Welcome to #Spotlight. If you are new to the blog, this is the interview series where you read about the most amazing humans who love books and all things bookish. Today’s #Spotlight is on @Literandra.
I can’t remember when I started following Alessandra on Instagram or how I came across her page but I’m glad fate joined us. She has one of the most cheerful personalities on #Bookstagram. Her taste in books is exquisite. Her feed is very calming though I doubt your bank account will be happy.
Asides, sharing book reviews and recommendations, she manages a website, LITERANDRA. A small detail: her smile should be given to the people fighting to achieve World Peace because I think it would be a very potent tool.
Get to know her more…
Where did your love of books /reading come from?
I’ve been reading books since I was first able to read, so I guess my mother’s fervour to make me like books has something to do with it…
Which genres do you especially enjoy reading?
Fiction and non-fiction, especially fiction by African authors. Non-fiction about lesser-known or contested parts of history are my go-to.
What moves you most in a work of literature?
Relatability and the opening of new experiences to myself.
What’s the last great book you read?
‘An Orchestra of Minorities’ by Chigozie Obioma for fiction, and ‘Superior. The Return of Race Science’, by Angela Saini for non-fiction.
Is there a classic book you never got around to reading until recently?
Yes, indeed there is: ‘There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra’ by Chinua Achebe.
If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
What’s the most interesting thing you learned from a book recently?
Everyone has a different story, and we’re ultimately all connected by that fact.
Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
What is your policy on book lending?
Issa NO! Except for my hubby.
How do you like to read? Paper or electronic? One book at a time or simultaneously? Morning or night?
PAPER! Only paper! And both work for me: sometimes one book sometimes multiple at a time – never more than three, though. I read anytime during the day, whenever I have a chance.
What book might people be surprised to find on your shelves?
All of Shakespeare’s works, and books in five different languages.
What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a gift?
I don’t really get book gifts. My family and friends know how much I read and how picky I can be, so they just give me vouchers (not complaining).
You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
Ayobami Adebayo, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Chinua Achebe.
How do you decide what to read next? Is it reviews, word-of-mouth, books by friends, books for research? Does it depend on mood or do you plot in advance?
I’m a mood reader. I don’t know how to stick to lists or plans very well and get grumpy when I try to force myself.
If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why?
Probably Jesus, to see what he was really like.
What do you want your tombstone to say?
Deeply loved by her family.
You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place?
Would rather sweat mayonnaise or have cheese for saliva?
Cheese for saliva, for sure!
What is your guilty pleasure Disney movie?
A classic and not necessarily a guilty pleasure: ‘The Lion King’.
If you were known as a strain of cannabis, what would your name be?
Crazy but worth it!
Is there anything you would like to add?
Read books, people! And don’t be stuck in your ways.
Doesn’t she sound like a dream? I love her! Follow @Literandra_ on Instagram and check out her website, LITERANDRA. It’s a treasure trove of book recommendations, reviews and stimulating author interviews.
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