J.C. Davis

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Kidlit writer, book addict, & geek girl. Hedgehogs own my ❤. Author of YA novel CHEESUS WAS HERE.
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QOTD: What's your favorite color?
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Happy first day of Fall!

Lately my Instagram feed seems steeped in reds, yellows, and oranges. Despite that I prefer blues and greens! And dreamy watercolor washes of pigment!

Back to books: I feel like everyone I know is in love with THE CRUEL PRINCE. Everyone. 
Holly Black has been one of my favourite authors forever & while I enjoy her new books, the TITHE series and the RED GLOVE series will always own my heart.
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..::Challenges::..
#geekyglowreadskmk - 👰Mor 💋Amren ☠Ianthe
#bookstagramreadsseptember & #bookstagrautumn - First day of fall
#wildadventuressept - Nature on the cover
#AllTheBooksSept18 - Hello Fall
#foxreadsseptember2018 - #5starsaturdays
#inflameslit- Oh captain, my captain
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#bookstagram #thecruelprince
#hollyblack #littlebrownbooks #flatlay #nakedbooks #beautifulbooks #bookaesthetic #bibliophile #bookaddict #bookobsessed #totalbooknerd
#culturetripbooks #bookstagramfeature #bookstafeatures #mybookfeatures #kimmersbooks #top_bookstagram #bookfeaturepage #thereaderslounge
QOTD: Do you have any kids?
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Growing up, I was an only child from a small family so stories about large families, like @karinaisreadingandwriting's THE VANDERBEEKERS OF 141ST STREET, fascinate me!

