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 Tina and Tamar. I’m very excited about this interview because it’s a beautiful thing to see siblings who share similar interests. They have been running their Instagram page @2treads smoothly for a while now and I wanted to know more about their individual book tastes and preferences.
Let’s meet our guests.
Where did your love of books /reading come from?
Well for me, I grew up seeing my parents read and then my older sister was also a huge influence on me getting into books. – Tina
Books were always a big part of growing up, and having the opportunity to join the library in primary school just made that love for books grow even more. – Tamar
Which genres do you especially enjoy reading?
If a book covers a compelling topic and is written well, I will read it. I can honestly say, I am no genre snob. – Tina
I would say contemporary romance, historical fiction, fantasy and literary fiction, but I will basically read anything if it is about a subject that I am interested in. – Tamar
What moves you most in a work of literature?
When an author can transport me into the life/lives of their characters, making me feel as if their experiences are mine. – Tina
An interesting story that has compelling characters and great world-building, that makes me invested in the story. – Tamar
What’s the last great book you read?
I can’t pick, A Tall History of Sugar – Curdella Forbes, In Dependence – Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Crossfire – StaceyAnn Chin, Ordinary Girls – Jaquira Diaz. – Tina
Girl, Woman, Other- Bernardine Evaristo, The Black Notes- edited by Althea Prince. – Tamar
Is there a classic book you never got around to reading until recently?
If it’s what is considered a classic, I tried reading Moby Dick, and I am still at chapter 1. – Tina
I really don’t mess with ‘classics’ too much. – Tamar
If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
I would choose Arabic; I just love the characters. – Tina
I would love to be able to read in Spanish. – Tamar
Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
Once it is interesting, I will read it. – Tina
Science Fiction. – Tamar
What is your policy on book lending?
Only to people that I absolutely trust (aka fellow book lovers). – Tina
Friends and family only, lol. – Tamar
How do you like to read? Paper or electronic? One book at a time or simultaneously? Morning or night?
I like to be comfortable and cosy; I prefer paper books(nothing beats the feel of a book in hand); but then audiobooks are so convenient for cleaning, cooking and exercising; occasionally one book at a time, but more often than not I am reading simultaneously and all hours of the day or night. – Tina
I prefer paper books, but electronic can be so convenient, and audiobooks are a way to enjoy content if your hands are busy. I tend to read one book at a time, but if a book is not holding my attention, I will pick up something else to break up the lull. I read at all hours, as long as I can. – Tamar
What book might people be surprised to find on your shelves?
The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski-novels and short stories. – Tina
Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward, it’s my guilty pleasure. – Tamar
What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a gift?
I am going to say every book that someone else has bought me. – Tina
I really can’t remember. – Tamar
You’re organizing a literary dinner party. Which three writers, dead or alive, do you invite?
Olive Senior, Nicole Dennis-Benn and Kei Miller. – Tina
Marlon James, Toni Morrison and Louise Bennett-Coverly. – Tamar
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?
It is definitely a mix of all of those, but at the end of the day, I go with the book(s) that I really want to read. – Tina
I think it’s a mix of reviews, word-of-mouth if a cover or blurb catches my eye or it’s a work by an author that I already read and enjoy. Sometimes I am in the mood for one thing or another, it really depends. – Tamar
If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why?
I have never thought of that, but any bad-ass woman that fought to advance the cause of the oppressed. –Tina
Mary Seacole- Jamaican born nurse who was noted for her work during the Crimean War, but being mixed race she was overshadowed by Florence Nightingale. -Tamar
What do you want your tombstone to say?
She loved her family, she loved the world. She loved books. –Tina
Never thought about it. Lol. -Tamar
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?
Everyone must be taught to read. –Tina
Set up a grievance council, so that everyone can air out their differences. -Tamar
Would rather sweat mayonnaise or have cheese for saliva?
Cheese for saliva, mayo is ech. –Tina
Definitely cheese for saliva. -Tamar
What is your guilty pleasure Disney movie?
Moana, I loved the fact that there was no need for a ‘Prince’. –Tina
Moana- still sing the soundtrack to this day. -Tamar
If you were known as a strain of cannabis, what would your name be?
Tindica Bibliophavia. –Tina
Tamaris divas. -Tamar
Is there anything you would like to add?
I love your page and your blog, and really love you doing this spotlight run, which gives us a chance to discover new book lovers and lead to us making new book friends.
What a read! Don’t they sound refreshing? You should definitely follow them on Instagram for reviews and book recommendations.
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