Welcome to my BOOKSTAGRAMMER SPOTLIGHT, where I show some love to our fellow Bloggers, Bookstagrammers and common Romance Readers. I started this because while there might be a lot of us out there, each of us is different and unique in not just reading, photography, books…everything! A fun way to show some love & learn a little more about the romance community members!! Today we are featuring my #bookwifey and good friend IT’S Britney BITCH!
About yourself: Well ok here we go, I am 30 years old, WHAT!! I know everyone tells me I don’t look it but I don’t care I am not ashamed of my age lol. I am married to my best friend, 11 years this June. We have a son who will be 5 in June as well. June is a very busy month for us as my husband has a birthday as well in June. I am born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, a desert girl for life. We just moved to New Mexico for my husband work (He is in the Air Force) and we are LOVING it here! I am a Scorpio and proud of it!! I have 1 older brother who is pretty cool, he is 4 years older than me. My favorite color is purple any shade of it I love. I am really into photography always have been and love taking nature pictures mostly. Another hobby of mine is cross stitching, been doing that for 15+ years, my great grandma and mom taught me. Also anything crafty I love to make things, which makes working at Hobby Lobby and awesome job for me lol. I just got that job after being a stay at home mom for 5 years.
Logo name? _britneys.romance.library_
Logo picture, if you have to available? Well the lovely lady doing this spot light made my logo for me that I LOVE!
How/Why did you come up with it? I wanted something book related but wasn’t really used too much, so I thought about what I really read the most and DUH that’s romance and I pretty much share every book I read so it is like a library HA!
When did you start Bookstagramming? What was the first thing you did? I started March 2018 but back then I was just sharing a book I read that I liked. Then my wonderful husband bought me my Kindle because I was reading a lot (thanks to my best friend who is a bookworm like me and was sharing, in her words, mommy porn books for me to read when Will was deployed).
Why did you start what you started? Influence? So after I started posting books that I liked and finding other people who liked to post about books on IG I started to get more into it and really looking up book accounts and what not. That was around July 2018 that I really started to get into it. As for influences I just started to really look at what other accounts were posting and how, that is how I found this lovely lady, The Guide To Romance Novels, and became friends with her. She is stock with me now for LIFE!!
Did you have any help at the beginning or winged it? I have to say in the beginning I was just winging it. Then when I really started to review books and learn more about bookstagramming I asked for help. The other lovely lady in my life is Nicole Rodrigues. She gave me my very first ARC (you NEVER forget your first lol) and was the first author to write me and asked to review her books. I was so honored and that got me really into the reviewing books scene. Then the 3 of us just clicked and became bookwives. They were the 2 to really help me out and still do!
What is your favorite part you would say and why? This whole community is just amazing! Whether it is other bookstammers or authors, big or indie, everyone is so nice and sweet. I haven’t had anything negative come from anyone in this community!
What platforms do you use (for things like posts on any of the social media’s? Or at least your favorite ones? I am only on IG now. I already changed my personal IG page to bookstamming and I didn’t want to post and annoy family on my FB page, so I just stick with IG. And I am hardly ever on FB anyways, so that is mostly for family that I don’t live by anymore to keep up with us.
What social media’s are you on? And do you have a favorite? Just IG
Do you have any tips and tricks about blogging? I wish! I HOPE to start an actual blog one of these days, so if anyone have any tips for me pass them my way haha.
Have you had any bad/negative experiences on Bookstagram? None at all, other than the random or fake accounts that always add me then delete later.
What have you learned from blogging on a public platform like? That no mater how many other accounts that are out there that are doing the same thing you are, there is only one YOU! Everyone can post the same stuff but you put your own touch or spin on it to make it yours and different.
Do you have any goals that you haven’t yet been able to get to, concerning your account? Oh man this is a good question….I would have to say to be able to get a good amount of followers and to get on some PR listings.
What are some highlights or special moments that have happened, concerning your book blogging career? Other than meeting my bookwives and having their friendship, I would have to say getting authors that follow me whether they are big name ones or indie ones. I just love that the authors really love supporting the bookstagrammers just as much as we love to help and support them!
Do you think Bookstagram is an effective platform to express your opinion on books? YES! It is nice to put your opinion out there to help others who didn’t think that a certain book would be what they thought it would be or something that they would even consider reading. Also I love that if someone doesn’t like a book and they post THEIR opinion about it and others don’t agree with it, they don’t bash them for it or it helps me and others be like “Hmm maybe I won’t give this book a try or maybe I will just to see if I end up not liking it either.” Gosh I hope these answers are making sense to people lol.
What do you use camera vise when taking book photography? I have been only using my iPhone Xr because my computer was packed away, but now that we are moved into our home I might use my Nikon camera. Who knows I might just keep using my phone only.
Do you use your own props? Is there a fun or MAGICAL way you set it all up? (loc, props…) I love posting in my stories the “behind the scenes” of my posts. I try and stay organized with all my props, I have 3 bins full of all my fake flowers, lights, signs and other things. I am ALWAYS looking for more props when I am out shopping. I love going to the dollar store mainly to get props. I am going to try and make some book flowers here when I have the time.
