Friday Key Chain @rinceya

Friday Key Chain is a feature on our blog where we introduce you to some of our most active Twitter followers. We love people who want to get involved and we figured that this would be a great way for everyone to get to know each other a bit better!rincey

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Rincey, I’m 27 years old, and I live in the suburbs outside of Chicago, Illinois. I have loved reading my entire life and I started up my YouTube channel,, in 2012 after discovering the BookTube community. I love being able to talk about books with people who love them just as much, if not more, than I do.

What is your favourite book shop (either in your home town or one you’ve come across while travelling).

I have two bookshops that I absolutely love (one local and one not). The bookstore I recommend to everyone when they come to Chicago is Open Books. It is a non-profit bookstore that uses its profits to promote literacy in Chicago through a variety of community programs. The people that work there are super friendly and helpful and the bookstore itself is quite beautiful.
The second one is Housing Works in New York City. It is another non-profit bookstore and this organization works to help people suffering from HIV/AIDS. A lot of people really love The Strand (which is also very awesome) but I actually think I like Housing Works more.

SUITE SCARLETTWhat is your favourite book published by Hot Key books?
Hard to pick, but I love Maureen Johnson A LOT so I might have to go with her books, SUITE SCARLETT and THE KEY TO THE GOLDEN FIREBIRD.

What is your favourite childhood book?
I don’t know if I had one book as a child that I really loved. I love the PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH. I still re-read it on occasion and still find it just so clever. I also loved the AMELIA BEDELIA series and the WAYSIDE SCHOOL books. And, of course, classics like Roald Dahl were always great.

Tell us about your favourite bookmark.
I have one bookmark that I got through a Kickstarter campaign for the Read with Friends Project, which is where this one woman makes a bunch of bookmarks to give away to schools and libraries to help encourage reading amongst kids. It is really great and all of her products are super adorable. The one I got was of a Yeti and a seamonster reading a book together.

What is one of your bad reading habits?
I have a lot of bad book habits! I am someone who doesn’t mind if a book doesn’t look picture perfect, I actually like them a little bit more when they look well-loved. 🙂 But I have broken spines, dog-eared pages, even spilled bits of food on books while eating and reading at the same time.

If you could swap lives with any book character, who would you choose and why?
My immediate thought would be to swap lives with someone in Harry Potter just so I could go to Hogwarts and Hogsmead experience all of that magic! My other option would be to swap places with Elizabeth Bennet so that I could experience being married to Mr. Darcy.

What type of book would you like to read more of in the future?
I tend to read a lot of contemporary and historical fiction, so I want to try to branch out into more science fiction and fantasy in the future. Also, I recently looked at my own reading habits and realized I read a lot of books by U.S. and English authors, so I want to read more books by authors of other countries. I think reading more translated works would be a fun experience.

How do you organise your bookshelves?
Quite haphazardly. It is mostly organized chronologically in terms of when I read them because I leave all of my unread books off of my bookshelf and then once they are read I put them away. However, I will adjust occasionally to try to keep series together so it doesn’t make any sense to anyone besides me.

What is one book you would like to recommend to everyone you meet?
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee. It is my all-time favorite book and I really don’t know many people who did not enjoy it. I actually would be quite wary of anyone if they said they don’t like the book.

Thanks to Rincey for participating in the Friday Key Chain. You can follow her on Twitter @rinceya or on her YouTube channel Rinceyreads.