Thanks for taking the time out to visit my blog, I really appreciate it.
This page has been so blank for the last 6 years and I felt it was about time to inject some personality into it!
Hope you enjoy finding out a little bit more about me, sorry for my ramblings in advance.
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Who am I?
I’m Ash Williams, a 25 year old (yikes) book blogger from South Wales.
Although my blog’s been running since 2013, I began book blogging journey in July 2017. I’ve loved to read from a very young age. When I was in Primary School my mother was called in to have a chat with my teacher about my reading. The teacher was worried because I wasn’t reading the syllabus books I was sent home with. My mother explained to her that it wasn’t because I couldn’t read, I just found the books boring and was more interested in reading Harry Potter. When my teacher found this out she allowed me to stop reading the syllabus books and read whatever I wanted to, so thanks for that JK Rowling!
I’m a mother to two cats, Luna – a two year old, black and white domestic shorthair who I adopted and Bilbo, a one year old crazy Russian Blue. I also have a 19 year old fluffy ginger cat called Maddie that lives with my grandparents and a Russian Dwarf hamster called Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova (Katya for short) – named after the drag queen of course!
Why did you create your book blog?
After graduating with a 2:1 from Cardiff University in English Literature in 2016 I fell out of love with reading. When you’re studying for a degree, it’s tough to devote a lot of time to reading books you want to, rather than ones on the syllabus. Over my three years in University I only really read a handful of my own books. While I read some novels for my degree that I LOVED – Rebecca, Frankenstein and Great Expectations to name a few, I found that in my spare time I didn’t want to pick up my own books.
It took me just over a year to get back into reading, and in all honesty, my book blog sparked my love for reading again. Surrounding myself in a community full of fellow book lovers was just what I needed and I discovered so many books I wanted to read.
I wanted to get back into blogging for a few years, but couldn’t really think of anything I wanted to blog about. I do love makeup, but I’m not a fanatic and don’t think I fully fit the mould of a lifestyle blogger. I’ve blogged about food and various other topics in the past but didn’t feel the pull to continue with this. This is when the lightbulb moment hit. I love book, I want to read more again, I need to stock up my bookshelves – let’s book blog! At the time I didn’t even realise there was a huge community of book bloggers, my uneducated self thought there would only be a handful of bloggers interested in sharing their thoughts on books – how wrong was I?! As soon a I logged into Twitter and saw how many people also wanted to share their passion for books I was over the moon!
What bookish content do you post?
I post a mixture of book reviews, hauls, events, meet ups, conventions, tag posts, blogging and reading tips, books I’ve loved and read, blog tours, TBR lists, yearly goals and everything in between. I’m currently looking to write more organic posts, rather than sticking to a more rigid structure like I used to.
What are your aims from book blogging?
I don’t really have any set aims for my book blog. It was alway a dream of mine to reach 1,000 followers and this year I surpassed this – which I’m so incredibly grateful for! Numbers aren’t the be all or end all for me at all, but I set the goalpost thinking I’d never even hit 10 subscribers, so it’s crazy to see how far this little blog has come in the last two years!
I’ve always been really interested in the publishing world, but living in Wales, job opportunities in this field are pretty much non existent as you really need to be living near London. I wanted to have the oppourtunity to work with publishers and learn more about the industry as a whole, which blogging has actually fulfilled. It may be a long winded way of getting to know different publishers, but it’s provided such a great insight into the book creating process and industry as a whole. While it’s still a dream of mine to eventually work in publishing, I’m happy that I’m fulfilling my passions through this blog and my aim is to continue to do this.
If I had to say what my main aim is for this blog it would be to continue to chat about the books I love, share reviews and to write interesting and helpful tips for you all.
What are your interests/hobbies?
I love listening to music and going to gigs – rock music is probably my favourite genre, but chuck on some London Grime and I’m there too! My Spotify playlist ranges from Slipknot to James Blunt, West End faves to BTS, I’ll give anything a listen. MY faves are probably; Green Day, Panic! At The Disco, Busted, McFly, A Day to Remember, Lady Gaga, My Chemical Romance and Ed Sheeran – to name a few.
TV and films are a firm favourite for me too. It’s no surprise that Ru Paul’s Drag Race is on the list, Game of Thrones, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Orange is the New Black, You are a few I’ve loved the past couple of years. I’ve always got to watch at least one run through of Gavin and Stacey every year too. Filmwise, I love the MCU – especially anything related to Spider-Man or Deadpool. I don’t mind the DC films, but some are a bit of a hit or miss. I love a good comedy and Rom-Com, Step Brothers, Blades of Glory, Anchorman and Mean Girls are ones I can always rewatch and quote on cue. Of course I’m a massive Harry Potter fan and can pretty much recite the Philosopher’s Stone word for word (a warning if you ever watch it with me)! I’ve got one huge spot for 80’s films so if you also like the cult classics, you’re already my best mate. The Lost Boys, The Karate Kid, Teen Wolf, The Goonies, Back to the Future, Gremlins, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Stand By Me – all sooo good. I do love the LOTR films, though I was a bit disappointed with The Hobbit trilogy and much preferred the book – sorry! You can’t forget Disney films, Beauty and the Beast and Tarzan are the best.
What are your favourite book genres?
I try and read as widely as possible and don’t tend to just stick to one type of book. I’ll read anything. My particular favourites would be contemporary, historical fiction and non fiction based around WW2 and horror. I enjoy Chick-Lit books and am trying to read more thrillers, Fantasy and Sci-Fi. Being a mood reader, I have to want to read a book at that specific point in time and if I try and force myself to read, I don’t tend to enjoy a book as much as I perhaps would have if I wanted to red it at that time. I wish I could, it would make blogging a lot simpler sometimes!
Talking of books, are you accepting book review requests?
I am currently accepting book review requests, please refer to the Review Policy section of my blog to find out how to reach out to me regarding requests. As I receive quite a few requests I can’t promise that I will review every book, but I try my best to sort through requests as quickly as possible.
What are my all time favourite reads?
Ooo there’s so many I love – here are a few off the top of my head!
Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (need to reread these soon!) – J. R. R. Tolkien
The Demonata series (particularly Lord Loss and Bec) – Darren Shan
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
The BFG – Roald Dahl
Secrets – Jaqueline Wilson
Dead Gorgeous – Malorie Blackman
The Arc of a Scythe Series – Neal Shusterman
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee
They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig