Confessions of a Book Blogger


I would like to welcome my fellow book blogger and friend, Martina Cote`-Kunz to Layered Pages today a little about her blogging and her what she reviews. Martina, please tell your audience what your blog’s name and address is.

Book Drunkard – Book Drunkard

When did you start a book blog and why?

I’ve loved to read for as long as I can remember. Books are so special to me and I guess you could say I’m addicted! I wanted to share my obsession so I started my own blog on April 17, 2009.

What are the kind of posts do you feature?

Reviews, guest posts, interviews (when I’m brave – I’m not very good at them!), cover reveals, read-a-thon posts, release day posts. I also do posts at the end of the year sharing the best books I read the past 12 months, and posts sharing which books I’m looking forward to reading the following year.

Martine Book Shelf

How often do you blog?

I try to post a couple times a week. Sometimes it’s more, sometimes less. Life has this way of taking up my reading time…

What are some of the positive feedback you have received?

Once, someone told me they spent all day reading every single post on my blog. It was a huge compliment to me that they’d take time out of their day for me. ❤

On average, how many books do you review a year?

I’d say about 40 a year. I’d like it to me more, though.

What is your favorite genre?

 Historical fiction

What is your less favorite?


Martina Bookshelf 2

How do you feel about negative reviews?

I personally don’t give negative reviews. If I don’t like a book, I focus mainly on the positive aspects of it. There are too many people out there who give negative reviews for the fun of it and are just plain mean about it. If the book is so bad that I can’t finish it, I usually write DNF and just keep going.

When considering a book to review what do you look for?

Topic, author, genre, and occasionally, the cover. Bad, I know!

List three book covers you love.

Only three?? I’ll choose some recent ones –

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

The Witch of Painted Sorrows

Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner

Mademoiselle Chanel

The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

The Butterfly and the Violin

How do you feel about authors using social media to speak out or badly of reviewers who did not give the author’s book a glowing review?

I guess I understand why they do it. When you’ve spent so long working on something, you hate to see it torn down. However, it’s probably best to keep quiet. It can snowball and make things so much worse.

Have you had any negative experience with blogging?

Not with blogging. On Goodreads, yes.

Do you read more than one book at a time?

Yes. I’m currently reading three.

Do you read self-published books? If so which ones have you read this year so far?

I do read self-published books. I haven’t read any this year, but I will be soon. I have one on my list.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering starting a blog?

Do it! It’s a great way to meet new people with the same interests, meet authors (they are just like read people, did you know?! 🙂 And share your love of books and reading.



6 thoughts on “Confessions of a Book Blogger

  1. Love this! I also review books on my blog, and it takes a lot of time, but I it has added something to the way I read. I also do not bother to do negative reviews — if the book is not good, I don’t even want to read it, never mind spend my time writing about it!


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