I’ve been waiting to debut this blog series for a long time, and the time is finally here! I’ve been chomping at the bit to highlight some of my favorite bookstagrammers and book bloggers, and there’s no one better to start with than one of my best gal pals, Megan from @queenbee_reads!
If you’re looking for romance, a laugh, and/or a good musical moment, Megan is YOUR GIRL- also if you love objectifying hot men and beautiful women, her Instagram story polls are a must-follow!
First things first, why did you decided to start a bookstagram, then a cute af blog?
Honestly, it was kind of on a whim.
Okay, that’s not really true. I had been thinking about it for awhile. I had been receiving some arcs for a few years and was just posting them on my personal IG and reviewing on Goodreads. I started following some book blogs and bookstagram accounts and one day over Christmas vacation I was just like, “okay, January 1: Queen Bee Reads bookstagram launch date.” I told myself and my husband that if it did okay and I enjoyed it, then I would start the blog over summer vacation. And here we are. I still have no idea what I’m doing half the time (specifically with the blog) but I’m having a blast!
A lot of people choose their username to include their name, but you didn’t (and I love it)! What was the thought process behind your username/blog title?
Ha! Well, the short version is I love the movie Mean Girls and Beyonce and Lourde. The long version is I made a comment to my husband once and said that I think it’s so annoying that girls/women want to be treated like princesses. Why be a princess when you could be the queen, amirite? Then he jokingly called me Queen Bee and I’ve refused to answer to anything since. JK, he one hundred percent does not call me Queen Bee and has no recollection of that conversation. Typical dude.
What does your ideal day look like (think of Miss Congeniality ;))?
HA! That scene is iconic and she’s not wrong. But honestly, I LIVE for summer days spent day drinking and reading by my parents pool.
What is your first book-related memory, and/or your favorite books as a kid?
Books were all around me growing up. I remember every adult in my life reading picture books to me until I could read them myself. I remember my mom (who had summers off with my sister and me) taking us to our local library for the Summer Reading Program. I loved reading Little House on the Prairie, Charlotte’s Web, and The Boxcar Children with her. The Harry Potter Books were what really brought out my obsession with reading though. The excitement and the NEED to know what happens next. It was such a thrill to my nerdy little heart.
I know you love to shop for books, so what is your favorite bookstore or book-related place?
Unfortunately, my town doesn’t have a ton of locally owned or indie bookstores. Barnes & Noble is one of my favorite places. While it is hard for me to leave there without at least one book, sometimes I just go to look and read and drink coffee. Target has a fantastic book selection and I basically live there anyway so a lot of my books come from there. We don’t have a Half Price Books here either, but there’s one a couple hours away that I’ll hit up every once in awhile.
I know that you, like me, love romance! We’ve had many freakouts over ships, authors, and books, so I’ve got some romance-related questions! Who is your book boyfriend to defeat all book boyfriends, and what are your favorite tropes?
So, for the longest time I said my book boyfriend was Christian Grey. But then I realized that I really just love Jamie Dornan AS Christian Grey in the movies because, yum. Joshua Templeman from The Hating Game is my book HUSBAND. He is actual perfection and I love him with all my heart. As far as tropes go, we have bonded over our mutual obsession with enemies to lovers. I also enjoy forced proximity, friends to lovers, and omg SINGLE DADS.
On that note, what are your favorite guilty pleasure reads and watches?
Well, let me just say, I don’t feel guilty about any of these at all [note from Quinn: YES QUEEN YOU ARE ALLOWED TO LOVE WHAT YOU LOVE!!!]. I like what I like and that’s that. But let’s see…Fifty Shades (books & movies), After, Real Housewives, and I’m a total feminist, but I love a good rough around the edges, yet respectful, and over protective alpha hero.
I know you love a good music moment, and I have to ask: what would be your entrance song? (Am I the only person who imagines their life as a movie soundtrack or???)
You are speaking my language! Well, I am one hundred percent on the Lizzo train so anything by her would definitely be on my life soundtrack (specifically “Tempo”). My entrance song would probably be “The Bitch is Back” by Elton John, or sometimes I fancy myself leisurely walking down a large staircase, a long cigarette in one hand (I don’t smoke) and a scotch in the other to “Killer Queen” by Queen. Can you tell I’m still a theatre geek at heart?
Okay, back to bookstagram! I don’t know about you, but I’ve found some pretty great books through my fellow bookstagrammers! What are your favorite books that you’ve found through bookstagram?
One of my absolute favorite things about bookstagram is all the lovely indie authors I have not only discovered and read, but who I have also been able to get to know and form relationships with. Indie authors are straight up HUSTLERS and the ones I have gotten close with are so kind and just really great people. Bookstagram also got me to finally jump on the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before train. Daisy Jones & The Six, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, and The Idea of You were all titles I was totally bullied into reading by fellow bookstagrammers and they have been some of my top reads of the year!
We’ve both been on bookstagram about the same amount of time, and I know in that time that I’ve gotten some bookstagram pet peeves- do you have any bookstagram pet peeves and if so, what are they?
Oh man, how long do you have?
JK. Kind of.
I mean, I like to think I’m pretty good about rolling my eyes and just moving on if I see something I do not like or agree with. I do have older relatives on Facebook for crying out loud. But sometimes it’s hard. Like everyone else, I can’t stand following/unfollowing a bunch of times. Like, cut the shit, you know? I also tend to get a little cringey when people really go OFF about how much they hate a book. I totally understand wanting to be honest and transparent. That is the name of my game. But there are tactful and polite ways to say that you didn’t enjoy a book. People who go on and on about how awful it was and intentionally drag an author’s name and hard work through the mud have no place on my feed. Tell us you didn’t like it and why in a polite way, then move on. Also, there has been this new epidemic of people who are shocked by sex scenes in romance novels and that confuses the crap out of me and I am one hundred percent not here for it. It’s fine if that’s not your thing, but I have no sympathy for someone who is put off by steamy scenes in the genre that is known for them ESPECIALLY if they haven’t done their research prior to reading.
While obviously there’s some negatives of bookstagram, it’s also an amazing community of people. What is/are your favorite thing(s) about bookstagram?
Yes, please. Back to the positive! I cherish this space so much and really love the wonderful people I’ve met and friendships I’ve developed in just under a year. You were one of the first people I connected with and I can honestly say that even though we haven’t met in real life, I feel like I know you personally. And I feel like I have this new nerd gang who are all here for me to swoon and rant an rage over books with, but it’s also nice because I know so many people are here for me on a personal level too and that’s just really awesome.
I know this is probably an impossible question BUT I’m still going to ask you: (to you), what makes a great book/read?
WELL, you know I love my steamy reads! LOL but honestly, the steamier the better IMO. I tend to get a little confused/annoyed when there is little to no steam in a romance novel. Give us the goods!
But for me, the great books that stick out the most to me are the ones that stick with me for a long time. Red, White & Royal Blue & The Hating Game are books that I consider great A. Because they are so amazing and funny and beautiful, and B. Because I still think about them on a daily basis.
Until next time!