Hi, I’m Annalisa, and I’m a bookaholic.
As my sister has far more eloquently described, we are a family of readers. Some of my fondest memories of our camping trips to Yellowstone are of Mom and Dad reading us stories both in the car and at the campfire before bed. I was that kid that was always begging to go to the library all summer, whose reward for doing her chores was getting her book back. In a phonology class in college, we got to talking about how we knew what some words meant, but not how to pronounce them correctly, which our professor promptly told us meant “you have more book friends than real friends.” This was not at all an inaccurate assessment.
Now that you have my “qualifications” for making judgments about books, I suppose I should explain why we’re doing this. Primarily, this is a way we can share our passion for books with other people and each other. We’ve spent hours discussing books before, so it seemed a natural extension to write about them in a way where we could feed off of each other and get others involved too. We’re so excited about this that we’ve already made a list of books that we want to read (see here), and it’s fairly eclectic. Most are novels that one of us has read while the other hasn’t had the chance, but we have some that neither of us has read (usually from an author that we both enjoy), and some are books we’ve read so many times that we lost count years ago. Hopefully there will be something there that you enjoy, in addition to reading us flail excitedly over them.
You’ll notice that Joie and I have very different writing styles. I can guarantee that those differences will also show up in which books we like and dislike, so if you happen to see smoke billowing from the Colorado Springs area, don’t worry; it’s probably just us having a chat about why the other one is being absurd.
Thanks for reading; we hope that you’ll stick with us while we’re getting this up and running!