Tux ProfileShort (Like Kester) Bio: Standing at a mighty 5′ 3″, Kester Nucum may be small, but he has a big personality. He founded and is very active on LILbooKlovers, a book blog devoted mainly to MG and YA literature. Kester is currently enrolled as a junior at Henry County High School, where he serves as the President of his local DECA chapter and the Vice President of his county’s FBLA chapter. He also sings and plays the violin and piano, though not all three at the same time. He has played for the Murray State University Symphony Orchestra for five years, and he has sung with the HCHS Madrigals in his junior year. You can find him online at @kesternucum or @lilbooklovers.

Long Bio: Kester Nucum is the founder of LILbooKlovers, a YA- and MG-centric book blog. He is a junior at Henry County High School in Tennessee, and he plans to pursue computer engineering in college. Kester currently serves as the HCHS Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) President and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Vice President and actively participates in National Honors Society (NHS) and Leo Club. He has qualified for DECA ICDC in 2018 and FBLA NLC in 2016. Kester is also an avid musician who sings and plays the violin and piano (not all at once, though). He currently plays first violin with the Murray State University Symphony Orchestra (as a five-year member) and sings with the internationally acclaimed HCHS Madrigals. He has also achieved the Five Year Participation Award in the TN All Northwest Honor Choir and attended the TN All State Honor Choir in 2017. Kester is also a practicing Catholic who strives to get closer to God everyday. He is always found with his nose in a project or book, and you can find him online on the blog’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages or on his personal accounts. He is happy to talk with fellow bloggers, readers, and authors about books and other book-related things.

Favorite Genres

  • Young Adult and Middle Grade (I know they’re not considered genres, but I read mostly YA and MG)
  • Historical Fiction (especially World War II)
  • Fantasy
  • Contemporary
  • Science Fiction
  • Humor
  • Catholic spiritual and apologetic books
  • Anything that basically interests me!

Favorite Books/Series (Top 11)

  • The Bible
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Continuum Trilogy by Jennifer Brody
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Out of Time trilogy by Nadine Brandes
  • Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition) by Andrew Maraniss
  • Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay
  • Starswept by Mary Fan
  • The Islands at the End of the World duology by Austin Aslan

Top 10 Favorite Authors

  • Ruta Sepetys
  • Jennifer Brody
  • Stephanie Garber
  • Nadine Brandes
  • Linda Williams Jackson
  • Shaila Patel
  • Austin Aslan
  • Chelsea Sedoti
  • Mindy McGinnis
  • Mary Weber


  • Music: Violin, Singing, and Piano; listening to Eurovision music
  • Videography and Video Editing
  • Reading, of course! And reviewing books and meeting with authors!
  • Member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Leo Club, and National Honors Society (NHS)
  • Serving as the President of HCHS DECA and Vice President of HCHS FBLA
  • Learning about marketing and business
  • Praying and Studying Some Catholic Apologetics
  • Watching YouTube videos or episodes of Shark Tank, Young Sheldon, or Designated Survivor

Street Teams / Review Teams (Not Limited to Below)

  • Snowy Wings Publishing Elite Snow Angels
  • Brooding YA Hero’s #BroodyBFF’s
  • Nadine Brandes’s Ninjas
  • Mary Weber’s Mad Hatters
  • Jessica Pennington’s The Tour Bus for Love Songs & Other Lies 
  • Shaila Patel’s Soulmated Squad
  • Mindee Arnett’s Onyx and Ivory Street Team
  • Elise Kova’s Street Team
  • Kerri Maniscalco’s Knights of Whitechapel
  • Kara Thomas’s Little Monsters Sleuthers