Every Friday, for as long as I have people to spotlight, I will be posting about different book lovers that can be found on the internet!
Welcome to my Book Lover Spotlight!
Name: Ellie Blog Name:Read to Ramble Instagram:@readtoramble Twitter:@readtoramble Others:Goodreads. Bio: My name is Ellie, I’m 21 and I live in France. I love everything to do with books and am an avid reader. You can usually find me with a couple of books on the go, as soon as I finish one, I have my head in the next one already. I adore everything about writing and the way words can make us feel. My dream is to someday become a writer, I am currently writing the first draft of my first novel and I feel really good about that. I blog and post on Instagram to share the love of books but also to give back to authors who spend their time writing these wonderful books and I love showing appreciation. I’m a bit of a fantasy binge reader and will read absolutely anything about witches or magic. And I think that’s about it!
General Book Questions
What type of books do you read? (i.e. picture books, non-fiction, YA, Adult) I mostly read fiction, so Fantasy, Historical fiction, YA, children’s/MG, and a bit of contemporary. I also really like science-fiction but it depends on which books.
What is your favourite genre to read? My favourite genre is definitely fantasy, I love it!
Do you ever read outside of your favourite genres? I usually read quite a large range of genres and will try almost everything, I just don’t like horror and will very rarely try anything in that genre.
How do you currently get your books? Most of the books I purchase online, only because I live in France and we don’t get many English books in bookshops in France, so I like to use Bookdepository. I also have a subscription with Fairyloot, I also have quite a few books to read on Netgalley (oops), I participate in quite a few blog tours hosted by Anne Carter on Twitter and any other books I get are given to me by friends and family.
What is your favourite thing about reading? I think it’s the discovery of a new world that has no expectations of me, I can be a reader and not worry about anything else. I also love reading about different cultures, languages, countries, etc, I think I generally love reading about something new.
What type of posts do you love writing the most? I haven’t written very many posts yet because I have only just started blogging a few weeks ago, but I really enjoyed writing my review of Ninth House. When I started it I was worried because I didn’t know where to start so I opened a word doc and just typed out some themes I had noticed and that I had enjoyed and a few other things, and two hours later I had a 2,000-word review. I write a lot of academic papers so I always write A LOT, but I really enjoyed taking the time to really go in-depth on this one.
What type of posts do you love reading? I really like reading reviews but also “got to know me” posts, TBR and wrap-ups and I enjoy some memes I’ve found on bloggers’ sites.
How long does it take for you to write and post a review? Lol, I think my Ninth House review took 3 hours but I kept going back and forth with my notes because I wasn’t sure about how to proceed, so I think I could maybe do it in about 1-2 hours.
Where do you share your blog posts? Mainly on Twitter but I do post about them in my stories on Instagram.
What is your favourite thing about blogging? My favourite thing about blogging is not being restricted by a word count and also, it’s my blog, I can write what I want, I really appreciate the feeling of freedom and creation I get with my blog. I like how I put something out into the world because I wanted to and no one asked it of me, it’s not a class assignment or a family request, it’s my own passion for books and I can say what I like without being graded down or taken for a crazy person. I can be myself, and I think that’s one of the most important aspects for me.
Does your instagram have a theme? Euh… I’m currently on an Erasmus exchange in the UK, so right now it doesn’t, but when I’m back home in France, I do a lot of flat lays with a lot of photos and a wood board background, so I suppose you could say I have a “nature theme”?
Do you just write reviews or do you do other posts too? On my Instagram I also post TBRs, wrap-ups, hauls…
How do you find inspiration for your photos? Quite honestly, I’ve been doing this for a year and I just “do it” now, I don’t really look for inspiration, but when I was starting out, I looked at a lot of well-known Bookstagrammers accounts and looked on Pinterest to find a theme I found pretty because there are so many different types of photos on Instagram and I didn’t know where I fit in, but now that I’ve found my vibe I just put my background down, add some flowers and some books and hey presto! And here in the UK I try to find a white background with natural lighting and hold the book up lol, I can’t wait to be home so I can take my pretty pictures again!
How long does it take to create a photo and upload it? I usually take my photos in batches so I’ll do about 5 or 6 different photos, I take a lot of shots to make sure the lighting is right, it’s not blurred, the books don’t fall over, etc, and then I upload them on my computer, edit them and send them to my phone to be posted whenever, I suppose it takes me about 30 minutes to 1 hour!
Where do you share your bookstagram posts? When I remember to do it, I post them on Twitter!
What is your favourite thing about bookstagram? The photos, seeing all the beautiful books people are reading and making my TBR a lot longer but also discovering tons of books I would never have thought of reading!
I'm just a twenty-something year old girl who has a passion for everything related to books, films and writing. I'm a part-time librarian, sharing my love of books and films with the world. I'm from the UK and love everything about the country. If you want to know more about me, feel free to follow me on twitter, add me on Facebook or e-mail me! :-)