My own family is still quite small. My husband's family is just his parents & his sister. We only have 2 kids. Though my kiddos are such a handful I don't think I could have managed even one more. Both kids have serious health issues and both are sick right now. Which means lots of doctor visits, pharmacy trips, missed work & school.
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Summary:
The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It's practically another member of the family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince the dreaded Beiderman just how wonderful they are. And all is fair in love and war when it comes to keeping their home.
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..::Challenges::..
#foxingbooksseptember - hardback lust | I love pretty hardbacks
#wildadventuressept - bookish candles
#creativebookstagram - big | the shutter pictured is currently my biggest prop
#bookqueenssept18 - Pacifist characters | Pretty much all of the Vanderbeekers other than Oliver 😊
#bookstawarriorssept18 - Hopeful moments | so many in this book!
#inflameslit - Favorite book family
#foxreadsseptember2018 - #flashbackfriday | The Vanderbeekers story is as timeless & appealing as THE PENDERWICKS
#AllTheBooksSept18 - Favorite read of summer | This was my fave MG book!
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#karinayanglaser
#thevanderbeekersof141street
#hmhbooks #ilovemg
#beautifulbooks #bookaesthetic #booksandflowers #booksandcandles #coverlove #bookstagram #bestofbookstagram
#bibliophile #bookaddict #bookstafeatures #mybookfeatures #culturetripbooks #kimmersbooks #top_bookstagram #bookfeaturepage #bookstagramfeature
QOTD: What do you think of epistolary novels (novels where the main narrative is via letters)?
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It's not my favorite narrative conceit, but it can be gorgeous when done well. I adore LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD & DEAR MARTIN, both of which are wonderful epistolary novels (though DEAR MARTIN isn't entirely told in letters). FROM TWINKLE, WITH LOVE is also an epistolary novel & I'm eager to dive in.
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Summary:
Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2. 
When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil. 
Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?
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..::Challenges::..
#geekyglowreadskmk - 👰Tessa, ☠Clary, 💋Emma
#esthernatichogwarts - Ravenclaw Appreciation | I feel like Twinkle would be a Ravenclaw!
#bookstagramreadsseptember - Rainy day reads 
#wildadventuressept - Favorite narrator | I have a TON, but I really love Jim Dale, James Marsters, David Tennant, & Carine Montbertrand
#creativebookstagram - small 
#bookqueenssept18 - Bookish cravings 
#foxreadsseptember2018 - #treasurethursday
#AllTheBooksSept18 - 2018 release you haven't read yet
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#sandhyamenon
#fromtwinklewithlove #simonpulse #yacontemporary #bookstagram #booksandflowers #beautifulbooks #bookaesthetic #culturetripbooks #bestofbookstagram #kimmersbooks
#top_bookstagram #booknookstagram #bookfeaturepage #bookstafeatures #mybookfeatures #bibliophile #bookobsessed #bookaddiction #thereaderslounge
Today's #HedgehogsAndBooks pic is @tracythewriter's GRACE AND FURY!
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Summary:
Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace - someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir's eye, it's Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.
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..::Challenges::..
#foxingbooksseptember - A cover with golden foil
#esthernatichogwarts - Astronomy Tower: 5 Stars
#bookstagramreadsseptember - Happy birthday Hermione
#foxreadsseptember2018 - #womancrushwednesday
#inflameslit - Identity issues
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#tracybanghart #graceandfury #littlebrownbooks #beautifulbooks 
#culturetripbooks #kimmersbooks #bookfeaturepage #booknookstagram #bestofbookstagram #bookstafeatures #mybookishfeatures #hedgielove #hedgehogs #hedgehogsofinstagram
#hedgehogsofinsta #hedgehog #hedgie #hedgehogsofig #bookobsessed #totalbooknerd #bibliophile #fangirl #top_bookstagram
QOTD: Who's your favourite crime solver?
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I adore Sherlock Holmes, but Hercule Poirot is also a fun read.
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..::Challenges::..
#geekyglowreadskmk - 💋 Kaz, 👰Matthias, ☠Jesper
#esthernatichogwarts - Eat slugs: plot twists | Agatha Christie was the queen of the plot twist!
#wildadventuressept - historical/mystery
#creativebookstagram - Time (clock, watch, planner)
#bookstawarriorssept18 - Create your own murder mystery | I've actually written scripts for three Harry Potter themed murder mystery nights. My favorite was the year the Trolley Lady started murdering students on the Hogwarts Express because they wouldn't buy her Veggie Bombs & only wanted sweets.
#AllTheBooksSept18 - e-reader
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#agathachristie #murderontheorientexpress #mysterybooks #bookstagram
#booksandcandles
 #booksandflowers #beautifulbooks #bookaesthetic #culturetripbooks #bestofbookstagram #kimmersbooks 
#top_bookstagram #booknookstagram #bookfeaturepage #bookstafeatures
#mybookfeatures #bibliophile #bookobsessed #bookaddiction
QOTD: What's your favorite true crime book?
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I'm actually not a huge fan of true  crime books per se. I prefer my true crime with a bit of history thrown in. Given my Sherlock Holmes obsession, this book was perfect for me - a blend of early 1900s history, bad-ass detective story, and true crime mystery.
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Summary:
This is the first-ever literary biography of the singular woman the press nicknamed after fiction's greatest detective. In the narrative tradition of In Cold Blood and The Devil in the White City, her poignant story unmasks unmistakable connections between missing girls,the role of the media, and the real truth of crime stories. The great mystery of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes -- and its haunting twist ending -- is how could one woman with so much power disappear so completely?
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..::Challenges::..
#geekyglowreadskmk - ☠Ronan, 👰Noah, 💋Gansey (Ronan is my least favorite Raven Boys character & I would happily murder him off).
#bookstagramreadsseptember - Ch. 17
#wildadventuressept - Book + mug
#creativebookstagram & #bookstagrautumn - leaves | it's still hot as heck in Texas and are leaves are green.
#bookqueenssept18 - character you'd travel with | Grace seems awfully self-sufficient, I suspect she'd be handy in a crisis, plus she'd have lots of great stories!
#bookstawarriorssept18 - build your own apocalypse survival squad | Again I'm gonna go with the detectives in this book - they were all super resourceful & dogged.
#inflameslit - grungy | this is as close to grungy as my personal aesthetic allows, lol.
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#bradricca #mrssherlockholmes
#flatlay #flatlayphoto #bookaesthetic #beautifulbooks #bookstagram #readallthebooks #booksobsessed #bookaddict #bibliophile #stmartinspress 
#bookfeaturepage #bookstafeature #mybookfeatures #bestofbookstagram #culturetripbooks #kimmersbooks #top_bookstagram #thereaderslounge
QOTD: Are you a library person?
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Our family makes a weekly trip to the library. It's one of the few constants of our weekend. My daughter checks out 20 manga books, my son grabs a pokemon book and the latest picture book. I load up on audiobooks. It's something I look forward to each week.

