Reader Interview: Kendra Vanderbeek

 Today we’re reading about Kendra! She’s a 7-12 English teacher and a big ole nerd like me! Follow her on Instagram and Twitter 


How many books do you usually read in a month?

How do you pick what to read next?

I typically read at least 1-2 books for pleasure in a month during the school year (I read other novels for my classes that I read every year and I read textbooks depending on the classes I’m taking). In the summertime, I try to get in at least 2-3 books a month.


What are your favorite genres to read?

I love love historical fiction, fantasy, and I’ve recently really gotten into memoirs. I also read quite a bit of young adult so I can recommend books to my students.


Would you like some book recommendations(with links) in a particular genre?

I’d love some recommendations for memoirs.


What’s something that really bugs you in books?

I can’t handle love triangles. Sometimes they’re okay, but I’m over it. This jadedness comes from the inundation of young adult, dystopian books that centered around love triangles (The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.).


What sets books above others and makes them stand out to you?

I love a good cover but I also really need a good description. Mostly I choose books based on recommendations or just randomly.


What type of covers do you love? Which do you avoid and why?

I love minimalist covers. I don’t love the covers with people on them, especially if it’s a movie cover. My favorites are the artistic, stylized covers like Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee or The Lonely Planet: Travel Anthology. 

If you could recommend us ONE book, which would you pick?

I would recommend Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. It is my favorite read of 2018-2019. 


Which characters in the book did you like best?

I enjoyed the main character the most. She was reminiscent of Scout Finch but in a much more dire situation. It was fascinating to see her mature. I really connected with her. 

Do you generally read traditionally published or indie books? Is there a reason? How can we help get more indies on your radar?

I read traditionally published books. I just never feel like I know about or have the opportunity to read indie books. I follow quite a few book accounts on Instagram and that’s where I get a lot of my recommendations from. If there were more indie publishing companies that had social media accounts like that, I would be more apt to purchase indie books.

Do you prefer to shop in actual book stores or on Amazon?

I definitely prefer shopping in a book store. I love being among the books. I usually only shop on Amazon if I know I need a specific book or need one soon.


What is the very first book you read that really stuck with you?

How old were you?

Harry Potter was my very first real love (book-wise). I have always loved reading books but Harry Potter was the first one that changed my life. I was a 2nd grader.


I love the HP world. Do you have a favorite book from the series?

I cannot choose a favorite book… I’ve tried. Can’t do it lol.

Understandable. What about a favorite character? 

Professor McGonagall! She’s a badass and an awesome teacher. She loves those kids so fiercely. I want to be like her.



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