Hello! Val, Christina, and Rachel here. We’ve been friends since high school, and have always shared a love of reading. Over the years, we’ve spent hours wandering local bookstores or sharing our latest favorite. Oftentimes, our friends and boyfriends couldn’t understand it, or sit through hours of us comparing notes on the newest book. As the years passed, we all moved around to different corners of the country, and thought we should bring our conversation to the internet where we can openly show our nerdiness!
Val lives in Central Illinois amidst the cornfields, and is currently a grad student getting her MBA with a concentration in analytics. She mostly reads fiction of all varieties. Rom-com and mystery are her favorite: a romcommystery is ideal. She refuses to pick a favorite novel, as there are far too many greats out there. Most of her time is taken up with graduate school, and the anticipation of her graduation present to herself: a Maine Coon kitten. She may not currently own a cat, but is [not so] secretly a crazy cat lady at heart. She travels all over the world, and enjoys winter more than most people as she is an avid snowboarder.
Rachel lives kinda close to Chicago, but not close enough. She’s currently a Guided Study Teacher, working closely with students who have a hard time passing classes. It works for her bleeding heart, and has led her to start grad school in order to get her Master’s in School Counseling. In whatever spare time she has left, Rachel tries to diminish her to-read list, goes on awkward first dates, and says “yes” to way too many responsibilities. She’ll read pretty much anything outside of rom-coms, so it’s a good thing Val’s got that covered. Her favorites include Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, and Classics (although she doesn’t get to those nearly enough as she should). The Harry Potter series were her first literary love, so there’s a good chance it’ll come up in conversation.
Christina lives a little bit further away from Rachel and Val, and currently resides in the great Pacific Northwest. This means Christina gets to indulge in great coffee, amazing outdoors activities, and beautiful rainy weather. Mina works in Higher Education, working with college students helping them to discern their academic paths and encourage them to self-author their college experiences. While most people will say that college students are a mess, she loves it and couldn’t think of doing anything else! Christina can typically be found snuggled up in a comfy chair with a hazelnut americano in one hand and her current read in the other. If the weather is nice enough, Christina will trade out the comfy chair for her hammock by the water. While she’ll read just about anything, she is definitely always drawn to Fantasty of any kind! Her love of Fantasy absolutely comes from her first book love, which was Matilda by Roald Dahl. Christina is excited to share her her love of reading with all of you, along with her favorite gal pals! 🙂