Cozy Vibes and Books With Our Bookstagrammer of the Week: @literaryladyreviews

Happy holidays! Our Bookstagrammer of the Week, naturally, had to be someone who brings the holiday vibe! Kalanit-Lait of @literaryladyreviews tells us all about her favorite Hanukkah tradition!

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We’re back with another Bookstagrammer of the Week and we’re with the holiday season, we’re all feeling festive! If you aren’t familiar with our series, Bookstagrammer of the Week is our weekly feature of Bookstagrammers we would recommend you to keep an eye on! This week, we talked with Kalanit-Lait of @literaryladyreviews about all things Bookstagram, holiday traditions, and mood reading. Read on to learn more about our Bookstagrammer of the Week, Kalanit-Lait of @literaryladyreviews!


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Bookstagrammer of the Week: Kalanit-Lait of @literaryladyreviews
cr. Kalanit-Lait of @literaryladyreviews

It’s obvious that reading is a serious passion of yours and we’ve got to know — when did you first get into reading?

I was about four! I always saw my mom reading and she always read to me, so one day she decided to order some early-reader books. They got delivered to our home, and I remember literally pressing my nose to the glass waiting for them! I’ve been a reader ever since (and still do the same thing while waiting for book packages).

That’s awesome, I feel like a lot of readers can relate to getting started reading early!

You note on your Bookstagram, @literaryladyreviews, that you’re a Jewish reader. Do you have any favorite Jewish authors?

Oh boy, do I!! Dahlia Adler, Laura Silverman, Kalyn Josephson, R.M. Romero, Stacey Agdern, and Gabrielle Zevin, just to name a few!

Bookstagrammer of the Week: Kalanit-Lait of @literaryladyreviews
cr. Kalanit-Lait of @literaryladyreviews

Do you have a specific book that impacted you the most when you read it? Why did it impact you?

I would have to say Goodbye, Again by Jonny Sun. I read this book over a transitional period in my life, and his words both comforted me and gave me a bit of hope. There was something so special about knowing that someone else had experienced the same thing, and then put it into words. I felt a lot less lonely after reading this lil gem. Plus, the plant drawings were 10/10!

Your Bookstagram feed is radiating the warmth and coziness that we all crave during these long winter months!

Do you have any traditions that you look forward to every holiday season?

One of my favorite traditions happens on the first night of Hanukkah! Every year, I pick a Jewish book to read in one sitting while baking cookies. Then, my family lights the menorah and we spend time together! It’s such a special moment and I love it so much. 

What books are you recommending people read during this holiday season?

I would recommend Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera, Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert, and Love and Latkes by Stacey Agdern!

Bookstagrammer of the Week: Kalanit-Lait of @literaryladyreviews
cr. Kalanit-Lait of @literaryladyreviews

Does your reading schedule or attitude toward reading change during the winter months?

All the time! I am 100% a mood reader, so my reading mood is always fluctuating. During the winter, I tend to lean towards cozy genres like fantasy and cozy mysteries! 

Now the end of the year is quickly approaching, so the time for us to complete our TBRs is coming to a close.

Do you have a list of books you’re hoping to read before the end of the year?

You know, I totally did at one point. But I am never able to stick to a TBR list! So, my goal for the rest of the year is to read things that bring me joy. I’m thinking I might try to finish Abby Collette’s latest cozy mystery, Soul of a Killer!

Bookstagrammer of the Week: Kalanit-Lait of @literaryladyreviews
cr. Kalanit-Lait of @literaryladyreviews

And finally, we want our audience to get to know you a little bit more, so we’d love to end this with you giving us a fun fact about yourself!

I study musicology, specifically Jewish music, and Gustav Mahler. I recently found out that I might be related to Mahler through genealogy research!

Be sure to check out Kalanit-Lait’s feature on our Instagram, @bookstrofficial!

And if you’re craving more Bookstagrammers of the Week, check out our feature from last week here!