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Hi, I am Michelle from Because Reading is better than real life. I started blogging in Feb 2013 just on a whim and have love doing it ever since. It wasn’t until some point in 2013 that I got this crazy email asking if I wanted to help co-host a challenge. Something I have never done before. The rest is history and I not only got to co-host an amazing challenge but I also found one of my very best friend. I realized I found a pretty incredible person that I will forever call my friend.
I started reading when I was rather young. I enjoyed all types of books. My favorites where the Point Horror books and I would beg my mom to take me to the bookstore every weekend to get more. I had stopped reading hardcore for a while and when the Harry Potter books came out my love for reading blossomed again. It wasn’t until sometime in 2012 when I started really using Goodreads that I found my true passion for reading and blogging. When I started my blog I had no idea what I was doing, I still cringe when I read those posts. I will say, it was/is one of the best things I ever thought of doing and I love it so much. It helped me build my confidence and boosted my self esteem. At some point last year I decided to take my designing skills and start my own business, Limabean Design. I love designing and I love helping bloggers make things they will be proud to show off. I have been designing for 20 years, since right out of college. It is a passion of mine and I love everything artistic and creative.
When I am not blogging I am spending time with my amazing husband and my two little ones. My son is 11 and my daughter is 8. I passed on my gaming genes to them and we spend a lot of time playing video games or I like to play a few games by myself. I am a true animal lover and have a house of pets: 1 dog – Dexter, 2 cats – Auggie & Calliope (@theparsonspets on IG)


Howdy y’all! I’m Berls from Because Reading. I started blogging in July 2013 and cooked up the seedling idea that eventually became COYER in August 2013. I contacted Michelle and the rest is history (read the details here).
I’ve loved reading as long as I can remember knowing how and will always pick a book over watching tv, a movie, or sometimes even spending time with friends/family. I caught the blogging bug when I started Fantasy is More Fun in July 2013 and it takes up most of my spare time (that’s not spent reading). I’m a kindergarten teacher during the day and I spend my spare time reading, blogging, or with my family. I’m usually spending time with my boyfriend/husband of 11 years, my stepson Franky, my mom (who lives with us) or my brother. My dog, Buffy (yes, she’s named for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my all-time favorite show) is always by my side, whether I’m reading, blogging, or just hanging – and she’ll probably show up in a few blog posts.
I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t reading at least one book and I’ve often longed for people that I could share that joy with. That’s what I love so much about blogging and communities like Goodreads – I finally found people who love to read as much as I do and who enjoy the kind of books I do! That’s what COYER is all about for me. We have a fantastic community of readers who just love supporting each other and talking books. I also love coming up with fun ways to complicate and twist up the challenge… After all what fun would it be if we kept it simple LOL 😉

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