[Blogger Interview] Vicky from Vicky Who Reads


Vicky is a teenage voracious reader, aspiring writer, book blogger (and bookstagrammer!), and artist. (She also likes talking about herself in third person.)

Although she wears a lot of hats (not literally, of course–she gets bad cases of hat-hair), she’s passionate about everything she does.​

She loves to write and is always ready to learn new things by constantly writing. Her mind is always filled with millions of story ideas, too many for her to ever be able to write them all.​

She is an avid reader, making sure to read anything she can get her hands on—whether it’s the back of a cereal box or the pages of a history textbook. She’s struggles most with logging all her books on Goodreads.​

She dabbles in graphic design in the formation of vector-imitation graphics. She’s always ready to experiment with new design programs and design types, and loves art, no matter what medium.

She is a blogger, always ready to write about her passions, whether it’s books she reviews or new design tips or fantasy world building. Blogging is where her passions come together to show the world who she is.


The Interview II

PERSONAL QUESTIONS

How old are you?

17!

Favorite food?

Chocolate cake. Or anything with chocolate, really. Preferably dark.

Favorite color?

Purple: not too dark but not magenta or lavender. A rich, royal purple.

Favorite flower?

Lilies. Specifically, daylilies.

Favorite song?

(I refuse to pick just one song.) Forever favorite: the Hamilton soundtrack. Current favorite: the Mean Girls on Broadway soundtrack. (Go!!! Listen to them now & have your world turned upside down!)

Favorite TV show?

I don’t really have one, haha! I’d rather read than watch TV, so I never end up watching TV.

Favorite place to read and/or blog?

An armchair in my living room! Big, cushy, and with at least two pillows.

Favorite book?

Hmm, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is my most read book, so I’d have to go with that! But there are so many other books I love too.

ON BLOGGING

Who are you when you’re blogging?

When I’m blogging I’m 90% with my head in the bookish clouds and 10% typing, haha!

Who are you when you’re not blogging?

Someone who cares far too much about success academically. Blogging helps me loosen up and pursue stuff I have a ton of fun doing!

Which do you prefer more?

I prefer when I’m reading (I’m first and foremost a reader before I’m a blogger). If I could only pick one passion to pursue, I would just read and not blog or make art or make music.

What drives you to blog more?

Supporting authors and sharing my love of books with others is really what drives me to blog. I do it mostly to help others and spread the word about all the amazing books—I used to just devour books and not tell anyone about it! Now I love helping other people find the perfect book recommendation or help a debut author get more buzz.

How do you see yourself in the blogosphere?

As someone who stays in her own bookish bubble and doesn’t really venture out. I’m not super social or extroverted, so a lot of the times I make bookish friends when they come to me vs. me going to them.

Are you a perfectionist when it comes to your blog?

I wish I was, but I’d have to say no. I like to stay relatively on schedule, but overall if I miss a day, I’m not going to feel too bad about it. I also don’t obsessively plan my posts or organize my ARCs, but my slightly disorganized system works, and that’s good enough for me!

Do you like making outlines when you blog, or do you prefer to start from scratch and work your way from there?

This honestly depends! If it’s something like a review, I usually jot a few points down right after finishing the book, and then write my review around that. If it’s a discussion post, I write the main points I want to make, and organize them so their order makes sense, and then write around those. And for recommendations, I always start out with a theme that has at least 5 books under it. (So I guess this answer qualifies as yes.)

Most of my blog posts stew around in my head or the notes section of my phone for a while so I have enough things to talk about before starting to write the post!

How much do your followers mean to you?

In terms of “Do you care about how many followers you have?”, no, I don’t really care. I feel assured that the people who do follow me care about the bookish content I’m putting out because these people mean so much to me. I am satisfied knowing that those who don’t follow me but still read/see my content and possibly hear my suggestions are still getting positive bookish vibes, which makes me super happy! I just want to share the bookish love!

