Today I would like to introduce to one of my favorite bookworms, Bianca! Bianca is a fun loving lady, always ready to brighten your day. Her taste in books is quite diverse and so her page is one I am constantly scouting for my next reads. Bianca is also the founder of The Book Swap – one of its kind here in Kenya. Read on to learn more about this book lover!
I asked Bianca three questions to shed more light on her love for books and this is what she had to say:
Wauuuu….Thank you, Julie. I think when you brought this up I realized that sometimes we condition ourselves to always be busy. With only 24 hours in a day, I find it important to plan my day because otherwise, it would just go to a waste and I might end up choosing to sleep (or should I say staying in bed) all day. I have learnt to actually prioritize reading so I strictly set aside an hour everyday to just read, most preferably before I sleep. I also manage to sneak in some reading during commutes, while I am waiting for someone or a meeting to start and 30 mins during my lunch break. I also find it vital to have reading targets, when I pick up a book I set a timeline that I need to finish it in so for example if I have a 300 paged book which I need to finish in a week, I divide the number of pages by either 5 or 6 days depending on how I am feeling (lol) then I set the page targets that I should read in a day. So no matter what happens in a day I make sure I have at least accomplish my daily target.
When I joined bookstagram, the community was so welcoming and in my experience most readers are introverted or should I say “booktroverted”. I figured maybe it would be a good idea to go on a bookish date with other book lovers, meet the amazing people physically, get to know what they are reading and get to learn a thing or two and that is how The Book Swap came about. The goal is to ensure that we share books that we enjoy and get to read as many books as we can. You know how books, especially African Lit, tend to be expensive, with The Book Swap, one is able to bring a book say Kintu and walk away with Homegoing without having to buy it and many other books. I understand that sometimes its really hard to let go of something you really love but I would want The Book Swap to be a space where everyone has access to beautiful literature in the long run. In the next few years we hope to have a physical space where you can just walk in and swap your book at any time without having to wait until the next event, share a glass of wine/coffee with a bookish stranger or friend we don’t judge and just thrive.
Yes I do. I have gathered a few skills and interests over time and I just try to make good use of them hence the merch. The response is encouraging. It is really scary to put yourself out there but when you do and people appreciate and support you then it is very fulfilling. I honestly really enjoy curating the merchandise because I also get to use them and I love them.
Bianca is a friendly person who is always ready to interact with bookworms from all over. Aside from hosting her own monthly bookish event, she attends several others. Her page is every book lover’s dream – from book recommendations to bookish merchandize, you will find enough to keep you entertained. Follow her bookstagram account for more!