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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Special Guest Saturday: Meet Melody!


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Hi! My name is Melody Hawkins and it is lovely to meet you. 

To start things off, like many of you, I have loved reading for as long as I can remember. My childhood was filled with trips to the library, local bookstores, and of course, the Scholastic Book Fair!

Books have always been able to brighten my day. Whether I had a tough day at school or the firm, a new book and a pretty lipgloss could always make it better. For a while, my books would just pile up on my shelves as I never could find the time to read them. Instead, I would turn to magazines, which I still love to read, a favorite being Vanity Fair. However, since retiring from being an attorney, I have been able to return to my love of reading books and am enjoying every second of it.

Q: How long have you had your account?

A: I started my #bookstagram account in October of 2018.

Q: What’s been the biggest benefit for you since joining this community?

A: The amazing friends that I have made.

Q: Besides reading, what other hobbies do you enjoy?

A: Traveling (pre-COVID), drawing, writing, designing bookmarks, greeting cards, planner stickers, coffee mugs, and tote bags. 

Q: How many books have you read so far this year?

A: 60.

Q: Which format do you prefer when it comes to books: physical, e-book, or audio? 

A: I love my Kindle Paperwhite but I prefer to read physical books while listening to the audiobook from or my library. 

Q: What’s your favorite genre to read?

A: It used to be Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction and Thriller/Suspense hands down. But lately I have been loving Young Adult, Contemporary Romance and Historical Romance.

Q: Has bookstagram introduced you to any new genres that you found yourself to enjoy?

A: I don’t know if “genre” is the correct term, but I have definitely branched out in terms of the subject matter that I read and enjoy. Thanks to my friends Jamise @spinesvines, Jess @jessreadit, and Crystal @melanatedreader, I have diversified my personal library to include more books by Black authors. Additionally, thanks to my friends Sam @staxsonstaxs and Dennis @scaredstraightreads, I have diversified my personal library to include more LGBTQ+ books. 


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