Interviews

Bookish Interviews: @luthirialbooks, @fotini.reads & @inkfinitepages | Christmas Theme

Hello, everyone~ How are you?
Today we are interviewing three fantastic and creative readers in today’s Christmas themed reading interview! I won’t stall for too long, I’d just like to say, please go check out their Instagram’s as they have some amazing content. They also post fairly regularly and I feel like they truly deserve the support and recognition for their ongoing optimisim, positivity and creative photography.
That is all, read on and I hope you enjoy!

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“My name is Amanda Shara and I live in the remote isles of Shetland in the North of Scotland. I started up my Bookstagram because I love books!
I made this page because I find my personal Instagram can become negative and I wanted to create a safe social media place for myself, and with something I’m passionate about.
Along the way, I have found some incredibly lovely people. In communities like this, you are able to embrace your interests without fear or judgement.
I love candles and wax melts, and I’m trying to support the smaller business, and I’ve discovered with this account people who hand-make candles. I post their products that I buy in my photos, and I video unboxing the packages. Every little bit helps!
I’m also a bit of a writer. When I find enough time and a clear headspace, I write fanfictions. Either from shows I enjoyed, and want to continue, or from Skyrim (the Elder Scrolls game).
I am now a Dungeon master and I home brew sessions, taking my writing further by making it real in Dungeons and Dragons. I can say that it is probably the most exciting thing, seeing your stories come to life!

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“Hi everyone! My name is Fotini and I am Greek Australia book reviewer.
I am a professional composer as well as a flute and piano player, and a singer.
Reading has always been a passion of mine, and I love being a part of the book community and getting to know my fellow book lovers.”

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“Hi! My name is Cristina and I am 21, currently in college majoring in Journalism.
I love to read and I hope to have my own bookshelf work of books one day!
I take trips to the library and try to be on time bringing the books back. It never works out well!
I love mason jars, candles, drinking tea, K-pop and anything Harry Potter or Disney! “

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Thank you for allowing me to interview you! Before we begin I’d just like to preface this by saying it’s so important to support each other in the community. With this, please share around, linking these accounts to not only help promote and grow but foster a more connective community. That is all, let’s get started!

1. Do you remember reading any Christmas/Holiday themed novels as you grew up?

I sadly don’t remember reading anything Christmas themed. I wasn’t a huge reader as I am now because I’m slow at reading.
Now that I am older, I’ve learned to just roll with it! Even now though, I can’t say I’ve read any books that are Christmas themed. However, what I have read at Christmas time reminds me of Christmas, and I usually give them a re-read, even though it could be of any genre! For example, last Christmas I got Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb and I just had to read it then and there. Now I’m going to read the following book over the holidays. The characters and their world are part of my holidays now!

No, I don’t think I’ve read any Christmas themed novels! But, I would love to start reading some to really get into the holiday spirit.

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I think the only Christmas themed books I’ve read as a kid was How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Suess and the Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton! However, I never really thought about reading holiday-themed books when I was a kid. But, as I got older, I started to read books of a certain genre that I thought would be great for the holiday, and that was romance!

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2. What are your Christmas/Holiday traditions?

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At Christmas, we normally just have as family unwrapping and a family gathering meal! It’s changing a lot since I was little, though. One year is never the same as the last. When I was little we would always get up, open our presents and then get ready for going out to my granny’s for food.
At my granny’s all my family on my Mam’s side would gather there (my dad is from mainland Scotland). We would be at my granny’s right until late! Boxing Day would be the same without the unwrapping. A little lie-in, play with your new thing and then get ready to go to granny’s in the afternoon.

Now, I live with my partner’ and we’re trying to make little traditions. We get up and have our own unwrapping and then we go to my mam and dads and have the family unwrapping, where we then have our meal there. The one thing that is the same is the massive meal that lasts for days and the party hats from crackers!

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When I was younger, my family had quite a few traditions but as we’ve gotten older, we aren’t able to do them. I remember going on drives with my dad every year to see the Christmas lights and they were always magnificent. We would also put the Christmas tree up, put some carrots out for the reindeers and put milk (or water) and cookies out for Santa.

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As a child and a teenager, my family celebrated Christmas and we were Christians. So, we would get a big tree and decorate it. Besides cooking so much food on Christmas day and spending time with each other, there would be a Christmas service at our church and we would go every year.
In 2013 my mom took me to see the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center! But after losing my mom in 2016, and converting to Islam about one year and a half ago, Christmas isn’t celebrated a lot by my family members and I anymore. However, I still love watching Christmas movies!

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3. With the theme of Christmas/Holiday in mind, what are some traditions you wish you had?

