Time to meet out next blogger! I had a lot of fun chatting with Ashley @ Inside My Minds!
Let’s start with an introduction: Tell me a little bit about yourself!
A little bit about myself, I really don’t like talking about myself. I’m a Bostonian, so wicked is part of my everyday vocabulary. I love books, and I have always had such a strong dislike for the question “what got you into reading?” I have such a strong dislike for this question because I’ve always been a reader and for me, it was never one book that got me into reading. I listen to music a lot when I’m reading and doing homework it helps me block things out. The first book that I saw myself properly represented in is A List of Cages by Robin Roe. I also think that representation is so important and that everyone deserves to see themselves in books.
Can you tell me about your blog? How did you get started, how did you come up with the name of it etc.
My blog started out as an online diary, where I could post just random stuff and I felt that my different areas of interest were a different part of my mind so that’s how I decided on the name Inside My Minds. In 2015 my blog evolved into a more bookish blog but I kept the name the same so I could still have the creative freedom to post random stuff if I wanted to post it, but it’s predominantly bookish.
You mentioned finding representation in A List of Cages. I have never read that book so could you tell me a little more about it?
It has ADHD/Learning disability representation, the best I’ve seen in a book.
Representation is incredibly important, and I’m always looking for recommendations. Have you been able to find any other books that offer that representation properly?
I haven’t yet.
Neither have I. I’ve added A List of Cages to my TBR though, it sounds really good.
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire but I’m almost done with it.
Do you use a TBR list to help you decide what to read next or do you just go with whatever catches your eye?
I pretty much go by what I feel like reading. The only time I really make TBRs is for readathons that have reading challenges because it makes it easier than trying to figure it out as I go. I’m taking a children’s and young adult literature summer class and I have to read 12 books from 12 different categories for the class and I made a TBR for the class to make it easier for myself. I’m studying the children’s literature portion so I made a TBR of children’s books that fit each category.
That class sounds really cool! Would you mind telling me some of the categories and which books you chose for them?
I actually have a TBR post on my blog with the full list which can be found here.
I love some of these: Tuck Everlasting, Where the Sidewalk Ends and Coraline are some of my favorites! – (you just gave me inspiration for a new post!)
Are any of the books on the list ones that you’ve read before?
I’ve read all the ones in black font before as I own those ones. The ones in blue font are ones that I’m getting from the library. So far for the class, I’ve read the two picture books, Where the Sidewalk Ends and Coraline: The Graphic Novel.
Cool! I didn’t even know there was a graphic novel for Coraline, I did like the movie though.
What has been your favorite part of being a member of the bookish blogging community so far?
The interaction is definitely my favorite. I could care less about the followers and likes on posts, it’s the comments that are the most important.
Agreed! What advice would you give to bloggers who are just starting out?
Don’t follow back every blogger that follows you, don’t expect a blogger to follow you back because you followed them and don’t leave links to your blog in the comments section, it looks desperate. Only leave links to posts like Top 5 Wednesday if the blogger asks for them.
Omg yes! I hate when someone leaves a comment on my blog and they only do it to try to force me to follow them. So annoying.
We’ve reached the end of our interview. Thank you again for participating, I really appreciate it.
Your welcome! Thank you for doing this, it’s just a great thing that you’re doing.
Make sure you check out Ashley’s post about children’s literature and if you’re interested in connect with her you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!