I can’t believe we are already in July, this year is going so fast! I hope that you have all had a wonderful weekend. I have been enjoying the sunshine and I am so excited to be sharing another set of answers with you this sunny Monday morning.

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This week I have Cassidy Taylor answering my bookish questions.

Cassidy Taylor is a fantasy author who studied English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was there that she found her niche in children’s literature, and won the Bill Hooks Award for Young Adult Fiction in 2007. Her first novel, When Rains Fall, is out now. The prequel short story, The Dry Season, is available for free. She lives in beautiful North Carolina with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and one cat who thinks he’s a dog.

Which book(s) are you currently reading?
I just started The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli.

What was the last book you read? And what did you think of it?
The last book I read was The Belles by Dhionelle Clayton. I thought it was a really fantastic read with a unique and creative premise and beautifully detailed world-building. A must-read this year.

What book is next on your “to be read” list?
There are so many, but I think it’s going to be Cloaked in Shadow by Ben Alderson, unless my copy of Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi comes in.

What is your favourite genre to read?
YA fantasy primarily, but I’m also a huge fan of YA contemporary depening on my mood.

What genre do you tend to avoid?

I know this one is a tricky one, but what is your favourite book or series of books?
Other than Harry Potter, because I feel like that’s the obvious answer, it would be the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes, or Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. They’re two very different series but I love them both.

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Photo Courtesy of Cassidy Taylor.

Who is your favourite author? Or authors if you simply can’t choose one (It is a bit of a mean question)
I will faithfully read anything written by: Marie Lu, Julie Murphy, Becky Albertalli, Morgan Rhodes, Alex Bracken, Sarah J. Maas, and Marisa Meyer.

What is your favourite book from your childhood?
Another hard pick, but I’m going with the Baby-Sitters Club!

If you have children, which books can’t you wait to read to them?
Harry Potter! We’re reading a Wrinkle in Time right now before we see the movie, but I have the Harry Potter illustrated editions, so they’re next on the list.

If you could visit the world of any book, where would you go? Who would you spend time with? And what would you do?
Well, it’s going to have to be Hogwarts. I would take transfiguration with Professor McGonagall to try to learn as much as possible from her, give quidditch a try with Ron and Ginny, go to the library with Hermione, and get some butterbeer in Hogsmeade. And before you ask, yes, I have been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida! 🙂

If you could bring any character from any book to life for a day, who would it be? And what would you do?
This is turning out to be the hardest one yet, but I’ll go with Jamie Fraser from Outlander. Because look at him. Also, I would show him as much as I could of modern-day conveniences so he’d know where Claire was coming from.

For any Harry Potter Fans, which house do you think you would be sorted in to? (This seems like a kind of random question but I am strangely curious about which house people would be in)

Thank you so much to Cassidy for taking the time to answer my questions, it’s always nice to ‘meet’ another Ravenclaw! I have Cloaked in Shadow and Children of Blood and Bone on my TBR list too!

You can find Cassidy over on her website, as well as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and on her Amazon Author page.