Opinions and Pet Pics With Our Bookstagrammer of the Week: @the_gloomy_book

Cats, college, and unoffical literary criticism! Our Bookstagrammer of the Week, Hannah of @the_gloomy_book, does it all. We’re dishing this week, come on in!

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Hey, hey, hey! We’re back with another installment of our Bookstagrammer of the Week series! An opportunity in which we shine a light on one Bookstagram account that we think you’ll adore. This week, we talked with Hannah of @the_gloomy_book about her Bookstagrammer experience and bookish opinions. Hannah is a self-proclaimed opinionated, unofficial literary critic. Oh, and did we mention that she’s a English major? Come along with us as we talk to our Bookstagrammer of the Week: Hannah of @the_gloomy_book!


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cr. Hannah of @the_gloomy_book

Let’s start things off with an easy question! It’s plain to see that you adore reading. Hell, some people would even say that you’re majoring in it!

When did you first get into reading?

I first got into reading when I was ten years old. At the time, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was starting to gain popularity and my best friend was in love with it. She would constantly talk about how amazing and interesting the book was, so I decided that I needed to read it. I was never quite interested in reading prior, however, after I read the first chapter of The Hunger Games, I was completely hooked. This led to a long journey of falling in love with reading and discovering that I have a passion for writing. It changed my life forever.

Wow! I feel like everyone has at least one book that they constantly go back to because it just hit them in a way they didn’t expect.

What book would you say impacted you the most as a reader?

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien has definitely impacted me the most. A few years ago, my dad passed away and I have immensely struggled with it. However, when I read this book, it always takes me back to the summer where me and him watched the movies over and over again. We were entirely obsessed with the trilogy and could not stop watching them. The Fellowship of the Ring always brings so much comfort during the hardest times of my life. It reminds me that I can always go back to that happy place.

It’s amazing how much our emotions can be embedded into the books we read. I’m glad that you were able to pick up Tolkien again.
a stack of books next to an open face book
cr. Hannah of @the_gloomy_book

I’ve been doing some online stalking research about you and I’ve found something that I giggled about. You mention on your Goodreads that you’re “super opinionated.” We’re going to put that to the test!

What’s your favorite book cover and why?

I think The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon has the most beautiful book cover to take pictures of. I absolutely love the art, the detail, and the bright colors. Of course, I love the dragon on the cover. I love any book cover with dragons.

Now, 2022 is coming to a close, which is kind of trippy for me, because I thought that yesterday was March, but that’s beside the point!

Do you have any books that you’re trying to read before the year ends?

Since I have been in quite a reading slump for the past few months, I am hoping to finish Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and the rest of her series. I am also hoping to buy more classic books to put on my TBR list for next year.

Speaking of your TBR– what books are you most excited for that are releasing in 2023?

There are a few books that I am definitely excited to see released next year. I am super thrilled for The Mysteries of Thorn Manor by Margaret Rogerson and A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon. I think both of these authors are amazing at storytelling and creating engaging worlds, so I cannot wait to read their books in 2023.

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cr. Hannah of @the_gloomy_book

Hannah, you’re obviously very proud of your English major status. Being a fellow English major, I’ve got to ask you something.

How did you balance reading for pleasure and your academic reading?

Since I read a ton of books for my major, I tend to neglect my personal reading time. I will usually set aside my “fun books” in order to read and finish the books for my courses. I also start to lose the desire to read in my free time. During last semester, I learned that creating a balanced schedule has helped me get back into reading for enjoyment again. I will usually do my school work in the morning and spend my afternoons reading for fun.

A schedule! Yeah, that probably would’ve helped. Unforunately our time with Hannah is coming to a close, so we have one final query for you.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?

A fun fact about me is that I love cats. I currently have four of them named Mr. Pips, Jiji, Albus, and Frankie. I constantly take photos of them, so you will see them all the time on my Instagram story and feed.

If you click on their names, be prepared for a flurry of fluff!

And there you have it folks, our Bookstagrammer of the week: Hannah of @the_gloomy_book! We sure do hope that you enjoyed talking with us this week! Be sure to check out Hannah on Instagram to see her awesome feed.

Make sure you head over to our Instagram, @bookstrofficial, to see her feature that we’re posting!

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