The Christmas excitement is real. What book release are you most anticipating?
Sha: Thank you YALLFest for dropping this book on my radar: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust.
Mandy: Um, so many. Let’s go with my current standard answer: King of Crows by Libba Bray, the finale to the Diviners series.
CHRISTMAS SONGS AND CAROLS.
What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?
Sha: Renee Ahdieh! Any day, any time.
Mandy: Elizabeth Acevedo!! Idk how she does it, but she could probably make the phone book a stunning work of art.
What book or series has wonderful world building?
Sha: My first thought is Sky Without Stars. I adore the world-building in this book (which is the first in a series, and I’m so excited to get my hands on the second). Books with original world-building are my absolute fave.
Mandy: Rick Riordan – literally any of his worlds. They are marvelous and complex – yet easy to understand and immerse yourself in.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Favorite classic or one that you want to read
Sha: My favourite classic is Lolita. It’s twisted and complex and that’s pretty much humanity.
Mandy: The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde’s wit is uncanny, and any book that includes an argument over muffins sells me.
What book would you love to receive for Christmas?
Sha: To be honest, absolutely none, because I have no idea how I’m going to keep my suitcases under weight as it is.
Mandy: 10 Blind Dates – I really enjoyed it, and I would love that cover on my bookshelf. I love it so much.
CANDLES IN THE WINDOW.
What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?
Sha: Entwined by Heather Dixon. I’ve read the book again and again, and it always gives me comfort.
Mandy: What If It’s Us. ALL THE FEELS.
CHRISTMAS TREES AND DECORATIONS.
What are some of your favorite book covers?
Sha: I don’t quite have a list in mind. One of my recent favourites is House of Salt and Sorrows, and The Light Between Worlds always catches my eye.
Mandy: 10 Blind Dates, The Grace Year, Saints & Misfits.
What are some of your favorite things about Christmas and/or some of your favorite Christmas memories?
Sha: Christmas shopping, hands down. I will spend hours going around the stores looking at holiday displays and picking out gifts. I don’t care if you want money, I will buy you something you can actually unwrap.
Mandy: I love giving people presents. I love digging to find that exactly right present that I know fits them, and then seeing their reaction while opening it.