Hi Everyone!! :-)
Keeley, on the ABibliophilesJourney YouTube Channel, has been kind enough to join us today. She's a book tuber on YouTube, and you may remember that she was kind enough to give Taken By The Huntsman a shout out during her #25DaysOfIndie project. She also just recently reached the 200 subscriber mark for her channel! Congratulations, Keeley, and can you tell us how long have you been book tubing on YouTube? :-)
Keeley: Only since May of 2014. I didn't even know book tubing existed until I decided to Google "book hauls" to look for book ideas.
Me: Wow! That's quite an achievement in such a short time. What made you want to start?
Keeley: I really felt like I had finally found a community I could join in on. Reading has been a huge part of my life for a long time and I have been a book collector for as long as I can remember. If I could make friends from all over the world as a result of sharing my books, I figured why not?
Me: Awesome!! I agree, one of the best things about the internet is meeting wonderful people from all over the place. :-) When did you learn about indie books vs. traditional publishers?
Keeley: I definitely knew there were self published books out there, but I really didn't start looking into any specific authors until I saw someone use #IndieBooksBeSeen in one of their tweets. At this point I can't remember who it was either. I was intrigued so I looked into it and was instantly hooked.
Me: Yeah, Mark Shaw is amazing for what he's done with #IndieBooksBeSeen. How do you decide which books to read?
Keeley: Mostly from ones that I grew up hearing about which constitutes the majority of my horror/fantasy/sci fi choices. Then of course a lot of my more recent choices have been heavily influenced by what other book tubers are talking about and indie authors that I've been discovering.
Me: That makes sense. How does your rating system work?
Keeley: I pretty much start out with every book at a 4 in my head. Then as I'm reading I'll adjust based on if I'm enjoying it, the dialogue, if the plot is predictable, etc. More often than not it seems that books stay around a 4 for me. I try not to give 5's anymore unless a book really blows me away or if it was super fun to read. It's rare that I'll give below a 3.
Me: Ha! You sound like some of my teachers who hate to give As. ;-) How long does it generally take for you to read and review a book once you receive it?
Keeley: It varies. I try to read and review books that I've received ASAP, but I also try to read what I'm in the mood for so that I give the book a fair chance. I found that if I force myself to read something because I feel pressured, I won't stay engaged and often will give the book a lower rating. Now if it's something I'm super excited about I'll normally start it within a few days and try to review it the day that I finish it.
Me: Yeah, a book you're not in the mood for is hard to get into. What do you like best and worst about book tubing?
Keeley: What I like best is probably meeting new people and getting new ideas for books. What I like the least is the amount of "drama" that happens because of misunderstandings or disagreeing with someone else's opinions. I typically stay out of it because book blogging is something I do for fun. I'm a graduate student and work in victim services so I'd like book tubing to stay a fun hobby rather than an added stressor.
Me: Yes, drama is definitely something to be avoided. ;-) Is there anything else you'd like to talk about or say?
Keeley: You're awesome! This is super exciting and thank you so much!
Me: Awww!! Thank you!! That's very sweet of you! :-) You're pretty awesome yourself! :-) Are there any links you'd like to share with these fine folks?
Keeley: Be sure to check out the Indie Book Club!!! We just started in January of 2015 and read Seed by DB Nielsen.
Me: Absolutely!! :-) And thank you so much for joining us here today Keeley! :-) You can check out my review of DB Nielsen's Seed here:
Check out and subscribe to Keeley's YouTube channel here:
And watch and like her videos! :-) Especially her kind words about Taken By The Huntsman! (Sorry, couldn't resist ;-) )