Meet the Blogger

Hi guys! Finally branching out and doing something a little different rather than just having a blog full of book reviews. As some of you may know, Amy over at and I have come up with a March Blog Challenge or #BackpackingTaleSplog if you want to use/follow the hashtag (that’s Spring Blog before you ask – yes I had to ask Amy what she meant too..!)


So for week 1 of March we have three blog topics – you can do as many or as few as you want and post when it suits you πŸ™‚ The first post is our way of getting to know more about you – the person behind Bookstagram and share some facts about ourselves too. These can be book related or personal, it’s completely up to you.

I’m going to do my question in threes, just because I already had a rough post planned but haven’t actually posted it. So here goes:

Question 1 – What are 3 facts about yourself?

  • I have a slight addiction to buying online courses. I’m currently doing a course in SEO and Digital Marketing but have qualifications in Wedding Planning, Accounting, Event Management, Forensic Profiling and Writing Story Books for Children (at least that one might come in useful). What can I say, I love to learn!
  • In college, I was voted “Scariest Driver” by people in my year group after having more than one run-in with stationary objects (most notably a bollard in the college car park). I’m happy to say that my driving has since improved (in my opinion).
  • I take my studies very seriously (see bullet point 1). For my very important 10,000 word University dissertation, I wrote the entire thing on One Direction. No regrets.
Why am I even proving this

Question 2 – What are your 3 favourite genres?

  • Contemporary literature/fiction is probably my favourite.
  • Followed by psychological thrillers with plenty of twists.
  • Ending with YA – a genre I’m still getting into but really enjoying.

Question 3 – What are 3 genres you want to read more of?

  • Fantasy is the main one. I’ve seen so many raving reviews about ACOTAR, Caraval, COBAB etc that I’m having some serious FOMO. As long as the storylines are believable (i.e. HP/Hunger Games) and not too far-fetched, I’m open to anything.
  • Historical Fiction is also on this list. I’ve read lots of Holocaust books recently and do like books that are set in war-time. I’m usually put off thinking the language will be difficult but I read some brilliant HF novels last year and want to expand my library. Suggestions very welcome.
  • Finally the Classics. I have a whole shelf of unread classics that I’m desperate to dive into. Last year I got properly back into them with my buddy reader LuΒ and recommendations/gifts from Doris. Definitely plan on reading more in 2019.

Question 4 – What are your 3 favourite cuisines?

  • BRUNCH (is brunch a cuisine? It is now). Pancakes are life.
  • Mexican – I do love a good bean enchilada.
  • Afternoon Tea (again does this count? Surely).
Afternoon (G&)Tea, even better

Question 5 – What are your 3 favourite foods?

  • Kinda just answered this – pancakes. If we’re getting all specific it’s a pancake stack from iHop. Americans just know how to make the best pancakes.
  • Corn on the cob. I used to HATE corn until 2018 when I travelled Asia and they sold it everywhere. How I’ve lived so long without it I’ll never know.
  • Scones. With jam, then cream. The ONLY way to have a scone (don’t even try disagreeing πŸ˜‰
iHop: the Bangkok version

Question 6 – Who are your 3 favourite authors?

In no particular order:

  • Khaled Hosseini
  • Jodi Picoult
  • Nicholas Sparks

Question 7 – What are your 3 favourite books?

At this moment in time:

Question 8 – Where are your 3 favourite cities?

  • Austin, TX
  • Melbourne
  • Washington DC
Austin City Limits ft. a tacky tattoo and the worlds best bun

Question 9 – Who are 3 of your favourite small businesses?

Love this question. I think it’s so important to support small businesses. In the bookish community, I’d have to go with:

Question 10 – What are your 3 favourite animals?

Thrown this one in because I’m not an animal person but I do have a small selection of favourites:

  • Stingrays
  • Pigs
  • Tadpoles

Thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed this little diversion from book reviews. Next up in the blog challenge is March TBR/Goals.

5 responses to “Meet the Blogger”

  1. 😍
    That young toddler you is so adorable!!!!
    Love to be reading Classics with you!


  2. Hahahaha – Hayley, I love you! You CRACK ME UP. Let’s go for afternoon tea….. #CreamFirst


    1. Afternoon tea with sprout sandwiches YES.


      1. You have those. I’ll eat the cake. Top friends


  3. […] first topic for Week 2 of #BackpackingTaleSplog (view the challenge here) is NetGalley Shelf and the reason most of us dread it is because our TBR on NG is neverrrrrr […]


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