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The Bookish Life of Katie Cross

Who are you, how do you know Claire and why does she think you’re cool?

Honestly, I only remember the day that I met Claire as a shining beacon of who is this woman because I want to be just like her?!

Also, her writing was phenomenal and I loved her adventurous spirit. To this day, I still want to be Claire. If you want to trip your way an to a sprawling, medieval fantasy world with loads of adventure, big magic, and dragons, get started with the first book free at

What was the first book you remember? (Either reading or being read to you).

The first book that I remember impressing me all the way into my soul, when I stared at the page and realised that words could change the way I saw the world, was Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor.

The final words in the novel wrent my heart.

I cried for TJ. For TJ.

And the land.

The gripping setting, the struggles, the heartlessness and beauty of the Southern States is something I still think about monthly.

What are you reading right now?

I’m one of those people that must have eight books going at the same time. Right now, I’m absolutely loving Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Also, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Additionally, I’m also reading the fifth Outlander novel, Drums of Autumn.

Plan a dinner party with six fictional guests.

This is where I get really selfish. I’m inviting all of my own characters, even though I hang out with them every day, because I want some of them to meet each other.

My readers will love this:

First, Bianca. Because . . . Bianca. She’s the lifeblood of my fantasy world right now.

She’ll sit next to Merrick, because he has to be there.

They will sit across from Sanna and Isadora—because the four of them have a lot to talk about. Next to Isadora, we’re going to put Hiddleston. The two of them have a shared magic system that needs discussing in greater depth.

That leaves one spot yet, and it’s a woman we all love to hate—Geralyn.

The six of them would create some epic magic amongst them.

If you had to live in the world of one book (or series), which would it be?

Oh, what a lovely question! For me, I think I’d want to go to

Gemma Doyle’s world in The Gemma Doyle Trilogy. The setting is phenomenal—very sweep-me-away—and I love the growth of the magic world she’d step into.

You can read/reread three books for the rest of your life. What’s going on the list?

Oooooh, that’s a fun one! Since this is a lifetime commitment, we’re going for the big ol’ tomes that suck me in every. time.

Outlander, the first book.

The first Wheel of Time novel (though I want to count the whole series as one novel.)

And a poetry book called Finding Mother God that makes my brain dive deep every single time I open it.

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