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Interview with a Book Blogger | Sunny Moudgil | The Bibliophile From Jupiter


Sunny Moudgil
aka The Bibliophile From Jupiter

Q.1 Please introduce yourself – Where are you from? How long have you been blogging? What’s the name of your blog? What made you decide to start a book blog?
A. Hey Aakanksha! Sunny this side, all the way from Delhi. Well, as far as blogging is concerned, my WordPress blog is close to two years old, and my Instagram page is just a month and four days old (I started it quite late, my bad!).

My blog name is The Bibliophile From Jupiter (I kept this name as my parents called me a resident of Jupiter when I was a toddler!). I decided to start a book blog as I had some books sitting idle in my almirah, so I planned to review them, and thus, my blog was born.

Q.2 What is your favorite genre and book?
A. My favorite genre is Romance, and the tagline of my blog justifies it (A die-hard lover of books. A romantic novel buff.) I don't know why, but I find myself more attracted to romance novels. But I also love other genres as well!

A favorite book of mine is Looking For Alaska by John Green. Because it has every single thing we reviewers wish to see in a book - romance, comedy, suspense, tragedy. And also because I found it so easy to comprehend. It is the best read for me till now.

Q.3 What one piece of advice do you wish you’d had when you first started book blogging?
A. I wish someone had told me to make an Instagram page as soon as I began book blogging. I made it last month only, so I’m really late on Instagram. Another thing I wish to have known is that you have to don’t sit in this expectation of getting review copies as soon as you start your book blogging journey.

Q.4 What piece of advice you would like to give to other bloggers?
A. Fellow bloggers, you have to constantly post reviews, and read more books to enhance your vocabulary, and to get inspired by writers. Maybe who knows, you are an author in making. Plus, if you don’t like a book, say it in some good words. Don’t sound harsh or rude to the author, and the publishing company. The author wouldn’t mind your review at all, but he/she will get upset, and demotivated by your harsh words.

Q.5 How many books are actually in your bookshelf/shelves right now?
A. I don’t exactly know how much I have, but a rough estimate is of close to 80 books. I maybe get wrong, but I think I have 80 books!

Q.6 If you could be a character from a book for just one day who would you be and why?
A.  It has to be Miles Halter from Looking For Alaska, because I want to experience some boarding school fun, do some serious pranks on seniors, enjoy learning the last words of famous people, and love a girl like Alaska.

Q.7 Is blogging your profession or just a hobby? Does your family support you? What’s their take on this?
A. Right now, blogging is a hobby for me. Maybe sometime shortly, I can make it a profession. Well, my family does support me, and my blogging. They are comfortable with me doing book blogging. No issues from their side, just a small request. They are like, “Okay, post your reviews. But do charge for reviewing!”

Q.8 What do you think is the best strategy for getting more visitors to a blog?
A. According to me, it will be the presentation of your blog. A simple, yet beautiful blog, free of too much clutter, will lead to more visitors on your blog.

Q.9 What are the top 3 characteristics you look for in a good book?
A. Well, a beautiful cover, emotional connection with the reader, and an engaging book plot/synopsis.

Q.10 What are your favourite Instagram/Bookstagram/Booktuber accounts?
A. Favourite Instagram accounts are @thejournalofareader_, @emptyhouseofliterature, @james_trevino, @paperbacksandpen and @elizabeth_sagan. These people have really beautiful IG pages, and I’m actually jealous of their pages. They are so amazing book bloggers!

 A few words for our readers and Books Charming -
For readers, I have to say that keep reading and don’t stop. Inspire yourself with books and maybe one day, you will become an author. Keep writing, even if it is a quote or a short story. You will slowly get into the habit of writing and try to share your writings with your friends, and get to know where you are lagging behind. Improvement is the basic key to success and this sits well with writing. Don’t stop writing even for a day. Improving writing will lead to success for you as a writer.

For Books Charming, Aakanksha is doing a great job of book reviewing herself, and her blog is just amazing! May you shine bright and get success!

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