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Bloggers Uncensored: with On My Book Shelf

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Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! If this is your first time reading a BU interview, this is my longest running blog series, and definitely my favourite. This series is a perfect opportunity to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored opinions on real life topics, and to discover new bloggers to follow! This weeks blogger is On My Book Shelf.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a 24-year-old living in Canada and I love to read. I am a Communications Analyst during the day, and a book blogger by night. When I'm not reading, working, or writing my blog, you can probably find me enjoying the great outdoors (when it's summer because winters here are FREEZING), watching Netflix, or playing some form of sport.

Why do you write?

I write daily content for my book blog, whether it's a book review, writing prompts, discussion pints or even some mind puzzles. Also, what a lot of people don't know is that I'm writing a book, slowly, but surely.

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging as a school assignment, but quickly fell in love with doing it and kept it going full time. The dream is one day to be able to live off of only the blog, but I don't see that being very likely.

What do you love about the blogging world/community?

What I really love about the blogging community is how vast it is. If I do enough digging, I can find a blog about just about anything, and it's amazing. I'm always discovering new blogs that are interesting or about a certain topic I really enjoy.

What do you hate about the blogging world/community?

Honestly there isn't anything I hate about the blogging community per se, but I'm not a big fan about how some bloggers are so defensive about their content. Like I understand it's something you created, but you can't expect everyone to agree with your thoughts and opinions.

In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?

This is a tough one because a lot of the bloggers I follow are pretty well off. If I had to pick a genre of bloggers as a whole, I would probably say book bloggers. It seems like the book blogging community relies a lot on each other for follows or comments. A lot of other genre of bloggers have a lot of followers from people who don't blog in that genre...but that's just my uneducated opinion.

What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?

The biggest truth I've learned in life is not to trust others. That sounds pretty dark, but I find it to be true. I don't mean that you shouldn't trust anyone at all, what I mean is don't trust someone 100% for something important. Make sure you have at least some say in the matter because otherwise you'll be setting yourself up for disappointment.

What does freedom mean to you?

I've never really thought about this one before, but I guess if I had to answer, I would say that freedom means just that. Freedom. Freedom to make my own decisions, big or small. Freedom to buy what I want, go where I want, and do what I want. Maybe by the time I am 80 I'll be free.

What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?

I have mixed feelings about mental health in today's society. I 100% agree that mental health is an issue, and many people suffer terribly from it. I can't imagine how difficult it is or those people, and my thoughts and prayers go out to them. What I don't agree with is that people have sort of used mental health as a crutch they can rely upon to blame having a bad day or feeling low one day. People are idolizing "mental health" and claim they suffer from it but they are really just putting a bad name on mental health for those who are actually suffering.

What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?

This is another issue that I maybe have a controversial opinion on. Again, I am 100% on board for women everywhere to be treated just as equally as men are, in all aspects of life. But the key word is EQUAL. The feminists that are trying to put women on top of men are trying to make the same mistakes that we have made for years, and I don't agree with it. I'm not saying women shouldn't have more rights and be treated equally, I'm just saying that they need to realise trying to put men beneath them won't work out the way they may intend it to.

What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?

It's simple. If someone loves you, and you love them, it doesn't matter what they look, smell, talk, or sound like. Love whoever you want, just make sure you're in love for the right reasons.

What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?

Please reach out to someone. I know it seems hopeless and helpless, but someone, somewhere is willing to help. Even if it's a complete stranger, or a doctor at the hospital, there is someone who will help you. It get's better. I promise it does.

What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?

Speak to someone. Find someone in power, a teacher, a parent, a counselor, or a boss. Reach out to them and tell them what is going on. If they care about you, they'll believe you and they'll want to help you. You don't have to go through it alone.

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Bugs. Mainly the useless ones. There is no need for them.

What else do you feel strongly about?

This is a tough question, but honestly, I don't really have an answer. If I had to pick...I'd say that a lot of the "bad guys" in books and movies actually have a good point now and then, just how they go about it isn't the best.

Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:

Love or money?

Money. Seems selfish but you can find love with money.

Work hard or play hard?

Work hard, helps you earn the playing, but harder.

Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?

Switching. The cups I have fit better because they are triangle ish shaped.

Chocolate or sex?

Sex, with chocolate involved? This is the hardest question, I think.

Plan everything or wing it?

Plan it enough that you can wing most of it. Know the foundation, go from there.

Happiness or money?

People say money doesn't buy happiness. That's true, but it can buy just about anything in the world that will make me happy.

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Love, Han


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