Behind the Blog is a new monthly feature where you and I can get to know the person behind the blog a little better! For June, I have invited Kate from Reading Through Infinity to answer some questions so that we can get to know her more! Kate is a dear friend and such a sweet person so with that, I decided to pick on her to be one of my first guest posters.
Hi! Introduce yourself – what’s your name? Where are you from?
I’m Kate and I blog over at Reading Through Infinity. I’m from Newcastle originally, but I now live in Shropshire.
Give us a fun fact about yourself!
I lived in Japan for three months, where I volunteered at a Peace House and spent my free time exploring Kansai.
When did you become a reader?
From the time I learned to read, at about 4, I was a reader. I discovered new books and new worlds and there was definitely no going back.
What made you decide to start a blog and stick with it?
Originally, my blog started off as a film blog when I was a TV and film editor for my university newspaper, but I quickly realised that reviewing films didn’t excite me as much as reviewing books did, so I switched to that instead. And I loved it. Reviewing books allowed me to translate all my internal thoughts about a book onto coherent ideas on a page. Through blogging, I had found a platform where I could discuss books freely with others, share joy (or criticism) for novels, and give or receive recommendations. It was, and still is, bliss.
How would you describe your blog in 4 words?
Books, travel, Japan, TEA.
Which of your posts are you most proud of or one that you wish had gotten a little more love?
I was really happy with one of my recent posts about Why I Don’t DNF Books as I finally reasoned out my oddball thoughts about DNFing and it received quite a few comments from other bloggers saying they felt the same!
What tips would you give to someone looking to start a book blog?
Interact with other bloggers as much as possible, as they’ll become your peers and friends and you’ll gain so much inspiration from them. Try not to think about stats at first, and just write what you enjoy. If you’re writing posts you enjoy then you’ll want to keep doing it, and you’ll be able to grow your audience from there. I’d also say that social media and use of photos is important. A post that’s one long block of text isn’t going to appeal to your readers as much as a post that’s interspersed with photos of your books, and once you’ve posted something always shout about it on social media so that more people can find it.
What’s your favourite book/series?
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Scwab. I adore this series and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s an adult fantasy trilogy about, Kell, an antari who can travel between four different Londons: Red, White, Grey, and Black. But when an evil starts leaking from Black London into the others, it could threaten the balance of magic and everyone Kell cares for.
Give us a book recommendation based on what you’ve read recently.
I’ve been reading lots of LGBTQIA+ books for pride month, so I’d recommend Autoboyography by Christina Lauren, and Superior by Jessica Lack. Both are m/m romance stories, but where one is a coming-of-age story of religion and queer identities, the other is a short-but-sweet tale of a superhero’s intern and a supervillain’s intern who begin to fall in love.
Outside of reading and blogging, what do you do in your spare time?
I do A LOT of sport. I go to a spin class, Zumba, a boxing class, and two circuit classes a week, and also go running in any free time. (I’m sorry, I just love sport, OK?) I’m also learning Japanese, and I bake and write for Stay Bookish Zine and MaximumPop! Books in my spare time. I used to play tennis and piano too, but a girl only has time for so much (sadly).
Are there any blogs that you’d recommend?
You’re going to make me CHOOSE? I stan so many blogs, but a few of my favourites are: