Our Family & Bookish Things
Favorite book genres: religion, young adult, middle-grade, mystery, biographies, contemporary, romance (the PG-13 kind), poetry, chick-lit, literary fiction, and self-help/health; also, now that I am a mom of a toddler, I have the excuse to get lost in children’s books and I really just love them all!
Best book of all time: There are so many good books that I’ve read but I will always have my #1 favorite – Spoon River Anthology (1915) by Edgar Lee Masters. I love everything about this book. I love piecing together each poem from each person from the Spoon River town cemetery and webbing together those characters. Life, death and every sordid bit in-between is revealed from beyond the grave.
Best book read this year: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman completely stole my heart. It was worth the hype.
Favorite reading format? I still love the physical book copy, the tangible… I love the feel of those pages and yes, even the smell of a book (Rory Gilmore is my spirit animal). That said, the convenience of my Kindle (thank you Skaty) has made it possible for this new momma to catch up on her reading, even with a tot climbing my legs. I’d be kinda lost without it!
Favorite reading setting: I love to read from my kitchen table because the view is incredible. Though, if the weather is nice, I will read for ages on my porch. Of course, give me a few minutes and I will read from anywhere. There’s never a bad place to read… except if you are operating heavy machinery or working over fire… that could get dangerous.
Favorite thing to do when you are not reading: I am loving that I can spend so much time with my daughter as a SAHM. Playing with her keeps me feeling (somewhat) young. I also love to spend time in the kitchen, cooking or baking.
Why do you read? I can’t imagine a life without books and I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. Reading helps me understand myself, other people, what I want to get out of life and how to be a bit more creative. Living inside of your own mind can get boring – I like to venture into other people’s worlds. That’s exciting!
Favorite book genres: self help, science fiction, business and comedy
Best book of all time: Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. This book redefined what I thought reading could be like. It is funny, obviously, but it is more than that. It changed my definition of being engaged by a book. It was creative, captivating, and through the humor you could see a hint of bleak absurdity. I could see that the author was someone who liked to stare at the abyss of infinite nothing… and blow a raspberry.
Best book read this year: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero – heard about this one on one of my business podcasts and it sounded good. It did not disappoint.
Favorite reading format? audiobook primarily – between a demanding day job and running between side hustles, there isn’t much time to read at home; however, it gives ample time in the car that would otherwise be wasted.
Favorite reading setting: driving to work or on a long relaxing walk
Favorite thing to do when you are not reading: I love spending quality time with my family and learning new things, even better when done together.
Why do you read? I read to improve myself, to expand my view of the world and constantly adjust my own definition of what is possible. I want a good book to inspire me, and make me smile after a long day.
Pippa is the daughter of Nichole & Greg and is just under 2 years old! She absolutely LOVES picture books, especially ones with lots of colors and animals. Her favorite books include: I am a Bunny by Richard Scarry, DADA by Jimmy Fallon (mostly because daddy makes great animal sounds), HOP! by Phyllis Root and Holly Meade, and Elmo’s 12 Days of Christmas. Of course, this changes from day to day!
All Pippa posts are written by Nichole – for obvious reasons!