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Book blogger spotlight: Angel Reads

Blogger Angel Gouvas has been writing about YA books since 2012, and has a particular interest in #LoveOzYA and discussions about diversity. Gouvas spoke to Books+Publishing for our ‘Book blogger spotlight’ series.

Describe your blog in under 50 words.

Angel Reads is just a girl and her books. It’s a blog full of posts about everything and anything to do with young adult books and pop culture. From book and movie reviews to discussions about what’s happening in the industry.  

What makes your blog unique?

On Angel Reads I like to have a range of discussions regarding YA books. I love talking with #LoveOZYA authors, and I did a whole feature last year interviewing them. I also love talking about disabilities in YA and the need for diversity.

When and how did you get started?

Angel Reads first came about in early 2012. I was watching book reviews on YouTube, but I wasn’t all that comfortable with being on the camera. I then looked around and found the wonderful world of book blogging. I made a simple blog with Blogger and from there it’s taken off.

How do you find out about new books?

A combination of ways. Social media is always a good way to find out about books, as well as places like Goodreads. I also receive publishers’ catalogues that show up-and-coming books. Over the years publishers have approached me to review certain books for them, as well as being added to their media lists.

What audience do you reach?

My audience varies month-to-month; like life, there are ups and downs. When I’m more active I can get up to 70% new visitors each month. Age-wise, 45% of my audience is between the ages of 18-24, and coming in second are readers aged 25-34. Location wise, most of my audience comes from the US, Australia, and the UK. But I also have people visited from countries like Russia, Brazil and the Philippines.

What other book blogs do you regular follow?

Paperfury always has amazing reviews and bookish discussions that I love to read. Tea and Titles hosted by two Melbourne girls also has insightful reviews and discussions regarding disabilities in young adult literature.

What has been your most popular post?

Two posts of mine are quite popular: my review of Richelle Mead’s Silver Shadows (Puffin) after she tweeted about it as it was one of the first reviews; and a discussion called ‘Don’t Rate A Book Before You Read It.’

What is your favourite social media platform—and what recent trends in social media have you noticed in book blogging?

Twitter is a great way to interact with other readers, bloggers, authors and publishers. I like that I can talk with people all around the world that love books and read as much as I do. It’s not only a great way to make friends but to make connections with people and the love we all have for reading.

It’s not so much a recent trend, but using images can recreate the feel and beauty of a book. I love that book bloggers are capturing this for the titles they are reviewing.

What are you reading now?

I am currently reading Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer that’s coming out this month.



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