Hi! I’m Michele, one of the book lovers here at The Door In The Wall. I have lived in Las Vegas for almost 25 years and I’m a mother of three—Kennerley (the other book lover here), a college student and a middle school boy. I have always loved to read and I’m loving this season in my life when I have time to read. This blog is a great excuse for me and my Goodreads addiction problem. I love putting more and more books to be read on my Goodreads. When I’m not reading you can find me either cooking, fixing up our house, spending time with my family, being involved in our church, eating chips, or playing the harp.
One of the things I love about reading is learning about lives that are often so different from mine. I really believe that reading about others helps me be more considerate and understanding of others who do live differently than I do. I really believe that that empathy and consideration are very important right now. So I try to read books that differ from the way I live my life or even want to live my life but I find I can learn so much even from people so different then I am. I also love a great adventure and I love to get to know characters so well they feel like friends. Some of my favorite books are Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman and really to many to list. I love all the emotions I get from reading, everything from excitement, to love, to fear, to boredom and everything in between. I love to read and I also love talking about what I’m reading and what other people are reading. I hope you will join us as we discuss what we are reading.
My name is Kennerley, one of the two bloggers for The Door in the Wall! I live in the Washington, DC area, am married with two cats, and I’m named after a font, which you can see here. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English and International Development. I love American literature, particularly 19th century on. Also I learned how important it is to read outside of the canon, which has excluded marginalized writers—women, people of color, people with disabilities, queer, or even a combination. Some of my research focused in disability studies, writing about writing, writing and tutoring, food studies, feminist critiques, and religion. Some of my favorite books? Such a hard question, but right now I love Ernest Hemingway’s short stories, Paper Cathedrals by Morri Creech, Don’t Come Back by Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Wonder by R. J. Palacio, and Habibi by Craig Thompson.
Like many avid readers, I grew up reading (thanks Mom!). At first, I just enjoyed a good story or a character who I could pretend to be. But as I grew, I noticed how stories had power, whether it was telling a funny anecdote to a friend, learning about novels that impacted history, or even trying to write down a story of my own. Now, I see literature as a conduit for empathy, a way for people to learn about and understand people who differ from themselves. I read to learn, be entertained, and better understand those around me.
Some other fun facts about me: I play Dungeons and Dragons, which, if you love story-driven activities, will definitely be up your alley. I also love art, typography, politics, shopping, cooking, eating, traveling, and just being a general geek.