In terms of “Do you love your followers?”, YES! Every single person (not the bots though lol) who follows me means a bunch, not only because in theory more followers help you reach publishers more easily, but also because they’re the people who support my bookish endeavors and really cheer me on to keep blogging. I wouldn’t be blogging if I didn’t want my voice to be heard, and my followers listen to what I have to say, which is more than I could ask.

What is the best blogging advice that you could share with us?

The best blogging advice I can share is really just to love what you’re doing. It’s hard to do anything without passion, and it can get pretty obvious when you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, in this case that would be blogging. If you feel like you’re in a blogging rut, then take a break! Seriously, no one is going to fault you for putting your mental health first. Take the break, read some good books, watch some awesome television shows, and feel your creative well overflowing. Readers of blogs love to see passion which can really inspire them to find more amazing books, so if you blog without passion, it ends up just dulling the experience for both you and your readers.

ON BOOK DISCRIMINATION

How would you define book discrimination?

I would define book discrimination, in its simplest form, as making a judgement about a book based on biased and unjust preconceived notions that lead you to passing by a book.

I feel like I have to clarify this though. A line needs to be drawn between opinion and discrimination, when talking about books. Opinion would be something like “I don’t like horror, and I’m not going to read a horror novel,” which I find to be completely valid. Your opinion still has merit, and you can’t just throw aside opinion when thinking about what type of book to read. There are millions of books out there, and there’s no way you’re going to be able to read all of them, so you have to narrow the crop down somehow, in a way that you historically, based on multiple examples, know will mostly work for you.

However, discrimination would be “I’ve heard a lot of self-published books are bad or poorly written, so I’m not going to read a self-published book.” The difference between having an opinion about a book and discriminating against it is whether or not you’ve actually experienced something yourself. If it’s just hearsay, or even just one experience, it’s not really enough to warrant passing a book by.

Book discrimination would involve things like judging books by covers or by preconceived notions that you don’t necessarily have enough experience with to form your own opinion so you instead use others’ opinions.

If you give the book a chance—read three (because editors say they know if a book is good or not by the third chapter) chapters and make your decision based on the content—then you’re working against book discrimination. You have to look at how you view books and see whether you’re unfairly ruling something out, or ruling something out because it doesn’t sound interesting based on the summary or what you’ve read so far.

Analyzing multiple aspects, not just one, such as reading the reviews, the summary, and a couple chapters, gives a much more informed and less discriminatory way to choose whether you read a book or not.

How do you feel about it?

I think book discrimination is unfortunate because it gives some books an unfair advantage over others. Books with pretty covers, books that are traditionally published, books that have a bunch of marketing buzz and are widely known.

But if we look on it in an extreme level, book discrimination could be boiled down to the idea that we’re not giving all books a fair chance. But not giving all books a fair chance is exactly what we, as readers, have to do. There’s no way we’re going to read every single book in existence within our lifetime, so having an opinion on a book is crucial to curating a good reading list. This is why I like to define book discrimination as judging a book without being fully informed or having unjust ideas weigh into your decision, rather than not looking at every book equally, because we have to rule books out.

What do you think is the cause of book discrimination?

I think book discrimination stems largely from people not taking the time to inform themselves on the book. If we at least know more about the book—read the summary, the first few chapters, look at the reviews—we’re able to make a much more rational decision, even though opinion and emotion are still important factors to choosing a book.

What would you do against it?

To work against book discrimination, I would urge more people to really look into multiple factors of a book—the reviews, the summary, etc.—before choosing whether to put it on their TBR or not.

Being informed is one of the best ways to work against real-life discrimination, and book discrimination. So be informed, and find out more about something before you judge it.

Fill in the blanks with a book recommendation. More people should read ________ by ________ because ________.

More people should read When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas because it’s largely unknown despite being a 2018 release, and is an absolutely poignant and wonderful read that examines character in a compelling and entertaining way.


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