Beth’s blog is ONE!!! And no, this is not Beth talking about herself in third person.
This is Carrie from Reading Is My SuperPower. I am a huge fan of Faithfully Bookish – and of Beth. Even though she has chickens. ????
Beth is a champion of Christian fiction and a woman I am honored to call “friend”. I’m so proud of this milestone in her blogging journey, and I’m excited to celebrate with her!!!
About the Blogger
Beth Erin is a Christian fiction enthusiast, book reviewer, and blogger. She strives to edify and connect with readers and authors through her blog and on social media. Beth is passionate about promoting authors and their entertaining, encouraging, and redemptive stories.
Beth lives with her husband and their four children in a close-knit rural southern Illinois farming community. They love their laid back lifestyle and small country church family. When she isn’t reading, Beth enjoys indulging in a favorite show or movie with her family, completing DIY projects with her husband, and seeing the country on long family road trips.
Carrie: I’ve seen pics of your DIY projects! They rock! You guys need your own TV show ????
Five Favorite Book Blog Blessings
Beth: Starting a book blog was a huge leap out of my comfort zone but it is a wonderful and rich experience. Let’s start with the most obvious blessing of being a book blogger…
BOOKS! Y’all, I love books! A couple of years ago, I did most of my reading through library books and I only owned a couple dozen paperbacks.
Now I’m the bookishly delighted owner of an entire bookshelf PLUS a loaded Kindle of books I haven’t read yet! ???? Don’t worry, I want to read them and I have a plan!
I’ve also had the privilege of donating books to my little village library and spreading the book love. It feels really good to pass on positive and encouraging titles that will bless others!
Carrie: Is it just me or is everyone else zooming in on those pics, trying to see which books you have on your shelves? #booknerdissues
Beth: Hosting Giveaways blesses my reader heart! I get to notify and celebrate with every winner! These opportunities are also a fun way to spread the word about fabulous books!
Carrie: Totally agree! Getting to share in a winner’s excitement is the best! I think we met through a giveaway that I hosted, didn’t we?
Beth: I can’t remember specifically but considering the sheer number of your giveaways I’ve entered… this seems like a pretty safe assumption! 😉
Being Uncomfortable might not sound like a blessing but hear me out. The fact that I am a blogger still blows my mind. Any paper, thank you note, or greeting card I have ever written could attest to my #swoof (Squeezing Words Out Of Feelings) torment.
Spelling was my worst subject in school. Language Arts became a bleak and tear-filled endeavor for an otherwise enthusiastic student. I spent more time erasing than writing. We won’t even go into the pain and suffering of research papers. *shudder*
So what was I supposed to do about that little nudge in the direction I felt most inadequate and unprepared for? Pray and take a leap of faith! God works through our weaknesses and that makes the outside of my comfort zone a pretty amazing place to be.
Carrie: YES! Amen & Amen. #swoof
Beth: Meeting New People through the blog is another unexpected blessing! After I get over the obstacle of what to say, the anxiety of creating a permanent online monologue develops. I’m thankful for every comment and message from my readers. I prefer talking to you over talking to myself! 😉
Relationships that start with a review or comment or blog hop have the potential to grow deeper and stronger over time. I am so blessed by the kindred spirits I have met through blogging.
From Appalachia to the Pacific northwest and Canada to the Great Plains, we may only see each other once every year (or two) but thanks to technology there isn’t a day that goes by without them in it!
Carrie: I promise I’ll recognize you this year when we see each other at CFRR haha! Unless of course you change your hair style again. Then all bets are off ????
But on a serious note – I’m so beyond thankful for your daily friendship! What a blessing you are to me!
Beth: I updated my profile pic as soon as I got home, hahaha! Who knew people could look so much different in three-dimensions than their online two-dimensional selfies?
Tell us a little bit about your book blog
Beth: Well, y’all obviously know where to find Faithfully Bookish because you’re here! Thank you for that! As far as content, I enjoy sharing reviews, author spotlights, giveaways, deal alerts, and bookish fun! Christian fiction is my main focus but I also feature clean reads, young adult, children’s, and nonfiction titles every now and then.
Launched in April 2016, this book review blog is an outpouring of love for books, authors, and fellow book lovers.
Visitors are encouraged to leave their own thoughts in the comments and engage in positive discussion with the reviewer and author.