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With Christmas coming, I wish we had family film nights, with hot chocolates and marshmallows. I think our lack of a white season makes everyone feel that bit less ‘Christmassy”, so anything cosy and sweet would, in my opinion, boost everyone’s Christmas spirit! I also wish our whole family would do that together, the whole film night idea.
But everyone has their own families now, and it’s just never the same! I try and make these traditions with my partner. But until we have a family, then it might not be as set in stone.

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I’m honestly not fussed with having traditions for Christmas. I do think it would be nice to be all together every year and have a small gift for each person. It’s simple but as long as you’re with family, it doesn’t matter.

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I wish as a kid I got to make a gingerbread house! I’ve never gotten the chance and it seems like a Christmas tradition many people participate in!

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4. What is a fond memory you have of Christmas morning?

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A fond memory of my Christmas morning is checking the snacks left out for Santa and seeing he ate his biscuits and he drank his Whiskey, and Rudolph ate his Carrot!
My fondest, though, is my granny and grandad as they have aged so so much from those memories. They’re unable to have us all, and they would be so overwhelmed, it’s so sad. Seeing them on Christmas sort of gave them reasons to celebrate. Now they don’t and we always make sure to go and see them, but obviously that isn’t the same as having a meal with everyone and playing scrabble etc, and properly celebrating!

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In 2012, we took a trip to Byron Bay for a couple of weeks and I remember waking up super excited on Christmas morning – of course – to find the DVD for The Hunger Games. I loved The Hunger Games when I was a teenager and it was so thrilling to have the DVD all to myself.

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One Christmas year, when I was still in elementary school and my family and I were in the house I grew up in, my mom was making breakfast, the table was set with the china set that my mother only uses on special occasions and my sister and I helped place the food on the table. When my mom finished cooked, we ate together as a family and that was one of my best memories. We haven’t done that since.

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5. What novels do you believe fit the ‘Christmas’ genre/theme

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To be honest, any book that makes you feel fuzzy and warm is fit for a Christmas book! If it reminds you of cold winter days, bundled up in blankets… perfect!
But, much like the films, the Harry Potter books seem popular around this of year. They are so magical, it makes sense!

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I have no idea! I know there are quite a few Aussie books for kids with a Christmas theme, but I haven’t stumbled across any young adult novels from anywhere.

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Personally, I think the novels that fit the Christmas holiday theme is anything that makes you feel the way you do on Christmas. So, I think it’s about the person and there’s no right or wrong answer. However, since Christmas is associated with being happy and joyous, then any book that evokes that feeling.

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6. What year did you start to get excited about receiving books as gifts?

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I would say I’ve always appreciated receiving books as gifts. Even when young, I always had books and I was always reading. But I wouldn’t say I was as passionate about it as I am now. I know the joy you gain from the worlds within the pages.
To be accurate, though, 5 or 6 years ago I started asking for the classics as presents if anyone was stuck for ideas, and ever since my family has bought me beautiful collections as gifts.

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I’ve never really received books as gifts, but one year I got the Wicked: The Grimmerie, which is a book all about the Broadway the musical Wicked. I was completed obsessed with it, and was so excited to get a book all about it!

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I’ve always loved books and I used to have so many as a child (I believe they were all given away!). There was this Scholastic book fair that took place almost every year in my elementary school and I would always ask my mom for money so I could buy some books. There was even a book fair event that happened once at my high school, and I got some books as well. So, I wouldn’t put a number on when I started to like receiving books as gifts. I’ve always loved books!

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7. If you had to read a book every year as a tradition, what book would you read?

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If I had to read a book every year as a tradition, I’d probably read The Hobbit, by J.R.R Tolkien. Maybe because of the seasonal descriptions, they can make you feel sooo cosy when it is a cold night, and the characters are huddled by a fire. There is also something about reading a fantasy as well! Plus, The Hobbit, for me, is really light-hearted.

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I’d read about Percy Jackson. That was one of the first series I read when I was a kid and it means a lot to me. It’s the perfect mix of an adventure of humour that makes for a heartwarming and fun read.

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I would definitely say the Harry Potter books! I watch the movies every year! But the one book I would read from this series is The Sorcerer’s Stone!

That is all the questions. Again, thank you for allowing me to do this. It was a pleasure getting to know you!

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That is all for today~
I was so excited to create this post that as soon as the majority of the questions were answered, I had already began formating the layout of this post.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each individual and I am so happy that our Bookstagram community is blessed with the most kindhearted people I’ve ever met. Who were not only willing to participant, but were encouraging and being so helpful. Bless all those kind souls who partipated, and I hope they recieve the recognition they deserve amongst the Bookstagram community.
That is all I have to stay, thank you all for reading, I hope you guys enjoyed. If you have anything you’d like to say, feel free to comment it down below. If that doesn’t work for you my Instagram and Twitter will be linked down below.
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