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.

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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!

Bookstagrammer Highlight: @_hodpatchreads_

This next highlight features the wonderful Holly, who is known as @_hodpatchreads_ on Instagram. Holly and I became friends this past year and let me tell ya – she’s one of the good ones. Learn more about Holly below!

Why did you start a book blog?

I am an avid reader who needs more of me in my life! I love connecting with new people and getting new book ideas. My TBR will never end at this point! HA! 

What is your go-to genre?

Historical fiction is where it’s at for me. Lilac Girls is *chefs kiss*

If you could interview any author, who would it be?

Stephen King. I would love to get inside that man’s head. The ideas he has are just truly terrifying and amazing at the same time. And I want to know where he comes up with all of it.

What is your favorite thing about the book community?

The people! Connecting with people is one of the best things about this place. I have made so many amazing friendships through this community.

Tell me one trend that you just can’t get behind. 

Reels. Too much like TikTok for me. And if I want to make those, I’ll just make a Book Tok. Which I won’t.

What are 5 books on your TBR?

Oh man, where do I start? Grown by Tiffany D Jackson, The Lost Queen by Signe Pike, The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer, The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones, and Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth.

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

In addition to reading like a fiend, I also am a HUGE World of Warcraft nerd. I have been playing since 2007 and can’t imagine not playing this game. 

If you could choose 3 characters to have over for dinner and drinks, who would you choose, and why?

Rachel Morgan because she is absolutely amazing. Benji from Beartown cause how could you not? Jack Torrance because why not? Let’s make this interesting.

What makes a 5-star read?

The ones that I can’t put down. The ones that hit me right in the feels. The ones that make me contemplate what I just read. The ones that make me think about it long after I have finished. Those are the 5 stars for me.

Can you list any movies that are better than the book?

Not better but I think Crazy Rich Asians was just as good as the book! 

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Want the opportunity 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!