Hey there Bookwyrms! Its Friday and that means *drum roll* It’s time for … Meet the #Bookstagrammer, #Blogger or #Bookshark!
Without further adieu, let’s put our hands together for my next guest!!
Name &/or @handle: Molly (@whatismollyreading)
Molly’s a #bookstagrammer & #bookshark!
City: Washington D.C.
Favorite Genres: I have so many! It changes almost daily, but right now I think my favorites are Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction and Memoirs.
Who are your top 3 favorite characters? Why?
Oh, this is a tough one. I feel like this changes almost daily for me. In no particular order:
- Patroclus from The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I’ve never read anything about the Trojan War told from Patroclus’ point of view, so this was a refreshing and unique take on a classic story! Also the way Patroclus describes his love for Achilles was so powerful and moving; I will be thinking about this book and its characters for a long, long time!
- Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. This is one of my all-time favorite books and one of my all-time favorite characters. Francie Nolan is a smart young woman who always tries to see the everyday beauty in her poor neighborhood of Brooklyn. When I was younger, my mother gave me this book to read and it is one I have always treasured. I try to live my life like Francie every day by looking for the beauty in simple day-to-day activities.
- Nadia Turner from The Mothers by Brit Bennett. I loved how real this book felt. I enjoy reading about characters that are flawed and act how real life people would in their situations, and I feel like Nadia is a perfect example of this. The way Bennett writes how Nadia deals with her choices ten years out was beautiful and so well-written. Nadia’s story is one that has stuck with me for a long time.
What are your thoughts on the process of receiving ARCs/E-ARCs?
I think receiving advanced copies of work is fun! I’ve received a few, either from giveaways or from publishers themselves (like on NetGalley), and I think it’s a fun way to engage readers and get some press from normal, everyday readers. And who doesn’t love receiving bookmail! I think random giveaways, like those on Goodreads, are an easy and fair way for readers to apply to receive ARCs.
Interviewer Interruption: I completely agree with you! I just wish I’d known about ARCs when I was in high school or during college! I would’ve loved to connect with some of my favorite authors back then.
Physical, E-book or Audiobook, which do you prefer?
Nothing beats holding a physical copy of one of your favorite books. That said, however, I do enjoy that my Kindle is lightweight and can hold so many books. I’m still trying to get used to audiobooks, but think physical books will always be my favorite.
Why do you love to read?
This is like asking me why do I love breathing! I’ve been reading since I was a little kid, and it’s always something I’ve loved doing. I learned how to read from a young age, and ever since, I feel like I’ve always had my nose buried in a book.
I struggle with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, so reading is, quite literally, an escape for me. Reading is a way I can turn my brain off to the things that make me anxious and just focus on the words on a page (or screen!). Reading is also a way for me to relax or unwind after a stressful or busy day. When I first moved to D.C., one of the first things I did was sign up for the public library system here and locate independent and used bookstores. I feel most at peace surrounded by books and with a good book in my hands.
What’s your earliest bookish memory?
So, my mom has this story she likes telling. It’s not a memory since I was so young, I don’t remember it, but I feel like this is a good indicator of my future bookish ways!
Apparently, when I was around one year old, my mom says I discovered how much I love being read to. My mom spent a few days doing nothing but reading to me from those board books for children, and ultimately came down with a form of laryngitis. The doctor told her that she wouldn’t be able to speak for a few days and to take it easy. Well, try explaining THAT to a one year old child. My mom says that I was so hysterical that she had to bring me to a friend’s house so that friend could read to me!
Interviewer Interruption again: Oh My Gosh! This is the cutest and funniest bookish memory!! To be completely honest, I probably would have done the same thing to my mom if it were me.
Thank you Molly for allowing us to get to know you! I had a lot of fun reading your responses and I really appreciate your opening up about having Generalized Anxiety Disorder. As someone who recently started having issues with anxiety, I understand diving into a book to escape reality for a bit.
If you’d like to see some of Molly’s beautiful bookstagram pictures, click the link down below.
Be on the lookout for next week’s guest!!