘day job’, and if so, can you tell us what you do?
I do, I have two jobs – both of which are book related. I work as a School Librarian in a First School and I also work in a public library.
How did your journey as a book blogger begin?
I had been an avid reader of other blogs for quite a while and always harboured a secret desire to give it a go myself. Being a bit on the wimpish side, it took a lot of encouragement and support from other bloggers before I was brave enough to take the plunge for myself. That was three years ago and I’ve loved every minute!
Is there such a thing as a typical day in the life of a book blogger, and if so what does it look like?
Squeezing blogging in around two jobs can sometimes be a challenge but it does mean that every day is different. If I have a post to promote then it will go live first thing & I’ll do all my Tweeting/sharing/Facebooking in the morning, before spending half an hour catching up on some of my other favourite book blogs.
I usually use my lunch time to reply to any blog-related emails (in between reading a chapter or two of my current book) and then I do the majority of my blog-admin in the evening (e.g review writing, drafting posts etc) I also then usually get distracted and end up spending another half an hour catching up what’s going on in the world of book blogging over on social media.
We’re obsessed with other peoples TBR piles, how high is yours?
SCARILY HIGH. It’s an infinite number. I am also starting to acquire different TBR piles (I’m not sure as to whether this is a good thing or not…?) For example I’ll have my ‘Library book TBR’, my ‘Review book TBR’, my ‘Books Purchased’ TBR and my invisible TBR which is a list of books I want to read but haven’t acquired yet.
What’s the best and worst part of being a book blogger?
The best part is undoubtedly the community. I have met some of my best friends through book blogging and it’s wonderful to have people to gabble away to about my favourite books. The book blogging community is one of the kindest and most supportive bunch of people I have ever encountered and I can’t imagine my life without them.
The worst is probably the fact that whilst I am a book blogger my TBR pile will continue to grow at an alarming rate, and whilst this is not necessarily a bad thing, I know that my chances of ever concurring it are -000000.1%.
On average, how many books do you read in a year?
Looking back over my Goodreads stats I managed to read 112 in 2015 yet I only managed 43 last year which is quite frankly a bit pathetic. I tend to go through phases where sometimes I can devour a book in a day or two and other times it takes me a good few weeks to get through one book. This is no reflection on the book, but usually a reflection of what’s going on in my life at the time.
Is there an author you’d sell a limb to meet?
If I could meet any author it would have to be Roald Dahl. His books WERE my childhood and the storylines, characters and ideas he created are just phenomenal. I really admire all that he did for children’s literature and the thing I love most about his books is how timeless they are. Working in a School Library has really enforced his popularity amongst young readers for me and I think he’s simply glorumptious!
Your favourite book of 2017 and why?
There are a few contenders for this which is great as we’re only half way through the year. Am I cheating if I choose more than one?
It’s between The Cows by Dawn O’Porter and All the Good Things by Clare Fisher…Two phenomenal books and for very different reasons. Both were hugely thought provoking and the characters in both stories made such an impact on me (particularly in the case of The Cows, whose characters I still think about despite reading it back in April.) They will definitely take some beating but I’m sure the list will grow as we make our way through the year…
What book do you most recommend to others?
The book I have recommended most to other recently is The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza. After recently discovering a love for crime/thriller novels I can’t get enough of his Erika Foster series. I always, always, ALWAYS recommend this one to readers who are looking for a gripping story to keep them on the edge of their seat.
Who is your favourite Books and the City author and why?
It has to be Paige Toon. Getting lost in one of her books is my favourite thing to do. I love how her books offer escapism with a large helping of romance but they have a gritty side to them and a juicy storyline at the centre. I really enjoyed The Last Piece of my Heart, it’s probably my favourite Paige Toon novel so far (but I also love Johnny Be Good and Chasing Daisy) I am also a big fan of Abby Clements and Heidi Swain.
And lastly our quick fire trivia round…
Thing you’d never leave home without? My Kindle!
Favourite place to read? My bed.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Anywhere by the beach…
What’s the secret to success? I like to think it’s being a nice, kind, decent person.
What’s on your current reading pile? I’m especially excited about reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, This Love by Dani Atkins and Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell.
Staying in or Going out? Staying in…with a book, naturally.
What’s your Signature dish? My Gran’s Cottage Pie, not that I can cook it as well as she can…
Beach break or city break? Beach break, please.
Favourite Literary Hero? Becky Bloomwood.
Famous last words? Read anything good lately?