Saturday, January 10, 2015

Featured Blogger: Interview with Mel from The Daily Prophecy

Hey booklovers!

Auggie-Talk is starting a new blog segment where we  Feature AWESOME Bloggers. During this occasional event we'll be hosting book bloggers here for you to meet and discover! 

These bloggers are people we've come to love in the blog world and who we believe really contribute to our community whether it be through awesome reviews, comment love, or just a general book-lovin' attitude.

Today we interview Mel, blogger extraordinaire at "The Daily Prophecy" one of our FAVORITE blog spots.

Who is Mel?

23. Dutch. In love. Student microbiology. Disney addict. Fangirl. TV shows + movies lover. Fairytales & retellings. Fantasy. Gamer. Shy. Perfectionist. Insecure. Passionate. Collector. Happy. More can be read on the About me page.

Interview with Mel

What inspired you to start your own book blog?

I believe I'm not the only one: Goodreads. I wanted to keep track of my books, but ended up being inspired by other bloggers and one day I simply opened a blog and got started. I'm still very happy with that decision.

As a blogger, What was the biggest challenge you faced in the beginning?

I'm a shy person, so it was hard for me to make people aware of my blog. I wasn't confident enough to talk to other bloggers and I wasn't sure how I could get attention. I made some beginners mistakes (like leaving comments ending with 'check out my new blog!'), but eventually I got the hang of it.

What is the biggest challenge you face now?

Finding a balance between life and blogging. I started my internship last year and I lost a lot of free time. I still need some adaptation to my new schedule, which means I have to figure out a new way to combine everything I like to do. I'm slowly getting there.

What is the most rewarding part of being a book-blogger?
The friends I've made! It's amazing to connect with people from all over the world who share the same passion(s) as me. It feels like we are one big family and I've grown. I'm still shy, but I'm less afraid to speak to someone on social media.

You get an opportunity to spend the afternoon with your favorite author.  Who is it and how will you spend your time together?

I have several authors I would love to meet, but I think I'm going for the author who made me fall in love with fairytale retellings: Juliet Marillier. It was her Daughter of the forest that made me aware of retellings. She lives in a much warmer country, so I would like to do some sightseeing with her. And in the evening we would talk about fairytales over a nice meal.

The first favorite book that comes to your mind! Go! Now why do you think this one came to your mind first?

The book thief by Markus Zusak. I think because it's one of the few books that can make me cry. The writing-style is BEAUTIFUL, the POV is original and the book is filled with emotions and wonderful people you need to meet. I've reread this book multiple times and it never fails to touch me.

What do you hope to contribute to the book-community? 

Oh, that's a difficult question. My first thought was kindness. I always leave comment love around the blogosphere to make people feel valued. I also try to support people and to make them feel better when they are down.

We know you’re a Disney/Fairytale fanatic! (We are too!) Tell us a bit about your favorite fairytale and maybe give some book/movie/swag recommendations for it.

I hope you understand what you just started! Haha. I go straight into fangirl mode when someone starts about Disney and fairytales and it's easy to start to ramble. My favorite tale is hands down Beauty and the beast. There is something about the moral in that story that speaks to me and I recognize a lot of myself in Belle. Plus, who doesn't dream of the library she got from the beast?

Last year (gosh, it feels so weird to say this. I still have the idea it's 2014) I saw a French adaptation from Beauty and the beast and I was blown away. It's visually stunning and I like all the new details they added to the storyline. It's simply called 'La belle et la bête.' Here is a link. I highly recommend to check it out. Something entirely different and it's a bit of a 'guilty' pleasure: The beautician and the beast. I used to watch this movie over and over again with my sister, who was a huge fan of the TV show 'Fran' I couldn't get enough of the low voice from Timothy Dalton, haha.

When it comes to books, I recommend two different titles. The first one is Rosamund Hodge - Cruel beauty. Her world-building is fantastic. She managed to take all the basics from the story and she mixed it together with mythology, which creates something entirely new and fascinating. The second would be from the earlier named Juliet Marillier - Heart's blood. Her writing-style is magical and she manages to capture the essence of the fairytale. There is something about her strong heroines and sweet romances; I can't get enough of it.

When it comes to swag, there are a couple of things I need in my life and I can't wait to get my hands on them. 

These awesome Pop vinyl figurines

A necklace from this Etsy shop

This cute bracelet and card that you can use as bookmark

OKAY. I'll stop before it's too late.

There are many individuals out there hoping to start their own blog, what advice or encouragement do you have to give?
Go for it! There is no right or wrong way to blog. The only tip I can give you is: be yourself and do what feels good for you. You will figure out how to blog soon enough.

 Your favorite book websites, resources, or stores. 
I love Goodreads, because it makes it so much easier to keep track of all my books.
I buy most of my books from The book depository, because English (YA) books are either too expensive or not for sale in the stores over here. The one store that does sell them is American Book Center and you can often find me there in the bargain section.

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