Book Blog, Book Tags, Lists, Uncategorized

Book Blogger Insider Tag

Happy Monday readers! Amanda over at Peaks and Pages tagged us in the Book Blogger Insider Tag. I’m super excited, this is our first tag!

This is Cait Marie answering the questions, but I will try to answer as many as possible for the website in general along with my own personal responses. Let’s jump right in!

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Functionally Fictional is made up of 9 contributors at the moment. We are all spread out across the country, literally. Personally, I am in Indiana, and I write most of my reviews and posts in my living room. I have one of those adjustable hospital tables that I use as a desk. It has wheels, so I kind of move back and forth between my living room and bedroom.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

For me personally, it doesn’t take very long. I’m a pretty quick writer once I know what I’m writing. Typically, I can bust one out in about 20 minutes. However, the reviews on series as a whole obviously take longer.

3. When did you start your book blog?

Functionally Fictional began as an idea at the end of February 2018. The website was up and running by the first week of March, and posts started the second week of March. Personally, I started a book blog in January. It was very similar, but it was just me and it was more for my own writing. I decided to expand and make it a whole thing with my own team of reviewers and book enthusiast. Thus, Functionally Fictional was born.

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

It’s time consuming. Not just in the way I have to review, edit, schedule, etc. every post myself, but also because it’s kind of all I want to do. I am constantly checking the website, the email, and working on posts because I love it and I want to be reading and working on all of this all the time.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Getting to talk about books and meeting others who enjoy reading the same things as you. The community is fantastic and welcoming, and I’ve only just joined!

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

This one is difficult because there aren’t many yet. I loved writing about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Love, Simon. I also love talking about the A Court of Thorns and Roses books, though.

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I really like tags and lists…

8. When do you typically write?

I don’t have a set time. However, I write a lot in the afternoon or really late at night with my phone. I pretty much write whenever I can (if I’m not reading!).

9. Do you review every book you read?

Again, I just started, but yes. The goal is to review or at least mention every book I read, if I can keep up with it. The problem is that the reviews are backed up right now because I only post mine on Tuesdays, and I only do one per week. I’m going to have to change the schedule.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

I don’t like coffee or tea, so usually I have a Diet Coke or flavored water. Typically, I am wearing pajama pants, sitting in front of my space heater, and listening to music.

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

I try to write them right after I finish, or within 24 hours at least. There are a few that I’m writing late. For example, I read the A Court of Thorns and Roses books at the end of last year and wrote the reviews in March. I felt like I needed to start with them because they’re basically the reason I started all of this, so I wanted to share those first.

12. How often do you post?

Currently, I share articles, tags, lists, etc. on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays I share one of my reviews, and on Thursdays I share a review by one of the others on the team. I try to do 3-4 posts total each week. I am going to work on changing this around a bit, though, and possibly post more often.


Now I am supposed to tag 10 others, but I’m new to this and don’t know many people. So I’m going to tag a couple that I do know and then if anyone else wants to participate, go for it and let me know below if you want tagged in the future!

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