About Us

The ABA Family

 

Nichole

Favorite book genres: young adult, mystery, biographies, contemporary, romance (the PG-13 kind), poetry, chick-lit, literary fiction, some fantasy and some 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!


Greg

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

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!

 

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Skaty

Favorite book genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, post-apocalyptic fiction, speculative fiction, young adult, literary fiction, weird fiction; pretty much anything except romance and chick lit, though I have read some of both of those as well lol!
Best book of all time: There is not just one… 
Sci-fi/fantasy/post-apocalyptic: Swan Song by Robert McCammon, one of the few books I’ve read multiple times.
Literary Fiction: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I’ve bought this book for every one of my nieces when they turned 13 and it’s one of their favorites as well.
Young Adult: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. I read this book when I was 11 and it’s stuck with me all these years. I’ve bought this one for each of my nieces when they turned 11.
Best book read this year: The Benjamin Ashwood series
Favorite reading format? I bought my first Kindle when they came out with the first generation of ebook readers…paid a fortune for it, and I haven’t looked back since. My house was running out of bookshelf space. I have fully embraced the electronic world, though I do still buy the occasional print book (some books you just HAVE to have in printed form). For the most part, all of what I call “paperback reading” is done on my Kindle. I find that I get a lot more bang for my buck because I can read free books via Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited. It’s also a way to discover authors and genres I wouldn’t normally read if I was browsing in a bookstore.
Favorite reading setting: Everywhere and anywhere. Literally. Will read on the toilet, in the car (passenger seat), on a plane, in my bed, on the couch, on the back porch, at my doctor’s office…
Favorite thing to do when you are not reading: Spending time with my husband and dogs, writing, watercolor painting, fangirling, binging shows on Netflix:)
Why do you read? I read because reading takes me away into different worlds and allows me to experience the universe through someone else’s eyes; I read because I have an insatiable love of learning and the written word; I read because it sparks my imagination and makes me think.

Stephanie

Favorite book genres: all non-fiction all the time! My most favorite genre is “doomed polar expeditions.” Winter is my favorite season with all the creaking and cracking of ice. I also like reading about how people survive in extreme conditions and what people do when they’re really pushed to the edges of humanity. I also like adventure stories with cannibals and dense jungles. Memoirs, biographies, and personal development books are great too!
Best book of all time: Best or favorite? For best, I would have to go with Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. In my opinion, it’s the finest-written first page of any book I’ve read. For favorite, I think More Than The Tattooed Mormon by Al Fox Carraway is a gem. I could read it again and again.
Best book read this year: Jennifer Niven’s The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk. It might be my favorite of the genre. And the scene where the captain plays Chopin’s Funeral March on a sinking gramophone? Ghoulish and delightful.
Favorite reading format? iPad with nighttime settings enabled. I ike a black screen with white writing.
Favorite reading setting: For Bible reading and journaling, I love chill vibes or instrumental worship music on the speakers, my favorite chair, and a latte. For other reading, I like when the baby is asleep, and I can curl up in bed. Sitting on my balcony in the sunshine is also a great option!
Favorite thing to do when you are not reading: I blog, tidy, travel, explore, cook, create, worship, and hang out with my dog, baby, and husband.
Why do you read? I read to improve, connect, learn, and grow. Reading inspires me to think deeper, live better, and find some inner peace in my hectic days.