Do you have advice for new bookstagrammers on how to start, be, and do? I would just say don’t try and copy someone, yes you can use other accounts to get tips and stuff but just be YOU. Do what you want to do and what you feel comfortable with. And never be afraid to ask for help with anything from another bookstagrammer. We all are here for the same thing and we love to help others, well most of us are (I haven’t found one yet that hasn’t been helpful).
Do you have any favorite Instagram accounts that you follow for books, inspiration, ideas…? I love A LOT of accounts, too many to name. I still look at other people’s accounts and get tips from what they are posting.
Lets talk about BOOKS!!
Tell us, do you know the exact amount of paperback you own? How about ebooks? (I suggest not to count because I did & I regretted it) Well I am going to count because you told me not too haha. 86 Paperbacks, I know that doesn’t seem like a lot but I really only got back into reading maybe 2 years ago. 105 ebooks, WHOA! BUTTT most of them are ARCs and 10 of them are the borrowed ones from Kindle Unlimited lol.
Do you prefer paper or kindle? I love my kindle because it is easier to carry around in my purse but I LOVE the smell of a paperback, crazy I know. There is nothing like having a paperback in your hands when reading. I go back and forth between the 2.
Do you know your first paperback/ebook? My first ebook was Jodi Ellen Malpas’s Beneath This Man, ugh that series is SO GOOD!!! As for paperback I would have to say one of my Nicolas Sparks books.
Do you remember your very first read? I don’t remember my first read but I remember when I really got into reading, it was my senior year of HS when my English teacher made us read a book every week then would ask us to bring it in and read a little bit and ask about what he read to make sure we really did read the book. So that really made me fall in love with reading. Back then it was any Sarah Dessen book. Then it turned into Nicolas Sparks thanks to my mother.
What is it that draws you to a book? (picture, blurb, author..or all?) I look at covers first, if it draws my eye then I will read the blurb or look it up to see if it has good reviews or if any of my friends have read it. If it is an author I absolutely love then I always end up getting the book because I know I will love it because I love the author.
Do you have a favorite genre you read? And which one? Romance. Pretty much anything romance. I don’t really do dark romance, it depends on the kind of dark romance it is.
What is your ideal bookboyfriend like? (looks, actions…) Right now it is Jack Hawthorne from Marriage for One by Ella Maise! UGH that man, I fell in love with him right away! Go read that book if you haven’t.
Do you have a real life bookboyfriend? And if so, care to share a pic of two of him? Oh man, you are going to hate me because you are always on my case to pick one but I never can!!! There are too many to pick just ONE! hehe
What is your favorite part about a story? (the beginning get to know each other, the sexy scenes, the middle right before the peak…) Well of course I love the sexy scenes I mean DUH. But I really love the get to know each other and the build up of the story. It really helps me to get into the book.
What book are you currently reading? The ARC for Never & Forever By: Gabrielle G, comes out May 15th and so far I am loving it. Only up to Chapter 10. Super good.
Do You have a favorite book quotes from any recent or previously read books you’d like to share? It is from Marriage for One, I don’t remember it all but she says something that she still hates him or she hates him and will never forgive him and he goes “I know but I still love you anyways.” I mean SWOON!!!!
How long does it take you to read an average book? Normally if I don’t have a little man bothering me every minute or any housework in the way, it takes me a day or 2 to finish a book. Now that I am working we will see how well I can get a book done.
How many reads per week do you think you read don an average? Oh man if they are ARCs I try and get them done on a timely manner, so 2-3 books a week maybe. If it is just fun reading for me it takes a little longer but 1-2 a week.
Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, why, how, when and who?! Hehe BAHAHAHAHA NOPE! I am sure you can tell by my writing skills in these questions I am not made to write, I am made to read haha. I will GALDY be a beta reader for people.
Who is your favorite author and why? (you’re welcome for this one *smirk*) Ughhh WHYYYY!!!!! I have wayyy too many favorite authors out there. To name a few, Kennedy Fox, Piper Rayne, Nicole Rodrigues, Ella Maise, JEM, Nicolas Sparks, Maya Banks, Tia Louise, Shanna Swenson and soo many more! If I could name all of you I would. These are just the start of that list!
Now, the real important question -> What is your favorite book & why! I would have to say any of Nicolas Sparks books. His books were my first romance books that I read and I have read all of them expect that last few new ones he has came out with. IF I had to pick one of his it would be The Last Song! Gah that story was beautiful, better than the movie FOR SURE!
Do you have any magical words for everyone out there?! Just be you, I know I have said that a lot but it’s the truth. Follow your heart and post whatever you want to post. Don’t think about what others are posting or if people will like it, if it makes you happy and you love it then POST IT! And be happy, that just goes for anything in life. I always try and stay positive and smile all the time!
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