Nicole is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to her sons Ethan, 6, and Benson, 3. She has been married seven years and has lived in central Illinois all her life. Prior to having kids, she worked full-time as a newspaper reporter and hopes to write more once her kids are a little older. She has loved reading from a very young age (her mom read to her even when she was in utero), and hopes to pass that same love on to her boys!
Q: What caused you to create a bookstagram account?
A: I was inspired by my in-real-life friend Carrie (@just.another.chapter.and.tea) to create a bookstagram account. In 2018, I challenged myself to read 100 books and made it to 85. Carrie said with all the books I was reading, I should have an Instagram devoted to books and my reading journey, so I took her advice and am so glad I did!
Q: How long have you been using the account?
A: I’ve been using my bookstagram account since January 2019.
Q: Who was the first person you befriended once you joined?
A: Carrie was my first bookstagram friend, but shortly after joining, I also met Jen @gfbookcatlover and have been friends with her ever since! I have to give huge shout-outs to Gina, @readinggirlreviews, and Tiffany, @babygotbooks13, for being two of the best mentors ever. They helped me learn the ropes of bookstagram and I absolutely love them!
Q: What’s a book you recommend everyone to read?
A: I adore Little Women and Anne of Green Gables (my favorite childhood reads) and recommend them a lot, but one of my more recent recommendations is Beartown by Fredrik Backman. It’s such a poignant, multi-layered book, and his writing and characters are so powerful. He also has the most beautiful way of writing about emotion and life lessons.
Q: What’s your most anticipated read of 2020?
A: I’m really excited both for Well Played (the sequel to Well Met) by Jen DeLuca, and Majesty (the sequel to American Royals) by Katharine McGee. They both come out in September, and I can’t wait!
Q: What are three adjectives to describe you?
A: I think three adjectives to describe me are quiet, sensitive, and caring.