Today on Tilbury Talks To…I’m delighted to welcome Kate Noble. Thank you for agreeing to take part today Kate. Would you let everyone know a little bit about you?
I’m a mum, wife and proofreader as well as book blogger and have managed to amass a wonderful collection of books that I wouldn’t want to part with. Rather proud to say that my daughter is also turning into quite the little bookworm. I try to juggle reading and knitting by using a kindle wedged between cushions but occasionally this leads to dropped stitches or me completely abandoning the wool and needles in favour of my book. My go to reads are usually crime and historical thrillers but I do like to challenge myself with something different now and again.
What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
It was a way to give my time some shape whilst my baby napped initially. I’ve always been a reader and shared my thoughts on books with family and friends, but a book blog seemed like a good way to keep track of my thoughts on books in one place. Initially, it was just for me, but soon I found out that other people were interested in “hearing” my thoughts on books and so I began posting my reviews on to social media for others to read too.
What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
Best would probably be the connections you can make through the book blogging community. There are a whole raft of people out there who love books and aren’t afraid to shout about books. The friendships I’ve made through blogging are wonderful, bloggers are a great bunch who put their hearts and souls into what they do and in turn, offer advice, friendship and comradery.
Worst would probably be learning the hard way that I cannot read every book that I want to, no matter how much sleep I lose. I hate to let people down and feel awful when I have to turn down a review request, but there simply aren’t enough hours in the day.
How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
Depending on the book, it’s often as soon as I’ve finished reading it, but sometimes mum duties or work will get in the way and it will be hours later or even a day later. I try not to leave it too long between reading and reviewing as otherwise I’ll forget entirely.
Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
I’ve been lucky enough to meet Jen Lucas (Jen Med Book Reviews), Sharon Bairden (Chapter in my life), and Mary Picken (Live and Deadly), who are all utterly lovely! Having followed their blogs for some time, I was a little star struck meeting them at Granite Noir 2018 in Aberdeen. They’re even lovelier in real life and perfect companions to have a chat and coffee with.
If you’ve not met any other book bloggers in ‘real life’ yet, who would you like to meet and why?
There are so many I’d like to meet, I would absolutely love to meet Eva (Novel Deelights) in real life, we always joke that we’re like kindred spirits, and it would be wonderful to finally meet her. I’d also love to meet Vicki (Off the Shelf books), Janet (From First Page to Last), Meggy (chocolatenwaffles), Emma (damppebbles) and Emma (edmcreating perfection) amongst others.
Have you met any of your favourite authors? Did the experience meet your expectations?
I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of the amazing Orenda authors at Granite Noir 2018 and I was amazed at how down to earth they were. So friendly and approachable, and more than happy to chat away over a coffee, and sign books. I also met Will Dean, who was lovely and so friendly.
Which book has had the most emotional impact on you? This can be any emotion – sadness, laughter, fear etc.
There are two that I can think of off the top of my head. One is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, something about this book just struck a chord with me, and I found one part in particular so heart breaking to read, perhaps it was pregnancy hormones (I was 8 months pregnant when I read this), but I was bawling my eyes out reading it and desperately didn’t want to turn the page to acknowledge that an event had occurred.
The other book is I Am Rosemarie by Marietta D. Moskin, I read this as a teenager (it’s actually a book my mum got at a school book fair when she was younger), and it’s one of those stories that’s stayed with me since. It perhaps sparked my interest in WWII books and I know that reading it at a young age shaped my view of certain things, and certainly it made me think about attitudes and how we treat others.
Thank you for great answers Kate. I have also read The Book Thief and thought it was both an emotional and absorbing read. Very originally told with it’s ‘narrator’ too.
Thank you for your continued support.