Monday, 18 March 2019

Meet The Book Blogger - Joanne from My Chestnut Reading Tree

Joining me on today's Meet The Book Blogger is the lovely Joanne from My Chestnut Reading Tree.

How long have you been blogging for?

I've just celebrated my third blogging birthday! I'm amazed that it's gone so quickly!

What is the best thing about being a book blogger?

The best thing is the blogging community. Everyone is so helpful and friendly and I love going to events knowing I will bump into those bloggers I know, plus meet new bloggers too. I've always encouraged people to have a go at setting up their own blog as it's one of the best things I ever do - I've definitely found my tribe and my happy place!

What is your favourite read of the year so far?

My favourite read so far in 2019 is Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech. I don't know how she does it as every book she releases is so different but all of them kick start some sort of massive emotional response in me due to her exquisite writing!

If you were going to a desert island and could only take 3 books, what would they be?

Only 3?!?!? I'm having palpitations just thinking about it!!! But if I have to then it would be these three...
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Forever Amber by Kathleen Windsor
The Host by Stephenie Mayer

Favourite Genre?

Psychological thrillers are my things!!

How many books are on your TBR list?

OMG! I don't even want to think about that! I've just got my NetGalley shelf down to Ten and I'm so proud of myself lol. I probably have over 50 paperback/hardbacks on my TBR shelves and about 100 on my kindle but that may be higher as I haven't been reading on my kindle as much due to advice from optician.

Would you ever like to write your own novel? If yes, what would it be about?

I have written a prologue for a psychological thriller but I'm too scared to take it further in case I find out I really can't write!!! When I was at school I used to write instalments of a rather sexy romance for my friends to read and I always thought that's what I would write if I did turn my hand to it. My psychological thriller develops every so often in my head and I make notes just in case. My elevator pitch is "Two mothers, one good and one evil, but which one has just murdered their own child and why?"

If you could be any character in a book, who would it be?

I would love to be Claire Randall in the Outlander books!! A girl can dream and as you know, I do have a thing about Scotsmen!

Do you set yourself any reading challenges?

I have done the Goodreads challenge for the last 3 years. Last year I tried to stretch myself to read 300 books in a year but failed miserably! So this year is 250! I think going back to work full time has slowed me down quite a lot and I also take meds that make me sleep so no more insomnia and reading until 3 in the morning!

Do you have any tips or advice for book bloggers?

Just do your own thing and don't worry about whether it's right or wrong. It's your blog and you need to enjoy it or it won't work for you and you will stress about things that just don't need to be stressed about! Just enjoy sharing the book love!

Thank you so much to Jo for taking part, I have Call Me Star Girl on my reading list and after hearing Jo talk about it I can't wait to read. 

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