Katharine Scrivener – Guest Post

I am thrilled to introduce you to Katharine Scrivener. I first found Katharine’s Instagram account after seeing her name mentioned by so many people for her kindness in addition to her great taste in books. This is so true.  Katharine is warm and friendly, has really interesting reviews and discussions, and gives glimpses into her life that are both inspiring and fun.  If you’re not already following her on Instagram, get on that!  Be sure to check out her blog, too, and don’t forget to scroll down beneath her book list to get to know her a little bit more.  Thanks so much for this awesome contribution to Imaginary Book Stack, Katharine!

“I’m a HUGE fan of Friday Night Lights. I’ve watched the show two and a half times, and was devastated when it was removed from Netflix. Much like Beartown, on the surface it’s about a sport (in this case football), but at its core it’s really about a town and its people. The characters of FNL are some of my favorite on television — you can’t help but root for them, no matter how flawed they may be. Tami Taylor was possibly my favorite of them all (although I’m most definitely on #teamriggins). She is highly relatable, has a well-defined sense of self, sticks up for what she believes in, and sees the best in people.”

Katharine Scrivener

Tami’s Book Stack



Frederick Backman

Dillon, Texas and Beartown have a lot in common. They both center around and take immense pride in their sport, football and hockey, respectively; and their characters suffer through — and triumph over — similar struggles.


Lindy West

Tami Taylor is a strong woman and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself. Shrill is a memoir about how to be who you are in a world that isn’t always accepting, something Tami seems to be good at doing. As a guidance counselor in a high school, and the mother of a daughter, this book could prove useful to help her daughter and female students gain confidence and stay true to who they are..


Daphne du Maurier

With her daughter Julie in high school, I imagine this being a book she could read alongside her daughter, as well as her students.

Just Mercy

Bryan Stevenson

Tami is a champion for her students, some of whom come from difficult backgrounds. This book speaks to her empathetic personality and could provide a perspective that would help those students.

American Wife

Curtis Sittenfeld

Much like Laura Bush, Tami put her career on hold in the interest of focusing on her husband’s. But as a woman with a lot of ambition and goals of her own, she finds a way to pursue her passions. Plus, Texas.

Girl Up

Laura Bates

A guide for empowering women and learning how to “girl up” against sexism in everyday life, this book would come in handy in her role as a guidance counselor.

A Little More About Katharine

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your reading life.

I’ve been an avid reader for most of my life but fell into a prolonged slump after college. I guess being an English major will do that to you! However, my book buying never slowed down. I’ve always LOVED books, both reading and owning them — some people might call it hoarding, but I like to call it collecting. As I began to get back into reading I found that I still wasn’t prioritizing it like I wanted to, so I created my bookstagram account as a way to motivate and hold me accountable. But joining this community became so much more than that. I’ve made friends and connected with so many incredible people, many of whom feel the same way I do about books. It’s been a joy to have a place dedicated to my reading life, and to be surrounded by other avid readers — I love how the shared love of books can bring people together.

What are you reading right now?

I’ve been trying to have both a fiction and nonfiction going at the same time. Right now I’m finishing up Bachelor Nation and am starting The Ensemble.

What’s a book you wish everyone would read?

Beartown. It was the first book I read this year and it will be hard to top. I adored it — it made me feel all the feels, asked important questions, tackled sensitive issues, and was made up of characters that stick with you.

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