I read LABYRINTH LOST as a library book first, but loved it so much I had to buy my own copy!
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Summary:
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic.

At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she's not sure she can trust, but who may be Alex's only chance at saving her family.
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..::Challenges::..
#foxingbooksseptember - a purple cover 
#esthernatichogwarts - Dobby's wardrobe: #socksunday 
#bookstagramreadsseptember - cozy #socksunday 
#wildadventuressept, #bookstawarriorssept18, #bookstagrautumn - #socksunday 
#AllTheBooksSept18 - A book recommended to you
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#zoraidacordova #labyrinthlost #sourcefirebooks #bookstagram #booksandflowers #beautifulbooks #bookaesthetic #culturetripbooks #bestofbookstagram #kimmersbooks 
#top_bookstagram #booknookstagram #bookfeaturepage #bookstafeatures #mybookfeatures #bibliophile #bookobsessed #bookaddiction
QOTD: Tell me a series you read just for fun.
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I read a lot, but some books are just pure indulgence, a cotton candy read as light & frivolous as a sweet treat at the end of the day. Angie Fox's Southern Ghost Hunter series is exactly that. When I've had a rough week, these books are the perfect tonic: funny, sweet, and oddly satisfying. I've loved every one so far!
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Summary: 
When Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability see spirits. Which is how she ends up going full on ghost busters with the brother of her ex, Ellis. But the ghosts at Ellis's renovated distillery are the key to unmasking a killer who's only too willing to claim a couple new victims if it means hiding his murderous past.
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..::Challenges::..
#geekyglowreadskmk - 💋Harry, ☠Ron, 👰Neville | This one is so unfair!!! I love all three. But if forced to choose, Ron bites it because he can be an annoying git on occasion.
#esthernatichogwarts - Charms: Charming Character | Verity Long is the epitome of sweet southern charm.
#wildadventuressept - most recent purchase | I'm not saying I bought these paperclips because they came in a cute lightbulb shaped holder...but I'm not NOT saying it.
#creativebookstagram - School supplies
#bookqueenssept18 - One call: character you'd call from jail | The Doctor so he could rescue me in the Tardis!
#bookstawarriorssept18 - Get hitched/together already | In SOUTHERN SPIRITS the MC, Verity, cancelled her wedding the day of the ceremony, only to end up falling for her ex's brother months after that failed engagement.
#foxreadsseptember2018 - #sweetsaturday | this book is sweet as iced tea on a balmy southern night!
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#angiefox #southernspirits
#flatlay #bookphotography #bookphoto #bookobsessed #bookaddict #totalbooknerd  #paranormalromance #booksandflowers #southerncharm #bibliophile
#culturetripbooks #bookfeaturepage #kimmersbooks #bookstafeature #mybookfeatures #thereaderslounge #bestofbookstagram #top_bookstagram #bookstagramfeature
QOTD: Were you officially or self-sorted into your Hogwarts house?
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I'm a Hufflepuff by choice! Long before sorting hat quizzes and Pottermore I knew I was Hufflepuff. I've taken a few quizzes since, and we shall NOT discuss my official results on the Pottermore website. Nope. Nope. Nope. But I do tend to sort as Hufflepuff more often than not on quizzes.

