Bookstagrammer Highlight: @once_upon_a_library_

Friends, meet Kailee. Kailee and I met while grumbling about our grad school journeys in a bookstagram buddy chat, and we became fast friends. We have a LOT in common (aside from books) — like our love for cats and spooky season!

Learn about how awesome Kailee is below … and give her a follow!

Why did you start a bookstagram?

I started a bookstagram out of boredom. Suddenly, I wasn’t working at a law firm anymore and I was back in grad school (but totally online) and I just needed some sort of community. And my bookstagram was born!

What is your go-to genre and why?

When in doubt, I always choose mystery. Not even thriller/mystery, but pure whodunnit mystery. I just really love the puzzle aspect of it. I spend the entire time trying to figure out the puzzle and beat the author. It’s fun when I figure it out, but it’s even more fun when I don’t. That’s the best kind of mystery.

Tell me something about yourself that a lot of people don’t know about.

I’ve been scuba diving with Mickey Mouse.

If you could only listen to one soundtrack/album the rest of your life, what would it be?

Hozier’s self-titled first album. I listen to it entirely too much.

This is a hard one: What are your top five books … ever?

Well, this is a rude question. I typically split this category into series and standalone, so here are two answers!

Top 5 standalone books:

  1. The Night Circus
  2. The Shadow of the Wind 
  3. Six of Crows (technically a series but whatever, I’m making the rules)
  4. Good Omens
  5. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts


Top 5 series:

  1. Red Rising (first trilogy only)
  2. Ember in the Ashes
  3. A Darker Shade of Magic
  4. The Winternight Trilogy
  5. Harry Potter

Wow, this was really hard and I’m not even sure I’m right lol.

What is one trend you just can’t get behind?

Ugh, rainbow bookshelves. They’re pretty but too chaotic for my brain.

Tell me more about your shop. What is the name and what do you sell? Why did you decide to open a shop?

My shop is on Etsy and also called OnceUponALibrary. I mostly sell booksleeves, zipper pouches, and custom bags! The custom orders are my favorite because I love designing things that are EXACTLY what someone wants.

What makes a book a 5-star read?

I’ll try to be more descriptive than just saying “vibe” lol. But a book is a five-star read if I can’t stop thinking about it, if I want to gush about it to everyone, if the story really surprises me. But bad writing will ruin a good idea, so it also has to be well written.

What is your favorite holiday?

Halloween, hands down! Spooky season is the best season and I will die on this hill.

Follow the wonderful Kailee on Instagram.

Want to be featured on my blog? You don’t have to be a bookstagrammer! If you have a small business, podcast, or something creative that you want to share, please email me at kass.readsbooks@gmail.com!

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