Books and Tea | Meet the Members
I run an online book club called Books and Tea and I love it dearly. I mean obviously I do or I wouldn’t still be running it.
I also wouldn’t be able to run it without the members as their activity within the club and their love for it too keeps it active and running smoothly.
I’m big on supporting the members and showing my appreciation for them and what better way to do so than to have guest posts from them – and thats what this feature will be.
For now I’m posting one every two weeks and I’ve provided the members with 4 open questions to answer and then a space to talk about anything they’d like – something they’re a fan of, something they do outside of the book club, or something they’re passionate about.
Hi, I’m Allie. I love horror and mermaids and witches and if they’re together, then that’s even better. I play a lot of Overwatch and watch a lot of YouTube. I also knit and my favorite book of late is Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner and I will throw it at anyone looking for a rec (or not). You can find me: on Twitter @hexenlibrarian, on Instagram @hexenlibrarian, and my new WordPress blog is hexenlibrarian as well. Gotta keep it simple.
How did you get into blogging and the online bookish world?
I got into blogging at the beginning of 2016. I was messing around on Tumblr and discovered there was a whole community for book people and I decided that’s where I wanted to be. Now, I don’t actively use Tumblr anymore, though my url is still live (nightmare-in-the-stacks). I use If This, Then That to post from Instagram and WordPress auto-posts to there as well. I mainly use Twitter to stay up-to-date with the bookish world, though it can be really rough there sometimes.
Tell us about your time on Books and Tea
I found Books and Tea on Tumblr and lurked for a week or two before I was brave enough to say “Hi.” I was the 13th member when I joined and now there are over 700. Because I’ve been in B&T since the beginning, lots and lots of book recs have crossed my path. I was really active in the monthly read-alongs in the beginning, but I’ve been pretty bad about participating recently for one reason or another.
Have you found and enjoyed any books thanks to Books and Tea?
So many books have been recommended to me through Books & Tea. Bird Box by Josh Malerman, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and so many more. We’ve had a few Traveling Book Projects where I read books I would have never picked up in the first place, but now are some of my favorites, like Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton. There’s no shortage of recs here.
Tell us something fun!
B&T is a haven. It’s so chill and friendly and everyone is always so welcoming to the new members. We have a read-along every month and in October, I help host a read-athon where we read as many spoopy books as we can in the month. We also have a huge merm and horror following to the point where there’s a command that links my Goodreads list for horror so members don’t have to ping me for recs.
Okay. That’s it. I can’t think of anything else. kthxbaiiii
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and I want to add that Allie (far left) was one of the members I travelled to Ohio to see in March!