The Blogger Spotlight section highlights people in the book blogging community whose work I really admire. Mikee has a ton of followers on Twitter and is one of the top ranked Goodreads reviewers, so chances are you’ve probably seen/heard of her! I picked Mikee for my Blogger Spotlight because I think she’s one of the most relatable voices among YA book reviewers. She’s incredibly friendly, truly interacts with her followers, and her reviews are so articulate, insightful, and accurate! And her instagram is just a straight up work of art.
You can find Mikee at:
Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram
Blogger Spotlight Q&A
• Which platform are you most active on?
I’m always on Goodreads and Twitter. So if ever you want to talk books, we can rant like there’s no tomorrow on there. 🙂
I also have a bookstagram which I started a few weeks ago. I’m active but I only post a bookish picture maybe once a week. I love using props and doing themes related to the book I’m taking a picture of so it actually takes me awhile to get everything together and to think of a picture that closely represents the book.
• Which country are you from?
I was born in the Philippines and raised in the United States.
• What made you get involved in the book blogging community and how did you start?
Ever since I could remember, I’ve always loved reading. It’s always been for fun and nothing serious. When it was done for anything besides that like required reading at school, I actually found myself struggling a little. And because I struggled, I kind of distanced myself from books because I felt that it took away the fun that I always had while reading. So a few years passed, I graduated high school, and since then I could probably count the books I’ve read for my own fun in those years on one hand.
Once I got to college, I excelled quite well on my placement exam and the school told me I didn’t have to take reading classes. No more required reading for me! So last summer, I decided to finally start reading again for my own entertainment for a change. I was searching for books to read and I stumbled upon Goodreads. I shelved the books I’ve read, listed the books I haven’t, and now I’m here! When I first started my Goodreads, I actually told myself that I wasn’t going to write reviews but I knew I couldn’t suppress my fangirling for long so a month or so after I created my account, I decided to start “reviewing” my books. These first reviews were more horrible and were more like thoughts and comments than anything. And they were probably no more than a few sentences long haha!
But June 20th actually marks a year since I’ve made my Goodreads account and I’m proud to say that my reviews have gotten much more longer than two sentences since then! XD
• Is there a specific series that made you really get into YA books?
There’s a few actually! Red Queen, The Selection series, and A Court of Thorns and Roses were the series that made me want to take books and reviewing seriously. I know they’re not the best books out there, but I think I’ll always have a special place in my heart for these particular books.
• What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?
The cruelty of having to choose just one book. :'( I think it would be a tie between Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. BUT if I had to choose between the two, I would have to go with Lady Midnight.
• Which 2016 release are you really looking forward to?
A 2016 release that I haven’t read yet in terms of ARCs and hasn’t already been released yet would be The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson or Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes.
• If you could live in one book world, what would it be?
I’m not 100% sure if this would be considered a “world”, but without a doubt, I would want to live within the Wizarding world of Harry Potter. Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, you name it! Of all the beautiful worlds that authors around the globe have brought to life, the Harry Potter world has truly been the greatest.
• Which character would you want to be best friends with?
Mor and/or Amren from A Court of Mist and Fury. I just finished reading the book a few days ago and I don’t think I’ve read about such kick-butt ladies like these two in awhile!
WESSA FOR LIFE.
• If you could hang out with any author for a day, who would you choose?
Sarah J. Maas or Maggie Stiefvater
• Top 3 book recommendations?
– A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
– Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
– The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I know The Nightingale isn’t really YA. It’s a historical fiction novel and although it’s not a genre I usually read myself, I would highly recommend this book and I believe it’s a book that can be enjoyed universally by any reader regardless of the genres we prefer to read.
• What’s been the coolest part of book blogging so far?
Just meeting people from around the world who love books as much as you do! I don’t know anybody around where I’m from that enjoys reading or even reads at all! So to actually meet people from around the globe who’s read and loved the same books as I have has been such a great experience. And above all, it’s made reading even more enjoyable knowing that you’ll never be alone in escaping reality and living the lives of the many different characters you read about.
• Any advice to someone looking to start their own blog, bookstagram, booklr, etc?
Do it because you love books. Don’t just start your own bookstagram, blog, etc. because you want free books or ARCs. That’s just not the way it is. Sure getting free books and reading them before the rest of the world is great but the book community is so much bigger than that. At the end of the day, our love for books, be it finished copies or ARCs, are what bounds us all together. Plus, starting a book-related blog/account isn’t automatically going to land you free stuff. It takes a lot of patience, networking, and a lot of doing stuff for free because we’re doing this for our love of books and not for money after all.
And if you do decide to make your own blog or another book-related account, don’t ever be discouraged that you start off with little to no followers/likes/views at all. We’ve all been there before. Don’t think for a second that your thoughts and opinions don’t matter as much compared to your favorite blogger or BookTuber. What you say, think, or do matters. YOU matter. Our love for books isn’t a competition, nor is it defined by the number of followers we have. With a little patience and a little bookish love, soon enough you’ll get to where you want to be! Good luck fellow bookworms!