meet my IRL bookish friends: the one where shanna gets a post all to herself

For those of you who watched the show Friends, this blog post’s title’s for you. If you haven’t, is this not the longest post title in the history of this blog or what?

I can’t believe I’m already 4 posts deep into this bookish friends series. You know how you can never have enough of a good thing? Well, that’s exactly what it’s like when it comes to having bookish friends (IRL or online).

If you’ve been reading this little space consistently over the past several months, today’s interviewee shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. If you’ve laughed over her snarking about Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines cover, you’ve already had a dose of her hilarity. Or maybe you saw her gif-erriffic outlashing against The Golden Lily’s cover last month. It’s about time I show the face of my lovely friend Shanna, then, right?

Here, say hi.

I originally met Shanna through book club, and learned quickly that she was as much of a YA fan as I was, if not more so. I may or may not have shrieked, “What, you like YA too?!” She’s extremely passionate about reading, and I love our texts that include words like “Have you read blah blah book! It is so good!” and “OMG I LOVE TAMI TAYLOR WHY ISN’T SHE IN OUR BOOK CLUB?”

Also, Shanna has an excellent taste in covers:

Okay, okay, okay. On with the questions. Sorry, I just love Shanna a whole lot.

1) All-time favorite book (if you have one, or two…or three):

The Giver by Lois Lowry. It was the first book I ever read as a kid that made me say “Whoa” and it still has the same affect on me now, even though I’ve read it countless times. I adore it.

2) Type of books you like to read:

I mostly read young adult. They’re fun, easy, and quick. I read to relax and get away, and young adult does a good job of that. I also read fantasy, and I’ve been caught up in my favorite series for 10 years: “The Wheel of Time” by Robert Jordan and “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin. They’re still ongoing, and you’d better believe I’ll drop whatever I’m doing and read the newest book when it gets released.

3) Type of characters/stories you like to read about: 

I love dystopian. I can’t get enough of it. I also really love stories with strong female characters who proudly flaunt their feminist nature.

4) The book you’re constantly peer pressuring your friends to read:

The “Chaos Walking” trilogy by Patrick Ness. My heart absolutely bursts with love for that series. It’s some of the best writing I’ve ever read, and the emotion is so raw that I can hardly stand it. I mean, seriously, just look at this favorite passage of mine:

“I can read it.

I can read her.

Cuz she’s thinking about how her own parents also came here with hope like my ma. She’s wondering if the hope at the end of our hope is just as false as the one that was at the end of my ma’s. And she’s taking the words of my ma and putting them into the mouths of her own ma and pa and hearing them say that they love her and they miss her and they wish her the world. And she’s taking the song of my pa and she’s weaving it into everything else till it becomes a sad thing all her own.

And it hurts her, but it’s an okay hurt, but it hurts still, but it’s good, but it hurts.

She hurts.

I know all this.

I know it’s true.

Cuz I can read her.

I can read her Noise even tho she ain’t got none.

I know who she is.

I know Viola Eade.”

Y’ALL. Isn’t that amazing? I don’t think you understand how much I love this trilogy.

It’s by far my favorite young adult series (yes, I prefer it to The Hunger Games), and I fervently pray that they will never make it into a movie because there is NO WAY it could compare to the books. I’m fairly certain I will throw an absolute fit if they try.

Between you and an Upcoming Interviewee Who Shall Not Yet Be Named, I thank y’all for pimping this series like it’s going out of style. Todd Hewitt, you have my heart forever. So do you, Manchee.

5) Covers you love (or hate):

Click to see THE LIMBS!

I love the cover of Bad Faith by Gillian Philip. I didn’t think much about it until I started looking at the tree and saw that there were all sorts of shapes in it that tie into the storyline. I swear I stared at it for ten minutes straight and kept finding something new in the trees. Another cover that I really love is The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. It also features a tree with different shapes hidden in the limbs that relate to the story.

As for covers I hate, well, I can pretty much guarantee that if it has a face, I’ll hate it. Every single book written by Richelle Mead is an excellent example. I even did two guest posts here to fully demonstrate my hatred for horrendous covers like this. Oh, and I hate covers where two people are practically making out. Here are a couple of examples:


Isn’t Shanna great? Don’t you wish you had her as an IRL bookish friend? Yeah, I know, I’m spoiled rotten.


14 thoughts on “meet my IRL bookish friends: the one where shanna gets a post all to herself

  1. You are spoiled! I want a Shanna!

    The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is one of my favorite covers as well. And it’s a great book! Double love!

  2. I LOVE the cover of Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. It fits the book so well and it really stands out! It’s been one of my favorites for a few years now.


    and when she says “i don’t think you understand how much i love this trilogy” I totally went omg i DO I DO I DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. i think you need to rely this message to her from me – “you know that part? yeah that one! well, i cried so much i threw up down all down my shirt from crying so much. and people will say DRAMATIC MUCH?! but GIRL YOU GET IT RIGHT? also, i then shoved it under my bed for THREE months until i calmed the heck down. and well i finished it now, and HOLY FARCKING HELL BALLS. Best series EVER!”

    also, how bizarre that i just posted my review of monster of men and then came straight here to see what you had diddling today and it was this gloriousness. it was fate y’all. FATE.

    • Oh man, I totally get it! I was bawling hysterically for at least 20 full minutes at that part. I absolutely could not control myself. My husband was starting to get concerned. But it could not be helped! It was the most heartbreaking thing I have ever, EVER, read in any book, hands down. *sigh*

  4. I never really considered reading the Chaos Walking books until this. moment. I LOVED that excerpt!! And I so want to get into both The Wheel of Time A Song of Ice and Fire series, but I have so many other books to read first! 😦 #NotReallyProblemsProblem

    • You should definitely pick up Chaos Walking! Just be prepared for an emotional roller coaster. But I couldn’t put it down, and I read the whole series in a week. It’s so, so good. And of course, the Wheel of Time and A Song of Ice and Fire are excellent, as well. 🙂

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