1.What book has been on your shelf the longest?
Nicole: The death collector by Justin Richards. It’s a book that’s always been there. I’m honestly not sure where I even got it but I’ve never read it.
Isis: I think one of the first books I ever bought for myself is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in third grade. I still have that copy, which is in really bad shape ’cause of my dogs who peed and chewed all over it. I can’t make myself throw it away.
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
Nicole: I’m currently reading Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. My last read was Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. And I think my next read will be Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza.
Isis: My current read is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. It’s required reading for one of my lit classes, and it’s really good, but I hate reading on deadline. My last read was Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. My next read will be finally In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero.
3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Nicole: Since it’s been brought up recently I’ll have to say Shatter Me. I know a lot of people say it gets better from the first book, but that doesn’t interest me at all.
Isis: I don’t understand why everyone praises The Song of Achilles. It is so overrated. I honestly don’t get the love for it.
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
Nicole: Probably Nicolas Sparks’s books. I have two. The Lucky One and The Guardian. I picked them up since he’s such a big name and I thought I had to read at least one of his books. But honestly I’m not interested at all.
Isis: I own a copy of Gone With the Wind, but honestly it looks huge and not worth my time. I’ve heard it’s really good, but I’m not sure I’ll ever get to it.
5. What book are you saving for retirement?
Nicole: Oh I don’t know. Maybe all those old books people consider “real literature.”
Isis: Probably the Mistborn trilogy ’cause God those books are long. Also, all these cheesy Harlequin romance novels I have would be great for retirement. I love mindless reads.
6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?
Nicole: Uh wait till the end. Why would you spoil yourself like that?
Isis: You gotta earn that ending, man. Of course I wait till the end.
7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
Nicole: I used to think they were a waste of ink, but now I always read them. They can be interesting.
Isis: I love reading the Acknowledgement if I enjoyed the book, so I think it’s interesting to have.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Nicole: Danny in the Dragonbreath books. I could be a dragon going on random adventures with my friends all the time, and life would be good.
Isis: I would love to switch places with Legs, Ari’s dog from Aristotle and Dante so I can be there to witness all the great fluff between my favorite characters.
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
Nicole: Perks of Being a Wallflower was the first book me and Isis switched for our own personal book club that eventually turned into this blog.
Isis: I have a beautiful copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde that my mom gave me on my 22nd birthday before she passed away. It was a beautiful surprise when she gave it to me, and I will always cherish it. It makes me think of her.
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
Nicole: I got all the Percy Jackson books without even wanting/paying for them. My boyfriend works for a moving company and a lot of times he can take stuff the client wants to throw out. So I got the whole series in perfect condition from that. I also got The Hunger Games series that way.
Isis: I love getting books from the Dollar Tree for a dollar because that’s the last place you’d think you’d find books.
11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
Nicole: I give people books all the time for gifts even if books aren’t their favorite thing. I wouldn’t say any of them stick out that much.
Isis: I give books to Nicole more than anyone else, and it’s because she’s my best friend, and she needs all the books. Honestly, my sister and niece get books from me all the time, and it’s actually worked in getting them more into reading.
12. Which book has been with you most places?
Nicole: I feel like this can be any book on my shelves. They’ve been with me as I’ve moved multiple places. As I read a book I usually take it with me everywhere till I finish it.
Isis: This tiny pocket Bible that my brother gave me when I was 8. It’s all wrapped in a smiley face cover. I’ve carried it with me for years, without reading it.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
Nicole: Any book I actually read I typically liked. And I’ve never reread any of them later. Or even read the ones I didn’t bother reading.
Isis: I loved my required reading in high school. All of it. I loved all the classics. Those books actually made me love reading.
14. Used or brand new?
Nicole: Used. Cheaper books aren’t any worse than brand new ones. They might have some wear and tear on them, but the words inside are still the same. And it makes it so I can afford more books.
Isis: I love both! But used books don’t make me feel so guilty after buying them.
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Isis: Nope, but I do own two of them.
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
Nicole: I don’t think so but then again I usually watch the movie or I read the book. I don’t usually do both.
Isis: I’ll have to say, I adore the Perks of Being a Wallflower movie, far more than the book. When I first saw the movie after reading the book, I didn’t love the changes. But then I slowly forgot the details in the book, and continued watching the movie, so the movie became one of my favorites. Now I don’t think I could re-read the book. That movie is perfect.
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
Nicole: The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi made me really hungry.
Isis: This is probably odd, but I loved the way the food at Hogwarts was described in the Harry Potter books. That always made me hungry.
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
Nicole: I listen to Whittynovels and Thoughtsontomes from YouTube a lot.
Isis: I also love Whittynovels. Mostly, I like taking book advice from diverse readers who promote books with good diversity.
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
Nicole: I was surprised to like We are Not Ourselves and Ari and Dante. I typically don’t think I like realistic fiction with no magic or adventure so I’m always surprised when I do like it.
Isis: Yeah, I’m still surprised I enjoyed Vicious by V.E. Schwab so much because that’s not a genre I really lean towards. It felt like reading an action-packed comic book.