Hey there Bookwyrms! Its Friday and that means *drum roll* It’s time for … Meet the #Bookstagrammer, #Blogger & #Bookshark!
Without further adieu, let’s put our hands together for my next guest!!
Name &/or @handle: Ashley, @homesweethouser
Ashley’s a #Bookstagrammer #Blogger and #BookShark!
City: Nashville, TN
Favorite Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction & Young Adult
What are two books we’d find in your beach/pool bag?
The Peachtree Bluff series by Kristy Woodson Harvey is my favorite beach read! In fact, I just loaned my copies out to a friend who asked me for the perfect book to read poolside. The covers are gorgeous. They are jam packed with family drama but also have endearing and humorous moments. They are the perfect lighthearted reads in the sunshine.
What else? This year it’s got to be Riley Sager’s Lock Every Door! If I’m not reading something light hearted at the beach, I’m sucked into an intense thriller. After falling in love with The Last Time I Lied and Final Girls, I could not wait to see what Sager came up with next, and I was lucky enough to land an ARC of Lock Every Door. So you can catch me by the pool reading that one this summer!
Who are your top 3 auto-buy authors? List a favorite book from each.
Kristin Hannah – She’s my ride or die. I am literally obsessed with every single thing that she writes. My absolute favorite book in the world (not just by Kristin Hannah) is The Nightingale. I have several of her older books to read still, but I force myself to add them into my stack slowly because once I’m done, I’m going to be so sad!
Taylor Jenkins Reid – The woman can do no wrong! The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was so impactful and well written. She had me hooked. But when Daisy Jones & The Six came out, I knew I was reading the work of a literary genius. To write an entire novel formatted as a transcript, make it feel so realistic, and weave the story together so brilliantly…. let me bow down to you Taylor!
Blake Crouch – If you’re looking to have your mind completely blown, read anything this guy writes. When I read Dark Matter last year I could not fathom how somebody could have crafted the story from scratch when it literally made my brain hurt just reading it. And then when he did it again with Recursion this summer, he became an instant auto-buy for me.
Interviewer Interruption: I too am a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid! Although I haven’t read Daisy Jones & The Six yet, I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. But my favorite book of hers is Maybe in Another Life! I definitely recommend it if you’re ever in the mood to pick up another one of her books.
Apart from books, what do you love to do? What are some of your hobbies?
I’ve become an avid biker. And when I say biker, I don’t mean motorcycle (too dangerous for everybody) and I don’t mean pedal bike (too dangerous for clumsy old me). I mean stationary bike… in my spare bedroom. Why, you ask? Because I can read while I do it which is really the best of both worlds.
Other hobbies? Well.. not really a hobby. But at my big girl job, I’m a pharmacist. Drugs, drugs, and more drugs.
Interviewer Interruption: I can’t tell you how much I loved reading your answer! I literally laughed so loud, I might have spooked my roommate. Kudos to you though, I’m a terrible stationary cyclist and uhh drugs … not my thing lol
What do you like most about the book community? Least?
In a world where people can sometimes get a tad tense (I’m thinking politics, world view, morals, you name it…), the book community is a shining bright light of positivity. If I’m ever having a bad day, I can find my people either on social media or at our local book club meetings. And it turns my frown upside down.
Is there anything about the book community that I don’t like? Probably people that are only there for “free” books. I mean, we all love to win a good giveaway. But, if a publisher or author gives you a book in exchange for an honest review and you don’t review it/post something on social media, you’re kind of a jerk.
And finally, ask a question for the next #bookstagrammer, #blogger or #bookshark
So many books, so little time. How do you organize and prioritize your TBR piles?
Thank you for allowing us to get to know you better Ashley! I, for one, completely agree with you on the “free” books tip! I unfortunately have requested books on NetGalley and was unable to give an honest review but I usually explain why. And I think that’s better than not saying anything lol
Check out Ashley’s detailed reviews and gorgeous photos by clicking the links down below!
Next week will be extra special because I’ll be featuring two guests!