Hey hey! All summer I’ve been blogging with Brooke @ Brooke-Reports for the Summer Blogger Promo Tour, hosted by The Book Bratz! Brooke is one of the best, kindest and sweetest bloggers I’ve ever had the privilege of blogging with. This week I interviewed Brooke all about blogging, books and more!
Tay: You were really intimidated to start a book blog. How do you feel about blogging now and do you have any advice you wish you could give to your beginning blogger self (or maybe the newbie bloggers or soon-to-be bloggers reading this–I SEE YOU)?
Brooke: I can say with 100% honesty that I love blogging now. I look forward to writing a post. I wish I could’ve told my beginning blogger self, “This blog is for YOU.” I spent my first two years trying to gain followers, post everyday, and worrying about how many comments a post got. It’s not really about that. I love the fact that I can go back to a post I created 3 years ago and see what I thought about a certain book. My blog is a bookish time stamp of where I am in my life. It’s a way to funnel thoughts productively and creatively–it’s for me. I enjoy having an outlet, even if no one reads my post…I know I can always go back and read it.
Tay: Brooke Reports, your blog, is a pun off of book reports. Did you have to write book reports in elementary and middle school and how did you feel about them? XD
Brooke: Ha! Yes, I totally had to write book reports ( I almost just typed brooke reports by way of habit) in middle school. I loved and hated them. I loved them because more often than not, we had to come up with a creative way to tell about the story. I remember having to make a cereal box that “sold” the book I was reporting on. I think it was a Judy Moody book. I hated them because I’d always wait until the night before it was due to start.
Tay: How do you approach writing book reviews?
Brooke: Typically, I write them a few days after reading the book, just so I can get my thoughts in order and make sure, “Yes, I did enjoy this one,” or “No, I did not enjoy this one.” Each review is different, I definitely don’t have a specific style or anything.
Tay: What kind of content do you hope to create more or would like to develop on your blog?
Brooke: I’d love to have more guest reviews, author interviews, polls, discussion posts, things like the Summer Blogger Promo Tour–content that connects me with another reader/writer/blogger. So, I guess what i’m trying to say is that I’d love to do more collaborations!
Tay: Out of your approximately 43 bookish boyfriends, who’s your favorite right now?
Brooke: Oh gosh. Oh man. I almost couldn’t decide but Porter is tapping on my brain like nobody’s business. Porter Roth from Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett. Gosh, such a stud.
Tay: What do you love most about Twitter and what do you hate most about Twitter?
Brooke: What I love most about Twitter is that it’s information delivered concisely. It’s so fast to read or send a tweet, and in today’s busy world that’s kind of what I need. I hate that Twitter unfollows people randomly at times!? What is with that Twitter?! Stop.
Tay: What’s the first book that made you fall in love with reading?
Brooke: Honestly, my earliest memory of books comes from when I was maybe five or six and my Dad would read me Railroad Toad every night before bed. Soon enough, I was reading it myself! As for what made me become an avid reader, I’d say A Series of Unfortunate Events in 5th grade. That series opened my eyes to the incredibly unique magic of storytelling and how that good storytelling can transport you anywhere.
Tay: Surprise! Instead of getting candy for trick-or-treat this Halloween, you get books. What upcoming 2018 or 2019 release do you hope your neighbor drops in your pillowcase after you ring their doorbell?
Brooke: Definitely WARRIOR OF THE WILD by Tricia Levenseller, THE BIRDS, THE BEES, AND YOU AND ME by Olivia Hinebaugh, SERIOUS MOONLIGHT by Jenn Bennett and SERPENT AND DOVE by Shelby Mahurin.
Sweet or salty?
Sweet! My sweet tooth is out of control at times.
Favorite flavor of hot pocket?
Classic Ham & Cheese. Can you believe I haven’t had a hot pocket in years? Back when i started blogging i was OBSESSED and a lot of people thought it was silly so i’ve kept it on there.
Paperback, hardcover or ebook?
City or country?
Favorite band right now?
Always and forever Paramore.
Thanks, Brooke! I’m so happy you’re my #SBPT partner and I hope our friendship extends beyond the end of the tour in August! *all the purple heart emojis*