Meet the Bookstagrammer @wldflowerbooks
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHY YOU BOOKSTAGRAM
My name is Mia and I’m a 20 year old English major living in California. My entire life books and writing have been passions of mine. I started bookstagram as a way to express my love for books (my mom can only stand to listen to me rave about them for so long). On bookstagram, I found a wonderful community of creatives--all expressing their passion for books/writing/photography. Bookstagram has helped me discover what I want to do and has given me the confidence to pursue it. Everyday on bookstagram, I get to express my passions and creative energy--it is such a wonderful community.
WHAT IS YOUR TOP BOOK REC?
I don’t necessarily have a single top book I can recommend, but an author: Sarah J. Maas. I recommend all of her books (the entire Throne of Glass series and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series). I found her books when I felt alone, the characters she has masterfully created feel like friends to me. The banter between the characters and the inner/outer world struggles they experience drew me in immediately. The female characters she creates are so strong and intelligent (and magical). If you haven’t read any of Sarah’s books...what are you doing? Go get them! YA fantasy with attractive, funny, and powerful characters, what more could you want?
"On bookstagram, I found a wonderful community of creatives--all expressing their passion for books/writing/photography. Bookstagram has helped me discover what I want to do and has given me the confidence to pursue it. " @wldflowerbooks #bookstagrammer #bookstagram
WHAT TROPE DO YOU LOVE TO HATE?
Definitely enemies-to-lovers. I pretend that I can’t stand it, but every time I read a story with enemies-to-lovers I fall deeply in love with the romance. I’m a sucker for it!
LAST FIVE STAR READ?
My last five star read is Daisy Jones and The Six written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Daisy Jones and The Six rocked my world, I did not expect to love it as much as I did. This book is a masterpiece and I cannot let this story go. It is a story that transports you into the world of mid-sixties rock n’ roll. It is filled with characters that feel real and settle into your heart as you read the story. It is a faux biography told through interviews with an amazing cast of characters. I don’t want to give away much of the plot, but this story left me heartbroken and yet so happy. I refuse to believe this is fiction, because the characters and the music depicted in this book feel so real.
FAVORITE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE?
The Grishaverse! Leigh Bardugo has crafted such an intricate universe, it feels so real because of the detail she put into it. There are languages, customs, magic, wars, and so much more. It is so rare to find such a complex universe in YA Fantasy, it feels almost reminiscent of Lord of The Rings!
WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF A GOOD STORY?
Characters, characters, characters. Obviously, everyone will have a different answer, but to me characters are the most important element of a good story. I’m more likely to fall in love with a story if the characters are amazing, even if the plot isn’t that great. World-building is also so important, especially in fantasy & sci-fi (my favorite genres). A world needs to feel realistic and fun for me to stay immersed in a story. Plot is really important too, full of twists and turns and (in my opinion) magic!
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE VILLAIN?
My favorite villain is Voldemort from Harry Potter. At points, in learning about his backstory I was actually able to empathize with Voldemort. His story is complex and interesting, it took us so many books to actually understand his backstory. While his actions were evil and callous we can understand Voldemort and his motivations. In my opinion, that is so important to a villain being a good villain! Plus, he was part of my childhood and the villain of one of the best series ever!
WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE ADAPTED TO SCREEN? WHO WOULD STAR?
Here I go, raving about Sarah J. Maas again! All I want in life is to see an amazing adaptation of the Throne of Glass series. My life will not be complete till I see it on the screen! My dream casting for Celaena Sardothian is Emelia Clarke! Dorian cannot be played by anyone other than the dreamy Henry Cavill. I neeed Chaol to be played by Grey Damon, I think he could get Chaol’s brooding perfect! I truly don’t think anyone will do Rowan Whitethorn justice, but I could settle for him being played by Chris Hemsworth or Orlando Bloom.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOKISH QUOTE?
“You could rattle the stars. You could do anything. If only you dared.” - Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
Do you have a favorite literary villain?
Let us know in the comments!
"My favorite villain is Voldemort from Harry Potter. At points, in learning about his backstory I was actually able to empathize with Voldemort. " @wldflowerbooks #bookstagrammer #bookstagram
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