I found Kathryn Budig when I was on my journey of getting certified in yoga at Back Bay Yoga. She was one of the best instructors I had taken class from and seemed genuinely like a bad ass lady. I would take her classes online, learn from her book and follow her amazingness on Instagram. Fast forward to now, queue The Inky Phoenix, an online bookclub founded by the yoga queen herself. Just when I think she couldn’t get any better, she launches a virtual BOOKCLUB! Hello, if you know the back story of Bliss, Beauty and Books then you know it was created at first for my love of yoga hence “BLISS” and then the books and beauty came along with it. So you may say, Kathryn has launched a bookclub of my dreams!
This book club is all virtual and Kathryn will hand select books each month and share on her Free Cookies podcast, started with her equally bad ass wife, Kate Fagan. This month, she picked Glennon Doyle‘s Untamed, a spiritual container of glitter and wisdom, southing of which we could ALL use right about now ❤
Kathryn is my latest Open Book and after you read her answers, you will realize she is the bookish, blissful BFF that you all need! Thank you to Kathryn and Kate for gifting us all with The Inky Phoenix which is uniting us all through books!
1. What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a bookclub with?
Neil Gaiman, Oscar Wilde and Barack Obama.
2. Current binge series?
Vikings! We are so late the the party and have been loving the blend of history and Norse mythology.
3. Last favorite book?
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
4. What 3 things are a must for your purse? What type of bag do you carry?
My purse actually resembles a fancy lunchbox. I always have way too many lip products, bobby-pins and a bandaid.
5. Must read magazine or newspaper column?
We’re glued to CNN these days, and I love Alison Roman’s column for New York Times Cooking.
6. Last movie you saw?
Knives Out. Love a good ‘whodunnit’ movie.
7. Why the Inky Phoenix?
Aside from being an author and writer, literature is in my blood. One of my degrees is in English Literature and I’ve always noted I’m at my happiest when I have a good book waiting for me at home. I started The Inky Phoenix in hopes of building an international community, a place to gather and tickle our minds and share our stories.
8. Funnest fact about you?
I am the queen of butchering idioms. Seriously. Every last one.
9. Top 3 favorite blogs?
I honestly don’t frequent many blogs.
10. Describe your dream book club space?
A restored Victorian mansion with a library full of rolling ladders and secret passageways.
11. White, Red, Rose or no way?
All of the above, please.
12. Do you have a favorite book that you gift?
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Luiz.
13. Current book that you wished they would make a movie out of?
Melissa Albert’s The Hazelwood and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.
14. Top 5 favorite movies?
Clue, The Princess Bride, Goonies (you can probably guess my age by now), Love Actually and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
15. Current must have beauty product?
Anything from Maya Chia.
16. Royals- yes or no? If so, who is your favorite?
Currently, not so much. Diana forever and Prince William when we were young.
17. Favorite Instagram influencer?
Not an “influencer” but Kate Beckinsale cracks me up.
18. If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be?
The Night Circus and it would be the color of a grape popsicle.
19. Current #TBR pile?
A Little Life, All Boys Aren’t Blue, Magpie Murders, Hunting Party and Salem’s Lot (Yes, I’ve never read King. Wild, I know.)
20. Best advice for aspiring writers/readers/yogis?
Stop waiting for perfect moments. If you want to be inspired, read. If you want to learn, practice. If you want to see your story in the world, sit down and write 500 words. Today.
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