I do hope you’re doing well (and slaying your TBR). Recently, I was given the opportunity to join in Alice’s Welcome to the Neighborhood. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s basically a feature on her blog to introduce new bloggers through guest posts and interviews as well as a few giveaways.
Alice was kind enough to include me for an interview session so I thought of sharing my heyitsbookishme journey with you too! 🙂
1. Introduce yourself! Where are you from? How long have you been blogging?
Hi there! My name is Sofea Ghani. I’m 22 and I am a Malaysian! I live in Petaling Jaya, Selangor which is really close to our capital city, Kuala Lumpur. I’ve been blogging since May this year, so it’s been around 4 months so far and I’m loving it!
2. What made you want to start book blogging in the first place?
I was excited to connect with more book bloggers in Malaysia and around the world. Additionally, I needed a platform to help me improve my writing and encourage me to be more adventurous in trying out new genres and authors. Blogging turned out to be just the thing!
3. Do you have any bloggers that you look up to? If so, who?
I believe the best people to look up to are those who are closest to me, MyBibliomaniacs family. I feel inspired by the work done by amazing local Malaysian bloggers such as Malie (maliemania.blogspot.com), Kevin (bookevin.wordpress.com), and Atikah (oh-hellobooks.tumblr.com). They inspire me to put more love into my writing and keep pushing forward!
4. What goals do you have for your blog and/or yourself?
My short-term goal is to establish myself as a blogger both locally and internationally. I hope to gain more confidence from publishers and authors to improve my overall review portfolio, and at the same time, inspire others to pursue their passion in book blogging. In the long run, I hope to be the go-to book blogger for my honest reviews, exceptional work and sincere commitment.
5. What sorts of posts do you currently incorporate in your blog? What kinds of posts do you want to see more throughout the whole book community?
My posts are heavily focused on reviews with the exception of a few posts on Book Hauls, Blog Tours and Author Interviews. I believe that we should all focus more on book reviews and book talks as it is so important to encourage further discussions and exchange of ideas to develop our community.
6. What has been your experience with ARCs (advance reading copies)?
I have been receiving physical ARCs from international publishers such as HarperCollins, Faber & Faber and Walker Books. It’s been an incredible journey working with them in providing good books the exposure they deserve. I have also been approached by authors both local and abroad. For a blogger like me with such little experience, I feel very blessed for the trust and confidence they have in me. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to grow as a book blogger.
7. What are your favorite books? What books do you recommend for everyone?
I love books that bring my emotions on a journey. Books that consume me with their elegant writing and incredible storyline. I have a soft spot for contemporary and romance, but on days where I’m feeling more adventurous, I go for fantasy and thriller. I read and review across all genres. My current favourite books are A Court of Thorns and Roses and Me Before You.
8. What advice do you have for new book bloggers?
Be consistent, discipline but have loads of fun! Reviewing books should not be about racing to get more ARCs or gaining popularity. It’s good to have goals but don’t forget that ultimately, what you have in your heart is your love for books. Do your best to share that love and warmth with the world. Once you have that mindset and heart, you will strive and enjoy yourself as a book blogger.
Do you have anything in common with me? If you have any further questions on my blogging journey, do let me know. Thank you again Alice for the feature!