Tuesdays With Jena: Meet Catriona

Greetings and salutations my lovelies!!! Is anyone else melting from the not-so-fun in the sun HEATWAVE rolling through most states??? If ever we needed an ice curse, I believe it is now!!! Just kidding, those never really seem to work out for anyone. Except the villains. Which is a topic for another day!

Today is Tuesday, which means we break out the trumpets so we can announce yet another fabulous and amazing bookstagram account!!! This lady is so fabulous, it even says so in her handle! You can’t argue with that. Plus she’s British and lovely and has her regal look NAILED!!!

Please bow down to Catriona, first of her name, lover of ebooks, drinker of coffee, maker of the YouTube videos, also known as @fabulous_book_fiend.

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Doesn’t she look like she was always meant to sit on a throne???

I met Catriona through an Instagram group where we joined forces to fight evil, er, I mean, the Instagram algorithm. Which, let’s be frank, is often times evil at it’s purest. Since then, we’ve actually met IN PERSON!!!

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Aren’t we just totes adorbs???

She always makes her way to a bookstore no matter what town she finds herself in, and takes the most lovely photos of her views. I travel vicariously through her feed.

Outside of Bookstagram, she also has a YouTube channel! Obviously she chats about books, otherwise known as, BookTube. But, in addition to books, she posts videos about movies and plays bookish games, and really, I could listen to her lovely accent all day long.

https://youtu.be/7w15LxCaN00

Grab your coffee and settle in to your most British state of mind! It’s time to get chatting!!!

When did you start your Bookstagram account?

I first posted a picture on 11th June 2016, so just over 2 years!

Why do you bookstagram?

To show off all the lovely books. That’s why I started anyway, but now I love the interaction I get with fellow book lovers like yourself!

Favorite bookstagram account?

I love yours of course!

I also love:

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@kathareads

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@story_hoarder

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@beautifullybookishbethany

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@NYCbookgirl

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@pri_bibliophile so many!

Favorite non bookstagram account?

I mean I love so many author accounts but are they still bookstagram? I love @LindseyKelk insta stories, they get me through!

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I love @bodyposipanda for the body positivity.

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Also @laurapatriciarose has a beautiful beautiful feed!

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Theme or no theme?

I don’t think I have a theme. I like accounts that do and also ones that don’t. I did notice that now it’s summer, my account looks a lot brighter than it did in winter so maybe it’s seasonal?

Seasonal is totally a theme! What’s your favorite photo on your account?

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Why is it your favorite?

I love the one I did with the playing cards because it looks like I picture the playing cards in the book when I read it. 

What do you do when you’re not on the Internet?

Read, shop, go to the library and read, sit in startbucks and read. I’m a teacher but I’m not working right now so I’m using this forced time off to read as much as possible because I know I might not get this time again. I’m also enjoying being able to travel outside of the school holidays!

Tell me some of your hobbies?

I really love watching movies as well as reading. Travelling is a hobby I would say because we are trying to tick off all 50 states on the map we have on our wall, because again, we’ve been given this opportunity so why not run with it?

Do you have a favorite place to read?

The bath! I’m about to go and read in the bath with a favourite lush bath bomb right now! I hate when we stay somewhere and it doesn’t have a bath. I also love reading in the library and in Starbucks because, coffee! But also they have great reading chairs. I miss having a chair to read in, we don’t really have room for a chair as well as a sofa. 

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What about a favorite genre?

I’m branching out a little more now that I actually have the time to read more but my heart will always belong to a good rom-com. Whether thats adult or YA a rom-com is my go-to comfort read. But you can see from my account that I’m partial to non-fiction, poetry, thrillers. Anything really except fantasy, I just can’t make my brain think outside the real world!

Top five books right now!

Ok since it’s July, here are the top 5 books I’ve read so far this year:

Somewhere Beyond the Sea by Miranda Dickinson

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Five Years from Now by Paige Toon

The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton

Ebooks, audiobooks, paperback or hardcover? Rank them for me.

That’s so hard! Have to bend the rules a little here…

1.Library Books

2.Audiobooks-they got me through the dark times when I couldn’t read

3. Paperbacks-because they’re portable

4. Ebooks-because I get a lot of my UK advance copies this way since I live too far away

5. Hardbacks just because they’re so big, and so much more expensive!

Book boyfriends? For or against?

For!

Oh, don’t tease me! Give me a name!!!

So I love love love a character called Dave from The Greatest Love Story Of All Time by Lucy Robinson, who now writes as Rosie Walsh (Ghosted). He’s Scottish and rugged and yummy!

He sounds dreamy!!! What book represents your life?

The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella crossed with Bad feminist by Roxane Gay

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Do you have a blog?

Yes! http://www.fabulousbookfiend.com

When did you start blogging?

I started writing for someone else’s blog in 2011. I wrote reviews and posts for them for a year and then made the leap to start my own blog exactly a year later in March 2012.

Do you have a favorite blog post?

I loved the post that I wrote about my journey through reading the I Heart Books by Lindsey Kelk because it was really personal but also really fun to write all my memories as I re-read the series! 

http://www.fabulousbookfiend.com/2017/08/my-i-heart-story-inspired-by-i-heart.html

What about some of your favorite blogs?

I love 

http://www.pagetostagereviews.com/

http://jessheartsbooks.blogspot.com/

https://reabookreview.blogspot.com/

Favorite reading snack?

Coffee and something toasted like toast, a bagel or a crumpet!

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I don’t even know what a crumpet is, but I desperately need one right now!

I hope you guys loved meeting and chatting with Catriona! Please stop by her YouTube Channel and give her some love and don’t forget to follow her over on the Insta of the Gram as well, @fabulous_book_fiend.

That’s it for today. I’ll be back next week, with another delightful (and somewhat stabby) account! See you guys next week!!!

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