Behind the Blog is a regular feature where you and I can get to know the person behind the blog a little better!
This months blogger is Ruby from Rubys Books Blog! I’m super happy to have Ruby on the blog as she’s so lovely. Fun fact: me and Ruby actually live in the same city! We met at a Samantha Shannon signing back in 2017 and afterwards, we were chatting on Twitter and we ended up figuring out that we were both heading home to the same city. Since then, we’ve attended several book signings and meet ups together!
Hi! Introduce yourself – what’s your name? Where are you from?
Hi! My name is Ruby, as you can probably tell from my blog name. I was born and still live in the Midlands in England! I’m currently doing my A levels at college and I study English Literature, Classical Civilisation and Psychology.
Give us one fun fact about you!
This year, I start at a university in America! This is probably the most exciting thing I’ve ever done and I’m very nervous but also so excited. I’ll miss my bookshelves, but I’ll also have a Barnes and Noble on campus, which is pretty great!
When did you become a reader?
I’ve been a reader all my life. Before I could read myself, my parents read to me often as they’re also into reading. At primary school I used to look forward to reading time at school. It was at high school when I developed an even deeper love of reading when I started reading a lot of YA.
What made you decide to start a blog and stick with it?
I’ve had a bookstagram (@ruby.books) since 2015 which I loved running. However, I really wanted a place to post full reviews of everything I read without having to search on Goodreads. I also really liked the idea of book tags and just having somewhere to talk about whatever I wanted!
How would you describe your blog in 4 words?
Fantasy, Reviews, Books, LGBT.
Which of your posts are you most proud of or one that you wish had gotten a little more love?
I really loved making my Mythological Books Recommendations post! It’s a genre of books I love to read but I don’t see much about so I had lots of fun thinking about what would be best to include.
What tips would you give to someone looking to start a book blog?
I would just say to go for it! It might take you a little while to figure out what sort of posts you like to do, so just experiment. I started out primarily reviews, and I realised I enjoy writing TBRs and wrap ups but that isn’t for everyone.
What’s your favourite book/series?
This is such a difficult question! But I’d have to go classic and say The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I love all of the Shadowhunters books, but TID is so nostalgic for me, I love the characters and it’s set in Victorian London!
Give us a book recommendation based on what you’ve read recently.
I recently read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, which I loved! It follows Frances at the time in her life when she is thinking about university and figuring out what she wants to do in life. It was a really quick read and I related to it so much!
Outside of reading and blogging, what do you do in your spare time?
I love to write! I’m currently writing my second novel, and one day I hope to be a published author. I also enjoying watching Netflix and listening to music.
Are there any blogs that you’d recommend?