Whatever you are doing this afternoon, I hope you enjoy the final interview in my series with independent book bloggers. Today I’m talking to a lovely blogger from Northern Ireland… Do you know who she might be?
1) Hi Bronagh! Welcome:) Please tell me more about yourself. What are your three favourite things?
Hello, my name is Bronagh, I live in Northern Ireland and I enjoy books, tea and new adventures.
2) Where can we find your blog and how long have you been reviewing?
My book news, interviews and reviews site Handwritten Girl started during the hot summer of 2011 and has been growing ever since. Not only does the website include book reviews, it also features author interviews providing tips and advice for aspiring writers, which I hope readers of the website find useful and encouraging.
3) Nice one! Why did you start blogging?
I started reviewing for a number of reasons. As a reader I was constantly telling people about a great new book that I read or people were asking me for a recommendations so the website became a shortcut for this and appealed to a wider community.
4) What’s the best and worst thing about being a book reviewer?
The best thing is of course getting to read so many wonderful books and the worst is not always having the time to read them!
5) What’s your favourite book of all time and why?
I have never really had a favourite character of all time, but having just finished and loved Mhairi McFarlane’s new book ‘Here’s Looking At You’ I must admit I did love the female lead in the story. Her name was Anna and had quite a dark and witty sense of humour and a kind aura about her, she was the type of girl that you would like to have as a friend.
6) How do you feel about books being made into films. Do you think this is a good thing?
I used to be quite cynical about books being adapted for film as it’s hard to compress a whole book into a two hours or less. But, I’ve now come to the conclusion that for people who aren’t readers, if they see the film and enjoy it, then maybe they will seek out the book and experience the story in its original form. After all every film starts with a script, which isn’t to far removed from the format of the typical book.
7) How do you handle it when you have read a book you don’t like? Will you still review it?
If I read a book and I don’t enjoy it and just like books I that I do enjoy, I still review it. As a writer myself, I appreciate the time and effort that an author has gone to write a book— just because the book isn’t for me, doesn’t mean that others won’t enjoy it, so it is worth pointing out the elements which do work, as well as do not, in those stories.
8) Do you read books quickly, or slowly?
The speed which I read is based purely on how much I like the story. If I think the story is brilliant and I can’t wait to see how it will end, I could easily devour it in a day. Well, as long as I don’t have any other distractions. Usually I read a book in two days.
9) Do you prefer a genre? If so, why?
I enjoy comedy, romance and you cant beat thrillers. Give me anything with a good narrative, regardless of the genre though, I will give it a go!
You can connect with Bronagh on Twitter – @handwritten