My fave Sorting Hat quiz is this one, which has ALL the Pottermore questions rather than the random sampling you normally get:
https://www.gotoquiz.com/pottermore_sorting_quiz_all_possible_question

Plus, it has a percentage breakdown and that makes my nerdy little heart happy. Swipe to see my results. I'm so Hufflepuff I should have my own badger colony in the backyard! (My husband says no, LOL.)
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..::Challenges::..
#esthernatichogwarts - Hufflepuff appreciation
#wildadventuressept - Your 1st bookish merch | long before bookstagram, before my YA obsession, I fell in love with Harry Potter & decided I was a Hufflepuff. I bought the little trinket box in this pic; it was my 1st bookish buy.
#bookqueenssept18 - Character with a soft-side | Hufflepuff's can be fierce, but we're caregivers & loyal friends as well. Madam Sprout is a perfect example!
#bookstawarriorssept18 - Brutal cliff hangers | I kinda feel like every HP book was a brutal cliffhanger. The agony of waiting for that next book! But for more recent reads, TRULY, DEVIOUS has a truly evil cliffhanger.
#bookstagrautumn - Rec a book for Emily's birthday | THE SHADOW CIPHER by Laura Ruby is a fun, imaginative mg fantasy with puzzles & awesome characters.
#inflameslit - sweater weather | ok, ok there's no sweater in this pic...but Hufflepuff house sweaters are perfect for cooler evenings 
#foxreadsseptember2018 - #fashionfriday | house ties are ever so stylish 😂
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#bookstagram #bestofbookstagram
#bookstack #hufflepuff #harrypotter #jkrowling #booksandflowers #booksandcandles #bookaesthetic #bookstafeature #kimmersbooks #top_bookstagram
#culturetripbooks #bookfeaturepage #mybookfeatures #booknookstagram #booksofinsta #igreads #bookobsessed #totalbooknerd #booksbooksandmorebooks
QOTD: Do you like riddles, puzzles & mysteries?
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I'm totally showing my age here, but when I was younger,  I was obsessed with puzzle computer games. My top two were the creepily awesome SEVENTH GUEST (dear lord, I loved that game) and the atmospheric & lovely MYST. What can I say, I'm a sucker for mysteries and riddles.

I kinda miss those games. A lot. The ending on SEVENTH GUEST was disappointing, but getting there was fun.
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Riddles, ciphers, and hidden puzzles play a huge role in @heathermmaclean's TOWARD A SECRET SKY. Heather & I were debut authors the same year & I was lucky enough to meet her in person and snag an ARC of her gorgeous book. I have a feeling her MC, Maren, would have kicked ass at MYST.
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Summary:
When 17yo Maren moves to Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal with clues about the secret society her dead parents belonged to. With a plague of madness spreading rapidly, Maren must unravel the clues and find a cure before she loses everyone & everything she has left.
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..::Challenges::..
#foxingbooksseptember - A cover with a cool design
#geekyglowreadskmk - 👰Leia, 💋Rose, ☠Rey
#esthernatichogwarts - Madam Malkin's: Book & outfit | the red lace fabric is actually my 14yo daughter's skirt 😂
#bookstagramreadsseptember - Author from your country
#bookqueenssept18 - Bookish artwork | I love covers that have artsy elements like the rose emblem on this cover
#bookstawarriorssept18 - Drop a book character into your favorite movie | My sense of humor is twisted enough to want to drop Sherlock Holmes into the middle of a Monty Python movie & watch the chaos that ensues 😂
#inflameslit - Ancient ones | without getting spoilery, this book features some long-lived supernatural creatures
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#heathermaclean #towardasecretsky #blinkbook
#harpercollins #yafantasy #bookstagram #bookaesthetic #flatlay #beautifulbooks #coverlove #booksandflowers #booksandcandles #booksandtea
#culturetripbooks #bookfeaturepage #mybookfeatures #bestofbookstagram #kimmersbooks #bookstagramfeature #bookstafeature #top_bookstagram #booknookstagram
QOTD:
What's your favorite special feature on a cover?
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I love foil on book covers (in moderation) because it looks so beautiful when done well. I also love a soft satiny finish on the book jacket. Often books are a tactile as well as a visual experience & those extra little details are a treat. Sprayed edges, ragged edges and gold leaf edges are also sumptuous additions! Basically books can be a full sensory experience when done right.

