Blog Love: Braiden – BookProbe (Reviews)

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Welcome back to Blog Love Wednesday where it is my great pleasure to introduce you to a diverse range of book lovers and their blogs.

This week we host Braiden of BookProbe whom I met and connected with over a mutual appreciation of Jay Kristoff and his debut Stormdancer.

Thanks for being part of the Blog Love feature Braiden and welcome to Beauty and Lace.

How did you get started as a book blogger?

I first began on Youtube reviewing my own books that I buy; I did that for about 8 months – I actually was one of the booktubers back when there were only so many. With that I watched the In My Mailbox videos from the Story Siren and discovered that she was actually a blogger, as were other bloggers with some videos uploaded on Youtube. I discovered book blogs mainly through the videos. There came a time where I got frustrated and tired of filming videos as it was such an arduous process continuously filming, editing and uploading every week if not every few days.

So therefore I decided I needed a change and thought that blogging would be a more creative outlet and would help me with my writing – to improve university assignments and my own creative writing. And as I embraced that change and discovered more about the book blogging community it opened me up to a whole new world of awesomeness – much more than what I would have known about if I had just stuck with videos on Youtube. I’m glad I made that change.

What is your background?

I didn’t have much of a background before I started blogging. As I said, all I had was a few months on Youtube. I guess I’m just a big reader who wants to be immersed in books more and more every single day.

Tell us about your blog?

Book Probe (Reviews) is a book blog that focuses on books in the Young Adult and Middle Grade genres. However, as YA and MG are not the only books I read, books of science fiction, fantasy and adult fiction can be seen every now and then on the blog. I’m a diverse reader and I want my blog to be diverse too; I don’t want to pigeon-hole myself to one particular age group or genre anymore. I began with YA because you have to begin somewhere, however small it was. I guess it was also YA because a majority of book blogs do focus on Young Adult and Young Adult only.

I have had the blog up for just under 2 years and it is continuously changing and improving.

Is blogging a hobby or a job for you?

Blogging consumes so much of my daily life that it has traversed from being a hobby to a not-for-profit job. Even reading has become a job, but I feel like I get so much more out of the book as I can discuss it with other friends and bloggers than I would have if I were not a blogger and read it for enjoyment. I now know the publishing industry after book blogging and I currently work in an independent bookstore so I thank book blogging for that.

So in a way, by being a bookseller, book blogging is just a side job because they are correlated greatly. However, book blogging has given me so much enjoyment (meeting/getting to know/becoming friends with authors, publishers and other bloggers and book lovers) that I should never want to call it a job.

What is your favourite book of all time?

This is every book blogger or lovers worst question to be asked. I’ve read so many great books that I would call my favourite, but I’m incredibly hopeless at choosing one book – I couldn’t even try choosing even ten of my favourite books. If there was one favourite book it would be the first book I have ever read and got me loving reading… and I only wish I could recall what that book was when I was so young.

What are you currently reading?

I am slowly making my way through J.K. Rowling’s A Casual Vacancy – bought it on the day after it was released. I am also reading Behind The Shock Machine by Gina Perry which is a biography sorta book about the lack of ethics behind Milgrim’s experiment and the effects it had, and still has, on those that participated. And as for the YA book, I am finishing off Brigid Kemmerer’s Spark, the sequel to Storm.

Which author would you most like to meet and why?

So there’s that Jo Rowling – you know her? – just because she’s like the most famous author of the past couple decades, and with whatever interview I watch of her she seems so genuine and sweet. Also there’s Suzanne Collins – she’s a very private person so does not do many events and such so I guess that’s why I want meet her. Suzanne Collins is that type of person who successfully did something and didn’t fall victim to the fame and stress that it brought her.

What book would you like to see made into a movie?

Oh most definitely either Melina Marchetta’s Lumatere Chronicles, Marianne de Pierre’s Night Creatures series, or Alison Goodman’s Eon and Eona. And it goes without saying that I would love to see Jay Kristoff’s Stormdancer on the big screen also.

What future plans do you have for your blog?

I want to do much more than just Young Adult and children’s books. I also hope to find others to co-blog with so that the blog can become more consistent and active than it is now – maybe even including game reviews and other such things. I have had the thought of creating a sister blog focusing on theatre, film and TV. But maybe I’m getting too ahead of myself at the moment and I should just focus on my psychology degree first, age some years, get a job as a psychologist, get married, get a house, have children and other stuff before I do. Hah!

Name 3 of your favourite blogs?

Saz101 – best reviews ever!
Eleusinian Mysteries of Reading – so much awesome!
Fiktshun – just an all-round awesome blogger!

What does being a book blogger mean to you?

It is an outlet that allows me to express what I enjoy most without being ashamed or shy. It has energised my life – really, it has!

Braiden can be found at Goodreads, BookProbe, Facebook and Twitter.


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