Today on the blog we have Para here for Novel Newcomers 2019! Where she shares her top fav books so far, what she’d take with her if stuck in outer space and more!
You can find Para’s social links at the end!
What’s Novel Newcomers?
The idea of debut authors being featured across the blogosphere, but with book bloggers instead. But there were so many features already focusing on debut authors at the time, why not focus on newer bloggers in the bookish community as well?
In 2016, Nori from ReadWriteLove28 and Sophia from Bookwyrming Thoughts joined forces to feature some of the newest additions in the book blogging world. In 2017, Sophia started it… but dropped off the face of the planet due to other commitments and put the feature on a hiatus for 2018.
Now Novel Newcomers is back for 2019! With me, Clo, as Soph’s co-host. Are you ready for this years fun, as we shine a light on newbie book bloggers who started in either 2017 OR 2018?
Outside of blogging and reading, what other interests do you have?
Hi, thanks for having me here! That’s a good question. Reading and reading-related stuff like reviewing and discussing books do take up quite a large part of my free time, but I also draw, play the occasional video game (faves are Dragon Age Inquisition, Stardew Valley, Skyrim, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Bioshock Infinite, and Sims 3), and work on whatever craft project takes my fancy at the time. I have gone through phases of knitting, origami, making model airplanes…the list of works in progress is huge 😅
What is your most unusual accomplishment?
Huh, I had to think on that one for quite a while. I guess I could pick making a mobile game – it was for a class and because of the extremely short deadline, it ended up being buggy and not very good, but it was playable! Does that qualify as unusual enough? I hope so.
What is your favourite food?
That’s a really tough choice. At the moment I’d pick a dish I had in a Vietnamese restaurant – I don’t remember the name, but it’s crispy fried noodles with stir-fried vegetables and meat on top. It was so good I googled what to mix together for the sauce and learned how to recreate it at home 🙂
(photo belongs to Para)
If you could go back in time, to when you were just starting out your blog, what piece of advice would you give yourself?
Oh, that’s an easy one: use wordpress. I initially went with tumblr because of customization and familiarity from before, but I switched to (free) wordpress after a few months because it was a better platform for a blog that’s pretty much entirely text reviews of mostly adult fantasy and sci-fi, with no intention to reblog anything. The switch was the correct choice.
Most favourite and least favourite thing about blogging?
Most favourite: Easily the community. I made so many friends via blogging and blogging-related communities, it’s the best ❤️
Least favourite: Reading faster than I can review. I try to review everything I read, but I’m in a perpetual state of backlog (especially after vacation or something when I don’t hold myself back at all) and it’s hell to be always catching up. Sometimes I merge a few books into one big mini review post when it gets too bad, but I can’t exactly do that with ARCs. I just want to read!
Top 3 books you’ve read so far this year?
Wow this is tough. I had an amazing year so far and could easily do, like, 10. And the year is not even over yet! But I’ll go with:
- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (review here). It’s a story about a lonely, mixed race girl in 1900s America who can open doors between worlds and her search for her missing father. Gorgeous prose, inspires the oddest sense of aching nostalgia.
- This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (review here). A lovely novella about two agents on the opposite sides of a time war who start exchanging letters. It’s told half in letters, half in short vignettes and it’s so weird and so prettily written.
- Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (review here). Tess escapes a rather abusive situation and goes on a journey – and unlike most fantasy books, there’s no grand objective to work towards, just a girl saving herself. I loved the character growth, I loved how imperfect and not always likable Tess is, I loved all the little details (still can’t get over a nod to medieval marginalia), I loved how it dealt with mental health and sexism.
If you were stuck in outer space and could only bring 5 things with you, what would you bring?
Definitely my kindle. One thing I simply can’t do without. Then…yes, MP3 player, fluffy blanket, pen (I’d pick a mechanical pencil) and a notebook (dotted paper!), absolutely. Those are necessities for me too 😛