When I decided to join bookstagram and create my blog in August 2020, I was feeling VERY nervous. I still feel nervous! As we all know (especially my artist pals), it’s hard to put yourself out there. I am very passionate about reading and plant-based cooking and I continue to hope others have an interest it in too. As I continue to learn more about the booksta universe, I have connected with some really terrific readers.
CUE: my new pal on Bookstagram, Mia (@mia.pia.reads)
Mia and I connected over veganism, books, and our obsession with our dogs. As a newcomer to bookstagram, Mia has been extremely kind and supportive. For this reason, I wanted to feature her as the Book Star of the Month!
INTERVIEW with Mia of @mia.pia.reads:
Bookish Vegan: What’s your name and how did you first get introduced to bookstagram?
Mia: Hi! My name is Mia. I was first introduced to the bookstagram community by Reading with Robin. She convinced me to move over from Facebook. She is amazing.
Bookish Vegan: What draws you to the bookstagram community? Why did you want to be a part of it?
Mia: I love seeing new books. Not just books that are newly released, but books that are new to me. I love chatting with people about what they are currently reading, what their favorite books are, and just life in general. That sense of connection between humans who just love books.
BV: How do you curate what books to read each month? What takes priority for you?
Mia: There is no method to my madness. None. I have TBR stack, and I pick through by mood. I tend to prioritize poetry and ARCs.
BV: We are both very passionate about diverse books! How are diverse books a part of your journey and what do you hope fellow bookstagram readers will take part in?
Mia: Diverse books mean a lot to me. Growing up reading a lot, I never saw myself in books. Ever. As an adult, I can pick my own books with purpose and meaning. I hope that other readers read what makes them happy of course, but I would love for us all to expand our reading choices if possible.
BV: How long have you been vegan? What are your favorite vegan recipes to cook?
Mia: I have been vegan for about 4 years. I lived in an agricultural town for short time, and that made me switch very fast. Two of my favorite recipes to make are Japanese curry and a cashew cream alfredo. Ridiculously delicious and easy.
BV: What are you currently reading?
Mia: I am currently reading Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Brown. I am loving it so far. Book in verse. Absolutely up my alley.
BV: What is your favorite independent bookstore?
Mia: Oh that is hard. I love them all really. There is a little local cozy shop called Hicklebees that I adore. It’s just sweet and home like.
BV: Give me the best three facts about your dog!!
Mia: My dog. Oh he is a ridiculous one. He is a rescue. I am very passionate about rescue animals. His name at his foster family’s home was Bubbles. The first night we had him home we let him out to go to the bathroom before bed. He escaped like a typical husky. My husband had to chase him through the neighborhood with no shoes or shirt on at 2am. Just running through the streets and through yards, yelling BUBBLES! BUBBLES! BUBBLES! We did not keep that name, and we always check fences now.
Thanks so much to Mia! Make sure and check out her page.