It’s another Friday, so that meets another incredible Meet the Bookstagrammer post! This week I’m highlighting an incredible bright spot in the community, especially amongst romance bloggers: @molliesbookshelf!
Like I said above, Mollie is a romance QUEEN (like hello, she just announced that she’s adding an upcoming romance release list to her blog) and always has the most colorful feed! Without further ado, here’s our little chat.
Why did you decide to start a bookstagram, then a gorgeous, amazing blog?
About a year ago and I was having a lot of trouble finding new books to read. I had just discovered contemporary romance but really felt like I couldn’t find what I was looking for just browsing at my library or bookstore. I had also just gotten my first kindle and was reading from Kindle Unlimited, but I was still struggling to pick out reads. I randomly searched books on Instagram to see if I could find anything and discover the bookstagram world. I honestly didn’t even think about it, I just created a new account and started talking books!
What does your ideal day look like (think of Miss Congeniality ;))?
I am definitely mood driven by weather, I don’t love dreary days but I do love snow; I would pick a Saturday where I have nothing planned, there is a snow falling but its bright out. I would bundle up and take my dogs for a walk, have hot coffee, lounge on the couch reading with the dogs & my husband. We would probably order take out sushi or Indian food for dinner. Maybe do a productive thing or two to feel accomplished.
What is your first book-related memory, and/or your favorite books as a kid?
I remember being read to as a kid. My parents read to us kids every night. Some of my favorites were Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Ferdinand, and Hairy McClary from Donaldson’s Dairy.
What is your favorite bookstore or book-related place?
In Connecticut, we have this awesome used bookstore called The Book Barn. I don’t get there often but it is a very cool place with cats everywhere. TONS of books and a baller romance section.
I know that you, like me, love romance! Who is your book boyfriend to defeat all book boyfriends, what are your favorite tropes, and who are your must-buy/must-read authors?
Book boyfriends is THE HARDEST QUESTION. I have too many. This year I loved Red from Get A Life, Chloe Brown, Lexington from Hooking Up, Garrett from The Deal, & Reiner Kulti from Kulti.
For tropes, I love a slower burn (but it must be intriguing enough to hold me!), fake relationships, friends or enemies to lovers. I really need to understand the chemistry and reasons why the characters are drawn to each other and I love reading witty banter!
I will read anything Helena Hunting writes, she is hilarious!! I am trying to branch out to new authors but I want to read more Talia Hibbert and Mariana Zapata.
On that note, I love love LOVE that you include a flame rating in your monthly reading recaps! What are your favorite steamy romance reads?
Thank you! I love doing the steam rating. I think that a lot more people would love romance if they had a sense going in how hot the sexy times will be. The really great thing about romance is that I truly believe there is something for everyone. Some of my favorite steamy reads are Hooking Up by Helena Hunting, the entire Pucked series by Helena Hunting, & Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren.
[also blogger’s note: I totally agree with this! There’s a romance out there for EVERYONE- I’m a huge romance reader, but being asexual I don’t give a hoot about the steamy bits and I’ve found so many in this genre to adore!]
I ask this of everyone and it might be weird, but ~whatever~. I envision my life as being accompanied by a movie soundtrack; if your life was a movie and had a soundtrack, what would be your entrance song?
My song would clearly be “Good Golly Miss Molly”, but I am partial to the Mitch Ryder “Devil with a Blue Dress” version of this song.
Low-key, you love hiking and the outdoors A LOT (seriously, your stories are always so pretty because you’re out in nature!). Where are your favorite places to go or be, and/or where are your favorite places to take bookstagram photos?
I love going on local hikes with my dogs. I am very partial to the Adirondacks region of Upstate NY as well. There are gorgeous lakes and mountains there! I love the mountains, so I like going anywhere with them.
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 this community?
I am so very grateful for bookstagram and all the amazing books I have been recommended. Almost every book I read this year was recommended to me by someone on bookstagram, which is amazing. Some favorites were The Bromance Book Club, Us, Again, The Winston Brothers series, & The Idea of You.
I know this is a slightly tough question, but I know in my short time on bookstagram that I’ve gotten some pet peeves- do you have any bookstagram pet peeves and if so, what are they?
I do sometimes get annoyed on the gram, but I try to stay really positive. I think my biggest pet peeve is the focus on likes/the algorithm. While I think that having a post do really great is an awesome boost and really great to see, not everyone will love everything you post. I know we all want to see peoples pics and engage on them and support them and be supported as well but unless we spend our entire lives commenting and liking we will never get to everything.
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?
This community is one of the most uplifting and supportive places on the internet. It’s really a unique place to talk books and find new reads and friends so I really love that.
What advice do you have for bookstagram/book blog newbies?
DO NOT REQUEST TOO MANY BOOKS! Haha. I think that one of the easiest ways to get overwhelmed is to stretch yourself too thin on commitments. I also found that when I request books I will only ask things I really really want. There are tons of resources to get inexpensive or free books other than ARCs ,where you are committing to providing feedback. I would also advise to not be afraid to DM or join buddy reads. I think that some of the best experiences I have on bookstagram are in group chat and DMs where I can have conversations with people.
I know this is probably an impossible question BUT I’m still going to ask you: (to you), what makes a great book/read?
FEELINGS!! When I think about all my favorite books, it is all about how I felt reading it or after reading it. Reading is such a personal and unique experience and your life can impact your reaction to a book. It’s all about the feels. The giddy feeling, laughing, crying, being frustrated or angry make for amazing books. If you felt nothing, then I don’t think that book was for you.
[another blogger’s note: THIS THIS THIS!!!!]
And finally, what are you currently reading?!
I am currently reading The Happy Ever After Playlist. Very much loving it, I didn’t die over The Friend Zone but I think this is shaping up to be a favorite. I am also reading The Kingmaker, which is my first Kennedy Ryan book. I am loving it; I’m not super far in, but it is beautifully written. I just wrapped up my last audiobook so I am going to start Million Dollar Marriage next. It’s got my favorite narrator: Jacob Morgan!
This was such a treat to be able to talk to Mollie and get to know her better! She’s so kind and so supportive, and you WILL NOT regret following her at her bookstagram @molliesbookshelf here and subscribing to her gorgeous and informative blog here!
Until next time…