Meet Jenny-with-a-‛y’

I’m Jenny. I was born and raised in Ohio, but my high school sweetheart husband, Rob, and I have called North Carolina home since 2004.

I’ve never known life without books. I started reading at age 3 and haven’t quit, though I’ve certainly known highs and lows. I love reading contemporary YA, historic fiction, dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels, and I have more than a few favorites that fall in the fantasy category.

I was a print journalist in a former life (and can’t drop my old AP writing/editing habits – sorry, Oxford-comma lovers!), then a dying/shrinking field left me unemployed just as Rob and I started infertility treatments. My jobless status turned into stay-at-home-mother status in 2010 – with triplets, no less. The bookshelf Toby, Eleanor and Callista claim as their own is full of silliness, rhymes and stories about cute animals.

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Reading as a busy adult isn’t the passive hobby some believe. Making time means making books a priority and finding books worth that precious time takes more than a drive-by trip to Walmart’s book section. We hope to inspire your bookshelves to grow.

Meet Jennie

H 954860_10200250788734760_936015671_n i! I’m Jennie, the Missouri branch of this operation. My house is a little bit crazy, but we fill it with love, silliness, and books.

Brett is a Firefighter / Paramedic and we said “I do” in 2004. It seems crazy to be celebrating our 9th anniversary later this year. We brought our firecracker, Sammie, home in April 2009, and the calmer Emmett home this January. I no longer can remember what we filled our house with before the toys, diapers, and stuffed animals.

5394_10200198664151678_2108607077_n Back before I’d met the three people who share this home with me, I read. And read. And read some more. Back then I was obsessed with Lurlene McDaniel, Amish fiction, and Dean Koontz. Now, I’m obsessed with YA novels, non-fiction, and historical fiction. Oh, and a lot of children’s books, over and over…and over again.

Outside of this house and reading, I’m an aspiring YA author. I’m pursuing publication while I’m home with the kids. Some days that means I touch my laptop and others I hide under the covers the second the kids are asleep. :-)

There is little I enjoy more than talking about books, so I’m super excited about this blog and the ladies posting I’m posting alongside. What started as an online book club has turned into IRL friendships.

Meet Andrea

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I learned to read when I was 3, and I haven’t stopped yet. There are times I’ve hit reading ruts or needed to focus on other areas of life, but books were my first love and the one thing I’ve always counted on being there. I surround myself with books, I immerse myself in books, I obsess over book-related garments, jewelry, gadgets, and shelves.

I had a bad childhood. Big deal, right? Me and a billion others. But two things kept me from becoming a bad apple- my Mema, and books. (It’s probably no surprise that Mema is the one who taught me to read.) By the fifth grade I was devouring Poe and Stephen King; I read Anna Karenina for the first time when I was 12. I grew up on a farm, and there were many occasions when I’d walk into an implement because I had a book in my hand and wasn’t paying attention.The boom lift and I had several encounters.

Books were my escape, my salvation, my alternate reality. Now that I’m “all grown up” (whatever THAT means) with two kids and a full-time job in banking, I find myself still able to escape in a good book. My reading habits have changed from sheer necessity- It’s no longer feasible to read an 800+ page book in one day, or to stay up til 3 am reading, but those things still happen occasionally and I rarely regret it.

I discovered knitting a couple of years ago, and on a good day you’ll find me with either a book or yarn in hand. On a bad day, you’ll find both. I’ve mastered the one-finger swipe on my Nook with a knitting project in hand.

I’m excited to share my adventures with you!

Meet Jacki!

Oh man, I’ve been out of the blogging game long enough that this white box is making me nervous! Eek! Also writing intros always makes me feel like I’m on a dating site. Pick me, pick me!

Now that we’ve gotten that awkwardness out of the way, I’m Jacki. I married my BFF Shaun in 2008 and we wasted very little time before we started reproducing. Isaac (who we always call Izey (eye-zee))* was born in August of 2010 and before we could forget how awful infanthood is, I was pregnant again. Jude was born almost exactly 2 years later in August of 2012. Bam. Now, somehow, we have to ask for a table for four and getting the kids loaded in the car always makes me break a sweat.

Through all of this, I read. And read and read and read. It’s my sanity and also the only area of life where I am a total hoarder. So my sanity and my insanity. You know how it goes. Anyway, even when the boys were teeny and we never slept, I always had a book in my hand. I can’t help it.

When I’m not doing mom stuff or reading I also love to sew and quilt and garden and cook. Gardening is my newest and biggest obsession even if I did accidentally grow 6 foot tall marigolds and watered my cukes to death. Live and learn, I guess.

That’s all I’ve got. Here we are in our most recent family picture where everyone looks sane. I think this was about 2 months ago, so it may be time to put our sane faces on again, but for now here ya go:

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*Double parentheses are  just how we do it around here. It’s fancy. Get used to it. In other news, my knowledge of grammar is just above that of a person just learning to speak English despite one trillion books read. I have no idea why this is, but I apologize in advance.

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