About Me: Hello, I’m Anabel, and I am a 25-year-old Dominican American book fiend from Jersey. I love books, manicures, and making people laugh. I started my bookstagram as a means to revive my childhood love for reading, and I am happy to say that it worked. In addition to reading like there's no tomorrow, I have come out of my shell, made wonderful bookish friends, and even started a Booktube channel!
What Followers Can Expect: I am unapologetically my most authentic, goofy self on my bookstagram page. I always want followers to feel like they are talking to a friend when they see my honest reviews, book updates, and Instagram stories. I try to keep an open mind about what I read, so I cover a wide variety of genres with an emphasis on BIPOC stories. One day I can be gushing about the newest romantic comedy, and the next exclaiming my shock about how a horror novel went from 0 to 100 real quick. In between, there is a lot of historical fiction, fantasy, adult and YA contemporary — and just about everything else.
A Recent Book I Loved: Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis. I knew I was going to love this book within the first minute of reading. It's a story of queer love, found family, and revolution. In the midst of a dictatorship in Uruguay where citizens live with the fear of kidnapping, rape, and torture at the hands of their government, five queer women find sanctuary in Cabo Polonio, a quiet fishing village on the Atlantic. Far from the prying eyes of the military and their nosey neighbors in the dangerous city of Montevideo, the women are allowed the freedom to love and live as they’ve always wanted, as Cantoras. Carolina de Robertis is a gift. Her prose is so poetically beautiful, and she breathes life into her characters and setting. The wants and needs of these women felt incredibly real. Throughout this journey the Cantoras became my friends. I laughed with them, I cried with them, and even got mad at them. (I was really out here cackling at their jokes and then balling my eyes out. She was an emotional rollercoaster!)