BBAW Interview: Jennifer from Literate Housewife


Hello Everybody…

Please welcome Jennifer from Literate Housewife to my blog today as part of BBAW. Jennifer’s blog was one of the first book blogs I discovered and subscribed to. I’m sure you all already know her but if you don’t please go visit her blog and say “Hello”. I hope you enjoy the interview.

Please tell us a little about yourself Jennifer
I am a 30-something wife and mother of two.ย  By day I am a Senior Business Systems Analyst.ย  By lunch break and evening, I am the Literate Housewife.

Did you read when you were a kid? Which is your favorite book from your childhood?
I read a lot when I was a kid. It was my favorite thing to do. I have very vivid memories of first grade. Mrs. Stone had an apple tree. You got your apple on the tree by memorizing sight words like in, on, an, etc. I was the very last student to get my apple up on the tree and the next day she took it down. I was sad that I barely got to see my apple, but it made me want to be at the front of the reading pack from then on – and I was.

Which is your favorite book from Childhood?
My favorite book from childhood is Little Women. It’s a novel I can still read and love today and not just because of the fond memories. It’s such a beautiful book.

Which is your favorite classic?
Tough question! I would have to say The Great Gatsby. It was the first adult classic I remember reading and it really got me interested in exploring more than just a novel’s story.

How do you manage your time with all the blogging and reading and family?
I don’t. LOL! I struggle with this all of the time. There is so much that I want to do with my blog that I just don’t ever get around to because I actually want to spend time with my family or I simply want to read. It’s so hard to find the right balance. It’s one of my goals for next year to be more balanced – especially with my family. I’m hoping that it won’t be too long before I can read books like Little House and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to my girls so that some of my reading time will be family time as well.

Do your family and friends know about your blog?
Yes. I have spread the word. I haven’t had any trouble sharing about it because there isn’t anything I have to say about books or reading that I would censor around anyone. My mom has taken me to task for my use of language (always *#! out, but she doesn’t care), but I figure at least she’s read bits and pieces of it. Friends are more likely to visit than family and I’ve been able to connect with some friends from high school through my blog after finding each other again on Facebook.

What are your hobbies other than reading?
Before I had children, I loved to cross-stitch. I loved making the huge beautiful pieces by Mirabilia. It used to take me 3 months or so to complete one of those projects. It would take me 3 years now, so I’ve lost my interest. I have a feeling that will come back once the girls are older. I also like to stamp. It’s a great creative outlet for me to make bookmarks and other things using my stamps and paper. I don’t do it as often as I would like, but I’m always happy when I do. My Bookmark It club forces me in a good way to spend some time with it every month.

Knowing your love for historical novels, which time period are you most interested in?
Initially, I was most interested in the American Civil War. Gone With the Wind made sure of that. Most recently, Tudor England has caught my fancy. Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl really awakened a love for Henry VIII and his people for almost two years now. I’m branching out a little, but there’s something about the Tudor era that has captured my imagination.

I’ve always loved rapid fire questions. So here are a few.
What is your favorite color? Green
What is your favorite season? Fall
Who is your favorite author?Just one? Ack! Margaret Mitchell.
Who is you favorite actor? Anthony Hopkins

Finally, when and why did you start book blogging?
I started blogging in January of 2007. My New Year’s Resolution was to read 52 books that year and I created a blog just to keep myself honest. It’s has grown and expanded since then, but it really was a turning point in my life. I was so depressed after my youngest was born and I needed to do something that was just about me – not my family or my job. I’ve really started to feel much more like myself since then.

And here is Jennifer with her beautiful kids ๐Ÿ™‚


Thank you so much Jennifer for such great answers. Being your BBAW Interview partner was a lot of fun.

29 thoughts on “BBAW Interview: Jennifer from Literate Housewife

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  1. That’s a great interview, Violet! I enjoy learning more about Jennifer. Like her, I like cross-stitch but I don’t do them anymore after having my children. I think I’ll have to wait till they’re grown up before I indulge in that again. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. I am having do much fun with these interviews. I enjoy getting to know fellow bloggers and book lovers. This was a great interview.
    Oh yes and I too, enjoy rapid-fire questions lol


  3. Unfortunately no one from my personal life really reads my blog. None of them read. It’s sad! I’m glad you can connect with your old friends through it, Jennifer.

    Great questions, Violet! =)


  4. Thank you so much for the great interview, Violet! I had so much fun with this exchange! It’s a great idea and I’m looking forward to reading all of the other interviews today.

    Melody, maybe when we get old we can start our cross stitch blogs. LOL!

    Casse, after so many thoughtful questions, it was so nice to have those rapid fire questions.

    Jackie, please do read The Other Boleyn Girl! I would love to hear what you think. It was such a great read and I’ve read a lot of wonderful Tudor era fiction as a result.

    Meghan, it’s nice that to have long lost friends visit my blog, but I wish my family would visit a little more.

    Gautami, do you keep your blog secret purposefully?


  5. Ha! I have bins full of craft materials (cross stitch and stamps, too!); I let my kids dip into there for their projects now. Like Jennifer, I’d rather be reading ๐Ÿ™‚

    Shame on Mrs. Stone for taking your apple down – I’m glad she didn’t break your spirit!

    Violet – thanks for interview Jennifer; it was good to get some more insight into the Literate Housewife.


  6. That was a really great interview, Violet. Good job! Some of my friends know I have a blog but none of my family – I think that’s because I write about more than books and there’s probably a few things there that I wouldn’t want them to know about me personally.

    I’ll definitely be visiting Jennifer’s blog now. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Wonderful interview! I love Jennifer’s blog, and it was great getting to know her a bit more. I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds it hard to balance work/family/reading, etc., and the online stuff.



  8. Thanks everyone – and most especially Violet. It’s been such a pleasure being your interviewee. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mrs. Stone was alright. I think I was lucky she held out until I earned that apple. I was the last one to do it by a LONG shot.

    Audioboooks would actually be a good excuse to pick up some cross stitch, Beth. I might just have to give that a try. If I can (or used to anyway) do that while watching TV or movies, I certainly could do it while reading.

    Natasha, you live in the heart of stamping country. My two favorite stamp companies are headquartered in Utah. It’s a nice stress releaser.


  9. There are some wonderful questions here & I loved the rapid fire ones! It’s nice to get to know you a little more Jennifer and I love the pic of you with your adorable girls!

    Thanks for a great interview Violet!


  10. I actually don’t know Jennifer, so it was fun to read your interview. And I love your rapid fire questions–what a great idea. Anthony Hopkins is one of my favorite actors as well. I used to cross-stitch also before I, too, lost patience. ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. Well no wonder I like Jennifer…green’s my favorite color, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although if I confess to never having read Gone with the Wind do you think she’ll still talk to me?


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