This edition of NIGHTBIRD by Alice Hoffman is just gorgeous!
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Summary:
Twig lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. After all, her town is rumored to hide a monster. And two hundred years ago, a witch placed a curse on Twig’s family that was meant to last forever. But this summer, everything will change when the red moon rises. It’s time to break the spell.
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..::Challenges::..
#esthernatichogwarts - Unicorn: silver foiling
#geekyglowreadskmk - 👰 Rhysand 💋 Cassian ☠ Azriel
#bookqueenssept18 - one word title
#bookstawarriorsaug18 - Encouragement (shout out your favorite #bookstagrammers) | I have so many faves! But I find @okamimars, @xenatine, @myfriendsarefiction, @pink_eye_pro, @thebookferret, @foldedpagesdistillery, @samreads_, and @darkfaerietales_ feeds really inspiring!
#bookstagrautumn - Aster/Morning glory | bluesy purples remind me of both flowers
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#alicehoffman #nightbird #yearlingbooks #randomhousekids
#flatlay #beautifulbooks #bookaesthetic #booksandflowers #booksandcandles #coverlove #ombré #bookstagram #bestofbookstagram #booklover
#bibliophile #bookaddict #bookstafeatures #mybookfeatures #culturetripbooks #kimmersbooks #top_bookstagram #bookfeaturepage #bookstagramfeature
QOTD: What book do you wish was required reading in schools?
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I wish every MS & HS had a copy of BLOOD WATER PAINT. This book. It's beautiful. Lyrical. Heartbreaking. True. It follows a real-life historical figure, a gifted female painter named Artemisia who is barely known, though her work rivaled that of famous male painters in her day. When Artemisia was raped she stood up and took her rapist to court, spoke out when so many women couldn't or wouldn't. This book sparks discussions about feminism, rape-culture, female power, patriarchy & history.
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Excerpt:
"Sometimes when I breathe in
the linseed oil and turpentine
and roll the brush between my fingers

when I train my eyes
on what's ahead: my purpose,
and listen only to the rise and fall
of my own breath as I connect

the brush to the paint to my breath to the canvas

I shut out the rest."
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..::Challenges::..
#foxingbooksseptember - A plain cover | at first glance, this cover is just abstract smears of paint. Look closer and you'll see it's actually a girl's shoulder and back smeared with paint. Pure. Genius.
#geekyglowreadskmk - 👰Barb, 💋Nancy, ☠Eleven
#esthernatichogwarts - Potions: rainbow | or in this case a rainbow of colors
#wildadventuressept - Shortest book on your TBR | told in verse, BLOOD WATER PAINT is short but powerful 
#bookstawarriorssept18 - Greatest sacrifice | Artemisia chose to take her rapist to court, though it might cost her everything.
#foxreadsseptember2018 - #traveltuesday | BLOOD WATER PAINT transports you to Rome in the 1600s
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#joymccullough #bloodwaterpaint #duttonbooks #historicalya #beautifulbooks #bookaesthetic #bookstagram #bestofbookstagram #top_bookstagram #bookstafeatures #bookfeaturepage #mybookfeatures #culturetripbooks #kimmersbooks #flatlay #bibliophile #fangirl #bookaddict #bookobsessed #bookaddict #igreads #yareads