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“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”

Jhumpa Lahiri

Reading to me is a way to portal into a new world and immerse myself into a new adventure. I love a good story. Be it an immersive fantasy, a chilling thriller, a spooky ghost story, a classic whodunit, or a mind-bending psychological thriller.

So, who is Jo?

My name is Jordan. Jo is what my husband and other friends sometimes call me for short. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and my pets–three cats named Ludo, Wallowitz, and Daisy Mae, and my dog, Loki. I like to drink red wine while reading, playing video games, watching movies or coloring. I work full time as a software developer in test and I also run a paleo food blog at https://fithappyfree.com

I am an introvert who would rather relax on the couch with a glass of red wine and a book than go to a party. I would rather use my imagination and live vicariously through characters in books, movies and videogames.

What do I like to read?

In first grade, I picked up my first Boxcar Children book and fell in love with reading. I continued throughout the series trying to solve the mysteries alongside the characters. I also became a fan of Nancy Drew and The Bobbsey Twins. My love for mystery still remains, being it a good old-fashioned whodunit, a thrilling murder mystery, or a treasure hunt. “And Then there were None” has always been one of my favorites.

Then I was introduced to the world of fantasy with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I loved reading about these fantastical lands with otherworldly creatures, princesses, dragons, and witches. Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, and The Last Unicorn will always be some of my favorites.

Then I got into Goosebumps and Fear Street, and loved anything spooky. Halloween was always a favorite time of year, and I enjoyed anything supernatural–being it ghouls, goblins, witches, vampires, werewolves, demons and the like. Even though I had an active imagination, I always liked being scared. Horror, Psychological thrillers, Paranormal/supernatural, I love it all. The creepier the better. Stephen King, Anne Rice, Shirley Jackson–yes, yes, yes!

I love literary fiction as well. Some of my favorites from the past year that I’ve read are Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The Shadow of the Wind, and A Man called Ove.

In middle/high school I did go through a bit of a romance phase, but that is the extent of my romance reading. I don’t mind if a book has romance in it, but I don’t typically choose a book categorized as romance (unless my book club picks one).

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