A little Q+A with @zukythebookbum

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I discovered Zuky the Bookbum during the first lockdown and MY OH MY is hers an account you need to be following. She’s added horror to my list – and we all know what a pathetic wimp I am, so that’s saying something. She also provides the most insightful, thoughtful reviews and is never afraid to step out of her comfort zone when it comes to her choice of books.

What first got you into Bookstagramming?

I started a book blog first and it seemed like the natural progression of things! I now spend way more of my time on my Bookstagram than I do my blog.

What is your favourite part of bookstagram?

As cliche as it is, it has to be the community. I’ve made some really amazing, beautiful life-long friends through Bookstagram that I am so grateful for. I also love discovering new books via BG and getting direct recommendations from friends is one of my favourite things ever!!

What accounts would you recommend others to follow?

Gosh there are sooo many, I always find this question a tough one to answer for fear of missing people out, but here are a few:
@whatellisreadnext@readingbeyondreality@stories_with_hope
@marcyreads
@bookmarkyourthoughts (she’s on hiatus at the moment but has such a beautiful aesthetic!)
@iyanagoestothelibrary
and @blottedinkbooks ofc! πŸ˜‰


You’re stuck on a desert island and can take just three books – what have you got?


The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North, Rosemary’s Baby by Ira LevinInvisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

What is a book you recommend time and time again?


The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August for readers that don’t want something too dark.Dark Matter (by Michelle Paver) for people who want a good ghost story.Rosemary’s Baby for new and old horror readers!


Which three authors would you invite for dinner?


I never know what to answer for this question because, tbh, I don’t much care for authors, just for what they write down! Maybe I could be sneaky and use non-fiction writers? In which case it would be Michelle Obama, Brian Cox, and Richard Osman!

If you could dive into the pages of a book, and live in any fictional place with any character, where would you be?


Another question I never know how to answer, along with the ‘favourite characters’ question because I really do not have the brain for characters. I forget them as soon as I’ve closed the book, no matter how much I’ve loved it! I also read books almost exclusively based on Earth because I haven’t got the imagination for made up countries and planets. But I guess maybe The Miniaturist? I loved the characters in that book so much (as far as I remember lol) and 1600’s Amsterdam might be quite cool?

Lastly, tell me something your followers may be surprised to know!


I’m a hardcore F1 fan! I think I make my enjoyment of F1 pretty clear on my Instagram but I don’t think people would realise quite how deep I am into my love of the sport.

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