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Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Chances are, if you're a bookstagrammer (booknerd speak for the book community of Instagram), you've run into Sadie Hartmann - @sadie_reads_them_all.  She's the type to welcome you with open arms, get you involved and introduce you to the world.

She's also the creator of #circleofbookishfriends - a photo challenge that quite a few of us participate in every month.  I'm happy to say that I'm co-hosting with her for the month of February. Keep reading to get to the prompts for the EFF YOU FEBRUARY photo book challenge that I just KNOW you've been waiting for! (Also, we realize there are TONS of good challenges out there so feel free to jump in every now and then if one or five particular prompts just tickles your fancy...)

A lover of Stephen King (co-creator and member of #kingsisters), the macabre, fantasy (but do NOT give her any romance - books that is) and life in general, this marbled crayon of black and pink is anything but ordinary.  And without further ado, I present to you... **drum roll please**... Queen Sadie.

When and how did you start your Bookstagram account?

I started in January of 2016 because I had been following some larger bookstagram accounts and really enjoyed the bookish discussions I was seeing. I posted a picture of my current Joe Hill book and Johann commented on it and we discussed our love of Stephen King. Like a few days later, I used the bookstagram hashtag and decided from that day forward to make a dedicated book account—never looked back! It’s been a year and I love this community SOOOOO much!!

#circleofbookish friends is a popular and fun photo book challenge - how did you come up with this idea?  Is it hard coming up with prompts every month?

Thank you, Chandra! I participated in a bunch of challenges before I decided to venture out and do my own. I was so scared nobody would join in on it the first time but that was actually the Circle’s most successful month so it has felt really good to see it grow and take on a life of its own. So many great relationships have been formed from it. I don’t find it hard to come up with the prompts because I envision what I want to take pictures of myself and what I know my friends enjoy taking pictures of, so I just bare that in mind while I create the challenge. I’m particularly fond of the one word prompts we have been doing. (and the partnering, first with James and now with you! Fun!)

As a King fan, I love that you are one member of #kingsisters - finding a group of ladies who also appreciate the King of horror was definitely a highlight of my BG journey - how did you ladies come up with this idea?

Kingsisters was born when I hosted the Queen of Everything King photo challenge. It was a giveaway I hosted and the idea was to get the ladies to photograph their King collections—we have so many ladies with impressive King collections on BG it’s fucking rad! So I had my mom judge the whole thing, who is the original Queen of King and so that I wouldn’t chose my closest friends, ha! I made a group chat to congratulate the ladies and honor Jessica, one of the winners, and the group chat and friendship just steam rolled from there—although, I admit, some of us have been branching off in other directions but it’s still nice it was a *thing* while it lasted. *wink* I don’t think we’ll be doing another group challenge or anything in the near future—Abbie and Jo already have a very fun and successful King challenge thing going, I have the Circle and Holly does #grimdragon so we’re all pretty BIZZAY

What other genres do you lean toward?  Any genre you typically won't pick up?

I love, love Fantasy, Thrillers, Crime, Courtroom drama…you know, everything. “I read them all” but not Romance or Poetry, really. I don’t read much YA

Do you ever get reader's block?  If so, how do you overcome it?

I’ve never had reader’s block and the idea of that terrifies me. I hope that never happens to me. lol

You've mentioned on BG that you are currently doing some writing - how is the writing process coming along for you?

So James and Bev are doing that writer’s challenge next month! I hoping to participate with that and share my writing with you guys—that sounds HELLA fun! But so far, I’m working away on my dark fantasy novel. It’s a much harder thing than I imagined it being because I’m a loathsome perfectionist and I generally feel like a hack and that my writing is shit on a stick. But, other people help my sanity by reading my work and trying to convince me it’s good enough to keep going. Hahahah

If you were a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?

I’d be some kind of hybrid between BLACK and PINK because I’m very dark and moody and twisted and evil BUT, I’m also very jovial and girly and love ruffles and sparkles and lace. ( I used a lot of ANDS on purpose cuz I’m lazy!)

What's your favorite '90s jam?

Ooooh….That’s so HARD! Let’s go with No Diggity by Blackstreet!

What was the last gift you gave someone?  Last gift received?

I gave my husband a tattoo appointment for his birthday on the 23rd of January and I got a really pretty handmade mug from my daughter that she made in her high school pottery class. Super special.

What's the most interesting thing about you we wouldn't learn from your BG account?

I was literally *this close* to leaving my hometown at 19 and moving to Hollywood to become an actress—a stage actress—but I met my husband and stayed here instead. 

Any hidden talents?

That’s classified. I could show you but I’d have to kill you after. Seriously though, I could memorize lines for a play in about an hour—I have a photographic memory. 

Who would win a fight between Superman and Batman?

Fucking Batman. All day everyday.

What has been the best job you've had and why?

I actually really enjoy being in sales because I feel like I could sell sand to a desert nomad BUT the job I have currently is really nice—getting to make my own hours and create art. It’s easy peasy.

What is your favorite thing about Bookstagram?

The people. Definitely the people I have met and the relationships that have formed.

Top 5 books?

IT-Stephen King
The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Summer of Night- Dan Simmons
East of Eden- John Steinbeck
I Capture the Castle-Dodie Smith

3 adjectives that would describe you?


What would the tagline be on your tombstone?

“Live your one life to the fullest—no regrets"

Get your stalking shoes on and find Sadie here:



28 fun prompts for the month of February (also my birth month - short and sweet for the tall and lanky).  We look forward to seeing all your posts.  Come on in, the water is warm - it'll be FUN!

Big thanks to Sadie for taking the time to answer my silly questions and having me co-host this month! <3


  1. I love this! So cool to see my bff being interviewed! Great job Chandra❤

  2. Such a great interview, Sadie and Chandra. I really enjoyed reading it.