Profile PictureKester Nucum is the founder of LILbooKlovers, a YA- and MG-centric book blog. He is a high school junior currently living in Tennessee, and he plans to pursue computer engineering in college. Kester is also a practicing Catholic who strives to get closer to God everyday. He also sings and plays the violin and piano. He currently plays violin with the Murray State University Symphony Orchestra and sings with his high school’s the Madrigals. He has also participated in the TN All Northwest Honor Choir (for five years in a row) and the TN All State Honor Choir. He serves as his high school’s DECA President and FBLA Vice President and is an active member of NHS and Leo Club. You can always find him with a book or Kindle, managing the blog’s Twitter or Facebook accounts (@LILbooKlovers), or listening and singing to his favorite songs loud and proud. 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
  • Jennifer DiGiovanni


  • 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 my school’s DECA chapter and Vice President of our FBLA chapter
  • Learning about marketing
  • Praying and Studying Some Catholic Apologetics
  • Watching YouTube videos or episodes of Shark Tank, Young Sheldon, or Designated Survivor

Street Teams / Review Teams

  • Snowy Wings Publishing Elite Snow Angels
  • Clean Reads Publishing Rep
  • Blogging for Books Reviewer
  • First to Read Reviewer
  • Edelweiss Reviewer
  • The YA Girl’s Review Team
  • 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
  • Melanie McFarlane’s Muses
  • K. M. Robinson’s The Robin’s Nest
  • Jenetta Penner’s Rebels