Who are we?
Elizabeth (pictured left) and Becca (pictured right)
Where are we?
B: Santa Barbara, California
E: Washington, DC, a.k.a. the home of the National Book Festival!
What do we do?
B: I’m working on my master’s in teaching English and history. The study of literature was a very influential part of my education, and I can’t wait to help students discover the books they can’t get enough of!
E: I recently finished a master’s program in linguistics, the scientific study of language. I specialize in sociocultural approaches to language.
What types of books do we read?
E: Mysteries! I also like historical fiction and nonfiction history.
B: I read a lot of classics. Anything involving psychology is also really interesting to me and I adore a good love story!
What are some of our favorites?
E: Anything by Agatha Christie, Little Women, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Pride and Prejudice, Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, The Secret Garden, Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising series, Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series, Middlemarch
B: Pride and Prejudice, David Copperfield, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Lace Reader, The Bell Jar, The Forgotten Garden, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, and every book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I also love the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig. They are great guilty pleasures!
What else do we like to do?
E: I love to travel. I knit a lot. I like cooking, especially baking. I sometimes attempt to write my own fiction, especially during the month of November (National Novel Writing Month).
B: I’m a big fan of reading on the beach, hiking, baking, dogs and wine tasting. I love old movies, going to museums, and hanging out with our family, all of whom are quite literary!
Favorite literary quote:
B: “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” — Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
E: “Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society