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Tor Teen Reader of the Month!

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“Read every day and learn from what you read.” —Octavia Butler

Fall’s rushing past all too quickly, so we’re savoring the November vibes and autumn shades in the Bookstagram world. Plus everyone knows fall is the best comfort reading time of the year. Cold enough to drive us indoors to the book nook but not so cold and slushy that we feel trapped there. Do you feel us?

On to our featured readers! Last month we chatted with Ariana, of literary.faerie, who works with us here at Tor Teen, and this month we’re excited to chat with Christy Jane of @diamondxgirl!

Featuring: Christy Jane, @diamondxgirl

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Tell me about the author events in your area! . . . We have more indie bookstores than you can count and so many author events that sometimes they overlap. It’s truly a blessing and one of the main reasons I can’t imagine leaving the Bay Area. @markdoesstuff came to visit @keplersliteraryfoundation for #AngerIsAGift and of course I had to be there to support this gorgeous book! Mark is also here at #SDCC - I just arrived in Southern California and can’t wait to see him on a panel! Check out a full recap + #review on #bookcrushin .com!! PS how adorable are Nina and her daughter? . . . #bookish #igreads #booknerd #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booknerdigans #instabooks #bookblogger #Bookstagram #instabooks #booktography #yalit #bookaholic #yabooks #bookphotography #yafiction #booklove #bookgram #libros #livros #authorevent #yacontemporary #torteen

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What they’re all about:

What got you into Bookstagram?

My bookstagram account originated as a personal account, which were mostly posts about music and makeup (my original blogging passion!). In late 2015, I started posting about books and author events, which turned into a larger interest in blogging. I wanted to connect with multiple communities, so I stuck with bookstagram and have grown with it since then. Last year, I joined forces with @bookcrushin to host #SignedBookSundays and share our love of supporting authors and indie bookstore events. I love my network and seeing a peek into everyone’s bookish lives!

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When you finish a book, do you typically want to read others like it or switch to something different? . . . I’m always looking for books that explore similar themes to my favorites. Reading #TheLeadingEdgeOfNow by @marcilyncurtis was like bundling up in several books I adored! Today on the blog, I shared how her story reminded me of other stories so you can keep reading after you finish. Come check it out! . Today’s #fantasyonfriday theme is “if you like this, then try this” and even though these are all contemporaries, I recommend them for when you need a break! . . . #bookish #igreads #booknerd #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booknerdigans #instabooks #bookblogger #Bookstagram #instabooks #booktography #yalit #bookaholic #yabooks #bookphotography #yafiction #booklove #bookgram #libros #livros

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Describe your perfect reading spot.

My primary form of reading is through audiobooks. I have a long commute and stay pretty busy, so I use my commute plus running to listen to books. I have one run a week that is chill, where I get to sink into my book and let go of everything else. That’s my favorite “place” to read. What was your favorite book at 15?

What is your favorite bookstagram prop?

A clean background! I love when books are the center of a photo – just show me that gorgeous cover!

What was your favorite book at 15?

I consumed every Lois Duncan book I could get my hands on. I have always loved thrillers and her books were everything to me as a teen. A few years back, she answered questions on Goodreads and she picked one I asked her! Such a cool moment. I’m glad we have her stories to remember her by.

What’s your favorite Tor Book of all time?

In case you missed it, I am absolutely obsessed with Demetra Brodsky’s Dive Smack. Theo, Chip, and Iris are just the best (#YouGotThis). I picked it up while waiting for my favorite band to come on stage and it was so tough to put down…I finished it the next day. I loved the way it raised my suspicions and kept me guessing till the end. I’ll be shouting about this book forever.

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Matte or shiny covers? . . . Holy smokes, friends. Let me tell you about #DIVESMACK. How it’s easily my fav book this year. How an emoji reaction basically consists of 😱😱😱🤔🙃🤔😱😱😱😩😩😩😱😱. Over on BookCrushin.com today, we have 5 reasons why I’m obsessed with this book plus a #GIVEAWAY for this beauty and a prize pack. . I’m a huge fan of the trend where the covers are matte with specific parts shiny - like Theo’s dive smack and the fire (doesn’t this cover intrigue you? Trust me, you have no clue). . . . #bookish #igreads #booknerd #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booknerdigans #instabooks #bookblogger #Bookstagram #instabooks #booktography #yalit #bookaholic #yabooks #bookphotography #yafiction #booklove #bookgram #libros #livros #tor #torteen #demetrabrodsky

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