Hey guys! It’s so awesome to welcome another new reader for a good old rant about books. Today Bookstagrammer and blogger, Jessica De Lellis is here to chat about what she loves to read.
Hi, tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a 22 year old bookstagrammer and book blogger from Northern California. I love books (obviously!), Disney Princesses, and Marvel superheroes. I am currently on a gap year and will be attending law school in the fall.
What makes a book cover catch your eye? Have you got a favourite?
I’m not super picky with covers, but a gorgeous illustration paired with a nice font will always make me swoon. A personal favorite of mine are the Isle of the Lost books by Melissa De La Cruz. Other covers I love are the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy and the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.
When you’re reading a blurb, what would make you want to try that book? What would put you off?
I like blurbs that are short and to the point. If a blurb mentions something that I’m interested in, I’ll definitely try it out. For example, there is a book that’s coming out called She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) by Ann Hood and as soon as the blurb mentioned The Beatles, I marked it as to-read on Goodreads. I freaking love the Beatles!
The year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and twelve-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not thrilled with life. Her best friend, Michelle, has decided to become a cheerleader, everyone at school is now calling her Gertrude (her hated real name), and the gem of her middle school career, the Beatles fan club, has dwindled down to only three other members–the least popular kids at school. And at home, her workaholic father has become even more distant.
Determined to regain her social status and prove herself to her father, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: the Beatles. She is set on seeing their final world tour in Boston at the end of the summer–and meeting her beloved Paul McCartney. So on a hot August day, unknown to their families, Trudy and crew set off on their journey, each of them with soaring hopes for what lies ahead.
What makes you love a character? Who are your favourites from the books you’ve read and why?
I love characters who are realistic. They need to have flaws. I hate seeing characters that are too perfect. Characters should also have that special something that makes them unique, in order to avoid being a generic cardboard cutout. I really love Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books by Jenny Han because I relate so much to her. A lot of people say that Lara Jean sounds like she’s 12, but that’s how I was in high school. She felt very real to me.
What keeps a plot engaging, and makes you want to stick with a book/series until the end? Tell us about your favourite books!
I love a plot that develops at a good pace. Some books drag things out for too long, others are too short. In regards to contemporary books I like a realistic plot. Last year I read a book called Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney and it felt so real. It could have easily became a cliche because the story was about a girl in her 20’s having an affair with an older married man. I was so thrilled that this book managed to steer clear from the tropes you typically see.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about reading?
I think it is so important to have diverse books because representation matters. I am half Filipino and half white, and one thing that I never saw in books was any sort of Filipino representation. Occasionally I would see a throwaway remark about someone unimportant to the story being Filipino, but that was it. That changed when I read Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz, which is a book about a Filipino American girl who finds out that she is undocumented. It was amazing seeing Filipino culture (Tagalog words, Filipino food etc.) in a book, especially a mainstream one. I thought to myself,so this is what representation feels like.