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. E-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” ~ Groucho Marx
As a child, I didn’t have an interest in books, much less reading. I remember reading the first and last chapters of The Witch of Blackbird Pond for a book report in the fourth grade. That’s how much I disliked it.
I come from a family of writers, so words are in my blood, and my mom and aunt are copyeditors. When my family moved to the Pacific Northwest, I got a job after school as a library page. It was there that a children’s librarian turned me into a bibliophile. I have been working with books ever since. From that point on, I read mostly books for adults and very few children’s and young adult books. It wasn’t until I began working at the bookstore, where I met Jenny, that I began reading mainly children’s and young adult books.
When Ruby was a baby her mother made her a beautiful patchwork quilt to keep her safe and warm. Ruby called her quilt Besty, because it was her best friend. Come with Ruby on a magical adventure as Besty carries her far across the sea.
I will read almost anything, but I especially love historical fiction, paranormal romance, fantasy/adventure, and books featuring strong, kick-ass, independent female characters. But, as Jenny mentioned above, we love discovering new authors and getting recommendations from our readers. So please let us know what you think, and I hope we get the chance to share some really great books with you.