In April I decided to make a monthly blog post called the Book Bloggers Talk. I really wanted to get to know more of my fellow book bloggers and I decided the Book Bloggers Talk was a fun way to do it. I’ve had a lot of fun writing the interview questions and reading the answers I received. Unfortunately lately I haven’t gotten any responses or sign ups. So after trying to get more people into this post on Facebook and Twitter, and without any success I decided that it’s time to end this post.
So when the last person who signed up didn’t follow through and I was left with no Book Bloggers Talk in October. I decided to make the last Book Bloggers Talk on Maureen’s Books about me. There will be other regularly posts on Maureen’s Books.. Don’t worry.. Inspiration enough! ;)
Tell us a little more about yourself?
My name is Maureen (obviously :P) and I’m twenty-six years old. I live in the Netherlands and I’m a fulltime nurse in an academic hospital. I work in the Traumatology department and I really love working there. Next to my job as a nurse I spend my days reading. I love books and getting lost in different stories.
I've been living with my boyfriend Tom for almost six and a half years now. He is my best friend, my lover and my everything. I can't imagine a life without him. With him I can be the crazy book lover I am.
When did you learn about your passion for books?
Ever since I was a little girl I loved stories and reading. I come from a family of readers and so I grew up surrounded by books. I remember being very young and loving the moment when I was able to read books on my own.
I grew up with my mom and our home has always been filled with books and stories. Books were always very important to us. There is nothing I like more than spending my days surrounded by the people I love and reading a good book.
Which book was your childhood favorite?
I was eight years old when the first book in the Harry Potter series was published. I can honestly say I grew up with the Harry Potter series and they really became a huge part of my life. I read all the books multiple times and still to this day this series is my favorite book series. I remember the publication days of a new Harry Potter books being one of my favorite days of the year. I used to pre-order every book with help from my mom and when the book arrived I started reading and only stopped to eat.
Which book (or books) is your favorite right now?
Like I said the Harry Potter series is still one of favorites. But I also really love the twilight series, the fifty shades of grey series, the mortal instruments series and many more. I honestly don’t have one favorite book.. I have many!!
What’s your favorite book genre?
I read everything, and books from every genre out there. The genres I love the most are Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical Romance and contemporary novels. But I will read all kinds of genres if the sound of a book interests me. I also have weeks I love to read romance more than any other genres. But there are also weeks I prefer thrillers.. It just depends on my mood I guess.
I definitely prefer paperbacks. I’m one of those girls who smells there books. Weird maybe.. but there’s just something about the smell of a book.. It’s magical! I feel excited when I hold a paperback or hardback in my hands. And this feeling never goes away.
EBooks are very handy, especially when you don’t have room for a paperback.. And I also love reading ebooks because I don’t need to put on a light that makes my boyfriend unable to sleep at night.. but still.. I’ll always prefer the real deal!
How many books do you read in a week?
It depends on how much I’m working that week and what kind of shifts. I read less when I’m working the nightshift because I’m just more tired and love hanging on the couch with my boyfriend and watching a series. But when I’m working days I can read two or three books a week. On holidays I read one book or more a day.
If you could live inside one book world, which world would it be?
Without a doubt.. I would live in the world of Harry Potter. I would be a librarian at Hogwarts and fly a broom. And my best friend would be Hermione Granger. Sigh…
When did you decide to become a blogger? And when did you start your blog?
I’ve always wanted to talk and write about books. Somehow other than my family, I haven’t met many people here in the Netherlands who also love books as much as I do. So from a young age I thought about book blogging. But since I only read English books, I wanted to write in English but was afraid my English wasn’t good enough. Years later on March 17th 2014 I decided to start Maureen’s Books. Not caring if my English is good enough.. but just making my dreams come true!! And now a year and a half later I’m still blogging and loving every minute of it.
What I love most about blogging is the people I came to know around the world who share my passion! I’ve come in contact with many amazing authors who wanted me to read their books.. And I’ve read a lot of amazing books since starting this blog. I’ve also met a lot of other bloggers out there who just want to share their love of books and help each other out. Book bloggers really are wonderful people and I love that I was able to get a look inside this ‘world’. I honestly feel like I’m a part of something now.. And I can’t imagine my life without book blogging.
If you could change one thing in the book blogging community what would it be?
I can’t think of something I would change.
How do you plan your time for your blog? And how much time do you spend on your blog?
I try to spend a view hours on my blog every day. I’m a big planner and I write everything down to make sure I don’t forget anything. Sometimes when I’m really busy with work I’m not able to spend a lot of time on here.. but I always spend at least 30 minutes a day. I love my free days when I’m able to spend all day blogging and browsing the internet.
What is your favorite Book Blog?
I really love Candace’s Book Blog. Her blog was one of the first I really saw out there and I’m impressed with how much she has accomplished. She also really is an awesome person.
Recently I also really came to like the book blog the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Between My Lines. They are all very different but I love reading the reviews and other posts out there.
What do you think is the secret of a successful Book Blog?
Social media definitely seems to be a big part of being a good book blogger. I think I reach most of my visitors from my Facebook page and Twitter account. If you really want a successful book blog you most be prepared and willing to spend a lot of your time on it.
Some book bloggers out there are also inspiring writers. Do you also write?
Nope. I used to write a little when I was younger but other than blog posts I haven’t written anything for years. I just don’t have inspiration to write a book. I love reading books but I just don’t see myself as a writer. I’m really envies of authors though.. I think it’s awesome to be able to create your own story and characters.
What would you advise be for beginning book bloggers?
Just do what you want to do and love every minute of it!!