Carrie: I’ve loved watching you develop new features, etc. over the past year!! You started out spot-on with this whole blogging thing and you’ve just gotten better and better on top of that.
What is your most popular book blog feature?
Beth: Five Favorites Author Spotlight posts are popular with both readers and authors. In fact, I’m thrilled to announce the addition of Saturdays to our author spotlight line up! Two authors a week, y’all!
Carrie: WOOHOO! The author spotlights are my favorite of your newish features – such a creative idea, to do the five favorites thing. I love it! Yay for more!
Beth: PLUS in honor of the first Faithfully Bookish Blogiversary, I’ll be introducing you to a few of my bookish blogger buddies for Five Favorites Book Blog Spotlight posts! Watch for them each Thursday in April starting with Carrie at Reading Is My SuperPower! Let me know if y’all love it, we’ll find some more bloggers to feature.
Carrie: More WOOHOO! I bet no one can guess what my five favorites post will be about haha!
Share a little bit about your reading journey.
Beth: I’ve always dearly loved reading yet I cherish my family and my role as wife and mother even more. In my early twenties, my habit of getting lost in a good book began to overshadow my joy as a young wife and mother. My perspective was clouded by fictional comparisons that my life (in my immature thinking) did not measure up to. When I recognized that I was choosing book time over family time more often than not, my self-imposed pleasure reading ban began.
In hindsight, seeking out different book sources, learning to manage my time more wisely (still working on that one), and finding accountability with a Titus 2 woman would have been more beneficial measures. Some MOST days, I still have little to no bookish self-control… I’m a lifetime bookaholic.
Fast forward ten years (because that’s what a decade of raising babies feels like… FAST) and suddenly my babies aren’t babies anymore! I have time and energy to devote to my favorite pastime (cue the confetti) READING!!! As you can imagine, my bookish appetite was voracious after the ten-year famine. I consumed over 350 books in little over a year. I was snatching up every Kindle freebie I could find and more than a few at 99 cents when I discovered the world of goodreads, author websites, book blogs, and giveaways!
Carrie: I. Love. This. Being a wife and a momma should take priority, especially when fiction starts to blur reality. So proud of you for taking steps to protect your family time, and I’m super excited that you’ve been able to regain that favorite pastime again!! Because… READING!
Why did you start blogging? Who inspired you?
Beth: In my pursuit of book giveaways and freebies, I came across a blog post about the importance of book reviews and how valuable they are to authors. Armed with that information and a new sense of purpose, I started writing book reviews and posting them on goodreads and amazon in the fall of 2015. It’s really wonderful that we as readers can give a little something back to all the wonderful authors who give us so much!
Getting to know some of the ladies behind my favorite book blogs at the time through their writing inspired me to join in on the book blogging action. Shout out to Relz Reviewz, Reading Is My SuperPower (yes, I am a Carrie fangirl!), Just Commonly, and Christian ShelfEsteem, just to name a few. I spent months taking note of what I really liked from one blog or another before I took the plunge last year.
Carrie: Oh I love how you set out with such purpose – even without a blog yet – just because these books and authors are so beloved to you. And I’m laughing at your process because that’s basically the same thing I did before I started my blog in 2015 – I stalked Rel haha!!
What do you hope to accomplish through your blog?
Beth: I want every person to be encouraged and hopefully my readers are inspired to encourage an author or fellow reader as well. When I was thinking and praying about starting this crazy wonderful journey, 1 Thessalonians 5:11 was on my heart and it has since become my compass.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
Carrie: My sweet friend, you ARE such an encouragement. To me. To authors. To readers. To anyone who crosses your path.
You are such a beautiful reflection of Jesus as you live your wife and momma life with honor and strength – and that passes on to everything you do with Faithfully Bookish too.
Congratulations, again, dear Beth on reaching this FIRST YEAR milestone!! Here’s to at least another 10 ❤
Beth: Thank you, thank you, thank you, Carrie!!! You not only swooped in and rescued me from talking to myself… or worse, interviewing myself (awkward!) You are a dear friend and my very special “big sister” blogger! ????
Now that y’all know just about every bookish thing there is to know about me… I would love to hear from you, dear ones! I’ll be around for a bookish chat in the comments! Let me know what you like and what you want to see more of.