I thought I would introduce myself since I’m new to blogging. So with a little help from some friends, I’m answering a few questions so you can get to know me. The title is lyrics from The King and I haha.
My name is Melanie Hawk but literally, only like 5 people in the world call me Melanie, so I just go by Mel.
Have any tattoos:
I have 6 tattoos so far with plans for many more. Three lyric tattoos from The Cab, The Rocket Summer, and Parachute. And I also have the merged Captain America shield/Winter Soldier Red Star, Black Panther as the Lion King, and a pineapple.
This is a tough one. My all-time favorite book is definitely Harry Potter. Special shoutout to Miss Jackie for starting the obsession in second grade. But I’ve been reading a lot more as an adult. So my faves are probably The Bear and the Nightingale, The Duff, The Cruel Prince and Shadow of the Fox.
What are your favorite bands?
My forever love is The Rocket Summer. Another shout out to the softball girls who introduced me. As well as Parachute. Fun fact: I’ve never missed a Parachute tour in 7 years.
My favorite character from a book is…
It’s a tie between Vasya from The Bear and the Nightingale and Jude from The Cruel Prince. Vasya was to be the best because she chose to never conform to other people and it was so beautiful to me read her literally grow up into this very independent women. Jude, on the other hand, is my favorite because she’s awful. She’s ruthless and conniving but she needed to be in her situation and she rose to the occasion every time people bet against her.
What kind of music do you like?
I love listening to most types of music. I’m not a fan of country and metal. But I love listening to Singer/songwriters, indie music, musicals, and classical/jazz.
Favorite book genre:
I love YA fantasy. And I absolutely love how far it’s come. I’ll probably be read YA until I’m old and gray and still loving it. I’m a huge fan of comics as well. Specifically Black Panther, Captain America, The Flash, Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, Teen Titans.
What is the first book you ever remember reading?
The First book I remember reading was The Call of the Wild by Jack London. I was maybe 7 when my dad had a massive collection of the illustrated classics and that was the first one he let me read. Still one of my favorite books to this day.
Did a book ever help you during a rough time?
Last year I had an unexpected death in the family and my job was gracious enough to give me off for 2 weeks to grieve. During that time I read 2 books series I adored as a kid. Artemis Fowl and Charlie Bone series. Both series deal with death and missing relatives and how the MC got through those deaths. It was cathartic.
Why do I like to review books?
I started actively reviewing books last year. My coworkers and I were trying to start a book club at our local Barnes and Noble and it was fun to read books ahead of time to sift through what would be great selections. But it wasn’t until after my rough time in February that I really start to fall in love with reviewing books.
How does music fit into my reading?
I’m a very musical person by nature. I don’t know why but for some reason I focus better with music playing for pretty everything I’m doing. Driving I need to hear some great sing-along songs. When I’m cooking you know I have to be playing some musicals. When I’m stressed out or reading it is the same thing, I need to be listening to instrumental music. It could be jazz, classical or my favorite instrumental scores from Movies and TV. I just like music to be in all aspects of my life.
What are your go-to recommendations?
I’m always willing to recommend a book, but it all depends on what you are looking for. One of my go recommends would have to be The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. I first read that book in 8th grade and for 9 years I would read that every summer. It was something that just helped me go through high school and put everything in perspective.
What do you in your free time besides reading?
I’m a big movie person, I absolutely love going to the theater. I love going to concerts and comic cons. New adventures are always something I like to do. I’d travel the world if I could.
Thanks for following along with me. And let’s get reading!