Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

About Gwen & Kate


Kate (left), with her ever-present crazy faces, and Gwen (right) in Scotland. 

Gwen is a 18-year-old who has been obsessed with stirring since a very young age, when she was able to quietly stir a wooden spoon in an empty yogurt container for half and hour. Her favorite Disney princess is Mulan, but Frozen is her favorite Disney movie. She is also an artist, and enjoys doing henna, an all-natural, traditional Indian form of temporary tattoo. Gwen loves school, and her favorite subjects are history, Latin, and English. Her favorite board game is Risk, because of the satisfaction involved in conquering the world. Gwen also loves to read (surprise!), and though her favorite genres are young adult fantasy and historical fiction (the main focus of this blog), she is increasingly open to new genres, and is currently forming a new love for nonfiction!

Kate is her 13-year-old sister whose favorite color is periwinkle. Her current instruments are the bassoon, violin, ukulele, banjolele, piano, penny whistle, flute, clarinet, oboe, french horn and trumpet (kind of). Kate’s favorite letter to handwrite is the lowercase letter “a”, but capital “M” comes in close second (and clearly she is very creative when it comes to listing her favorite things). She has been a Celtic dancer (Scottish and Irish), since she was in 1st grade (and Gwen joined her a few years later). Her dream is to wake up one day with long, wavy red hair. Kate spends her days cooking and baking, mostly treats with large amounts of sugar and chocolate. Kate also loves to read young adult and middle grade fiction, mainly romantic fantasy and re-told fairy tales, and makes her way steadily through all thirty DCFs (Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Books) yearly.


24 comments on “About Gwen & Kate

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  2. bookmarklit
    August 24, 2014

    Hey guys – how many followers do you have? I want to nominate you for an award but I don’t know if you qualify!! Thank you :)

    • gwenkate
      August 24, 2014

      Wow – thank you so much! We only have about 58 followers at the moment, I’m embarrassed to say… ~Gwen

      • bookmarklit
        August 24, 2014

        Nope, that’s fine! You qualify then. I’ll be posting the nomination soon :) Thanks!!

  3. Girl in the Pages
    September 15, 2014

    Hey there! I really enjoy your blog and have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! If you’ve already been nominated or are an award-free blog I apologize, but please feel free to participate if you’d like! Here is the link to my post explaining the award:

    • gwenkate
      September 15, 2014

      We have not been nominated for this blog yet! Thank you so much! I will post our response soon! ~Gwen

  4. Brin Guivera
    September 18, 2014

    Hi, I hope you don’t mind but I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Details here:

    You are under absolutely no obligation to accept, just wanted to let you know how much I admire your blog. <3

    • gwenkate
      September 18, 2014

      Oh that’s so annoying! :-) I was already nominated by Girl in the Pages a few days ago, and was just about to publish my response with YOU IN THE NOMINATIONS! But you beat me to it!
      Well, thank you so much for the nomination! I greatly appreciate it — now I’ll just have one fewer blog to nominate! ~Gwen

      • Brin Guivera
        September 19, 2014

        Whoops!! Thanks for thinking of my blog – sorry I pre-empted your nomination! I really love your blog.

  5. alwaysopinionatedgirl
    September 22, 2014

    Hi blogging buddy! I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Congrats, you deserve it! Here’s my post : X

    • gwenkate
      September 22, 2014

      Thanks so much! I was just reading your responses (without knowing I was nominated!) and they’re great! ~Gwen

  6. Brin Guivera
    December 23, 2014

    Hi! Hope you don’t mind but I’ve nominated you for the Jolly Blogger Award.

    Details here:

    There is absolutely no obligation to take part – it is just a bit of holiday fun!

    • gwenkate
      December 23, 2014

      Thank you so much! I’m honored! ~Gwen

  7. heirofravenclaw
    December 31, 2014

    Hello! I’ve nominated you for the Addictive Blog Award! I love your blog :D

  8. writtenwordworlds
    February 6, 2015

    Hey! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Check out this for more details :)

  9. hermionefowl
    March 25, 2015

    Thanks for being one of my followers! :) To show how much I appreciate you, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award:
    I don’t mind which one of you does it, it’s up to you!

  10. Sydney Bollinger
    July 2, 2015

    Just wanted to say that I really love your blog!! We have similar tastes and I’ll def keep looking to you guys for recs!

    • gwenkate
      July 2, 2015

      Thanks so much! That’s quite an honor!! ~Gwen

  11. Sydney Bollinger
    July 6, 2015

    Hello, hello Gwen & Kate! I nominated you guys for the Blogger Recognition Award because you guys are super cool and your blog is super awesome! Here is the link:

    • gwenkate
      July 6, 2015

      Thanks so much!!! We’ll be sure to pass that on in the next week or two — soaking up the sun and 100 degree weather near Seattle right now, but we’ll be back to blogging shortly! ~Gwen

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