Today I bring you a very exciting blog post! This is my first ever guest post/collaboration kind of thing!
So, without further or do, let’s get to know Lois!
Mini bio about Lois & David
LoisReadsBooks is run by 19-year-old couple Lois and David. Their blog hosts a wide range of things from reviews of young adult, science and mystery books. As well as weekly memes, discussion posts and tags. Occasionally Lois will post a DIY when the creativity strikes her. Lois and David have been together for nearly two years now and are both currently at university. David loves university and Lois is the complete opposite.
Questions & answers:
When and why did you decide to create a book blog?
In August of 2016 was when I officially started LoisReadsbBooks. I had been pondering the idea for a few months. I even got the URL and began designing the site. But it was officially towards the end of August when I started the blog and began posting on it. David joined the blog in January of this year. Both of us had got a lot of books over Christmas and he wanted somewhere to write down his thoughts. I decided to start the blog after seeing a lot of people on BookTube a few months before. I didn’t want to have to film myself every week and would much rather type down my thoughts. So, I decided on a book blog. The book blogging community is so lovely and is always friendly and I felt like I would enjoy doing it a lot.
What has been your best moment and worst moment since becoming a book blogger?
My best moment so far would have to be when I was first contacted to review a book. It was something that I wasn’t expecting to happen at all especially so quickly. So, when I received an email asking if I would like to review a book I was very quick to reply. Every time I get messages now asking if I’d like to review a book I get so excited because it just makes me think that people must like what I am posting and it mustn’t all be complete garbage.
I am struggling to think of a worst moment. But I would have to say when I struggle to post on the blog. Sometimes I get so stressed and so busy with university and just life in general that I struggle to post as much as I would like to. I can’t wait to finish university and get back into reading as much as I used to and having the time to write blog posts. I enjoy book blogging so much that I miss posting even if it is just for a day.
Have you always enjoyed reading? If not, what helped you get into reading? Did someone influence you to read?
I have been a big reader ever since I could read. I remember being the one person in primary school that was sat reading chapter books whilst everyone else was still reading Biff, Chip and Kipper books. I was always carrying a book around with me too. I did lose interest in reading when I was in high school because the internet had started to become a big thing and I spent more time watching TV than reading. As soon as I finished high school though I began buying books again and then sat and spent my summer reading. I haven’t changed since; I always have a book with me wherever I am and I read as often as I can. My mum and Grandma were my biggest influences when it came to my love for reading. They are both big readers themselves and from a very young age introduced me to books and my Grandma would let me buy one book a week when I went shopping with her (which I had always finished by the next week).
Since you started book blogging which 3 books have been your favourite to review?
My top 2 books that I have reviewed since I started this blog would have to be On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher and Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. Both books had a huge effect on me in different ways so I enjoyed reviewing them. The third book in this list would have to be David’s review of 1984 by George Orwell. I couldn’t not include one of David’s reviews and this is his review of his favourite book of all time. So, there are a lot of his thoughts and feelings. Plus there are so many important things mentioned in 1984 that David talks about in his review. I remember him sending it me to check over before posting it and I read it multiple times I enjoyed it that much.
What are you currently reading? What did you last finish reading? And what are you planning on reading next?
I am currently reading Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen. It is the second novel that I have read by Susin Nielsen. I am only 3 chapters in because of all the work I have and stress from university. But I cannot wait to read this book fully.
The book I last finished was The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. I enjoyed that book, it is all about a girl suffering from amnesia.
The next book I plan on reading will be Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik. Another book that covers a wide range of relevant topics for this day and age.
What are your thoughts on book acknowledgements? Do you read them or wish they just weren’t there?
I always read acknowledgements in books. Sometimes they include interesting facts about the author and the idea they had for writing the book. I love reading what the author has to say on their book as well as the people they are thanking. The only thing I should say about acknowledgements would have to be that I do wish there was a couple pages between the end of the story and the acknowledgements. Having them right after the story ends brings me suddenly back to reality and sometimes I want a while to recover from a book.
What book is one that you have carried around with you the most?
In terms of this question in the physical sense, I have carried around Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with me the most. I have had a copy of this book in my bag for university ever since the beginning of the university year. This is because it is the one book that I know will always calm me down no matter what. So, if I suddenly panic or get stressed I pick up this book and read a few lines.
Mentally I would have to say You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris. This book is written by a man whose wife was killed in the Paris Terror Attack in 2015. It made me stop and think for a long time. It puts you into the mind of someone who lost someone they loved deeply suddenly to an act of terrorism. But Antoine tells the terrorist they will not have his hate and they can watch his young grow up happy instead.
Is there any movie you have seen that you actually like better than the book?
I can’t say there is a movie that I have liked more than the book. Movies miss out huge details that are included in the books a lot of the time. I did enjoy the movie adaptation of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. But having said that I was also a big fan of the book itself.
Which book has been on your TBR shelf longest?
I don’t log down my TBR books on Goodreads. I just go off what has been on my shelf for the longest time. That would have to be An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green. I bought that book right after finishing reading The Fault in Our Stars. Which was easily over 2 years ago now, I have just never got around to reading it.
An impossible question, name your top 5 favourite books.
I think I can do this but my favourite books are always changing because a lot of recent young adult releases are too amazing to not be put on my favourites list. But if I must limit it down to five they would have to be:
- On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
- Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
That wasn’t too bad I guess, I’m sure this will have changed by the summer though when I read an awful lot of books.
Thank you so much to Lois for answering the questions and being a part of these collaboration posts! Everyone go check out her blog, she writes great reviews plus other fun posts!
If anyone else would be interested in doing this kind of post with me, please feel free to get in touch via my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter!