Today on My Africa my story I feature a Kenyan Book Blogger- Diana Gitau who talks about her love for reading and blogging about books.
- Introduce yourself – How long have you been blogging? What’s the name of your blog? What made you decide to start a book blog?
My name is Diana. I have been a blogger for 6 years. I started with a lifestyle blog where I used to post travel reviews and short stories.
However, I have been book blogging since January, 2016 which is when I started my current blog, A Haven for Book Lovers . Like most book bloggers, I started the blog to share my love of books with the world.
- What book are you currently reading? Why did you choose to read this particular book?
In Love and War by Liz Trenow
This is historical fiction with a unique storyline. I didn’t know about war tours where family and friends of soldiers who died or went missing during the world war would visit the battle fields in search of news about their loved ones.
I am only two chapters in but I love the story so far.
3. Where do you get inspiration to choose a particular book?
I pick books mainly based on the blurbs. A few times, I have been inspired by the covers. I also have auto-buys. These are books by authors who I just can’t resist like Kerry Wilkinson, Robert Bryndza, Caroline Mitchell, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Khaleed Hosseini.
4. What are the top 3 characteristics you look for in a good book?
Engaging plot, uniqueness and generally a well-written story. Bonus points if it’s a book that will help me learn something new or take me to a new location.
5. What motivates you to keep blogging about books?
My love for books is number one. I also love being able to interact with authors and publishers and sharing my reviews is how I thank them for the books they bring to the world.
I also absolutely love the book blogging community. I have met many wonderful people through blogging and have ended up being friends with a couple of them. It is interesting to meet people from all over the world who happen to also share the love for books. I just love my fellow book bloggers.
6. What one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you first started book blogging?
Blogging shouldn’t really be a solo journey. It is about being part of a community. You always end up receiving back the love that you give. You can’t just blog in your own island and think that you don’t need to interact with others and still expect them to support you. Interactions are a great, enjoyable part of blogging. The moment I learned this, my blogging journey really turned around for the better.
7. What’s your most popular blog post?
I will restrict this answer to only posts that I have done in 2018. My most popular posts are actually two:
In terms of views, my review of The Pact by S.E. Lynes has had 2,390 views since it was published. I still can’t explain this but it has been getting a minimum of 300 views on a monthly basis with daily visits of at least 15-20. In August only, it had 516 views. I suspect that maybe it has been linked to another site with a lot of traffic. I don’t have any other post that receives as much traffic as this one especially months after being posted.
In terms of comments and likes, The Biggest Book Hangovers
I published this in March and the post has 104 likes and 63 comments. That is currently the highest number of likes and comments that I have had on a single post in 2018 so far.
Are you a book blogger? Do you love reading? You can connect with Diana on her blog and read her reviews.