Hi! Jo here, ready to answer all sorts of questions!
Hi! First of all…. Why “thebookrising”?
This was the very first question a friend asked when I told them about my plans for a new blog. Long story short, I made that my Instagram handle as a humorous reference to Samantha Shannon’s third The Bone Season book The Song Rising (2017), and it just kind of stuck and I started using it for all my social media. I did, however, realise that wasn’t going to be a coherent blog title – so I just went and tweaked it a bit, and now you have “The Books are Rising”!
Now who are you?
- A soon to graduate university student majoring in Psychology
- A man so engrossed in books it affected his elective choices and possible career options
Take your pick.
When did you start getting obsessed with books?
Right, sorry. When did you start liking books?
High school! I was a very avid reader as a kid since I get bored a lot, but a very intense influence from some very dear friends of mine kind of kickstarted the whole thing – to the point I actually read as an active hobby. I remember The Hunger Games and Divergent being intensely passionate phases of my life in those years.
Why a blog?
I used to mainly operate on Instagram for personal reasons, but lately I’ve been to Book Twitter – and everyone seems to be an established book blogger. I also realised that they tend to contribute to the community more by generating buzz of certain books – therefore kind of a big deal in publishing. I came to a revelation that I wanted to contribute as well, and transitioning from a slice of life Instagram to a full-fledged book blog seemed to be the right choice.
Psyche. I just want to fit in the book community, please love me 🙂
Even so, aren’t you kind of doing the same thing you’ve been doing in your personal Instagram?
Suuuuure. But if I learned one thing about book blogs and reviews, it is that sometimes reviews are important for both readers and authors. In the way that reviews allow authors to generate buzz/hype for their book, and to obtain some hopefully constructive criticism that will be important for future works. Readers, on the other hand, get to see a glimpse of how the book may resonate with them, and in some cases, implications of the book’s contents on their immediate relevance (I honestly don’t know if the way I explained that made any sense). In other words, reviews contribute to the exchange of ideas that are brought forth by books, even ones that are meant for entertainment because even those can’t escape ideologies that may or may not be purposefully embedded by the author (which is another ground that will take more than one post to cover, honestly).
In short, I realised it is important for me to put forth my thoughts to contribute to the discussion – and also to be one of the first lines for new readers on how the books they pick up would possibly impact them. Plus, I may have some insight worth considering. Wow, that sounded kind of arrogant.
To be honest, yes.
Okay, a little harsh. That was long!
We’re not done yet!
Oh, come on!
Yep, so anyways. Do you have any certain genres you like to cover?
Yes! I mostly deal with Fantasy and Dystopias. Huh, I just realised that most books I read were Young Adult.
To be fair, you did mention that you started reading intensively during high school.
Fair. Anyways, I do enjoy Fantasies, but I don’t limit myself to YA. I also quite enjoy New Adult and straight up Fiction Fantasies (hence me being in The Bone Season and Nevernight fandom). As a Psychology student myself, however, stories with intense psychological elements do appeal to me more and more these days. I will recommend a particularly good thriller, soon!
Be warned, though. I do have a preference for dark content.
What about Romance? Aren’t most YAs filled with romance?
Okay, to be honest, books that are 100% romance are not really my cup of tea. But throw in some really well done romance, I’ll gladly read every page of it!
Really well done seems to be a vague thing. Any checklists?
- Couples who communicate with each other
- Hot, passionate romance. A little steam won’t hurt
- Couples who support each other, and calmly articulate why they don’t if their goals do not align with each other’s
- Couples who acknowledge each other’s feelings and accommodate accordingly to work through it together.
A lot of these seem to only involve talking.
Talk, talk, talk! A healthy couple is a strong couple!
You seem to know a bit about this stuff.
You think so? (人◕ω◕)
Honestly I’m just hoping you do know your stuff. Good luck with the blog!
Thanks! That means a lot to me ❤ I also quite don’t know what I’m doing here, yet. So I hope everyone can be patient with me as I figure out my way through book-blogging.
Sure thing! It is, like you said, quite a big transition you’re doing here.
Thanks for acknowledging that! I’ll try to do things slow, like starting from importing my Instagram reviews to blog format just to log them here for future readers to see!
Sounds like a good plan! Okay, it’s a little late. So, last one! Can you recommend us some really good books to read?
Finally! Yes, sure thing! Be prepared, though. It’s a little long!
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
- The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
- The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. If you’re not reading this, what are you even doing?
- Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
- The Young Elites by Marie Lu
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book is so sweet it’ll probably give you diabetes, and still you’d thank the book.
- Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab
- Obviously, the OG dystopian The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land.
Right, sorry. That’s it for me, folks! If you have further questions, feel free to comment them below and I’ll try my best to get to them!
Alright, thanks for sitting down and chatting with us, Jo!