I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A as part of my six month bookstagram anniversary. Below are some questions fellow bookstagrammer’s asked me.
What’s your favorite book?
I have so many favorite books that this question is difficult to answer. My first thought is, of course, Harry Potter, but if I went all the way back to before Harry Potter I would say Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel is my favorite.
What color is your hair?
Simple answer. Dark brown. Detailed answer. Dark brown with too much gray already showing at only age 30.
Do you like shoes?
I hate shoes. I hate getting dressed and venturing outside my home because that means I have to put on shoes. Fortunately, I live in the land of perpetual sun and can wear flip flops all year if I wanted.
How long have you been married?
Too long it feels like most days. Haha! It’ll be 11 years come March 5th though.
How did (you and your husband) meet?
We met through a mutual acquaintance when he was stationed in Alaska while in the Air Force.
What’s your favorite time of year?
Summer time. Definitely summer time. It’s beautiful outside, the sun stays out longer, and there’s no school for the kids.
Christmas! I love the decorations, the Christmas movies, the festivities, just the whole atmosphere during Christmas time.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
Can I pick more than one place? I would love to go to Ireland, Brazil, Mississippi, Florida, Indiana, DC, and Scotland because that’s where my best bookstagram friends live.
If you could marry any fictional character, besides William Herondale, who would you choose?
First off, how dare you take Will from me! Okay, I’ll choose someone else. It would be Peeta Mellark. I’ve had a soft spot for him ever since I read The Hunger Games. He’s so sweet and caring – he reminds me of my husband.
What makes you fall in love with a character?
Many things make me fall in love with a character. I love strong female leads who know their own mind, especially when they’re bad ass. I love sassy characters who crack witty one liners. I also love funny characters where every line is a sarcastic joke and I look forward to their dialogue cause I know it’ll make me laugh.
What do you love about books the most?
I love the world I get transported to when I read. It’s like a movie in my head and I can actually see the setting and the characters. I think that’s why I usually don’t like book to movie adaptations, especially if the characters look nothing like how I envisioned.
What’s the one thing that got you to reach for your first book?
Growing up I always saw my mom reading so that really encouraged me to reach for my first book.
What is a book that you think deserves more hype?
There’s two series I think deserve more hype than what I see. The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks and The Broken Empire trilogy by Mark Lawrence.
What was the sweetest thing your husband did for you?
Tough, tough question. As much as my husband can drive me up the walls, he is naturally a very sweet person. It’s difficult for me to narrow down the sweetest thing he’s done for me. He has shown up to my work (when I worked in the past) with flowers, he shows up at home with flowers, he takes over with the kids when he sees I need a break. However, I would have to say the sweetest thing is his constant support in whatever I endeavor to do.
What is your least favorite book trope?
The infamous love triangle! Can we stop with those, please? They’re not cute. They’re annoying, and quite frankly shallow.
How did you start your bookstagram account?
I’ve always wanted a way to talk about books, but it wasn’t happening on my personal Instagram account. I finally decided to make an account where I would post nothing but books and talk books. I had no idea there was already a community full of like minded readers.
What is a book you always go back to, whether you’re sad, happy, or even in a slump?
I don’t have a specific book I go back. I have a specific genre. No matter my mood or if I’m in a slump I can always go back to reading a romance, preferably historical romance. I am the biggest sucker when it comes to romance.
How has your life changed being a bookstagrammer?
My life has changed in so many ways. I find myself happier, less stressful, and looking forward to posting everyday. I’ve found that I actually am a creative person, and I have been introduced to so many wonderful books that I probably wouldn’t have heard about if it wasn’t for bookstagram. I’ve met such wonderful people through bookstagram. The biggest change though has been the decrease in anxiety. It’s been so nice to focus on something else.
How did you come across my account and why do you like me so much?
This question actually made me laugh out loud so I had to answer. I came across Urooj’s account when, not exaggerating, practically the whole bookstagram community gave her a shout out to help her reach 10k followers. I wasn’t following her at the time, but after seeing so many shout outs I figured, okay, this person has to be the most awesome person in the world to have gotten so many genuine shout outs. So I started following her and even though she had so many followers she found time to reply back to her followers. I love big accounts that remain humble and don’t let their follower count go to their head. I think all too often large accounts forget to be grateful for their followers when it’s because of them they’re even relevant in the bookstagram community. Jumping off that soap box though because that’s a whole different subject. Haha! Anyway, her captions also leave me happy, laughing, and/or thoughtful.