Describe your bookshelf and where you got it from.
Isis: My bookshelf is handmade by an old coworker of my mom’s. She bought the wood and paid him to build it from scratch. I really love it.
Nicole: I have three bookshelves. One I think belonged to my grandma or someone. One my dad bought at a garage sale for me, and the other my boyfriend bought at a garage sale for me.
How do you organize your books?
Isis: I have two LGBT+ shelves, a Stephen King shelf, and a Benjamin Alire Sáenz shelf. Other than that, there’s no organization.
Nicole: I try to by genre, but I don’t have enough space really. So then it dissolves into whatever I have recently bought grouped together.
What’s the longest book on your shelf?
Isis: Probably Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Nicole: It by Stephen King.
What’s the shortest book on your shelf?
Isis: Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving.
Nicole: One of those Clue books by A.E. Parker.
Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?
Isis: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. My mom gave it to me on my 22nd birthday before she passed away.
Nicole: I don’t think so. Not all my books are on my shelves right now. Most are in boxes.
Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?
Isis: Nicole gave me The Novice by Taran Matharu.
Nicole: Isis gave me the City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty.
The most expensive book on your shelf?
Isis: The Saga Books 1 & 2 I own cost around $50 each.
Nicole: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was $22 I think.
The last book you read on your shelf?
Isis: Anything Could Happen by Will Walton. It was short and memorable.
Nicole: Tokoyo, The Samurai’s Daughter by Faith L. Justice.
Do you have a complete series?
Isis: The Harry Potter series, the Captive Prince trilogy, the Angelfall trilogy, all of the Shatter Me books that are currently out.
Nicole: The first Percy Jackson series.
What’s the newest addition to your shelf?
Isis: All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell.
Nicole: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.
The oldest book on your shelf?
Isis: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone which I bought for $3 at a Scholastic book fair in 2002.
Nicole: I think School Of Fear Gitty Daneshvari that I bought in 2012.
What’s a book you’d hate to let out of your sight? (A.K.A. No one is touching it. Ever.)
Isis: My signed hardback copy of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
Nicole: None of them.
Most beat up book?
Isis: The copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone I mentioned. One of my dogs peed and chewed on it.
Nicole: The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan that I bought at the dollar store.
Most pristine book?
Isis: My Hufflepuff edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I love that edition.
Nicole: The City of Brass that Isis bought me.
A book that doesn’t belong to you?
Isis: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexis.
Nicole: I have a whole shelf that is just my current library books and books I’ve borrowed from Isis and my mom.
A book that is your favourite colour?
Isis: I don’t really have a favorite color, but the colors on the cover of Autoboyography by Christina Lauren are beautiful.
Nicole: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull. I love purple.
A book that’s been on your shelf the longest and you still haven’t read it?
Isis: There are too many to choose from. But I’ll go with The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Nicole: The School of Fear that I’ve mentioned before.
Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?
Isis: A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Nicole: Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor.
Any signed books?
Isis: Most of my Benjamin Alire Sáenz books, and a few by David Levithan, Adam Silvera, and Shaun David Hutchinson.
Nicole: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry.