Hey Guys! So today I am introducing you to the awesome Vicky, at Books, Biscuits, and Tea! Hope it helps you get a better insight into her and her blog!
Tell us a little something about yourself! My name is Vicky and I’m 22 years old. I’m in my third and final year of university and I’m studying British literature and culture. When I’m not at university, I work as a blog tour assistant for Novel Publicity. I currently live in Hungary but if all goes according to plan, I’m moving to London late next year or early 2014. I’d love to be able to work in publishing someday, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me. As for books, I love literary, women’s, contemporary and crime fiction – adult and young adult alike. Other than reading I also love travelling, hanging out with friends, playing with my cat and curling up with a warm blanket and a steaming mug of tea and watch my favourite shows (Survivor, The Amazing Race, Downton Abbey, New Girl) on telly.
How long have you had your blog? I celebrated my 1 year blogoversary on September 24, so it’s a little bit more than a year. I can’t believe it’s been that long already!
Do you enjoy running your blog? I do, I really do! I went through a bit of a reading and blogging slump this summer and life often gets in the way of blogging, but it’s a great distraction. I also love the fact that I’m able to meet like-minded people from all around the world and I found many great friends during these 12 months of blogging. I’m glad I’m part of this community and I really love doing it.
When you started, did you ever think that it would end up the way it has? I didn’t! When I started my blog, I had literally no idea what I was in for or how it would turn out. Never in a million years would I have thought that I’d be where I am today. To be honest, I’m still surprised at how many people actually take the time and read my ramblings – it’s insane! I’ve learnt an awful lot during this time, met some wonderful people, read some fantastic books and I hope the next few years will be just as good as the first one was.
Is there an interesting background story to the name of your blog, if there is, tell us! Well, it took me quite a long time to pick a name. I know I wanted something like ‘Nose in a Book’ or something like that but that was already taken. Just like all of the other names I liked. And then I had this idea of combining some of the things I loved and that’s how Books, Biscuits, and Tea came about. These are the three things I just can’t live without. A hot cuppa isn’t the same without some biscuits and a good book, and vice versa. If I could start it all over again, I would probably try and be more patient and take some time to come up with a better name but… well, at least it’s mine! :)
As we’ve got this far without mentioning it, why not tell us a little something about your blog, what you post, how it runs, who you cater to, etc. I read quite a wide range of genres and my reviews are not necessarily adult or young adult only. I review everything from young adult contemporary to adult thrillers. I don’t normally read paranormal books, sci-fi and non-fiction, though. Other than these, there’s a little bit of everything. :)
Do you participate or host and blog memes? If you do, which is your favourite? I did but this year’s been insanely busy at uni so I’m taking a break from all these memes for the time being. I loved doing Waiting on Wednesday, though, so I might return to that once I graduate and have more free time. Even though I could schedule these posts beforehand, I know I wouldn’t have much time to stop by everyone’s blogs and check out their posts so I’d rather take a break until things calm down a bit. Oh, and I host a weekly meme, which is Showcase Sunday.
What about blog tours and blog hops? Have you ever or do you ever want to participate in them? I do take part in blog tours occasionally, yes. They’re really fun!
What is the best book you read in 2011? Oh dear, there were lots! The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes was definitely one of them. I’ve read most of Marian’s books (and you know how much I love them) but this one is by far my favourite. How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue and The Secret of Lies by Barbara Forte Abate were also amazing!
What about in 2012? There were even more! :D Oh God. Okay, well… Come to the Edge by Joanna Kavenna was definitely a pleasant surprise and it was a hilarious novel. I also loved Mice by Gordon Reece, The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker, Divergent by Veronica Roth, In The Woods by Tana French and The Mistress’s Revenge by Tamar Cohen.
Has there ever been a book that you haven’t been able to finish? If so, what was it? And why couldn’t you finish? I’m quite patient when it comes to books and even if a book is not my cup of tea, I still try to read on and finish it. There was one book which I almost didn’t finish (A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks) – I found his writing boring and the story didn’t seemed to be going anywhere, but I managed to finish it eventually. The only book I didn’t finish in the past few years was actually for one of my classes, which is William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. I had to put it down after 90 pages… *shudders* Which almost never happens. It’s not an easy book to read, that’s for sure!
What is your favourite book genre? I enjoy quite a lot of genres but crime fiction will always hold a special place in my heart. I just love mysteries and thrillers. Other than that, I love literary fiction, women’s fiction and contemporary fiction as well.
Quick Fire Round
ebook or hardcopy? I love my Kindle but I think I’ll always prefer hardcopies
ya or adult? I do read both, actually, but if I had to pick one it would be adult
vampires or werewolves? Er… can I say neither? Don’t hate me, don’t hate me! I’m just not into this whole vampire and werewolf thing.
chocolate or vanilla? chocolate
harry potter or twilight? Harry Potter!
four or peeta? Four
series or single? Again, I love both. I know lots of people don’t like series but I don’t mind them, really. But if I had to pick one, it’d probably be single.
blogger or wordpress? WordPress
And finally, Is there anything else you would like to say about you or your blog? I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who have been sticking with me and my blog in the past 12+ months and for all your lovely messages, comments and tweets. :) I’m really glad I met you all and it’s been a wonderful year. So thank you!
Thank you for your brilliant answers Vicky and for taking the time to do so! If you’re not following Vicky yet, I really think you should go and do that now.