Similarly, we both grew up in New Hampshire, read incessantly, & appreciate a good glass of wine. We flourish in nature, adore animals, & crave adventure, but we are also individuals and share differences. You’ve read our bookish posts, but this one is to let you in on our lives!
Fun fact: We have known each other most of our lives, our parents have known each other for the majority of their lives! Our mutual love for books formed a friendship that will last a lifetime.
Samantha: Historical Fiction & Mystery
Mia: Historical Fiction, Memoir, & Health
When your nose isn’t buried in a book, what are you up to?
Samantha: Working, skiing, cuddling dogs, searching for sea glass, going to the gym. Realistically, I spend a lot of time organizing my books, taking pictures of my books, buying new books, smelling my books………..
Mia: When I am not reading for pleasure, I am reading for school. In the precious moments when I am not reading for school, I enjoy hanging out with friends, doing pilates, & scrolling Goodreads looking for more books to read!
Samantha: I am a vegetarian. I have a 14 year-old Pomeranian named Daisy. For my 9-5, I work as a paralegal at a law firm; I also waitress in the summertime.
Mia: I scuba dive. I have gone diving in Belize, Spain, and Turks & Caicos! I lead a vegan, gluten, & sugar free diet, & love it!
Where have you traveled?
Samantha: Various cities around the United States, Quebec, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Bermuda, Bahamas, & Aruba.
Canada, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Guatemala, Belize, Peru, Spain, & Italy.
Where are you most looking forward to traveling in the future?
Samantha: I am particularly interested in visiting Spain & soaking up the culture!
Mia: If I get a chance to go soon, I would love to travel to Cuba and experience its eclectic and historical state of being before it is overrun with commercial vision. I also look forward to visiting Russia in the future, specifically the beautiful and historical city of St. Petersburg as it is relevant to what I have studied in regards to the Siege of Leningrad.
City or country?
Samantha: Country. Hands down.
Mia: For me, this really depends. I am currently living in downtown Boston, Massachusetts & I really enjoy it. However, I love escaping an hour north on the weekends to my suburban hometown which is secluded in the wilderness. I think I function and adapt well in both environments.
Favorite season and why?
Samantha: Winter! I love winter activities, snow days, football season, & being forced to stay inside until the storm passes. Where there is snow capped mountains, icicles crowded on roof eaves, & hot beverages galore, I am in my element. Humidity is my worst enemy. Fall is a close second.
Mia: I don’t think I really have a favorite season, but I am happiest in Spring because everything around me is thriving & re-growing.
Hardcover, Paperback, or E-Reader?
Samantha: Hardcover – in my opinion, nothing beats the feel of the book in your hand and the incomparable aroma wafting up with every turn of the page. Hardcover over paperback because the former tends to last longer.
Mia: I prefer hardcover to paperback, nook to kindle, and my phone and computer share equal preference because it typically depends on my mood, the time of day, setting, or type of documents I am reading that makes me decide between the two.
What is your spirit animal?
Samantha: An otter! Like me, they are small, fun-loving, and intuitive. I am a Pisces, so we are similarly creatures of the water.
Mia: I don’t feel that I have a specific spirit animal. I connect to all living and sentient beings. This connection is instant and powerful for me, anyone who is around me when I am with an animal will notice it. Whether it be a horse, dog, fish, ladybug, or ant, I have the same precious encounter.
What’s your reading aesthetic? (i.e. coffee shop with a large latte, curled up in bed, in the library..)
Samantha: Snuggled under plush throw blankets with a glass of wine nearby, surrounded by dogs & piles of books.
Mia: Wearing my coziest pajamas, snuggled in warm blankets, wearing my purple slippers with white polka-dotted hearts all over them, candles lit everywhere, & classical music playing vaguely in the background.
Who is your MCM?
Samantha: Tom Hardy & Tom Brady, baby!
Mia: Sam Heughan is so hot in Outlander…. I mean COME ON.
What are your guilty pleasures?
Samantha: Wine, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Starbucks, Acai bowls (only guilty because they are so many expensive).
Mia: Wine, Outlander, Downton Abbey, Law & Order SVU, Jersey Shore.
In a hypothetical situation, you have the opportunity to sit down with an author, from any time period, and pick their brain… What author do you choose and what questions will you ask?
Samantha: If I HAD to choose, I would love to sit down with Dave Eggers. His worldly & candid books have humbly inspired me in so many ways. I would ask him: how do you choose you topics? What kind of research do you conduct & how do you know when your research is complete? How many people do you interview for each book? Do you ever feel uneasy producing books on such sensitive issues that you have not experienced yourself? What is your favorite book that you have written?
Mia: I am going to make this a dinner and invite TWO authors, Agatha Christie and George Orwell. Both created such brilliant masterpieces, I cannot choose just one. I would ask Agatha (yes, we are on a first name basis) about her methods in creating such unique mysteries and how she was able to plan them all out. I am specifically curious about And Then There Were None, which she admitted was her most difficult novel to write. As for George, I would love to know how he put such a broad historical lens on 1984 to predict the future of the human race, without having yet lived in the future. I would also ask him about Animal Farm and his uncanny ability to critically analyze animal behavior. How did he come to the conclusions on which animals would represent who and whom?
Share a few quotes that you find inspirational.
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
“Everyone knows everything eventually.”
-Ann Patchett, State of Wonder
“No matter how BUSY you may think you are, you must find time for READING, or surrender yourself to self-chosen IGNORANCE.”
“This is what you shall do:
love the earth and sun and the animals,
give alms to everyone that asks.”
-Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
“I cannot remember the books I have read anymore than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To do nothing is to do something.”
-Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals
“If we were to one day encounter a form of life more powerful and intelligent than our own, and it regarded us as we regard fish, what would be our argument against being eaten?”
-Johnathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals
“The justifications for eating animals and for not eating them are often identical: we are not them.”
-Johnathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
-George Owell, 1984
“For what matters in life is not whether we receive a round of applause; what matters is whether we have the courage to venture forth despite the uncertainty of acclaim.”
-Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow
“But in the end, it has been the inconveniences that have mattered to me most.”
-Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow