Location: Seattle, WA, United States
Ruby and Jenny met through work at the local bookstore, and they clearly don’t get along at all. And, despite their many years in bookstores, they still feel compelled to read and write as much as humanly possible. Yes, they know, it’s an incurable illness. One that they hope is contagious!
Growing up, I read. A lot. (In fact, I used to get in trouble for reading instead of doing homework.) Yes, I was that dorky kid in middle school who read during recess and whenever she thought the teacher wasn’t looking. (Hint: your teacher is looking. They always know!)
As a so-called “grown up” I’ve managed to keep books a constant in my life through school, work, and an affinity for constantly adding to my personal library, much to my husband’s dismay. I especially love to read juvie and YA books–it’s something I never grew out of. Don’t get me wrong: adult books are great. I often feel, though, that kids’ books are more open to creativity, more fun, more liberating, and often more challenging to write successfully. (It also probably helps that I’ve decided never to grow up, but that’s a different blog altogether.)
One day a few years ago I started working at a bookstore where I met Ruby. For some reason she decided I wasn’t too obnoxious, and she befriended me, giving me an outlet for my passion and insatiable hobby. And lo, a blog was born!
My favorite kinds of books are strange, wacky, fun, and smart. I love it when a book treats kids with the intelligence and respect they deserve while keeping the plot strong and compelling. I’m always up to try new authors and books–send in your recommendations so we can read them, love them, and share them with others!
During my childhood, I didn’t have the patience to sit down and read. Although, the one book I loved (my first read by myself!) so well that I memorized it, was Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy Carlson White. There was always something to do outside in the sunshine. Whether it was playing in ditches to catch frogs with my cousins or climbing as high as possible in the beautiful cottonwood trees of New Mexico…I was always on the move. Books were always on the back burner for me. I had a small bookshelf in my room, but only a passing interest in the various titles.
The year I turned thirteen, my family moved from the hot desert climate of New Mexico to the lush green (and cold!) Pacific Northwest. It was here that my love affair with books truly began. My first job in high school was at the town library as a Library Page where I met a wonderful children’s librarian. At this point, I, like Jenny would read whenever I had a free moment…I never got in trouble for it though! I’m still that way, but my reading tastes have expanded. There are so many wonderful new adventures to read about (and not all of the are children’s or YA) that I read what I can and what peaks my interest.
I went from working in a library to a bookstore until the bookstore I was working at closed. Jenny, however, still works in a bookstore and this time around…in the children’s department! My reading habits may have slowed now that I’m not surrounded by books all day and I can see the sunshine beckoning me outside, but who says you can’t take the book with you! Happy adventures!
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” ~ Groucho Marx
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