About Us

Hi!  If you're on this page it means you're curious about the people behind the blog.  And after looking at our Review List, we can't say that we blame you.

So who are the book worms?  Why do we read so much?  How do we read so much?  Do we review everything we read?  And just how to we pick the books we read?

Call us Nick and Tami...not Nimi...or Tack...

That's right, there are two of us behind the scenes at A Great Book!  And luckily we have each other to rely on to pull our noses out of our books and onto the blog to keep it updated.  We're newlyweds that share a passion for reading, pancakes and long walks on cool fall nights.

We also do other things besides reading and blogging.  We both work full time for a giant Fortune 500 corporation, enjoy spending time with our family and friends, and have several hobbies that keep us out of trouble.  We're also adding on to our family, with a baby boy due August 15, 2014.

Why we read and how we plow through books...

We read for a lot of reasons.  Settling down with a good book is a great way to unplug from daily life.  We spend so much time on computers or mobile devices that it's nice to spend time off-screen.  Mostly, we read because we love it.  We love being taken into new worlds or peering into the lives of others, whether those worlds and lives are realistic or not.

That love of stepping outside our own day-to-day lives helps us keep motivated to keep reading.  When you step into a great book, its hard to put it down until you're finished...and then you can't wait to pick up another.  We're also lucky enough to carpool to work, so we often pick up an audio book to listen to together.  You'll see that Nick writes most of our audio book posts (with an occasional snarky comment thrown in from Tami) and tags them with the term Audiobook.

Book selections and writing reviews...

We pick books through a few different ways.  Nick chooses his books based on recommendations from friends, references to source material in the footnotes of non-fiction books, and through author interviews on MPR.  Tami selects her books a little more randomly.  She'll browse through the New York Times bestseller list, check out what her friends are reading on Goodreads, or will just pick one up based on a title or cover. We select our audiobooks almost entirely randomly from the library.

We don't write a review for every book we read.  Tami in particular is a re-reader, and it doesn't make sense to re-review something so shortly after reading it for the first time.  From time to time we may tag a book as "skip it".  We use this tag to point out that while we don't think it's worth your time, you might and you should try it at your own risk.  It's also important to note that if a book is so boring (or just bad) that we can't finish it, we don't write a review.  The blog is called "A Great Book" after all!

So....that's all about us.  Now we'd like to know something about you!  Have a suggestion on what we should read next?  We'd love to hear it!  Send us an e-mail or leave a blog comment and we'll add it to ever growing list!  Contact us at:  TamiAbbas@gmail.com

To Read List (not in order and ever growing)

    "The Rules of Inheritance" by Claire Bidwell Smith
    "Republic Lost" by Lawrence Lessig
    "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett
    "The Cousin's O'Dwyer Trilogy" by Nora Roberts
    "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt
     "The Hurricane Sisters" by Dorothea Benton Frank
     "The One and Only" by Emily Giffin
     The Dresden Files Series

    "The Better Part of Valor" by Tanya Huff
    "A Clash of Kings" by GRR Martin
    "A Storm of Swords" by GRR Martin
    "A Feast for Crows" by GRR Martin
    "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" by GRR Martin
    "A Dance With Dragons" by GRR Martin
    "The Missionary Position" By Christopher Hitchens
    "Somme" by Lyn MacDonald
    "The Pluto Files" by Neil de Grasse Tyson

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