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Introducing: Tales & Tiger Lily

I'm so excited about today's post because I get to introduce you to my sister, Caroline! When she texted me two weeks ago and told me she was thinking about creating a bookstagram, I was thrilled. I've always been the reader in our family, a love I inherited from both of my grandmothers. Caroline and my mom would read occasionally, but they didn't love it the way I did. In fact, when we were younger, Caroline once told me to never talk about book on the first date. Little did she know she'd  one day have a social media account dedicated to them... Introducing:


So, what changed? Quarantine! She teaches third grade, and life has looked very different since staying at home and distance learning started. She turned to her bookshelves during the extra downtime, and she's been unstoppable now that school is officially out for the summer. While she'll listen to my recommendations, she definitely gravitates towards different books than I do. Her taste runs a little more literary, with a side of dark and twisty mysteries. She's started dipping her toe into fantasy and sometimes turns to women's fiction to mix it up.

I love finding out what she's reading and getting to hear her thoughts when she's done. When I read the first review she wrote, I was beyond impressed. Her writing has so much personality! I eagerly anticipate reading she'll write and then discussing it with her in more depth. She makes such personal connections to the things she reads and has the best way of communicating that in her reviews. She's already influencing me – I've read several things that weren't even on my radar! And she's Team Treat Yo' Shelf, so she's validating all my worst book-buying impulses.

Enjoy getting to know her, in her own words, below:


Meet the Bookstagrammer

Why hello, fellow book nerds. Let me introduce myself! My name is Caroline, and this is my cute dog Tiger Lily. I haven’t always been a book lover – but oh, do I love words. In fact, I love words so much it has gotten me into a bit of trouble with all those sweet talkin’ boys. If only I could have put those boys back on the shelf and DNF when they did me wrong… Now, the only words that can make me swoon are #talknerdytome.

Just like I don’t really have a type with men, I'm open to all genres. I appreciate them for differences, and size doesn’t matter. It’s what is on the inside that counts. 

I already have 100 books on my TBR, but with each swipe of the page, I am getting closer to finding The One. Until then, readers never go to bed alone, and I’ve got Tiger Lily to keep me warm.

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Did you have any favorite books growing up? And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

What's the best book you've read this year? The worst? Writers & Lovers by Lily King is the best, and Stray by Stephanie Danler is the worst.

What's your favorite genre? Least favorite? I've been drawn to literary fiction lately, but thrillers got me into reading. My least favorite is romance.

If I gave you $100 right now, what books would you buy with it? The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, Shiner by Amy Jo Burns, If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha, Normal People, and The Beauty of Your Face by Sarah Mustafah.

What's the most recent book you added to your TBR? Euphoria by Lily King.

What's your favorite book you've read that I recommended to you? Circe by Madeline Miller.

Name three things that will automatically make you want to read a book. Family drama, deception, and death.

Describe your ideal reading scenario. Sitting in my chair with a cup of coffee and the whole day to finish a book with no distractions.

Do you have any bookish quirks? I always update my Goodreads progress on a book, even though I know I'm going to finish it in the same sitting. And I love listening to an audiobook and following along in the physical copy.

What's the last book that made you cry? A Burning by Megha Majumdar.

Who is your book boyfriend? Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. (Damn, he sexy).

If you could live inside a book, what would you choose? The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow.

What character do you want as a friend in real life? Lou from Serpent & Dove because we could get all fat and sassy together. 

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Hardcover or Paperback? Hardcover

Audiobook or E-Book? Audiobook

Buy or Borrow? Buy

Bookmark or Dog-ear? Bookmark

Fiction or Non-Fiction? Fiction

Adult or Young Adult? Adult

Standalone or Series? Standalone

New Books or Re-Reading? New Books

Coffee or Tea? Coffee

Dog or Cat? Dog, duh

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Because I'm genuinely so obsessed with her account, I had to highlight her here. Y'all need to follow her, if you aren't already doing it. Plus, there's another fun reason I wanted y'all to meet her: you're going to start seeing some of her reviews on the blog. Keep an eye out for the first installment of that in the next few days!

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