Ever wonder about the story behind some of your favorite book bloggers’ websites? Well, wonder no more because each month we’re featuring an interview with a well-known blogger. Our July guest is Bree Herron from Bibliophile Reviews!
Welcome, Bree. Please tell us about your blog. Why did you decide to write it?
I started my blog so I could share reviews and books better. We have our consumer sites, but book blogging is a fun way to get to know the books and readers in a different way. Bibliophile Reviews is a blog that has a personality much like a book. I allow it to lead me to authors and books, then the magic happens and my thoughts form to be shared. I really love that we have a more intimate connection with other readers through blogging.
What are some of the challenges and/or successes you’ve experienced along the way?
I was a newbie for a few years, learning how many books I could handle reading was my biggest challenge. I hate to say no to an author or publisher, but had to learn I am human (with superhuman reading) and saying No is okay. Biggest successes has been when authors or publishers have shared my thoughts, I get giddy each time I see that. It gives me hope that my thoughts on the book can make a difference.
Do you also post your reviews elsewhere (Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.)? Why or why not?
Yes and No. Amazon, you are killing the reviewers. And as many of us have seen some or all of our reviews disappear. Now, I do post but I can’t guarantee that they will show up there. Goodreads is my homie, I love tracking my reading there and being able to do the challenges. B&N is a great resource and I post when the books are there. I share in many ways on social media, being a millennial I am huge about Instagram and Facebook.
What are some of the best or most surprising experiences you’ve had related to your blog?
I will never forget my first comment from an author on the blog or my first big publisher request those moments made me jump up and down literally! I really though love that being a book blogger allows us to constantly find new ways to share the books.
What advice would you give to new bloggers and/or to authors who would like to connect with book bloggers?
I jumped right in and learned as I went. I think one thing I would stress is have a limit each month. Find your reading zone and stick to it. You don’t want to let anyone down or stretch yourself to far so finding the happy spot in amount of reading is a must. Also reach out to other bloggers, we are a tribe and support each other.
What book started your love of reading?
The entire series of Pony Pals books. Those were my little heart’s joy back in the day.
Thanks for having me!
Thanks so much for visiting us, Bree!
Please read more about Bree below and say hello in the comments.
Bree Herron started reading at the age of 4 and never stopped. She began Bibliophile Reviews back in 2016, she saw starting a book review blog as a way to share authors and books she loves with readers around the world. Since then Bree has expanded to social media promotions and also working with other bloggers to start groups and new websites. She hopes that sharing books through her website that each book will find a new reader. Bree is also a single mom, full time student working on her second bachelor degree and a passionate paraprofessional.